Hi, I’m Katie. Welcome to my lifestyle blog, Practically Ethical.
There was a brilliant quote in Positive News (ace magazine, well worth a read) not too long ago that said “be engaged, not enraged”. I want to be more engaged, I want to lead a more ethical life because I think it’s good and worthwhile thing to do on all levels. I’m writing this blog as a sort of diary, where you can learn about the micro projects I like to immerse myself in, my opinions on stuff and the challenges of ethical living. Many people who do ethical living like to call it The Simple Life. This is not at all what I have found. I have found it to be The Complicated And Confusing Life. If I can achieve anything with this blog, it would be to find the practical way of being ethical.
I love the idea of community so if you have any thoughts to share, please do so! You can comment on my posts or you can contact me here,
I took part in Labour Behind the Labels Six Item Challenge for Lent 2017. I wrote a whole other blog about the challenge. You can read about it here. I loved raising money for the charity; I was so proud to be #5 on the top fundraiser board. I enjoyed running a micro-capsule wardrobe. Keeping a diary style blog alongside the challenge reignited my love of writing. I met lots of new and inspirational people. I felt engaged in something worthwhile and continue to feel passionately about the cause. I’m more informed about ethical and sustainable fashion than I’ve ever been, and yet more confused too. The challenge has a lot to answer for; it was a life changing experience for me. I want to carry on learning and living more mindfully. I want to carry on writing.
And the specifics about me? Well, I hate to say it, but I’m a bit of a cliché. I’m another one of those 30-something, stay at home mum bloggers. I have two feisty, noisy and hilarious daughters. I’m married to a brilliant man. I enjoy baking, reading, toasted marshmallows, looking at the stars, and trying to understand philosophy. I love a good Netflix boxset marathon. I’m a fan of internet shopping and Pinterest. I hope to rekindle my love of art house and indie cinema and listening to vinyl soon. These hobbies have slipped since having babies and that makes me quite sad. I’m pro slow fashion, pro organic living and so pro sleep. I’m a feminist. My guilty pleasures are good wine, craft gin and organic lipsticks. My daily needs are generally met by strong milky tea, fresh coffee, lots of bread, humous, marmite and my iPhone. I have no idea how people did life and parenting without internet shopping, internet banking, the kindle app, Facebook, Mumsnet and Google. I constantly wrestle with going veggie or vegan. I haven’t managed to give either a proper go yet. I hate laundry yet this also seems to be my area of greatest knowledge. I went to school, university and have worked in many different jobs. I’ve had two proper careers, both abandoned in the mists of time and I’m trying to set up a business alongside doing the mum of pre-schoolers thing right now.