A new year is always such a regenerative time, a moment for reflection and a chance to begin again. This year I have ditched New Year's resolutions, strict eating plans and ridiculous exercise goals. Instead my intentions for 2014 are to slow down, breathe more, try to live with an open heart (emphasis on the word 'try') and to have a bit more fun. Here are some things I love of late, some of which are helping me on this path already.
Spending time at the beach or near water always clears my head and helps me reconnect with my breath. I would like to visit the beach more this year, not just during the warmer months but also during winter.
I am a member of a book club and our first book of the year is East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Sometimes it's good to read books outside your normal genre comfort zone.
I am now into regular treats so I made these lovely mixed berry ice blocks using Gwyneth's recipe from her second cookbook. Frozen berries, coconut milk or coconut cream and maple syrup - delicious.
I love trying new restaurants, so Mr B and I recently visited Oishii in Sunnybank.
I knew it would be good, as it was absolutely packed by 12:15pm on a Sunday. Fantastic sushi and their salmon sashimi was delectable.
I love candles, however I like them to be in glass jars and made of healthier ingredients, as some candles can be rather toxic. I like ones made entirely of beeswax or soy wax. I use this candle during my daily meditation, prayer and chanting session. I really enjoy Deva Premal's chanting albums on ITunes.
Even just a few years ago my friends and family would have been shocked to see me wearing colour, as black was my daily uniform. Now I want to wear colourful items every day and this little number from Shopbop has been a fantastic summer dress.
Two things make me really happy - Pavlova and Champagne. I am going to have them a little bit more in 2014. I recently discovered a fantastic quote:
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right"
F Scott Fitzgerald.
Have you read any of the books from this list? I have read 4. I also tried to read Catch 22 but found it challenging and actually gave up 50 pages in. I might try it again this year. LOVE The Guardian's website especially their Culture and Food sections.
I have mentioned Jiro's sushi restaurant in the past but really enjoyed this quick clip with gastronomic expert Anthony Bourdain. I definitely need to put this restaurant on my vision board!