• Hello Autumn! Second Hand September & Goals

    I can’t believe it’s September already! This year has flown by and now that we’ve hit autumn, I can’t stop thinking about my Christmas shopping (yes – I’m one of them)

    Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. The thought of drinking hot chocolate in my jammies by 7pm and it being dark outside actually fills me with joy. If it’s raining then I don’t feel as bad sitting at home on my laptop – there’s something about it being summer time and trying to blog indoors that makes me feel a little guilty about wasting time out in the sunshine but I can’t see the screen in the garden – sad times! So when it comes to the colder months I can curl up and write, guilt-free.

    boots in autumn leaves

    I have always viewed September as a new beginning, because in the UK it is the start of the school year so growing up I feel it’s always been drilled in to us that it’s a new start with new goals. This is my first monthly goals post on my blog, I have seen many bloggers write about their goals and I do actually enjoying reading them and learning more about their lives, so I thought I’d join in!

    Second Hand September

    Second Hand September has been all over Twitter and Instagram recently so I felt it was necessary to find out what it was all about…

    Oxfam are encouraging people to take the pledge this September to spend the month not buying any new clothes and to stick to purchasing second hand. The UK alone purchases 2 tonnes of clothing every minute – this is more than any other European country. This creates the same carbon emissions as driving 162,000 miles in a car.

    Carbon footprint of clothes bought in the UK each month
    credit: Oxfam

    When you donate to Oxfam, if your clothes do not end up selling they are either sent to their warehouse to be recycled and sent to a more appropriate place, or sent to people living in poverty – they never end up in landfill.

    To encourage people to take part, Oxfam have launched a competition to win some great prizes. To enter..

    • Share a photo of your second hand finds on Instagram or Twitter
    • Use the hashtag #SecondHandSeptember
    • Tag @OxfamGB

    The draw is open from the 1st September to 27th September. See their terms and conditions, and more information here.

    September Goals

    Woodland in the autumn.
    Excited for autumnal walks!

    To take part in Second Hand September is definitely one of my main goals this month. I love buying new clothes so seeing the impact this has on the environment is very shocking and will definitely be a challenge for me.
    Having said this, I do love a charity shop bargain so I’m definitely up for the challenge!

    In terms of my blog this month, I am trying to be more consistent with my posts. Since I started in June I have managed to publish 8 posts every month and whilst I have achieved this goal, it has not been consistent.
    At the end of August I had to publish 2 posts on the last 2 days of the month to get them in. I plan to be more organised this month and start to schedule my posts in advance to ensure I always meet this goal.

    This Autumn I intend to be more focused on my skincare. I have a lot of skincare products that I really love but by the time it comes to the evening I become so lazy because of early mornings at work and my skin has been paying for it! Again this comes down to organisation.

    I have been struggling to relax a little more before bed recently so this month I want to read 30 minutes before bed every evening. I set this goal to myself before and I sucked at keeping to it, so in my head I feel that if I document my goals then I will be more likely to stick to them. She says.

    girl reading a book in bed

    Finally, I want to get back in to my crafts. I bought a cricut machine earlier this year which was an expensive purchase and I was so in love with using it but I have been so busy with my writing that I feel I have abandoned it slightly. Because I saved up my money to buy it as a treat it’s such a shame that I haven’t been using it as much lately, so this September I may be posting about some of the things I have created if I manage to stick to this goal!

    That concludes my post about this month’s goals. If you’ve made any points to work towards this month then I’d love to hear about them! Thanks for reading

    Kerri, my signature

    Lifestyle Blogger based in Devon.
    I like to write, drink tea and read great books.

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    1. Jane
      September 1, 2019 / 6:15 pm

      Interesting stuff around secondhand September. I always look for charity shop items if I can. There’s something really thrilling about getting a bargain and having the moral high ground of not adding to our carbon footprint. ❤️

      • kerrib
        September 1, 2019 / 6:33 pm

        Thanks Jane 💞 yes I really love it. I never realised how much carbon footprint was involved in creating new clothes!

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