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What’s making me happy ?

Posted by on Sep 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

“I think I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. Part of it is just learning what makes me happier and doing more of it, and learning what makes me unhappier and doing less of it.” – Mark Frauenfelder.

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Cute Blue Mountains House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our gallant efforts to tread as kindly as we can in this often frazzling, bewildering world, it is important to remember to be kind to ourselves and relish in the things which make us happy. The arrival of Spring, coinciding with my birthday, often makes me reflect on how my year is panning out, 3/4 of the way into it. I’m coasting along pretty well – tardy and sporadic blog posting aside, and there’s a couple of grand plans in the pipeline which have been occupying my thoughts. Stay tuned !

In the meantime, here is what is making me content, happy and optimistic right here, right now.

Cooking up a Storm including…..

I am doing a bit of an on-line Spring spruce up through Vegan Sparkles – specifically The Sparkle Project which is full of incredible healthy, plant based recipes (along with lots of healthy and inspirational “mind stuff” too). If your mind or kitchen creativity needs a bit of a revamp, I’d highly recommend it.

The Lazy Cat Kitchen, Love and Lemons and The Buddhist Chef are some other good sites to check out recipes – they consistently dish out easy, healthy, fab recipes.

Sourcing some new fab eateries in Sydney

Great Vegan Pho * at Eat Fuh and an entire vegi/vegan menu (as well as a “regular” menu) at Hello Auntie – both in Marrickville.

Vegan ramen * at Ippeudo in the surprisingly atmospheric Westfields Sydney CBD.

* Pho and ramen usually have pork in the stock – even when advertised as being vegetarian so to find some 100% vegan options for 2 of my favourite soups was a great find.

Coffee and sourdough to die for as well as a scrumptious all vegetarian / vegan menu at Two Chaps in Marrickville. I usually have a rule about refusing to line up anywhere to eat but the food here is far too good to keep to this rule (and the wait is swift).

I am thrilled to the core about the prospect of having a “pub feed” at Australia’s first vegan pub – The Green Lion in Rozelle, Sydney. Opened on 17th September. Oooh yeah !!

Finding a new Perfume 

I have been stuck in a pleasant Issey Miyake ground hog day experience for about the last 15 years – having not being able to find a worthy replacement. As I discussed in my post about perfume, the credentials of Issey Myake in the kindness stakes are a bit wishy washy. The good news is, I have fallen in love with a new scent – and it’s guaranteed cruelty free status – Vanilla Grapefruit by Lavanila. Divine scents are a massive thing for me in the feel good stakes. Which segues me into….

Bath Salts

My almost nightly bath ritual is paramount to keeping my mind even keeled  and content. I have invested in a massive 20kg tub of epsom salts and some essential oils ( from New Directions – fab warehouse) to keep me going for a while. I’ve found that this recipe from Hello Glow and it’s “uplifting / strengthening stress relief” description do just that for my mood.

The recent ban on greyhound racing

I am hoping that this recent ban in NSW leads to many conversations and changed attitudes in how we treat and view animals. We obviously have a long way to go but this is a positive start. We are strongly considering a new friend for Garp. See Greyhound Rescue to view some of the sweethearts (and their oh so human eyes) looking for their forever homes.

Lots of interesting and fun events coming up

My winter hibernation period is wrapping up so it’s time to get out amongst it again. There will be some culture on the cards at former refugee / pianist extraordinaire Hoang Pham and his performance at the City Recital Hall on the 16th October – all proceeds go towards saving the bears through the wonderful Animals Asia. Some learning and a little bit of networking is to be had at the Animal Justice Party Conference on 24th September and the Lucy’s Project Conference in Sydney on 5th and 6th November – a must do for all those interested in the indisputable connection between animal abuse and domestic violence. An interesting Sydney Fringe Festival dinner party event called Kale-spiracy  will be held on the 28th September with a panel debating vegan/vegetarian vs omnivore diets. And then there’s the Cruelty Free Festival which I always love on the 30th October.

Some new summer shoes

No leather here…..I present my massively comfy (and hopefully fashionable, I am never quite sure!) new summer flats from Mox’s.

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They come in many different colours too.

A new tooth care regime

Having been cursed with periodontal disease, care of my teeth is paramount. Having banished all the usual suspects (Colgate, Sensodyne etc) due to cruel animal testing, I have found Weleda salt toothpaste and Tooth Tonic treatment to be working well. Lets hope my perio thinks so too.

A 2017 diary has caught my eye

Being a devout Virgo, diary’s are crucial to my well being. List making, planning – it all happens in the treasured diary. Edgars Mission have just released a gorgeous diary for 2017 which I’ll be ordering very soon in a virgo-ish – still 3 months out from the years end -manner.

Getting into a yoga groove

At the age of 46, I have FINALLY worked out what I like to do fitness wise – yoga and walking and, I admit (with some trepidation due to aforementioned age), the odd boogy at No Lights No Lycra (OMG, so much fun !). I have gone through stages of thinking I should like certain activities like jogging or pump at the gym but, it turns out that I really don’t. I am still a beginner at yoga but I am loving  (for free !) my weekly outdoor class through Live Life Get Active (they are all around Australia) and the Yoga With Adriene series on youtube.

Reading and telly / movie watching

Ah, how immensely satisfying is it when you read a good book, see a great movie or discover a new series on telly. Truly life’s pleasures. My recommendations of late are :

Books – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and A Happier Hour by Bex Weller

Movies –  Truman

TV – Wentworth, The Night Of, Happy Valley and Catastrophe. All brilliant !

Birthday solititude

Now an annual birthday treat to myself, I recently fled the world for a few days on my own for some unadulterated introvert’s heaven. This time it was to Leura in the Blue Mountains in this cute little airbnb cottage. Long walks, lunches (love you Rubyfruit), nanna naps, list making, Spring flower gazing – ahhhh bliss !

I would love to know what is making you happy right now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Alyssa

    Reading this is making me happy. Hearing how happy you are! Love u hun x

  2. lisa

    ha ha! YOU are making me happy dear, YOU! 🙂

  3. Andy

    Hi Inge, sweet words..
    I’m probably being neanderthalish, but friends
    Up the road cooked a couple of great vege salads/hearty meals for us the other night. From ‘community’ cookbook. The Surrey Hills institution.. Have you heard of it? Website below..
    http://www.arthurstreetkitchen.com

    Andy Roda x

  4. admin

    Never neanderthalish Andy R ! I like the sound of the arthurstreetkitchen and hearty vege salads. Thanks for stopping by ! xx

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