Oh, hey // An update

A I type. :)

I’d love to share with you some of the bits and pieces currently rocking my world. Do you ever notice that particular things just keep popping up in waves? I guess they’re just described as fazes or a current focus. I’m always so interested to know what these are for other people, to know what’s happening in their little pocket of the world.

So, in no particular order…

Something new:

The gym and exercise in general. This has been a big part of my life recently. It really came about a couple of days after separating from my partner. I had a chat to myself, you know, as one does. It was the chat where I discussed the two options for how to handle the split. The first was to drink lots, go dancing, sleep around a little. Seemed like a pretty fun idea. The second was to join the gym and really commit to finally achieving the goal that I always wanted to reach and to do it for me. I chose option two. I went immediately after work that day and joined up, returning half an hour later, spandex clad and full of motivation. I haven’t looked back.

I try to get to the gym four times a week. I do back to back classes on a Thursday night and if I haven’t been out on a Friday night, I’ll also go to the class early Saturday morning (I didn’t say I wasn’t going to do any of option one). The other visits are ‘free’ workouts, set by me. I am currently up to running 3.5km in just under twenty minutes. This is how I start every session. It puts me in the right mood and really gets me going. When I started running in the gym, I struggled to make 2km. I’m proud of my progress here and have decided to enter the City to Surf in August. I have run it once before and finished in 1 hour 45 mins. I am hoping to smash that this time, though. I have more focus when I have a goal and I love the atmosphere of the race.

After my run, I generally move to the weights section where I nudge out a scantily clad muscle man, busy looking at himself, to do my reps. This week I have added more weight to all of the machines and I managed to get through the reps without too many ridiculous faces or strange noises. Go me. From weights I move to some ab or leg exercises followed by a twenty minute workout on the cross trainer.

On exit, I closely resemble a very satisfied lobster, wobbling toward a Pulsar. 🙂

I get so much out of these visits, I truly do. When I’m running, I feel empowered. When I pull down that particularly heavy weight and don’t loose control of it as it lowers, I feel so strong. When I manage the last round of sit ups, something I was unable to do six weeks ago, I feel determined. When I walk away from the gym, I feel like I can achieve anything.

Reading;

I am currently reading Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood. Truth be told, I’m not a big reader of fiction but I’m determined to see this one through. I’m only a few pages in but feel like there is promise and I will definitely keep you updated on my progress. I also bought a crime fiction that came highly recommended. That is a genre I have never entered into before. Maybe that’s my ticket back into the wonderful world of fiction. Sometimes you really have to go somewhere new to find what you’re looking for, don’t you? The last time I got truly lost in fiction was when Harry Potter was released. I was absolutely head over heels for Oliver Wood and was quite convinced I would receive my letter of admission to Hogwarts at any time. The magic of books, right?

There are still my staple reads, though, that continue to inspire, motivate and open my eyes to so many wonders. They are, the amazing Australian magazines Peppermint, Frankie and Yen. I pour myself onto the pages every edition. I have an affair with each issue and devour it whole. The visual inspiration these magazines provide is profound for me. They each take a different angle on the topics they cover and each appeal to a different side of my personality. I have been really interested in fashion recently and have drawn on past and present issues of all for some serious inspiration.

Also, I must confess that the book currently in my handbag is Australian Natives Plants of the Blue Mountains. That’s right. What of it?

Eating and drinking;

I did a two and a half day juice cleanse that finished this morning. ‘Two and a half days? What a strange length of time!’ I hear you ponder. Well, you’d be right. It was a three day cleanse. Then I just needed to eat. I’m not sure if it was a lack of mental strength, a dizzy feeling or my sheer love and passion for things edible that broke me. Whatever it was, it was strong! I did really enjoy the juicing process and the taste but found it difficult to keep up with work, gym, child, TAFE and not drink coffee. Ha! I missed my coffee so badly. I was in denial about how much I loved it until then. I nearly made out with my coffee cup this morning. Ridiculous…ly good!

So, other than exotic juice blends I have been chowing down on Soul Bowls. It’s a little name I like to give to the ‘chuck everything in’ bowl situation that so often happens in my house. Soul Bowl sounds so much more ‘hip’, don’t you agree? I’m all into the hips. A typical SB contains wholegrain cous cous, tofu, capsicum, avocado, Spanish onion, olives, cashews and anything else I have left over from other culinary endeavours. I hate food wastage and this is a great way to make the most of every little bit of every little thing. Soul Bowls also look amazing as they’re so colourful and flavour- packed. I am often on the receiving end of envious stares from colleagues and peers, especially when they’re staring down at a reheated bowl of a non-descript brown muck that came from a box. It always strikes me as odd, that as the vegan, I always get quizzed on where all my nutrition and vitamins come from. Look at my plate, people.

Other regulars include homemade sushi and I have been on a huge curry kick recently. Homemade, mainly and full of tofu, bok choy, bamboo shoots, capsicum, carrot and zucchini. I’m drooling on the keys as I think of this dish and type at the same time.

I have been trying to curb my enthusiasm for sweets but I have recently made some rather healthy cookies for OB that I really enjoyed, too. Super dark chocolate often nips my cravings in the bud. I just take a couple of squares and I’m satisfied. Quality over quantity.

Listening to:

Two albums on high rotation at the moment are the Artics Monkeys’ ‘AM’ record and Broken Bells ‘After the Disco’. I’ve been getting into heavier music a little more recently thanks to a friend who knows his shit. Something I love now, is the power of music in the gym. I listen to the Queens of the Stone Age on the treadmill and I nearly run off the thing. Music has this transformative power and I don’t think I’ve ever been so aware or appreciative of that than at this point in my life, in this transition and readjustment.

I have made a conscious decision to see more local and live music this year. I just love the feeling of finding a new band through a live performance. I’ve been lucky enough to catch some great local talent recently and have a few more outings planned in the near future.

Music is just so important to me right now. It’s my constant companion, sometimes my only way of communicating what I feel, my dance partner and my (sometimes rude) pep talk when I’m in a low spot or need motivation to get out of bed. Music, I love you. Don’t ever leave me. Thanks.

These are just a few things in my little bubble. I’ll be back soon with what’s inspiring me (big topic), current style and being organised.

Peace and mind bubbles.

E. x

 

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Recap

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In no particular order, here are some of the great things I have been focusing on, experienced or seen recently.

  • I have started walking the one and a half kilometres to the station of a morning and catching the train to work. It gives me exercise, time to read and listen to podcasts and I love leaving my car at home. Four days a week I am also going for an hour long walk in the morning in order to have some faster paced exercise. I’m loving my new routine.
  • A tiny dog for sale in a home wares shop.
  • I had a short stint in hospital earlier in September and it has done wonders for my health! Firstly, because they were able to stop me from being in crippling pain and also, in a more ‘overall’ kind of way by making me appreciate my normal health and how lucky I am to have it. I am working now on getting as healthy as I can as a result and I am keen for some fitness and healthy vibes!
  • Seb, OB and I have taken a few trips to house hunt recently. We grab a coffee and baked treat and set off up the mountain in search of our dream home. Hearing Ob’s assessments of the ones we stop to look at is hilarious and makes him being a part of the process so much more rewarding.
  • I am slowly getting through my cupboards and wardrobes. I did my kitchen and OB’s clothes today. I managed to take three bags from OB’s room to the charity shop and I organised my kitchen in preparation for having all my cooking staples arranged in lovely glass jars. I have a few and I’m working on it weekly. It will be amazing. The next thing to sort will be my wardrobe and the books. I’m optimistic that I will have far less shit by next weekend.
  • A little jaunt into Sydney last weekend was just what the Dr ordered as I was invited to help a dear high school friend celebrate her engagement to her huge hunk of a fiance. So happy for those two wacky peeps. I did my hair and everything for the occasion and felt a million bucks.
  • I went dancing. I didn’t drink. I had a great time.
  • Organic and raw food has really been inspiring me lately and I am now constantly on the hunt for my next ‘favourite’ product that can help me to live as cleanly and as deliciously as possible. I’m getting quite a list!
  • Podcasts. Hello?! Where have I been?
  • I have been chewing through books recenlty. I have thoroughly enjoyed Eating Animals, Destroying The Joint and High Sobriety. I am about to being The Beauty Myth and I just can’t wait!

These are just a few things but as usual, my brain is always buzzing with new ideas, questions, answers and a little craziness. Thankfully, I like it like that.

Stay curious. Always.

Peace and podcasts.

E.x

everything // recent

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ridiculous? yes

I want to be everything. Above all, I want to be a mother to a big, healthy, creative family and then all at the same time I want to be a teacher, a pilot, an activist, a writer, a horticulturalist, a photographer, a gardener, a nutritionist, own a cafe, write and edit a magazine, I want horses, be an interior designer, pattern maker, market stall holder. You get the idea.

Sometimes I love that I have such varied interests and at other times I think it prevents me from giving focus to one thing to be able to do it to the best of my ability. What a conundrum.

I wish that typing this out, rather than over thinking it, would resolve this problem and I’d have a lightbulb moment. Alas, no such solution. So, instead of telling you about how I can’t decide in which direction to go, I’ll fill you in on what I have actually done in recent days and weeks (bad blogger).

In no particular order…

I turned 26 and I like that number, so much more than 25. Bring it on, I say. I feel good about this year in my life and I think it will be one to remember.

The house hunt continues. The current focus is fattening up ye old ‘house deposit account’ before we can seriously look at places. It’s coming along well, though and we are in a good position.

Lover and I chose a bed frame the other day. Is it weird that choosing a bed frame together, walking through furniture shops with OB, felt more grown up than going to an open house…..for a HOUSE? Yeah, it is. Guilty. I haven’t had a bed frame ever and currently sleep on a mattress, albeit a very expensive and cushy one, on the floor. I’ve mostly been OK with it (no squeaking 😉 ) but really feel like it’s time to get with the mature folk out there. It’s also a beautiful bed frame and will share once it’s in our bedroom.

I am taking a little break from alcohol as recent festivities have seen me hitting the proverbial sauce a little too much. My brain and body don’t appreciate it so it’s time to listen in again and get a little body smart.

Every blogger I follow is pregnant. OK, so not every one of them, but enough that it’s always in my face/ screen. I’m only a little bit jealous.

I’m planning a trip to Darwin with Lover and OB. Hopefully this comes to fruition as I’ve not been there and would love to get out of the Mountains for a few days.

Currently really interested in India, Africa and marine wildlife of the enormous variety.

I want to dye my hair orange but refuse to go near bleach. Problem.

Today I finally got over having the farking flu. I’m still sniffling like a boss but can function again. YAY!

This rant was brought to you by an over active imagination and being home alone with no one to vent on.

Peace and everything else.

E. x

update

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I’m in one of my silly ‘can’t sleep, too many things filling my head’ kind of moods so I thought I’d use it to give you an update on a few areas of my little world.

I think the biggest thing occupying my mind recently is the reality of starting to look for a house. A proper, buy it, start our ives together kind of home. As mentioned in my previous post, we have been talking about it for a while but the fact that we’ve begun to go to open houses is pretty freakin’ exciting. We stayed up until all hours last night talking about all of our home dreams. FYI that is an awful topic to discuss when you need to go to sleep. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be creating mood boards in your mind of all the loveliness you envisage for your future home and it will stop you from sleeping. It’s hard to stop that shit. 

Dragging myself away from that, I have been crazy busy at work but feel as if I’m making strides. My project was a little neglected before I started so there’s a lot of catching up to do in terms of branding, procedures, training, communications, etc etc. I am enjoying taking a huge bite and seeing if I can manage to chew it. So far, so good. 

I am running a craft night at my local cafe this coming Wednesday and I can’t wait! It has sold out and I’m thrilled with the response. We will be making simple dream catchers whilst enjoying being able to meet like minded people from the community, sipping gorgeous coffee and munching through a selection of vegan slices. It is set to be a very pleasant evening and I’m looking forward to seeing peoples different interpretations on the (very loose) guide on how to make a dreamcatcher. I really enjoy the creative process and truly love seeing how others go about it, too.

On top of this, actually, it’s more like squashed between all this is my uni work that I am really into. The topic, Educational Psychology, is really interesting and makes quite a lot of sense to me. However, I will admit that I am struggling a little with the correspondence side of this situation. I miss face to face contact and being able to have a free flowing conversation about the topics and the assessment tasks. That aspect, the human interaction and feedback, has always been a huge part of how I learn. Needless to say, sometimes just reading a text book and writing to an online forum just doesn’t cut it for me.

I watched a great film last night, though, about the importance of quality, accessible education for everyone. It’s called Never Back Down and it was remarkable. I actually fist pumped the air at one stage because I was so emotionally invested in the characters. I strongly recommend the movie, especially if you’re a preservice teacher or feeling a little less than satisfied with an aspect of your life. This will inspire you to do something about it. 

My kitchen has been getting a super work out as usual. I have recently tried lemon cookies, deep apple tart, chocolate brownies as well as a selection of savoury dishes, many being hearty soups to ward off the winter chill. I am in love with cooking at the moment and hope it hangs around for a while as my friends and family love me for it and it’s just so satisfying.

This time of the year is always busy as Seb’s birthday is only days away and then OB and I both celebrate our birthday in August, with many family and friends also clocking up another year in the few weeks around our dates. It’s a fun time of the year and I can’t wait to turn 26 and to see my little one turn into a four year old, two weeks later. I love celebrating and what better excuse than a birthday, right?!

So there you have a little snapshot of what I’m thinking about recently. Some other and very random topics I’ve mulled over recently include getting a second veggie garden started, finally choosing a bed frame, new ways of being more environmentally accountable in my everyday, all the books I want to buy and also the general ‘where can I get some extra time from?’. I think many people feel this from time to time.

Thanks for stopping in. 

Peace and a clear mind.

E. x

get inspired

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It’s time to get inspired for the weekend. I am constantly seeking visual stimulation and love pretty things. It’s why I care about how my food is put on the plate even when I eat alone, it’s why I love textiles and why my man-friend is so hunky. I just love nice looking things.

If you’re feeling a little deflated or need to shake things up, I suggest getting back to the good ol’ cut and paste technique of a collage. I do them all the time. I hate to put my magazines in the recycling before having cut every last picture that I find wonderful from it. At the moment those pictures from my last haul are sitting in a pile on my bedside table and every so often, after a sly sideways glance, I flick through them and BAM! Inspired again. 

This may sound a little silly but it works for me and I’d encourage you to try it. It’s also fun to notice the changes in the pictures you’re drawn to. My choices have changed dramatically over the last six months and it’s fascinating, really. Right now I pull pictures of nature, of polkadots (always), raw ingredients and pot plants, mainly. I’m really feeling a shift in my style, fashion wise, and it helps to nut that out, too.

This is also a fun activity to do with littlies. It’s also fun with some Carol King and a glass of wine. 

 

Peace and paper.

E.x

P.s Don’t forget to get your Novelty Brooch Friday pics up on to Instagram. It’s been so fun seeing all of the lovely brooches and we’re getting close to picking this month’s winner! 

 

 

Buzzy feelings // thought bubbles

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Tonight is one of those funny nights where I’m all buzzy from so many ideas that I can’t really focus on one in particular. Does that ever happen to you? Bear with me as I purge some of them on to the page in no particular order. 

~ I’ve been taking my simple living a step further by making my own laundry liquid, pastry and pestos. It is amazing just how simple each of those products / processes are, yet for so long I just mindlessly bought them. Recently I have become more mindful in many ways, one of which is in my product purchases as well as where I buy from. I am trying to cut out major chain supermarkets and department stores as much as possible in favour of specialty shops, market stalls and recycling/up-cycling what I have. 

I believe that a strong part of my journey to a simpler life has been influenced by a lack of advertising. As I don’t have TV, I’m no longer aware of the latest ‘trend’ or kitchen product or pre-packaged masterpiece available in the freezer section. I must say, it’s been a refreshing eighteen months. I enjoy being able to seek out product information when I need it, not when I’m being told that it’s necessary for me. This has also had a positive impact on Oli. Less hounding, more imagination. Happy home.

~ There are three craft projects that I’m keen to make in the near future, one of which is more like ‘research’ for a bigger project that I will reveal in good time. 

~ This past weekend away has me really inspired and well rested. It’s lovely to know that you don’t have to go anywhere ‘fancy’ or exotic and spend lots of money on flashy new things to feel on top of the world. Family and friends are the glue and this past weekend has proved that. I am so very lucky that Seb’s family are so lovely, welcoming and relaxed. Being in their company is magic.

They are a few of my current little thought bubbles. I may share some more tomorrow as my list is a mile long and full of fantastic things to work on throughout the day.

I also wanted to say a big hello to all of the lovely Down to Earth readers that have taken the time to stop by. Thank you for so many comments as well. Interaction like that with other like minded people is magic to me and I appreciate every comment and visit. So welcome and I hope you find something that strikes your fancy or maybe even your imagination here in these virtual pages.

A deep, uninterrupted sleep is in order now so I may be the most productive version of myself tomorrow.

Peace and ideas.

E. x

Currently Vol.3

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Lazy lawn layabouts

Listening to: Cat Power, The Rubens, Lune Lake, Daft Punk, Something For Kate and The Shins. (also, I can hear the rain coming down outside and sometimes the wind howls past my window and scares me. 🙂 )

Planning: How I’m going to kick butt in my next uni of study. I have a study revamp on the go as well as some serious lists, time management tips and enticing stationery to boot. I’m going to rock it. ( I love getting organised for a fresh unit. Does that make me a super nerd, or just a loser?)

I’m always scheming something. Seb and Ella (my bff) regularly get texts such as “How cool would it be to do……” or “Let’s do this…., NOW” or simply “I’m in list writing mode” which always means some hair-brain idea will surface for discussion. Eh? What can I say?! I think big.

Thinking about: (cue stream of consciousness…)

How I can be healthier?

I should start to save and plan for OB’s fourth birthday.

I cannot wait to live with Seb.

Sometimes I dream about wearing a pretty dress and getting hitched. Only sometimes.

I think I’m going to let a coin toss decide whether or not I cut my hair.

I really need to finish OB’s winter pyjamas.

I need a new coat for winter. Actually, I probably don’t need one, I have survived the previous winters with the one I have. Strike that thought.

Looking forward to: I am lucky enough to be attending a SImple Living workshop with Rhonda Hetzel in a couple of short weeks. I adore her blog and her book and yes, I will be the dork that gets her to sign my copy. Seb bought me the ticket for Mothers Day and said “It will be worth it. It may only be one day but you’ll be talking about it for years.” He knows how much I love Rhonda’s book, Down to Earth. He knows me so well.

I always look forward to winter and getting into the spirit with nice red wine, knitted scarves, beanies and socks and being able to enjoy open fires. Boy, do I love me an open fireplace.

Reading: The Help by Kathryn Stockett. (I’m only one chapter in so I can’t really make comment, other than to say that it comes highly recommended.)

Eating: Mexican in any of it’s glorious manifestations, rice paper rolls, pasta and stir frys. I need to expand the menu in this little house. More rice, quinoa, and soups now that we’re coming into winter.

Life is bloody good around these parts lately. It’s been fairly simple, quiet and low key and with that, a little bit heavenly sometimes. The best bit? I can’t see any reason for it to stop. 😀

Peace and big dreams.

E.x