Wild berries are everywhere and a person just has to go out and look for them. Every year there are a host of berries that grow outside of the farming industry that taxes our natural resources until they end up in the produce section of a grocery store, or frozen in a plastic bag. In fact, there are some wild berries that never end up in our grocery stores because they are too difficult to cultivate in the farming industry.
Two strangely human eyes stared back at me from the tall, emaciated body of a German Shepherd, and at that moment I was sold. He was so beautifully misshapen and quirky that I knew he was the one.
Last August I helped my mother find a new rescue dog to adopt. His name was Buck. He was gangly for a German Shepard. He had been found wandering the streets of Stockton California, and taken to a three day kill center. We got him on day two. No one could say exactly how long he had been on his own. When we first encountered him, he was all skin and bones, with a huge head that somehow managed to hang on to his neck.
Every month there is one specific date I look forward to more so than any other. Like a shiny, glowing orb on my iphone calendar, the third Saturday of every month brings about an immediate sense of excitement, giddiness and overall joy. That’s because the third Saturday of every month is Cooking Club.
Mushrooms truly are a magnificent vegetable. I used to hate and despise mushrooms more than anything on the planet up until just a few years ago. And then I grew up just a little bit when I had my first baby. Whatever food there was that was healthy and moderately well balanced I was willing to stomach and tolerate, simply because I was exhausted with the transition to new mum. And then, hate was turned into adoration. Mushrooms are now a large part of my diet. This mushroom soup is a godsend. It is easy to prepare and fills me up more than any other soup I make. And take note, it takes a fairly substantial meal to fill me up (especially after a great workout.
The sun is shining brightly these days - a sure indication that your summer holiday break is just around the corner! It's time to start winding down, lighten your load (possibly by shedding a few unwanted pounds), and get ready to relax for your whole Christmas break - looking and feeling in tip-top shape.
Even the fittest among us, the most disciplined or the most focused splurge a little at christmas time- There is just something about the whole family being together sharing meals and drinks that gets everyone in good spirits. Usually the good spirits end however a few days after christmas when we are hungover, bloated and just generally sick of food.
Nearly everyone gives their power away every day without even realizing it. Our power is what allows us to create the world and life we want. To give our power away is a practice of pretending to not be responsible for our own life. It would be like having a baby, and treating it poorly, ignoring it, and pretending it didn't matter. Except in this case, we are the baby that is being mistreated, ignored, and being told we don't matter.
Yep, I’m an internet lover/addict. I jump online pretty much the moment I wake up, intermittently during the day, and it’s usually the last thing I see before I fall asleep. Scary. Apparently I’m not alone, with around 53% of Brits checking their smartphones before they roll out of bed. But what I’ve begun to realize is despite the amazing potential to be inspired, motivated and re-energized by this tool, I’m feeling a little a bit drained by it all. Oversaturated with myriad endless images and words that have stopped part of me from growing and evolving.
At the heart of it all, I think my insatiable thirst for information has converted me into a mindless consumer.
Now, I don’t mean that in a materialist sense, but when you come to think about it, our modern lives are so driven by what we consume…the media we read, the blogs we follow, the music we listen to, the films we watch, the things we buy. How much do you really create in your daily life?
So that’s really what my goal for the future has become. To sway the tide of how much I consume versus how much I create. I want to make something new every day. I want to try and fail, and be surprised at where the world leads me. By all means, internet browsing is still most definitely where I turn for inspiration, but the problem is, if the inspiration is not leading to action, then what’s the point?
I think the key to reaching this goal is, as with many new endeavours, take it one small step at a time. Creating doesn't mean that everything you try becomes a masterpiece or that ever little effort has to change the world. The little things are often the most effective and the idea is to slowly but surely keep chipping away.
Since having this epiphany, I’ve become a bit of a busy bee. I’m cooking more nutritious and exciting meals, I’ve enrolled in various classes, I’m back doing yoga, I’m writing a journal, painting and vision boarding (thanks for the great idea ladies!). Basically all things that I love to do that enrich the fabric of my life. I feel so much more fulfilled and grateful and the funny thing is, more and more “creation opportunities” keep coming my way. It’s a bit of a snowball affect I guess. Each step helps your momentum build.
So, are you a do-er or a spectator? Are you waiting for the right moment to make things happen? The reality is, the perfect moment is now, not tomorrow. And as many amazing, beautiful, inspiring things are you may see/hear/read/watch, it can’t ever make you feel as good as making something that great on your own.
Katerina Bacchiaz is a former Sydney fashion publicist living out a sea change in Mexico. Current addictions include coconut oil, morning meditation, skype, baking, airfreight magazines, MyYogaOnline and almond milk. Lover of all people and places.
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This would have to be one of my favorite snacks through the week. When on the go, I usually have little snack bags of these I can just grab and run to class with. They are filled with protein not to mention unusually delicious. I often bake a batch on Sunday and season through the week depending on my flavor preference!