• Joanna

Planet Bananna - the Origin Story

Updated: Apr 5

About two years ago, I went volunteering & travelling in Costa Rica and Nicaragua for 4 months.

During that time I learned a lot about sustainability and conservation, ethical lifestyle choices and my own spirituality. I had thought-provoking conversations and discussions and having my brain tickled pretty much daily eventually led to the dreaded question:

Me looking for the meaning of life
“What do I want to do with my life??”

I knew I didn’t want to return to the 9-to-5 office life I had just escaped and I never had felt better than I did then, completely surrounded by and connected to nature, discovering new places regularly, eating plant-based and doing some sort of mindfulness practice every day.

Flowing creativity vs. dull city-dwelling

The idea of having my own space on the internet, where I can share my journey, thoughts and discoveries and potentially help and inspire other people was born during this time and hasn’t left me since.

While I was out there backpacking through Costa Rica, I was writing notes on my phone constantly – new ideas for topics, layouts for the website, grid design on Instagram, to-do lists – I basically never ran out of material.

However as soon as I was back home in London, the creative juices stopped and although I still had so many plans, I did nothing or very little to move towards them.

Regular life had kicked in and questions about my career, finances and generally integrating back into city life were on the forefront of my thoughts and that care-free and full-of-ideas person that I had been crept back into my mind.

So what changed?

I procrastinated a lot the past two years, because I was afraid of making a wrong decision. I was scared of what people might think of this step, scared of people not agreeing with me, scared of failing.

Eventually I figured out that it doesn’t matter.

What matters to me is that I put out my message, that I’m part of conversations I care about and that there is a resource out there that doesn’t paint issues in black and white.

Something I might have done when I first delved into the themes of veganism, environmentalism and especially the climate crisis.

A new mindset

I am glad now that it took me so long to publish this, because my mindset has changed.

One of my biggest strengths is my optimism and positivity. I now hope to transfer the sentiment onto this blog as well, particularly in regard to climate action. Because while I agree with the urgency of needing change, I don’t agree with preaching, shaming or forcing people to change their minds and habits.

What I am hoping for now is to plant seeds with my stories and discoveries and at the same time give hope by focussing on the steps that are being taken for climate mitigation.

As soon as this clicked in my head, I was back in full force of creating this platform.

I can’t wait to share pictures and stories about places I visit to show how beautiful our planet is.

I can’t wait to share tips and tricks on how to make more sustainable choices.

And I can’t wait to discover new things and opinions on my journey and am happy to share it with everyone who is interested.

So here we are.

Welcome to Planet Bananna.

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