How did I get here…?

As I am sitting on a sunny beach in Devon watching my 8 year old playing in the sea, I reflect on the past 5-6 years of my life and how my passion for positive change started.
Holding baby Grace. We always recycled and cared about what we eat, but as Grace turned 2, something inside me has really changed. I changed. I became obsessed with how humans live on this planet and how we all must change the way we live.

How my passion for positive change started

I must admit, this is my first ever blog, so please bear with me as I am not a natural storyteller, not through my writing anyway.

As I am sitting on a sunny beach in Devon watching my 8 year old playing in the sea, I reflect on the past 5-6 years of my life and how my passion for positive change started.

It has something to do with becoming a mother, for sure. Wanting to protect my child and the place she lives and where she will, hopefully, one day live with her own family.

We always recycled and cared about what we eat, but as Grace turned 2, something inside me has really changed. I changed. I became obsessed with how humans live on this planet and how we all must change the way we live.

I become a mummy

So, I become a mummy, but what about my childhood and younger adult years I hear some of you ask? Well, I often wonder about what shaped the person I am today. It was definitely not the loving family I grew up in, perhaps the lack of it?

I tragically lost my mum when I was 6 and my father was an alcoholic who didn’t really care about me that much or showed me much love.

granny saved my life

When I turned 18, I could legally move in with my maternal grandmother. She’s always been there for me and although she sadly passed away 4 years ago, her legacy lives within me. I still remember like it was yesterday everything she taught me. Granny and I often baked together, made fresh pasta together, she taught me all about the flowers and plants and the insects that feed on them. She taught me hard work and to respect the animals we raised for food; she never had any food waste! She taught me how to mend my clothes and how to make jam and how to grow the crops and keep them fresh throughout the winter. She never had much but she had everything.  She lived within her means, and I can’t help but often think that we all should go back to “basics” and live like my granny’s generation did. And it is not impossible or even that difficult! We live in a society that we always want more and more “stuff”, a better car, a better holiday, a bigger house, designer clothes and I am sometimes guilty of that, too. I am not perfect, but I am trying.

My Work

I currently work for a large organisation and for the past 3 years or so, I worked very closely with their Corporate Sustainability team. It’s been an eyeopener and I learnt a huge amount about how businesses focus on reaching Net Zero and making their operations “greener”.  I worked incredibly hard to raise awareness of issues like plastic waste, reducing our carbon footprint, food waste and I ran many big projects. The many late nights and very early mornings and all this work resulted in winning the West Midlands PA Awards in the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) category in 2022 which was a very proud moment. A moment that made me realise that people do listen, and I could make an even bigger impact if I work hard at it.

However, I had no idea where to start! I spent weeks and months trying to think of what I can do to start something that I am proud of and something that I could make a difference with. 

Keeping my eco anxiety at bay

I was panicking and my eco anxiety got bad so I knew I had to come up with something and fast otherwise I could end up in hospital! Taking action for a greener planet and for a more sustainable future were always the things that helped me keep my eco anxiety at bay.

Of course, I carried on with things at home and I had my mini projects like “plastic free bathroom” or doing regular litter picks, but I knew I needed to do more.

Then bang! I had an eureka moment! I looked at my child! Crazy, right? She’s been there all along so why I didn’t think of that passion which I had for many years, the passion of teaching the next generation about appreciating nature and all the other super important sustainability stuff.

This is how it started really, Grace has been my little “sidekick” from the word go and we are on this journey together. We came up with the name “Mini Earthlings” and we drew our own logo and we started planning.

Then bang again! There came the second eureka moment within weeks of the first one! I tell you; these moments are like buses in my case….

How could I have forgotten that I am a qualified event and wedding planner with many years of experience under my belt? And that I always absolutely loved organising and running events. Am I crazy??

Green Earthlings

Fast forward a few weeks and Green Earthlings, as it is today, was born.

I am a strong believer that every single aspect of our life can be made more sustainable and events and weddings are no exceptions. In fact, in my opinion, this is a must for the events industry.

However, I wouldn’t be true to myself, if I was happy to solely focus on weddings and events. Oh no! I can’t forget about my many other passions, the environment, giving back and volunteering, teaching the next generation and building a strong, caring community around me.  All of this got incorporated into my Green Earthlings work and I am ever so proud of it.

So, here we are, this is my journey in a nutshell. A journey of a passionate woman who is driven to take actions to make our world a little bit better for all to live in.

This is how I got here…..

 

 

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