What is a nemophilist?
Ne` moph ´i `list
(noun) One who is fond of forests or forest scenery; a haunter of the woods.
My name is Krystall, I grew up in Oregon and Washington and consider the northwest as a whole to be my home. As a child my family lived in the mountains, surrounded by a seemingly never ending forest, and I have always felt the most at peace among towering trees which is why this term resonated so deeply with me.
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 was a makeup artist for years and loved the creativity and beauty that it brought forth, but the superficiality and current state of the industry began to wear on me. After 10 years in southern California and being unhappy with my life I decided to finally make a change. I have always lived a more natural, holistic based life and have returned to my roots where I can reconnect with nature. 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, 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.
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 make changes to my life. Once I started getting out again and hiking, camping, and just spending time in nature I noticed the difference in my mental state and the changes just kept rolling in. I have explored areas that I would have dismissed in the past as too difficult, too far, too this or too that. I’ve joined hiking groups with whom I have already conquered fears and created new and exciting memories. I finally left southern California and am now back home in the PNW, exploring everything it has to offer and just relishing being in this region again. Sometimes it does still take a bit of extra pushing for me to leave my comfort zone, but I am more determined than ever to make it happen and am open to the possibilities.
Follow along as I venture out into nature, grow as an herbalist, and incorporate my love of the earth into my life. Share your own passion for nature and your struggles and triumphs. Discuss your experiences in the places that I travel to, or offer suggestions of places you loved. I want to know how you celebrate our connection with the planet, whether it is through living off grid in some remote corner or traveling the world to explore what she has to offer. Let us build one another up and encourage each other to continue growing every day to better serve ourselves, our fellow man, and the home that we all share.