Hello! My name is Mel and welcome to my home here on the internet where I write about thoughtful living for down to earth people like you and me. That means that in this space you'll read about parenting, creativity and trying to live ethically as we work out what it means to create a life that cares about the world. You'll also have the opportunity to join in with some resources and events that I'm developing that will help you keep things simple and connect you with creative community.
I live with my husband Dave (who works for a sustainable transport charity), son Levi and daughter Ada in beautiful, complicated Northern Ireland and feel lucky to do so.
I work part-time coordinating a local community project called 'Freedom Acts', where we work to prevent and educate people on the issues of exploitation and human trafficking. It's fulfilling and intense and meaningful all at once and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Some of my other loves include proper coffee, heated discussions (in person, not on facebook), good photography, charity shopping, feeding people, being outside, crying at adverts, open fires, quality design, ethical fashion, people who don’t know that they’re funny, pointless stationary, generosity and exploring new places.
This space is where the fire in my belly for justice, my passion for family and my innate need for creativity marry up.
I have been writing and blogging for many years, with my work being published on various websites, blogs and magazines. I have also produced several professional resources and training guides that are used widely within the UK charity sector.
If you would like me to write for your magazine, website or to guest-post on your blog please get in touch so we can chat more about what you need on email@example.com.
I sometimes collaborate with brands & companies that I feel compliment or are tuned into the things that I know to be important. I never want this blog to be all about advertising or feel unnatural to my authentic voice and I will always make it clear in my posts when I've collaborated with a brand; only doing so because I really believe in what they offer and think you will too - seriously.