The roads we travel…

by Kate on September 8, 2014

Over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to disconnect from life for a while and reconnect with myself.

A couple of months ago a post on my instagram feed popped up about a weekend yoga retreat being held by Emily, the founder of Travel Light Yoga. I clicked over to the website, had a brief scout over the details and before I knew it I had booked myself in.

Something about it just felt right.

I’m so glad I didn’t do my normal thing, thinking up 100’s of reasons of why I can’t “do” something.

Emily talked about lots of stuff that resonated with me. In particular,  about how people wonder why we are continually presented with the same results or outcomes to situations when we very rarely change our behaviours. People are, after all creatures of habit.

Emily has written a really insightful post about this here (which I recommend taking a look at) and shared this with us after one of our meditation sessions.

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters By Portia Nelson

Chapter 1

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in.
I am lost … I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes me forever to find a way out.

Chapter 2

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place
but, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit.
my eyes are open
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter 4

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter 5

I walk down another street.

It got me thinking.  A lot.

I have always thought behaviours of mine were a little out of my control, a bit “auto pilot”… just my personality. Emily helped me understand that mindfulness, the stuff we cultivate on the mat, makes the biggest difference when we take it off the mat, into our lives each and every day.

I took so much from the weekend. An open body, heart and mind but more importantly I found a wise teacher, with a beautiful, generous heart.

If you ever get the opportunity to take a few days out, get yourself to a Travel Light Yoga retreat. You won’t regret it.

It was perfect and for me, came along just when I needed it most.

xx

 

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Raw Prune and Cacao Slice

by Kate on June 30, 2014

Raw Prune and Cacao Slice

After quitting sugar last year, processed and highly refined snacks that used to be a very regular occurrence went out the window. When I do get a craving for something sweet, I try to have some refined sugar free options to hand.

This slice has just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy the craving without wanting to devour the entire batch.

You will need:

1.5 cups of natural almonds (or nuts of your choice)
250g pitted prunes
1/2 a cup of raw cacao
1/4 cup of cacao nibs
2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of unhulled tahini

In a food processor, whiz the nuts until they resemble meal (you can also use 1.5 cups of almond meal and skip this step). Whack in the other ingredients until they are well combined. Line a slice tin with baking paper, press the mix in and refrigerate until firm.

Cut into small squares and store in the fridge.

Enjoy!

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Wall Hanging i

by Kate on June 29, 2014

Wall Hanging i

A few weeks ago I attended a Natalie Miller workshop on weaving and this is my finished wall hanging. It was a fantastic class and if you have a chance, I would highly recommend going.

It was really interesting playing with different textures and of course, learning a new craft. I have a whole new appreciation for tapestry weavers. Incredibly time consuming and very hard on the shoulders and back.

You can see more of Natalie’s work here and also be sure to check out the fibre artist, Shelia Hicks.

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Felicity II

by Kate on May 24, 2014

Felicity II

Another Felicity beanie, this time knitted up for my cousin.

This is a wonderful pattern, knits up quickly and is the perfect project for a beginner.

Ravelled here.

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Green Goodness

by Kate on May 18, 2014

Green Goodness

I love a good green smoothie and this one is full of vitamins, protein and healthy fats making it a meal in a jar.

Makes 1 litre

2 cups of whey*
2 stalks of celery
2 large handfuls of romain lettuce
1 banana
1 green apple
half an avocado
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
2 tablespoon of spirulina
1 tablespoon of pea protein

Whizz up and enjoy!

Did you know?

Celery and Romain Lettuce are both rich sources of antioxidants as well containing vitamins K and A

Avocados are brimming with healthy fats, full of protein and potassium. Interestingly, avocados contain more potassium per weight than a banana.

Spirulina is jam packed with goodness. You can read more about that here.

*I had lots of whey left over from ricotta making but water or coconut water are fine to use.

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Kidsilk Cowl

by Kate on May 3, 2014

Kidsilk Cowl

This is a really simple knit, using 3 colours of kidsilk haze and interchanging the colours to give a subtle colour block.

I was a little concerned that this would be one of those projects that hung around for a while but it knitted up quite quickly.

The finished cowl is like a cloud, so soft and floaty.

You can find the project details on ravelry.

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Crocheted Rib Cowl

by Kate on April 15, 2014

crocheted rib cowl : purl soho

If you are looking for a quick and easy project, this is the one for you.

The yarn is gorgeous and I can see this cowl getting lots of wear this winter.

Project details here.

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Kids Breakfast Smoothie

by Kate on April 14, 2014

kids breakfast smoothie

Both my kids are pretty good eaters but having a few different breakfast recipes to select from never goes astray.

This is a very basic, but super delicious breakfast smoothie that the kids love.

You will need:

1 banana*
1 cup of frozen mango or fruit of choice
1 cup of milk of choice – I use unsweetened almond milk
1 weetbix
half a cup of natural yoghurt
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder

Blend in a high powered blender. Serves 2 hungry smalls.

*I like using frozen banana’s as it gives the smoothie a thick consistency. Just make sure you peel them BEFORE they head into the freezer.

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Liberty De-stash

by Kate on April 11, 2014

Liberty of London

With a thick layer of dust settling on the sewing machine and a restructure of bedrooms (loosing the study), my Liberty has to go.

I would much rather see it be used than be shuffled into yet another storage unit, cupboard or god forbid…the roof!

Head over to my etsy store and check out the lovely prints – happy shopping!

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Back at it…

by Kate on April 2, 2014

Back at it...

I’m not really sure what I am more surprise about, the fact that I am writing a blog post or that I am about to pick up the hook.

At any rate, sometimes we all need a bit of a prod and I got mine last week from Tam. We are both going to crochet this gorgeous cowl, just like old times.

And truth be known, I can’t wait.

What I am reading: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
What I am loving: A series of photographs, of identical twins by artist Gao Rongguo. Beautiful and thought provoking

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