Making kind choices in your everyday life.

2016 Over and Out

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

“Now, as we close one chapter, the pen is gradually inking up, preparing itself to write the next.Mie Hansson

 

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As 2016 draws to a close, it is time to contemplate the year that was (including discovering how hard taking a 2 person and a licking dog selfie actually is !)

With no shortage of world wide tragedies and losses of amazing people (including one close to home – a much loved relative who succumbed to depression), I’m going to keep the focus on what made me happy this past year.

Favorite movies

An arvo movie, followed by an early dinner/natter with a treasured friend/mum/partner – is one of my favourite things to do. There’s been some good ones in 2016 – 45 years, Rams, The Daughter, Mia Madre, I Daniel Blake and Patterson. This list has made me realise what a “human interest” movie lover I am (OK, most of them had an animal or two in them too).

Engrossing TV

Happy Valley, Wentworth, The Night Of, Flea Bag, Rectify, The Fall, Catastrophe. All fantastic and either funny or gripping. Itching to get into the latest Scandi drama – Midnight Sun (SBS on demand)

Must read books

On par with a brilliant movie is an engrossing read. My recommendations from the year are : A Man Called Ove (Fredrick Simpson), The Anti Cool Girl (Rosie Waterland), Another Love (Amanda Prowse), A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara), A Happier Hour (Bex Weller) and A Year in Provence (Carolyn Tate).

Inspiring people

My gutsy and courageous good friends Kylie and Alyssa (aka Alyssa Heath Manifesting Coach) – they know why ! Also these 3 amazing people……..

Jan from the Beet Retreat

I have yet to have the pleasure of meeting this wonderful woman but I do feel more than a touch of kindred spirit-ness with her. Jan spent a couple of decades in the Victorian Mounted Police before opting out for a completely different life, more in line with her values. Now in her almost mid 50’s (unfathomable when you see what she looks like), she runs a vegan B&B, The Beet Retreat, in country Victoria and does incredible things to advocate for animals (like running obscene distances). Jan is the epitome of compassionate, healthy and positive living. Her Facebook page and Instagram are fab ones to follow (her kelpie Mac is pretty damn cute too).

Mel Wojtas – The Hive Village Project

I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Mel at the Lucy’s Project conference. She is a young, single mum who has faced and triumphed over domestic violence. Her drive to set up a village of self sufficient homes for people escaping domestic violence (AND their animals – so desperately needed) is utterly inspiring. An enjoyable, simple way to support her project is a night out at the movies to see the documentary Call Me Dad on 6th Feb 2017 in Ryde, Sydney.

Zach Skow – Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue

From America, this man has made such a turn around in his life. From being at death’s door as a result of alcoholism and drug abuse, he is now healthy and investing his everything into saving dogs in desperate need. He also recognises the benefit of the human / animal connection in his prison programs (Pawsitive Change) where inmates are buddied up with a dog who needs some TLC before being re-homed. These stories are fascinating and heart warming to follow. (just quietly but…. Zach is quite easy on the eye too). Find him on facebook or instagram.

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Zach and some beautiful rescued hounds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cosmetics for my old lady skin

Cruelty free, not outlandishly expensive and effective- as far as is possible for my 46 year old skin anyway. Am loving…

La Mav – particularly their serums (Flora and Fauna are a great online shop to buy cruelty free products like this)

Lush – Skin drink facial moisturiser, Let the Good Times Roll scrub and Ultrabland facial cleanser.

New music discoveries

Profoundly lacking (aside from Sia’s new album – This Is Acting). Suggestions please !

Delectable (and kind !) eating out discoveries

Two Chaps (Marrickville, Sydney), Kindness Cafe (Darlinghurst, Sydney), Fina’s 2 (Fitzroy, Melbourne), T’s Tantan (Tokyo, Japan)

Finding my tribe

My last post was purely on this topic and I do not know enough superlatives to describe how outstanding I find this group. From sending off a little email inquiry a couple of years ago, the butterfly effect led me to the life changing Lucy’s Project. Domestic violence (and other violence related offences) and animal abuse – the link is clear. So much more needs to be done. This group of wise souls has had such a profound effect on me, my work and has brought with it new friends, direction and challenges. 2017 will hold great things for this magnificent group. I am thrilled to be a part of it.

Podcasts

Nitty Gritty Committee, The Slow Home Podcast, Mia Freedman’s No Filter & Freedom of Species. All are brilliant – they help me learn so much about all sorts of weird and wonderful things as I stride around doing my 12,000 steps !

Websites 

Louder Minds and it’s associated closed facebook group – have allowed me to be completely accepting and more understanding  of the way I am.

Head Space is gently easing me towards the year’s end too, one 10 minute meditation session at a time.

Zen Habits and all of it’s soothing tips to lead a calm, intentional life.

Best recipe stalking sites

These are about to get a massive workout (for my household’s Veganuary challenge) – there are endless fab ones but if I had to single a few out, they’d be…Vegan Richa, The Lazy Cat Kitchen, Carrots and Flowers, The Buddhist Chef and The Gentle Chef. Cook book wise, I adore my “Bed and Broccoli” cookbook (they have a gorgeous looking new vegan B&B in country Victoria too) and use it constantly.

Utterly random enjoyable things

Yoga with Adrienne, trying to get to 12,000 steps each day on my fitbit and making soap and epsom salt/essential oil bath salts

In 2017, I’m looking forward to……

  • Veganuary. I currently eat a few organic eggs a week and have the occasional bit of cheese and smoked salmon so…. I am so close to what I know is the kindest way to tread through this life. The real challenge will be my fella.. Post coming up just for this awe inspiring moment where the ultimate meat/eggs/dairy lover goes animal product free for 31 days.   I am totally proud of him – despite the  big time bribery involved ($300 is going to his favourite charity Medecins Sans Frontiere if he makes it through the month animal product free). There is still time to sign up and join us !
  • A sanctuary visit to Where Pigs Might Fly in the Hunter Valley.
  • FINALLY, after being an avid supporter of Animals Asia for well over a decade, we’ll be visiting the bears at the Chengdu rescue centre in China later in the year. Cannot wait. Which segues me into….
  • Decluttering my sea of stuff (and getting my buddies to as well) and selling the collective wares at a market stall to make lots of money for the beautiful bears at Animals Asia for Honey Money Days.
  • Some huge work aspirations – trying to create change from within (#lucysproject) ! Whopping project.
  • Lots more walking. Bundeena to Otford – coming soon !
  • I’d love to see if any creativity lies within and do a drawing / painting course. I love the look of the on line Lisa Congdon ones on Creativebug or a real life one from Shani (from the Rare Pear Studio) – who pops across to Sydney (from Cowra) a few times a year to do classes at Little Lane Workshops in Brookvale, Sydney.
  • Another mid year solitary sojourn – any suggestions ??

So from my little family to yours, have a wonderful 2017. I hope you will continue to tread kindly through it with me. Love Ing xxx

 

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  1. Skip

    I’ll give you easy on the eye!!

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