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

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

 

Happy Favourites of the Week – Bio-recycling and summer plans

Bio-recycling in Glasgow. I have been waiting for this for so long. Although, it is a strange thing to get excited about, but I love making our planet a better place. To top this, we got free bio bin liners to last us ages!

I have made amazing summer plans with my boyfriend, friends, and my family. I am so excited about all of them. In addition, I have some more professional plans for this summer, which are none the less exciting and surely will keep me busy between my summer plans. This is actually the reason why I have taken a week between my posts. I will soon be writing about my exciting summer plans more!

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I finished reading the book, Over-dressed, and I got really inspired and will definitely soon be writing about it here. So stay tuned!

I had to travel on a night bus this past week, which I absolutely hate. I get back pains easily from sitting for too long. I was hoping for a half empty bus so that I could get two seats for myself to be able to sleep at least a little bit (how selfish of me!). Well, the reality was the bus was completely full and I got a big man sitting next to me. To my surprise, and on the contrary from my previous experience, this man was polite and nice. He understood quickly how uncomfortable I was in my seat and whenever I was fidgeting in my seat trying to be more comfortable he made space for my feet. He was so nice and understanding I am so grateful and sorry, it is not easy to sit next to me on a bus! Sometimes you can meet up nice and polite people in public transport!

I have the most amazing and supportive friends and I am so thankful to them!

I experienced London in it’s most horrible weather so far (to me). It was pouring rain and so windy, I was miserable. Doesn’t sound too happy or inspiring? Yes, well I was inspired by London itself. It was busy and I could still find places that I hadn’t seen before ( I lived there for 3 months and visited several times). This is what I love so much about London. It can be really expensive, but the culture and experience in the city is amazing!

 

How was your week?

With love,

Lii