“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” - Margaret atwood
I believe that creating a garden and tending to it on a daily basis all year round offers you a unique opportunity to live more in tune with the changing seasons. I believe it is the best way to transform and maintain your health, both physically and mentally, and connecting with this beautiful planet that we all depend on.
Growing beautiful flowers feeds your eyes and soul, and growing organic vegetables, fruit and berries nourishes your body. Being in charge of a piece of land, even on a very small scale, allows you the opportunity to create a space where nature and wildlife can thrive, thus enriching the natural world and giving you so much abundance in return.
Getting your hands dirty, and the whole process of growing, can literally heal your body and mind after trauma, depression, or the stress of modern life.
photos by Maria Fynsk Norup
For almost a decade, my work as a sought-after destination wedding photographer took me far and wide around the world.
By the end of 2014, more than 15 years of stress turned into a 6 month long depression. My collapse was caused by a combination of many events and choices: the unresolved and untreated trauma of me having to grow up way too quickly and taking on an adult's responsibilities at a very young age; ignoring every sign to slow down and completely neglecting my own physical and mental health; becoming a mother and caring for two small children, while starting and running my own business and living out of a suitcase every summer. In the end my body simply gave up. I was done.
I had the option to medicate my way out of my depression or to handle it myself by making dramatic changes in the way I treat myself, the way I eat, my work and my life in general. I chose the latter, and for almost 6 months I didn't eat any processed foods, I went to bed early each night, and I cancelled or said no to everything in my life and business which was not absolutely necessary to stay afloat. Learning to say no but thanks has been one of the toughest lessons of my life, and is a constant work in progress.
By the end of 2017, depression snuck its way into my life again, and I had to start over with my healthy habits, realising that most of them will have to become permanent in order for me to be the strongest and most joyful version of myself. I do my best to take care of my body's most basic needs and my garden plays a huge role in that providing fresh air, movement, nourishing food, mindfulness, and a feeling of purpose.
Having my hands deeply burried in the soil growing flowers and vegetables is my happy place. Capturing what I see with my camera makes me feel like this is what I was meant to do.