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.


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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