Save the bees: BEE informed, BEE concerned, BEE curious, BEE productive & BEE positive

So if you didn’t get the memo, bees are in serious danger of becoming extinct. Maybe you knew this but didn’t care enough to research it, or maybe you didn’t know this and you’re wondering why, how this affects you and what you can do to help?

Haven’t got a clue what I’m talking about? Read these quick facts to get you up to speed.

  • Bees are the only insect in the world to produce food for humans
  • Bees have been producing honey from plants for 10-20 million years
  • A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day
  • In the UK, there has been a loss of 45% of the bee population since 2010
  • The effect of the food chain would mean that other animals such as large predators would struggle to survive

In an effort to promote awareness about declining bee populations, a market removes all the food that relies on bees from its produce department.:

I mean, the possible of extinction of an entire species of insect should be enough motivation to help these little guys, but for those of you who need that extra kick, here is why you should care. Have you ever wondered how much bee’s affect our daily lives as humans? Well, they are EXTREMELY important, and 1/3 of food produced comes from bees. We already have starvation and hunger in the world and the impact that the extinction of bees would have of the food supply would make it just that much harder to sustain the global population.

Imagine going into Tesco or Walmart and seeing this? The impact on food supply is so significant it would effect nearly every single person on the planet, and being a vegan myself, I can’t imagine a life without apples, strawberries, apricots, blueberries and tomatoes. I know I would be desperately struggling to find tasty and healthy food to eat on a regular basis, and that just doesn’t sound fun to me at all. And for those of you who live by Manuka Honey and it’s healing benefits, this would no longer be available. Oh and forget those beautiful views of bright and colourful flowers around your local park, because 85% of flowering plants and trees and 30% of the worlds crops rely on bees for survival. And to top it all off, the rise in food production would set us back $299 billion worldwide.

Insecticides, GMO’s, destruction of their natural habitat, climate change

(Which are all down to the meat and dairy industry)

"A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.":

  • Educate yourself and others
  • Support your local produce – buying from your local farmers market is a start
  • Stop weeding
  • Keep fresh water outside for the thirsty bees. And if you have a little devil puppy like myself, try to make sure he doesn’t drink it all while you’re not looking.
  • Make your own cute bee house
  • Start your own gardening at home – Plant sunflower, lavender, sage, thyme, poppy, fennel, cilantro

Hopefully this post was as interesting as it was informative. I love finding out ways that I can help the planet, and I truly believe that we can all make a difference in our own way no matter how small.

SAVE THE BEES & SAVE THE PLANET ❤


DISCLAIMER: I was going to reference where I got these facts from, but I’ve just finished university and the thought of referencing anything right now makes me want to vomit so just assume these facts are correct and that I got them from reliable websites during my researching 😊

 

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Fighting to become a strong and empowered woman in a misogynistic world

With my recent travelling I’ve been a tad busy and haven’t made blogging a priority, but today I’ve been inspired by my indecisiveness about whether or not to post a photo of myself on Instagram in a bikini where the cellulite on my legs was visible. So I had to share this female empowerment post for all my girls out there who are struggling with their own bodies.

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It rained all morning in Burleigh today and I think the weather put me in a bad mood (pathetic fallacy much) because I started thinking negative comments about my body, which I know a lot of us women do daily. Personally, I’m still not 100% confident with my body, but I think it’s stupid that us women have been brainwashed to think that our cellulite, stretch marks and hair on our bodies are bad because they aren’t considered “beautiful” in today’s society. But fuck that.

As soon as one person points out something about your body that they consider to be a flaw, your mind starts to pick away at all the other things that could  be classed as “flaws” and that one little comment could result in a lifetime of confidence issues and insecurity. So instead, take your feminine power back! Someone once told me my face is very round and chubby.

I wish back then I’d had the confidence to say bitch, my face is round because the universe blessed me with a face that represents the moon, don’t  be jealous that I’m a celestial being.
And honestly isn’t that what it all comes down too? Jealousy. And how many of us have been reassured with comments like “you look prettier than her”? Women shouldn’t be in competition with each other. Your worth doesn’t depend on how much smarter you are than the woman next to you, or how much skinnier or prettier you are.

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Why am I writing about this? Because like thousands of other women, I grew up around childish boys who made me feel ugly for having hairy arms and petty girls who made me feel uncomfortable for swimming in a bikini that showed my nipples (#freethenipple) and grown ass adults who told me it’s not very feminine to have thick legs. AND YET ALL OF THIS IS NATURAL. I SHOULD NOT BE ASHAMED OF THIS. I actually love all these things now. I love that I don’t care in the slightest if people can see the hair under my armpits or my nipples under my top. I’m proud of my body, and the more I grow as a person spiritually, I’m becoming more passionate about female empowerment and I hope more women feel empowered to fight against such a misogynistic world.


Also, as soon as I finished writing this post, the sun came out! Coincidence? Naaaaah the universe is on my side.

 

Travelling abroad & packing essentials

BIG NEWS… I’m travelling to Australia! I finally threw myself in the deep end and booked a one way flight to Brisbane leaving in 2 weeks! I’m SUPER excited and I can’t wait for the adventures ahead.

As well as the support from family and friends, I’ve also had some negative comments about travelling. but instead of letting it affect me, I’m using it to motivate me more to prove not only to others, but to myself that I can create an amazing life. I think when people send negative energy your way, it’s really just a reflection of their own insecurities and doubts. I know that most people don’t have the determination and confidence to move to another country, and that’s why I’m focusing on how grateful I am for this incredible journey. And although my plans shifted slightly for a short time due to a silly distraction, I managed to jump right back into planning my trip as soon as I realised I deserved better, and that you can’t have an epic life with basic people.

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