Thanks for being here and wanting to get to know me a little bit better.
Up until 2016 I was living a blissfully unaware life. Climate change? Yeah, sure, that’s something that is happening. I guess. Vegetarianism? Tried it once, but Chicken Nuggets were more important. Veganism? Yeah, right.
Then I was introduced to the documentary Cowspiracy and my world was turned upside down.
It still took me a year to fully commit to veganism, but watching Cowspiracy changed my view on so many of my habits; got me looking into animal rights, nutrition and woke up the environmentalist in me.
A few months later I quit my job and went volunteering with a sustainable development charity in Central America.
These 4 months completely changed my life.
During that time I learned a lot about sustainability and conservation, ethical lifestyle choices and my spirituality. I had thought-provoking conversations and discussions, and having my brain tickled pretty much daily eventually led to the dreaded question of how my life would look like upon returning to the UK.
I knew I didn’t want to return to the lifestyle I had just escaped, and I had never felt better than I did then. Completely surrounded by and connected to nature, discovering new places regularly (and having my mind blown by their beauty and uniqueness), eating plant-based and doing some sort of mindfulness practice every day.
Flowing creativity vs. dull city-dwelling
The idea of having my own space on the internet, where I can share my journey, thoughts and discoveries and potentially help and inspire other people was born during this time and hadn’t left me since.
While I was out there backpacking through Costa Rica, I was writing notes on my phone constantly – new ideas for topics, layouts for the website, grid design on Instagram, to-do lists – I basically never ran out of material.
However as soon as I was back home in London, the creative juices stopped and although I still had so many plans, I did nothing or very little to move towards them.
Regular life had kicked in and questions about my career, finances and generally integrating back into city life were on the forefront of my thoughts and that care-free and full-of-ideas person that I had been crept into the back of my mind.
So what changed?
I procrastinated a lot for about a year, because I was afraid of making a wrong decision. I was scared of what people might think of this step, scared of people not agreeing with me, scared of failing.
Eventually I figured out that it doesn’t matter.
What matters to me is that I put out my message, that I’m part of conversations I care about and that there is a resource out there that doesn’t paint issues in black and white.
Something I might have done when I first delved into the themes of veganism, environmentalism and especially the climate crisis.
A new mindset
I am glad now that it took me so long to publish this, because my mindset has changed.
One of my biggest strengths is my optimism and positivity. I now hope to transfer the sentiment onto this blog as well, particularly in regard to climate action. Because while I agree with the urgency of needing change, I don’t agree with preaching, shaming or forcing people to change their minds and habits.
What I am hoping for now is to plant seeds with my stories and discoveries and at the same time give hope by focusing on the steps that are being taken for climate mitigation.
As soon as this clicked in my head, I was back in full force of creating this platform.
I’m sharing pictures and stories about the places I visit to show how beautiful our planet is.
I’m sharing tips and tricks on how to make more sustainable choices.
And I can’t wait to discover new things and opinions on my journey and am happy to share it with everyone who is interested.
So here we are.
Welcome to Planet Bananna.