Friday, 24 January 2014

Do Tastes Change?

Do your tastes change?

Mine certainly have over the years.

Growing up the only sport I would watch was the Olympics. Now I love the cricket, soccer and still love the Olympics. I even go and pay to watch cricket and soccer.

I use to love chocolate crackles at birthdays as a kid. Now as an adult I find them gag worthy and oh so gross to eat. I loved so many lollies and now I find them so sugary and can't stand them. There are some I do still love (red frogs anyone?)

I was never into Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, fantasy like that, now I love them. My husband even bought me a Klingon t-shirt and Spock oven mitt for Christmas.

I can carry a conversation about sport and Star Trek very easily. I can quote Simpsons lines with the best of them (we weren't allowed to watch The Simpsons as kids, that changed when I met MJ).

Tastes in food, music, books and tv shows have all changed and some have stayed the same.

Clothes has been the biggest changer over the years. I won't mention my vest phase, my belt phase, my crazy sock phase (which I do still do a little bit), my only boys clothes phase, my hat phase, my hair accessory phase, the list goes on and on. I hated dresses in high school, only a few years later and I fell in love with them and still have this love affair today.

I love that as humans we change and evolve, our likes and dislikes go up and down, round and round, we can like something one day and not appreciate it the next. We have freedom to pick and choose what we want to eat, read, watch, wear, listen to, enjoy. It's amazing we can do that, we can change our minds, drop something and pick it up again. It's all part of being human and having our own minds, it's truly astounding. 

Have your tastes changed? Let me know, please leave me a comment.

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Thursday, 16 January 2014

When Friendships go Sour?

Friends mean so much to us all, they help get us through tough times, fun times, all sorts of times. They make us laugh, they make us cry, they make us smile and make us get up to some silly things. Friends are great to have around; they help us through life and make life far more interesting. But what do you do when a friendship goes sour? How do you cope?
It’s a hard thing to deal with when a good friendship turns sour, in our case it was several friendships at once, friends of many years and many fun adventures. I won’t go into details as this isn't the place.
The whole ordeal affected my health, my relationship with my husband and my relationships with others.  In the end I had to step back and walk away, as it was damaging my health and well-being way too much. I was depressed and I was obsessed. I kept running scenes over and over in my head trying to figure out hidden meanings, or what something meant or things I should have said/not said. It wasn't mentally healthy at all. 
It was hard to make that final decision to walk away and it took a few years to do it. I'll never get to say my side of the story or say sorry for anything I might have said/done but I'll just have to learn to live with that and move on with my life while they move on with theirs.
It’s heartbreaking to lose a good friend let alone several good friends at once but I don’t regret knowing them. I will always treasure the memories of the fun times and talks we had. I'll always treasure having had them in my life for all those years. I wouldn't change that for the world as I'm grateful for the parts they have played and lessons/wisdom they have taught me. I wish I could tell them all this and maybe I will one day I'll get the chance.
I think everyone handles loss in their own way and there isn't really a right or wrong way as long you stay true to yourselves and don't change who you are. It’s been an interesting process to go through, one with lots of learning and lots of patience (or lack thereof). I wish my friends all the blessings in the world and more. 
Have you ever had a friendship go sour? How did you handle it?
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Monday, 13 January 2014

A Year of Ethical Living

This year I wanted to set myself a challenge of sorts, something that aligns with my passions and values, something I believe in, support and can really get behind.
Well I found my challenge, Pip from Meet Me At Mikes posted an amazing challenge up called A Year of Ethical Fashion – it even has its own hashtag #yoef.
It’s exactly how I feel, we consume way too much as society and what we do consume isn't always ethical – workers are mistreated, unfair wages, unsafe working conditions, the list goes on, just so we can all wear cheap throw away clothes.
So this year, I take a vow that when I need clothing I will follow these simple steps:
  •           Make it
  •           Borrow it
  •           Buy second-hand
  •           Wear what I already own
  •           Buy from ethical/Fairtrade suppliers
  •           Or do without

But I've decided to take this one step further – a year of ethical living. So that includes any furniture/products/services I will need throughout the year. I will also try to limit unnecessary spending, as I already have more than enough stuff now (see Inked In Colour blog on her take of More than Enough).
I will have one loophole though – I'm not on a very big wage – so if there is a product/clothing/service etc that I either cannot find second-hand or afford the ethical version and I do need it (say I can’t go without it) then I will buy it at the price I can afford.  I cannot afford to break our budget as we don’t have a very big one as it is. But it won’t be a quick decision I'll research first before breaking the rules.
There is one more rule I might just mention. If I do break the rules, I won’t be happy but there is no point beating myself up badly over it, I'll just correct myself and move on.
I'm excited about this and I'm looking to see what challenges it might throw at me and seeing how I will handle them. I will keep you posted on my process and any projects I make.
Does anyone want to join me? 
Note: Pip has a Facebook group set up for this too, head over and join up (click here)

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

2 more crossed off the list

Thanks to some Christmas money/birthday money last month I am now able to tick off 2 items from my 101 list.
No 79. Buy a good set of saucepans.
Victoria’s Basement had a great special on a 10 piece Scanpan Stainless Steel cookware set for only $299 and since we had money leftover we were able to purchase ourselves a new Scanpan knife block set and Scanpan steak knife set.
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Our first dish we cooked using the new set was – Haloumi, Asparagus & Roasted Tomato Salad

No 18. Start a vege garden

Thanks to MJ’s birthday presents of a greenhouse and vegs, I wanted to get some more. We still had a little leftover money so we went to Bunnings and bought another greenhouse and more vegs. I'm so looking forward to watching them grow and getting to taste my own produce.
Does anyone else have a vege patch? If so do you have any helpful tips to share? 

Sunday, 5 January 2014

You're too healthy

“You’re too skinny” “You’re too healthy” “Don’t you ever eat anything unhealthy” “Eat that chocolate you can afford to put the weight on” “It’s unfair that you’re that skinny” “Wait till you have kids, then you won’t be so skinny”
I hear these words a lot, more so in the last 2 years. It’s very different to hear them compared to what I heard growing up
“You’re so fat and ugly” “You'll never get a boyfriend cause you too fat” “You’re fat” “You'll never be pretty while you’re that size” 
I heard that ever since I was started school when I was 5. It took until 2011 when I was 26 for it change around.
I'll get something clear here – I've never been fat. I look back at photos of myself and I wasn't fat. Yes I did in late high school have a few extra kilos on me at one point but I wasn't what you call fat. I always thought I was fat, cause society, peers, media, clothing sizes said I was, even my doctor told me not to gain any more than 2 kilos as I’d be in the unhealthy weight range (stupid BMI).
I'm not sure what caused the change around and why it went from you’re too fat to you’re too skinny. I have lost some weight over that past few years but that’s due to getting serious with my health and eating right, plus being true to my sensitivities – wheat-free, dairy-free and my hypoglycaemiaI still have a long way to go with being healthy, I still have my moments and I need some more work but I am proud of how far I have come and how I won’t let others change my way of eating.
I'll be honest I use to let what people said affect my eating. I would sometimes (still occasionally do) indulge but then have to live with the sugar headaches or stomach pains afterwards and it just wasn't worth it or I’d skip meals to try and be called skinny but then I’d pass out cause my blood sugar level dropped too low.  I’d punish my body so it would be what everyone wanted my body to be. Only thing is what did I want my body to be? It’s taken most of my life to be content with my figure, I still need to work on eating the right amount of food (I really don’t eat enough) but I want my body to healthy and fit cause I'm the one that has to live in this body no one else.
You can’t win in today’s world. You’re hated for being fat and you’re hated for being skinny. Being “skinny” or “fat” doesn't matter what matters is you’re healthy. Healthy can come in all shapes and sizes, we are all different body types, heights, bone sets etc. You could weight 70 kgs and be healthy or you could weight 70 kgs and be unhealthy, it depends on your body type, your bone structure, your height, your background, so many different things. I remember in year 7 we had to weight ourselves in PE and everyone got to see how much you weighed. I was one of the heaviest at 55 kgs so you can imagine how that went down at an all girls school, it was hell. I wasn't fat, I was tall.
Being healthy is not a crime, yes others may make you feel like it is, others may try to sabotage you, they might even tell you off and say you’re doing it to make them look bad. But don’t let that stop you from being healthy, from eating healthy foods, from exercising, from having the occasional treat (or healthy treat) because at the end of the day it’s your body and you have to live with it not them. I once had a wise lady say to me “They aren't angry at you, they are angry at themselves, they just taking it out on you”. It’s good advice, not just with this situation but all situations, most people lash out at you cause they are angry with themselves  and you are an easy target.  
So keep working hard at being healthy and being active – it’s your life to live – enjoy it. I'll support you!!!!
Have you ever had this or something similar happen to you? Let me know, leave me a comment down below.
Photos from Free Photos (link here)

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

A New Year - A New Healthy Lifestyle

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With the New Year starting and resolutions/goals being made, I want to introduce you to a recipe book I bought just before Christmas - Live Healthy Sweetly. 

Live Healthy Sweetly is 70 + pages of healthy dessert recipes which are so healthy you can eat them for breakfast without feeling shame. Cause life is way too short to deprive yourself of sweets don't you think?

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Live Healthy Sweetly is for you if:

* You love your desserts but hate the sugar hangover
* You want to make delicious treats to share that cater for everyone (which is great with all the allergies/sensitivities nowadays) 
* You need a 3 o'clock pick me up that keeps you going 'til dinner
* You want to create cakes, muffins, pancakes, biscuits and raw treats that taste so good you won't believe they are sweetened naturally.

Live Healthy Sweetly is jammed packed with:
* Sweets so good - you can proudly eat them for breakfast
* Vegetarian, dairy free, egg free & refined sugar free dessert recipes.
* Many recipes are vegan, fructose free, raw, Paleo, nut free and gluten free (or can be made to these requirements with substitute ingredients).
* Over 40 healthy sweet recipes
* Guest recipes from Adele of Vegie Head, Tara Bliss, Polly Noble and many more
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