I invested in my spiritual, physical and relationship health in 2016, so I entered this year feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to get to work. In Q1, I re-branded my business, led our institutional clients through diversity/equity processes, completed long-term work on a couple of economic development reports (more on that soon!), and spread the message about healthy food systems at UC Davis and Organicology (you can see more about both on the 2017 page), one of the nation's most comprehensive organic food sector conferences.
This is what I'm focused on in Q2:
Speaking and Travel: During my talk at the Science of Hope conference, I explored the link between soil fertility, social fertility, and healthy equity - how do we hold complexity within our bodies, within our relationships, and within our environment? I also saw the best science fiction and Star Trek exhibits at the MPop Museum, so I would count the trip a raving success. At the NationBuilder Women's Conference in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to bring forward my ability to hold precious, sacred space for people to show up fully in their vulnerability. It was an honor to be valued for this part of myself, and I am deeply grateful for the women who produced the conference. After some much needed family time in Los Angeles with my recently back-in-the-states-from-deployment Corpsman brother (go sailors), I'll be heading to London as an opening session keynote for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's 2017 Summit. I also hope to see Stonehenge. The Harry Potter Studio Tour was sold out *tear*.
Regional Economies that Work: Regional development = the greatest of all time. It makes things work for everyone if we do it right. We just need the right shared language to do so. That's what my firm (Soil and Shadow) is focusing on In Q2: building the frame for the right kind of wealth development in these chaotic times. We released our first 2017 report on Healthy Soils and Healthy Communities (which has an infographic if you don't want to read the whole thing); we're preparing to release our second 2017 report on Designing the Future (stay tuned!), and we're continuing to support the #NoRegrets Initiative so healthy soil investment and philanthropy has the right voice. I also explore these concepts in the June Issue of Permaculture Magazine.
Self Care: I'm trying to practice this as an ongoing focus. In Q2, I implemented a "travel companion" policy, so I can focus on work while they ensure that I stay hydrated, fed, and well rested. I took my parents to Seattle, my husband to Los Angeles, and one of my best friends (and fellow entrepreneur - check out her business, TendLab) is accompanying me to London. it's a practice I highly recommend.
If our priorities intersect, I'd love to hear from you! Contact me about potential speaking engagements (I'm fairly available in Q3), collaborating on ecology-centered regional economic development projects, and say hi if we're in the same city at the same time. Otherwise, I'll get back in touch in the future.
Updated 06.03.17. Inspired by Jadah Sellner's "Now Page".