Let’s Talk About Handbags

I used to feel a deep sense of satisfaction after a ‘bargain hunting’ trip to the shops; new handbag for $20, cool top for $5, cute necklace for $3.. but not anymore. The more I learn about child slavery the more I realise that while I may not be paying much for these items, others are  – dearly. And this is a fact I have chosen not to ignore any longer. In fact, often it’s not a conscious decision not to purchase products which are highly likely to have been produced through slave/child labour; I can practically ‘smell’ it in the store. It’s not necessarily a tangible smell (my nostrils aren’t flaring!) but there’s a definite sense that things just aren’t right (more on that later). Continue reading

Poverty Halved… ?

I was so encouraged when I read this on the Compassion blog (read the complete article here)… thought you might be too!


“Official estimates of global poverty are compiled by the World Bank and stretch back 30 years. For most of that period, the trend has been one of slow, gradual reduction. By 2005, the year of the most recent official global poverty estimate, the number of people living under the international poverty line of $1.25 a day stood at 1.37 billion – an improvement of half a billion compared to the early 1980s, but a long way from the dream of a world free of poverty. …

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Dear Reader…

Dear Reader

So this blogging thing is way harder than they make it look (well it is for me anyway!)

I know I made a commitment to delivering one post a week. And then I started going ballistic and posting 4-5 times a week. And then I went AWOL. It’s been nearly two months since a last posted (this is sounding a lot like a confessional!)

During that time I’ve realised that as much as I love blogging and all the amazing people I meet along the way, sometimes there just isn’t time. Blogging has had to shuffle down the priority list which means that the posts will be more sporadic from now on. Some months I might post four or five times, other months I might post once (or even not at all). It all depends on time and creative energy because I know you don’t want to read rubbish I’ve scribbled down when I’m nearly asleep and really don’t care about typos or interest levels of readers!

So there you have it; a plan without a plan, but it’s the only one I’ve got for now 🙂 I hope you can still enjoy the blog and that together, we can learn more about the world and how we can help out.

As always, I love hearing from you so please say hi and tell me if you like something, don’t like something or just have something to say.

Cheers for now,

Joni x