As any health nut will know, travelling can be a tricky situation. When you pride yourself on filling your body with fresh, organic nutrients and have felt the benefits of eating this way, the prospect of time away where you can’t maintain the same eating routine can be a little daunting. I recently came back from a wonderful month long trip travelling through France - home of butter, cream and white bread – and was weary of the food prospects of restaurants which serve foie gras as the house specialty. However, I did manage to successfully eat my way through France, and had some of the best meals I have ever eaten, and would like to share some lessons I learnt along the way…
Today I talk about the growth through darkness and how by changing our perspective on what adversity is, we can use these opportunities as a chance to grow and learn.
First I should start off by saying that my experience is my own, not everyone elses. Also, I am in no way a professional or expert on the matter, but I drew this out of my own life. This is just a story about a teenage girl living in America and surviving high school.
I love ballet. I love nutrition and wellness. I love Natalie Portman. This book was clearly made for me. Ballet Beautiful was written by Mary Helen Bowers, the amazing woman and dancer behind Natalie Portman's ballerina transformation in Black Swan, and is a perfect introductory or basic guide for adopting a healthy lifestyle and transforming your body to "gain the strength, grace, and focus of a ballet dancer".
There was a time, not so long ago, when Mohm’s future looked so grim she gave up hope. Today, she is facing a bright future as head chef of Market Kitchen, Battambang’s most exciting new café restaurant, under the tutelage of Australian celebrity chef David Thompson.
Mohm Meah was born in a small village in Battambang Province, Cambodia. Her family was desperately poor. Her childhood memories are filled with the struggles of a life in abject poverty. Things got even harder for Mo
At the end of 2010 I was lucky enough to volunteer for a beautiful organization called African Impact. While I was there I volunteered at schools, taught singing lessons and spent time playing with the children of the local communities in Limuru, Kenya. What I experienced during my time there impacted me greatly. I was so inspired by the hearts of these people. Their spirits were so beautiful and radiant, they were loving, accepting and non- judgmental.
By Ilhaam Jiwaji
Many of you may already be familiar with a website called Post Secret, (http://www.postsecret.com/) however for those of you who are not I hope you are prepared for an amazing discovery.
Post Secret was a simple concept, which produced amazing results. In November 2004, a man named Frank Warren started a community art project, which he hoped would create a place where people could feel free to share their private hopes, desires, and fears.
The idea is as easy as sharing a secret on a post-card anonymously:
When the project began, Frank would slowly receive post-cards he had passed out to people on the street, with their hastily written secrets. But as the time went on Frank began to receive elaborately created post-cards, from not only his hometown, but also all around the world. Every Sunday Frank posts about 20 or so secrets from the thousands he receives for our viewing pleasure. The project has gained national recognition, all warranted! Harper-Collins has compiled some of the best secrets Frank has ever received into five books. As well, The All American Rejects have used some of the post cards in their music video for their song “Dirty Little Secret” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPDcwjJ8pLg). Secrets can be anything from funny little anecdotes to one’s darkest thoughts. No matter what type I guarantee you, all are worth a read.
I have my sister to thank for this discovery, as I was introduced to this wonderful website by her one weekend while bored at home. I will admit I have an addiction, and it cannot be cured. Recently I had the pleasure of attending one of Frank’s talks at the university I attend, and I was blown away. Frank is not only so down to earth but an inspirational speaker as well (I cried like a baby). Throughout the talk not only did he share some of his own secrets, but opened up about struggles he and others have been helped through by this website. At the end of his talk he opened up two mics, which were situated in dark corners of the room, for people to semi-anonymously share their secrets. Hearing the bravery of those individuals, who were able to tell a group of strangers some of their darkest secrets, made the experience all the more extraordinary. It was a type of courage I can only dream of one day attaining.
So take a look around the website and I assure you, no matter who you are, there will one day be a secret that you can connect with your own personal experiences, it may even be one you sent in!
Ilhaam Jiwaji is an avid reader, candle lover, extremely Harry Potter obsessed, and is in her first year of university studying Sciences. She hopes to move towards her goal of a healthier mind, body and lifestyle this year.