There’s a reason that my posts for this challenge have been so sporadic. The last few weeks have been quite personal challenges, and I’m not 100% about sharing other people’s business – I find it can be a bit…hmmm… invasive, I suppose. When I read this week’s challenge: ‘Express gratitude to 3 people’, I knew I wanted to complete it, so I thought I’d do so in a slightly different way.
I’m going to express my gratitude to three people (technically four) I’ve not actually met but who have inspired me (and keeping it relevant; are helping me prepare for my trip).
The first is Adriene. Yoga with Adriene is something I discovered only lately but already, it’s changed my life for the better. I’ve just finished day 4 of yoga camp and I’ve done 2 other videos of Adriene’s. I feel calmer. More aware of my body and I’m happier. I’ve been using cycling as my main exercise type for the last year and I know I won’t be able to do that when I travel so I am developing my yogi skills, so I can keep up strength exercises (and mindfulness exercises) whilst we’re away. These videos have helped me so much. I’ve always been hot and cold with yoga and I’ve found that it’s pretty much down to the teacher. I like Adriene’s style, speed and charm. So, thank you Adriene.
The second is Giselle and Cody of Mindful Wanderlust. I was vegan for 4.5 months before I let eggs back into my diet for a multitude of reasons (I’m writing about it over on Medium actually). It’s something I still greatly admire and respect amongst people and one day, I imagine I will return to a vegan diet. Giselle and Cody became vegan on their travels, and their subsequent story is inspiring. They travel around the world in the most mindful way – being as friendly to the earth and to its inhabitants (human and animal) as possible. They are also covered in tattoos and wrote an inspiring post about how we are not our bodies. I truly admire the couple and I express my gratitude to them for sharing their stories.
The third person is Erin at The Rogue Ginger. I’ve been trying to lead a life with less impact on the planet for a long time; it was one of the things that inspired my array into veganism. While I’m now focussed on a vegetarian diet, I’m also focussed on reducing (towards eliminating) my use of plastics. I follow this Instagram page and it breaks my heart, seeing the endless work of beach cleaning. I think we can all do our bit, and I’m dedicated to reducing my plastics and adopting a more sustainable way of life this way. I’ve vowed to never buy another tube of mascara, and make sure my trip equipment is as natural and as sustainable as possible (a post on that coming soon). Back to Erin; Erin leads a plastic-free life. Her blog documents this and is a treasure trove of tools and information on how you can do that too. I find her ever so inspiring and a case we can all look up to, so thank you Erin.