The Idea of a Magazine
In May, I heard about a book called Last Child in the Woods. It’s about a syndrome that’s been named Nature Deficit Disorder, with a compelling call to make sure we prioritize keeping kids connected with nature. This got me thinking about how glad I was to be living in a country that still so clearly celebrated its outdoor environment. I have been in New Zealand for 15 years now, that’s more than half of my adult life, all of my parenting life, and all of my gardening life. I came to NZ as an outdoor person, NZ has allowed & encouraged me to extend my experience of outdoor life.
We are spending more & more time with our business, Goodbye Sandfly, to allow it reflect the things we care about- good food, natural health, outdoor skills, kid adventures & just general adaptive self-care skills. Last year we gave away thousands of seeds and recipes. Now we’re expanding Goodbye Sandfly resources again, set amongst a community of people who inspire us.
Since I’ve been in NZ, I have met the most amazing, skilled, awake, alive, & generous people. I am more beautiful as a result of calling these people my friends. And now, I want to share them with you. To me they are the essence of “good folk” and bring with them great hearts as well as amazing skills.
It’s Not about the Bugs!
I approached each one personally, asking for them to be a contributor to our magazine. And they said yes! Each issue will be an easy 5 to 10 minute read with a wide range of topics. Most of us have young kids, so there will be a lot of family focus. What do we want each issue to give you? A smile, an idea, an inspiration. And a community of people who, like you, are keen to keep taking steps to living more naturally.