Hi, how are you? It's been a while. A lot can happen in over 6 months so let me fill you in.
I've spoken about it before, but moving around and having to pick up and leave jobs is really tough. There have been several periods of time spent on my own trying to figure out my next move and this comes with its stresses. So this time I've had to put the 9-5 first. Any side hustles are the first things to get pushed out when reality hits and you need to pay the bills, but that doesn't mean I don't miss it. I would love to be able to find the perfect balance of my time and finances but unfortunately I'm not there yet. For now, I'm just going to write when I can and not put any pressure on myself to stick to any form of schedule. As long as I can put some positive vibes out there before another 6 months have passed then that is a success!
So what has changed?
Reducing Our Waste & Being More Eco
The biggest change has been our environmental awareness. I finally became so tired of our defeatist attitude about waste being an enabler for us to continue taking out huge bags of rubbish every week. We are in no way a zero waste household, but we are much more aware of what we purchase, consume and contribute to. Our journey started with the kitchen and has moved into my beauty routine, toiletries and more. I will be doing a separate blog post about this, detailing all of the changes we have made and any must-haves for supporting this lifestyle.
Another change we have made to reduce our environmental impact is becoming vegetarian. This is something that I never thought we would be able to do as my other half loves anything and everything meaty. However, after watching the brilliant David Attenborough documentary 'Climate Change - The Facts' we knew we had to finally make the transition. This has been going really well so far and I don't feel that I'm missing out on anything. We agreed that we weren't going to restrict ourselves or change our eating habits too much so that it wasn't too much too soon, so we have been making simple swaps to change the meals we would have cooked anyway. We also agreed that if either of us wanted to have meat whilst out for a meal then there would be no shaming or competition - just support for each other. I think this change has actually made us more inventive and encouraged us to try new ingredient combinations. For the moment we have chosen not to become vegan but we are on our way to reducing our dairy intake too.
Embracing My Natural Hair
When I was young I had little ringlets all over my head. These gradually dropped into unkept waves and random frizzy straight bits and I just never knew what to do with my hair. I was part of the generation that straightened their hair everyday to within an inch of its life and wore bracelets over the sleeves of their school jumpers. Jump to the last few years where I kept the straighteners employed but instead used them to curl my hair into loose waves or bouncy curls. Although I am late to the party on this, I have now started following 'The Curly Girl Method' which encourages the use of more natural products (silicone and sulphate free) and preferably allowing the hair to air-dry. This routine, along with cutting down on my make-up products, has made my mornings a lot quicker and easier. I am definitely no expert but do let me know in the comments if you would like more info on my new haircare routine.
I'm sure things will keep changing, especially with another house move coming up, and I would love to take you all along for the ride! So watch this space...