The year is drawing to a close ( I like to get ahead and think of the end of October as my starting point. Samhuinn and all that) and instead of resolutions, I’ve been using loose themes for the last few years. This last year I wanted to be more honest with myself and with others, which I think I’ve managed a good start with. Talking more openly about mental health and things that are important to me has actually been really great. I want to build on this, aligning my actions and values, now I’ve actually started to figure out what my values are!
The past few months, I’ve been thinking about where I want to focus my energies going forwards. I’ve been thinking about what is important to me, and where I’d like to spend more time.
One thing I’d really like to do is start living with less of an impact. I started really well, but being ill meant some areas suffered as I tried to just grab the easiest, quickest thing to get through the day. Now I’m feeling a lot better, I’d like to put in place some ethical, low-impact easy swaps that will become part of my routine.
Looking at ‘what can I do’, it’s important to realise what I am already doing, I think. It’s quite motivating and gives me something to build on, rather than thinking about starting from scratch. Previously, I’ve been a very much ‘all or nothing’ person, diving straight in, but realising later that some things are unsustainable, not quite thought through, jumped into without a strong enough ‘why’. So instead, I’m launching a tiny series to document little things that I can do – Small Changes.
I’ll build more as the momentum grows in the coming months. Little things can snowball, and that’s what I’m hoping will happen. I’ve previously put off making changes that I know I should be doing, because it all feels like just too much at once. Instead of being overwhelmed, I’m going to be looking at tiny things that can be the start of something bigger. I also want to start looking more at brands and their ethical and environmental stance, and make my own stuff as much as possible.
Also in the interests of ‘writing things already completed on a list then crossing them off to feel productive’, here is what I’ve been doing as part of my life for a while now:
Only getting clothes/shoes from charity shops or eBay
Using Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap for basically everything
Letting the garden go wild
Sowing a wildflower patch
Using just plain Jojoba oil since my old moisturiser ran out and it’s great
Growing our own veg
Not using any pesticides or ‘growmore’-type stuff
Using ethical makeup
Stopped using shampoo
Swapped handwash for bar soap (Oliva soap is my favourite ever)
Just all little tiny things, but it’s a start. I like to think of themes for the coming year. This year I’ve loosely decided on ‘Strength’, ‘Openness’ and ‘Positive Impact’. I’m looking forward to exploring this and seeing how deep I can go, how I can align my actions with my values. I’ll use these themes in my personal life, my business, and my study. Last year one of my themes was ‘Honesty’ – I found being honest with myself took away so much pressure, and from that came more openness, more trust, more exchanges. It had a positive effect on how I run my business, too – I stopped doing everything that I thought I ‘should’ be doing, and relaxed into a business that reflected my personality. And so ‘Openness’ continues on from that, I think.
So, Small Changes will become a semi-regular series over the next year. I’m excited!
What little changes have you made in areas of your life that are important to you? How has it made a difference to you? I’d love to hear some ideas I can try 🙂