What Was I Up To In January

January was a renewed inspiration for sustainability after my visit to the greenshowroom in Berlin. Only to put all that inspiration on paper, but it’ll come I promise you. It is funny how even events where you think they didn’t offer as much new information as you’d hoped can still inspire you by offering you hope that this is the way forward. When thousands of people gather to see how we can make our world healthier and lives of the people fairer, even innovate a new way to run the whole business, it tells me that I am not alone, that there is many of us who want to change how things are done currently.

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Like everybody else, I reflected on my previous year and it’s successes, as well as reflected on what I wrote about sustainability on the blog. I learned a lot about sustainability last year, even if sometimes it doesn’t feel like it when there is still so much to learn, but that just pushes me forward. I am very thankful for the year I had in 2017 and can only hope that 2018 will be as good, although I planned to make it better. I reviewed the last 12 books that I read in 2017 and started in January with several interesting books, hopeful to continue with as many other interesting books!

The 3rd 12 Books of 2017 - byLiiL

I also had my birthday in January and received a beautiful present from my fiance, ethical earrings, about which I can’t wait to write about.

Happy Favourites of the Week - Birthday and Greenshowroom - byLiiL

I thought that I want to make this blog even more just about sustainability, but then I wanted to share the favourite Instagram pics that I’d found in December, and I know I want to write about feminism and what I learn about it as well. I guess it all comes together in the end. I want this blog to be an inspirational place to live better whilst supporting yourself and the world as well!

Happy Favourites of the Week - Books and New Year - byLiiL

Let’s hope February will be cheerier with more sunshine and more innovative news what comes to sustainability and feminism! How was your January, I would really like to know!

With love,

Lii

 

 

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Goals and Reflections

As the year of 2018 began I scrolled through so many goals posts and New Years resolution posts it just made me depressed. I ended the year 2017 with a couple of colds one after the other and started the year 2018 with yet another cold, so I didn’t have the energy for much else than watching Netflix and drinking my new favourite Pukka tea. I thought to myself every day that I need to now make the new diary and start planning this year, but the task seemed pointless when it was already the 5th of January and everybody had already started working on their goals rather than just thinking about them.

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Then I read the blog post by Rebecca from roses about how she also started the year with a cold and how she decided not to let it bother her, and I realised that is exactly how I should be thinking about it as well! New Years is for many the time to start over, but I don’t think I am starting over, I will be continuing with the goals I set last year and building on them with maybe a couple of new ones. But the funny thing is that I didn’t wait until new years to set those goals, I’ve thought of them earlier and started working on them. On New Years I like to reflect on how I did with the goals I set the previous year and then see if I need to refine anything for the coming year. This doesn’t need to be done right after the year changes, but whenever I feel that I need to do it. In the words of my partner “New Years is just one day among the rest of them” the only speciality of it is that our culture has decided to follow this calendar system when the year changes on a certain date. There are other cultures where they might follow another way to follow years and when they change.

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It is, of course, easier, after the long holiday break, to get back to business if you have goals, and it is great to make plans to go to the gym to lose all the holiday weight. However, the way I see it, it is quite awful to start working on all those plans straight away with the highest productivity at a time when it is dark and damp and the only thing you want to do is sleep and eat those delicious comfort foods you can get delivered to your door. I feel much more motivated and alive in the spring when nature is coming to life and there is more light. That is the time I feel at my most productive and inspired!

So if you feel left out, like I, from all the goal setting, don’t worry. There are still over 300 days to set goals for this year and many more to set goals for your life! And if you have any trouble to reflect or make goals you should check this post by Anuschka Rees.

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REFLECTING ON 2017

You can see what goals I set for myself in 2017 here.

My year of 2017 was tough and demanding in many ways, but also one of the happiest I’ve had so far! I got recognition as a freelancer and due to getting out of my shell and actually talking to people and networking I got more work, was able to gain my main income from freelance work and got great contacts for the future! This was hard but very rewarding! I used my money smartly and only on things I felt I needed. I got engaged, which will mark this year deep into my heart and I met my godson who I will love forever!

The goals that I did achieve were:

  • The reading challenge of reading 24 books, which I exceeded by reading 36, more on them in another post.
  • I kept most of my plants alive and learned better to understand what they need. I also finally got a book about plants for Christmas!
  • I made great leaps in understanding sustainability not only in fashion and textiles but on a much wider and global scale. The biggest thing I learned is that the problem is much more widespread and rooted into our culture and the humankind and it will take a lot of hard work to change our culture into a more mindful and nurturing towards our planet.

I still need to work a lot on German, yoga and photography!

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MY GOALS FOR THE YEAR 2018

  • Holidays and Trips – I have several trips scheduled for this year either for work, seeing family or just a holiday. My goal is to actually make them all come true and be a sustainable traveller at that.
  • Family and Friends – Spending more time with family and friends who are close to me. We live quite far away from our families and so need to make extra effort to see them and keep in touch with them. I know that I feel better after talking to my family and friends and I want to share the same feeling with them!
  • Being healthy – In my body and in my mind. When I get busier with my work I seem to lose touch with keeping myself healthy, maybe that is why I’ve got so many colds in the past couple of months? So as I want to progress with my career I need to remember to take care of myself and listen to myself. In other words more yoga, meditation and walks outside alone or with a friend!
  • Sustainable life – make at least 3 changes for a more sustainable life. Only 3 because I realise that I want to properly change my lifestyle to accommodate the changes and because 3 is attainable.
  • Learn German – I am sure this will be on my goals list until I will be fluent in it!
  • Social skills – As I saw already some development in my social skills I would like to develop them more and be more comfortable around people.
  • Time for creativity – I realise that the reason I didn’t achieve some of my goals is that I didn’t give them the time to actually be creative with it and trying things out. So now I need to give myself time to be creative with photography, writing and any other creative endeavours I come up with!

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2017 was great! I am now more confident with myself and my career. I couldn’t be happier with my partner who supports me in anything I do and loves me unconditionally. I have a great life and I am striving to make others lives better. So now I hope my 2018 will be even better!

 

What are your goals for 2018? Have you made goals? What do you wish for 2018?

With love,

Lii

What Was I Up To In October

October has been so busy I’ve barely had the time to read about anything relating to sustainability, but I catch-up with it as often as I can. Instead, last month I have been working with several different clients, which has been at the same time exciting and tiring. Running from one place to the next and not having a routine can be challenging and it’s taken a toll on my brain, but I am getting used to it and being able to focus on other stuff now as well!

Happy Favourites of the Week - Confidence - byLiiL

I didn’t write much on the blog last month, but I did manage to cover few sustainability topics. I discussed how we can support sustainability and what its causes can be, as well as introduced the Cradle to Cradle design philosophy book which I enjoyed immensely. In addition, I shared at the beginning of the month some sustainable news that I found interesting.

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I shared with you how I got more confident with my work, which I still feel and will probably want to talk about it more in the future as well! I’ve been finally getting used to autumn and actually enjoying it. Surprisingly my autumn slump was much shorter this year than last and I see every day something that I enjoy about autumn. I’ve enjoyed some delicious meals from Pumpkin and I told you about my trip to Berlin, which I loved!

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How was your October? I would love to hear, share in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii

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.

Happy Favourites of the Week - Russian Literature and Work - byLiiL

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!

Happy Favourites of the Week - Russian Literature and Work - byLiiL

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!!

Happy Favourites of the Week - Russian Literature and Work - byLiiL

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

With love,

Lii

What Was I Up To In August

August was again very busy for me, mostly working and working some more. I am so happy it’s finally September and I have my two little holidays to relax and rewind! I am also more excited about this blog and the direction I am going with it with more sustainable and fashion posts, as apparent from the posts in August (I hope you like it as well) and following the inspiration of new month and new beginnings.

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I started posting Sustainable New of the Month, which is just a collection of sustainable articles I’ve found very interesting although there are many more! I shared TED talks about sustainability and talked about Sustainable Fashion terminology. I wrote reviews on Before the Flood and Chasing Coral documentaries, which I do recommend for you to watch. In addition, I wrote opinion pieces questioning whether Big brands are stealing small brand’s thunder and Why do we expect fashion to be cheap.

The FINE Deodorant - byLiiL

Otherwise, my month was slightly better with finally finding amazing natural deodorant and sharing with you the amazing Lush cuticle cream. I’ve also been really enjoying books and my friends’ company, and the little moments in life!

 

What were you up to in August?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Enjoying the Little Moments

A Sunday of Doing Nothing – Although my weekends aren’t usually absolutely filled with things to do, I do have my fair share of social activities that I do with my friends. Well, last Sunday I hadn’t planned anything and in our laziness, we sat watching 90’s movies the whole day long. I don’t know what it is about the 90’s movies, especially thrillers, action and sci-fi, that makes them more comfortable than the current movies.

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A Secret History – It is rare that I can say after only a couple of pages that I absolutely love a book, but with the Secret History by Donna Tartt, I said it instantly! I can’t stop reading this book nevertheless of it having really long chapters. I like the way she writes and the way the story is going.

Rewatch of Friends – The episode where Chandler and Monica get engaged still makes me bawl like a baby and is definitely one of my favourite ones!

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New Commission – I found out that I can finally start a year long project of making a wedding gown! It wouldn’t generally take that long, but when your customer is in another country and the deadline is in a year that is how long the project will be. I am excited!

Lightning and thunder storm wake-up – One night this week I woke up to a lightning storm. It was quite funny as it came into my dreams and I thought I was in the middle of a war. Luckily no such thing, but rather bright lightning and the roar of the thunder few seconds after each one. In Finland, we were used to seeing the lightning every summer, but for some reason they are quite rare in Scotland, which is a shame. There is something quite magical about them, although when I was a kid I was a bit scared of them.

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How was your week?

With love,

Lii

What I Was Up To In July

In July I wasn’t writing quite as consistently but I cut myself some slack as I was busy with work and enjoying the summer. We’ve had surprisingly quite a few sunny days in Scotland during July (not just the usual greyness throughout), so I spend many days walking, enjoying a drink in a beer garden or dreaming (who else dreams when looking out and it’s sunny?). Books were like magnets to me this month, and I finished my goal for reading 24 books in 2017 in July.

The 2nd 12 Books of 2017 - byLiiL

Sustainability was strongly on my mind through out the month, possibly because I found and got inspired by Anthony Day’s podcast the Sustainable News Report. I wrote about why I rather shop from small brands, about one sustainable fashion brand Doo.Bla.Vey and about natural and organic toothpaste brand Georganix, in addition to sharing articles on different points of view in sustainability and other topics. It is really exciting to be able to write about sustainable topics and research them and quite mind boggling to realise how little I still know about sustainability and climate change.

Happy Favourites of the Week - Happy With Plants - byLiiL

At the beginning of the month, I shared my favourite Instagram pics from June, which looked more green than I imagined they would. I also got some additions to my plant family in my house and have been ogling at them ever since I potted them in the cutest coloured pots.

Overall July was a good month and I hope August will keep the same feeling going! I would love to hear how your July was and if you got up to anything fun or enjoyed something, in particular, share in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii