Today, more and more people are exploring alternatives to traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ houses than ever before. A person’s home is an expression of who they are, a place to call their own, decorated with carefully chosen items and furniture which reveal much about the owner’s character. Your actual choice of dwelling can say even more. Alternative living can offer a freedom of personal expression seldom found on the housing market, but what exactly does it mean? What is alternative living? Alternative living describes a scenario…
The Vanlife Movement has never been stronger; more and more people looking to connect with nature, live a life of adventure and presence, create a simpler, more sustainable existence or save money, are all discovering that their needs can be met with four wheels and the open road. Drool-worthy images of self-converted vehicles are all over the internet, showcasing people’s creative talents and expressive abilities as they take a mode of transport and turn it into a beautiful, bespoke home.
Have you ever heard of the concept of downshifting? Well, I hadn’t until recently, but when I did I knew it was something I wanted to look into. Turns out I have been downshifting for a while now… I just didn’t realise it had a name! If, like me, you didn’t even know this was a thing, then read on: we are going to look into exactly what it means to be a downshifter, how downshifting can change your life for the better, and how you can get started.
I am a big fan of thinking outside the box. One of my biggest drives for writing is the need to help people understand that things aren’t always what they seem. I want people to take a look at the world around them and question what they see, because I remember so well my own ‘Aha!’ moment, when I stopped just assuming things had to be a certain way and started asking: “What if things could be EXACTLY as I wish they could be?”
I am loving me some recklessness right now! I feel so full of the giddy joys of summer that I had to write this down, lest the feeling starts to fade as the days draw in…
Hey you! Yeah, you over there… with the faraway look in your eyes and the dissatisfied smile… You, dreaming of something better. A life less ordinary… Let me paint you a picture:
2 years ago we had to leave the cottage we had lived in for 13 years when our landlord decided to sell. It was an old ramshackle cottage with low beamed ceilings and nooks and crannies aplenty (and dust, so much dust!). It was pokey and cramped, in the delightfully cosy way that cottages often are, but we loved it, and it had been our home for many years.