Green Home Magazine Issue 19



Game changing. Welcome to 2015 and the first issue of Green Home to set the scene for designing a life you love to live. If you are a regular reader you will know I like to celebrate the game changers out there, people who are over complaining about the way things

are and go about doing something from their hearts. The more game changers I meet the more I see there is a distinct attitude that pervades within them, one of belief in a better world that they can contribute to with their extraordinary ideas by making something wonderful, coming up with a system that is better than before , connecting people in a way that brings out the best in them (the world was considered flat once) and producing solutions for problems a lot of people thought of as insurmountable. The crazy ones…once upon a time no-one believed we could fly. But those crazy thinkers don’t give up until a solution presents itself. A philosopher and writer born at the turn of the 2oth Century, Elbert Hubbard even then said “The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.”

In the 21st Century technology is speeding things up but we need to slow down and connect with each other and with the earth we are close to. I spent my holiday in the garden, making new beds and tidying up after months of neglect. I was amazed at how the simple act of weeding a garden patch helped me relax and feel quite peaceful despite a very hectic year. I made a promise to myself that I would spend more time in the garden, more time reading and more time with people I love. Every new year resolutions are made that soon fall by the wayside but in these I hope I remain vigilant. Whether you have already made and broken your resolutions or are still at the starting point of new things, or indeed have decided not to make any at all this year, this issue of the magazine will offer you moments of downtime. Our focus as ever is to bring you inspirational stories that you enjoy and that offer you ideas to try out. I leave you with a quote from a famous sports coach who shook up the players he coached: “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson

May 2015 bring you that little ‘extra’ in whatever way you most wish for.