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Over the past couple of weeks I have been listening to a lot of podcasts about living consciously, or intentionally. Same-same I think. I’m still figuring out exactly what it means to live intentionally and I think the definition varies depending on the person. For some it involves minimalism; the de-cluttering of ones material possessions, but also simplifying our life to-do lists and diary dates. I think the latter is often left off the definition of minimalism. Or maybe it’s only in my own personal definition. To me, de-cluttering means much more than just getting rid of “stuff”. It is narrowing all external stressors that get in the way of me leading the life I want to live. Narrowing friendship circles (ouch!), stripping away annoying commitments, saying no sometimes instead of yes. I haven’t quite mastered the latter but I have been giving the former a go over the past 2 years since moving to Canberra. You may remember a previous blog post I wrote after I spent an entire year … [Read More...]
Blissful Bali and The End of an Era Last week I was fortunate enough to spend the week in Bali up in the hills of Ubud. The trip was a mini vacation for my sister, mum and I. A girl’s trip. (Sorry dad, especially because we went the week of your birthday!) We were hosted by Uma by Como, a branch of Como Shambhala in nearby Ubud. The Como retreats are located across the world and specialize in all things health and wellness. Yoga is a staple of the retreats, as is organic and raw cuisine. There are a variety of health and wellness packages you can sign up for, or you can simply go along for a relaxing holiday. We stayed in a gorgeous private villa with our own garden, balcony and pool. Check it out! Yoga was provided daily in the most incredible open air, on the edge of a mountain, studio (hello breeze! hello waterfall! hello heaven!) I will never be able to do yoga in a stuffy indoor studio again. The gym facilities were small but had everything I need for a speedy … [Read More...]
Your Guide to Seasonal Eating I had a random realisation today. It is very difficult to know what food is in season when you shop at standard supermarkets… a.k.a Coles and Woolworths. They have pretty much every fruit and veggie you could ever think of - All. The. Time. How is this possible?! Importation I suppose. Freezing food for long periods before bringing them out could be another explanation. Whatever the reason, it’s annoying. While having access to everything you could ever want in the one store does sound convenient, it’s makes it really tricky to know which foods are fresh and in season and which foods are from months ago, or from overseas. The price point gives you a bit of an indication I guess, and there are tiny little labels next to most foods telling you where they came from. But let’s be honest - Coles and Woollies are always super crowded and stressful (especially Jamison Coles on a Sunday!) and I want to get in and out STAT! I’m sure many of us fall into the trap … [Read More...]
Happy 2015 everyone! I hope you all had a lovely break over Christmas and New Year and the beginning of 2015 is treating you kindly. The beginning of a new year is an excellent time for reflection, planning, goal setting and general life de-cluttering. What did you love about 2014? What were you not so fond of? Is there anything that you can do to make 2015 a better year? While I personally love the idea of new year resolutions- or goals for the year, whatever takes your fancy - I do think that in general most people are pretty crappy at making goals. Not crappy at keeping goals (well, that too) but crappy at making goals in the first place. I don't think you can expect to keep a new years resolution when your idea of a resolution is simply thinking of some far-fetched dreams that would be nice to achieve. Making good goals, S.M.A.R.T goals (s: specific, m: measurable, a: attainable, r: realistic, t: timely - did I just sneak that into this blog?! nerd) requires effort, … [Read More...]