I had to try. Didn't I? Yes. I had to try to save 40 acres of trees and trails behind my home from being sub-divided and developed. Those trails linked up with other trails and wrapped around a large portion of the one and only public grade school in our community. It was also the backdrop to the local Shakespeare Troupe. Perhaps because I used those trails myself often, and even walked my children to school through them, I felt a deep love for those trees and trails and thus the energy to do what I could. I spent hours over many months, money, both mine and generous supporters, in an effort to do all that could be done to come up with a viable solution or plan. I contacted so many local groups I can't even recall them all And there were local supporters and users of those trails that pitched in where they could. Even a visit from our state representative that made the local paper. Many meetings and phone calls later, over a nearly two year period, with the patience of many people, including the land owners, and the hard work, time and effort of the South Whidbey Park and Recreation District in attaining grant funds as well as the voting approval of the local tax payers, those trails are safely in the hands of the Park and Rec. District. These join up with existing Park and Rec. trails as well as with school district owned land and trails that teachers take their students to in order to learn more about the natural world. It was not easy. And although I nearly gave up once, I didn't and I am so grateful I didn't. It really was a win win for our community. And I know I left something of me here on South Whidbey. Which feels pretty darn nice. Name a trail after me?
You can still visit the website I created - no longer needed really, other than as a recording of the effort, at savethetrails.weebly.com.
Big things come in small packages. Big changes in my life. One is, I am about to moved into a tiny house! I will be exploring a pretty darn minimalistic lifestyle. It is both exciting and scary. Leaving much behind is freeing AND extremely unsettling! I have very few physical things to show for my life as it progressed over the last over 30 years (since becoming an adult). Not that I think material things are important but it is part of our history and our reality. And as I slowly acquired nicer and nicer items, clothes, house, bank account balances etc. it all seemed like the way it was suppose to show progress, growth and success. And it was fun to do, no doubt about it. But due to another big change, ending a 31 year marriage, this has me making such a dramatic change in my housing. Downsizing from a family of 4 in a 2,500s.f. home to living by myself in a tiny house of just about 350 s.f., starting this new business, as well as writing a book. Then there is dealing with aging parents needs and the joy of watching my adult children make their own lives - a very different place to be in for me in just a few years! Not surprising that things feel unsettled, but change is a constant in life! I look forward to this shift, even if I am terrified at times. I will let you know how it is going. Stay tuned!
I enjoy being of service. I'm taking my knowledge and intuition out into the world for those that are ready, willing and open to shift and change. It is my hope that through our interactions, we can further support the health and wellbeing of our communities and planet, as well as ourselves. I look forward to working with you!