Here we are… The end of 2017 is nigh! The last three months of every year really catch me off guard, and before I know it we’re celebrating New Year’s Eve.
2017 has been quite a year. I’ve had big ups and downs, and even a few shake-it-all-arounds, but I’m really quite happy when I look back over the last 12 months. I’ve moved house, I’ve changed jobs, but above all, I’ve discovered so many brilliant people working in ethical business, social enterprises, and generally trying to make the world a brighter place.
I’m writing this reflective post in collaboration with Yogi Tea, one of my favourite organic brands. They’re also celebrating a great year by giving me an exclusive preview of their new Turmeric Chai, with which you can make the same Golden Milk I have pictured. If you’d like to give it a try, have a read of the recipe at the bottom of this post.
This year’s achievements
Inspiration series. Since starting Curiously Conscious in 2014, I’ve always wanted to interview people for the blog. There’s something so wholesome about reading someone else’s journey and realising we’re all striving hard, working for what we want and believe in. In September of this year I finally started my Inspiration series, and it’s already gone from strength to strength – starting with ethical fashion designer Kate Morris, and ending the year with a huge name – all will be revealed soon! And there will be many more to come in 2018 too!
Fashion forward. This year marked the first year I’ve really pushed my ethical fashion posts, going from an unsteady camera propped up on a pile of books to taking my time with a tripod, trying different poses and even getting a friend to help out. I still feel a bit shy in front of the camera, but I’m learning that it’s not vain to model the ethical fashion I’m so proud of buying. It’s a good thing!
Going pro. In #1 spot is… going full-time with the blog! It’s very much a personal achievement, and one I really couldn’t have done without your readership and support. If I’m honest, I still can’t quite believe it’s happening… You can read how it really feels to be your own boss here. I’m proud to have built up to this moment while working full-time, and I’m super excited to really dig my teeth into new ethical and eco discoveries next year.
Next year’s goals
Meditate. I’m finally doing it – I’m taking up daily meditation! Now that I have more control over my time, I’m hoping to try taking up meditation or yoga once a day. In fact, the yoga poses that Yogi Tea suggests are a great place to start!
Eco travel. Now that I’m working for myself, I have the freedom to travel (so long as there is WiFi and a socket, I’m good!) I’m hoping to embark on some more adventures this year, so keep an eye out as my Travel section continues to grow.
Grow. I’ve still got a lot of learning (I doubt I’ll ever feel any differently) and 2018 is prime time to find out how to hone my writing, read up on more ethical initiatives, and continue to expand the ethical horizons by working with some stellar brands.
It’s been a glowing year, and I’m thankful to you for reading Curiously Conscious and for following my journey. 2017 has been a wonderful thanks to you – thanks for the tweets, comments and likes. Above all, thank you for all that you’ve done to live more ethically – every effort counts!
Golden Milk Recipe
1 x Yogi Tea Turmeric Chai teabag
250ml plant milk
- In a pan, pour your milk and place your teabag
- Bring the pan to the boil, and then leave to steep for at least five minutes
- Decant into a cup and sweeten to taste
This post is sponsored by Yogi Tea. All views and opinions expressed are my own.