The holiday season is fast approaching. Whether that statement fills you with excitement or dread is personal. I am usually a mixture of both but if I had to pick, probably the later. One of the reasons for that is, call me a Scrooge, but I hate the consumption overload that comes with Christmas. Particularly sale days like Black Friday, which is now extended to the whole weekend through to Cyber Monday. Again, whether you love it or hate it is all down to you. I again will choose the later.
Originally an American shopping tradition, Black Friday is the name given to the day following Thanks Giving and is often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the US. The format of the day is practically identical to our own Boxing Day sales in the UK, now for better or worse many UK retailers have adopted the concept.
There I said it. I know I am not the only one, who sometimes struggles with fear and self-doubt. But, the mean little voice in my head sure makes me feel like I am. Saying, everyone else’s work is better than mine, I don’t have enough followers, you know the drill.
This is a different kind of article you are used to reading, but I need to go back to basics. I started this blog to provide a cathartic space to write and feel better, to be honest, and relaxed. I wanted to lay my soul bare and hope someone might read and relate. So, I am being brutally honest to enable myself to progress. I guess there is no time like the present.
What is Zero Waste Week?
Zero Waste Week has just come to an end. It is a grassroots campaign that takes place every year on the first week of September, raising awareness all over the world about the environmental impact of waste. Empowering us to reduce our own waste and changing old daily habits hopefully all year round.
The campaign lasts for one week and has been surprisingly easy for us. We were really prepared, ready for our trip away. That is all it takes to start, a little prep and forward planning. Long term, the campaign asks us all to consider if we can do better. Challenging people all over the world to dramatically reduce their waste, for good.
Can you do better? The answer is normally yes. In a world literally drowning in plastic, there are so many small easy swaps, that make a difference.
About a month ago at the hight of the British heat wave, we made our way to south London to meet Sophie Dunster, the brains behind the ethical brand, Gung Ho. Today, we are sharing the video while there. Sophie was kind enough to show us her beautiful container studio, and her quirky home on a houseboat.
Sophie’s designs are vibrant and interesting much like herself. Her colourful personality and passion comes through in all of her designs. Having been raised living a low carbon lifestyle, it’s no surprise that Sophie has made it her mission to push the boundaries of sustainable fashion.
We are on a mission to prove that fashion can help bring about positive change. Gung Ho helps people to make an impact in their daily lives, which is something we really love and talk about, like, all the time.
Today, I’m talking about tackling our to-do lists in style. You will see throughout this post we have had a bit of fun with this topic. I’ve put together some cute weekly planners. They’ve helped me out a lot over the last two months. Keeping us on top of our day to day and pushing us to achieve our goals. They are un-dated print outs meaning we can to start getting organised at any time. We want you to have them for free!
Personally, I am lost without my diary. I’ve always been a bit old school in this respect. Like many creatives, I’m a very visual person, so a paper planner is essential. Most of us have some form of electronic calendar on our phones or computers, but I still heavily rely on writing things down. Putting pen to paper keeps me sane by releasing the thoughts from my head and just generally remembering the important stuff.
Do you spend all your time making to-do lists, bouching from task to task and never feeling like you’ve accomplished your big goals? Running your own life, blog or business can feel overwhelming. It is time to take productivity into our own hands.
Writing by hand forces us to slow down and become more mindful, and research suggests that writing things by hand helps us to retain information. This is definitely true for me. I’ve never been a naturally organised person, like most things I have to work at it.