Why we should stop tracking and start living

I’ve never been much into numbers. I’m more of a right-brained thinker. Mathematics, statistics, these were not my subjects. So lately I’ve been giving some major thought to why I have been so obsessed with applying numbers to my life. Counting and tracking my own personal statistics. Some of the things I’ve been known obsessively…

Every Single Day – Maintaining creative momentum

“Actually, I jade very quickly. Once is usually enough. Either once only, or every day. If you do something once it’s exciting, and if you do it every day it’s exciting. But if you do it, say, twice or just almost every day, it’s not good any more.” – Andy Warhol I found the above…

A New Approach to Cooking – focusing on creativity in the kitchen

“The real joy of cooking is the alchemy of combining ingredients, be they animal or vegetable in origin, in dishes that become much more than the sum of their parts.” – Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall It doesn’t matter how many things I cook, I am consistently amazed at how a few simple ingredients can be magically…

Green Vegetable Pie with Rice Crust

I made way too much rice to go with our curry the other night. I’ve been experimenting with different amounts, as I often get it wrong and end up with too little. So I was left with a whole container full of basmati and no desire to eat it. As I always do, I turned…

The Therapy of Simple Living

Over the last several months I have been embracing simple living as a way of coping with stressors and issues in my life. I am learning to consume less, to spend less, and to become more self sufficient, and in the process I am gaining more control over my life. Like anything I practice that…

Bower-Birding: Curated Abundance

An article on birding here suggests that materials popular for building nests include: Twigs or sticks; Dead leaves; Grass clippings or dead grass; Yarn, string or thread; Human hair or animal fur; Feathers; Cattail fluff; Moss or lichen; Pine needles; Mud; Pebbles or small rocks; Spider web silk; Straw or other plant stems; Dental floss;…

Breakfast for Two – Oatmeal Pancakes

Pancakes, in all of their iterations, are one of my favourite foods. Traditional white flour flapjacks are a little bland without the maple syrup, and since I’m trying to limit sugar in my diet I’ve been trying out different recipes (see my zucchini feta fritters here). These oatmeal pancakes are an amalgamation of a few…

Whale Song – Experiential Meditation

It sounds incredibly corny but there are times when – if you allow yourself to pay close attention, you can feel your life and intentions and understanding shifting in the moment. Sometimes it is just a subtle shift, a feeling like the wind changing direction, and other times it just slaps you across the face….

The Goal of Kindness

While I believe that setting SMART goals can be beneficial sometimes, I think we can forget our true selves in the process. Often when I am working with mental health consumers they complain of ‘goal fatigue’. It seems every new service, clinician and doctor they see insists that they set more goals. This insistence can…

Body Negativity

For as long as I can remember I have been ashamed of my body. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve also outwardly railed against the dominant narrative of body hatred in our culture. I consider it atrocious that women (and men) are goaded into aspiring to false ideals. I’ve spent hundreds of hours pep-talking girlfriends who…

Sunday Black Box Challenge: Wasting Less

Last week I shared an example of my Sunday cooking ritual, which is essentially my way of using up the week’s leftover produce and other bits and bobs that won’t last much longer. I made chicken soup, parsley walnut pesto, stone fruit chutney, and broccoli squash biscuits as well as a stock pack for later….