Hello, my name is Josephine. And that’s me gazing up in awe at a beech tree in one of the oldest woodlands in Dumfries & Galloway (South-West Scotland) just round about where I live.
I have started this blog to raise awareness of how women (and not to forget their partners/husbands/loved ones/children/friends/families) can progress through a relaxed, healthy and gentle pregnancy and birth, and subsequently the bringing-up of their children while feeling empowered, confident and in tune with their own bodies, minds and spirit as well as nature and the world around us. As mum of a young baby girl, I wanted to make sure that I felt prepared and knowledgeable to give my child the best possible start in life.
I see our families and communities we live in as the very core of our existence, which in turn correlates with our relationship to how we live in and perceive our surroundings and the natural world. We have lost the sense of this being an intensely personal relationship, and I want to explore how we can regain some of the essential feelings of belonging and being at home in it. How can we make sure to preserve it for future generations? How can we put a stop to the degradation of natural habitats, the disappearance of wildlife and more and more pollution? Moreover, how can we find a sense of power and ability to do something ourselves, regain that sense of responsibility for ourselves, those closest to us and every living creature? The world itself is alive, with everything in it.
I hold a doctorate degree in prehistoric archaeology and I also studied classics and zoology. I am also a swim teacher for babies, children and adults and an Aquarobics instructor. I love creative writing and am currently working on a novel, walking outside in nature, dancing (specifically the niche style of Margaret Morris Movement), swimming (both in- and outdoors), drawing, cooking, classical music (esp. Bach, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Albinoni and many others…) and reading copious amounts of books on history, nature, the human condition as well as classic literary novels and learning languages. I am also a marine mammal first aider and have begun to attend Quaker meetings for about a year now.
All of this points in the direction of the “Little Green Footpath” which I see as a metaphor for our lives’ journeys and the traces and footprints we leave behind and those we follow and those who accompany us.
Because it is about the little things we can do to improve our daily lives and ultimately make a change or find the right path for us and our families and communities. It all adds up. And all these little things are for those we care about the most, our “little ones”, our children, who are our future as a species.
You might have guessed: it’s all about the green planet. The trees, the plants, the jungle, the animals in it – and us. I might also have called it blue, of course, as both colours are a symbol for the biotopes and habitats that are our home and those of our fellow creatures. But green as a colour has assumed her place as a symbol of ecology and nature in general that we might as well stick to it.
Where we are, we stand in our present situation, at a certain point in our lives, looking back into the past and forward into the future. There is always the passage of time. And there is our life’s journey, something almost ephemeral we must follow if we are to survive as individuals, as communities and ultimately as a species.