I’m Cybele (Bele) Masterman, a freelance interior, food and travel writer, who once upon a time trained as a beauty therapist, make up artist and aromatherapist and did a Masters in writing just so I could call myself Master Masterman ; ) That was all before becoming a mum to two bouncing boys and marrying the equally bouncing Gordon. He is also one of the lovely and talented contributors.
Blah Blah Magazine was born out of a desire to revolutionise our lives and create a beautiful and meaningful life that doesn’t cost the earth. The road isn’t always easy, but it has filled our lives with laughter and purpose, while we save money, ease the burden on those around us and generally detoxify our lives.
We seek out clever ways to make, mend or meander our way to a lovely life. Hence, if you have a wander around you’ll find lots of projects that will save money or resources and make life that little bit more enchanting.
If you’re feeling brave and want to revolutionise how you live, we would love you to join us and to hear from you, too.
We feel extremely lucky to have been featured in some lovely corners of the universe, you can see them below.
Why the name Blah Blah?
When I was babysitting my two-year-old goddaughter, we were singing ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’. She suggested that ‘Bele’ (Cybele is difficult for everyone) should be next.
I said, ‘Excellent, what noise do I make?’
She said, ‘Blah, blah, blah.’
And so the name began. My brother even convinced his children to call me Aunty Blah Blah. It just sums me up, because if you get me on a rant… although, I still suffer from a spot of shyness when I first meet people.
Where did the ethos of ‘a beautiful life that doesn’t cost the earth’ come from?
The concept grew out of an epiphany I had when our son was born three and a half months early. Some where in the crazy world of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, I came out wanting to cut the crap and live a more meaningful and useful life. The experience made me question everything about myself and somehow seemed to rewire my very DNA. I realised I no longer cared if my white crockery set remained in pristine condition or not. Beauty was no longer about perfection, it was about connection, the deep connections we can all share.
I looked back at where I had come from to understand what ‘meaningful’ and ‘useful’ might be for me. My father was a naval architect, turned wooden boat builder and Greens politician. My mother is a naturopath, turned accountant. My grandfather, even though I didn’t know him that well, had a big impact too. He was a barrister, turned librarian, with a brilliant and fierce mind who amassed a good collection of investments and hardly spent a penny. His frugal lifestyle was a choice. He loved the challenge of finding a new purpose or life for something that had been discarded and thought living simply was just a sensible way to go.
It took me a long time to realise that living simply can be a creative, fun and empowering way to live. If we cut the cost of living we can spend more time with loved ones. When we make things with or for loved ones we’re also making a meaningful connection. The process and the meaning behind it become more important than the object.
Blah Blah is a place for those who love being surrounded by beauty, know that simple things can make them happy, want a connected life, and know the importance of minimising the impact on those around us.
Together we can make a difference!
Thank you so much for reading,
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