My story began with a rather odd looking guinea pig named Dolly. I was 6 years old and desperate for my first pet. At the pet shop, I was told that this small creature was the runt of the litter and they were struggling to find a home for her. I didn't even hesitate. At that moment, I felt a wave of connection. I had to have her.
Since my beloved Dolly, I have constantly surrounded myself with animals. They are my family and my purpose. As I grew, this interest extended outside of my domestic family, to the wild creatures that surrounded me. I spent a childhood up trees, crawling amongst meadows and leaping between rocks, trying to get to know these fascinating animals better. It is no surprise that this led to a career as a wildlife conservationist.
This connection with nature led me to the Scottish Highlands. A wild place that is just bursting with life. My ultimate inspiration.
Nature fuels everything I do, from deciding to live a vegan and minimalist lifestyle to shunning a more typical larger house and deciding to build our own tiny home. It is the reason why I started a blog, as I wanted to share my passion for nature and show others how they can live in a way that is simpler, authentic and kinder to our planet.
Although my content has progressed since I wrote that tentative first blog in 2020, my values have remained the same. I am delighted with the support I have received and the growing community at Hippy Highland Living. It really means the world.