Happy Favourites of the Week – Russia and Literature

10 European Cities With The Best Eco-Hotels – This article explores cities where it is relatively easy for you to find eco-hotels.

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Lunch at Halloumi – Last week we had lunch with my fiance at the Halloumi restaurant that offers meze foods. The food was delicious and they offered a lot of options for vegetarian and gluten-free foods, for anybody who requires that. It was also lovely to see my fiance for lunch, we rarely get to have lunch together, because I usually am running around in different places for my work.

Inspired by Work – I’ve been feeling very inspired with my work recently. I feel more confident which makes me try new things and when they work out I get even more excited. Although getting close to Christmas means more and more work, I enjoy every minute, but am happy for the weekends as well!

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Nicholas and Alexandra – I’ve been reading a book about the last Romanov family. A book which I was expecting to be boring, as it is mainly a history, is turning out to be very interesting and enjoyable to read. Robert K. Massie has written it in a way you feel compassionate to the people, you have an idea of the situation and how things were led on. It takes me a long time to read this book, but I am enjoying it!

Brothers Karamazov – I love going to the theatre, but rarely get to go. Once I saw the adverts for Brothers Karamazov, which is based on the book by Dostoevsky I decided that I will see it and I managed to get company as well. The play was at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow and to my surprise, Sean Biggerstaff was acting one of the brother’s roles. If you are not aware of who he is, he is the actor who played Oliver Wood in the Harry Potter movies. At the time when the first movie came out me and my friends were absolutely in love with him! It was funny seeing him on a stage, but at the same time, I was impressed with his acting skills! The rest of the actors were great as well, and although the whole story goes at quite a slow pace, the play was great!

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Sustainable Futures Report Is Back On – Well, apparently the podcast had been running for at least a month before I noticed it again (for some reason my iTunes didn’t refresh it) and now I am listening to it again while I’m working. I still enjoy it and find it a great resource for understanding the sustainable issues and wins around the globe!

Enjoying the Autumnal Colours – As you can see by the imagery on this post I’ve been enjoying the warm colours of the autumn. It was the first time I felt like I noticed autumn in its beauty rather than just felt miserable about the darkness and wetness of the autumnal Scotland. The autumnal colours are definitely some of my favourites!!

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How was your week? Let me know in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii

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Sustainability Causes And How To Support Sustainability

I got recently asked to share and write about what causes I care about and why, and I thought it was an interesting idea which I don’t know why I haven’t written about before. I hope it is obvious from my blog that I care deeply about sustainability, how to make my lifestyle more ethically sustainable and how to inspire others along the road.

Sustainability in itself incorporates a broad spectrum of different causes; there is no one cause that could handle all that is happening around the globe from climate change, to ocean pollution, animal abuse and inhumane working conditions. I do think all of this is part of the sustainable framework. Causes that fall under sustainability are so numerous it can be difficult to pinpoint which is a good place to start. According to “Before the Flood” documentary the biggest polluters on our planet that are driving the climate change are burning fossil fuels, deforestation and agriculture, on the other end numerous reports are sharing that ocean pollution is killing the marine ecosystems.

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DOCUMENTARIES TO UNDERSTAND SUSTAINABILITY

To help understand what needs help there are several documentaries that also spread awareness and if you haven’t seen them then I definitely recommend them!

  • Before the Flood – Climate change, how it is affecting our planet and what can be done to prevent further temperature rise.
  • Racing Extinction – Animal extinction, what is affecting it and a little bit about how it can be reversed.
  • Chasing Coral – Although this concentrates mainly on coral reefs it addresses how climate change is affecting our oceans and what will happen if it continues at the current rate.
  • Plastic Ocean – (I haven’t seen this yet, but it is on my watchlist) About the plastic pollution and how it affects our oceans.
  • The True Cost – How fashion industry has an effect on climate change, environmental erosion and inhumane labour conditions.

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CHARITIES AND CAUSES TO SUPPORT SUSTAINABILITY

Here are some of the causes that I am inclined to support, spread a word around and follow.

  • Marine Conservation Society – A UK based marine conservation society that concentrates working towards healthy, pollution free and sustainable seas.
  • Conservation International – Is a US-based international conservation programme: “Our long-term goal is to safeguard the world’s essential ocean and coastal biodiversity and most productive ecosystems in order to maximize the long-term ecological, social and economic benefits for people and nature.”
  • Oceana – In an international advocacy organisation that is focused on ocean conservation. Their vision is to win over policy victories with countries that are leaders in marine life governing.
  • RSPB – Bird and other wildlife conservation, mostly based in the UK.
  • Soil Association – Soil Association is a charity and an organic certification based in the UK. It works towards providing sustainability by providing a good framework for organic farming in food, textiles and beauty items, and providing those small businesses with support towards making their organic business work.
  • Labour Behind the Label – An organisation concentrated on changing the way garment industry workers are treated across the globe, especially in areas that make most of our clothing. They campaign for change, spread the message to customers who in return can push further, lobby with legislation makers and put pressure the companies that still allow this. Making employees working spaces safer can transfer the number of toxic chemicals used in making garments.
  • Rainforest Action Network – Is a US-based but internationally working organisation working on preserving forests around the globe, protecting the climate and uphold human rights.
  • Trees For Cities – Is a UK-based charity working on planting trees in the UK and internationally into urban areas to clean the air, revitalising areas and improving people’s lives.

There are many other charities and projects that could use help and these were just a few that I felt I wanted to mention.

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In addition, I really want to mention two businesses that I am very impressed about. Ecosia is a search engine, which in reality is an extension to google, but it generates ads money to the company which they use to plant trees around the world! And Done Good is a browser extension, which can be used while googling or browsing websites. If there is an ethical alternative to the items you are looking at it will provide a pop-up alert on the side of the browser to let you know about it. In addition, it alerts you if the company supports the current US president or sells any of his products. Both of these extensions are free to download and use, but the Done Good is currently only available in the US and Canada.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

I think when it comes to sustainability and protecting our planet we should start with our own actions; stop using single-use plastic, stop littering, using more renewable energy, recycling. That is already a great start and many people don’t need to do more. But if you are passionate and want to commit to making our planet better not only for us but for the next generations to come there are additional things that you can do:

  • Spread the word about the issues and how to overcome them.
  • Support causes that you find important in fighting the climate change and other global or local problems.
  • Donate money to a charity or organisation that is working on these issues.
  • Donate your time by organising fundraising events, documentary viewings, information sessions or even just gather within your local area to discuss how you can make a difference there. Eventbrite is offering a discount to non-profit and fundraising groups who organise their ticketing and registration through their website. It is a great resource to have!

 

Just writing this post got me excited to help out with ocean conservation and thinking about whether I should organise an event as well to spread the word or even have a documentary screening in my local area!

What causes do you support? Share them in the comment box below, I would love to hear about them!

With love,

Lii

 

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post. All the opinions are my own.

Favourite Insta Pics From September

I’ve noticed that as autumn is rolling on I turn more towards warm autumnal colours… or perhaps I just see more of them on Instagram and therefore think that I do. It is quite noticeable in the favourite insta pics that I’ve gathered here. In addition, I am being increasingly inspired by empowering messages. I hope you enjoy this months collection and let me know your favourites as well!

 

What kind of images are you loving during the autumn time?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Confidence

Networking Night – Networking, it’s the dirty word in the career life and the thing we should all be doing to get ahead. It is also what I have been afraid of so far! I am not big on socialising in big groups of people, where most are strangers who I don’t know. I am not big on putting myself into other people’s conversations and I feel pushy if I ask people about theirs (although apparently, I shouldn’t feel that way, people like it!). This year I finally realised that if I want to get ahead in as a freelancer I need to work to get to know people and get my name out there. So when the first opportunity that I could really take, presented itself I pushed myself, even in the exhausted state that I was on the day, to go to this event. I knew few people in there so it didn’t feel quite as scary. The night was a success. I got few new enquiries into my freelance work, potential clients, and I got introduced to many people who had apparently already heard of me and my work. Maybe I should be going to more of these nights?

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Confidence – It is a big confidence boost when other people notice that you are good at something, but it is even a bigger confidence boost when you realise it yourself and believe in it! It can often be difficult to admit to oneself that they are good at something, it can feel like bragging. But I think we should definitely be able to recognise, at least to ourselves, that we are improving in whatever that we do.

This post about Healthy Laundry – Ecocult wrote a great article about how to do your laundry in a healthy way and I am loving it!!

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I got my ring back – Last Happy Favourites of the week I told that I got engaged, well since then my ring has been resized, which wasn’t done properly and the stone fell out. Thankfully I found it so we took it to the jewellers to get it fixed. It took over a week, but now I finally got it back! Funny how such a thing can feel so much a part of me after such a short time. Every day I felt like something was missing from my finger. I guess it really belongs there!

Lovely new dark chocolate – Green & Black’s Velvet edition dark chocolate with salted caramel is to die for! The salted caramel is not too sweet or too salty and it compliments the dark chocolate excellently. It just melts in your mouth. Loving it!!

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Flowers from friends – The past couple of weeks people have been sending us congratulation cards and wishes, but one of my good friends brought in this beautiful bouquet, which made me smile every time I saw it. It is a great lift up within a busy hectic week!

Power – The book was very interesting and had a fascinating premise! I enjoyed reading it, even if it wasn’t my all-time favourite book. It raised good questions and a different way to look at feminism and equality. An excellent read that I do recommend to everybody!

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How was your week?

With love,

Lii

Sustainable News Of The Month – September 2017

What’s The Annual Value of Trees? $500 Million Per Megacity, Study Says – Research conducted by international researchers in 10 of the biggest cities in the world, where 7.5 billion people on the planet live, found that trees bring big value to people and the cities they live. It is not a surprise, but now there is research to back it up.

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How 139 Countries Could Be Powered By 100 Percent Wind, Water, and Solar Energy By 2050 – A resent most comprehensive research into energy services and clean energy tells how it is possible and what are the benefits of it.

More ‘Human’ Companies Outperform Business-As-Usual Competitors – More research has emerged showing that customer’s respond to purpose rather than profit. Which could potentially be good news for small independent brands that do things differently.

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Organic On The Agenda in Parliament – Taking an example from what Denmark is doing, organic produce a topic in the UK parliament. I hope they make a good decision!

New Climate Risk Classification Created To Account For Potential ‘Existential’ Threats – Researchers identified that potentially dangerous threats could hit our planet no later than 2015 due to climate change.

 

If you have read any other interesting news about sustainability I would love to hear about them!

With love,

Lii

What Was I Up To In September

September was my month of holidays. After a whole summer of working hard, it was great to take a couple of little trips and get my mind off things. My holidays could be seen on this blog as well from trip posts and long breaks between posts. When I wasn’t travelling I was working a lot, which is why I couldn’t quite keep up with blogging. Sorry about that, but I hope I can get back into the schedule with the blog now as I have many great post ideas in the works!

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First, at the beginning of the month, I visited Isle of Mull and the Newlan Ark, whilst at the end of the month, I visited Berlin again in 10 years and fell in love with it (more on that soon). During my trips, I was very excited about wildlife and local produce on sale!

I was researching a lot about sustainability, but could only get the monthly sustainable news on here. I should soon be writing more on my research though! I did also share a beautiful collection of Instagram pics as well.

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I really enjoyed my September, but I am looking forward getting into my routine in October; working a lot and posting here.

 

How was your September?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Beautiful Berlin and Interesting Articles

3 Food and Hygiene Corporations I Boycott – I prefer to concentrate on the positivity in my blog but every now and then things can make me really mad and I would love to just vent in here! Instead, I get really happy when I see other people thinking exactly the same as me. Kristen explains why she boycotts certain global mass corporations and more importantly why.

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Our Trip To Berlin – I and the other half haven’t been on a holiday together in a long time and this was definitely about time. We found a lovely Airbnb in a lovely area in Berlin close by to where my friend lives. We did the touristy stuff, ate delicious food, spend time by ourselves and with my friend. And we got engaged! The trip was amazing! We didn’t want to leave, that’s how comfortable we felt in Berlin.

How I Care For My Clothing – This article by Anna Edit tells you few tips and links to how to care for your garments so that they will last you a long time. I love it when people share tips to keep their garments for longer!!

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Nightmanager – This tv-show that everybody else was raving about maybe a year ago we only saw last week but were hooked within the first episode! Intrigue, the story, and Tom Hiddleston!!

Lavender Tea – I had heard of lavender tea before but never tasted. Lavender is one of my favourite scents so I really wanted to try it, so when I found this tea in a shop in Berlin I bought it instantly. On its own, it’s a bit too much, but added to green tea it is lovely!!

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How has your week been?

With love,

Lii