“Nothing is ever as serious as it seems, you need to have a sense of humour it gives you a lightness of being”, Natalie Fee.
What is your job about?
- I have a number of different hats. I present and produce ‘The Source’ everyday on ‘Made In Bristol’ it’s a what’s on type of tv programme.
- I wrote a song to raise awareness about marine plastics and the pollution they are causing. The song is called A Song For the Oceans, the song will help to raise awareness and funds and also hopefully connect to people’s hearts. I used crowdfunding which I called Seas Initiative to fund the song and music video, I managed to raise the funding for it and it launches officially this summer.
- I do adult poems about marine plastic pollution. I work with surfers against sewerage, we have a programme where we Ghost Fish. We also hold beach clean ups which help people to get hands on and involved and also to really see the problems.
- I do writing (just published a book) and teach yoga.
- I am also a trustee for the Wave Foundation, who are working on an inland surf lake. We aim to involve children and local school to become more water conscious. It will also generate energy and will have reed beds on the sides of the lake to filter water.
What issues do you or did you address?
Marine Plastic pollution
- Education around the sea and water
What moved you to take action?
When I was 22 and living in London I worked in a recruitment agency. I felt that my life was very removed form nature and it just didn’t feel like the real purpose of my existence. I started to do yoga and found peace of mind. I’m now 36 and I want to share the things I have learnt.
I used to be very scared of the sea. One day I went out with my friends into the sea and actually found it really amazing, it changed my perspective on it and I realized how important it is. I went through a phase where for 10 nights I dreamed of sea creatures, I suddenly realized that I could have a healthy connection with the sea.
What were the obstacles that you had to overcome?
- I had to overcome the fear of failure and low self esteem.
- I had to overcome being in the public eye and also how to be creative and confident. It’s quite difficult to personally be a public figure.
- I wanted to honor my creativity
- I’m a single parent and I also needed to earn enough to support my son and work in the environmental area.
What helped you keep going in hard times?
Lots of different things have helped me over the years. I was quite determined not to give up.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being very happy) where would you rate how you feel about your life?
8 – I would like to say more but I still worry too much.