Author: LJ

Soul food with Adele from Vegiehead 

Anna: I woke up this morning and made homemade muesli for myself and what’s more, I thoroughly enjoyed the process! Anyone that knows me knows that isn’t something I’d normally do and yet here I found myself making this nutritious food for myself and it put a spring in my step, so what has happened!?!? LJ: Earlier this week, as a birthday gift to myself, we had an amazing three hours with the gorgeous soul that is Vegiehead Adele. Not only is Adele an accomplished cook, teacher and business woman but she’s also incredibly intuitive, warm, humble and inspiring. For us, the ‘kitchen and pantry overhaul‘ experience was not only about learning to cook nutritious plant based meals but a much deeper internal shift. The process: Adele literally just opened the pantry, asked us what we usually eat or if there was anything that we hadn’t used or knew what to do with (hello cans of organic Adzuki beans sitting there forever and random bag of dry cannellini beans) and showed us step by step how to whip …

Reflecting on my Year of 35

Yesterday I turned 36! We refer to birthdays as ‘Upgrades’ in our house (my awesome brother in law Menno’s idea) so it’s my 3.6 upgrade and I really love how that feels and sounds! My year of 35 has been full of growth, change and lessons in letting go of old beliefs I had about myself, my life and my relationships and in turn embracing a new way of life and being blessed with new friendships and connections with like minded souls. 2016 was our first full year of living at our new property ‘Mayberry‘ in the Macedon Ranges, which we are setting up as a permaculture/eco property. So, much of the past year has been about reconnecting to Mother Nature and I realise now that it is perhaps the first time I have properly felt connected to her.   My word for 2016 was ‘Shine’ and to embrace that vibration I made the decision last year to finally stop hiding and dulling my light in order to remain invisible. It was time for me to …

Thank you 34, Hello 35!

On the eve before what is my 35th birthday, I decided to take a moment to re-read my birthday blog post from last year and was struck by just how much change can happen in a single turn around the sun! This year has been another year of change on all levels, spiritually, emotionally and physically. In fact, last year was a year of transformation for me. The start of last year began with the birth of my second boy Rhys. The birth was challenging and at two days old we nearly lost him. He made an amazing recovery and is now a robust and happy 14 month old, but I definitely learnt a massive lesson about myself and life. I learnt that life is precious and short and there’s not a moment to waste living a life that doesn’t resonate with you. The saying “You only live once, make it magic” sums it up for me. The birth also helped me to rediscover my own inner strength and I saw myself in a different light. So, I began …

Riding the wave

Sometimes parenting can feel like trying to ride a wild bull….just hanging on for dear life! Recently, in particular, I’ve been feeling that life has been throwing me a few curve balls and at times I’ve felt like my head has only just been above the water. When I stop to think about it, the reason why I’ve felt like I’ve been drowning is because I’ve been fighting it rather than just allowing myself to ride the wave. What I mean by *riding the wave* is allowing myself to go along with the direction of the flow, because eventually it will take me back to shore. It reminds me of something one of my favourite uni lecturers said (paraphrasing somewhat): When we look at the ocean, we all accept that at times it will be turbulent with large waves and at other times calm and still, but always deep and mysterious and yet, we often put pressure on ourselves (as complex as we human beings are) to be calm and still all the time and lament when we fall …

The importance of honouring yourself

Recently, Anna and I went on our first road trip/holiday since we were 18 and 22! It was such a wonderful time out from the busy-ness of motherhood and a wonderful “time in” with my sister. It was also a good opportunity to detox from all the little niggles of day-to-day life and just spend time talking about creative and positive things, enjoying simple pleasures, leaving the TV off and eating nourishing, delicious food. We took baby Rhys with us (he was an honorary girl for the weekend).