What a whirlwind the past many months have been. For those friends who know me on facebook as well, thank you for all the good wishes for my son over the past few months. It is so appreciated.
I am still volunteering full-time with Herbalists Without Borders, and I am now also volunteering as Clinical Herbalist with the Veterans Resiliency Holistic Clinic through HWB. My consulting hours at VRHC are contributing to my clinical hours as I am working with an AHG mentor to fulfill the clinical hour side to achieve RH designation. If child health, volunteering full-time as Executive Director, volunteering as a Clinical Herbalist, and working with an AHG mentor on case studies sounds like an insane amount of work all at once, you would be correct. But still, here I am. And my business is still eeking along, although I have not had time to work on my summer product launch as I have been focusing on consultations for my AHG hours.
I made some big changes this year to allow me to have more time for my business as well as my design support work. I help small herbal businesses with their branding, labeling and marketing materials, and I design and integrate ebooks from writers into Amazon kindle, iBooks, and print on demand (primarily herb/food/aromatherapy topics). My two most recent book designs are now live on Amazon:
Foodies, Foragers and Friends: A Wildrafter's Cookbook by Gigi Stafne
The Magic and Medicine of Mineral and Metal Essences, by Gigi Stafne
I am also working on some of my own books for publishing, and I have updated many eGuides for HWB. I am enjoying the publishing and book design process.
I had to pull back on the gardening, and am not gardening at the friends farmette this year nor at the community garden. Everything is in my yard, close at hand. I am fully stocking a large apothecary in my studio space -- which is to support my clinical consultations. Woot!
I am also still writing for magazines - I have had articles in a few issues of AromaCulture Magazine, and have several articles still coming in future issues. I really enjoy writing for print magazines, but I am a huge fan of AromaCulture as they are oriented towards practitioners as well as everyone else! It gives more science based information for us to further develop and expand our understanding of plants - which is wonderful.
I have jumped headfirst into a new project - podcasts and webinars for Herbalists Without Borders. I have a schedule that I am working on and hopefully a helper/producer to help get some amazing topics out to the world. There are so many people doing amazing things in their communities - and they can be a great example for others. I feel like I need to share their amazing work and show people that they too can make a huge impact.
I am a certified aromatherapist, clinical herbalist, organic gardener, plant conservationist, photographer, writer, designer, artist, nature lover, whole foods maker, and mother of two unschooled boys in south central Wisconsin.