MOVERS & SHAKERS: KIRA SIMPSON

Kira is someone I am so grateful to have connected with, as to me she helps others who want to be a Mover & Shaker in their own way do so a lot easier though the knowledge she shares via her platform.

The quote “we rise by lifting others” is something I think wholeheartedly embodies this beautiful soul. She’s consistently sharing her knowledge and opening my eyes up to a world I still know very little about (aka blogging), without asking for or expecting anything in return.

I’m sure many of you already know Kira, or atleast read her blog on the daily (if you don’t, get amongst now as it will easily help change your life). The Tagline is ‘your lifestyle, just greener’ and I think its the perfect fit to describe The Green Hub. So, if you’ve been on the hunt for a sustainable fashion and lifestyle hub that shares the latest brands, research, tips and guides I highly recommend heading on over to check it out. For now though, I hope you enjoy this interview with the founder. 


WHAT MADE YOU START THE GREEN HUB?
I started a blog about two years ago while I was studying a Masters of Sustainability with the intention to write about environmental issues and climate change. I look back now and see that my approach was WAY too serious and the blog was doomed to fail. Nobody likes to be lectured! A few months into my studies I decided to start a business and create a one stop, ethical fashion marketplace so I deferred my degree and got to work bringing The Green Hub to life. The marketplace has since closed down but The Green Hub as a media platform is thriving.

HOW DID YOU FIRST COME ACROSS ETHICAL FASHION/CONSCIOUS CONSUMERISM/SUSTAINABLE LIVING?
While writing my failed blog, I came across other eco bloggers on social media who wrote about ethical fashion. I was like, what on earth is ethical fashion?! It was a pretty shocking discovery. Here I was using eco-friendly cleaning and beauty products and virtuously ranting about climate change and how our lifestyles are destroying the planet, but fashion wasn’t even a consideration. That was kind of the turning point. I love to research and discovering new brands was really the catalyst for starting The Green Hub.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING PART SINCE YOU BEGAN EMBRACING THIS TYPE OF LIFESTYLE?
First letting go of the guilt when I don’t make a perfectly ‘green’ or ethical choices. I used to put this pressure on myself to be ‘perfect’ and it’s taken me a while to realise that there’s no such thing.

The other is dealing with negative comments on social media. They hurt. There’s a big difference between constructive criticism and a simply leaving an angry comment. There’s a real person behind the accounts you leave comments on. Their values may differ from yours but that’s no reason to be nasty. I used to engage and try to explain myself but now I just delete them.

WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DO ON A DAILY BASIS?
My dog. She lives a simple life and only wants food, walks and love and she’s always happy! I wish I was so easily pleased!

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
Delete negative comments.

DO YOU HAVE A MORNING ROUTINE? IF SO WHAT IS IT YOU DO TO SET YOURSELF UP FOR THE DAY AHEAD?
I do most days. I love mornings but I’m also really lazy so if I don’t stick to a morning routine the day ahead is never productive.

I’m up around 5:30-6am. I have a glass of water with lemon and the Beauty Chef Glow Powder and a bowl of oats or muesli. It’s my tried and true formula which gives me enough energy for the morning.

I take Charlie, my lab x great dane to the park for a walk then come home for a workout, usually weights or HIIT. Then I shower and get dressed ready to start work around 8am with cup of coffee to see me through the morning emails.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
Spending my life with a person who fulfils me. Having a job I love most of the time, which allows me freedom to choose my own hours. Being able to explore the world, discover new things and learn every day. That’s my version of success. It looks different for everyone.

ONE BOOK EVERYONE SHOULD READ? WHY?
There’s no one book everyone should read because our life experiences, ideals and learning styles are all different. A book may touch you but not me. I think everyone should read, period. I know it’s hard when you’ve had a long day and all you want to do is veg on the couch. That’s me most days! But reading is the best way to learn and grow. You don’t need a formal education to change the world, you just need to pick up a book.

FOR THOSE READING THIS WHO ARE INSPIRED TO MAKE A CHANGE TODAY IN THEIR OWN WORLD. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND THEY BEGIN WITH? WHERE SHOULD THEY START?
Follow blogs, sites and social media accounts of people who have started making the changes you want to make. Following and reading about the experiences of people on a similar path is the best way to learn.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER MOVERS & SHAKERS OUT THERE IN YOUR WORLD THAT YOU THINK WE SHOULD ALL KNOW ABOUT?
So many! I recently wrote a story about some of the incredible people I’ve connected with in this community. They shared their best tips for sustainable living over on The Green Hub. You can check that out here.


& there you have it. A little more about Kira, the mastermind behind what I’m sure is one of your favourite blogs, The Green Hub. If you want to follow along on and learn more from this epic platform, you can follow on their socials via Instagram and Facebook. Oh and also, Kira, thank you. There’s no way EME would still be a thing without your help and guidance along the way. 

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