CREATIVITY & COURAGE

CREATIVITY & COURAGE

A couple of months ago my lovely pal Emma (Life At The Little Wood) asked if I would speak at the Blog Retreat she was hosting for all of us bloggy/grammy types here in Northern Ireland. It was pitched as a pretty small affair to begin with so I, of course, said I would.  Then everyone wanted to come and it turned into a 140 people full on event at the incredibly beautiful Larchfield Estate! That's what happens when someone like Emma starts a ball rollin. She brings in the fold.

Public speaking is something I do a lot of in my work with Freedom Acts. Usually not a week goes by where I'm not speaking in front of a small or a big crowd of people about trafficking and exploitation. I still get nervous about it, but it's definitely something I'm well versed in now. But to talk about blogging and creativity - sheesh. That felt different. A little less factual, a little more personal. To be honest, my September leading up to the blog event had been an absolute stress-fest. I had been launching a big campaign for Freedom Acts, re-writing our entire website, writing scripts for 6 promo videos and putting together a brand new resource for our 5 year celebration event. I was also delivering my Eco Family Living course to a full intake of amazing people online which was making me so happy but so tired! That's why it might have gone a bit quiet round these parts lately. 

WOMANHOOD + TAKING UP SPACE

WOMANHOOD + TAKING UP SPACE

I wish I didn't have to write this post but I do. I wish I didn't have to consider the implications that come with pursuing that which makes you come alive with any kind of gusto but I do. I do because it seems like everywhere I turn, women are worried about taking up space. Worried that they are coming across as pushy; worried that they are seen as overly-confident; worried that if they go full throttle in their business and hobbies that they will be perceived as aggressive or salesy or up themselves or too much.

I'm kind of tired of it. 

SUSTAINABLE SUMMER STYLE: SUKKHACITTA CLOTHING

SUSTAINABLE SUMMER STYLE: SUKKHACITTA CLOTHING

It's the middle of August here and although Summer seems like a distant memory already, I wanted to share one last brand with you that I've been wearing this Summer.  I think you're going to love them.

Sukkhacitta is a beautiful hand-crafted clothing company making a huge difference in rural Indonesia and indeed, the world. It's focus is on empowering women who face massive economic and educational barriers by investing in their craft and giving them ownership and investment in their abilities. They are passionate about community impact and by investing in these women and their skills, the ripples of this are felt throughout the village they work in. Everyone benefits. 

SUSTAINABLE SUMMER STYLE: THOUGHT CLOTHING

SUSTAINABLE SUMMER STYLE: THOUGHT CLOTHING

While our summer holiday is still a vague memory in my mind, I thought I would share a little bit about other ethical clothing brands I wore on our trip to France. As you may have seen here (and here) over the last year or so, I've been wearing a lot of pieces from Thought Clothing. I have found them to be such a go-to brand for key items because everything fits so well, is SUCH good quality and is really affordable. 

SUMMER ECO BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

SUMMER ECO BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

If you are interested in 'greening' up your beauty cabinet, this post is for you. I thought I'd share a few of my favourite summer eco beauty essentials that are being used day in and out. Summer is a great time to try some new green products out because our skin tends to be out more and in need of good protection.  

Full disclosure, my 'beauty routine' is hardly a routine at all but is focused on convenience and less being more. I love natural products that enhance what I've already got goin' on and so I feel like what I do buy needs to be good quality, long-lasting and as naturally produced as possible.  

I've chosen six items that I wouldn't be without this summer - here goes: