It has been far too long

I just want to start by apologising. I am sorry I have been MIA for such a long time. Life has been hectic. I promise though that in the New Year I will be back, bright eyed and bushy tailed.

Until that time though I wish you all a belated Happy Holidays and I hope you all enjoy the nye festivities; stay safe people!

See you all in 2014.

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Waving sheepishly!

Hi everyone! I cannot believe it has been so long since I have written a blog post (or done much else for that matter) life has been hectic and full and weird and stressful this past month (mostly because I just haven’t known whether I was coming or going). I lost my way a little bit, my business took a back seat to me trying to sort other things out and I just really feel like I have been neglecting the things that are the most important to me. Like this, right here, you guys (however few of you there are at the minute) I am so grateful that there are still people checking up on here even though it has been ages since I have surfaced. I appreciate each and every one of you and I am hoping that I can get back to this with the vigour I had a month ago. Please bear with me if it takes a while for me to get back into the swing of things though!

So as I said, I haven’t been up to much so there isn’t really a great deal to tell you all. I started an Indiegogo campaign and then got scared cause I have to do a video so that is just sitting there doing nothing till I can pluck up the courage to make one. I have been mentally prepping for being back at Uni soon and mentally prepping everyday for being at work everyday! I haven’t taken many photos as I haven’t been anywhere. I haven’t really cooked anything exciting although today we did have our very first produce from our little garden; some wonderfully fresh and tasty Pattypans! Neither of us had ever tried them before and we now can’t wait till there are more to munch on.
I have read some books though, just normal novels, and it was lovely. I enjoyed every minute of not filling my brain with more science or food stuff or math or business things. Giving my brain a rest has been very nice indeed. That time is coming to a close now as I really need to get my ass in gear and get back to life. So here is to a new and fresh beginning, well rested and raring to go. I hope you all come along with me and I promise it won’t be so long before I am back this time.

Take care everyone, till next time be happy and smile lots 🙂

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Stumbling, getting back up and carrying on

I had a moment of complete and utter loss of faith in myself this past week. I was really concerned that I wasn’t going to go anywhere with my business and then my Mum reassured me and gave me back my faith, for that I thank her so much. I guess we all doubt ourselves occasionally. I am glad to say I am back on track now.

I also had my 29th birthday last week, it was an amazing day and then I went camping for three days in Wales. I have been to Wales many times before but I have never been camping; anywhere. It was a wonderful experience and I simply cannot wait to do it again. I love Wales, the rolling hills, beautiful beaches, quaint little towns, it makes me incredibly happy when I am there. I suggest if you have the chance to visit then you really should, it is a beautiful place. Hopefully the photos do it justice!

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This is a short post as I am busily looking for a little bit of funding for A Whole Life, talking to suppliers, sorting packaging etc and I am back at work on Monday so busy times for me.

Until next time, take care everyone.

© 2013 A Whole Life

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What lovely weather we are having…

I am not being entirely sarcastic with the title of this blog post. I adore the sunshine, it makes me smile, however I don’t adore how oppressive the weather feels at the minute. I find it far too hard to breathe well in weather like this and I am hoping for a bloody good thunderstorm to clear the air a little.
I don’t think it has helped being stuck in an office with no real ventilation all week. My lungs are crying out for fresh air.

I haven’t done a great deal this week because of that. I joined a vegan package swap so I had to go out and buy some bits for that, I have been working on my logo and website and I have been contacting suppliers. Other than that I have really just been trying to stay healthy whilst my body collapses under the air pressure.
Hopefully next weeks one night camping session will give me a bit of a reprieve. Even if it doesn’t it will be so nice to get away for a couple of days.

My OH made me some storage racks for my Kilner Jars, they are so lovely and now my jars are all organised and I don’t have to go rummaging for what I want which is a big help when you are in a hot kitchen. I love the fact that he is so happy to make things for the house so we don’t have to go and buy any new things. He also uses recycled wood when we can get our hands on it, yay for recycling/repurposing! Pics will be at the end of the post in case any of you are interested in seeing his handywork.

I am planning to have my website live by the end of this month and I also hope to secure some funding for my first few months trading. I think that I have my base sorted but I need to finalise that this week, if not I have some thinking to do about where I will be holding stock, there are a few places I can look into but it will all be added costs. Anyway, I will keep you all updated. If you want you can also follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/A_Whole_Life and on my Facebook business page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Whole-Life/259187800819526?ref=hl and also take a gander at my Flickr if you are interested in more of my photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97854811@N03/

Oh and of course, I need to let you all know that I got my results from my first year of uni and I have passed with flying colours, I am incredibly excited about that.

Until next week, take care everyone.

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The Joy of Life

Wow, it has been one incredibly busy week for me. I started it out with no idea where I was going to end up and I was nervous but also a little excited. I have ended the week with a host of suppliers to my modest little box scheme and I couldn’t be happier. Now all I need is the custom, that is going to be a big hill to climb I think but I am looking forward to the journey.

I know this is only a very short post, my mind is swimming with everything that is going on. I will do another update midweek this week and then a proper post on friday when I have more information for you all.

In the meantime, take care everyone! Life is beautiful.

© 2013 A Whole Life

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Today I cleaned

Yes that’s right, today I cleaned, admittedly it was only the dining room table, but it was cleaning nonetheless. It was nearly at the point where we were unable to eat sitting at it. Most of the mess on it was mine, whether that be uni work and books, cooking books I just hadn’t put away after using or buying and an awful lot of receipts. Now everything is organised and I feel so much better. I am not a tidy person but when you can’t think, work or eat because of the clutter it is time to tidy up. It also gave me something to do as I am suffering really badly with my allergies and would have been useless if we had gone out anywhere today. I am hoping it doesn’t get much worse than this but I have no doubt that it will, having said that though I am absolutely loving the Sun, just hoping for a storm sometime soon to clear the air a little.

There was one other reason for the cleaning, one that is part of what I have been alluding to for a while now and today I feel like I am ready to properly talk about my big plans for the future. I decided about a year ago, just before starting uni, that I wanted to create my own business and hopefully one day work for myself doing something that I love. At the time it was just an idea floating around in my head, mostly drowned out by all the other noise that I have constantly going on in my head. Every now and then though it would shout louder than all the others and I would do a bit of work on formulating what it was that I actually wanted to do. Fast forward a few months and it was occupying all my spare thought time and now I have a concrete plan, I have started setting up my website and as I said previously I have spread my wings social network wise. All of this is wonderful but I am now at the stage that I am thinking if I don’t actually tell anyone about this, other than close friends, then it won’t ever happen, so here goes;

I am creating a company called ‘A Whole Life’ which will basically be a ‘monthly’ box scheme (it probably won’t be monthly as I am planning to make it so you can order whenever you like) that focuses on everything you would need in your daily life such as household cleaning products, self pampering products, clothing, food treats etc, however the emphasis for my company is that everything I sell should be vegan, cruelty-free, environmentally friendly, sustainable, fair trade, organic and local if possible. You see, not only do I want to do something that doesn’t make me miserable, I want to do something that helps people make better choices in their daily lives and I really want to try to help change/protect the lovely planet we live on. I really feel that this is the right way for me to go about doing that. I feel incredibly positive, even if I do get ridiculously nervous about the future, I just want to do some good whilst I am on this earth.

Once I have the website up and running I do hope that you will all come and take a look, pass it around to your friends and watch it grow with me. Thank you all for being on this wonderful journey with me.

Till next time, take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

© 2013 A Whole Life

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A long overdue update

I really did mean to write a new post almost a month ago now. I had everything planned for it and then disaster struck, D decided that he was going to take all the photos off my camera and put them on a couple of cd’s. That was a fine idea or so I thought, until he deleted all the photos off the camera to find there was nothing actually on the cd’s. Now I have only started taking lots of photos recently so the ones that were on my camera equated to about 2 whole years worth, needless to say I was pretty upset. It also threw out my plans for a blog update as I had stuff on there that I wanted to post on here. So to cut a long story short, he eventually found a free programme for his laptop that recovers deleted photos and he then spent the better part of 2 days recovering all my lost photos for me. So now I can talk briefly about what I wanted to all those weeks ago.

Over the bank holiday weekend, as it was such lovely weather, we went on a day trip to the beach and we went walking in a forest that is about 15 minutes walk away from our house. It was an absolutely lovely weekend, a much-needed break after everything that has happened these past few months. I love being by the sea, I adore the water and it always feels like going home, even though I have never lived anywhere near the coast. It also gave me time and space to think, without the hassles of everyday life and work.

I have started to expand my wings in regards to social networks (for my business plans that will be revealed in the next few months) I now have a Twitter account, although to be perfectly honest, I have no idea what to do on it. I also now have a Flickr account to store more photos than I would be able to put on here. I am also setting up a small business page on my FB but that isn’t ready to show anyone yet. The links for Twitter and Flickr will be at the bottom of this post, just in case any of you fancy checking them out. I would love it if you did.

Right now for those photos that were recovered, I will just pop a few on here for now and then call it a day, after the worry of losing them and the time between knowing what I wanted to say on this post and actually writing it I have forgotten most of it. Hopefully the photos will convey my love of that weekend. Till next time, take care and enjoy every day!

Twitter account: https://twitter.com/A_Whole_Life
Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97854811@N03/

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