I adore September and the autumnal vibes..
I think it’s my favourite month of the year.
This month also marks the three years my blog The Simple Life has being live.
For so long I had wanted to create a sacred little online space, a place I could share my healing journey, my story and connect with beautiful souls just like YOU, but of course there was that little voice in my head..
Your not a writer
Your not a cook
And your definitely not some spiritual guru!! Who’s gonna read your blog!!
So yes, there was plenty of self doubt and procrastination going on – but thankfully I focused on what my heart was telling me to do. I pushed the publish button and launched myself into the online world and I’m so glad I’m here…and you are too!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for subscribing to my sacred online space and coming with me on this little soul project of mine. I’m honoured to have you on board ♥
If there is something stirring deep within you, something you want to create or release into the world all I’m going to say to you is…just do it.
The clock is ticking, time moves fast, procrastination is a buzz kill. The world is waiting for YOU.
Every adventure and creative venture is slowly guiding you home ♥
Sending lots of love and virtual hugs
So this weekend it was all about getting sorted.
The last bits of unpacking have been done and we are full settled in our new digs!
And while this serious organisation session was going on (it doesn’t happen very often!) we were dropping the C word all over the place….
Christmas….I think we can say it now without everyone rolling their eyes!
I’ve never been a huge fan of planning too far ahead but this weekend I was going off! Trips to London to soak up the atmosphere.. colour theme for our decorations.. evening soirees… dates were going down in the diary!
And then came the snack attack! A serious case of the munchies, and I really fancied something sweet and a bit Christmassy but the cupboard was bare!
At this point I was trying to channel my mother, what would she do?
My Mum is the master of making something out of nothing when it comes to food, she’s so innovative. Growing up I watched make some incredible meals from a pretty much empty fridge! Although she did tell me about one of her not so finer moments recently where she had absolutely nothing in her cupboard to rustle up something sweet, so she just ate chocolate sprinkles straight out the tub!
So I scanned my shelves and found half a packet of dates, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, maple syrup and some cinnamon (my Christmassy spice!). I threw it all into my blender with a tablespoon of melted coconout oil……done!
A nice gooey dough.
I rolled the mixture with my hands into cookie sizes (mixture should make between 8 to 10 cookies depending on the size you like) and popped them in the freezer for 15min. The end result was a tasty little cookies packed with goodness, raw and ready to go!
I think that once you have made the mixture it’s up to you how you want to cut and shape it . For more of a flapjack thicker finish you could put the mixture in a loaf tin and freeze.
Here is the more refined ingredients…..
♥ 1 cup of sunflower seeds
♥ 1/2 cup of sesame seeds
♥ 15 medium size dates
♥ 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
♥ 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
♥ 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
Follow the directions above and remember you can adjust, add and be creative as you like….that’s what your time in the kitchen should be about♥
My mum was very impressed with my speedy creation, finally her skills have rubbed off on me! I have to say this is the quickest recipe I’ve made!
Sesame seeds may be tiny but they have huge health benefits. They contain the stress-relieving minerals magnesium and calcium, plus calming vitamins thiamin and trypothan that help produce serotonin, which reduces pain, assists moods and will help you sleep deeply. Their high zinc content helps produce collagen, giving your skin more elasticity.
I remember thinking what a bonus it’s Halloween tonight so I can give these healthy little treats to any kids that knock on the door….but the biggest bonus was no kids did knock on the door so I demolished them all myself!!
Take action now and give these sesame and sunflower raw cookies a go. Definitely a winner!
Hope your having a great week
A few years ago I was at my parents place sorting through old boxes and I found some of my school text books. As I ploughed through them reminiscing about my school days I came across one book that had no subject and it was covered in doodles and flowers and when I opened it, I discovered it was was a journal that I had started writing.
It was 1988….I was fourteen….the summer holidays had just started…and there was a boy I had a big crush on!
A local disco was a coming up in a couple of weeks and there was so much going on!
I couldn’t believe how much detail I had written in this journal, my thoughts, my feelings and so much excitement leading up to this big event, but the most beautiful thing about this journal… it was the closest thing to time travel, going back to meet a past version of myself.
Reading it not only gave me goose bumps I couldn’t stop laughing it really was funny, an absolute page turner…. but then it just stopped. I was so gutted, I wanted to know what happened at the disco, did I wear that dress, did I crimp or curl my hair, did the boy I had the crush on turn up!
After reading this amazing snippet of my life and then seeing the blank pages that followed it made me realise the huge value of recording your personal history and how it may be a great source of inspiration one day to your family, children, grandchildren, but most of all yourself .
From that day on I decided I will always keep a journal.
“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.” ~ Oscar Wilde
I really have found some true treasures reflecting over my old journals and they are a constant source of inspiration for me now. I remember being told it would be a good idea to keep a journal when all my health problems started but I really didn’t want to write about how miserable and crap I felt some days so I started my little Gratitude Project. On a daily basis I wrote down all the things that I was grateful for, all the good things that were going on, beautiful affirmations and I drew crazy little doodles! I found it so therapeutic and when I wrote, it never came from my head, it was always from my heart♥
So it was no surprise to me to learn of the increasing scientific evidence to support the notion that journaling has a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.
Studies suggest that emotional or expressive writing can reduce high blood pressure, enhance immune function, decrease the severity of asthma and arthritis symptoms, promote wound healing, increase Aids patients white blood cell counts, improve liver and cognitive function and even help people quit smoking.
James Pennebaker, chair of the department of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and pioneer in the study of writing as a healing tool says”he’s not interested in whether journal writing makes people “feel nice”, but only in empirical evidence of its ability to improve physical well-being” and he’s found that in abundance.
The other great benefits of journaling are-
♦ It reduces stress and the scatter in your life
♦ reveals your greater potential
♦ focuses and clarifies your desires and needs
♦ measures and tracks what’s important to you
♦ moves you towards wholeness and growth and to who you really are
♦ and creates more results in your life
How to start..
Its always best to keep it simple at the start, I’ve always kept it short and sweet! Just write about the “good stuff” that’s going on in your life right now, goals your working towards, intentions, something that made you laugh, books you want to read, websites you want to explore. In other words, whatever interests you the most. Even the simplest things you write down like how beautiful the sky was or the amazing breakfast you had, how funny your kids were today, you will look back one day and appreciate every single word.
My Mum is very fortunate to have some of my Grandmothers old journals. She also kept it very minimal but she wrote with such humour about how my Grandad drove her mad, her baking, even the day I came down with chickenpox. To read about myself growing up through my Grandmothers eyes is absolutely golden.
” These empty pages are your future, soon to become your past. They will read the most personal tale you shall ever find in a book”. ~ Anonymous
A true story….
Back in the summer I was travelling back from London to Brighton, the train was packed and as I was dreading my long journey home standing in the cramped corridor. The conductor walked passed me and said “you can go in first class if you like we’ve de-classed the train as its so busy” Bingo I thought! I found myself a nice seat opposite a very dapper old gentleman and we eventually struck a conversation, he was very witty, and we talked and laughed the whole journey home . He eventually told me he had recently moved to Brighton since his wife had passed away to be near his children.
He then told me a story about his first child a baby boy that he and his wife had adopted after the war, and at the age of four he developed cerebral palsy. He described him as such a courageous funny little boy, but unfortunately he passed away very young.
The Gentleman then told me that while he was packing and preparing for his move he discovered old journals that his wife had kept throughout the whole time they had their son. She had written about her deep love, joy and sadness for her little boy also how brave and inspirational he was to her every day.
He said that having these journals that came deep from his wife’s heart and soul in his eighty two years are the most treasured things he will ever possess and got him through his heartache.
As we made our farewells and I stepped off the train I have to say I was welling up a bit, but it completely clarified to me the reason why I love journaling….
Its soul medicine♥
So take action now and start writing the story of your life, no rules no filter, just write
You are unique
There is only one of you
And there will never be another one of you
So write your story
In years to come they will be the best books you will ever read.
Have a beautiful week and I hope through all the crazy festivities you are somewhere, somehow, finding some peace.
So I was supposed to be doing some serious food blogging this week but I’ve been a bit distracted.
I’m so excited.
My best friend Is back in town and hopefully this time for good! (last time she was whisked away to Paris by a French man! Tres romantic!)
I truly have the universe to thank for bringing her into my life… Oh! and my big cousin Phil who marched a very nervous me on to the grounds of my new school and took me straight up to a girl saying “this is Kate, she’s cool, she’ll look after you”.
And so our friendship began.
Together we navigated our way through school, boys, hormones, some serious 80’s perms, college, jobs (we always worked at the same places, the boss just got it, we were a package deal!)
Then in our early twenties we decided it was time to take on the world and embarked on the biggest adventure of our lives.
Although job opportunities and love eventually put land and sea between us our bond has never been broken.
We are soul sisters connected by the heart♥
We all know that the good health prescription is eat a healthy natural diet, exercise regularly, manage your stress ect. ect. But recently a host of research has added another thing to that to do list….. Friendship
And that’s because of the amazing health benefits that come with it.
Researchers have found that having even one close friend that you can confide in can extend your life by as much as ten years. Numerous studies also show that recovery from major health challenges such as a heart attack or cancer are enhanced through friendship. I can definitely vouch for that one!
One of our most basic fears as humans is being alone and whether your friends live close by or in a different time zone, just knowing that they are there and you can pick up the phone or Skype provides great comfort and a sense of always feeling connected.
Other great benefits of having good quality friends are:-
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Greater resistance to colds
- Better psychological and physical wellbeing
- Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
Good friends seem especially helpful for the heart as they can help relieve stress, a well known contributor to heart disease. Stress encourages inflammation in the arteries which is the first step towards atherosclerosis (clogged arteries). Studies have also found that people with strong social ties generally have fewer inflammatory chemicals in their blood.
“The Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging” looked at one thousand five hundred seniors, women and men, for a full decade. Among their findings was that having good friends is more likely to increase longevity than close relationships with family members and adult children.
The study subjects with the largest number of close friends outlived those with the fewest by 22%. Even major life changes such as the death of a spouse could not erode the “friendship advantage“. What makes these findings exciting is that while anyone’s number of family members is limited we can expand our network of friends for as long as we live.
But as we know……. Not all friendships are healthy. Another study done in 2008 published in “Hormones And Behaviour” found that having friends who excessively talk about themselves and their problems all the time – what researchers call co -ruminating- can actually ramp up your stress levels. So this is an easy one, ditch those toxic friends (you know the ones) or spend as little time as possible with them. Remember this is for the sake of your health!
Another great benefit of having good friends is that they boost your self esteem. And we all need that boost from time to time, its good for the soul.
Just knowing that they care about you, support you, are honest (you know that look when you put a dodgy outfit on), value your opinion and accept you for who you are is the best feeling in the world.
Always remember to nurture your true friendships and stay connected.
You might not ever save their life by pulling them from a burning building or drag them out of a wild churning sea, but science is now telling us that by just being a good friend could be extending their life and protecting their heart♥.
Have a beautiful weekend
♦Next week on the blog its all about CHOCOLATE, and when your eating the REAL DEAL its natures number one weight loss and high energy foods.
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