Breaking the Plastic addiction – a how to

I get a bit upset about the completely unnecessary plastic packaging we see in our shops; I snapped these pics at Countdown recently…

 

 

As you can see, there are apples, avocados and grapes encapsulated in plastic galore. What I find most silly, is avocados and bananas in plastic packaging, when they already come with their own packaging – their skin, which we remove before eating! As for apples and grapes, they may obviously be washed before eating.

When I was living in the UK, I noticed the impact, virtually overnight of supermarkets beginning to charge for plastic bags. Everyone started bringing their own and it was wonderful. I know Pak n Save has started charging for plastic bags but the bring your own reusable bags movement, doesn’t seem to have caught on yet for some reason.  I get that using plastic bags is convenient and easy but how is convenience a justifiable excuse for not making a little extra effort and making a choice that is better for the environment?

We have a massive world-wide plastic crisis on our hands and it’s destroying our marine life, this article puts the issue into context: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/19/more-plastic-than-fish-in-the-sea-by-2050-warns-ellen-macarthur

It’s not just retailers that are the problem by selling these plastic covered products, the consumer is complicit too, because they are buying these plastic covered products and not bringing their own reusable bags. Is it you? If it is, please stop, we need to vote with our wallets. If people don’t buy these products presented in this way, then businesses won’t supply them in this way. Simple.

I am trying to do my bit to reduce my plastic consumption. I thought I’d share some of the steps I’ve taken and some ideas that you can implement too.

  • Refusing plastic bags wherever I can, for all purchases from buying clothes through to groceries, instead using reusable bags.
  • Buying as much food as I can through a Co-op – this way it comes in bulk and reduces the amount of packaging
  • Buying dry goods such as beans, lentils and rice from bulk buy stores e.g. Bin-Inn, Piko and Liberty Market (makes buying organic goods affordable too). You can use your own bags, or use provided paper bags and pay by weight
  • Taking every opportunity to bring the plastic issue into the awareness of others, by saying no thank you to plastic bags. This way you’re setting an example and prompting others to think about their own plastic consumption.
  • Use glass storage containers instead, get them half price at Briscoes, or on sale or at the Warehouse
  • Making a conscious effort to buy products in glass, not plastic
  • Switching to solid shampoo – such as from local business ‘Dirty Hippy, rather than getting them in plastic bottles. You’ll find they contain fewer chemicals too.
  • Using wooden, silicone, or stainless steel cooking implements
  • Putting produce straight in the basket, rather than into yet another plastic bag
  • Never use single use water bottles! Get your own reusable enamel one, far more durable and avoid BPA too.
  • Make your own cleaning products with castile soap, baking soda, vinegar, water and essential oils (honestly, they are just as effective) and put them in your recycled glass jars, rather than buying cleaners in plastic bottles. This way you can avoid the nasty chemicals too.
  • Make your own washing powder with borax or Citric acid (buy at selected Bin-Inn’s and supermarkets), vegetable based soap/castile soap and washing soda crystals (selected supermarkets)

Let’s do what we can and ditch the plastic today and every day as much as we can!

 

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How to escape your soul-destroying day job!

The current state of affairs

Being worried about money, stressed, unhappy at work; worried about the future seems to be the default setting for a lot of people today. But should work, where in most cases, we spend most of waking life should rob us of our zest for life? Leaving us feeling threadbare, emotionally depleted, time-poor, compromising our health, the quality of our relationships, the care of our children, our self-worth? I believe not. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Solution

The answer for me was to start network marketing, this is self-employment that allows you to work the hours you want, when you want. Network marketing, also known as direct selling is booming, as savvy people realise the amazing benefits it offers. It is focused on promoting products that you personally use and crucially that you stand behind and believe in. Believing in your product is key, because network selling success is reliant on people trusting you and your recommendation.  The company I choose to align myself with is essential oils company doTERRA, basically because I can’t fault it for ethics and quality of product.

Let’s break it down some more

doTERRA is a multi-level marketing company and just in case you’re wondering; multi-level organisations are not pyramid schemes, pyramid schemes are in fact illegal. In the case of doTERRA and other multi-level marketing companies, the essential oils aren’t sold retail and the company relies on independent product consultants to distribute their products i.e. network marketing. This model is effective because people need to be educated and supported to use oils correctly and to know what they can be used for, in order to get the most benefit from them. Customers get to purchase the oils at wholesale prices and consultants get generously rewarded from money that would usually be spent on advertising and marketing.

Starting small

In the case of doTERRA essential oils, when you start having fantastic experiences with them, you naturally tell friends and family about them. Then those friends and family want to try them because a trusted friend has had amazing results and recommended them. A recommendation from a friend, family member, or someone you know carries a lot more weight than that of a stranger in a shop. This is the beauty of network marketing.

Taking it bigger

In terms of network marketing, some people just want to earn a little bit of extra money by sharing casually with those in their existing network like this. However, others wish to make it into a business and to share the products (essential oils in this case) with greater numbers of people. The reasons for this vary, they may like to bring in extra income or to replace or multiply their current income and they see an opportunity to change their circumstances and to change their life with financial freedom. Financial freedom means time freedom, more quality time with family and friends and more time to pursue your dreams. It’s also brilliant for stay at home parents and those who wish to remain stay at home parents, while still earning.

Why not?

There are a few common barriers people put up when they think of the idea of starting their own business. They think they don’t know how, that they don’t have the skills and they think they don’t have enough money. I would say to this; don’t let your confidence doubts road block you from taking charge of your life. The key attributes you need are persistence, resilience and commitment, as well as genuine passion for the product. No other particular, specific skill set is needed. If you are a genuine, hard-working person, who cares about natural alternatives (in the case of doTERRA) and who wants to help others, you are the type of person who will likely succeed and create abundance for you and your family.

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If you don’t think you have the spare cash, remember; usually starting a business costs thousands, you either need to have your own funds, or you need to take out a loan. But to start with many network marketing companies, such as doTERRA, you just need to invest in an initial kit, for example, the most inexpensive kit with doTERRA is AUD $174. You need this so that you have a good selection of oils to share with others and so you can incorporate the oils into your daily life, allowing you to share authentically from the heart about how you use them and how they help you.

I’m not a salesperson…

Do you think this sounds like pushy sales? Not at all, in the case of a quality product like doTERRA, the oils sell themselves; you just need to facilitate this by giving people the opportunity to experience them. It’s very problem – solution focused. Someone says they are suffering with a particular complaint, you recommend an oil, they try it, it works for them and then they want to buy the oil. This key aspect of helping people is incredibly rewarding and it’s an extra bonus when you can make money doing it. If you don’t know many people, you just need to reach outside your network and promote classes on social media, or put up some flyers.

More on that note, I would say that I’m the least salesy time person out there. I hate to think that I might be encouraging someone to get a product that they don’t want or need. I’m definitely not the fast talking type and historically I’ve felt pretty socially awkward and had a fear of public speaking. However, what I’ve learnt is that all goes out the window when I’m talking about something I’m passionate about and believe in.   Plus the only way to succeed in this business is to help others succeed, which is a wonderful model, no more competitive, individualistic mentality. There is support galore. When you join, you receive access to amazing online support groups, comprehensive training and one on one mentorship, so you have all the tools you need to succeed.

Next steps

I love learning about essential oils and seeing the amazement on people’s faces when they hear about all the things they can be used for, from immune support to non-toxic cleaning and in cooking.  It’s an absolute bonus that I can make my living from sharing information that can help everyone, plus I’m my own boss. So I just wanted to sow a seed with you, to give you a little bit of information about an alternative way and if you are interested in learning more, no matter where in the world you are, please get in touch at essentialhealingnz@gmail.com. I’d love to chat with you. For more information about doTERRA oils in particular, please check out my facebook page facebook.com/essentialhealingnz (website coming soon) and doTERRA.com.

More interesting information

Need further convincing? Here’s a couple of other insightful articles: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/erin-henry/network-marketing-is-the-dream-career-i-overlooked_b_8578938.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/regan-long/the-brutal-truth-about-those-pyramid-schemes_b_10602586.html

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six weeks Wwoof, Wwoof, Wwoofing! How to travel on a shoestring and have the time of your life

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‘Wwoof’ stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms and ‘Wwoofing’ refers to carrying out work on organic farms voluntarily for about four to six hours a day in return for food and accommodation. Basically, it’s an amazing way to travel on a very low budget and, arguably, you will have a far more rewarding experience than travelling around spending lots of money on accommodation, meals out and paying to get into tourist attractions.

Personally, as someone who has done a little bit of travelling, I found the Wwoofing experience infinitely more meaningful than just making my way around Europe, taking in sights and experiences but not giving anything back, like you do with Wwoofing. Wwoofing is likely to appeal to someone who’s interested in sustainable living, being more self-sufficient and growing their own food organically. I spent six weeks Wwoofing in England, but you can do it pretty much…

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Easy Chocolate & Peppermint Fudge

The first of my recipes using doTERRA Essential Oils. Remember not all essential oils are created equal. Some have fillers added and are not safe to be eaten, so make sure you are using a food grade oil. A pure essential oil is exactly that; nothing added, no sugar, no chemicals, additives or preservatives, just pure plant goodness. I think you’re going to love this recipe and it literally only takes 10 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 pinches of sea salt
  • 2-4 drops of doTERRA Peppermint Oil
  • Pure maple syrup or honey to taste

Method

  • Whip up the coconut oil using a blender stick, until it’s light and fluffy, this takes about a minute! If it’s really cold, you may need to melt the coconut oil slightly first. If you’re in a warm climate (I’m jealous) but also you can skip this step because your coconut oil will already be liquid and ready to mix.
  • Add the cocoa, vanilla extract, peppermint oil and salt, then mix together with a large spoon.
  • Some like their fudge sweeter than others – add the maple syrup to taste.
  • Mix it until all the ingredients, are combined and it should look all damp and gooey, then smooth it on to a small tray.

It’s up to you how thick you want the fudge, you can press it down so it’s quite thin, or you can keep it thick, so it’s more chunky.

It sets super quickly in the fridge, should only take about an hour to go nice and firm, depending how cold your fridge is. Then cut into small squares and it’s melt in your mouth time!!

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Oily beginnings.

I decided to visit the London Mind, Body and Spirit Festival and there I came across a lovely lady with a stall with doTerra Essential Oils. I was immediately curious and drawn in thinking of beautiful, calming aromas. She invited me to try some, I took a couple of drops of Wild Orange and Peppermint on my palms, cupped my  hands over nose and breathed deeply. Immediately, I was taken away by them, as the aroma was uplifting and pure, straight from nature, she then suggested I try them on the back of my neck, which I did and proceeded to walk around the rest of the festival in a semi-state of bliss. This was my introduction to doTerra and I wasn’t able to shake the thought of these oils straight from heaven. I still had another year or so in the UK, so even through I knew this could be the start of something special, it wasn’t the right time to start something – business wise but since moving back to New Zealand the oils are apart of my everyday life from morning to night and now I’m sharing them with others. A drop of lemon essential oil in my water in the morning, a couple in the home-made hummus I make later on. Cleaning, managing emotions, supporting ailments and preventing illness. They constantly enhance my life. The ancient Egyptians knew about the special properties of these oils and considered them as valuable as gold.

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Freedom from Facebook

I am approximately two months free of Facebook. You could call it a social experiment, or a life change. Either way, if you have ever entertained the idea of breaking away from Facebook’s sed…

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Musings on a month living in a Scottish eco-village

Findhorn is an eco-village nestled in the north of Scotland, and has been in existence for around 50 years. It is also a spiritual community, but is not aligned with any particular religion or set …

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