Hello readers! I am so happy and excited to announce that the blog turns one this month. Can you believe it? I started after joining “The socially conscious women” Facebook group and the encouragement from the ladies in the group. It has been such a wonderful time and yet feels like only a week ago. Time is funny that way I guess. So today I wanted to share with you my progress, changes, struggles and answer all of your questions. I hope you will enjoy this post and leave comments below. I always love to read you and get a chance to discuss simple conscious living alternatives.
Why did I start?
I developed an interest in zero-waste, eco-friendly and ethical living about 2-3 years ago after reading about it on Pinterest or somewhere else online. The concepts fascinate me and the suggestions of little changes seem so easy at first. Truth be told, it wasn’t as easy as it seemed. I slowly started to look at what I own differently and seeing them as things. The decluttering process started with the duplicates we had from us moving together. This was a great starting point for me because I like things to be useful and multiples of things can be just holding space without serving any purpose. With time, I realized our impact throughout are trash, purchases and brands we gave money to. After all this, I noticed people sharing their lifestyle (“minimalist”, “zero-waste”, or “simplicity”) but not a lot of bloggers were talking about the transition. I started my blog to share my findings, evolve with you and, with much hope, inspire you to make small changes as well.
I am proud to say this year was transforming and a rollercoaster. I learned so much from all the bloggers out there, Facebook groups and social media. I discovered amazing people from around the world with the same philosophy and like-minded people who believe they can make a difference in the world. I drastically downsized my wardrobe and now started to purchase from ethical and eco-friendly brands or secondhand. I keep selling or donating unused items and make an effort to still get rid of things I no longer have a use for. My finances are doing better (no thanks to the boxing day shopping I did, trust me) but I am mindful of what I wish to encourage while spending my hard earned money. We drastically have reduced the amount of trash we produce every week and we recycle or compost as much as we can. In general, I would say I developed awareness in every aspect of my life and really think about the impact it has in general.
I still struggle with a conflicted way of thinking, e.g. some days I just need to replace a moisturizer but now I will look at the content as well as the brand which takes time and I have to admit my time is valuable. I also have issues letting go of dreams I had when I was a kid of beautifully decorated house from a magazine because 1) I rather spend my money some other places, 2) my house never stay like that because we do live in that house, 3) I do not like to clean everyday and dust everything, and 4) I come to realize I am very basic when it comes to decorations and colours. Another aspect I do struggle with is purchasing ethical shoes and jackets. I am still torn between ethical real leather or fake leather. I am doing the research and it is getting me more confused than being helpful. Both have valuable points but real leather has the animal aspect of it (cruelty) while the fake leather has the environmental aspect of it (plastic). Anyway, these are only a few of the struggle I have with this year of simple conscious living.
I hope you relate to some of the points I mentioned above and am not alone with all of this confusion. As usual, you can find me on social media (mostly Facebook and IG). Please subscribe if you want to be notified when I post new content and hope to see you back on the blog soon. I wish you a very good day and hope to inspire you for another year. Thank you for following my adventures and discoveries while sharing your own.