The slow living movement can seem rather monocultural, and many people are put off sustainable options like ethical clothing or green beauty products due to their price tag. It’s important that the message of living responsibly and minimising our impact on the environment is not just heard within its own echo chamber, or amongst those on higher incomes. Which is why we were delighted to find Cindy Luquin and her blog, Cultura con Wellness, where she talks about her efforts to empower the Latino community and people of colour through her intentionally conscious lifestyle. And we were even more thrilled when Cindy agreed to feature on A Simple Path.
So take a moment to yourself, sit back and enjoy Cindy’s thoughts on wellness, balance and how a major health trauma forced her to reevaluate her life.
Thanks so much for joining us, Cindy Luquin. Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?
I am a Spanish translator/interpreter by profession and have more than eight years’ experience working in the public education sector. I received a B.A. in Spanish and completed healthcare interpretation training. I am currently working on my M.A. in Latin American Studies. The rest of the time I am a Latina Wellness Advocate, meaning I blog about topics in the sustainable lifestyle spectrum such as: green beauty, minimalism, less toxic alternatives, social justice, ancestral healing, environmentalism, etc. The start of my green journey began when I endured a laparoscopic surgery in 2015 that resulted in the removal of my entire right ovary due to a massive cyst. After that incident, I started paying attention to the products I was using along with foods I was eating.
If you had one piece of advice or wisdom to pass on to your younger self, what would it be?
It’s surprising that now in my 30s, I have had much time to think about this. I would advise my younger self to stop pushing myself to the brink when it came to physical activity because I was not in a healthy mindspace about my body in my 20s. I believe this resulted in my having back surgery almost a year ago. It was very difficult being a former athletic person to have to learn a new way of living, and a new mindset of what physical activity looks like now. I’ve learned to listen to my body to be kinder to myself.
What is it about the simple life that you find appealing?
I find the simple life so appealing because it takes the clutter out. It takes away having to worry about unnecessary things. We live in such a hustle and bustle attitude every day that we forget to stop and just look at nature. As a child, I had a real appreciation for nature. I am striving to remember that part of myself, that inner child that was satisfied with the simple things this earth has to offer.
How can we counter the pulls of content-sharing and curating images of our lives with the need for being in the moment?
I believe you have to find your own balance. Everyone has different circumstances, whether someone is a parent or student, or from a different socio-economic status. What I have found works for me is instead of cranking out post after post just for the sake of it, I like to ponder: What value will this provide? Who is the reader? If I were the reader what would be the takeaway? How can I stay true to myself along the process? I personally think we live in a digital world that likes to take a ‘one size fits all’ approach to success or for appeal. These questions help me stay grounded in my content sharing and to live in the moment.
Who inspires you?
My ancestors and my family history inspires me. I like to hear people’s life stories; we don’t take enough time to listen to people or speak on the phone. Maintaining that connection to my roots is important in shaping who I am today, and the future generations after me.
What are your essential homeware items/ things you couldn’t do without?
My essential homeware items are my steel pots and pans which consist of four items. I use those for everything. They last so long and they cook everything perfectly without hassle.
What would you like to be doing in 10 years’ time?
I would like to be working in either a university for the Latin American Studies Department in some capacity or incorporate my knowledge of sustainability and Latin American Studies to bring more awareness in the green community for my Latino community in some capacity.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done?
The wildest thing I’ve ever done would probably be dying my hair blue when I was 20 and getting my nose pierced. My parents weren’t too happy as you can imagine. Much to their satisfaction that phase didn’t last too long, haha!
What a treat we have in store for you this month! We are picking the brains of the lovely Katherine Heath of Wild Grey Skies for her thoughts on all things sustainable and natural. Katherine is a social media manager and content creator* at (hug) London, who not only takes gorgeous pictures, but also has lots of wisdom to share about ways we can be more ethical in our consumption, and how to attain more balance in our lives.
Welcome, Katherine Heath!
1. Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?
Many of us strive to slow down and lead simpler, slower lives but just don’t know where to start. Do you ever feel overwhelmed by things-to-do, work, family and all the other things that can trap us into what feels like an endlessly revolving door? Do you browse social media or magazines and end up feeling envy at other people’s seemingly perfect homes or holidays or relationships? Sometimes we need a bit of help to bring ourselves back to what really matters. These 6 books will do just that. From ways to radically change your life to simple steps towards feeling freer and happier, these books have something for everyone seeking to live better, with less.
1.For a major life-overhaul
This month we are delighted to be joined by Heather Hall from thesiftedlife.co. Heather has developed a programme to help people ‘sift’ their lives – to get rid of clutter, to find simplicity and create more time for the things they love. She lives, and works, by this mantra: “There are two ways to get enough: one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less” (G. K. Chesterton). Her aim is to support and guide people who are feeling overwhelmed by ‘stuff’ and help them live better, with less.
Sit back and enjoy her insightful, thoughtful interview. We think you will love her ideas on carving out a simple path through this crazy world.
We are super excited to be joined on A Simple Path this week by Dorian Bowen of The Welsh House. You may already know Dorian from his gorgeous Instagram account, but if not, or if you’ve always wanted to know more about the man behind the pictures, read on.
You won’t feel quite as rested as if you had just woken up to a dewy morning on a Welsh hillside, but his words will bring solace and respite from the busyness of your day. Savour this one.
1.Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?
With the ever-increasing pace of modern life, many of us are turning to the outdoors as a way of slowing down and enjoying simpler pleasures. Wild swimming is becoming an increasingly popular way to connect with Nature and enjoy a different way of being outside. We thought we’d see what all the fuss is about.
What is wild swimming?
The loose definition of wild swimming is any open water swimming, whether a lido or an ocean, but different people have different takes on the precise requisite for a stretch of water to be classed as ‘wild’. Basically, if you are under the sky, not a roof, you are wild swimming.
Amanda Saurin has been on our radar for a while now. Not just because her beautiful flagship store is in our hometown, but also because of her joyful and inspirational approach to her business, A.S APOTHECARY – and indeed to life. Infused with Amanda’s love of plants, her organic skincare products are exquisite concoctions aimed at promoting not just beauty but wellbeing. Her range is carefully curated and each plant is hand selected to ensure only the highest quality ingredients find their way into a product. We caught up with Amanda between a trip to Cyprus sourcing plants for her skincare range and installing her new Alembic Still (a mighty-looking copper contraption for distilling), and picked her brains about what she does and why she loves it.
Ah friends, have we got a treat for you. This is the third instalment of our interview series, A Simple Path, in which we talk to inspiring creatives who are doing more with less. This week we are joined by the lovely Jane Day from teawithruby.co.uk. Sometimes you come across a blog that is inspiring yet authentic, beautiful yet simple. Tea with Ruby is just that. Jane is an interiors blogger, stylist, writer and photographer whose gorgeous blog always offers new ways to style your home using simple, sustainable, beautiful things. She is a master of light, taking pictures that have depth, texture and an incredible stillness. There is an authenticity to Jane’s work – you know she really lives what she writes. And she’s a huge fan of linen, which makes us very happy. We love her work and had to find out more about what she does, and why she does it.
Grab yourself a coffee and savour this post – it will inspire you, and get you thinking about small changes you could make to slow your life down and be properly in the moment.
Woohoo! Here’s the second instalment of our interview series, A Simple Path, which explores how inspiring, creative people are doing more with less. This month we had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Erica Lee of The Hygge Wife (@thehyggewife on Instagram) and creator of thehyggewife.com. We are huge fans of Erica’s stunning photography and admire her commitment to living a simpler, more intentional life. Sit back and enjoy – we think you are going to love this one.