Favourite Instagram Pics From May

May was full of amazing and exciting Instagram pictures and it was quite difficult to only choose these few here from all the amazing ones. It was also quite funny to see which pictures I was more drawn towards, such as office pics, home decor, illustrations, the beauty of female body and beautifully colourful pics.

 

Share some of your favourite Instagram accounts and pics in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii

Summer Bucket Lists – Are They Necessary?

I am a true lover of all kinds of lists and make them on a daily basis from to do lists, to what to buy from the store and what I want to accomplish in a year. Summer is here and although I have been really excited about it for some time now, I don’t seem to get inspiration to make any kind of list of what I want to do this summer. At least not the kind that summer bucket lists would usually involve. I’ve been thinking maybe there is something wrong with me. In our culture summer holidays are the time for vacation and taking it easy. People are planning holidays and times to spend with friends.

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When I still lived in Finland my bucket list would have included a lot of swimming,  spending time on the beach, doing a grill, visits to the countryside, drinking out with friends on midsummer’s eve and may day and so on. In the UK I don’t really do most of those things. I do reminisce them fondly and think how fun I had in my teen years and later on as well.

Since I graduated from University I haven’t really seen summer as the ultimate holiday time. Mostly, because I work for myself. I schedule my days, weeks and months the way I want to, which means I have my holidays when I want to and do everything else when I want to. I don’t really have bucket lists anymore, I have wish lists of things that I dream of such as travelling to certain countries, being brave enough to do a bungee jump and so on. For this summer I do have a wish list as well. I wish that I will have a fun time while I work, I wish that I can take my work to the next stage and I wish that I will earn enough money so that I can go on all the trips that I want to do this year; Ireland and Netherlands are definitely on the list. I want to read more books, but they are always on my list and I want to enjoy my time outside. None of this is something that needs to happen, but rather something that would be nice. I will be perfectly content with none of it as well.

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I understand that for many, summer is still the ultimate holiday time and with the sun shining and the temperatures high. That is why I wish that people would, rather than making bucket lists of things that need to be done in a certain amount of time, just enjoy the summer and have fun on an impulse. And while you are enjoying your time, try to think of the environment a little as well and keep it sustainable.

 

What do you think are summer bucket lists still necessary?

With love and I hope you have a great summer,

Lii

 

Use Your Power of ‘Choice’ When Buying

When I was young I often thought that what I do or my choices don’t matter. I am just one person and in the scale of the Earth’s population, or even just my own country’s population my choices don’t make a difference. Since I started looking at the world from a different perspective I learned how wrong I was and the longer I live the more I feel empowered with my own choice. I know there are still many people who think their choice doesn’t matter and I often hear them saying it as if it is a fact. Funnily enough, when I see these people after a period of time they suddenly have changed their minds. It could be the political climate that we are in that makes people find out and be more active, or it could be something else. I am just happy that they have found their voice and they are using their ‘choice’. If you don’t believe that your choice matters then keep reading and I will demonstrate how it actually does and why it is important to use it. Take a comfy seat and maybe some tea, as this is going to be a long post.

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Our choice affects us as well as other people. Often the talk about choice regards how we can make smarter decisions when shopping, so that we save our environment and so that people are treated fairly. I absolutely think we should choose wisely for this reason as well, but the other reason is for yourself. It wasn’t that long ago when I wrote about the problems with commercial cleaning products, about how you don’t know what you are buying when you are shopping from big multinational companies. We often trust that these companies bring the best to the market and forget to question whether it really is safe for us to use. Although companies want to sell us products, their ultimate goal is to earn money to their stakeholders’ pockets. To earn more money they make decisions that will reduce costs in their production, which can affect in toxic ingredients. For example in the mid-1900s lead was added to gasoline, which was polluting the air that people breathe. Adding lead was bringing money to the ingredients patent holder and while it did help with some engine related performance, it is a neurotoxin that is easily inhaled by people.

Recently I started reading the book ‘Cradle to Cradle’ and already in the first chapter, it discussed how plastic products made in developing countries add a small number of toxic chemicals to the plastic, to make it more economic to produce. You have probably seen water bottles sold with a tag of “BPA free” so that you can make sure it is safe for you to drink from, as it can leak into the food or water that you are drinking and eating. And why have they been added into the products in the first place?

In my two examples, you can see that awareness of the problems has made a difference already. People have pressured these companies enough that they would make a change. The gasoline does not have lead anymore and many companies are making BPA-free products. This is because even though the business wants to make money, they also need to be able to sell their products. If people don’t buy their products they can’t sell them and they will need to make a change. Businesses need to provide products that are demanded of them to succeed. That is why we have healthy foods on the market and that is why originally fast-fashion emerged.

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So you don’t want to consume toxic products, that is for sure. And in the best case scenario, nothing you consume should hurt the planet or people. But how can just your own voice make any difference? We, people, are funny creatures. We are quite self-absorb, even if we didn’t’ think we are. We feel insecure about our looks or we are annoyed at a certain thing, and we think we are the only ones thinking in this way. But since the internet has connected us we find out that so many other people think alike. Chances are that if you stop buying a certain product because you don’t agree with how it was produced, somebody else has already stopped buying it and a third person will stop buying it. You might not know that it is happening, but the company sure does when they are not selling that item as well as they used to. Then you might think that ‘if so many other people do it then why should I have to’. My only answer to that is ‘if everybody thought this way no change would happen.’ So what you choose really does matter and when you choose to do something in a certain way you can think of how you are contributing to this cause, whether it is buying healthier options for yourself or buying ethically made garments.

So what you choose really does matter and when you choose to do something in a certain way you can think of how you are contributing to this cause, whether it is buying healthier options for yourself or buying ethically made garments.

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Some ways in which you can make a choice:

  • Buying products after acknowledging what is in them and how they are made.
  • Sending the company a query of how they produce their products.
  • Sending the company a message of how you disapprove of the way they produce their products or how you disapprove of their products.
  • Inform others of why you stop buying certain products or from a certain company.
  • Let others know of the better choices you are making when shopping, such as a new brand or a new great product.
  • You choose yourself what fights are worth fighting for.

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The choices that I make in my everyday life are various. I prefer buying food that is fresh and if possible organic. I prefer making my clothes instead of buying, although I am looking into ethically and sustainably made fashion. I shop for items rarely and I try every time to find out more about the product and the brand I am buying from. I do not buy any products from Nestle, for numerous reasons. I prefer buying from small and possibly local companies to improve the local economy and help the small business grow. In addition, I feel empowered when I know how the products I buy are produced. I educate myself on how to live more sustainably and make more sustainable choices and try to share the information with others through this blog.

 

How do you make your choices?

With love,

Lii

8 videos for Feminists

Why we have too few women leaders – While Sheryl Sandberg explains why she also empowers women to go for the leader positions and to fight for their rights.

The person you really need to marry – Witty and insightful explanation of self-love and how it can help you in life and in love life.

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“Locker room talk” Says who? – Alexis Jones talks about why the locker room talk, where men objectify women, is not okay. She talks about how the whole society needs to provide men with the right example of how to treat women and think for themselves, rather than learn this from very disturbing media and porn.

Everyday Sexism – Explains how women and men are really equal now, but how deep the sexism still exists. This talk inspires and empowers you to act towards the equality and fight against people who keep being sexists.

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We should all be feminists – Discussed from a point of view from Nigeria by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This is a well-rounded and at times funny discussion about the problems women and girls face in Nigeria, how we educate our children and what the word feminist means.

Sexism in Gaming – Just as the topic says this video is about sexism happening in gaming. Now you might not be into gaming, but there is a big misrepresentation of how many women and girls are. This talk is about why games should not be sexists as well as why they should be promoted and created equally for all genders.

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The slut, the spinster and the perfect woman – Martha Mosse discusses how these words and depictions of women bound us and restrict us, as well as demean us.

Violence against women – it’s a men’s issue – Jackson Katz talks about the problem in leadership and how that affects the rest of us. He explains that when violence against women happens, how it is often concentrated on the victim rather than asking about the person who violated and why he did it.

 

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

I Am Thankful

For this year I set myself a goal to read 24 books, 2 per month. Somehow, in February, I managed to read 5 most of which have made me really thankful for being me and being in the position and culture that I am living in. I don’t know about the rest of you but I often take for granted the life I have, and the privileges I have (eating what I want, walking out alone without being harassed, the internet and reading books) without understanding how it is that I got these privileges. It shocks me when I read that some people do not have these privileges or are not allowed to have them. And yes, I find them privileges to us if it is not available to every person on the planet.

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I am so used to these things that when I finally found zucchinis after a month of craving them when they were unavailable in shops due to the ‘vegetable crisis’, I was so happy to have them and couldn’t believe that they had been unavailable for so long. I got surprised and ashamed at my thoughts. How did I dare to think that way when for some people this is a reality?

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When we are used to getting something it becomes a norm for us, and we get mad/annoyed/frustrated when we don’t get it anymore rather than thankful that we do get it. So in light of this, I want to share what I am thankful for and hope that you share your thankfulness in the comment section.

  • I am thankful to have a healthy enough body to be able to do sports, to be able to take care of myself and others, to be able to be independent in my daily life and to be able to do my crafts.
  • I am thankful for all the feminists who fought for women’s and equal rights so that now I have the possibility to be educated, choose my career, be independent of men and earn my own living.
  • I am thankful to live in a country where I can buy and make almost whatever food I like, whatever clothes and other items I like, where healthcare is important and free for all people, where education is free and where I am free to be of any religion I want.
  • I am thankful for my friends and family who have supported me and brought joy and sanity into my life.
  • I am thankful for this planet for providing us oxygen that we breathe, beauty in plants, animals and scenery and offering us resources for living.

I hope I will enjoy all of this, many years to come!

 

What are you thankful for?

With love,

Lii

4 top articles to read this week

I am still gathering my thoughts after last week so I will rather share these 4 articles/posts with you that should bring some inspiration into the start of this week. Have a good one!

20 ways to experiment with sustainable living

This post is pretty much what I would have wanted to write! Worth a read and worth a try!

 

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All about jeans and sustainability

Excellent post, talking about jeans and their impact on the planet. This blog is great for all the other sustainable topics as well!

Seven Award Season Films

Lauren from My Two Pence listed seven films that she cannot wait to see and after watching all the trailers I agree with her! Especially on my list now are ‘Arrive’ and ‘The Handmaiden’.

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6 Women Who Won Historic Firsts

After what happened last week, this article will hopefully lift your mind. Amazing women making things happen!

Pictures are from here and here.

With love,

Lii