GreenJoy means seeking happiness in a way that works in harmony with nature. It’s about minimising the amount of crap you buy, own and throw away, while maximising the positive things in your life. It’s about loving yourself and others around you instead of fixating on your ego or trying to make money. Living for experiences, not things, and experiencing the world by seeking authentic experiences instead of falling for pre-packaged tourist traps. Living with respect for others and for the earth, treading lightly and being conscious about the impact you have on the world.
This started as a travel blog, but I also love healthy recipes, permaculture, the environment, positive psychology and the odd political rant, so hopefully they will find their way into here, too.
I’m Gwynnie, and I’m originally from North Wales. I studied Psychology at the University of Manchester and graduated in July 2009, then ended up in Hamamatsu, Japan from March 2010 until July 2011, teaching English to children and adults; an experience which I found amazing and life-changing.
You can visit my still-active Japan blog at http://gwynniegoesjapan.blogspot.com !
In August 2011, I moved to Prague, Czech Republic. For four weeks, I took the challenging 4-week TEFL course at TEFL Worldwide Prague, a qualification that massively boosts anyone’s chances of finding a job as an English teacher in Europe (and not just the piece of paper – it’s given me a lot more confidence and a bunch of skills I didn’t have before). I spent two years in Prague teaching English in the mornings, and observing/giving feedback at TEFL Worldwide in the afternoons.
I am also a qualified Life Coach, meaning that you can come to me if you need direction in life, want to shake things up and make changes, or just want to feel more alive… the blog for that is www.greenjoyliving.com ! I have a huge emphasis on spending time in nature, making authentic connections with people, being mindful and forgiving with yourself, and eating natural food (that’s still healthy and exciting).
In June 2013, I went to the UK to do my Masters course in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of East London, while living in Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare town) and then Birmingham. In October 2015, I relocated again – to Cluj-Napoca, Romania, but after 9 months there I found myself back in Prague again…