My journey from employee to small business owner over the last nine months has been an amazing one so far – hectic, often overwhelming, but always inspiring! Actually, the journey probably started more than nine months ago….In 2014 I suffered serious injuries from a horrible car accident caused by a drunk driver. My body was broken and it took me about two years of rehab to get strong and functional again.
That kind of experience changed me. My priorities; my outlook. I gained new perspectives – a re-invigorated appreciation and gratitude for life. I suppose that accident was a catalyst to take my life in a different direction.
I was working in environmental research in the resources industry at the timeand I wanted to get back to doing what I loved – being in nature and engaging people with Australia’s amazing biodiversity. Over the years my work as a zoologist had taken me on some amazing adventures and I had had the privilege of working to conserve threatened fauna in some spectacular landscapes. But recently, it was keeping meincreasingly desk-bound and that did not bode well with the limitations of my post-accident body.
It is poignant to note that the idea to start my own business and work as a bushwalking and nature guide came to me while I was doing just that – bushwalking! Last year, I quit my job and walked the amazing Bibbulmun Track from Kalamunda to Albany -1000kms through WA’s stunning south west. I savoured the experience and took 62 days, leaving in late August and arriving in Albany the first week of November. I am at my happiest when in nature and bushwalking can be very meditative (even with 16kgs on your back!). Along the trail I did a lot of pondering and gained much clarity about where and how I wanted to take my life and direct my energies. When I returned, I started to put my idea into action…
So that is the backstory of how I got here. The creation of this website is just one step in a myriad I have taken to progress my idea into the reality of my Ways To Nature business – with lots of help and support from family, friends, business mentors and Mandurah’s amazing small business community along the way! Thank you, all!
I hope to share the journey with you through this Nature Diary as I grow Ways To Nature, and hopefully I’ll see you out on the trails soon!