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Good Reads October 22, 2014 posted by

Sell Your Crap, Pay Your Debt, Do What You Love

Sell Your Crap, Pay Your Debt, Do What You Love

Quite often, when I’m doing something in the kitchen, or editing images for the blog, or anything else when I can focus on two things at the same time, then I listen to TED talks while I work.  It’s a good way to listen, learn and be inspired when it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day!

There’s this one TED talk that I keep coming back to again and again, by Adam Baker.  In it Adam shares his powerful and inspiring personal account of how him and his wife found “freedom” by defying the ‘status quo’ of how people often perceive success.  Adam and his wife sold most of their possessions, paying off their $18,000 consumer credit and student debts in the process.  They also restructured their lives to minimise debt and get the most out of life by focusing on experiences and living in the moment instead of relying on possessions to make them happy.

Adam’s key point of the whole twenty minute talk is so succinct it hurts: “sell your crap, pay your debt, do what you love“.

adam baker man vs debt

One of the parts of the talk where I find myself nodding furiously to is when Adam quotes Nigel Marsh (speaker of another great TED talk), when he says “There are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.”

Another great moment is when Adam says “if you don’t answer this question [what does freedom mean to me] then there is a corporation, company or product that is happy to answer it for you

While the main focus of the talk is debt reduction, I think there are some very very strong parallels with sustainable living, such as being happy living with less, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it – it’s incredibly engaging:


If you can’t see the video, you can watch it here.

Enjoy!

 ps: the gist of the talk reminded me of the late comedian Bill Hicks.  I could watch his DVDs time and time again and never get bored!

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    Arts & Crafts October 17, 2014 posted by

    Easy and Eye-Catching Tea Towel DIY

    Easy and Eye-Catching Tea Towel DIY

     The crafting genius that is Mel Wiggins has come up with the easy and eye-catching tea towel DIY that she’s kindly let me share with Moral Fibres readers.  It’s a perfect craft idea for beginners too!

    This project can make the simplest of fabric scraps look professional, takes 15 minutes to complete and costs next to nothing!

    You will need:

    tea revives you tea towel

    tea towel (or fabric scrap) / dowel / string / needle and thread or sewing machine / scissors

    The wooden dowels can be found at any B&Q, Homebase or similar DIY shops and are about £1 each – you might need to chop the length in half or adjust it some for the right size.  These give the tea towel some weight and help it to hang nicely.

    Method

    Pin in the dowel into the fabric at both ends by folding it over so you can see how much room you need in sewing the hems at the ends.

    dowel

    Take the dowel out and sew your hem on both ends.

    sewing machine

    Cut your string long enough to fit through the top hem and to tie into a nice triangle at the top.  Tie a knot in one end of the string and feed it through the top hem.

    simple craft ideas

    Now you can put the dowels in the top and bottom hems and tie your string to suit the length you want to hang your towel.  I like to hide the knots in the hem to give it a more clean effect.

    Now hang up your wall hanging and enjoy!  And why not pour yourself a cup of tea – you deserve it!

    tea towel DIY

    Thanks Mel!  You can catch more off Mel’s craftiness over on her fantastic blog!

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      Fashion October 15, 2014 posted by

      6 Women’s Vegan Shoes You’ll Love

      6 Women’s Vegan Shoes You’ll Love

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      I‘ve spoken before about the ethical dilemma of leather vs. non leather and six months on I’ll still not entirely sure what the answer is.  Personally as a vegetarian I’m happy to wear vintage or secondhand leather or new vegetable tanned leather, but equally I understand that not everyone is happy wearing leather.

      If you’re not happy wearing animal based products then I’ve been on the lookout for some stylish women’s vegan shoes.  I think I’ve done alright – I’ve found a selection for most occasions that I think you’ll love:

      vegan shoes

      Here are some lovely women’s vegan shoes, from the top:

      Esprit Women have a lovely range of vegan PETA approved shoes.  I think Esprit may have had a fairly checkered past with regards to ethical issues, but seem to be making roads to resolve this.  This association with PETA just launched in July, and I hope it’s the start of good things to come from this high street retailer.  I’m liking these lace up ankle boots (£55) and these tiger print trainers (£45) from their vegan range.

      I’m a little bit in love with these teal Oxford style vegan heels from Beyond Skin (£71).  Alas, they only have them left in small sizes otherwise I’d have these in a heartbeat….

      Good old TOMS UK have some funky women’s vegan shoes in stock.  I love this zebra print pair (£39.99) – they’d look great with skinny jeans.

      These ethical tan brogues (£87) from Bourgeois Boheme are so pretty.  I do like a good pair of brogues, they make wonderful shoes for autumn.

      Finally Inkkas have some lovely hand made and fair-trade vegan trainers.  I’m especially taken with these grey ones (£44) with their jazzy South American fabric panelling.  What a way to brighten up an outfit!

      Which ones are your favourite?

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