This year has flown by and I cannot believe it is October. The business has been booming, I have been working on writing articles and books, volunteering, doing more formal "high school" modules with my always unschooled teenager who wants to go to college at 16 to become an immunologist (PhD track). Supporting my husband who has been traveling a lot for work. Visiting with a family who is moving closeby because our kids are good friends (well, we all are). Volunteering with Herbalists Without Borders. Taking Aidan to many appointments and hospital procedures due to additional health issues stemming from mast cell disease. Spending a lot of time in all the gardens. Summer was a blur.
Which brings us to September and October. I have been enjoying volunteering with Herbalists Without Borders - as you know herbalism and holistic health (and nutrition) are passions of mine - and I have been feeling as my own kids get older that we all want to get more involved in social and racial justice, access to real whole food in food deserts, global herbalism, holistic health access, and more. And just as I was thinking of starting a few programs of my own, the long time Executive Director of Herbalists Without Borders, Gigi Stafne, announced she was retiring from that position. I spent a bit of time talking to my family about it, discussing how we would all manage this and if my kids were supportive (they are). So I applied for the position, interviewed, and was selected as (volunteer) Executive Director of the nonprofit Herbalists Without Borders.
The minute I accepted the position and started training and taking over, we had multiple back to back natural disasters which has tossed me right into the fire. Hurricanes, forest fires, training, transitioning, and then garden and kids and homeschooling and business, and Aidan in recovery mode after a summer of tests and health issues. So here we are! I love engaging with herbalists and businesses and members to mobilize for good, to help people, and to support programs that make a difference. And it ties in well with my business and client work. One big enchilada of herbal health and holistic family life.
It sounds like a lot, but we seem to be in a great groove here. The positive aspect of all of us working from home, homeschooling and doing everything together as a family. It is perfect for fall into winter as we tuck into home, the garden winds down, and we have more time inside. And we can do work together to make a positive impact. All good.
More about my HWB position and transition:
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I am a certified aromatherapist, clinical herbalist, permaculture designer, organic gardener, plant conservationist, photographer, writer, designer, artist, nature lover, health justice activist, whole foods maker, and mother of two young adults in south central Wisconsin.
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