Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Be kind to a stranger.

Putting pen to paper has always been something to solidify my thoughts, giving them life. It brings clarity when my mind storms with fragments and shards.
So many notebooks filled with dreams, prayers, ideas, goals, quotes, a scrap of paper or a picture collected from various locations and times. All mean nothing and something.

It's lovely to look back and witness my journey and the different things that captured my attention. Some ideas are fleeting. And some have been floating around for years. What is important to me, is that certain ideas become a reality. 

I have found that the practice of writing, cultivates a (flexible) pledge from myself to the universe. This pledge gives my words a place from which to be born. And so I would love you to share your 'lust list'.
These lust lists are endlessly changing and void of a timeframe, they can be whatever you want them to be. In this very moment what would yours say?

Some fragments from my notebook...

Be present. Surrender.
Find contentment in what I have.
Look for answers from within, or realise that I have no more questions
Om Namah Shivaya - I honour the divinity that resides within me.
Always strive to be the best version of myself.

And this one has been around for a while, it brings me so much happiness... Be kind to a stranger, everyday.

Please share your lists, they can be as simple or complex as you like :)

Love J x

Monday, November 29, 2010


A friend, whom I feel so fortunate to have in my life, taught me about Dharma.

Dharma is our unique gift. No other person possesses this talent, or more accurately our expression of it. Furthermore the law of giving and receiving -Karma- means by giving ourselves, giving our gift, with pure intention, brings about our ultimate happiness.

Deepak Chopra describes it as, "Dharma implies more than seeking work that we love, it implies our unique destiny, our place in the cosmic plan. It implies a shift in consciousness that begins when we align ourselves with our highest vision, and then become the manifestation of that vision."

It is of the highest importance to seek and fulfil this purpose. However in order for Dharma to be expressed as it should be, there are many lessons that must first be learnt. So as we are today, is exactly as we are supposed to be. We learn now what will enable us to overcome challenges in the future. This can be a long, painful journey as some truth can hurt. It can also be a simple, pleasant journey - this is our own decision!

As the Christmas season approaches and giving and receiving is all around us. I hope that everyone receives the gift of consciousness, whatever that may be to the individual and gives the gift of love with pure intention. I hope that Dharma reveals itself to each individual and that everyone has the courage and freedom to follow their own destiny.

Love J x

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Oh what mischief!

For fun, I decided to remove the TV from our house. Just to see what mischief could be born.

Its been a week. Oh my!

Singing. Dancing. Gardening. Drawing. Playing music. Writing.  Laughter. Reminiscing. Talking. Talking. Talking. Smile.

It was never meant to be a huge part of our household, however television had managed to escape us and dominate our precious evening hours.

A friend commented of our experiment; that its probably one of the greatest things a modern family can do. I have to say I agree.

Our evenings are well and truly reclaimed. Permanently.

Love J x

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A love story

Her lips were as red as blood, her skin so white it was translucent. Her eyes closed.
Absorbing energy from the noise surrounding her. Dancing. Lost.

A smile guarding that heart. That battle-wounded fortress.

Breath in. Breath out.

She pushed away the days, avoiding their reminder of what she missed. Her eyes began to look hollow, as if nothing else mattered.

The winter was cold but she found comfort in that, tasting the pain. When the howling winds peaked, deafening her, threatening to take it all, he stepped into the room.

She opened one eye, the warmth of his gaze illuminated him and she stretched her fragile neck to drink from that glow. It saturated her. The world became motionless and time entwined itself around them.

They began to move, elaborate but cautious. Courteous of one another. Each not missing a beat. As the movement became a dance, they crawled underneath each others skin. Opening each others mind to read the contents. Sifting through the thoughts and memories that made up their whole.

Breath in. Breath out.

Her skin began to glow and those hollow eyes filled with his love. She didn't know if she would survive a moment without him. Songs about the future became stories of today and memories of yesterday.

She smiled once again. This time he was guarding her heart.

Love J x

A luscious moment

Child birth was one of the most poignant experiences in my life. Utter joy. Serene, calm and exquisite.

I meditated. Bathed. Connected with my body and breath, working together with my unborn child. The experience changed me, instantly and forever. My loving husband, by my side through every luscious moment was changed, instantly and forever.

We were destined to meet Lynne Davidson during our pregnancy, as our friendship developed we knew that she was meant to be at our birth. Her guidance, support and loving nature gave us the stamina we needed to make it through.

She massaged (us both), provided kind words of encouragement, performed reflexology to bring on my contractions when they slowed, even made scones and offered to clean our home! This woman is SuperWoman!

I feel that Lynne and my family will always have a special bond.

After all she was there when everything changed.

Lynne Davidson - Doula, Birth Mentor & SuperWoman doulabirthhands@gmail.com 

Love J x

Monday, November 22, 2010


Busy friends chasing children. Studying. Working. Doing all the above at once,(!) need more energy. So some ideas for those of us with less than adequate va-va-voom!

Start the day on lemon water. (See previous post)
Please please eat Breakfast. Please.
Oats are a fabulous choice for breaky. Rolled oats are my pick, the quick cooking variety have undergone partial cooking processes which reduces nutrient levels. Also to decrease cooking time the outer shell is removed/broken which also depletes nutritional value. The low GI impact of oats means you get a slow release of energy, so you feel full for longer. Oats are a perfect start for your perfect day.
Snack. Feed your body, it's important to maintain energy.
Great snacks are nuts and seeds. Whole, raw almonds are delicious.
Fruit such as avocados, bananas, apples are all fantastic energy boosters. Apples actually affect you the same way a caffeine fuelled coffee would!
Vitamin C is found in a lot of fruit, particularly citrus, and is a great source of energy. I would recommend eating fruit rather than drinking juice because you miss out on so many nutrients from the flesh of the fruit. The process to make juice also diminishes nutrient levels and often juices have added sugar which will zap your energy.
Stop for lunch. Now. Right Now.  
Skipping a meal is another no-no. For those monitoring their weight... skipping meals will slow your metabolism as your body tries to preserve energy, then when you eat next your body will store the energy, resulting in weight gain. So eat lovely's.

Lunch ideas - vegetables – all of them are fabulous at providing our body with exactly what it needs. In particular sprouts, asparagus, broccoli and spinach are excellent energy boosters.
Eggs, tuna, chicken are all high sources of protein which will sustain your levels of energy.
Legumes are great energy foods, kidney beans, tuna and salad in a wrap = delicious. Also baked beans on wholemeal bread are a simple and easy lunch choice.
H2O – I know health experts can really get pushy about water consumption, but there is a reason. Water is Mother Nature's miracle nectar.
So sip-sip-sip.
Ideally 1-2 litres a day, more if you are active or in hot weather. With practice you will polish off 3 litres easily. I notice on days that I don’t get enough... Sluggish. Headaches. Pimples. Blah.
What to avoid
Now I apologise to all the sugar fiends out there, but refined sugar, found in chocolate, biscuits, cakes etc will cause fatigue. While you will get an initial boost from consuming these delights your body will experience an insulin spike and once you come down from this high you will feel deflated, tired and crave more sugar, so the journey continues.
I am no saint when it comes to sugar but I am making changes to wean myself from its clutches. (Honey is my saviour, and it has trace levels of nutrients...so it has health benefits) Everything in small doses. 

A good night sleep wouldnt go astray in boosting energy, however this is sometimes impossible. Teething. Yikes. So do what you can in that department.
I hope this helps…

Love J x

Wisdom in those words.

Photography by Lisa Löwenborg

"I just follow the path of least resistance." He laughed casually.
The words danced over me and I smiled at their wisdom.
How many times we struggle. Stubbornly. Sheer determination.
Teeth-grit-lips-pursed. Why? Why make it so hard?
Allow a new approach, accept a new outcome. Maintain an open mind, or heart. A simpler, happier, more fluid life...

Yes please.

Love J x

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Friends. Lovers. Soul Mates.

While journeying through life we cross paths with many people. With some, the purpose of our union is clear, other times not so.
And mostly the purpose is an endless evolution.
Our connection may be brief. At the bus stop, or waiting for a coffee. We may become friends. Lovers. Soul mates. 


You may not ever think of that person again. However once in a while you will meet someone who will leave an everlasting imprint.

Embellishing your being.

I have been lucky enough to meet so many people that bless my life with their presence. Some are old friends, some are new. But they all bring something unique and precious into my world. They all teach me something new, something that I value. They allow my heart to grow bigger.

Thank goodness for these people.

Love J x

Thank you Lisa, for allowing me to share your beautiful photography.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Let nature energise you!

Everyone knows that water hydration is good for the body, so here is an old favourite that will kick start your day...

Lemon water.

The practice of drinking lemon water originated from traditional Chinese medicine. And they were on to something.
This citrus is bursting with nutrients: Vitamin C, Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium... to name a few.

These essential nutrients work to boost your immune system, promote and support digestive systems and promote healthy clear skin.

Lemon water can be drunk at any time of the day, but I definitely feel the benefits first thing in the morning. I drink it in warm water first thing and chilled in the steamy summer afternoons. It is the ultimate refreshment!
So let nature energise you!

Love J x

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Those inspired folk

No matter what it is you do; clean, cook, prune or... run a country, if you do a good job, with passion and integrity, the guts of it make it all the same.

I love being around these inspired folk, no matter what tickles their fancy. It's contagious.

So if you want some eye candy check out NFE Design, Renee's photography is delicious, her passion infectious. She captures moments that remain impermeable from time. Love it!

Have a peek at her blog, I promise it will bring you a smile.

Love J x

Our Solider Still Stands.

A lone Soldier, a lone battle field, a lone journey. He stands tall, strong and reflective, aligning himself, his spine, his being. He looks to the distance and notes the light. Notes his path.

Eye to eye, nose to nose, his soul bare. A life flickers for a brief moment.  Holding in the breath, time stands still, making the world seem busier. Hearts sink, brows heavy, bleeding sweat. Whispering sweet desperate prayers. Please. Please.

And now the moment. Relief. Thanks. Tears. Smiles.

Our Soldier still stands.

For Grandad.

Love J x

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Today I got knee deep in family photo albums, digging out all the treasures of days gone by.
I was particularly drawn to photos of my Mother. Staring into her smiley shiny eyes and wide joyful mouth, I felt so lucky to have her.

I had a wonderful childhood, my most precious memories from the years we spent on Apple Tree Farm.

I remember bare foot, freckled skin, running wild and free late into the summer nights, playing in the long grass with my brother and climbing the apple trees to scavenge for fruit.


It got me thinking, some people do not have many happy memories and others have none at all. But to respect what we have, whatever that may be and always remember our past makes us who we are today, that's what counts the most.

I love you M & D.  
Hiking at the Lake District
M & D

My Brother x
Love J x

Friday, November 12, 2010


Nourish. Your. Soul. Salawi embodies nourishment. An earthy relaxed space.
Sip, nibble, splurge & feel good.
Supporting Fair Trade.

Our scrumptious snack!

Sal - Director.

Salawi is hosting a special evening to showcase their conscious Christmas gift ideas.
Wed 17th Nov from 6 - 7.30pm.
462 Hunter Street, Newcastle
All welcome so spread the word amongst your family & friends.
It will be a great opportunity to grab a special Christmas gift that will give joy twice over!!

Love J x

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Be. Brave.

Walking past the gates of a primary school, a mother bends down to her child and in an almost inaudible voice says, “Its ok, be brave”.

Be brave. Brave. How often am I brave?
How often are words left unsaid, hanging silently because we fear them? Be brave.
How often do we turn away or shield our eyes because it’s too hard to look at the truth?
Today. Today I will do and say and look and see. Regret leaves a bitter taste. So today I am Brave.

Love J x

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Delicious. Healthy. Perfection.

My current obsession...

1-2 Bananas
400ml coconut milk
Tbsp Honey

Whiz together and indulge. Heavenly.
Coconut milk is considered by some nutritional experts as a ‘Super Food’, I certainly support this. Others have likened it to 'Mothers Milk'. Uniquely perfect.
Coconut milk is loaded with many powerful fatty acids. These little guys have a very important role within our body. The balancing properties can assist with regulating blood pressure, hormonal imbalances and stabilising blood sugar levels. It also boosts cellular healing processes, including immune and inflammation responses to illness and injury.
Coconut milk also stimulates the metabolism and therefore can assist with weight loss.

Convinced yet...? Go on, get into it!

Love J x

This is Summer.

Tonight we packed up our dinner and relocated to the beach.
The scent of seaweed, the roar of the ocean and the crunch of sand in our teeth.

This is Summer.

Love J x

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Where is your inner child?

It was my babies 1st Birthday, 3 hours, 50 cupcakes, 12 children and a lot of sunshine and laughter later and a happy Mr Birthday Pants is snoring in his cot!

While eating the kiddie inspired finger food someone commented how great it was to feel childish again eating jelly and fairy bread, it got us thinking about the childish innocence that we are all blessed to be born with. As adults the reality of responsibility can sweep our childish innocence well away.

With this in mind I challenge everyone to embrace their inner child and choose to be childishly innocent, go for a walk in the rain, climb a tree or kick the autumn leaves! We may not be connected to this little person anymore but we can  change that. Fake it until you make it!

Love J x

Friday, November 5, 2010


Hello, I am Jen.

I am studying Nutritional Medicine. Health, Wellbeing & Happiness are my passion and so I have started this blog to share what I learn and hopefully inspire others.

I am a Mother. I am a Wife. I am Silly. Fun. I find inspiration in the smallest details to the biggest displays. Mother Nature inspires me.

Welcome. I hope that you find something here that you like. Enough that you come back...

Love J x