Why Everyday Ethical
Firstly, welcome to the blog! Thank you for taking the time to have a mosey around my little corner of the Internet and for being so supportive – many of you reading this have been amazingly kind about me word-vomming my ideas at you or chatting over the concept of creating this space.
Through writing about things I enjoy, products I love and stuff that I have learnt, I hope to be a writer that informs and shows you – the everyday girl (or guy!) – that being yourself, your ordinary, everyday self – is more than enough and, as cheesy as it sounds, you can have a positive impact on the world.
Caring Is Cool
With so many highlight reels and societal pressures on people to do or act certain ways and eat certain things, wear certain clothes – be a certain kind of person – it is easy to get caught up in it all. I hope to be able to show you and write in a way that reminds you of how ordinary people can do good in the world and can be happy with what they have, rather than constantly comparing what they don’t. I also want to emphasise the importance of being a conscious and critical-thinking consumer, in a non-edited way (with the exception of brightness because that tool is the bomb). This does not have to come at the cost of buying things you love, nor at the cost of changing everything about yourself to be some perfect role model to society – heck I’m certainly not!
Caring about the environment and the production process of products doesn’t mean you have to turn into some hippie, hemp-seed-eating-all-is-calm-and-rainbows type person – it simply means having the awareness and knowledge to realise you can actually make positive changes in the world. I’m not talking about massive examples here. We can’t all be Michelle Obama (try as I might). I’m talking about the daily decisions – where we get our clothes from, what skincare we use, what makeup we buy, what food we eat, how we relate to others, how we talk to ourselves… Every single day, we make decisions that impact our planet, that impact other people. Every single day. But how often do you stop to think about that?
Engaging in our lives, rather than being passive, is one of the most powerful ways we can shape the future we wish to see. By this I mean we need to examine why we do certain things, why we talk, eat and live certain ways – so that we can gain a deeper understanding of our own life, and in turn understand others better. So often I’ve seen people unhappy, but unwilling to make change or actually take some time out to reflect on where the emotion is coming from.
Yes it’s corny af but you have to be the change you wish to see in the world. And you can’t tell me that you are reading this going “Emily the world is perfectly fine as it is”. As people who live in privileged societies, it is easy for us to say we care about animals then go and buy makeup that tests on them. It is easy for us to consume so much fashion and food, without knowing where it originated form or who made it.
Now I certainly don’t want this to be a “look at what you’re doing wrong” space– I am not claiming at all that I am the epitome of wellness and embody ethical awareness everyday – but it is something I strive for. I want you to feel encouraged, motivated and supported, not disheartened. And that the main goal really is to try to do your best in whatever way you can. Part of this might involve taking some time to actually ask yourself what you care about – what are your values? What injustices make you angry? What is something you have grown to love but maybe don’t know where it comes from? From experience, I can guarantee that getting in touch with what actually matters to you, and cutting out the crap of caring too much of what other people might think, will help with your overall happiness.
Sooo basically, if you’ve skimmed over most of that (which is fair enough because it is fairly beefy) – the main point I want you to take away is that small, everyday things that we do or become aware of give us a greater sense of awareness for our planet, the people around us, and for ourselves – which ultimately make us happier and better people. You are an awesome, ordinary, everyday person – and you can make a difference! I may take optimism to a whole new level but I do believe you can! Thank you SO much again for your support and I hope you enjoy it here. Sending you good vibes and love!!!!