A collection of the joy of fermentation, minimalism, simple living, and finding happiness.
A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realize how blessed you are.
“Human beings can only truly cherish a limited number of things at one time … that is why I want to cherish properly the things I love, and that is why I have insisted on tidying so much of my life.” Marie Kondo
When you are choosing what to keep, ask your heart; when you are choosing where to store something, ask your house.
A love note to my body… first of all I want to say thank you. for the heart you kept beating even when it was broken
for every answer you gave me in my gut
for loving me back
even when I didn’t know how to love you
for every time you recovered when I pushed you past your limits
for waking up.
When your body gets a disease, it does everything in it’s power to get rid of it. Energy works the same way. If you come into contact with another person and their energy isn’t aligned with your best self, your energy will try it’s best to push them away. This is WHY you get STRONG GUT FEELINGS around certain peeps that might be trying to unconsciously bring you down. The best thing you can do is send that person love and light and keep it moving.
Take all the time you need to heal emotionally. Moving on doesn’t take a day.
It takes a lot of little steps to be able to break free of your broken self.
Invest in yourself. Meditate. Journal. Read. Eat nourishing food. Drink clean water. Move your body. Dance, sing, play. Spend time in nature. Rest up. You are worthy.
EVERY woman is sensual…
She dances and sings her soulful truth, through the temple of her body.
The bottom line, we want to feel pleasure, and flow a continuous passage in our work, intimate relationships + our life. However, many of us believe…
“I’m not beautiful enough to be sensual” “I’m not a sensual woman! I wouldn’t know how to do it authentically” “I don’t have time to be sensual, it’s not productive”
As a society, we are cultured to believe that sensuality has many taboo meanings.
At the time we strip away shame, blame and marketing, surrounding sensuality we discover a deeper truth… Sensuality is the simple moment of feeling this body deeply.
Sensuality is the act of being present, with your senses.
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Trust in the universe to unfold as it should, to reveal your path and guide you along on your journey, but also recognise that sometimes fate requires a little push. While the cosmos may provide you with the blueprint to your destiny, it is your duty to get your hands dirty and build something of it.
Don’t wait for things to get easier, simpler, better. Life will always be complicated.
Learn to be happy right now.
Otherwise, you’ll run out of time.
Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.
It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
Enjoy every moment of your life..
Life is too short to waste on grudges..
Laugh when you can,
Apologize when you should..
and let go of what you can’t change..
Never throw away a chance to say, “I love you” to the people you care about because we aren’t promised tomorrow.
Surely JOY is a condition of life.
Henry David Thoreau
Be grateful when things are going your way.
Be graceful when they’re not.
Never try to hide who you are. The only shame is to have shame. Always stand up for what you believe in. Always ? what other people tell you. Never regret the past … it’s a waste of time. There’s a reason for every mistake, every moment of weakness, every terrible thing that has happened to you. Grow for it. The only way you can ever get the respect of others is when you show them that you respect yourself, and most importantly, do your thing and never apologize for being you.
And, she had this weird habit of being herself all the time; That is why not everyone liked her.
sit with it
instead of drinking it away, smoking it away, sleeping it away, eating it away, running from it
sit with it
you gotta feel it to heal it
“All art really does is keep you focused on questions of humanity, and it really is about how do we get on with our maker”. “Talking about art is like dancing about architecture” David Bowie
I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone. And how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or your music and how you party, your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.
Remember, our experiences in life are testaments to what we are and who we are today. The best part is we become a better person. Sometimes the strongest peeps are the ones who love beyond all faults, cry behind closed doors and fight battles nobody knows about.
Accept that you will never be perfect, life will always have challenges, and other people will disappoint you sometimes. Acceptance is the first step toward peace.
for just a second.
and be grateful.
even if life isn’t perfect.
for the life you get to live.
for the stories.
for the adventure.
and for those
you are blessed to love.
Life goes by in the blink of any eye.
Appreciate the little things.
Life is too short to stress, argue, or worry.
Count your blessings,
Embrace the lessons.
Cherish the people who support you and love you for who you are.
Cleaning up the mental mess with Dr. Caroline Leaf. Adults addicted to their own stress hormones were once children who lived in unpredictable environments of overreaction, rage spirals, and fear. Healing is becoming conscious to when we unconsciously seek chaos, why we do it, and how often. With this awareness we can teach our bodies safety in the present.
Dr. Nicole LePera @ drcarolineleaf
The act of tidying is a series of simple actions in which objects are moved from one place to another. It involves putting things away where they belong. This seems so simple that even a six-year-old should be able to do it. Yet most people can’t. A short time after tidying, their space is a disorganized mess. The cause is not lack of skills but rather lack of awareness and the inability to make tidying a regular habit. In other words, the root of the problem lies in the mind. Success is 90 percent dependent on our mind-set. To acquire the right mindset, we need the right technique. There is a fundamental misconception that the ability to tidy comes from experience. Most of us tidy up a little bit at a time. We should however tidy up in one shot. This brings visible results. A change so profound that it touches your emotions will irresistibly affect your way of thinking and your lifestyle habits. … When people revert to clutter no matter how much they tidy, it is not their room or their belongings but their way of thinking that is at fault. Even if they are initially inspired, they can’t stay motivated and their efforts peter out. The root cause lies in the fact that they can’t see the results or feel the effects. This is precisely why success depends on experiencing tangible results immediately. If you use the right method and concentrate your efforts on eliminating clutter thoroughly and completely within a short span of time, you’ll see instant results that will empower you to keep your space in order ever after.
This is often difficult but can really change your life……
A lot of walking away will do your life good.
Walk away from arguments that lead to anger and nowhere.
Walk away from people who deliberately put you down.
Walk away from the practice of pleasing people who chose to never see your worth.
Walk away from any thought that undermines your peace of mind.
Walk away from judgmental people, they do not know the struggle you are facing and what you have been through.
Walk away from your mistakes and fears, they do not determine your fate.
The more you walk away from things that poison your soul, the healthier your life will be. –
When your legs scream stop and your lungs are bursting, that’s when it starts
A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we go through it together.
Advice from a Sunflower: Be bright, sunny and positive. Spread seeds of happiness. Rise, shine, and hold your head high.
When you come across something that you cannot part with, think carefully about its true purpose in your life. You’ll be surprised at how many of the things you possess have already fulfilled their role. Every object has a different role to play. Not all clothes have come to you to be worn threadbare. It is the same with people. Not every person you meet in life will become a close friend or lover. Some you will find hard to get along with or impossible to like. But these people, too, teach you the precious lesson of who you do like, so that you will appreciate those special people even more.
The successful relationship …
feed small acts of love and attention
Do not be miserable by neglecting the things that are so small. Being together should make you feel positive and good all day long, every single day. Personally, I do not like the idea of two people falling in love … what falls often breaks… it should be a commitment. However, fall in love often. Particularly with ideas, projects, music, art, literature, food and far-off places. Fall hard and forever in love with nothing but yourself.
So, what makes a committed, romantic relationship work?
One single step can change your life is from Gottman’s literature. It conveys the message that small, regular steps are the best way towards accomplishment. This principle is called Kaizen. It is repairing connections between forgotten loved ones.
Relationships are not just about ‘making the heart melt’ but ‘being weirdos together’ and doing the simplest positive things like bringing your partner a glass of water when you get one for yourself. Dancing in the kitchen together in your tracky dacks.
The feel of excitement by the prospect of growing old together. Can open and tell each other anything. A partner with no obligation to complete oneself. Where the love for each other outweighs the need for each other.
Communication is important but comprehending is the key.
Instead of focusing on big romantic gestures and extravagant events, it is about simply giving your partner consistent small acts of love and attention.
A tropical beach gets away or fancy, expensive present will not save your relationship if it is on the rocks. Rather, it is about “the small moments of our lives that take up the biggest part of our hearts”. Those kinds of positive, everyday moments are what makes love last.
Gottman says the most important factor for a happy, healthy relationship is ATTENTION. Small moments of positive attention. He describes as a young boy, his mother once told him that it’s the little things that make the big difference, and, unfortunately, that those little things became non-existent in his parents’ marriage, resulting in divorce – research indicates that when those little moments of attention vanish from a relationship, it’s hard to keep it alive.
However, if you are intentional about giving your attention to your partner, about turning toward them, and about appreciating, admiring, and being fond of them, your relationship can be wonderful and can last for eternity. That is part of the motto “small things often”, leading to big changes over time.
What can we do …?
Re-evaluate the reasons you are together 2. Communicate … 3. Do something special together … not one that costs money 4. Cut out external influences 5. Forgive each other 6. Come clean about one thing 7. Set boundaries with each other 8. Most importantly is to know oneself … And that is not easy… a committed couple can help one another to be the best version of oneself.
Benjamin Franklin made a freaking powerful statement … “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.”
To be beautiful means to be yourself. You do not need to be accepted by anyone. Just accept yourself.
9. Beware of the dream takers. Many peeps are afraid of the thief, they come in the night to steal all our things. But there is a thief in your mind who is after your dreams. His name is doubt.
If you see him call the cops immediately and keep him away from the kids because he is wanted for horrendous crimes and murder. He wears many disguises and like a virus will leave you blinded, divided and turn you into a kinda.
10. A kinda can be lethal
You know what kinda is? There is a lot of kinda peeps. You kinda want to get into shape, kinda want to have more money, kinda not be lonely … Simple maths… if you kinda want something, then you will kinda get the results you want.
11. Struggle and criticisms are prerequisites for greatness. Whether it be life or a committed relationship. Critics told Beyonce that she could not sing… she went through depression, but she kept going. The television execs fired Oprah said she was unfit for TV, but she kept going.
It is the law of the universe and none escapes it. Because pain is life, but you can choose what type? Either the pain on the road to a successful partnership of love and life commitment or the pain of being haunted with regret.
We have been given a gift that we call life. Life is a miracle.
So, do not blow it. You are not defined by your past instead you were born anew in each moment.
Sometimes you have got to leap. And grow your wings on the way down. There is not no overtime in life.
You cannot go back and make a brand-new beginning. But you can start and make a brand-new ending.
Do not live with Regret
Live in Gratitude
Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because Regret is stronger than Gratitude – Anne Frank
First, put your hands on everything you own, ask yourself if it sparks joy, and if it doesn’t, thank it for its service and get rid of it. Second, once only your most joy-giving belongings remain, put every item in a place where it’s visible, accessible, and easy to grab and then put back. Only then, Kondo says, will you have reached the nirvana of housekeeping, and never have to clean again.
Lesson #1: Tackle Categories, Not Rooms I’d always tackled clutter by room—take on the office first, the bedroom next. Instead, Kondo’s first rule is to tidy by category—deal with every single one of your books at once, for example, otherwise they’ll continue to creep from room to room, and you’ll never rein in the clutter. She advises beginning with clothing, since it’s the least emotionally loaded of one’s things (books come next, old photographs are much later), so as soon as I found a free afternoon, that’s exactly what I did.
Lesson #2: Respect Your Belongings With my eyes now open, I realized my closets had hit rock bottom. Everything had succumbed to a mixed-up messiness. Kondo asks that you consider your clothing’s feelings: Are they happy being squashed in a corner shelf or crowded onto hangers? Are your hardworking socks really thrilled to be balled up? It had sounded out there when I read it, but suddenly my clothes looked totally miserable.
Getting nostalgic over old letters or distracted by sweet toddlers might be a temporary high, but it won’t get you anywhere fast.
anything. It will not make people suddenly love and respect me. It will not bring anyone back.
It will not magically change their minds.
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You do not need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Sometimes it is better to just let things be. Let people go. Do not fight for closure, do not ask for explanations or apologies.
Do not chase answers and do not expect people to understand where you are coming from.
I am slowly learning that life is better lived when you do not centre it on what is happening around you and centre on what’s happening inside you.
Work on yourself and your inner peace.
Speak up and speak out. Allow yourself to be seen, known and heard. Get comfortable with intimacy (in-to-me-see).
Growing up, food always played an important role.
Families would spend most Sunday’s together. They were magical moments. The tables set with best linen and crockery, passing plates of home-grown goodness, comparing stories of the week. Then, there were stories of the old days and laughter … Tons of it. No disruptive electronic devices! One never rushed a meal!
Sunday leftover followed for many days in creative creations. Do you make time out to sit and eat with family, without distraction?
If you made a mistake … take responsibility. The past is gone. Do not worry about the future.
Be Happy for Today… we come into this life with nothing and leave with nothing
So, spend more of what makes you happy… Love life and Life will love you back
Imagine a world in which we all shared our gifts and bounty with each other, rather than focusing on self-preservation.
There are many variations on the story of stone soup, but they all involve a traveller coming into a town beset by famine.
The inhabitants try to discourage the traveller from staying, fearing he wants them to give him food.
They tell him in no uncertain terms that there is no food anywhere to be found.
The traveller explains that he does not need any food and that, in fact, he was planning to make a soup to share with all of them.
The villagers watch suspiciously as he builds a fire and fills a cauldron with water. With great ceremony, he pulls a stone from a bag, dropping the stone into the pot of water.
He sniffs the brew extravagantly and exclaims how delicious stone soup is. As the villagers begin to show interest, he mentions how good the soup would be with just a little cabbage in it.
A villager brings out a cabbage to share. This episode repeats itself until the soup has cabbage, carrots, onions, and beetroots–indeed, a substantial soup that feeds everyone in the village.
This story addresses the human tendency to hoard in times of deprivation. When resources are scarce, we pull back and put all our energy into self-preservation.
We isolate ourselves and shut out others. As the story of stone soup reveals, in doing so, we often deprive ourselves and everyone else of a feast. This metaphor plays out beyond the realm of food. We hoard ideas, love, and energy, thinking we will be richer if we keep them to ourselves, when in truth we make the world, and ourselves, poorer whenever we greedily stockpile our reserves. The traveler was able to see that the villagers were holding back, and he had the genius to draw them out and inspire them to give, thus creating a spread that none of them could have created alone.
Are you like one of the villagers, holding back?
If you come forward and share your gifts, you will inspire others to do the same.
The reward is a banquet that can nourish many.
And we are deeply loved by each other,
Through the good times as well as the toughest times,
I love you all most powerfully,
And I cherish you more than words could ever express.
Saying … I will be there with what I have and who I am to assist you in whatever you need. If I cannot do it than hopefully, I have a connection to someone who can. It means we must value our relationships more than we value our money. If money is the only thing that binds us, we will be lost to each other when the money is gone.
Faith is the sweetness of a child’s love, and the appreciation of waking up to a new day.
This is wealth!
Being aware of the moment and thankfully grateful … this too is wealth!
What would you tell your younger self???
“Be kinder to yourself” “Always know your worth” “The world is bigger than you think it is and your worries are not as important as you think they are, JUST BE YOU!!!””You are loved – love is all around you” “Don’t worry if you look different, or feel you look different, you are beautiful” And it is not ego – it is self worth!!!
“Relax, stop being afraid” “Everything is going to be alright”
“Stop and smell the wildflowers”
Over to you- what would you tell yourself. And remember, if looking back fills you with regret, realize you did the best you could at the time.
Fill yourself full of peace, compassion and kindness and use regret to motivate change.
This is your reminder to breathe.
to let go of the stress and worry
That feels so abundant.
To see the good, to find joy
in the simplest moments.
To know that it will be Okay.
I am attracting better because I have discovered that it all starts with me. I am going to change myself first so that everything can align for me. I’m not going to blame anyone. I am going to take responsibility for my life. The better I become, the better I attract.