Living more sustainably in 5 small steps

True story: I joined Greenpeace when I was 8. I still have an envelope full of literature and stickers about the Ozone layer, Save the Whale and the dangers of pollution. Let’s just say I was a precocious, super sensitive little Sally Draper who was very obsessed with saving the planet. Plus, I’d read The Baby-sitters Club ‘Dawn Saves the Planet’ that summer and well, just about everything in my life can be traced back to The Baby-sitters Club books.

At the weekend I listened to Ali Cutler talk about her love of nature, Gaia theory and how to live sustainably on Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor’s podcast, I’m Over It, and then I read Al Gore’s comments on the current heatwave and I felt inspired to share a few easy things we can do everyday to live more sustainably. At the risk of sounding completely preachy, we only have one planet and time is running out for us to stop a complete catastrophe. Small actions make a huge difference. Continue reading “Living more sustainably in 5 small steps”

5 podcasts for creatives

Have I mentioned that I love podcasts? Oh, only about 800 times. And counting.

Some of my favourites are podcasts for creative entrepreneurs. Wide generalisation here but I find creative professionals hold their cards pretty close to their chests IRL so, when you’re a freelancer, it’s hard to find out the nuts and bolts of your profession without good ol’ trial and error. A lot of error.

I’ve found podcasts for creative entrepreneurs to be an absolutely invaluable source of practical tips and insider knowledge about running your own business in the 21st century. If you work in a creative field or you’ve got a side hustle you one day would love to turn into your main hustle, these podcasts will give you the tools, insights and inspiration to get things done to achieve your goals. In fact, they’ll pretty much be your career coach. Continue reading “5 podcasts for creatives”

5 Vegetarian Cookbooks Worth Buying*

(*or checking out of the library)

Nothing beats a glossy cookbook full of tantalising recipes to make me head straight for the kitchen. This week I wanted to share some of my favourite cookbooks for vegetarians, the books which really helped me figure out how to make vegetarian meals and which really got me out of a food funk.

These vegetarian cookbooks are all geared towards beginners and, as I have no culinary training myself and can’t deal with fussy recipes with ingredients I can’t pronounce, I can attest that anyone can follow these guides and cook healthy, delicious veggie meals. Continue reading “5 Vegetarian Cookbooks Worth Buying*”

How to deal with negative thoughts

This week I wanted to don my Oprah hat and write about something I think we all experience: negative thoughts and self-doubt. I’m told that self-doubt is as much a part of a writer’s DNA as coffee dependency, narcissism and nosiness. To be honest, that doesn’t really give me much comfort when I’m hunched over my laptop, paralysed with fear and self-loathing, as though the assignment I’m working on is the first thing I’ve ever written and wondering why the editor gave it to me of all people. So how do you stop that niggling negativity from completely taking over? Continue reading “How to deal with negative thoughts”

Summer reads 2018

One of my favourite blog posts I’ve written so far has been this one from last year, Summer Reads 2017. In a case of déjà vu, I wanted to recommend some more books to read for 2018 if you’re heading off on holidays or if you’ve been a bit lax on the reading front and want to become a summer bookworm.

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on all the books you meant to read earlier this year but never got around to. I for one will definitely be tucking into the stack of books on my bedside locker (ok, and floor) that just keeps growing. Continue reading “Summer reads 2018”