120 minutes

Two hours a week in nature – forest, garden, park or beach – can improve your sense of wellbeing and physical, mental and emotional health. This is across the board, but especially true for those living in high income, urban societies. Living in urban areas with greater access to green space is associated with fewer cases of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, severe asthma and mental distress. The fascinating thing about this specific statistic is that it does not matter how you spend this time. The benefits kick in whether they are short or long walks or even gentle visits to green spaces. Two hours a week, only 17 minutes a day.

Autumn Prep for Winter Pep

All of you in the northern hemisphere, I have news for you. It’s nearly autumn.

I know as you read this and scramble to soak up the last of the summer sun, you’re thinking, ‘for crying out loud, it’s only the 12th of September!’. And yet, you also realize the days have gotten away from you and it’s time to face reality.

For me, autumn feels like the shortest season, probably because I spend so much time preparing for winter, making winter seem like it’s suspended in time. But if you experience cold winters, you know how important that preparation is. As we northerners prepare our homes in anticipation of spending more time indoors, most of us

Squirrel caching nuts

Managing menopause

I was 40 years old when I experienced the first effects of menopause. It wasn’t awful – no night sweats, mood swings or brain fog. I simply missed my period during the month of August. I had never missed one before. The following August, I didn’t get it again. And the year after that. It was a gradual change. One month, then two, then slowly over time it stopped.

Although this part of my cycle was slowly changing, there were other changes that were far from slow, far from graceful, and far from pleasant.  



We all have them to some degree – that defined space within well laid out boundaries, even if those boundaries exist only in our minds to define a sense of belonging. In work, it’s our responsibilities, industry knowledge and even the physical space including office resources, supplies and people. In our social lives it could be a friend or group of friends, personality traits (you know, ‘the funny one’ or ‘the smart one’) or a favorite pub or club.

I’m sure you can relate. When that new person starts to feel a little too comfortable in the office and begins to step on toes. (He should stick to what he knows!). Or, when someone new moves to town and catches the attention of your friends (‘She’s really outdoorsy.’, ‘He’s a lot of fun to be around!). Don’t they know that’s your role?


Encounters with Nature

My encounters with nature influence my behavior each day. The joy of spotting a hare sunning at the edge of a field inspires me to slow down and appreciate the moment. When there are kites soaring overhead, I instinctively desire creative activity. And the rare moment when a goldcrest appears before me, I turn nostalgic with the understanding of how fleeting special moments can be and promise myself I will connect with my loved ones soon.

This relationship with nature supports my personal growth, how I adapt to change and teaches me how to expand my knowledge by examining my own behavior and how to alter it to support a resilient, harmonious and purposeful life.

Each post connects my observations of nature to those of human behavior, compares the similarities and considers the lessons.

I hope you enjoy reading about these encounters, observations and musings. I’m counting on you to share your own with me!