Kim and I have just surfaced to take a breath from six back-to-back weekends of workshops and packing and sending over 180 orders of simple living kits and supplies to people all around Australia and New Zealand.
What a wild ride that six weeks has been!
The response to our Little Green Workshops have been way beyond our expectations. People really love to make their own natural candles, cold processed soap, and cheese. The feedback from all our workshops and from those who have made produce from our kits has been amazing.
It has been chaotic, exhilarating, and lots of fun so far. In fact the entire year has been fantastic because we have found our joy and continue to grow our green lifestyle in a new way.
Just thinking back, greening our personal lives way back in 2006, to owning and running our own green small business, it certainly has been a journey. A journey that all started by watching a documentary that changed my life so dramatically and led me to start writing this blog.
One small step was all it took. My advice to you if you’re sitting on the fence and still thinking about starting a sustainable lifestyle is just go for it! You’ll never know where or what may happen and you might just save the planet (or humans on it) in the process.
Since that we first started greening, I have also downshifted from my day job to work a 4 day week to help Kim out around the house and to take a bit of pressure off her. I’ve also been telecommuting a lot more now that we have the NBN connected to our home.
Due to all this extra business greening and skill sharing via our workshops, the garden as suffered a little. I don’t have as many vegetables in the ground as I wanted to, but I will remedy that over the next few weeks as things start to slow down.
We are both looking forward to a break over the summer. We finished our last workshop for the year on Sunday past, and start teaching again when it gets cooler in March 2016. We also stop shipping online orders between 23rd Dec to 4th Jan so we can enjoy time with family and friends. Looking forward to a few barbies and relaxing by the pool, eating fresh peaches and nectarines from our front orchard! I’m also going to be making home-brew beer and cider, and lots and lots of cheese!
I suppose that’s why it has been a bit of a ghost town around here on the blog of late. It certainly doesn’t mean I am stopping The Greening of Gavin. Far from it, because I’m ramping it up again as the business chaos dies down after the seasonal rush.
I’m looking forward to sharing our summer activities including getting behind the microphone again for the Gavin & Kim Christmas Podcast special. We are still looking for a Christmas Duet to practice, so if you have any suggestions, send them our way via comment.
We are very excited about the year ahead and the opportunities it will bring.
Talk soon. Gav & Kim x