About me

Be kinder to the planet and yourself


I’m guessing you’re here because you want to reduce your impact on the planet, reduce stress or just slow down – or all of the above. 

Trying to do what’s best for yourself, your family (if you have one) and the planet too, can be totally overwhelming. There are so many people saying different things about what’s ethical and what’s not, different advice on how to declutter our lives and conflicting theories about the best ways to deal with man-made climate change. Then there are the countless posts on Instagram about fitting a year’s worth of non-recyclable waste into a jar (don’t even get me started). 

All this noise can just make the lifestyle you want seem impossible to achieve.

I’m here to keep things real and show you that a simple, slow, sustainable life is POSSIBLE for you. You just have to figure out what’s most important to you, what’s realistic for you and focus your efforts (and remember that there’s no such thing as perfect).

Steph Mullen | Striving for Simple

Here’s how I can help

Hi, I’m Steph Mullen. I help conscientious people like you go from feeling overwhelmed and guilty, to being PROUD about their lifestyle.

You’re in the right place if you:

  • Want to reduce your impact on the planet but aren’t sure where to start
  • Are doing your bit for the environment but feel like it’s just not enough
  • Yearn for a simpler life with less clutter
  • Need more time for yourself and your family
  • Are trying to create a better world for your kids
  • Feel like you don’t have enough money, time or energy to change your lifestyle
  • Are tired of feeling guilty about all the things that you’re not able to do (yet!)

For me, simple, slow and sustainable living go hand in hand (though I guess you’d need three hands in that analogy). I care passionately about doing better for the environment. I also feel that our society puts way too much emphasis on productivity and growth, and not enough on having time for our families and communities. Our lives are too busy and this is having a devastating effect on our mental health. It leaves little room for ‘doing our bit’ for the planet.

I want to help you work towards a sustainable lifestyle that WORKS for YOU. (By the way, if your lifestyle isn’t zero-waste, vegan, flight-free or off-grid, that’s okay!)

My journey

The desire to do good for the planet has been a driving force throughout my life. It’s why I became a vegetarian when I was 14 and the main reason I never learnt to drive. That said, I definitely didn’t put as much effort into reducing my impact when I was younger as I do now.

Over the past 10 years I have become more aware of the issues we face due to our impact on the planet and more motivated to try to do something about it.

When I married Charlie, back in 2011, I tried to make our wedding as eco-friendly as possible, within our limited budget. Looking back, there is loads I would differently but we can only learn, grow and move forward. 

Charlie and me on our wedding day
Charlie and me on our wedding day

While I was doing a fair bit to keep my carbon footprint to a minimum, I knew there was so much more I could be doing. I spent a long time trying to figure out what that ‘more’ should be. I wanted to do it all (go vegan, zero-waste, off-grid etc) but it was just too overwhelming.

The problem was, I just didn’t have the headspace to gain any clarity on the matter. I was working in a job that no longer brought me fulfilment, often staying late or bringing work home. I was feeling unhappy a lot of the time, and I was getting more and more terrified at the thought of what we’re doing to the planet. It was affecting my sleep and I started to experience panic attacks (not that I told anyone at the time). Throw in a couple of miscarriages and I was teetering on the edge of a dark place. But in true British style, I donned a stiff upper lip and carried on.

Then my daughter Sophie was born. I made the decision to finally start living with more intention and create the life I wanted for me and my family. Ultimately, one with less clutter, less waste, less stress, and more time for each other and our passions. 

Charlie, our daughter Sophie, and me. [Photo credit: Little Robin Photography]
Charlie, our daughter Sophie, and me. [Photo credit: Little Robin Photography]

I started blogging in 2017 to hold myself to account and try to encourage others to make their own lifestyle changes.

It’s not been an easy journey, and I’m not sure there’s a finish line, but I’m making good headway. I took a huge leap and left my job to be a stay-at-home-mum, and couldn’t be happier about it. It’s had a hugely positive effect on my husband too. Money is tighter than ever but we’re both much less stressed (most of the time). 

Earlier this year, I was proud to speak alongside some amazing people, including Natalie Bennett (former leader of the Green Party), at High Storrs School’s first Eco Expo. It was a great experience and I was pleased to receive some great feedback from members of the audience.

Perhaps the biggest change of all is that I’ve stopped feeling guilty about what we’re not able to do. I’ve done a lot of mindset work and this has been key to moving forward. I know which aspects of sustainability are most important to me and that helps to prioritise where I spend my time, money and energy. That way, I don’t feel like it’s a hassle or unaffordable. I do what I can, right now, to make a difference in the world. That makes me feel SO proud and I’m more determined than ever before.

I hope that I can inspire you to start or to keep going with your own journey.

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