I’ll start this entry by saying Happy New Year!
No matter your walk of life, belief, family dynamic… this year, like the last, will likely test the will of us all. Yet even through the testing times, I hope that this year is at least a happy one for you in some way or another.
Over the winter season, happiness is something I’ve been thinking about quite a lot. I find that when my mental health is strained and my self doubt is at its highest, that is when I question what it is to be happy. I find that posing this question to myself gives me a reason to ‘find my happy’. I search for it in the things I do, the people I am surrounded by and the way in which I use the pockets of time that I have.
Personal experience has taught me that children are very receptive to the actions of their parents or guardians. As a mother of two with a large age gap, I find that everything revolves around leading by example.
My eldest has recently turned ten and will soon be embarking on the quest of tweenhood. As such, I’m finding it especially important to instill values in him now, before we reach that stage of testosterone fuelled rebellious behaviour that I have so often been forewarned about.
Firstly, Happy New Year! I thought this post would be a great start to the new year since I can imagine that resolutions for many may be based around ‘quitting fast fashion’.
Over the last half a year or so I’ve been gradually working my way through my wardrobe. Having once been the type of person to pop into Primark to get a new pair of jeans when I didn’t really need any more, I’ve been a lot more conscious of the things going in and out of my closet.
When it comes to Christmas, I’m Buddy from Elf and my other half is The Grinch. I like to go all out on decorating, food and presents. However, since trying to make less waste and live a more frugal life, I’ve had to find a way to contain my inner Buddy whilst not turning into old Grinchy. I have two hacks to share with you this holiday season that might help lessen the blow to the wallet over Christmas time.
Since trying to pursue a more frugal and environmentally conscious way of living, I have adopted some practical principles which I find have helped to tuck some pennies away in the bank and made a difference in the way me and my family are living.
We currently live in a world that is on a downward spiral. It’s health deteriorating, it’s seas disappearing, it’s people squandering… So I find myself more and more often asking:
“Why is it like this? And what can I do to make a difference?”