I started this blog two years ago because I wanted to share the amazing and beautiful things about our unique way of life… to inspire and encourage other people to appreciate the world around them. It was the first time I used the name ‘Positive Earth’ which now encompasses everything we do, and the first step towards our dream.
Towards the end of last year my writing gradually dwindled off… too many other priorities and too busy just living our lives to stop and write about it… perhaps too busy to pause and appreciate the simple moments that pass from day to day.
I also felt as our business was evolving that the things I wanted to write about were evolving too and the blog I had originally created was no longer serving it’s purpose.
In January we went to Scotland for a family celebration. As friends and family will know I documented it on Facebook far more than I usually would… we did so much in one short weekend; visited Wigtown – ‘Scotland’s National Book Town’ – with thirteen bookshops, one of which was in a guy’s garage; Found a local smokehouse and picked up some treats which Dave later turned into a birthday feast; Walked to ‘Bruce’s Stone’ with amazing views over Loch Trool; Searched Kirkcudbright for scenes from ‘The Wicker Man’; and somewhere in the middle of all this an idea struck – I suddenly knew what I wanted to do with my blog!
There are so many wonderful places in this country alone, never mind the whole planet! So many brilliant people, with amazing ideas, doing great stuff on a day to day basis… just getting on with their lives and not necessarily shouting about it. We are lucky enough to travel fairly often for one reason or another – it’s a pipe-dream of mine to visit every mile of the UK! – why not celebrate the beauty we discover on the way. The dramatic landscapes, the friendly pubs and cafes, the innovative makers, the local produce, the local history, the many many businesses out there who are doing something to make a difference to someone else’s life.
On my own doorstep there are places of natural beauty, talented creatives and small businesses going that extra mile. How often do we stop and say thank you or feel grateful for the few minutes spent watching a bird in the garden!
My life is far from perfect but a good friend once told me to “look for the joy” – and I’ve discovered that it’s found in the small insignificant moments that pass from day to day. This is my journey to record those moments… to stop and appreciate just how amazing the world can be… and I’d like to share it with you.
Coming up in June I’ll be taking part once again in the Wildlife Trust’s ‘30 Days Wild‘ campaign – can you do something wild everyday for one month? Check back soon to see how I get on!