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General ramblings

Over and Out

July 6, 2017

Wow, this is a tough post to write, and if I’m honest, one I’ve been putting off for some time.

I think it’s time to call it a day here at My Make Do and Mend Life.
It feels like I have moved on to new things, and I am excruciatingly aware that I am not one of those people who is able to do lots of different things all at the same time. Or at least, not able to do all of them well.
Since launching my ethical coaching business earlier on this year, I’ve found it increasingly difficult to create the time and the head space to write for this site.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still hugely passionate about Making Do and Mending, and all things sustainable living – I can’t see that ever changing – but I only have so much time in the day, and only so much energy.

For the time being, my time and energy seem to naturally want to focus on my new business, and I had failed to remember quite how much of both it takes to get anything new online up and running and gaining traction!

So I just wanted to say a massive, massive THANK YOU to each and every one of you. For reading, for commenting, for tweeting and re-tweeting. For anyone who has come and heard me speak, or read any my articles in various publications. For being my cheerleaders, my community, and for keeping me going this long.

It’s been an absolute blast, and a truly life-changing experience.
I could never have imagined being where I am now five years ago when I first had the idea for a year buying nothing new.
It has led me on an amazing adventure that saw me step right out of my comfort zone into social media land, public speaking, radio and TV appearances, and writing.
And best of all it led me to you guys, and to the brilliant community that we have created over in the A Make Do and Mend Life Facebook group (which isn’t going anywhere for now!).

So thank you again for all your support and encouragement.
I will miss you all, but I hope you will keep in touch, and follow me on my new adventure on my new site.

So for now at least, over and out.


PS. You can also keep in touch the following ways:
My Monday Motivation e-mail
The Making Good podcast
– My new You Tube channel (slightly scared face emoticon!)

General ramblings

I’m back!

May 3, 2017

Hello hello!
HUGE apologies for total lack of posts for the whole of April – I had grand plans of a whole series of posts around clothes and fast fashion, and stuff around Fashion Revolution Week etc etc, but just ran out of time and energy.
So why so quiet?
Well….I’ve been working away on something new, and I’m learning that I seem to have an inability to focus on more than one thing at a time. It turns out I’m either ‘ON’ or ‘OFF’ and find it really hard to do a ‘bit of something’, which I’m trying to see as a good thing, although it is frustrating me hugely.

I wanted to let you guys what I have been up to, firstly to explain my unplanned absence, and secondly, because some of you might be able to help me, and that would be very lovely indeed!
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Conscious Consumption, General ramblings, One Planet Living

One Planet Buying – Borrowing

February 14, 2017

OK, so we’re already halfway through our month of ‘conscious consumption’ or One Planet Buying (trying to find the things we need or want, and still stay within the resource constraints of the planet) and before we get on to the whole ‘buying’ bit of One Planet Buying, I want to spend some time highlighting some brilliant alternatives to dashing out and buying brand new stuff whenever we need (or want) things.
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General ramblings

Change Making in 2017

January 4, 2017

Happy New Year!
Phew, it’s been a while. Apologies for the complete lack of posts during December. My blogging ‘mojo’ was very intermittent during the last half of 2016, and has probably in all honesty been a very accurate reflection of my general mood and mental health. Taking some time out in the run up to Christmas ended up being a really constructive thing to do – it was so lovely to just stop and spend time with hubby and the boys, and not be constantly pushing myself to be publishing posts, and to be busy for busy’s sake.

The kids went back to school today, so some form of ‘normality’ has resumed and Christmas suddenly seems a long time ago. In fact, even New Years Day feels like weeks ago, and I feel somewhat tardy in not getting a New Year post out until now.
This time of year is always an interesting one, so full of good intentions and grand ambitions. Despite not being ‘here’ on the blog throughout December, I failed to completely switch off and the ideas factory in my head refused to take any time off, leaving me mulling over thoughts for the year ahead around what I want to achieve both personally, and here in my own little corner of the inter web.

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Activism, General ramblings, Sustainable Living

Seven big things we can ALL do today to fight climate change, or how to be a climate activist without leaving home

November 18, 2016

Hubby and I watched Before the Flood the other weekend.
It’s a film made by Leonardo DiCaprio about climate change, that aims to bring the truth about climate change to a wider audience.
I was in two minds about watching it, and I saw hubby’s face fall when I suggested it. I knew what he was thinking, and I was worried about it too – he was afraid that I was going to watch it and then get plunged into a very bleak place when confronted with the reality of the challenges we are facing.
But actually, it was ok.
I’m not going to lie, it was scary stuff, but it did also focus on some of the things that we can all do in the fight against climate change, that we don’t have to sit back and feel powerless, and wait for governments and businesses to do the right thing.
As regular readers will know, I’m a big fan of the little changes we can all make everyday, that add to make a big difference, but actually there are some things that we can all do, today, that might take a bit of effort, but that could very quickly have a massive impact.
I’m planning to go into much more depth on each of these (and more!) in the New Year, but for now, here’s some ideas that will hopefully get you thinking, and more importantly, taking action!
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