Since Live the Frugal Life is rebranding itself a little bit by adding the concept of environmentalism, I’ve decided to interview Alex who blogs at The Mini Smallholder. We will talk about what she does in her part to give back to our planet and her expert advice for both beginners and experienced in protecting the environment. So, let’s get straight into it!
Hello Alex, please introduce yourself and tell us what your blog is about.
I am Alex and I write about our move towards a more sustainable life. We (me and my husband) both work in the City but used to live in rural Wales. So, the move to suburbia came as quite a shock. So, we made the conscious decision to change.
Why did you decide to start a blog?
The blog acts as a prompt to push me to carry on. I learnt lots of handmade crafts when I was an electrician, and this helped me to make sure I still met up with other females and used that time for relaxing and enjoying a slower life. Now that I teach other electricians, I want to also teach crafts and gardening.
Are there any challenges that you faced when starting this blog?
The biggest challenge is probably the same for all bloggers or even crafters. It is finding the balance. I create each craft or grow each plant, and this is time-consuming – but having to remember to take photos and record it as well is really funny.
Sometimes I will make a great blanket for a friend and then forget to capture it before I give it away! Then I try to get over to their house and take a sneaky picture. I am not a great friend at all!
Another challenge was learning the new technology, but I have been amazed at how this has helped in my day job too. I feel like I can take on lots of new challenges as a result.
What are some eco-friendly activities that you do in your daily life?
As for eco-friendly activities, I think I am a bit annoying at work because I ask for everyone to bring their single-use plastic in, I am making a greenhouse form bottles, but we don’t use plastic at home!
I also nag people to bring in used toilet rolls, bottle lids – all sorts really. My poor friends at work are always so good though, even though I kind of use it as subliminal messaging about waste control!
We had planned on starting a zero spend year from the 6th April, but my poor husband has had a bad bike accident and it may mean tweaking our goals a bit.
What are some tips that you can give to someone who would like to start an eco-lifestyle?
This would be my main piece of advice for anyone looking to move to sustainability. Do not be afraid to compromise at points. It is a journey so make it manageable. If there are days where I am exhausted and can’t walk to work because I have had a busy morning I will drive (my hybrid car though!) or get the bus.
Planning helps and I will be looking at ways to prep like a boss in the future. If we are to achieve our zero spend / zero waste year we will need to plan well ahead. I think the best thing we can do is get the younger generation involved with an eco-friendly lifestyle.
Growing your own food is the best way to get everyone eating and our gorgeous nephews love to ‘help’ out around the garden. You are never too stuck in a routine to learn something new and eco does not have to mean budget breaking! So, give one thing a try and see if it sticks!
Thank you, Alex, for taking the time to be interviewed!
My Biggest Takeaway
Alex really helped me see eco-lifestyle in a practical way! One of the biggest takeaway from this interview was the encouragement of participation from another person. No matter how environmentally friendly you may be, it won’t be as effective if you don’t encourage people around you to do the same. I’m really glad Alex’s co-workers were willing to join in!
Another big take away was from her main advice. Make the journey manageable was really important to me. As much as I’d love to save the environment, it will not work if I’m rushing it or not giving it my all because I’ve got other things to work on (school/work). I think taking care of yourself first then taking care of the environment is really important for us.
Again, thank you so much, Alex, for joining me in this interview, and I hope you could all check her out at her blog!
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