For the last 18 years I have been working in Forest Schools and have become a specialist in using Forest School to support children with additional social, emotional and mental health needs. It really is the perfect job for me as it balances deep level emotional work with highly engaging practical activity. I have run my own centre for the last 12 years and must have worked with 1000s of young people in that time. Its a job that provides me with so much but due to the nature of the children, the physical activity and sometimes my staff, it also takes so much.
During my carer I have also been lucky enough to find my wife (at Forest School) and have 4 children who I am very proud of. We are in the process of renovating our second house, both of which have taken far too long and have cost far too much.
Sadly, my dad died last year, as did my wife’s. A very testing time for us all but from every event and experience comes some good. For me, a shock that made me realise that I have one life and if something doesn’t feel quite right, I need to do something about it. My work/life balance has been a challenge for as long as I can remember. Its time to have a closer look at it and maybe rebalance things. I love my work, its part of who I am. But…. Can I afford to give as much as I do?
I always thought my biography would be longer than that! For more details of the past, present and future you will have to read and follow the blogs. Enjoy.