This time in the Tea With ... series, I'm introducing to you Adele, a 20 year old German power girl living in Mallorca. Her blog naemora.com focuses on Adele's journey towards a sustainable lifestyle (which means minimalism, living with zero waste, slow fashion and green beauty products) and female empowerment and feminism on all kinds of levels. I admire her ethics and personally love following her on her journey towards a sustainable lifestyle so I can copy and adapt to bits and bobs and make it my own lifestyle. Read what I was curious about and how the sweet Adele responded:
1 – When are you really productive? Are you a night owl or a morning bird?
I wish I was a morning bird. And I really try to be one because I quite enjoy the feeling of getting things done before noon and then, still have the whole day ahead of me. Truth is, however, I'm more productive in the evening/night time. I find that, even though I get up early, I'm unable to focus and get really productive before 11.00 am.
2 – What made you start your ethical, conscious lifestyle? Tell me about your journey.
I come from a home where reusing, repairing and recycling has always been important. As a kid, I was rather embarrassed that we hardly ever had new stuff and that we went camping in France instead of taking the plane and going on fancy holidays in Fuerteventura. Especially during the last years, after uni and finally with a job, I spent a lot of time "making up" for what I was missing in my childhood/adolescence: buying all the clothes and shoes, shopping at Ikea (my parents only owned second hand furniture *lol*), getting Starbucks To-Go coffees. But it always felt a bit off. I wasn't raised that way and I didn't really believe in that lifestyle. At the same time, I started to get more and more interested in organic food, sustainable agriculture and from there, it was really a small step to spark my interest in sustainable living, in general. And to be even more specific: roughly 3 months ago, when I started watching Alli Cherry's videos on YouTube, I finally decided to make a change: to stop buying fast fashion, to reduce my waste, to avoid plastic, etc. And here I am now, using handkerchiefs instead of paper tissues. Just like I did when I was 7 years old. Only that I'm not embarrassed of it, any more. :)
3 – What are the easiest ways to start living ethically?
I find the easiest way is to decide on one thing you want to start (or stop) doing and stick to it. Like, not buying anything packaged in plastic. Or only buying second hand. Only buying your produce at the farmer's market. Just one thing, but stick to it. From there, you can still expand and incorporate more ideas of ethical living into your life.
4 – What kind of book is most likely to be re-read by you?
"Rayuela" by Julio Cortázar. I read this book 10 years ago and it had such a huge impact on me. It is about a group o bohemian Argentineans living in Paris, philosophizing about human relations and life, in general. I read it at a time where I was very susceptible to anything that talked about big topics like the meaning of life. I wonder if I still felt that deeply about it if I was to re-read it now. A book can mean a lot to you or nothing at all, depending on the time in life you read it.
5 – Who or what inspired you the most in your blogging experience?
I think I'll go with Alli Cherry again. I stumbled upon her YouTube channel totally by coincidence. She's doesn't advertise herself as a sustainable lifestyle/zero waste/green blogger. She just shares her life trying her best to live ethically. I guess it just spoke to me that you could try and live sustainably without having to label yourself as an "ethical blogger". After all, living ethically should be the norm and not part of a trendy lifestyle.
6 – What do you do to kick off a great morning?
I need a cup of tea first thing in the morning. English Breakfast tea with milk and honey is my fave.
Hope you enjoy this series and reading about Adele! I'm sure you'd love her blog so if you haven't already, her blog definitely is worth checking out.
Until then – stay groovy,