Mind Traps IV

This is the fourth in the series of four short films that outline the mind traps that prevent many people from taking steps to help our environment. The “why we’re getting it wrong”.To see “what we are getting wrong” please have a look at my first post in this series here. My post about the first Mind Traps film is here, the second is here and the third is here.

Please watch and please share! 🙂

Mind Traps III

This is the third in the series of four short films that outline the mind traps that prevent many people from taking steps to help our environment. The “why we’re getting it wrong”. To see “what we are getting wrong” please have a look at my first post in this series here. My post about the first Mind Traps film is here and the second is here.

Please watch and please share! 🙂

Mind Traps II

This is the second in the series of four short films that outline the mind traps that prevent many people from taking steps to help our environment. The “why we’re getting it wrong”. To see “what we are getting wrong” please have a look at my first post in this series here. My post about the first Mind Traps film is here.

Please watch and please share! 🙂

Peak Challenge I

Way back when I was dabbling around the edge of being green, I ran across 2 bloggers. The first was Linda from Living the Good Life. I read one of Linda’s posts and I was HOOKED! I dove back to the very beginning and read every single post! I loved it! I thought they were a bit crazy taking it to the level that they did;)  but still, WOW! I was very inspired. 😀 From a comment made on her blog (I think) I came across Gav from Greening of Gavin, a man who inspired me to have a go and make a change. And he was local too! 🙂 Both of these bloggers have remained an important part of what inspires me to do what I do and nowadays I aspire to live a life as dedicated to the environment as both Linda and Gav.

Linda has been working on a crowd funded project to try to share the message about the peril in which our civilisation stands with the public. I’ve been slow in reading her latest post but she has her short films up on YouTube and I wanted to share them with you. I’m going to post a series of posts showing one of her films in each post. They are only 4 or so minutes long each which I salute Linda for her skills in sharing so much information so succinctly, accurately and in such an easy to watch form.

Her first film, Peak Challenge I outlines what is happening, or as Linda states it “what we’re getting wrong”.


Please watch and please share.

Peak Challenge by Linda Cockburn

Linda is one of my biggest inspirations behind us making the move to Ballan and a more sustainable lifestyle (Her and Gav from Greening of Gavin). 🙂 She and her family are hardcore about living lightly and ethically on this wonderful planet of ours and are a huge inspiration to me. I squee (out loud at times ;)) when I see a new post from her. 🙂

Linda is working on a project at the moment to put together a short film to help bring our environmental challenges and issues to the general public rather than those of ours who are already enlightened. No point preaching again the converted is there? 😉 She is asking for pledges from people, either some funds or at least sharing publicly what she is doing. I’m not on Facebook so that avenue is closed to me but I can share on my blog. 🙂

Peak Challenge by Linda Cockburn.

PLEASE check out Linda and her family on their blog and pledge to help further her wonderful work if you can. I also recommend taking the time to read back through the older blog posts and back to their first blog and experiment if you can too. It’s great reading. 🙂

Linda is also a published author. I’ve not bought ‘Living the Good Life’ (yet) but LOVED ‘Who Killed Dave’ (uproariously funny) so check out her books too. 😀

Please please take the time to follow the top link though and help spread the word to the rest of the world.

A sunshiney day

I’ve been nominated for a sunshine award. 😀

What a lovely surprise. I can tell you as I read through Suburban Simplicity‘s post the last thing I expected to find was my name on the list of recipients! Bit of an honour there aye. 😀

So, without further ado, here are the questions the recipients must answer.

The questions:

1. Who is your favorite philosopher? I can’t actually say that I have one.

2. What is your favorite number?  13 for sure.

3. What is your favorite animal? I adore chickens. Big fluffy black chickens most of all. My first chicken was a black chook, probably an Australorp called Higgy.

4. What are your Facebook and Twitter? I neither Tweet (never have) nor Facebook (any more) and my life is simpler because of it.

5. What is your favorite time of day? I would have to say 6pm when my husband gets home. 😛

6. What was your favourite holiday? Definitely our big Europe holiday where we flew to the UK via Bangkok, bought a car in the UK, drove around Britain, through Wales, caught the ferry to Ireland, then back, drove to Scotland then to a wedding in Newcastle, drove down to Newhaven and caught the ferry to France, drove through France, Italy, Austria, Germany, back through France and back to London again. We then flew home via Hong Kong where my then boyfriend proposed to me. It was a magical holiday of 8 amazing weeks.

7. What is your favorite physical activity? Does sleeping count? 😉 I would have to say gardening probably now.

8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? A homemade hot cacao with rapadura sweetening. I don’t drink alcohol any more.

9. What is your favorite flower? I adore gardenia and freesia but my all time favourite is the erlicheer daffodil. Good think I have over 300 bulbs planted then isn’t it. 😀

10. What is your passion? At the moment it’s all things hippy. Blogging, baking, finding better foods for my family and their health and buying organic.

Now, for people I nominate…

In no particular order…

The Tropical Hippy – An old friend and new blogger who is also making the change to a more sustainable lifestyle for her family. She’s a big inspiration to me and a great friend besides.

Birth Without Fear – If not for the amazing information and general support, I am not sure I would have birthed Orik at home and I would have missed out on one of the most amazing and incredibly empowering experiences of my life. The support offered here is for all birthing ways. Yes, there is an emphasis on natural birth but their main objective is to educate women to understand birth and to make educated choices rather than blind trust in the medical profession which does not always have only the best interests of mum and bub at heart.

Greening of Gavin – An incredibly inspiring and informative blog about Gavin who had an epiphany and changed his whole lifestyle to one of sustainable practices and environmental awareness. Reading about his journey and everything that he achieves has given me many ideas and a LOT of inspiration for our own lifestyle. Knowing that he will soon become almost kind of our neighbour when we move is really cool too. 😀

Milkwood Permaculture – A great place to learn about permaculture principles.

Living the Good Life – Linda Cockburn and her family’s story of going off grid entirely for 12 months absolutely blew my mind! The things they did, the achievements and the goals reached are just incredible and their ongoing journey since then has been amazing to follow. This blog has probably been one of the most instrumental blogs I have read to inspire my own journey to the green side of life.

The Eco Mum – How many emails have I sent this incredible woman asking for herbal advice? She has greatly inspired me into stepping away from conventional medications and looking for natural herbal and homeopathic treatments for our ailments. Her essential balm is liquid gold and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Check her out for sure, particularly her Facebook page.

The Road to Serendipity – A blog I am just new to following but I feel I’ve found another mentor to add to my list of enviro mentors. I know who I will be asking advice from should I ever decide to try grafting and I love when I wake up in the morning after posting a blog post as I know there is always a wonderful comment from her. I’ve learned to keep my phone on silent though as she rises a wee bit earlier (read at least 2 hours before) I do. 😉 

Natural New Age Mum – A wonderful blog with a broad range of ideas to help live a more natural life. Her blog covers all sorts of topics and as a Thermy owner her recipes are also shared in Thermy terms as well as normal. Makes life MUCH easier. 🙂

The Prairie Homestead – Another great blog with a heap of wonderful and practical ideas for simple frugal and sustainable living.

Missus Moonshine – Alicia’s blog is about their family and life of sewing, gardening, soap making, homemaking and parenting whilst living the city homestead lifestyle. Her thrift shop upcycled kids clothing is absolutely divine as is their garden.


🙂 🙂 🙂

So, for those that have been nominated, to pass on the award you need to in turn nominate 10 people and link to their post. Don’t forget to let them know you’ve nominated them too. Then just answer the questions and pass on the love. 😀