So, over the coming months we will collate a collection of ideas we think you'll enjoy; things to grow, make, ways to move, explore, places to listen, learn. We hope it inspires you to re-discover habits, passions, hobbies passed; from before time ran away from you, now that we're forced to slow down [it's time to take a break from the Netflix binge]:
It might feel like a strange time to be 'celebrating' anything, at the moment. A lot of us may feel uprooted, unsettled, have lost our rhythm or routine. We strongly believe that continuing with our traditions, no matter how big or small, old or new, can help root us, bring us purpose, and keep us going. Make do and make the most of your extra time, it's not the time to see this confinement as limiting or debilitating. It's an opportunity to grow, learn new skills, be reminded of old hobbies and re-connect and stay connected with the people you love. Be grateful for good health and appreciative of the freedom we will have once this passes.
Easter is going to be a little different this year. Not the usual, family gathering, chocolate-filled, day of excitement it often is. But that doesn't mean we can't keep spirits up with adapted traditions, support local businesses or surprise someone with a chocolate treat. In fact sometimes, nothing says it better. So here's our list of [mostly] UK based Chocolate companies to add a touch of sweetness to your day, or someone else's.
Talking about transformation has never seemed quite so pertinent. March is the month that signifies the turning of seasons. Those long dreary Winter days are almost over. The days are getting longer, daffodils are shinning happy yellow faces in parks, grass has replaced mud and the need to wear a beanie along with 7 other layers is less necessary. It's safe to say Spring is finally here.
I find, that a 'Zero Waste' or 'Sustainable' christmas means a reductionist way of thinking; and that perhaps it can come across repeatedly negative, and off putting for many. No this, and don't do that. And while it is true, it is encouraging minimising our consumption, of everything from energy, to christmas presents [though let's be real, did we really need all that stuff to begin with..]. But perhaps by having a more positive language, we might inspire more people to try?