Lets talk about satisfaction

We hear it all of the time, I’ll be happy when… When is when? I think its great to have goals to strive for but once we achieve these goals they really do only provide momentary bliss- then we’re onto the next… We’ve all been here and sometimes I catch myself thinking these thoughts and I nip them in the bud ASAP. Life shouldn’t be about yearning for something to happen or waiting until the day that we’ve finished this project, got that promotion or bought the car we’ve always wanted. We all know we’ll be craving something ELSE as soon as the honeymoon period of this accomplishment subsides.

How about we all just appreciate where we are. Who we are. We’re doing our best. And if we aren’t 100%, whole heartedly where we want to be in our lives right now- it’s okay. Whats to say we cant appreciate right now? Life is still good. We are living and breathing and hopefully we all have loved ones surrounding us. Life could be alot worse!

Lets keep chipping away and carving our paths. We’ll get to where we want to be, who we want to be there with and what we want to be doing with our time. Lets do more of the things we love, relish in our hobbies, spend more time outside and disconnecting from social media. And just be present. Because now is the moment that never ends. And we’ll never get this time back. Life is wonderful. Lets appreciate what we have, right here, right now πŸ™‚

Until next week x

A recipe you need in your life: SWEET POTATO BROWNIES

I love experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, especially desserts! To be honest, I feel like alot of plant based/healthier/minimal ingredient recipes taste just like that… really healthy. Which is fine! But these lil babies taste anything but! They are so decadent. I have made these for a few friends now and had really good feedback. And, not to toot my own horn- but they taste AMAZING! They are fudgey, dense and delicious. Plus they are full of ingredients that are good for our bodies! I do not feel guilty when the tray is gone a few days later. You must make these!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup honey(or agave/maple to make plant based)
  • 3/4 cup oat flour(oat worked for me but you could try almond etc)
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup plant based choc chips(+ more to sprinkle on top)
  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • sprinkle of himilayan salt
  • 1 cup peanut butter(I used smooth but use whatever you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 3/4 boiled sweet potato

The easiest recipe in the world.

  1. Put oven on 180. Peel desired amount of sweet potato, cut into cubes, transfer to boiling water. Cook until soft enough to put a fork through the potato
  2. Transfer sweet potato to blender and puree, may need a splash of milk of choice or water to get a smoother consistency πŸ™‚
  3. Add ALL ingredients to mixing bowl, using sieve for everything in powder form. Mix everything really well. Should be quite a thick paste!
  4. Line tray with baking paper, place mixture in tray + sprinkle with choc chips.
  5. Bake for 20 mins! When removed from oven should still be quite soft in middle. This will set!

PS: feel free to alter measurements, not my skillset. ENJOY!

Have a wonderful week x

Travel is a teacher

I wrote a touch note to a friend the other day, and I sent a couple of photos of her and I in the back on a crammed mini bus in Central America 4 years ago. I remember it being SO uncomfortable. The aircon didnt work, so it was a very sticky 13 hour bus ride. Majority of the 10 passengers were also European or spoke Spanish, which kind of annoyed me too(shouldn’t have)- not being able to converse with anyone, but I still had my friend! I just remember thinking it was torture… oh how dramatic we can be in the moment! What I’d give to have one of those experiences this year, as I know none of us will be having them for quite sometime.

Things, feelings and situations always seem so much more hightened while we are going through them. And it makes sense. Nothing seems ‘worse’ at the time, but oh…. there will always be so much worse.

Something to take with us the next time we lose a job, go through a pandamic, end a friendship or persperate in the back of a bus in another country. Our minds really are so much tougher than we realise. It’s hard not to over dramatise situations, but it’s something to work on.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday!

PS: the featured image on this post is from this morning, how bloody gorgeous! What a way to wake up.

6 Of my all time favourite quotes

Quotes that I find inspiring and uplifting if ever in need. You know those quotes you hear or read and they just ‘make sense’? These 6 quotes are those for me, enjoy!

Be the energy you want to attract

Starting it off with a bang. I loved this quote when I first heard it about three years ago and its stuck ever since. I really make a conscious effort now when I meet people to introduce myself first, be confident, happy and make positive conversation. We tend to mirror mannerisms and habits of other people, so I feel like this is the best way to be when briefly ‘meeting people’. I really try and be as uplifting as possible when I’m around friends and family also. It makes a difference.

Getting it done is better than doing it perfectly

This can apply to so many different aspects of life. When we try, attempt or give anything a go at least we’ve put in the thought and followed it with an action. Sometimes we can really overthink things instead of just starting, and we’re all going to fail at things- it’s called life.

We are what we eat and the company we keep

This truly couldn’t be more accurate. Who we spend our time with deciphers a lot about our attitude, the activities we partake in, the language we use etc. ASWELL as the food/fuel we put into our bodies. We eat potato we look like pOtAtO… You get my gist πŸ˜› Good food and even better friends/family are important!

Lions don’t lose sleep over sheep

One more time for the people in the back! Why have some of us had sleepless nights thinking about shitty people and/or scenarios? I think we’ve all been here. What a waste of worrying, stress and most importantly… ZzZzZz’s haha. People that don’t mean anything to us are just that. Irrelevant. Not worth a thought πŸ™‚ You’re a LION! Reow

Nothing lasts forever/never say never

You could take this quote as either optimistic or pessimistic but I think of it as both. Its hybrid. Bad times never last but unfortunately neither do the good. Everything in life is impermanent. It ebbs and flows. Nothing stays the same forever, things change with time. I also love ‘never say never’ as life changes so do our outlooks! We should always be evolving.

Why not

Plain and simple. I adore this quote. Whenever I am in an ‘I need to toss a coin’ situation, (which really, we know the whole time which side we’d rather the coin to land on) WHY NOT always crosses my mind and that’s just it. Always reminds me of the movie Yes man. Life is all about experiences, taking risks and making spontaneous decisions. Our time here is too short.
WHY NOT

The affect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is”

Jim Carey’s graduate speech. Immmma leave this right here. Nothing has more importance than human connection and most of all kindness!

Thank you for reading! I’d love to know a quote that you live by?! Love you Dad πŸ˜‰

6 Things I love about Australia

Gods country, right? Aren’t we lucky to have these wide open spaces, breathable air and some of the freshest produce around. A big country with a small population and ALOT to give.

  1. What is a crowded space?

Unless you live in one of our 7 main cities, Sydney being the most populated at just under 6 million(hard to believe) you probably won’t feel claustrophobic all that often. I’d like to think alot of Aussies dont even have neighbors, lol! So much space to roam, camp, frollick and have beaches to yourself. It’s such a free feeling and i hope this doesn’t change anytime soon, We’re such an island.

A map of Australia, with not much surrounding it. Europe can fit into our country comfortably. Source: annamap.com

2. Our beaches

Are like nowhere else… We don’t have many different ‘textured’ beaches like black sand or pebble beaches. But is there anything more perfect than a white sand beach with sand so high in silica that it squeaks? We are pretty lucky. A warm late 20degree day, some fresh fruit, a few beers and LOTS of sunscreen, heaven. And like I mentioned before, it wouldn’t be unheard of to have the beach to yourself. My favourite beaches are Rainbow beach/Double Island(QLD), Fraser Island(QLD) and Cable Beach(WA). All of these beaches never disappoint and are so relaxing so spend a few hours at. Apparently if you visited one Australian beach everyday it would take over 27 years! That’s a lot of exploring to be done. Also notice so much less pollution than beaches i’ve visited O/S, we aren’t perfect though and when we see anything that doesn’t belong on the coast we should always take it with us- hey πŸ˜‰

Stairway to heaven. Sunshine beach, Noosa, Queensland.
Fishing at a beach in Broome, Western Australia.

3. Our coffee

Again I think we create better coffee than anywhere else I’ve been. You’ve probably heard the term ‘coffee snobs’, yep that’s us! So much love, skill and pride is put into barista work here in Australia… aaaand we pay a lot for it! But hey its worth it. An airport almond cappuccino was my absolute priority when I flew in from North America(years ago, tear).

Have had a few coffee’s doing this beautiful national park walk. Talk about the most enjoyable morning workout- ever.

4. The people

Australians are fun. Australians are laid back. Australians don’t mind a cheeky party. Australian love to travel. Tick x4. Is there anything more you’d want out of a person? I really do mean it though, I’d like to think we’re a helpful and friendly bunch. If you were stuck on a highway/needed directions I’d like to think majority of the country would go out of their way to help in some shape or form. I also love that no distance seems too far- maybe not everyone has this outlook but being from the outback a 5 hour road trip for one night is nothing! Count me in.

A photo of my brother on a local river in the Northern Territory. He’s going to love that I put this here. You’re welcome. PSA: this bloke would absolutely pick you up if you had a flat. He’s a good one x

5. Endless summers

The weather I’d say is up there with reasons people move to/stay in Australia. We very rarely cancel plans due to snow storms/hail showers etc. The sun is basically always out(ok this may not be true in all states, but in QLD it sure is) We complain when jeans and a long sleeved shirt are required for a day out, lol! Wouldn’t go swimming at a local beach during the winter when its 25 degrees though, if you did this I’d consider you mentally unstable x

Tallebudgera creek, Gold coast, Queensland… swoooon.

6. Difference in states

Going to a different state is like headed to another country. They are all so unique and individual in a good way! Headed to Kangaroo island, South Australia? Heck no. Most Australians probably haven’t been! But Las Vegas… sure! It really is the case, haha so ridiculous. You really could spend your lifetime travelling this gorgeous, vast continent. Just ask any retired Australian 60+ or foreigner under 30 :P. We could all put more effort into seeing our backyards, now that we can’t- don’t we all want to?!

An enjoyable read, sunshine and rock pools. Sunshine coast, Queensland.

Australia is bloody beautiful though and if you haven’t been you need to! Our borders will be open all in good time, and when they are- we cant wait to have you!

7 Mood boosting morning habits

Implementing good daily habits into my routine have been an absolute savor for me during this slow/uncertain/semi-unemployed year. There are so many things that can make or break our day and starting our day ‘right’ makes a massive difference on our moods and productivity! Keep reading to find out 7 of the most beneficial daily habits for a twenty something gal-

  1. GRATITUDE JOURNAL

Being able to actually write down things that we are grateful for rather than just silently going over them in our heads makes a massive difference. When I write out my list in the mornings, (sometimes I will be grateful for 3 things and other times 20- depending on how I’m feeling). I feel a weight off my chest straight away, I just feel so happy automatically that I’m able to list things like “the sun on my skin”, “a bed to wake up in and make”, “a roof over my head”, “how loving and supportive my partner is”, “how lucky I am to have my parents around and the relationship I have with them”, “that I am able to pay my own rent”, “to have access to clean drinking water, all day everyday” etc… once you get writing, the list really can go on for ever. A massive mental health hack is keeping one of these babies and expressing yourself if you ask me!

2. YOGA

Can safely say yoga has changed my life. The breathwork, the movement and mindfulness of it all does WONDERS for our bodies and most importantly, brains. I have just started my 200HR YYT whoop whoop, so this has been keeping me busy also which is an absolute blessing and a half! Whether its 5 minutes in the morning or 50, it is all so beneficial. The mat is such a happy, positive place to be. Youtube videos like Yoga with Adriene(everyone has heard of this queen) are super helpful if you’re lacking inspo that day! Even putting some mellow music on Spotify and having a stretch feels so so good! Can’t speak highly enough of this beautiful practice.

3. MEDITATION

There is a reason that we hear so much of meditation and that’s because it is such a useful tool. I would love to say that I meditate everyday, but to be honest i struggle. I have recently set a goal for myself to meditate for 5 mins on my made bed when I wake up in the mornings. It is something I have to work on but the thought is there and I have intentions to gradually increase my timeframe as I become more familiar/comfortable with the practice! Happy people meditate. Mindset and perspective are everything.

4. BODY MOVIN’

Exercise is an absolute gem when it comes to boosting our moods. There is nothing quite like the post workout high. I must admit some days are SO MUCH HARDER than others. But I get it done and feel proud of myself for it. I generally do a 30minute HIIT/Pilates/Strength workout in the mornings that I have written up myself or again, YouTube! Kayla Itsines and Pamela Reif are great accounts for quick body weight workouts! If you have the space for a yoga mat you really can workout anywhere- no excuses. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

5. CALL SOMEONE YOU LOVE

This is another super important habit to get into. This year we need to be keeping in contact with our loved ones more than ever! It can be a friend you haven’ spoken to in ages or a sibling/parent. Call them, check in and tell them that you love them. Human connection is the most important thing there is, and again- so favorable for our mental health to have a vent/laugh/much needed conversation.

6. READ A FEW PAGES

I really feel like when I read I learn a lot. It can be a few pages or a chapter(I try to read a chapter a day). It can take our minds off unnecessary things, its time consuming and good for our brains. This can be something that you do waking up with your morning coffee or even taking a book to a nearby park. It really is a relaxing ‘habit’ that slows us down.

7. A WALK AND A PODCAST A DAY

Find a podcast that you really enjoy, I like My millennial money, Happy hour, KIC, Oprah and Do you F**king mind as I feel as though they are uplifting and informative. Podcasts also feel a bit like you’re having a conversation with a friend. Aim for half an hour a day(its so nice to get out of the house) Steps + sunshine + spontaneous learning = success.

“Create before you consume” is a quote I heard recently and I couldn’t vouch for it more! Instead of waking up and scrolling or putting on the news to get smashed by depressing media coverage at the very start of a fresh day- have a stretch, take in the sunrise on your balcony, read something, write in your journal, make yourself a nice drink and relax- take it all in, think positive thoughts and just how lucky you are to be here, another day alive and well! There isn’t much else we can ask for!

I have spoken about these habit trackers in a recent blog but a great way to stay on top of your good habits! Keep on fridge! Just google ‘habit tracker’

7 Things I learned during dry July

31 days of zero booze. Considering what has been consumed during this Covid period this was probably harder than normal. Is there anything better than a red during winter? Ooooooh aren’t we so lucky to have alcohol. So enjoyable and such a good time(when consumed with discretion :p)

In saying all of that though, it has been a really good detox. Something I want to avoid is burning out too early in life. I feel pretty passionate about health at the moment. I really want to take care of my skin as it ages and keep my body as hydrated as possible. Its pretty amazing how adaptable and resilient our ‘homes’ are- they deserve to be looked after.

1. You realise who your supportive friends are

This is definitely true. Hola to those that donated and gave me praise. I hope I’ve never made any of my mates feel uncomfortable due to not drinking, saying no to a drink etc. And I’m absolutely going to be more cautious of this now!

2. Drinking is expensive

SO IS SOFT DRINK!!!??? Lol, but yes alcohol is for sure double the price. It was probably a blessing not drinking during July as I definitely didn’t work a whole lot. It is crazy what they can charge at pubs for softdrinks, $5.50 for a soda water… suuuuuure. Had one or two fizzy drinks then i’d jump on the waters. WooOOoOo rager. It’s pretty insane that a few hundred dollars can be spent over a weekend on the piss.

3. Better for skin health

For myself, absolutely. I felt hydrated the whole month and skin was noticeably more plump. Alcohol really encourages the rosacea on my undereye area and adds some heat to my skin as well. Sandpaper lips vibes after a late night drinking. None of that in July.

4. Fresh mornings

I don’t really think I get horrible hangovers anyway, but the alertness every morning during the month felt great. Also slept really well majority of the month. I for sure have more of a broken sleep/earlier mornings when I am on the drink.

5. Better food choices

I think I remember just about everything I ate during this past month. Alcohol absolutely encourages my appetite (hate going out without eating) so i’d normally be having a big dinner and coming home with pizza 5 hours later. Health. Wealth.

Consumed less(crap) for sure, so many calories in certain beverages also. But hey its worth it every now and then.

6. More active

I have been using a habit tracker the past few months and its been really helpful when it comes to staying on track. 100% was more active as well as productive in July compared to the month of June. Only had 4 ‘less active’ days in the whole month and that’s pretty damn good for me!

7. Drinking activities are F.U.N

So many things are more enjoyable with a drink on hand. Full stop. and was still happy to be in a social setting without a drink. My partner and I did this together and im so glad, would be really hard not give in without the support!

If you’re thinking about it, do It- but have someone to join you. Drinking is a really good time and a very ‘social’ hobby. But it was also reassuring to know I am comfortable in a drinking atmosphere sober. Apparently our cells renew every 4-6 weeks. How cool is that. Alcohol free cells/body after a month, it really is so refreshing to take sometime off every now and then. It doesn’t have to be July either! Everything in balance brings us best results. Just being more consistent with the healthier side of things majority of the time πŸ˜›