Something special is in the air this year with different movements rearing their fierce heads, be it in the vegan, environmental, social or political arena and we cannot simply sit back and ignore the change that’s going on around us.
The power of social media is growing by the minute. Slowly but surely, it’s becoming a place of more positivity and hope and less materialism and negativity.
It’s humbling to see all of the inspiring influencers and bloggers using the power and voice that they’ve been given to share the messages that the world needs to hear. Here are some of my favourite influencers and bloggers to stay up to date with.
Hers was one of the most incredible and inspiring stories I heard in 2018. Valentine Thomas was a successful lawyer who worked in London for 6 years until she decided to quit her career in the corporate world and become a professional spear fisherwoman and spread the word about sustainable fishing and the environment.
She is now a certified diver, a tv host, a motivational speaker and she travels the world, interacting with local communities while fishing in an eco-friendly way in order to taste the best foods and raise awareness about responsible eating.
She’s so inspiring to follow on social media and you should definitely check out the podcast she did with Joe Rogan to hear her talk about her life story and how she ended up creating a life that she doesn’t need a holiday from.
Quote: ‘If I was told by a doctor I had 30 days to live, I wouldn’t change a thing in my life’
Sorelle is one of the most real and kindest human spirits you will ever have the pleasure of engaging with on the internet. After having won the job of the year, and being paid to travel the world as a digital nomad, she grew on Instagram and youtube thanks to her unique take on videography, her portrayal of a minimalist lifestyle and an appreciation for all things simple and unique.
Her photography style has developed around evolving the typical selfie into a #advancedselfie, which involves expressing creativity and art by embracing artistic energies and being vulnerable and real in front of the camera.
She talks about real issues such as climate change, the life-changing effects of minimalism, the beauty of ageing and body confidence.
Quote: ‘Amazed by the endless layers of life. All the discoveries that you can make, the adventures you can have, getting to know self deeper on a physical and spiritual plane daily. Whatever grabs your curiosity, you can follow that down the rabbit hole and see where it takes you.’
Gone are the days where a 9-5 office job is the norm. The digital nomad lifestyle is all the new up and coming dream. To be able to work from home or on the go and to prioritise the other things in life that are more important, like family, relationships, travel and hobbies.
This family is the perfect example of how this lifestyle is not only possible, but it’s possible WITH kids! Garreth and Jessica sold everything to travel the world with their two (now three) beautiful children.
They’ve been to over 63 countries, lived a minimalist lifestyle and these children have done more in these years than most of us will do in our whole lifetimes. They’re humble, kind and through travelling have learnt to love and respect different cultures and ways of life.
They don’t make it look easy, it’s definitely a lot of hard work. I cannot possibly do this family justice, you absolutely have to head to their youtube channel and have a look for yourself!
Quote: ‘The thing about a bucket list is that it doesn’t have to be a list at all, it’s about living life with purpose and recognising that there are special bucket list experiences waiting to be had each and every day of your life’
If you’re an avid Instagram user, you need this beautiful human on your feed!
Clare is a vegan food Instagram influencer who’s feed will instantly make you hungry and inspire you to think that a vegan lifestyle is so much more than carrots and kale.
She finds the best vegan restaurants in London (and wherever she visits) and shares inspiring messages of her vegan journey and the truths behind the food industry. Her pictures are always so vibrant and she always interacts and engages with her followers.
Quote: ‘There’s so much confusion and misinformation around veganism so I can understand why people get confused. It’s also very overwhelming when you turn vegan because suddenly you’re expected to answer lots of questions about your choices which can be intimidating, especially when there are so many conflicting arguments/opinions about it. If factual, non-bias information was readily available for everyone, people would be more likely to make informed choices.’
Jackson is one of the youngest travel bloggers in the game at the moment but what is most inspiring about the content that he creates, is the awareness he brings to the culture, people and environment of the places he visits.
He’s been travelling the world since 2015 and shares his recommendations and experiences through his blog and his photography on social media.
He recently came up with sharing this idea that he had of the Adventure Bag. The Adventure Bag is a bag which he fills up with trash that he finds on his adventures in the places he visits.
The idea is to show gratitude to Mother Nature for this beautiful earth we have and to leave the places we visit cleaner than when we got there, for those who are to come next. He encourages his followers to take up the challenge in an attempt to raise awareness about the dangerous state our planet is in and the role that we all can play to make our environment cleaner.
Quote: ‘The part I love about travel isn’t necessarily laying my eyes on a beautiful beach or an incredible waterfall. The part I love is being somewhere I didn’t know existed the day before.’
Dana is the mastermind behind one of the most popular plant-based blogs out there. With new recipes being released every three days, all you need is 10 ingredients or less and you have a fabulous vegan meal in less than 30 minutes.
I wanted to share her blog because the vegan movement is only growing day by day and I know there are some of you out there looking for new and healthy recipes to try.
She’s developed an easy to follow Everyday Cookbook and offers courses in food photography and videography.
One of the biggest names on Instagram at the moment, Sam Kolder stood out to the world with not just his incredible photography but with the documentary that he released on his youtube channel in 2018 to raise awareness about rhino poaching in Africa.
The video contains very graphic images but doesn’t hide the cruelty and inhumanity that is resulting in the endangerment of yet another species.
Sam shares his passion for photography and travel. He also shares the story of how he used to earn minimum wage painting houses and now earns a living travelling the world. Why? Because he chased his dreams and worked hard for the life he wanted.
Quote: ‘Don’t just chase the money. Do what you love. If you have to paint walls to get to that point then do it! But don’t settle for something that doesn’t make you jump out of bed motivated to take on the day. (Make that the goal) listen to your heart!’
I know I’m going to sound like a broken record with this one especially if you’ve been around here for a while. But the fact that I still tune in every week for their podcast, signed up for their exclusive patreon episodes and have read all three of their books, is just a testament to how good their work is.
Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus changed my life with the way they shared their experience with minimalism and how they drastically improved their relationships, physical health, mental health and financial happiness by ‘living a meaningful life with less’.
They’ve got an advertisement free podcast, a youtube channel and a blog where they share their minimalist essays and stories. All for free! They additionally have three books and an amazing documentary on Netflix.
Quote: ‘Love people and use things, because the opposite never works’
Charlie and Lauren are the most relatable and down to earth Instagram couple out there. Not only will their pictures give you insane travel envy (in a good and inspiring way) but their honest and loving relationship is an absolute treasure to follow along with.
They have an epic travel blog where they share their adventures, travel guides and tips and tricks for travelling full time. They enjoy minimalist lives and are always on the move, calling themselves the sunset chasers and inspiring others to travel and learn from different people and cultures.
Quote: ‘Life can be tough sometimes but when you find that one thing that makes you super happy, stick to it – or stick by it. Get as much of that thing as possible. Surround yourself with what you love and live for that thing.’
Although I don’t consider myself a fashion blogger, I’ve definitely become more aware of educating myself on the clothes that I wear and where they come from. This blog has helped me do just that!
Alden is a blogger and freelance journalist who recently took a year away from her home base in New York to travel the world and learn about sustainable fashion and production methods all over the world. It’s an incredibly interesting journey diving into what we can learn from different cultures and things that we need to change in order to improve animal welfare, consumerism and the environment.
It’s becoming increasingly important for us to question our producers and to keep them accountable for their production. Shopping sustainably, shopping second hand and discovering local donation and recycling options are simple things we can all do to make sure our choices are responsible.
Quote: ‘When I got to New York City, I grew frustrated with the dichotomy between enjoying what life has to offer and doing good for the world. Why not do both? Why can’t you look chic but care about where your clothes come from? Why can’t you get your nails done while reading about climate change action? That’s why I decided to found EcoCult, to showcase all the amazing, beautiful, delicious, fun, interesting, well-designed and sustainable stuff out there.’
Are there any other bloggers and influencers that you follow that I should add to my list? Let me know who inspires you in the comment below!
Sit back, grab some Oreos, and I can’t wait to see what life has to offer us next.