So, how did I get to this point? This is the second time I’ve written this post, the first it got very very long (about 3 posts) and overly personal, so this is the cut down version!
I have always been quite green in my outlook, partly as being pagan, partly because I grew up in the country and partly when I was younger I remember bugging my parents not to buy things with CFCs in them and to recycle, my Blue Peter environment book was always with me! My mum was always quite frugal and taught me about saving well. I disregarded that for about 5 years and got in a bit of a state, but I am now back on track with being frugal.
I have been working as a marketing manager for the past 8 years, promoting IT and telecoms. It made me desperately unhappy and I spent to make up for this. I stopped spending and bought my flat in November 2007, which made me very happy, but I still hated my job!
Then in November 2008 I lost my job. I couldn’t find another job and so I decided to take the opportunity to reassess my life – I moved in with my boyfriend, rented my flat out (for £350 less than the mortgage payment) and as of this week I am starting teacher training – something I have always wanted to do.
So now, I am living on very little money – I have a part time marketing job, which pays well and I will be a student. I would be ok, but I have to make up my mortgage payment (negative equity means selling isn’t an option at the moment). However, I am so much much happier and I try to make my life as green and frugal as possible for ME. As Julie and Eilleen pointed out small steps and small candles. I create art in the widest sense of the word because I have to, this includes this blog, singing, making things, playing music, dancing, photography (although you wouldn’t know it from the photos on this blog so far), writing and so much more. I was never able to do this in the past, partly I think because working in a job I hated and now I am following my true will.