Inspiration of the Month – Fight and Thirst for Education

This is not the first time that I am writing about education or have an educational topic as something that inspires my month, and will probably not be the last. This blog is not about education, rather about sustainability, but I think all of it is connected and that is what I am writing about now.

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I lately got inspired by a book that I read a couple weeks ago called “I Am Malala”. I am sure all of you know who Malala is, and if you don’t, it is a high time for you to google it. In short, this book is Malala’s autobiography about her thirst for education and the fight she and her father fought for the education, especially for girls in her country, Pakistan. Alongside the fight I learned about the culture of Pakistan, about how terrorism and ignorance have affected the country and the lives of the common people there, how easily people who do not know any better it is to rile up with propaganda, about corruption and politics and what the people who are driven out of their country really want. Yes, this book talked about all of this, and it is why I will be mentioning it in my happy favourites this week, but what inspired me most was the thirst and fight for education whilst under a threat of death!

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I know from my own experience, and I am sure many of you can identify with the lack of interest in education that we have in the western countries. As a preschool girl, I was eager to go to school, it was a milestone in my life, but it didn’t take long when the lack of motivation hit and my mother had to use different tactics to keep me motivated. I knew that school was something I should be excelling in for my future, but I didn’t know why. I was often questioning why something was important for us to learn and at no point was I thankful that I was able to go to school. I didn’t know that women had to fight heard for girls to be educated and I didn’t know that so many other children were not able to go to school for many different reasons.

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The lack of motivation for education saddens me, especially when learning how Malala with her friends went to school knowing that if they were caught by the wrong people they might be killed. Imagine if pupils in the western culture would have the same motivation for education! I was most impressed with Malala’s father, who against their cultural norm behaved towards his daughter in an equal manner as to his sons. He recognised the importance of education for his daughter and all the girls in Pakistan and often did talks to promote girls education. He got death threats and he didn’t stop, because he saw how ignorance was feeding fear and inequality in his country and he knew that by educating all the children they would have the knowledge to make it better.

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Education is power, and I don’t only mean education as school, but any education whether it is school, learning from elders, self-learning from the Internet and books, documentaries, on the job. We are fortunate in this modern world for all the opportunities that we have for learning and I hope we don’t take it for granted. There were many people who fought for the right of our education and there are still many who fight for their right to education! When it comes to sustainability, I believe education is important and although schools and Universities are slowly adapting to this change with an offer of sustainability courses, it is not enough. The more people know about sustainability the more they can do and work towards it. At the moment most of us are confused about what is contributing to sustainability and what is contributing towards climate warming. We are told using plastic is bad, wearing fur is horrible and to use less water, but how many know why.

 

What inspires you this month?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Sweet and Sweaty Treats

Homemade lemonade – The ultimate summer drink, which I can’t stop drinking. The store bought versions are too sweet and not quite zingy enough for me, so we made our own and it’s delicious!

Spiders are back – I remember around a year ago writing in my happy favourites about spiders being back which meant spring and summer times. And now they are back again. One of them seems to enjoy my kitchen window and has spent two days on it going up and down the window. I don’t usually really enjoy spiders presence, but it seems cheerful of the summer time coming, so I am as well.

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OneSqin is getting more ahead – There is an article by Ethical Unicorn that wrote about OneSqin as well. If you haven’t seen my post about them, you can read it here. In short, OneSqin is a company that sells organic tampons and creams and the profits go to help educate girls. They are on Kickstarter now and I really hope they will be able to make it!

Salted Caramel Ice Cream – It’s my favourite at the moment and I could eat a pack of this a day and stay happy!

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Visiting friends – I’ve had several friends visiting in Glasgow the past couple of weeks and it’s been a pleasure to spend time with them again! To our luck, we had great weather so we spend it on a terrace drinking cocktails and eating, chatting and enjoying the sun. Thankfully, getting burned only a little bit!

Super Sweaty Yoga class – The weather did its trick and we were sweaty before we started the power vinyasa. One and a half hour of movements where your mind and body is fighting back due to the heat and by the end of it the laughs and smiles that you got through the class. The rest of the day felt really elevating!

The Pink Evenings – I absolutely love watching the sky, which can be noticeable from my Instagram pics, and especially lately with the pink skies that have decorated every evening with the most beautiful colour dance on the horizon. I could stare at it for hours! Definitely the best thing about living high on a hill on the top floor! As you can see all the pictures are literally from the same spot because it is the best place to take pictures of the pink evening sky. I really need to find another one as well!

Making My Own Scent – Since I started buying oils I’ve really been into making my own scent by mixing them. I am not too good at it yet, mostly I can’t make the scent stay for the whole day, so I still need to do more experiments and read on the topic, but I’ve managed to make a lovely scent that I like to wear (and build up) throughout the day! Making my own scent I don’t have to buy perfumes from the store, most of which are not cruelty-free! And I get to experiment and find the scents that I love, which is SO fun!

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

With love,

Lii

 

4 Articles To Inspire Hope

Ethical Fashion Meets Refugee Empowerment – An article about a company ‘From Found’ written by Ethical Unicorn that explains the ethos behind the brand’s values and ethos in employing and empowering refugee’s and why it is important.

A New Book Ranks the Top 100 Solutions To Climate Change – This article takes a closer look at the book and the top solutions for the climate change and how they are measured and reasoned. Interesting reading and proves that it is possible if more people got involved with this, such as world leaders.

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I Am Beautiful And I Am Not Afraid To Say It – A woman talking about how she feels beautiful and does not compare herself to others in a society where comparison and self-hatred is a norm.

Nature Strikes Back: Notorious Hunter Meets His Karma – It doesn’t matter whether you believe in karma or not as this article mainly tells about trophy hunters who, ironically, have been killed by the animals who they were hunting. “Go elephants!”

 

Share your inspiring articles in the comment box. I would love to be inspired!

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – The Happy Day

New client – It’s always fun and motivating to start a new project and this was no different. It made me take my time more seriously so that I have enough of it for the new client and the other projects I have going.

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My new work chair – I used to work sitting on a stool and believe me if you sit on a stool for several hours your back will be sore. So I finally went and got myself a supporting chair to work on and it has made all the difference! It is supportive, comfortable and the colour and the style makes me smile! Of course, the cats love it as well and during the hot days we had there they were rather sleeping on that chair.

Miroslava Duma launches Fashion Tech Lab with $50 Million To Invest – It is amazing to hear how the big names in fashion want to transform it and help it grow into a more sustainable market!

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The Orphan Master’s Son – This book by David Mitchell has been so interesting, it nearly keeps me of work. Definitely worth a read!

Brunch with a Friend – It’s always lovely to spend some time catching up with your friends and who doesn’t like brunch? I had the loveliest meal at Kember and Jones, who really do make a nice and good sized side salad for your sandwich! And no, I didn’t take pictures. Sometimes you can just enjoy the food!

Lucky Clover – My sister gifted me with the cutest thing! It was a little pot with three seeds to grow my own lucky clover. Somebody knows what I like… It had this little pallet of soil, which I added into a little bit of water and it swelled to fill the whole miniature pot. Now it’s growing and it is so exciting! I just love seeing the plants I have been caring for growing!

2017 Ethical Activist Book Club – I just stumbled upon this and got so excited. I love reading books and knowing more about how to make our planet more ethical and sustainable is always on my agenda. There are only 6 books on the list for 2017, so one book for every two months. That should be manageable!

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Strange man stroking a cat – While working at my desk I looked outside where I saw a cat walking on the pavement. It had come out of the house next to it. It was a sunny day, so it is no wonder the cat was yearning to get out. Along the pavement walked a man towards the cat. Usually, people don’t pay attention to cats, or cats quickly run away and hide, but this time it was not the case. The man kneeled down next to the cat and started stroking it. The cat seemed so happy it dropped on its side and started rolling on it’s back to get some tummy rubs, a sign that the cat is happy. I was sure this man was no stranger to the cat, as no cat would let a stranger touch their tummy. In a few seconds, the man rose up and kept walking away from the cat. Not into the house from where the cat came but kept going along the pavement and the cat the other way. It seems these two strangers just shared a nice moment in the middle of a sunny beautiful day.

The Happy Day – Once I started writing this post I realised I had nothing to add up. For some reason, I didn’t feel happy about anything and it made me anxious. I usually find happiness in the smallest of things and suddenly I just couldn’t think of anything. I gave it a couple of days and I started adding something to this post by force, just to have something to say. Until the happy day came and suddenly I wanted to fill this post with writings of all kind. Suddenly I remembered the happy things from several days previously. Everything seemed to make me happy. I think these are the days that we live for, the happy days. When every little detail makes you smile and you are just happy to be alive and living in the current moment!

 

What is your happy day like?

With love,

Lii

 

Inspiration of the Month – OneSqin

There are times when the inspiration comes from the weirdest places. This time I was scrolling through the Kickstarter page looking if there is anything interesting there. And in the midst of all the other projects, I found the OneSqin project which moved me and made me really want to backup their project. Let me tell you a little bit about it!

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OneSqin is not a charity, but as they say, rather “a business that channels purchasing power towards social change”.

“The first health and beauty brand donating 100% of profits to provide life changing education for girls in need”

This project, or rather a business, is about empowering girls who live in poverty. The company sells organic tampons, organic t-shirts and 100% natural al purpose skin cream, and with the profits they help the girls. All their products are sustainably produced, carefully researched and cruelty-free.

Buying from OneSqin you provide the girls in poverty with a chance to stay in school, access health services and delay marriage and childbirth. This will assist the girls to grow up into independent women, who can support their families and their local community and build a future away from poverty.

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As you probably realised this is a Kickstarter project that can be backed up until 8th of June. So plenty of time to put your money into something great! There are a lot of options to choose from, which can reward you as well as the company and the girls. The Kickstarter is to help the business launch and to see what else they have in mind. So go back them up, I sure will!

Pics are from the OneSqin Kickstarter page.

 

What is inspiring you this month?

With love,

Lii

What Was I up to in April

It’s May already, how crazy is that! The start of this year has gone so quickly! The main thing in April was my trip to Finland to see my family and my darling little godson. The trip was enjoyable and heartbreaking. Although, the feeling that people miss you when you are gone is kind of wonderful, at the same time you feel guilt for not being there for them all of the time. It seems I will need to make another trip again soon.

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April was the month of Fashion Revolution when you ask brands “Who Made My Clothes?”, I also shared in the same with you the SUSS Kickstarter campaign, which I am eager to know the result off! I shared with you some free classes about sustainability and introduced you to Primrose and Pixie, the sustainable and ethical lingerie and sleepwear brand. In addition, I got really excited about the ReTuna – the mall for recycled and repaired goods.

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I was really inspired by spring with all the light and flowers cheering up our days. I shared my favourite Insta pics from March and was really inspired by Coromandel flower illustrations. I tried out a new to me beauty brand Evolve Organic beauty and am sure it is in my beauty routine to stay. I shared some articles about feminism and the first 12 books I’d read in 2017.

 

How was your April?

With love,

Lii