What is a nemophilist?
Ne` moph ´i `list
(noun) One who is fond of forests or forest scenery; a haunter of the woods.
I was born in Oregon but grew up mainly in Washington, so the northwest is home. As a child my family lived in the mountains, surrounded by a seemingly never ending forest. I have always felt the most at peace among towering trees.
I have been an artist for the majority of my life, and have always sought to capture the beauty around me through painting, drawing, and photography. I am also a film and music buff, and worked as a makeup artist in the fashion and entertainment industry! After 10 years in southern California and being unhappy with my life I decided to finally make a change. I am currently studying herbalism, and my love of history, lore, and various cultures around the world has also ignited an interest in ethnobotany. I am mesmerized by plants, and you'll see that on pretty much every outing I manage to find delicate and beautiful little plants to photograph. I love learning about their cultural significance and healing properties, and I hope to be able to learn from different sources around the world.
I appreciate everything that nature has to offer, from the tiniest insects to the highest mountains. I want to travel and see the sights I have dreamt of my whole life. I want to climb mountains in places I never knew I wanted to go. I was fortunate to travel at a younger age and that passion never left me. Like so many others I let life get in the way of that passion, and that life no longer even felt like my own.
As one who has struggled with mental health my whole life, and especially within the last few years, it has been daunting and on occasion extremely challenging to get out and make changes to my life. Sometimes it does take a bit of extra pushing for me to leave my comfort zone, but I am determined to make it happen. I started small, first exploring around SD county, and have slowly worked my way farther from home. I've been exploring areas that I would have dismissed in the past as too difficult, too far, too this or too that.
I am lucky enough to have a job where I can work remotely, and over the last several years haven't used this to my advantage but instead used to enable my unhealthy habits. I've been wasting a luxury that many don't have by sitting in my living room, allowing my depression and anxiety to worsen, rather than getting out there and living life to the fullest. Now that I have eased myself in I plan to eventually be able to explore the country, the continent, and the world!
My journey is only beginning, and I hope that you'll join me along the away. Share your passion for nature and your own struggles and triumphs. Discuss your experiences in the places that I travel to, or offer suggestions of places you loved. I look forward to interacting with you and making new friends!