About Two Tired

 
Growing up in Michigan, I was lucky enough to experience nature at it's finest. Frequent trips to Hubbard Lake, state parks, and camping grounds taught me to appreciate mother nature. All through childhood and into young adulthood, I was taught to respect the earth, and take care of it.

Looking for a change of scenery, I moved to Southwest Florida in 1999, where part of my family was living. I certainly fell in love with the weather. I fell in love with not having to worry about layers and coats and gloves, with the rare exception of a few days when the 30s or 40s would briefly stop by. I moved to Bonita Springs in 2004, and have been here since. We really love Bonita Springs and feel good about our neighborhood.

In March of 2013, I sold my car. Mainly in an attempt to regain my health, as it had slipped away. My new 22-mile round trip commute to work on two tires soon had me experiencing a whole new life and perspective on things. I enjoyed a peaceful (mostly) time to myself every morning, and every afternoon. A time to reflect on that day, and a time to let go of stress that may have accumulated.

In January of 2016, I ordered a large cargo trailer from Bikes At Work, a small family-owned company in Ames, Iowa that specializes in just that. My intentions were to transport lumber, christmas trees, and generally anything else that was huge or heavy that we didn't really need. After a few runs, I realized how much fun it was, and how good it felt to use a human-powered vehicle to accomplish tasks that most would nee a motor vehicle for. About this same time, I was working towards getting rid of the gas powered lawn equipment we had. I already had an electric trimmer, and it worked great. Not too long after that, I had an idea put together. I thought 'maybe I can make a few extra bucks, and help pay for the trailer' I was going to ride around town and cut lawns without using any gas. It was a cool idea, and I ran with it.

Over the summer of 2016, I began to realize how much I enjoyed it. I was able to be outside, and enjoy more peaceful time.

By the end of 2016, I had quit my full time job of 13 years to pursue this business full time. It was a big step, and a huge sacrifice for my wife and I to lose that security. But, I truly feel that this is where I am supposed to be right now, and this is what I am supposed to be doing.

Of course, I had never been a landscaper or had any formal training at all. I knew how to cut grass, trim, and clean up debris. All those basic tasks like weeding were easy, and that's where I started.

As of January 2017, I have begun formal training in the horticulture industry. I am taking 2 different courses, and will continue on with other classes, seminars, garden tours, lectures, and anything else I can attend and learn from.

- Ryan