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Editorial 20

Welcome to Pip’s 20th issue. Wow, what a journey! When I started Pip my three girls were running around at knee height and now they’re mostly taller than me. Almost like a fourth child, Pip has grown and evolved with lots of attention and love and has come a long way from the seed of an idea I started with ten years ago.

It started with a few people, all volunteering our time publishing two issues a year, to now having a highly experienced and talented team publishing four issues a year and distributing nearly ten times the number of magazines of when we started.

Back then, I set out to create a beautiful, informative and inspiring magazine that was accessible to everyone, not just preaching to the converted, and that vision hasn’t changed. Using permaculture principles as the basis, I wanted to inspire people to live more sustainably by providing simple-to-practise ideas people could incorporate into their lives. And that vision hasn’t changed.

Although I have come to realise lately that some people find our content at times overwhelming, looking at all the things they could be doing and feeling guilty they’re not doing enough. I just want to say I totally hear you and there are times when I feel the same way. Pip is meant to be a place to find inspiration and to discover achievable things that speak to you, but it shouldn’t make you feel like you should be doing everything, all the time.

The reality is we all have really busy lives. For me, I have a demanding job, I have kids whose lives I want to be present in as much as possible, I have a partner I want to have time to at least talk to occasionally, I have a garden I love and want to be in more, and I also want time to do the things that keep me sane, like walking, surfing and yoga. I am also really aware of the effects our actions have on the planet, but over the years I have learnt to accept my situation and to not be so hard on myself. I am doing what I can and if I don’t always do everything perfectly, then that’s okay. As the saying goes, we don’t need a handful of people doing ‘permaculture’ perfectly, we need millions of people doing it imperfectly.

So thanks for joining me on this journey, I hope you continue to enjoy Pip for the next 20 issues at least. And remember, do what you can, in whatever way you can, and feel really good for doing it.

Warm regards,


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