I didn’t use to pay any attention to the beauty products that I used. I gravitated towards pretty bottles and relied on influencer’s recommending the latest ‘must-have’ product that would transform my hair/skin/life. Over the past couple of years, I’ve started paying more attention to what I’m putting on my body. I want to know what the ingredients are, if there’s anything potentially harmful in it, and that the product definitely hasn’t been tested on animals. I’ve got a long way to go on my ethical journey, but I thought I’d share what I’ve learnt so far.
Everything seems to taste better than vegetables from the shops. Earthier, fresher and full of flavour. The potatoes, in particular, have a completely different flavour when they’re fresh out of the dirt. Not to mention the satisfaction of looking down at your plate and knowing that you’ve grown something yourself, from scratch. I’m enjoying my meals so much more when I pick the ingredients from my own garden; discovering new flavours and experimenting with different recipes.
Todmorden buzzes with a vibrant community atmosphere. This is a town for artists, with many writers, painters, musicians and other creative souls calling Tod home. There is a vegetarian café, a community gardening project, a pub that regularly hosts celebrated musicians and more pop-up’s, workshops and events than I can keep up with. It may only be small, but it’s thriving.
As part of my slow living journey, I’ve been thinking of ways to make my new home more mindful. We’ve already made a huge lifestyle change by uprooting our life in the city and moving out to the countryside, but any home can be mindful, regardless of its location, style or size. Some decisions I have made for our new home have been pretty drastic – knocking down a wall to allow natural light to flood into our kitchen – but others have been as simple and replicable as removing unnecessary clutter.
Bringing plants and flowers into your home seems to be a bit of a trend at the moment. Interior magazines and blogs are awash with tips for caring for your house plants, flower delivery services are quite literally flourishing and it’s suddenly become cool to visit your local garden centre. But for those of us that love bringing the outside into our homes, this is more than a trend. This is a way of life, and we’ll continue to welcome greenery into our lives even when the trend has ebbed.
My career is still a journey; I’m still learning, my work is evolving and I still occasionally struggle to find well-paid writing work. But I’m passionate about what I do, I enjoy every aspect of both my salaried job and my freelance work, and I have the freedom to manage myself. I stuck up two fingers at an industry that treats its employees like they don’t matter, and at the idea that we all have to work nine-to-five for the rest of our lives.