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Planting seeds of hope when we feel helpless

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Planting seeds of hope when we feel helpless

I initially didn’t want to post anything about the fires. Thoughts of, how can I possibly put in to words what is going on, and more relevantly, what has been going on for far too many years? And then there’s social media … the blaming, shaming, attacking and writing of vitriol on other people’s posts and pages. For me, it is all too reminiscent of The Hunger Games movie. Communities turning on one another. So I logged off.


Like most, I have been consumed by the heart wrenching footage from around the country, bringing me to tears. And like most, my sweet love and I wonder … what more can we do?  After all, we feel incredibly fortunate, and grateful to our local fire fighters, that the fires up our way in November didn’t consume the beautiful hinterland as ferociously as it is doing so down south. One of our dear neighbours has spent the last 25 years of their life regenerating their property so that the native animals have a safe haven to live. Our hearts immediately went to them … how shattering it would have been, to watch such a beautiful dream go up in smoke. And yes, I get it … there are millions of Australians watching their dreams of a world where nature is nurtured, go up in smoke at present. 


But after receiving numerous emails from people wondering “what more can I do?” “I feel so helpless” etc etc. I feel urged to share with you a little silver lining and ways to contribute, because I get it .. I feel helpless too. And as small as this silver lining may be, it’s the only way I know how to contribute, because I’m not a fire fighter and I’m not such a great knitter (keep reading for why that’s relevant). The only thing I know how to do, is to take small steps towards a dream. A dream that you are already contributing to. And every time you have supported one of our companies in the past, whether it be Be Genki, Be Naturallyou or Be Spunki, you are contributing to that dream … a new little home for koalas, wallabies, echidnas, goannas, possums, birds and bats in Northern NSW.  


This is not something that I usually talk about as it is a dream that my husband and I are personally committed to ... converting the paddocks on our property that were cleared many years ago before ‘our time', back to a natural thriving ecosystem for native flora and fauna. Our desire and target is to save up more money to purchase larger blocks of cleared neighbouring land and convert it back to ’safe zones’ for our furry little friends too. What’s most heart-warming to us is to witness before our eyes how quickly the native trees grow when planted at the ‘right’ time of year. Our first plantation of 200 trees are now over 3 metres tall. The second plantation of 300 trees are about one metre tall, and as soon as the rainy season begins in (hopefully) 8 weeks time we’ll be planting another 500 trees. 


Yes, I know it’s a small gesture of faith, but what a joy it is to see the family of wallabies in the paddock most afternoons, echidnas every now and then, and the occasional koala pop by to visit. We are counting down the days until those little trees are big and strong so that a community of koalas can claim it as their own. Based on what the regeneration experts are saying … it should be about another year or two before the trees are big enough. But … they can smell the eucalyptus on those leaves already so it’s just a matter of time. 


In this time where so many of us are understandably angry, upset and devastated … I am reminding myself to remember my dreams and to continue planting those ‘dream’ seeds. So go ahead and plant your own seeds of dreams, and continue taking those steps towards what you desire to create in the world. 


I hope this message is received in the way that it is intended. There are so many beautiful things popping up on the internet with people doing extraordinary acts of kindness … my favourite being Jacqui Fink’s initiative to knit pouches for injured wildlife. You can read all about it here and here and if you’re a knitter or good at crafts, she provides patterns on the Facebook page. 100% of the pouches get to where they are needed, so you can be assured that your contribution will make a tangible difference.   The other fab initiative that I love has been set up by Turia Pitt and Grace McBride - Spend With Them - to help to rebuild towns and businesses affected by the fire. You can read all about it hereWhat a beautiful thing it is to see seeds of hope being planted in so many different ways.

Below are the pictures of our little wildlife sanctuary project. In the months and years to come I will update the images. 

Comments on this post (5)

  • Sep 05, 2020

    This is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing ❤️
    My love and l hope to buy some land soon and do something similar.
    Its beautiful to see more and more people really appreciate our unique wildlife and doing all they can to create a safe space for them.
    Love what you are creating 🙏❤️🐨

    — Carly Hill

  • Oct 18, 2020

    Hello beautiful Samantha

    Beautiful words and project !

    God bless you both


    — Rossana Sotos

  • Sep 05, 2020

    Thank you for sharing this. I too have been overwhelmed by the selflessness of those who are taking positive action and helping and trying to balance the resultant pride of witnessing these with my shame over the blame and vitriol that is being published across the web.
    Thanks also for pointing out the good work of others.

    — Michael

  • Sep 05, 2020

    Thanks Sam for sharing ❤️

    — Dana Ott

  • Sep 05, 2020

    This is just wonderful Samantha! I can’t think of anything more uplifting than creating a sanctuary for koalas and other wildlife at this particularly devastating time – I’m sure your little forest will grow to be strong and healthy! X

    — Marion O'Leary

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