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Monday, 22 November 2010
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'Do you realize that you have mostly been writing about wedding dresses and baby things since I asked you to marry me?' M.A. commented the other day. I was shocked, but realized it was true: my time of eco fashion adventures seems light years away. Nowadays, I wash cloth diapers instead of blouses made of peace silk. And travelling to yet another city to discover ethical boutiques is replaced by pushing around a buggy in our neighborhood. It is a different life and maybe not as exciting to blog about.

Although I am immensely enjoying this new status quo that makes our family three, I also struggle with multiplicity. The multiplicity of roles I have like being a family member, an eco-fashionista, a friend, a researcher, a writer, a community member, an entrepreneur, a neighbour and most of all: a mom. Like Gladwell says in 'The Tipping Point': 'Character is like a bundle of habits, tendencies and interests, loosely bound together and dependent, at certain times, on circumstance and context'. In this new setting of taking care of our son, traits that I never knew I had, suddenly blossom. And aspects of my personality I figured were basically imprinted, seem to have disappeared like morning fog on a sunny day.

As some doors close, others open and I look forward to what is yet to come. First of all I will reflect on all those years of researching and participating in the ethical fashion community. I have done around 100 interviews and have many hours of recordings waiting for me to be analyzed and turned into a dissertation. It is my wish to continue creating knowledge on what drives social entrepreneurs: in general but in particular in ethical fashion because at this point in time I can't imagine a more exciting, interesting and sexy industry than that.

Thank you for reading my blogs and feel free to contact me anytime!

Image: Courtesy of Noortje Huige

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written by slow fashioned, November 23, 2010
i can completely relate to your situation. moms have to fill many roles both at work and home and life changes dramatically. luckily, you see this natural progression toward some things and away from others, and i am sure that new doors and new interested will indeed open as a result. motherhood is something that helps us look at our lives and reevaluate what is most important, those who find their calling through this do amazing things!
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written by Asics Shoes, November 25, 2010
Different people have different opinions. I think the story is very good. Thank you for the recommended!
FASHION IN ART
written by personal stylist shopper, January 12, 2011
This is still cool though. I appreciate reading what you posted on your blog. It is very informational. Thank you for sharing.
Change is not bad
written by rain boots, March 23, 2011
I know where you're coming from. It's a changing priority, not that your ideals change, just that now you are looking at the world through baby colored glasses.
Mums are eco-fashionistas too
written by tortoise & lady grey, September 17, 2013
I think its wonderful that you can combine your roles and your many interests with motherhood. I don't see the two as separate worlds or incompatible. In my experience, mums are the ones who are the most concerned with how today's lifestyle will impact the world for generations to come. In your precious baby you have a constant motivation to seek out ethical and sustainable choices. And just because you are a mum, doesn't mean that you cease to be fashionable or interesting. (Although there is a common cultural perception that this is the case). For me, motherhood has given me the time and space to pursue my interests in ethical and sustainable fashion- I have time to research my shopping choices, I have time to make my own clothes, and I have time to communicate my passions for all of this in my blog tortoise & lady grey. If I was still working full time instead of part time, I wouldn't have time or motivation to do this. Motherhood makes you grow and change, but it doesn't make your any less interesting. Remember that!
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written by Lynne, October 05, 2013
I have always wondered how mothers could balance their duties as mothers with their personal needs. I think that it is hard to reach the perfect balance, you just deal with better or worse days. In the end it has to do with how ready you feel to be a parent and how much you want it.
Thoughts about motherhood
written by Lynne, October 05, 2013
I have always wondered how mums could balance their lives as mums with their personal needs. I think that the perfect balance doesn't exist. In the end it has to do with how ready you feel to become a parent or how much you want it.

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