Becoming an influencer

WARNING> This is going to be a post focusing on blowing my own trumpet.

I have had the passion for Green Living grow and grow during the last few years of my life. Around 4 years to be exact, but I was always brought up frugally by my grandparents who taught me how to watch my pennies and waste as little as possible.

Over the last 2 years, I have experienced quite a few people contacting me asking for advice. They want to know information about washable incontinence pants, sticking a sea-sponge up ones vagina and even asking me if pissing on a compost heap is ‘allowed’. To some this may be humorous, but to myself it fills me full of pride. I am proud of myself. I am an influencer.

People have started to recognise me for an area of expertise, and feel confident to approach me with quite often personal issues. I have noticed friends make a transition of vowing to never buy disposable nappies ever again and starting to convert old materials into washable baby wipes. I have noticed from the corner of my eye cloth sanitary products (CSP) blowing in the wind on a friends washing line and I have witnessed an old school friend share my blog post about menstruation onto their Facebook timeline, proudly announcing to the internet-world how they are ‘changing their ways FOR GOOD’.

What I am trying to say is, I feel honoured that people are following my advice. They are making changes for the better.

I am also noticing a revolution. People are waking up. My local Boots now sells Moon Cups, something that I had only noticed in larger stores not little market town stores. The Tampon Tax has made ladies stick 2 fingers up to Mr Osbourne and vow to never give him a penny again for the luxury of bleeding. Of course, I can’t give myself credit for changing the stock in Boots, but I can pat myself on the back for pushing a little extra Supply And Demand. I can only hope.

What I am also trying to say is; no matter what you believe in (as long as its for the greater good), preach it!  People are great at mimicking other people. I can’t remember who influenced my mind, and maybe it just happened naturally through common sense, but I have now seen around a dozen people copy my actions. If those 12 people converted another 12 people each that would be 144 people. Just by people telling other people what they believe in.

I’m no big shot and I am in no way a great mentor, powerful leader or strong force but people for some reason have listened to me. So, if people can listen to little old me, Imagine if they listened to YOU.

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9 Important Things Every Family Should Make Time For

When things get hectic, it can be difficult to make time for your family. Work is busy, bills need paying, and the house certainly doesn’t clean itself. It’s okay to accept that you don’t have as much time as you’d like with your family. However, there are some things every family should take the time out for. Here are just nine!

Dinnertimes

Every family should sit around the table together, as often as possible. Those who work shifts or find this almost impossible may only be able to do this once a week. Even if it is just for Sunday Roast, it’s worth every second. This will also teach your children the importance of spending time together, for the future.

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Walks

A walk around the block. Taking the dog for a walk. A happy family will always take the time to go out for walks together. It doesn’t need to be a long hike. Just get outside and get some fresh air, all as one. You’ll be surprised how much happier this can make everyone feel.

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It doesn’t matter how old your children are, they’re never too young (or too old) to start learning. Taking time to teach one another is an excellent way to grow as a family. A trip to the museum or doing homework together, are easy ways to tick this off the list.

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Holidays

Every family should take time out of their busy schedule to get away once in a while. Whether it’s spending your summer holidays in a sunny villa or heading down to the grandparents for the weekend. Get some time away from the hustle and bustle of normal life.

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New Experiences

Don’t be afraid to try something new once in a while! It will teach your children some valuable life skills. This could be something simple such as a trip to the theme park. Roller Coasters are scary, after all. Alternatively, try something a little more daring. Bungee jump, anyone?

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Communication

A simple, “How was your day?” can make a big difference in your family life. Encourage everyone to talk to each other as much as possible. Not just talk, however. You want to teach the family how to listen to one another too.

Sadness

This may be a bit of a strange one, but every family should take some time out for their sadness. If something has happened in the family, then it’s important everyone takes a minute to stop. Again, you need to speak and listen to each other. This is particularly important after the death of a loved one.

Happiness

Of course, along with making time for sadness we must always make time for happiness! Laughing and joking with each other will see you through. Even when times seem extremely tough.

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  1. Being Couch Potatoes

Sometimes we all just need to cuddle up on the couch, watching our favourite films, and eating popcorn. Families need to realise that spending quality time together doesn’t necessarily have to mean going out on adventures. It can just be spent indoors, in front of Frozen (again).

Do you make time for these important things in your family? Maybe you have some more you think we should add to the list! Let us know, below.