All posts filed under: Happiness

If you read one book this year, make it this one – Michelle Crawford’s A Table in the Orchard

Over the holidays I had the luxury of spending time deep in the written word of some amazing authors. While I read several great books, none excited or pulled me into their world more than Michelle Crawford in ‘A Table in the Orchard’. To put it simply, Michelle’s book is intoxicating. It is a real life and emotive account of her family’s move to country Tassie 11 years ago. Within its pages she brings to life the intense beauty and serenity that Tasmania exudes and the rich life we can create for ourselves, if we simply dare to leave the hustle and bustle and seek out simplicity. As you immerse yourself in her world it is with joy and ease that we uncover the life she has created for family. We read about their trials of finding and making a family home, to foraging local produce and growing a plentiful organic garden dictated by the seasons. Of course, Tasmania in itself is something of a dreamland which makes the story all the more beautiful. One …

Unwinding in Bangkok

Wow! What a year 2015 has been. As I write this, I’m sitting in our room at the Banyan Tree Hotel in Bangkok. Aaron is sleeping just near me and I’m watching the sunrise over this amazing city from our window. For a place with so much going on, there is an incredibly tranquil feeling present. Perhaps its the holiday vibes kicking in or the Oliver Tank playing in my headphones? 2015 has been one of the busiest, craziest and most exciting adventures I’ve ever encountered. Our little tribe of two has gone from strength to strength and it’s a fair assessment to say we’ve given this year our all. From work, to living well, to finding our home in Mosman and getting engaged in September (and the planning that follows said announcement); gearing down and just being is well over-due. I know I often preach about finding balance, but this year has been a particularly hard one to master. With so many exciting changes in the air, finding time to just step away and seek quietness hasn’t …

The art of saying thank you

Showing gratitude is something that we should all do more often. But sadly (and I’m sure not the only one who feels like this), amongst the hussle and bussle of getting sh*t done, the act of showing thanks can easily fall to the wayside. From work to relationship management and family and friends, to your own health and wellbeing and that of those you care about – everyday we are presented with new gratitude challenges. But it is here, when life takes over and time fades quickly, that we forget about the valued support of those who care about us most. Recently Aaron and I got engaged and with the ring came a flood of love and well wishes from our nearest and dearest. We are exceptionally blessed to be surrounded by a strong network of family and friends, all who care deeply about our long-term happiness and wellbeing. Once the news got out, we received several presents and cards from loved ones congratulating us on making the decision to get hitched. It was (and …

The happiest day of my life

Hey there peeps! Sorry for the radio silence. I’ve had an exceptionally busy few weeks, mainly because on the first day of Spring Aaron and I got engaged! Yay! It’s been a whirlwind of excitement and joy and I can’t quite articulate how happy I am. So being me (somewhat of an organsied, excitable individual), I’m now in full-swing wedding planning mode. And well, I’m loving it! What’s not to love about planning the day you commit yourself to the love of your life in front of all your family and friends. I apologise in advance if the occasional wedding-influenced post pops up. I promise to keep most bites on theme, but with 14 months to go (who’s counting..?!) there most definitely will be the occasional mention. With the celebration came a week of champagne drinking as we toasted the start of our new life together with the people we hold dearest. While the celebrations were incredibly special, the champagne and indulgence every day for a full week nearly ruined me. Post the week of …

The art of aerial yoga

It’s a no brainer that mixing up your approach to exercise is important to maintaining a strong body and healthy mind. To add a little spice to my routine, last week I joined fitness platform KFit as a local ambassador – my goal being to keep things challenging. Well,  I found the perfect starting block… on Monday I tried my first ever AntiGravity yoga class! As I walked into the beautiful studio at Beyond Fitness Australia it occurred to me that I hadn’t really considered what it would be like to do yoga upside down before committing to the class. That quickly changed as l found myself about to attempt a spider-man inversion. I was soon dangling from the ceiling contemplating what exactly I had signed up for. Aerial yoga certainly isn’t for the faint hearted, but it is something I could easily become very addicted to doing. For those not in the know, AntiGravity or aerial yoga is a combination of traditional yoga and Pilates using a silk hammock that hangs from the ceiling. …

Upping the fitness ante

Had you seen me a few months ago you would have noticed that I’d become a lazy lass.  It was cold outside so I went on an exercise hiatus. The temptation to stay in bed was just too strong. Ahh yeah, we’ve all been there… Fortunately a few weeks ago I managed to spur on my inner exercise spirit and get back into moving my body. And yes, as soon as I did there was a positive and noticeable change in both my mood and energy. It was a needed reminder that working out is not only good for the body but also good for the soul. Avid readers and Instagram followers will know that I currently do a boot camp down on Sydney’s Northern Beaches three mornings a week. When I moved to Mosman, I tried a new location but there’s just something about the beach and sun rising over the ocean that has me – it’s so blissful and calming. I find my days started with exercise and the beach are my best. …

A health conscious social life; is there such a thing?

There’s no universal answer on whether you can have a social life and be healthy. Firstly, it depends on how healthy the people you’re socialising with are. It’s then a question of how dedicated to the cause you are. The truth? Just because you’re trying to be healthy doesn’t mean life stops. My social circle has people from all over the health spectrum. Some, like me, follow pretty strict eating guidelines. Choosing restaurants when we’re together is a dream because we’re both on the same page. But for the most part, I’m the painful friend who usually asks about the ingredients in each dish and whether it’s possible to switch out one item for another. While it’s easier to be in total control when you’re cooking at home, existing only in this space isn’t going to bring you happiness. Learning to voice my needs and not show embarrassment when questioning the menu was a major hurdle I had to overcome, but am so glad I did. It’s a massive self confidence thing to not feel …