Where to find inspiration?
Our quick and easy meal plan for last week was really made up by the scruff of it’s pants! It did still come out very well but I have to say that with the weather being as odd as it has been the last few weeks, I found it quite hard to come up with inspiration. When it’s hot and sunny I would think of fresh and summery ideas. When it’s cold I would go for warm comfort food. I pushed through though and went mostly on what I had around the house already.
It was also SuperDad’s birthday and the guest of honour gets to choose whatever they want for dinner. He gave his vote to Blake, who decided on chicken leg and potatoes. Mamma played with the idea and waved my little wand (spoon) to come up with the week’s most popular recipe, which was grilled chicken and smashed potato salad. It received a big thumbs up from this adorable little boy, whose mommy sent me these gorgeous pictures of him absolutely loving his meal.
I have to add that we are all raving about his awesome Lego eating set! If you want to rush out and get yourself one, head over to Makro. I couldn’t find it online, but they can be found in store. Certain items also available at TakeAlot. The range is from Placematix and comes with cutlery as well.
Easy as Pie… so to speak
I find pie quite daunting to make, actually. In any case, my recipes must always be easy and quick to make so that’s where I start when looking for ideas. It does narrow things down.
Onwards and upwards to the yummy business!
Fish, rice and veg is plain, simple, the easiest thing ever and you can add any vegetables of your choice. I have a few rice lovers around so plain rice with anything is always a winner. Gluten free of course and adding the chickpeas gives an extra protein boost.
Time seems to be absolutely spinning past us and these past weeks have gone by in a blur. I have been so super busy between business and blog (definitely not complaining) that when I find a spare moment it’s gold, it’s so precious and I wouldn’t waste it on negativity.
Yet, I see people who still manage to complain about anything and everything. Do they not see that by focusing on all the negativity, they are creating more negativity in their own lives? Try, for just one day, not to complain and instead find something positive to focus on. See how it changes your perspective and even your reality.
I have been spending a lot of time delving into articles, books and podcasts about mindfulness and the neurology of how the mind actually affects our physical bodies.
The mind is so incredibly powerful and the words you speak to yourself have a huge impact on your life experience.
Be kind to yourself!
It is Mandela Day in South Africa on 18 July 2017, which would have been Nelson Mandela’s 99th birthday.
In honour of his legacy, we encourage each person to devote 67 minutes of their time to charitable causes, giving back, making a change in communities and supports local causes.
Having had the privilege of meeting the great man twice in my life, I completely support this initiative and I also know that his legacy is not limited to action on one day of the year. We should be doing good, in any way we can, wherever we are, every single day.
Whether it’s smiling at someone who looks like they might be having a tough day, letting someone go ahead of you in traffic, donating used things that you don’t need anymore… share love everywhere! The world needs more love!
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you imagined.
If not now, then when?
This morning I listened to a Ted Talk that gave me goosebumps. Diana Nyad is the first person ever to swim from Cuba to Florida. Since the 1950’s, many of the world’s best swimmers had tried and failed to conquer the 180km swim.
On her fifth attempt at age 60, she finally succeeded and delivers an incredible talk about how she “boldly and fearlessly” went after her dream.
This is a relatively short talk, but so eloquent and powerful that it leaves a lasting, intense impression on listeners.
My favourite quote from it is when she talks about the team motto for the year, which was “Find a way”. Please do yourself a favour and watch the talk here.
Close to home
A motto which I teach my boys is “Never give up” and I have often experienced the effect of the perseverance it has created – whether in schoolwork, a soccer goal in the last minute, or actually hearing my son say “Mommy, I kept telling myself never to give up!”.
To me, whether you are bold and fearless, quietly confident, or approach every new challenge with childlike excitement, what matters is that you chase your dreams and never, ever give up!
For anyone who needs this today… keep going.
Saturdays are good days to be extra grateful
The weekend is nearly here! To make it last a little longer, take a moment to enjoy all the little things that make you feel that chilled out vibe… A slow cup of coffee with your partner, the sound of children playing outside, birds gathering on the roof waiting to eat the dog’s breakfast… Sunshine and smiles!
Wishing you a beautiful weekend wherever you are!