The importance of investing in the #small

Democracy is overrated. Or at least ours is. True democracy is of course, priceless, but when you have to put up with a government you didn’t vote for and more to the point, you couldn’t even vote for the party you wanted to it doesn’t look so rosy.

And then there are multinational corporations. You know, the people who have more power than the government. The organisations which really run our lives. Just look at the climate change issue. Or fair trade. Or the living wage.

It makes you wonder what an average Joe could do.

Small actions when lots of people do them add up to world changing big actions, but what if you look around you and you feel like the only one taking any action?

But wait. Your action might not change the world, but it does change you. And lets face it, regardless of what happens in the world, you are still going to have to live your life, and those around you are still going to have to live with you.

If it is right to take care of the planet, it is, regardless of whether anyone else is or not.

For your soul’s sake, invest in the small.

Besides, some people do end up as world changers and they all had to start somewhere, so never despise the small.

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In the end, the colour of your soul is not changed by the number of online petitions you sign, especially if you have slid into slackivism.

But it is changed by the grace of God as you take each small choice, each action and offer it up to him as worship. As we do things because the are right and good, regardless of whether or not they change the world, we find that instead, we are changed and the potential that others around us will be changed appears.

All it takes is one small flame to burst the dark.

My @Tearfund #meanbeanchallenge

A lot of the world goes to bed hungry. It’s something not many in our country can imagine (although with the rise in the need of food banks perhaps more than in the past). I certainly struggle to get my head round it.

Which is partly why I am taking part in Tearfund ‘ s mean bean challenge. You can still sponsor me if you like.
The other reason is that Tearfund know what they are doing and can be trusted to use the money we all raise well.

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Yesterday was the first day and it was SO HARD. I hadn’t anticipated the sugar and caffeine withdrawal and it wasn’t fun. And I was hungry. And fed up.
I mean, I’m a vegan, I eat rice, beans or both every day. And it was still really hard.

First world problems. Seriously, I’m doing this for five days and then I go back to abundance.

Unlike all those women, children and men who use all their days just to survive. No one should have to live like that. While I temporarily long for fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts, spices and a nice cup of tea…
They long for the rice and beans I’m fed up with already.

I have raised money for people like Tearfund before, but this has really hit me. Imagine it was my family, my community going though this.

Although i will finish my rice and bean challenge on Friday and enjoy my Saturday porridge with koko coconut milk and dates, I won’t stop thinking about this, and putting some of my time and money into it as well.

Mighty Good #ethical underwear

During lent I pledged not to buy new clothes for a year, but instead to only repair and buy second hand as a way to love a little more gently on the planet.
Which I will continue to do except… who wants second hand pants?

This is where the Mighty Good come to the rescue.

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I’m really hoping their crowdfund is successful, because I think I could get lovely new pants without welching on my commitment. This is because they use organic fair trade cotton. On top of that, doesn’t all this sound good:

*Made from 95% super soft-on-the-skin organic cotton and 5% elastane for fit and durability

*Styles, fits and shapes sure-fire tested and scrutinised by our friends and peers to ensure the perfect fit

*Brushed elastic on the waistband for extra comfort and style.

*We use eco-friendly and colourfast dyes that are suitable for washing in cold water.

*Has five different underwear styles for women and 2 different styles for men in black, nude and white.

*Styles to suit all shapes and sizes from size 6 to sizes 20 for women and sizes XS to XL for men.

*Has no dangerous chemicals used in the production process meaning that there are no dangerous chemical residues on the fabric when you wear them.

Yes, I intend to save the planet, one pair of pants at a time:)

Middle Eastern style #vegan Bake

We tried something new for dinner tonight, this middle eastern vegan bake via one green planet:

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I didn’t use any coconut oil or the vegan spread as I thought the oil in the recipe was enough – and I used un-fancy vegetable oil rather than olive oil.

It was a really tasty meal which I enjoyed very much. R wasn’t so fussed, but that’s because as he said, it’s basically lasagne without the pasta.

If you like your middle eastern flavours I would say it needs a LOT more spices.
That being said, I still loved it and would definitely make it again.

Positive Pick: Lottie Doll is a fashion doll you can feel good about!

Always nice to see toy makers who make the effort :

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Today I want to share a product with you that I think you’ll love. It’s the Lottie doll by Arklu. Arklu is in what they describe as a David versus Goliath fight against toy giants like Mattel and Disney. Their mission: to bring a fashion doll to the market that kids will love because of the fun, trendy clothes while also providing a developmentally appropriate play experience. That means no sexy clothes, no make-up, and no ridiculous thin ideal proportions. Their motto: Be bold, be brave, be you.

What Lottie does have is realistic child-like proportions, cute and trendy clothes, fun accessories and a background story for each doll that encourages imagination. The stories emphasize adventure, activity, and creativity rather than the usual shopping and romance. They are so much healthier and more relatable for young girls than popular dolls marketed to girls of this age that focus on themes…

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#GoodFriday a #poem

I have died
A thousand tiny deaths
Only to find myself
Rising up
Back where I started,
A little older
Perhaps a little wiser.

But now my soul
Grows old with weariness,
Life grinding to a halt.

Bury me with You.
Kill off once and for all
Every thing which chains me
Ankle to old earth.

Change me in this fertile soil
Cause my life to germinate
Raise me up with You
To grow and flourish
As I should do:
Shelter for the lost
And food for the pilgrim.

All my life an offering
For your Glory.

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