What was the inspiration behind starting your blog, and has your direction changed since you began blogging?
I started my blog back in 2011. At the time I had two children under 2 at home with me every day. I wanted to work but couldn’t afford the childcare for both of them. I started researching ways to make money from home and came across an article in a magazine.
One of the suggested ways was to start a blog and as I have always enjoyed writing I thought that would be a perfect fit for me. 7 years later and my blog has become my full-time job. I have made changes along the way.
The blog predominately started as a Mummy blog, originally called Cold Tea and Smelly Nappies but as my children have got older I started to write about them less and less.
In 2016 I made the leap and rebranded my blog to Gypsy Soul. My background was in environmental and energy studies so a sustainability blog was a natural fit for me.
How long have you been consciously living a more sustainable life, and what prompted you to make changes to the way you were living before?
It started when I went to university to do my masters in Advanced Architecture & Environmental and Energy Studies. It really opened my eyes to living a more sustainable life and why it’s so important.
If you could wave a magic wand and persuade everyone in the world to change one thing about their lifestyle right now, what would it be?
That’s a good question! There are some many different factors that contribute to the destruction of our planet. I guess it would boil down to what would have the biggest impact.
Personally, I believe that cutting down on our meat consumption would have the biggest impact which I’m well aware is not what people want to hear. I am a meat eater myself so I’m not suggesting that everyone become vegetarians just eat less meat.
The impact of animal agriculture on the environment is often overlooked but is one of the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. If everyone ate at least one meat-free meal a week I believe that this could make a huge difference.
What are your top tips for someone wanting to live more ethically and sustainably?
Start small. Make one change and see how you get on.
If you try to do too much in one go you may feel overwhelmed and give up.
Focus on one area of your home at a time. I started with our bathroom.
Do your research. There are loads of great articles, videos and blogs out there to help you transition to a more sustainable lifestyle.
Which bloggers are you rooting for in the other Asquith Adores Blogger Awards categories?
All of the blog nominees are great. I’d really struggle to pick out favourites.
Tell us one thing that our blog readers may not know about you…
I’d like to think that there is a lot of things that people don’t know about me. Although I blog I’m actually quite a private person. If you are looking for a random interesting fact then the best I’ve got is that I was the little blonde girl in Mr Bean that pulled his trunks out of the swimming pool. Told you it was random!
We regularly feature inspiring women on our blog in our ‘Wow Women’ series, who is your most inspiring ‘Wow Woman’ and why?
Bea Johnson, she has been dubbed ‘The Priestess of Waste Free Living’ She runs a zero waste blog and is also the author of Zero Waste Home. Bea has managed to create a zero waste environment with a family of four and one dog. Need I say more!
What was the last book you read?
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
What is your favourite uplifting quote of all time?
What is Success?
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children,
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the word a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
And finally, is there anything you would like to share with our readers?
My Zero Waste Beauty Routine is a great place to start your sustainable journey.