So recently I embarked on my ‘Give a Dollar’ campaign to raise funds to donate to Made in a Free World and also IAWF. In the first week I managed to raise $100 and now we are up to $200. My goal is $2014 by December 31st 2014.
However, after reaching out to a few brands that are all about ethical and sustainable practices, I was very humbled and grateful for the support shown by some boutique and large eco brands.
The first supplier to show support and donate a gorgeous dress which will be raffled off once we reach our goal was 3Fish.
As part of this mission, I have been lucky to come across some new brands that I never knew existed. For me, apart from raising my goal fund amount, learning about new brands and understanding their mission is another added plus for me.
3Fish, the fastest growing fairtrade company in Woodend, are passionate about fair trade and its power to tackle extreme poverty through trade. Their belief is that every life is precious, and they go to long lengths to ensure their products are sweatshop free and kind to the environment. As quoted by 3Fish, “Every dollar you spend for yourself or your organisation has a ripple effect around the globe – make it count! to long lengths to ensure our products are sweatshop free and kind to the environment. Every dollar you spend for yourself or your organisation has a ripple effect around the globe – make it count!”
To find companies that are solely founded and created to support this movement of fairtrade…is phenomenal in my opinion.
Other brands who have also donated goods or gift vouchers that will also be raffled off include:
Birkenstock and All about Eve.
I am sure Birkenstock need no introduction with their on trend sandals gracing nearly every fashion blogger’s tootsies out there…however long before they become a fashion staple in everyone’s’ wardrobe, Birkenstock were doing great things both for foot health and eco/ethical practices. All about Eve are a boutique brand producing on trend fashion for the savvy lady.
We all get inspired by certain factors in life however there are also times when I get uninspired. This doesn’t happen often, however I will admit, it happens.
When I notice my mood or attitude taking a dive to ‘negative town’, I really try to pep myself up. However, it can also be exhausting some times. I am a definite believer in positive thoughts, emitting positive energies and from this will come positive outcomes. I know this and believe this! Yet there are times when I just feel like curling in a ball. When everything that inspires me has a slight tarnish or tinge to it and I just lose momentum.
I don’t tend to envy people. You are what you make yourself! However, I will, from time to time, envy those that can control their emotions to the point of being consistently positive and happy. I don’t envy wealth, fame, good looks, fancy clothes or cars. No! But I do envy those that are happy all the time. Only because that is what I want. Is it unrealistic though? And don’t get me wrong…I am not a wet blanket type of person or one that consistently focuses on the negative. But there will be times, very rarely, that I have a down day. A day where no amount of inspo quotes can pep me up. A day when not even my mood board with clippings of inspirational images can turn this frown upside down.
Surely even the super positive people have days where life presents its challenges to no avail? Is it unrealistic to want to be happy all the time? Do we need a bout of unhappiness to really appreciate the good times? Am I over thinking this whole thing and should really just go eat a chocolate muffing and be done with it?
If you are ever in the head space that I might get to from time to time…what do you do to direct yourself back to the right frame of mind?
I was inspired by the above idea of capturing your happy moments in a jar. The idea is, each happy moment you have during the year, you write it down, save it in your jar and come New Year’s eve 2014, you read each happy moment you’ve had, remembering what a great year it’s been, appreciating the moments and hopefully inspiring you to have even bigger and better happy moments for 2015.
I loved this idea!! So much so, that I started one of my own jars. I’ve blogged on enough about my shopping addiction and how I have amassed so many clothes over the years and I couldn’t think of anything more fitting than to take my acts of reducing and culling my wardrobe down to a more manageable size, selling my clothes and recycling them to people who need them one step further and instead of amassing and collecting even more clothes….amass and collect my happy moments.
In my craze of pinning images to boards since I discovered pinterest, I have stumbled across some amazing images of very creative ways to reuse and repurpose old or otherwise useless trash.
It’s amazing what you can create by using items that may have otherwise been discarded. All it takes is an open mind and if you look around, there are endless possibilities of how you can recycle what you already own, reduce your consumption and minimise the impact to the environment.
It got me really excited on little recycling projects I could begin…creating little wonders of my own. Here are some of the inspirational yet simple ideas I have found. Challenge yourself and repurpose something of your own!
I’ve recently discovered pinterest and needless to say…my productivity levels have taken a massive decline. Refer to chart below
This applies to pretty much all aspects of my life right now. I found myself trawling through pages of beautiful images and pinning them to my plethora of boards. I’ve become so obsessed and addicted, I can’t seem to create enough boards; creating a new one at the rate of 1 per second at the moment. “Yes! I need a separate board to categorise each clothing item!!!!” Do you even have to ask?!
Now that I have stumbled across, very late may I add, the craze that is pinterest, I find I can’t even visit a simple webpage without pinning multiple images. “Oh look at that pretty flower…on to the pinterest you go”
Is this something I will grow out of? Will this interest with pinterest eventually fade…only time will tell.
A statement could not be more true. I love these quotes. Call me cliché. When I see one that truly motivates or inspires me…it gets pinned straight to my pinterest board.
I also love youtube! Because youtube brings us immortalised moments of funny, hilarious and amazing. Take the below video for example. I watched this video a couple months back and felt so sorry for the leggy model falling, tripping or whatever it is she is doing on the vid.
Funny story; about a week ago I headed out for a new year catch up with friends…I was looking preeeetty spiffy if I do say so myself. I had heels on! Now, I work for an e-commerce business. We don’t have clients popping in or anything like that, so it’s been casual day, everyday for the last 2 years. My heel skills have taken a dramatic dive.
But I was feeling very ambitious this one night and wanted to wear my 6 inch platform heels. You know what is coming next. Yes! I fell over in them. I was crossing a zebra crossing, placed my foot on a relatively uneven section of bitumen, my heel gave way and I fell sideways, arms out trying to grab onto an imaginary, I don’t know, to prevent my fall?!?! I fell! People saw. Motorists laughed. I picked myself up, chuckled (I wasn’t going to cry) and then tottered off.
However, right after it happened, I remembered the video below; and it brought me solace. As soon as I got home from the night out, I watched the video again and I can conclude that even though I took a fall….at least it was no where near as embarrassing as this one :))) This is why I love social media. You can always find evidence of someone just that little bit worse off than you. Someone whos predicament is so much more embarrassing. And don’t get me wrong…I am not sitting there laughing at them (well a little c’mon) pointing and snickering at how silly they are? No! I feel a comradeship with them and feel somewhat connected.
Basically, carry on doing the things you love. You will fall! You will stumble! But at least you know other’s before you have too also and they made it out okay :)
“Take a moment to admire prettiness, the beauty, the little things that make this world amazing! “
I recently read this satire article about cats on the huffington post, ‘Sorry, But Your Cat Is Actually A Total Jerk. It’s Just Science.’ It discussed how ‘every cat is an asshole’ basically (View below media for proof). And in the past…I would have totally agreed.
As an avid dog person, I did not have much time for cats. I would not go out of my wayto avoid hitting a cat in harms way on the motorway, if you know what I’m saying. No, only joking!! Of course I would. I have respect for all animals however it’s just that I have never had an affinity towards cats.
However of late, I have found myself ‘liking’ cats? I’m pretty sure it all started out with ‘grumpy cat’. I actually loved (love) this cat. There was something about it’s damaged soul that drew me to him/her (I don’t know the gender?). I wanted to pet grumpy cat and make it’s pain all better. After that well…I was trying to find ‘grumpy cat’ in every cat. I then found myself looking adoringly at these little furballs and thinking they were cute? When in the past, I would never find anything ‘cute’ about an animal that would hiss at you and try to claw your eyes out every time you try to hug it.
So it raised some interesting questions for me about why my preferences were altering in regards to these little felines and what was that saying about me? Was my personality changing? Instantly, I conjured up all the typical stereotypes one has about ‘cat owners’. Was I becoming increasingly more ‘anti-social’ with my old age. Was I nearing some personal, social crisis in my life that would require the comfort from 15 purring, annoying cats that seemed to bring solace to other ‘cat ladies’ out there? What did it mean? So of course, I used our trusty and credible friend ‘google’ to do some research….as you do whenever you are worried about serious issues (google Dr anyone?) Fast Facts on Cat vs Dog People General: Dog people: 15% more likely to be extroverts Cat people: 11% more likely to be introverts Dog people: 36% more likely to use a pop song as a ringtone Cat people: 14% more likely to cling to friends at a party Dog people: 11% more likely to say they’d support cloning, but only for animals or pets Cat people: 17% more likely to have completed a graduate degree Dog people: 30% more likely to enjoy slapstick humor and impressions Cat people: 21% more likely to enjoy ironic humor and puns
- Dog people are 30 percent more likely to live in a rural area.
- Cat people are 29 percent move likely to live in an urban area.
- Dog people are 24 percent more likely to have kids.
- Cat people are 33 percent more likely to prefer taking care of a friend’s kids than a friend’s dogs.
- Dog people are 18 percent more likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle.
- Cat people are 25 percent more likely to consider George Harrison their favorite Beatle.
- Dog people are 9 percent more likely to think of zoos as happy place.
- Cat people are 10 percent more likely to be active on Twitter.
Compelling stuff I know! But what does this reveal about me though? That I am an introverted, clingy yet brainy (I have a degree remember), pun loving, urban dwelling, dog hating, George Harrison loving, twitter posting individual? :| Do any of these insights really give us insight into a person? We surely aren’t that easy to predict or define based on some generalisation and stereotypes. Hmmm? Who knows! Perhaps I’ll ponder all these curiosities and more, in my jammies, as I snuggle up in bed and browse through my twitter feed whilst I polish off my university degree! Carry on everyone! Just random musings from me….