Hi there, I’m Rachel and this is my blog about conscious living. What does that even mean? Different things to different folks really, but to me, conscious living is about being aware of your global neighbours and the struggles they face. More than that, it’s about taking action – living everyday in a way that is sensitive to issues of inequality, poverty, justice and rights. These challenges are not easy to address and I certainly can’t offer any quick fixes, but as citizens of the global village I reckon we’ve got a neighbourly duty to be proactive in exploring and understanding them.
I am from New Zealand and I’m lucky enough for the past 10 years to have been able to study and work in the aid/ development sector, travelling often and living in developing countries (currently Nepal). Through this work I feel extremely privileged to be learning regularly first-hand from local communities who have access to relatively little. Their perspectives offer the most unique and utterly important insights on the issues of global poverty and inequality. We must hear these stories, share them, and be inspired to do something about it. That is what this blog is about.
It is my way to share with you what I learn and the insights that are offered to me by communities I work with. From the remote villages of the Solomon Islands to the colourful barangays of the Philippines, this blog is a celebration of their beauty, complexity, courage and vibrance! Please enjoy, feed your inspiration, and be an advocate.
x Rachel Skeates-Millar
all the photos on this site are my own (unless they feature me, in which case they were probably taken by my championing husband Blair or by a willing colleague). Just so you know, I am a keen advocate of ethical photography and I try to ensure each photograph is taken with the permission of the person featured or their caregiver. Please credit friendsoftheweather.com or contact me if you wish to use any photos.
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