Saturday, 20 December 2014

Conscious Living - A Love List..

"If you have time to worry about things you have no control over, then you certainly have time to make a difference."

List #004.. 
A collection of blog posts, articles, short films & links to inspire and invigorate a more conscious way of life. 

For me this time of year is all about reflection and making new goals for the new year.  I love this article from Becoming Minimalist about intentional ways to challenge consumerism, some really helpful tips that I'm looking forward to applying to our my journey. This article about 'taking control of your stuff' also had some really useful advice.  

So much food for thought to see how it's possible to set up a self-sustaining homestead on just one acre.

This remarkable little film really inspired me this week. The hybrid situation of the old techniques coming together with the new technology is something that truly fascinates me. And the house is so wonderful.

And speaking of handmade homes, I've been catching up this week on the first season of Man Made Home.  I've got such a soft spot for Kevin and I just love the philosophy of making and doing rather than buying and consuming.

Nick and Kirsten from Milkwood have been hugely inspirational to us and I really enjoyed reading about their journey in this interview.  I also loved Kirsten's beautiful blog post about gratitude and preserving fruit.

I've been fascinated with natural dyeing since I studied textiles at University and one of my goals for the new year is to work more with natural dyeing in my own creative processes. This article about growing a dye garden on The Plant Hunter made my creative soul very happy indeed. I can't wait to get planting.

Another one of my goals for the new year is to make our kitchen plastic free.  It's the kind of goal that requires a little by little approach and a great first step is with alternative storage solutions.  I found some great ideas over at Attainable Sustainable. You can also find more ideas about ditching disposables over here.

I've been thinking a lot this year about breaking up with the supermarket.  While we try to get as much food as we can from alternative sources, we still use the supermarket for some store cupboard staples. A recent article that from 1 Million Women sparked my attention and got me feeling like I might be the only one who is feeling this way.  For some supermarket break up tips, this article is great read.

The Bharani Effect is one of my favourite websites and I was so delighted to read this interview with Mel, The Bharani Effect's inspiring creator.

Instagram is brimming with beautiful, creative souls connecting through a love for humble, conscious living. A few I particularly adore are Nurturing Soul, Fare Isle and Dancey Pants Disco.

Wishing you a wonderfully inspiring weekend!
Much Love
xxx

PS. You can find previous Love Lists here 

4 comments:

  1. lovely lovely, so much goodness to explore.

    i set my ideals too high with the eco-dying (a tendency i have). i'm going to start again - this time being happy to buy natural dyes from others. i look forward to seeing what you produce!

    we are plastic free in the kitchen! it's a good feeling.

    off to peruse the links....

    www.inkandchai.co.uk

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  2. Such informative post, thanks for sharing Sophie, I will add to my favorites to follow some ideas. I think you would love to explore South America, a bunch of Eco Villages, Sustainable projects, premaculture and indigenous communities to learn from, wow! I could spend 6 years here and keep learning about sustainability.

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  3. The Becoming Minimalist article was really interesting. I've definitely bought less in the past year, partly consciously, and partly because we moved from a big city to a small market town where there are fewer shops, especially the big stores where it was easy to fill up the basket with things I didn't really need. The only indulgent things I've really bought this year are books. I've started making my own clothes, and buying just wardrobe staples, like a great pair of jeans. In the coming year I've decided to re-read my favourite novels (instead of buying new ones) and have dug them all out of the garage ready. By the time I finish, hopefully the latest novels I'm eyeing up at the moment will be available in paperback, and I'll save myself a few quid!

    It's difficult at this time of year as the twins are given lots of stuff they don't need just for the sake of it (their birthday is in December, shortly followed by Christmas) but people are only being kind though, it's tricky.

    Xx

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  4. Oh my goodness! What a gorgeous blog! Why haven't I found you before now? You have a new follower. xo

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