Who How and Why..
Having moved back to Ireland from a short stint living in Lisbon Portugal I was faced with an opportunity to change the direction my life was taking.
Over the next ten years – (scary how fast it goes) I worked in Tourism and also began taking photographs of the gorgeous scenery that surrounded me daily. I took ‘ownership’ of the family dog, Skippy and learnt to drive.
I did a photography course to better my skills and one of my greatest pleasures was getting up early to head out to a secluded location to shoot (photograph) the local wildlife.
The photography course I did had a module on Dreamweaver and this introduced me to the world of web design which I then went on to study via a FAS course in Loughlinstown.
I funded my travel and living expenses through working every evening and weekend at Bocellis Restaurant in Greystones and continued with my photographing adventures in my spare time. Skippy the dog of course came with me and from these adventures my first websites began.
In 2008 I created an online social website about Living Life The Wicklow Way and was featured in local Papers and online to the point where my dog Skippy was instantly recognised when we attended events such as Astronomy Irelands’ Star-B-Q in Roundwood, Rut walks and such like. Good Times indeed. We even had our car done up and as BEBO was big then we’d get messages from people who had spotted us out and about!
Here’s a look back my 2008 YouTube Video – God If I’d known then what I know now!! Remember, Facebook had only opened up to all users two years earlier and many people in Ireland had still not joined. Early Days Indeed. #Mortified
Over the following years I worked as a web designer working on over 400 projects including e-commerce shops and social media management. I still offer web design services to a select number of clients via my B2B website HowToBeTheBusiness.com. I bought a little country cottage with lots of space to grow veg and potter about in 2007 – (Good Timing – NOT!) and as I approached the end of a year long intensive ‘Global Marketing and Project Management’ course at The Digital Hub Dublin in 2013, and faced the milestone of my 40th birthday, I found myself thinking back to my dreams and interests as a child which centred on the magical world of nature and how she sustains us.
I suppose working with technology on a daily basis can make you crave nature even more and finding it difficult to source foraging type events online I decided to begin Eco Active Ireland in July 2013 – a Foray into Foraging and Self Sufficiency Skills. I worked with lot’s of interesting people during those formative years blogging their events and workshops including Mary White of Blackstairs EcoTrails, Bumble Bee Flowers, Crann Og Eco Stay, Three Towers amongst many others and attended many Ecotourism Conferences always promoting my members and Nominating them for Awards – one of which Clifden Eco Camping won in 2014!
I organised an EcoTour of Ireland with the help of my sister Samantha aka Tweeting Goddess, and travelled the island meeting people such as Rock Farm Slane and Boyne Valley Activities who were striving to create sustainable ecofriendly businesses and was interviewed by Damien O’Reilly of RTE Countrywide Radio show who followed my progress, with Mary Mulvey of Eco Tourism Ireland live from a studio in Sligo!
I have since begun a Yoga Teacher Training Course which I highly recommend for people looking to discover their true selves and gain a better understanding of life.
Now, I offer my experience and connections to source unique eco friendly retreats and events for Groups, Schools, Clubs and Corporates looking for something unique that won’t cost the earth.
I invite you, the reader, to join me on my travels and share with me the delights, discoveries and experiences gained over the coming years.
Welcome to my Eco Active Ireland.