Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cuddly cats and problems with life goals...

As it gets steadily colder and more Winter like (well, not steadily, but generally colder), the cats start sleeping even more, and being adorably cuddly. Minni (orange-brown tabby) and Henry (black-tabby and white) truly are marvelous critters...

I've been spending a lot of time on the computer lately. Probably too much. But part of what I've been doing is researching... I want to know what I want to do! The thing that appeals to me most is an herbalist, or natural healer of some sort. I don't want to be a naturopath, because all that really is, is a doctor without prescription meds, and that's not what I want. I envision a much more earthy approach, if that makes sense. I want to apprentice, not go to university for four years. The thought of spending years in a classroom makes me shudder. I've also been looking into midwifery, but again, that needs four years of university. What ever happened to apprenticeships?!? I'm feeling slightly discouraged. I think I might know what I want to do with my life, or at least I know that I want to try and do certain things with my life, I just don't know how to go about doing them. ARRGH!

Peace (*takes deep breath*),


  1. AWWWW, the cats are so cute!!!

    When I was thirteen I pondered and pondered what I wanted to be when "I grew up". I could not figure it out no matter how hard I tried, and was starting to panic. Eventually, I stopped thinking about it and just pursued my passions and then just a few months ago, BOOM, it hit me. I want to be a therapist. Or a psychologist. Or a social worker. I want to have a job where I can help kids who are messed up, or kids who have messed up parents. This suddenly came to me when I was helping an eleven-year-old who was having a lot of problems with life, and I ended up sort of talking her out of doing some really stupid things. Of course, I want to get into showbiz first and travel the world tap dancing, but now I have a back-up plan if that doesn't work out :)

    I'm not trying to tell you to stop thinking about it, because I really doubt that most people decide what they want to be like I did. Just wanted to share my story with you :)

  2. That's really cool. :-) I've thought in the past about becoming a therapist or psychologist... I knew (and know) so many messed up people that I always want to help! But, that job's not for me. I think I'd have a mental break down myself...

    Thanks for sharing your story. :-) The big thing with me is more how to go about becoming a herbalist/natural healer, not whether I want to be one, because I think that's something I'll actually be happy doing. And obviously, if I don't like it, I'll try and find something else!

  3. Oh dear, when I first commented I compleatly missed the point!!! XD Haha, that's what happens when my brain doesn't work!!! Wow...I just laughed really hard at myself. Laughing is good, right? Or maybe I'm going INSANE! Mwahahahahahahahah!!

    Okay. I need sleep now.

  4. Hello Idzie,

    I am a herbalist by apprenticeship and natural self-learning.
    As a natural learner yourself, I imagine that self-learning the way of the herbs shouldn't daunt you. I did that for 5 years before I was semi-apprenticed. Yes, it takes many more years, but I believe it has been the years that has made all the difference to me. After all, we both understand that learning is not squeezed between a set number of years, right?

  5. *Grins* No problem Stella. Late night insanity is awesome! :-P

    Thank you very much for your comment Mon. :-) I suppose that shouldn't be an issue for me. After all, everything I've learned so far about natural healing has been in a very self directed manner (books, word of mouth, experimentation in what works best). I suppose I've just been feeling pressure from people to go out and DO something. To take classes or otherwise "further my education" in a visible manner... My father is worried about my ability to support myself in the future, so that's an issue right now. And yes, I certainly agree that learning doesn't just happen during the school years, or any other time. I don't think I could stop learning if I tried! :-)

  6. I am a firm believer in the powers of herbs and also in the powers of "the googler". So since you mentioned that you didn't know how to go about getting started, I took the liberty of doing a google search and came up with several different websites for you, but this one stuck out as one that might have the most appeal for you ( just my opinion from reading your blog:


    You can check out the other options if you google the phrase herbalist training.

  7. Thank you so much! That was very sweet of you. :-) Several things that come up under herbalist training look quite interesting...

    Heh, my mom says I have bad research skills, but I say I just have bad patience skills! I find you often need to try multiple key words in Google before you find what you want, and have to sift through lots of unhelpful stuff. Too often I get frustrated and give up. :-S Something I should probably work on really...