Who am I?
My name is Ashleigh, I’m a writer based in the Northeast of England, and a mother to two beautiful children. Oh, and I’m trying to change the world one plastic straw at a time… join me?
This blog exists to share my experience of trying to live a sustainable, affordable “everyday” family life – with a particular focus on eco-parenting. Why? Because I want the world to be a better place for my children, and all children, to grow up in. Something key that I’ve learned on my journey so far, is that there are many ways to live a greener life and, even without access to high tech gadgets or expensive resources, we can each make a difference in our own way – and that’s a pretty empowering realization, don’t you think?
What’s this blog all about anyway?
So, on this blog upon which you’ve gratefully stumbled, I’ll be sharing top tips for sustainable living, writing product reviews and posting researched guidance to changes that can be made around the house. Just about everything I share on Sweet Silver Linings comes from firsthand experience and, where it doesn’t, I’ll make that clear.
How long have you been writing it for?
I started the blog in 2013, but it’s come a long way since then. Initially a place to share my own thoughts and feelings, from there I moved to focus on “positivity” and, out of that shift, I realized my main focus lay in addressing climate change – and here we are! I still aim to write each post with a positive (realistic) attitude – something that I feel helps with my own mental well-being, having been an anxiety sufferer for as long as I can remember.
Why Sweet Silver Linings?
The name Sweet Silver Linings is from a Kate Voegele song of the same name. A song which I feel perfectly represents my own struggles with anxiety – both in coming to terms with having it and learning how to cope with, and live alongside it day-to-day.
What do you do outside of blog writing?
When I’m not parenting… Who am I kidding? We all know parenting is a 24/7 job. Still, in-between children, I write film scripts and I’m also currently working on a book exploring horror film remakes – I’ll share updates on it every now and again for those who are interested.
For fun? I love to read, bake and do jigsaws! I’m naturally crafty too, but this is a hobby I don’t get much time for at the moment. I also enjoy gaming, both video and board, and I love to spend time in the countryside – something the north of England is rich in, thankfully. These are all topics which may also make an appearance on the blog at one time or another…
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