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What is Snapdragon Life?
Welcome to Snapdragon Life, I'm Jane.
Snapdragon Life is part membership community, part online shop - and both sides stem from what I have learned in learning how to change my own life, how to slow down, how to simplify and how to make time for the things I want to do.
Twenty years ago I moved to the countryside. I had been an art gallery curator working in a basement office in Glasgow, never seeing the daylight.
Newly pregnant with my younger daughter I decided that I needed a radical change, I quit my job at Glasgow University, retrained in horticulture, and began growing and selling cut flowers.
We had settled in a 1980s bungalow, with a pony paddock to convert into a flower field, right on the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and I devoted the next few years to growing that flower business - every weekend was a rush of wedding preparation and farmers markets, every week was spent trying to keep up with demand while looking after my young daughters.
I may have moved to the countryside for a slower life, but I certainly wasn't living it.
Perhaps not surprisingly nature intervened and I gradually became more and more ill, I had no energy, my brain was foggy, I would sit amongst my rows of flowers - too weak to get up, gently weeping. I finally went to my GP and various hospitals and after about a year was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Addisons - part of my brain had stopped working and was no longer producing steroids or some hormones. The tiredness wasn't laziness or the normal demands of motherhood, it was medical and I had to reassess my life.
Since then I have devoted my time to finding out what things support the life I want to live - a life of creativity and joy and connection - and what things hinder it. Stress always increases my symptoms so a lot of what I've learned have to do with managing day to day stress, being connected to nature and creativity always makes me feel healthier so I have found ways to bring those into my life more.
I believe that these things help everyone who is looking for a simpler, more connected life, not just those with a choric illness. Snapdragon is the result of all my experiments - a way of giving people the tools to make things, create things, slow down, simplify and enjoy their lives..
I would love to get to know you better so please do join us and get in touch - my email is firstname.lastname@example.org