wellbeing

Happy Monday! Yep you read that right, Monday

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Happy Monday! Yes, you read that right.  Monday and not Friday.  Why wait 5 freaking long days to be celebrating!  Let's start right now, today, Monday! This morning might have been a struggle.  Maybe you had to roll out of bed, maybe you're still hungover or maybe you're just dreading walking into that same office, to see the same faces, to sit in the same chair and stare at the same damn computer screen.

Oh man, I used to feel ya!  Seriously, I'd roll out of bed after hitting snooze a couple of times and think "here we go again, ugh..".  But then things changed.. and they changed a lot.  They had to.  I was miserable.

I took control of how I felt.  I accepted that it was my responsibility to change my life.  It wasn't my parents' job, it wasn't my colleagues job and it certainly wasn't Tattslotto's job to miraculously show up.  Actually, ummm.. Tatts.. my bank deets are: BSB 063...

But in all seriousness, our life is OUR responsibility and it can be a hard pill to swallow at times.  It's sooo much easier to blame the traffic, the weather, your partner, the kids etc.. than it is to take ownership of our feelings.. the very feelings that determine all of the decisions that we make and end up shaping our entire life.

YOU need to be making decisions that empower and inspire YOU.  What is YOUR soul calling you to do?  Start that dream job, join that sports team, reach out to a long lost friend, or maybe you need to say sorry (or I love you).

Once we learn the art to tuning in and listening to our true heart's desires, we start making heart-centred choices, which lead to living a more empowered and fulfilling life.

So this week, simply tune in.  Where is your heart guiding you? What messages does your soul have for you?  Once we start to pay attention to these answers, life becomes magical.

Love,

Sam x

P.S.  If you haven't downloaded your FREE copy of my Gratitude Workbook, you can get it here.  I use it daily!

Recipe: How to Drink Daily Greens

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We all know that we should be eating 5 serves of vegetables a day, but it can be hard some days, right?!  So why not make it easy with  juicing and blending.  I start my day, pretty much every day, with a green smoothie.  I have been blending veggies and fruit every day for at least 6 months, and honestly, I feel the difference.  I have more energy, I feel lighter and I am more alert.  And who doesn't want that! Here's my standard morning veggie blend up:

  • Baby spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Small handful of blueberries
  • Kiwi fruit (with skin on)
  • Mint leaves
  • Coocnut
  • Chia seeds
  • Filtered water (or coconut water)

The best part about these juices and smoothies is, that you can be super flexible with what you're blending up!  While I generally do have these ingredients in my fridge, sometimes I don't or I have bought great berries from the farmers market that I want to try.  As long as you focus mainly on vegetables, and add just enough fruit to sweeten it to your liking, you can't go wrong!

Variations of ingredients that you can use:

  • Coconut water
  • Kale
  • Silverbeet
  • Raspberries, blackberries, strawberries
  • Yoghurt/coconut yoghurt
  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Supplements - Acai, Spirulina etc
  • Probiotics

Remember, you want to ENJOY your juice.  You want to be making a combo that will keep you coming back for more.  Yes, we want to be focusing on vegetables primarily, but you also want to be actually drinking it!  So if veggie loaded smoothies and juices aren't for you right now, that's totally cool!  I would rather you drank 3 fruits and 1 veggie at the start, than to not be drinking any at all!

I post my juices regularly on Insta, so if you need a little inspo, follow along over there :)

Have a wonderful green-juiced week!

xSx

P.S.  Have you downloaded your FREE Gratitude Workbook yet?  You can get your copy here

Mindful Beauty with Metta Skincare

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Beauty is something that we have learnt, through crafty marketing, to attribute to vanity and insecurity, which has led us to lose the true meaning of it.  The essence of beauty is within us.  It's this 'thing' that we can't quite explain but we know is there, because we feel it.  It's that feeling of being a divine individual who is perfect just as they are, who knows exactly what their gifts are and isn't affraid to let them shine.

Beauty is honouring yourself, scars and all.  Beauty is loving your skin and nourishing it with nutritious products.  Beauty is treasuring all that we see in the mirror.  And, Beauty is inspiring others to see their own beauty and to feel the same way.

So how do we become mindful about beauty?  It all starts with our awareness.  Our awareness of how we feel towards ourself and the way that we treat ourselves.  What are the thoughts that you're having when you look in the mirror at your own reflection?  How do you really feel about yourself?  And how are you treating yourself?  Start with honouring every feature, line and scar.  Appreciate all that your eyes have seen, every smile that you've had and even every frown that you have made.  They all tell a story, the story of YOU.

Taking time out each morning dedicated to ourselves is powerful stuff.  Switch up your morning beauty routine by showing gratitude for your body as your moisturise it with natural products or even saying affirmations in the mirror as you get ready for your day.  All of these small actions lead to a much more positive mindset towards ourselves, and over time, this mindset becomes our belief system about our worth.

Just as we are conscious of the food that we eat, we need to be conscious of the products we put on our skin.  As we all know, however mostly forget, everything that we put onto our skin, goes INTO our skin and shortly after, into our body.  So it really is important that we make a conscious effort to be aware of what we are putting onto our skin, to ensure that we are treating it to the best possible products, because what we use on our skin daily really can have a detrimental effect on our health.  It sounds like a stretch, I know, but you have to consider all of the ingredients that are either number or words that you cannot pronounce, where they have come from and what they will do once inside the body, especially if you're using them daily.

It's not just about how the product feels once applied on your skin, but how you feel intuitively using natural products.  We have no need to feel guilty or a feeling of "I should know better'.  In fact, we feel empowered to know that we have honoured our face, skin and body with what it really needs, natural nourishment.  We all know that we feel better when we eat produce fresh from the farmers' market, and the same applies to using quality natural products on our face and body.

Thankfully, these days, using natural doesn't mean lesser quality.   In fact, I have found some natural products, especially those with coconut oil, to be much longer lasting on my skin and have helped prevent breakouts on my acne prone skin.  Also, I love knowing where my products are coming from and love supporting local companies.  This is why I have teamed up with Metta Skincare.  Metta Skincare is a Melbourne based skincare company that is completely natural and vegan with body butters, hand, face and lip balms as well as body oil.  I am especially a fan on the body butter and use it daily.

Whether Metta is your natural skincare brand or you use another, becoming mindful of the way we approach beauty and the products we use to nourish our skin, is really important.  Knowing that we are worthy of taking the time out to look after ourselves each and every day, knowing that we are the top of our priority list and knowing that the more we take care of ourselves, the more we are able to take care of others.

xSx

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MONDAY MEDITATION | The only 2 things you really ever need

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So often we find ourselves caught up in everything that is going on around us, that we forget the most important thing, we're here and we're alive and kicking.  It's so cliché, I know, and probably sounds woo-woo and weird to think about, but once we take the moment to centre in and feel our breath and heartbeat, we calm all the way down and remember that we have everything we needed after all.  In this week's video, I go into how I tap in and feel grounded and get sh*t done.  

https://youtu.be/lr-GOcmjUk8

MONDAY MEDITATION | Want to make the right choice every time?

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'Intuition' is this word that gets thrown around a lot these days, but what really is it?  If you think of a gut-feeling or just a knowing that you've had, then you would be on the money.  Our intuition is the inner knowing or understanding that comes through that we often times cannot explain.  In this week's video I touch on how we can tap into this knowing and make guided choices any time. https://youtu.be/4ewnuwQ76Jo

Recipe: Raw Choc Almond Bites

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I'll be honest, using chocolate molds with clean/raw chocolate just isn't working out for me.  The chocolate breaks, gets stuck in the mould and it's messy.  So, to avoid the failed-chocolate-mould mess, I made these chocolate bites, or blobs.. which ever name you prefer.  They're not real pretty, but they sure did taste great.  I did actually make more, however my Dad got to them before I had a chance to photograph them! Ingredients

  • Coconut oil
  • Raw Cacao
  • Coconut Nectar
  • Almond Shaves
  • Desiccated Coconut

Method

My standard chocolate mix method (you can find a detailed description here)

Mix it all together, blob on baking paper and freezer set.

This one is extra great for the kids as its just a handful of ingredients, a bowl, spoon and baking paper.

Turns Out, You Actually Are Creative

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Creativity is traditionally something that we equate to the arts, however I believe that we are all creatives.  We all have something within us that we wish to express.  Creativity after all, is simply CREATION.   Creativity is anything where we can express ourselves, our thoughts and ideas in whatever physical manifestation that they take form. I truely believe that without creativity, without ideas and creation and most importantly, without expression, we suffer.   We suffer in our health from being stifled and unexpressed, our relationships suffer from a feeling of unfulfilment and we could even be missing out on great financial opportunities.  We ignore those expressive skills that we received so much joy from as children.  We used to tell and write stories, we played imaginary, we invented games, we drew all afternoon long (ok, Mum I admit it.. it was me who drew the horse on the wardrobe door and not dolly.. but you have to admit, it was pretty good for a 3yr old.  It did look like a horse, right?) and we made 'music' (most neighbours probably wish we didn't bang those pots and pans so loudly).  The world was this magical place where anything could happen.  Now the world is this place where we work hard to pay bills and maybe take 2 weeks off in winter to travel somewhere warm.  Pretty miserable, right?!

Self-expression is a birth right.  We are all individual and we all deserve to let our thoughts and ideas out and into the world.  If writing is your thing, start that blog.  If you enjoy drawing, buy a sketch book.  Let your ideas flow out on that paper.  Not only will you be expressing your ideas and feelings, you'll also feel a sense of accomplishment for creating something.  Sitting back and listening to that music you created on your laptop or watching that video you learned to edit through iMovie, will bring you so much pride and satisfaction.   Give yourself permission to allow an hour for yourself to create, you just never know what it might evolve into.

xSx

Recipe: Raw Glow Bars

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These are soooooo good!  I needed something to cut my serious chocolate habit.  My office has a chocolate biscuit genie somewhere, because our never ending Tim Tam supply is in full force!  Come 2pm all I can think about it my next chocolate hit.  Chocolate is my drug, it's ridiculous.  So I knew I had to make something super delicious to cut this hardcore habit.  And I did!  3 days in and I am only 1 Monte Carlo down #winning. My Raw Glow Bar recipe is:

Ingredients

Large handful of Medjool Dates (soaked for a couple of hours)

1 handful of Almond shaves

1 handful of crumbled bran

Chia seeds

Raw cacao (to taste)

1 handful of Buckwheat

1 handful of crushed cashews

Method

Soak your dates for an hour or 2.

Mix all dry ingredients together.

Blitz your dates (removing the seed).

Get your hands dirty!  Using your hands, mix and combine thoroughly.   Gradually add dry ingredients until your mix is even consistency.  You don't want it too dry or wet.

Set in a container in the fridge or freezer.  Then use a pizza cutter to cut into your bars.

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MONDAY MEDITATION | How to Create What You Want

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Ever wondered how the successful folk acheive their goals and dreams?  They believed that they were possible!  All it takes is for us to become the energy of that which we desire, for the outside world to shift around us. Going from "I wish I could write that book" to "I am going to write that book" instantly opens us up to the possibility of it happening and allows opportunities and people to come into our lives to help us on that journey.

In what area of your life could you start to change your energy to bridge the gap between where you are and where you'd like to be?

xSx

https://youtu.be/iqT6aPwpFPk

MONDAY MEDITATION | Want To Get Out of The Right Side of Bed? Use This.

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This week's Monday Meditation is a quick and easy mindful practice to start the day off on the right foot!  When your alarm goes off, what are your first thoughts?  "I don't want to get out of bed", "urgh, already!?", "the weather is crap today".. the list could go on!  Instead of starting the day with negative thoughts, kick start with positive!  Shift your awareness to the things that are going right in your life, the things that always work out and the things that you may have stopped paying attention to.  By turning your awareness to the things that are going right, you're shifting your mindset into an appreciate one while also activating your awareness to look for other things that are going well. All you've got to do to start the day off right, is think of three things that are going well and that you are appreciate for. Three!  It's that simple.  The key is to feel into the things you've listed and then get on with your day.  I can guarantee that if you use this every day, you will start to turn, not only your morning routine, but your whole day, around.

xSx

https://youtu.be/Z4d4-VJ-Pho

MONDAY MEDITATION | 1 Minute "Thank You" Meditation

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Hi All, I finally got up the courage to start sharing meditation videos!  I have had a meditation practice on and off for the past 4 years, and let me tell you.. when I fall off the meditation bandwagon, boy do I notice it!  I am not about getting all woo-woo spiritual with my meditations, I am about having a practice to ground myself, bust through fears and to have a deeper understanding and conversation with myself.  Learning to understand my emotions and where they come from, has transformed my life!  Through a really simple, yet committed practice, I have become more self-aware, confident, calmer, more compassionate, have more energy.. the list goes on.

I will be sharing super simple and easy meditations each and every Monday.  By keeping them simple, they seamlessly become part of our daily routine, regardless of your meditation background.  What better way to learn to meditate, than with an exercise that only takes 1 minute!!

Check it out and be sure to comment below with how you go :)

https://youtu.be/rxQtdTN4VPI

xSx

MONDAY MEDITATION | 1 Minute "In + Out Breathe" Meditation

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Looking for a meditation that you can do literally anywhere.. even at the traffic lights?  I've got the right one for you!! This little gem is so easy and subtle, you can literally do this one anywhere.  You can use it at your desk, on the tram/train, at the traffic lights, before a meeting.. anywhere!  It's the ultimate little reset, best part; it only takes a minute!

Check it out and be sure to comment below to let me know how you go :)

https://youtu.be/pWqa46LoP4M

xSx

'No Guilt' Raw Choc Bars (Recipe)

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Ok, since learning how to make raw chocolate, I have become a totally obsessed with making clean treats.  Almost weekly now I am whipping something new up in the kitchen because it's just so easy!  The best part is being able to be creative.  It really has become this new creative outlet for me.  I would never haveconsidered myself a creative in the kitchen, but now I am in love with it!  There is no right or wrong, so the pressure is off.  It's so simple to taste-test as you go along (and delicious!) add a little of this or a little of that.  So with that in mind, I came up with this super easy chocolate block.  I think I even did it in 10 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • Half a cup of raw cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsps of rice malt syrup
  • 2 Tbsps of coconut oil
  • Half a cup of puffed quinoa (or use buckwheat from crunch)
  • Half a cup of desiccated coconut
  • Handful of dried cranberries (soaked for an hour)

Method:

  • Blot excess water from your cranberries.
  • Microwave the coconut oil until completely melted.
  • Stirring constantly, slowly add your raw cacao powder.
  • Once smooth and consistent, add you rice malt syrup.
  • Continue stirring constantly and gradually add your quinoa (or buckwheat), cranberries and coconut.
  • Once even, pour into a lined tray and evenly spread.  Decorate as desired.  I sprinkle coconut on mine, but feel free to get creative!
  • Simply refrigerate until set.

Delish!

xSx

Recipe: Guilt Free Brownie Slice

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This slice has got to be my favourite that I have made.  It was actually meant to be a cashew cookie dough slice, but the cashew centre just wasn't working for me so I cut it and made this delicious slice instead.  A friend from work's reaction was the best "omg yum, it doesn't even taste healthy", a good one to trick your kids into eating :) All you need:

Base

1/2 cup rolled oats

10 medjool dates (soaked for an hour)

5 dried figs (soaked for an hour)

1/4 cup chia seeds (soaked for 15 minutes)

1/2 - 3/4 of cup shredded/desiccated coconut

1/4 cup of raw cacao powder

1/4 cup of almond meal

1 cup of cashews (soaked for an hour - 2 hours)

Vanilla Extract to taste (I use 2 Tbspns)

Chocolate Top

2 heaps Tbspns of coconut oil

2 Tbspns of rice malt syrup

1/3 cup of raw cacao powder

ground goji berries and coconut dusted on top

Method

Prepare your cashews, figs, dates and chia seeds for pre-soaking.

Chop and blitz your dates and figs.  Be sure that you have carefully removed all seeds.

Blitz your cashews and rolled oats, then add to your mixture dried fruit mixture.  Drain your chai seeds and add to the mix, also add your coconut and almond meals.

Once thoroughly combined, gradually add your raw cacao powder and vanilla extract.  These ingredients are added to taste, the sweeter you want them, the more you add.

Melt your coconut oil in a heatproof bowl and gradually add your raw cacao powder, stirring constantly.  Once combined, add your rice malt syrup and stir until smooth.

Pour your choc mix evenly over your brownie base and refrigerate to set.

Once your slice has set, you can decorate with ground nuts, seeds, berries, coconut.. anything you like :)

xSx

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Fallen Off The Bike? You can still ride it.

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"Just because you've fallen off the bike, doesn't mean you've forgotten how to ride it"  I can't remember whether it was my friend, Mel or I who come up with that little tidbit, but as soon as I heard it, I knew I had to write about just that. We all make new commitments to ourselves, and probably daily.  "I am going sugar free", "I am going to do 3 gym classes a week", "I will start getting more sleep" etc.  But how frequently are we giving up all too easily as soon as we slide a little?  We think that as soon as we waiver a little bit, that we have totally failed, so we may as well give up now.  We've become all or nothing.  Truth is, we're going to fall off the wagon every day, after all, it's how we learn.  The real skill is how we bounce back from our setbacks.  This is the gig.  It's really about a commitment to re-trying, time and time again and not beating ourselves up when we do slide.  Eating that one tim-tam doesn't mean that you've completely reverted back to your sugary days.  You probably used eat 3 a day, and now you're down to 1.  That's great (literally taken that one straight from my life..).

After committing to commitment, you will find that it will get easier and easier and you'll shorten the recovery time, each time.  You'll start to bounce back quicker and quicker.  You'll even start to enjoy the process as you'll know what to expect and you'll quickly learn that you can do it.  By appreciating the progress that you are making and realise that you are achieving far more than you realise.

It's not about being perfect, for we will never ever be perfect.  It's about our commitment to being better, doing more (or sometimes even less), to eating better, to sleeping longer, to being more active, to meditating regularly, to saying "I love you" or "I forgive you" to someone (and yourself!), ultimately it's about feeling better more often.

Let yourself off the hook and commit to doing better tomorrow, and the next day.

xSx