As if it's October already! I think that this year may have been the most hectic one to date, but also the most productive one. Not going to lie though - I am READY for the promises that the new year brings.
2016 is already shaping up to be a really interesting year. Amongst a million other things, 2016 predominantly sees me leaving the student life behind and heading into the professional realm (as a wide-eyed, enthusiastic and cheerful secondary teacher). I suppose that also means changing communities, stepping out of comfort zones, and filling my brain with a completely new type of knowledge. It sounds a little daunting when you put it that way, but truth be told, I couldn't be more excited.
So even though it's a little early, I'm already looking towards the new year and I'm in need of your help! I love the idea of commencing a new life stage, and whenever I do, I want to do it properly. Plus, who else knows that you can't put new wine into old wine skins?
I always aim to be a person of integrity and a positive influence on anyone whom I encounter. Therefore I am determined to make 2016 the year that I live out the KINGDOM. LIFE in all its fullness. "Whatever does this mean?" Good question. This means that I want to transform my lifestyle into one that is defined by my values and beliefs, even if that's difficult or inconvenient. And considering that KINGDOM. is where it's at for me, what better way to start than to start by transforming the manner of my consumerism?
This is where you guys come in! With your help, I'm going to gradually trade the negative for the positive, bit by bit, piece by piece - and obviously we're going to start with CLOTHES. Considering that you are all far more knowledgeable than I (as well as the fact that the Internet scares me a little bit), this is the plan:
Keeping within the KINGDOM. mission guidelines - buy less, buy better, buy something with a story - I am going to trade out my old clothing items for more ethical and sustainable alternatives. I will set up camp at our Instagram account and regularly post an item of clothing that I need to replace (e.g. basic tee, denim jacket, athletic wear etc.). Then it's up to you tag your favourite ethical fashion brands/designers or email me at [email protected] with your suggestions. I'll check out all of your suggestions, and together we'll craft the world's greatest ethical wardrobe!
I'll also blog the process as we go along so that you can see what it looks like to attempt to shop completely ethically for a year. I'll also feature and maybe even interview some of the brands that we discover along the way so that you can also share in the joy that I will be experiencing!
Start conjuring up a list of brands and designers that you think I might like, and we will embark on this journey together very soon.
And of course there needs to be a hashtag for the occasion. Our hashtag will be #youareKINGDOM2k16 because YOU guys will be the brains behind turning KINGDOM. dreams and values into a tangible reality.
I'm vibing positive, guys. This is going to be a good time.