You know that feeling when you read something that really hits home. That feeling when you hear a song that speaks to your soul. When you read or hear something that you deeply connect with, that explains exactly how you feel in a way that you could never quite put into words? That’s what I want to share in this space. The articles, books, songs and quotes that have resonated with me in the last month.
So grab a cup of tea, get comfy and dig in to the posts that inspired me this month.
In the space of one week I saw links to this article everywhere. Facebook, Twitter, emails – it was popping up all over the place. In the last few years I’ve learnt to listen to the messages like these; the ones that keep showing up.
We’ve all had days that get off to a bad start. Maybe we sleep through our alarm, miss the bus, hit every red light, and arrive at work to find that we left our breakfast at home. It can be all too easy to declare that it’s just one of those days and then wallow in our misery. But we need to remember, that no matter what has happened so far and no matter how many things have gone wrong, today is not over.
Alexandra Franzen is one of my go-to sources for inspiration and this post is no different.
“If your heart is beating, if your lungs are breathing, if you are still alive… then it is not too late to do something kind, creative, generous, satisfying, and courageous. Today.”
Alexandra shared another thought-provoking article about why your reasons will always win the battle.
Adventures are always calling my name. I am always ready to pack my bags, head out the door, jump in a car or on a plane, and go somewhere new. The world is calling me and I yearn to see as much of it as I can.
This exquisite poem by Toby Israel pulled at my heart-strings from the very first paragraph.
“Let’s go on an adventure.
You can drive, my darling—I only want to stick my feet out the window and watch the world blur.
Why, anywhere at all!
It hardly matters, so long as Sun, Sea, Mountains and Magic are invited”
Of course, we can’t always jet off on a plane to far-flung locations on the other side of the world. But that is no reason not to be a little adventurous. Why not head off on a micro-adventure this weekend?
I love reading about health, nutrition and wellness. It is one of my biggest loves. YET I understand how confusing it can be. Every week there are new articles released about whether coffee / wine / chocolate / gluten / broccoli (ok, maybe not) are good or bad things to include in your diet.
But I want you to know that it doesn’t have to be so confusing. There are, thankfully, some tips that everyone in the health industry can agree on and Alice has shared 20 of these tips. Number 20 is my favourite and is one we all need to remember.
I’ve shared previously about the struggles I’ve faced with food. I’ve been through intense periods of mindless binge eating which were usually triggered by the restrictions I placed on myself and the emotional upheaval this created in my mind and body. I know that a lot of women struggle with this too. And most of us go through this struggle quietly; we are full of shame and never dare share our vulnerabilities with those around us.
But opening up and sharing what makes us vulnerable can be the first step to healing our relationship with food.
“To many clients, the goal is to ‘stop binging,’ break up with diets, or stop thinking about food all the time. I get it – binging (or whatever it is) is uncomfortable, feels totally out of control, and full of shame.
Yet, binging is not a ‘bad’ thing. A lot of times, it’s a really great thing. It’s a very clear signal from your body that restriction and deprivation is not working out. It’s a sign that something in your life is triggering a very intense emotion where the only emotion is to knock yourself out. Numb yourself from the pain that deep shame often causes. Oftentimes, your body is also seeking a break from your busy schedule or pleasure from living your ‘no pain, no gain’ lifestyle that it seeks it out from dark, rich chocolate”
If this struggle resonates with you, please read this powerful post by Lauren and then share your story with someone you trust.
As I delve deeper and deeper into meditation I continue to learn how potent, yet precious, our energy is. It’s so, so important that we learn not only to harness our energy, but that we also learn how protect our precious energy. Kris has some fantastic, beautiful and simple advice that you can start using today.
Are you finding it hard to start a new habit? The key may be learning to fail faster.
I haven’t yet tried this recipe for a healthy Magnum Ego but every time I look at this post I can barely stop myself from drooling.
What have you been reading this month? I’d love you to spread the love and share your favourite posts in the comments below.