Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Power of Journaling..

These days my journal writing ebbs and flows.. Some days I'll write a little, some weeks I won't write at all.  I've noticed recently that my writing often synchronizes with the moon. I find myself wanting to fall deep within the pages during the new moon, when I'm full of ideas and creativity and as the moon swells and ideas come to fruition or other things take precedence, I happily put my journal aside and let life takes its course.  

It has taken me many years to find this balance, to understand the power of journaling and its ability to transform, inspire and manifest.  For a long time, I thought my journal had to be perfect and if I didn't write everyday, I wasn't being a 'good' journal keeper.  I was pressuring myself, to keep up, make it beautiful, to not leave empty pages or make mistakes. And the more I did this, the less I felt like writing.  Then my life changed forever.. and I couldn't write at all.  I didn't know where to begin or how to find the words and it was in those moments of grappling with life and rediscovering who I was that I realised I had to let go of what I thought a journal should be and instead create for myself a safe place, a creative nest to curl up into a feel at home.   

This is the power of journaling. When you allow yourself to strip back expectations and open your soul, a simple little notebook can become a true heart space, where you are free to explore and rediscover your soul's purpose.

For me, my journal is a truly sacred space.  A space that is all mine.  One that needs to be nurtured, treated kindly and taken on adventures. One that feels totally safe, a true happy place. And like creating a home, this takes time and patience, which I find is all part of the journey.  Since I've let go of those expectations to write daily, to put dates on my pages or even write in page order, I've found I'm so much more free to play and explore ideas.  I'm also happy to take time away and come back to those pages like an old friend, beginning right where I left off.  And with this freedom I  find an energetic vortex flows, allowing for creative abundance and a slipstream to the manifesting of dreams.  

Over the years journaling has become a significant part of my life and it's something I'd like to share more about in this blogging space next year.  So if there is anything in particular you'd like to know or learn more about, please feel free to leave a comment or email me.  

Much Love
xxx

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

These Days..Almost Summer

These days, as the afternoon and evenings melt into one, we wander the neighbourhood after dinner, play in the park and chat about future dreams and plans.

These days call for perfectly floppy wide brim summer hats.. So with a bunch of raffia by my side I set to work to make one of my own. 

These days, we enjoy weekend farm gate adventures and delight in the search for lovely local produce.


These days, it's stonefruit season, a sure sign that summer is on it's way.

These days, it's all about digging in the dirt..

These days we watch in anticipation as our little summer crop grows and our three sisters (corn, pumpkins & beans) reach for the sky.

Wishing you a wonderful week!
Much Love
xxx

Sunday, 23 November 2014

47/52..

 "A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Tallow: Morning 'happy little Vegemite' smile.. 

 Joining Jodi's beautiful 52 project
 Much Love
xxx

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Finding Mindfulness in Morning Tea - Zucchini & Lemon Bread..

We've found ourselves a new routine, Miss Tallow and I, well, for this week at least.  Afternoon naps have all but disappeared, so now during that sweet morning nap, is my time to 'get stuff done'.  And this week I've found myself in an interesting space, in a joyous creative overload.  With deadlines out of the way and Christmas approaching, I'm full of ideas and don't know which one to tackle first.  Thank goodness we found a bigger dining table last weekend, because that's where you'll find me this week, surrounded by twine and leaves, notebooks and magazines wishing I had an extra set of hands (and ending up with four half finished projects and no where to eat dinner).  Yesterday as I was boiling the kettle for the third time (does anyone else do that, boil the kettle and then completely forget about it),  I realised I needed to slow down and really be mindful of this precious time, rather than rushing in and trying to achieve everything at once. 

So today I started things differently, I picked up the stray toys in the living room, I light a candle, rolled out my yoga mat and took 20 minutes to nourish my body.  This in itself transformed my 'get stuff done' time into a blissful moment of calm.  Afterwards as I made myself a cup of tea and quietly enjoyed the last piece of zucchini and lemon bread, I noticed how much clearer my intentions for the day were and while I made a little creative list (the only way I ever remember my ideas) I noted what I could do today and what needed more time.  All of a sudden this simple morning tea ritual was transforming from a frantic, 'quick do it while you can', to a mindful and nourishing experience.  

As I complete my first to do (sharing this wonderfully easy and super yummy recipe with you), I begin to realise that each action, every daily experience can be done in a way that brings joy, enhances and even romances the everyday.  For me, it's taking the busyness out of the day, slowing it all done. It's the delicate imperfections of my favourite handmade mug and using fine china just because. It's listening to soul embracing music, burning a beautiful beeswax candle and enjoying something homemade and nourishing for morning tea.  It's in those details, so easily forgotten, that make those everyday moments, just that little bit more blissful. 

Zucchini & Lemon Bread (adapted from this recipe)

2 cups of plain flour
2 tsp. of baking powder
2 free range eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup of organic butter *
1 1/3 cups of sugar (I used a little less)
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup of organic natural yogurt (I used this one)
About 1 cup of grated zucchini (I used two small zucchinis)

Preheat your oven to 180C and line a loaf tin. 
Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside. 
In your favourite large mixing bowl beat the eggs, then add softened butter (or oil) and sugar and mix until well combined. 
Add lemon juice, yogurt and lemon zest to wet mixture and combine well.
Gently fold grated zucchini into wet mixture. 
Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and combine everything into a lovely batter. 
Pour batter into loaf tin and bake for about 40 - 45 mins, until lovely and golden (or a little longer if needed**) 
Serve warm with a lovely pot of tea. 

 The loaf keeps well in the fridge in an air tight container and stays lovely and moist for 3 -4 days (if you can make it last that long). 

Notes: 
*I think coconut oil would be a wonderful substitution (unfortunately I didn't have on hand, but will definitely try it next time) 
** Mine took 50 mins  to bake as my oven only has a bottom element


What do you like to do to add a little bit of bliss to your day?
Much Love
xxx