Friday, 28 August 2015

My Life

I want to live simply, slowly, mindfully, with low impact.
I don't want to be caught up in the ways of the world, I don't want to live for materials, for wealth or for the glory of being busy. 
I want to live for Christ and spread His love and message throughout my daily life. 
I want to treat the world with the respect and care God asked us to do at the beginning of time. 
I want to lessen the chemicals in my food and products. I want to reduce my reliance on plastic. 
I want to raise my future children with a loving and caring mindset for people and creation. 
I don't want to live by other peoples expectations, I want to live by mine and more importantly by God's exceptions. 
I don't want to get caught up in what the world says I should be doing, what works for others doesn't have to work for me. 
I want to be remember by one phrase only "she loved" 

How do you want to live? 

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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Dairy Free Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Nothing says winter like a bowl of creamy pumpkin soup!

Also nothing says tummy ache like a bowl of creamy pumpkin soup.

Well not any more, I decided to experiment a little and realised if you substitute coconut cream for the cream you get the same effect with taste but not the same affect with your tummy - yeah winning!!!

Here's my recipe for easy dairy free creamy pumpkin soup and best of all only 4 ingredients - score!

1/2 a large jap pumpkin, peeled and cut into chunks
1.5 litres of vegetable stock
1 large brown onion, sliced
155ml coconut cream (add a little water and mix to get a cream like consistency)

In a large saucepan, combine the pumpkin, stock and onion. Gently bring to the boil over a medium/high heat, once at a boil reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the pumpkin is tender (this will take about 20 - 25 minutes). Remove from the heat then using a stick blender, blend until smooth, add the coconut cream and stir to combine. Season to taste. Serve and enjoy.

I served mine with quinoa croutons by Orgran  

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Joy and Happiness

Joy = delight, a feeling of great pleasure and happiness
Happy = content, lucky, glad, feeling or showing pleasure or contentment

Happiness and Joy get thrown around a lot these days, ask anyone what do they want to be and surely the answer will be "to be happy". We all want it, we all seek but are we all getting it?

The other night at church we had a guest speaker talking about "facing trials with joy". I don't think he meant it to come across the way it did but it felt like he was saying it was wrong to not feel happy when facing trials, almost like whatever happens in life we should be like "Oh I've got trials and suffering in my life, I'm so happy and joyful to be facing them". I really hope that's what he meant in his talk (I'll give him the benefit of the doubt since it was he's first ever sermon - so he did alright).

If the sermon did anything it got me thinking about how do we face trials and suffering then? After some journaling and thought this is what I personally feel.

It's okay to not be happy with trials and suffering, in fact I think it's perfectly fine to be like "Oh crap, this sucks, I don't want to do this, this is too hard". BUT I feel you can combine the two together - "Oh man this sucks, this is crap, I'm not happy about this at all but today I'm grateful for........... (fill in the blank)". You can dislike and be unhappy with the trial but (there's that but word again) you can still: find good in the world, still pray even when it seems silent, still be a decent person and not use your circumstances as an excuse to be a dick.

That's the difference, you don't have to find the joy and happiness in the trial and suffering, all you need to do is look around and notice the joy and happiness that's in other areas of your life and seek them out, as they will give you strength to face whatever it is you are facing.

How do you deal with trials and suffering?

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Friday, 7 August 2015

5 simple ways to reduce plastic

I've been reading a lot lately on sustainable living and our reliance on plastic. It’s astounding how much plastic we consume on a daily basic as not only a national but as a world in general. We use a product that struggles to break down and is full of chemicals for so many one time only uses.

I have made a decision to reduce my reliance on plastic and see what other alternatives there are out there instead.

So I wanted to share with you what I'm doing in our household to help make a positive impact on the earth.

1. REDcycle – I found out about this company from Inked in Colour when she shared about it on her page. It’s a great initiative by REDcycle through Coles and Woolworths to help recycle soft plastic (bread bags, frozen food bags, muesli bar wrappers, plastic bags etc) and have them reused and repurposed in new products such as park benches.

Since I started taking up my soft plastic to my local Coles I've noticed how much plastic there is out there and by seeing that I can now take further steps to reduce usage. But it’s great knowing that the soft plastic I do use can be recycled.

2. Coffee shops – How many times do you go out for coffee or hot chocolate (as I like) and you get given a disposable cup? If you are staying in the coffee shop you can easily ask for a mug instead (I did this the other day at Gloria Jeans and it cost the same price) or you can give them a reusable cup instead (like this one) that are made to barista standards so they can fit under the coffee machine.

3. Farmers Markets - The Farmers Market is usually all loose veggies and fruit so take your own reusable bags and when you need weight anything in bags, just do so then tip the contents into your own bag and give the bag back for the next person to use.

4. Make your own food wraps - Instead of getting out the cling wrap to cover up a bowl in the fridge try making your own food wraps. Tortoise and Lady Grey has a great easy tutorial on how to make your own. I'm going to give this a try soon I just need to find somewhere to buy some beeswax.

5. Think - How many times do we think about what we buy before we buy it? Not often, I've really been getting into this habit the last few years since working part-time as I didn't want to waste any money. Most of the time can you get the item second hand (op shops or eBay)? Can you borrow it if you don’t need it for long (such as a book or a certain tool for a job)? Can you get it handmade (Esty or markets)? Can you make it yourself ? Is it long lasting? There are so many questions you can ask yourself before buying but the most important question is why? Why are you buying it? Do you really need it? As I know many times I've bought things that I didn't really need and then ended up being stuck with them.

Do you have any tips to share? I would love to hear what other people do.

This post is not sponsored or anything I just wanted to share what I've been learning lately.

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Monday, 3 August 2015

Book Review “Daring & Disruptive” by Lisa Messenger.

Are you entrepreneur or have a desire to start your business?

“Daring & Disruptive” is designed for you.

Lisa Messenger is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Collective and in this book she shares a soulful account of what it means to be in business.

It’s the best business book out there, spoken in everyday language and full of passion, with great insights to lessons Lisa had learned along the way, including her own personal stories too.

Lisa shares with you how to turn the business world on its head, that you don’t have to be like everyone else to succeed and challenge the status quo. If you have an unwavering belief in yourself and the rest will soon follow. Don’t give up, get out there and chase those crazy dreams. Learn quickly, fail fast, feel the fear, know your why and remember it always takes hard work to make it in life both professionally and personally.

If you need a kick up the butt to go out and achieve your dreams then read this book today, you won’t be able to sit still for long.

Get out there and be daring and disruptive the world needs it.

This is not a sponsored review I just really liked the book and wanted to share my thoughts with you.