I believe that creating a garden and tending to it on a daily basis is the best way to transform and maintain our health, both physically and mentally. Being in charge of a piece of land, even on a tiny scale, provides a sense of purpose and a little bit of influence in a time when it often feels like the natural world is crumbling around us.
For almost a decade, my work as a sought-after destination wedding photographer took me far and wide around the country and the world. By the end of 2014, more than 15 years of untreated stress turned into a 6 month long depression. My collapse was caused by a combination of many events outside of my control as well as thoughtless choices: being forced to take on an adult's responsibilities at a very young age; becoming a mother and caring for two small children, while starting my own business; ignoring every sign to slow down and completely neglecting my own physical and mental health. 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 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.
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, meditative work, and allows me the opportunity to create a space where nature and wildlife can thrive and give our family so much abundance in return.
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.