If there is one thing that most of us aspire to, it is, simply, to be happy. And yet attaining happiness has become, it appears, anything but simple. Having stuff – The Latest, The Newest, The Best Yet – is all too often peddled as the sure fire route to happiness. So why then, in our consumer-driven society, is depression, stress and anxiety ever more common, affecting every strata of society and every age, even, worryingly, the very young? Why is it, when we have so much, that many of us still feel we are missing something and the rush of pleasure when we buy something new turns so quickly into a feeling of emptiness, or purposelessness, or guilt?
So what is the route to real, deep, long lasting happiness? Could it be that our lives have just become overly crowded, that we’ve lost sight of the things – the simple things – that give a sense of achievement, a feeling of joy or excitement? That make us happy. Do we need to take a step back, reprioritise? Do we need to make our lives more simple? Kate Humble’s fresh and frank exploration of a stripped-back approach to life is uplifting, engaging and inspiring – and will help us all find balance and happiness every day.
Kate had become increasingly aware of the pollution and environmental impact that toiletries and beauty products were having on the environment. She wanted to create a new type of product that was enjoyable to use and kind to the environment. The result is Humble Beauty.
Humble Beauty comes in two nature inspired fragrances: Sweet Pea and Verbena and Rose and Frankincense. It includes bath honey, hand and body lotions and hand and body wash. It’s great to use, safe for all the family, and kind to the planet.
"Being able to ignore the outside world and curl up with a book is one of life’s luxuries."
Thinking on My Feet tells the story of Kate’s walking year – shining a light on the benefits of this simple activity. Kate’s inspiring narrative not only records her walks (and runs) throughout a single year, but also charts her feelings and impressions throughout – capturing the perspectives that only a journey on foot allows – and shares the outcomes: a problem solved, a mood lifted, an idea or opportunity borne. As she explores the reasons why we walk – whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, Kate’s reflections and insights will encourage, motivate and spur readers into action
A Friend for Life is Kate’s heart warming exploration of the relationship between man and his best friend. There is one animal that is familiar to all of us, whoever we are, wherever we live. Even if we’ve never had direct contact with one, we will have seen one, or at the very least, heard one. For those of us who live in the western world it is more than likely that one sleeps in our house, possibly even on our bed. I’m talking of course, of the dog. Yet, this animal, which lives alongside five hundred million of us all over the world – as an invaluable partner and a trusted confidant – presents us with one great unsolved mystery: how did this relationship – the most complex and enduring of any between human and animal – start in the first place?
In Kate’s book Humble By Nature she shares her highly personal account of her journey from London town house to Welsh farm. In 2007, after twenty years of living in London, Kate Humble and her husband Ludo decided it was time to leave city life behind them. Three years later, now the owner of a Welsh smallholding, Kate hears that a nearby farm is to be broken up and sold off. Another farm lost; another opportunity for a young farmless farmer gone. Desperate to stop the sale, Kate contacts the council with an alternative plan – to keep the farm working and to run a rural skills and animal husbandry school alongside it. Against all odds, she succeeds. Humble By Nature is the story of two people prepared to follow their hearts and save a small part of Britain’s farming heritage, whatever the consequences.
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