Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Thirty-Four

We are halfway through our stay-cation/house-dog-cat-sitting for Mum and Dad, and there is something about this house that will always be home, no matter how long Chris and I live in our own home. I’ve been enjoying my morning walks with Molly, cuddles with Toby on the couch, and being three minutes away from my sister. I will be happy to get back to our own home next week because this feeling of home, true relaxation and shelter, is what Chris and I are creating for ourselves in our new home. Here is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Thirty-Four:

Monday: Today I headed home to Mum and Dad’s place to house sit for them for two weeks. When I went in to put my clothes away I found that Mum and Dad had left Chris and I a little gift pack on the bed: fresh towels, beautiful soap, and our respective favourite chocolate treats. It was such a sweet thought. I’m grateful that I am able to do something little to help Mum and Dad while they enjoy their holiday in Singapore. I will never be able to repay the debt of gratitude I have for all they have done for me.wk 34 home hotelTuesday: Today was a super active day! Molly and I went for a walk in the morning, I stopped past the gym for a run on the way home, and then Jess and I went to a Konga class and sweated it out to the music together while making complete fools of ourselves. It was so much fun! I was grateful to spend a night with my little sister dancing and squatting and crunching and lunging and laughing all the while.wk 34 walks with MollyWednesday: Tonight Molly and Toby and I had a night hanging out alone while Chris stayed at our home. We watched Murder She Wrote, lounged about on the couch, and just had a relaxing evening. I was grateful for a Wednesday evening relaxation session.

Thursday: Tonight Chris and I had a Deadliest Catch marathon. We love this show! Although neither of us harbours any fantasies about running off to the Bering Sea to catch shellfish, we do love watching the adventures of these fishermen and we’d both love to visit Alaska someday! I was grateful for virtual adventures with Chris – talking about faraway places just makes me more excited about our upcoming holiday!wk 34 breakfastFriday: Tonight on my way home I stopped for a run. I really didn’t feel like running tonight so I bribed myself to just get through 5km. I stopped at 8km because Chris called and asked if I was ever coming home! Sometimes you just have to get started on something to remind yourself that you are capable, and that you love doing it. I was grateful for the reminder from my body tonight.  wk 34 sushi dateSaturday: Today was a golden day from beginning to end! This morning I walked Molly and then headed over to have a walk with Jess (sister this time) before we went out for a sisterly movie/shopping/lunch day together! We bought ourselves a few new things (watch out NYC fashion police here I come!), had a great sushi lunch, saw Trainwreck (recommended), and laughed and talked and just completely relaxed. It was nice to take a day our where I just let myself enjoy every second of life. I came back on Saturday night feeling drop dead tired (what is it about shopping that is so exhausting?) but completely refreshed. I’m so grateful that my sister is my best friend too, and that we had such a wonderful day together free from stress.wk 34 lunchSunday: Today Molly had a walking date with our neighbour and they both came back sweaty and smiling so it was a success. I got to lie in bed a while longer, make carrot cake muffins, and curl up with a New York guidebook and ease myself into the day. I went for a long walk around my old streets, baked so many cupcakes I made myself sick on buttercream ‘testing’, and spent some time planning our time in New York (six weeks and definitely counting). I am grateful that we are going on this trip and preparing ourselves for an adventure!wk 34 muffins

Also this week:

Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Thirty

We are officially moved in! Thanks to the hard work of family and some friends all our furniture, a library of books, our kitchen, and plethora of technological bits and pieces are now in our very own home.

Our very own home. I kept saying those words over and over again yesterday. I feel like I have to pinch myself to see if I’m in a dream. If I am, I don’t want to wake up.

This week, instead of going day by day through my Gratitude List, I want to share with you a list of things that I was grateful for in our new on the table


  • First of all I am so grateful to our family and friends for helping us to move in on Saturday. Chris’s Dad came down from Toowoomba to help us, my Mum and Dad were absolute packing/dismantling/unpacking/reassembling rock stars, my sister came to help (she is small but mighty), and two of Chris’s oldest friends came to help with all the heavy lifting and loading. I am so grateful for all of them giving up part of their weekend to help us.
  • I am grateful that I get to share a home with my soulmate and best friend and every day is like a party when the two of us are together. Hard times there may be, but happiness and laughter, affection and love abound too. I am grateful for Chris and that we are having this grand adventure called life, together.
  • I am grateful that we are closer to my family again. I loved living in our house by the bay, but our new home is only twenty minutes from my parents and my sister and her husband, which makes me incredibly happy.
  • I am grateful that we live in such a diverse part of Brisbane! Our new area has so many interesting food spots, parks, and entertainment options to explore. Last night we stumbled across some cute little Korean cafes, an interesting Korean barbecue spot, and a Korean supermarket about a kilometer from our house! So many tasty adventures to be had!
  • I am grateful for this place. This place that is ours. Just Chris and me. Our safe spot, our own castle. Our home.

The last two mornings I have woken up in our new bedroom feeling like someone has just given me the most awesome Christmas present ever. My gratitude for this place runs all the way to the roots of my soul.

Dorothy said it best: there’s no place like home.


Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-Seven

This week has been full of blessings: a new life brought into the world, a good meeting at work, yoga, big runs, and lots of time with friends and family. Life is about to change in a big way with our new house, and I am waiting on the edge of this new adventure with excitement for the blessings ahead. I am grateful for the life Chris and I are building together. Now for my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 Week Twenty-Seven:wk 27 leavesMonday: Today one of my close school friends, Michelle, gave birth to her first child, a beautiful little girl named Belle. Congratulations Michelle and Mani, and welcome to the world beautiful little Belle. I am so grateful that everything went smoothly, and grateful that our ‘family’ can welcome another wonderful spirit to its folds.wk 27 bookTuesday:  A few months ago I talked about how much I learned from Gretchen Rubin’s first book ‘The  Happiness Project‘ and I have just started her latest book ‘Better Than Before‘. I am really enjoying the science behind her suggestions for habit creation and the personal stories she shows along the way. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn about how to make my life better and improve the energy I can give to the people around me.

Wednesday: Today I was not at my best. I had some stress in my belly and I couldn’t figure out what it was about. I am grateful to Chris for hugging me and putting up with my stress storm. I am also grateful that I could just chill out in our lounge room, do some yoga, and just wind down and get my soul back in order.wk 27 bowl of dinnerThursday: Today we had a big meeting at work. Usually I get really stressed but today I was working with some of my favourite guys and although we did get serious work done, we had some fun along the way. I was grateful for a serious, but light-hearted full-on day of getting stuff done.

Friday: Tonight after work I had dinner with two of my oldest and best friends. Caroline, Josie, and I had a girls’ night dinner and spent the whole evening talking about everything happening around us at the moment. Caroline made delicious individual moussaka for dinner (seriously, so good) and Josie brought wine, and after dinner we dug into a gluten free version of Joy’s classic lemon bars. I was grateful to catch up with Josie and Caroline and to nourish my soul with their company. wk 27 dinnerSaturday: This morning I met up with Mum and Jess for breakfast at the markets. We enjoyed thick slices of orange hazelnut bread and cappuccinos for breakfast and filled our market bags with colourful midwinter produce. I was grateful to get back to the markets and stock up on healthy body food for the week. After the markets I headed to the gym for a nice long run. I set my mind and managed to accomplish my 12km goal! This is probably my favourite long weekend run distance and I was grateful that I made it happen. Tonight Chris and I joined Mum, Dad and Jess (Trent was at the football) to have a great family dinner (mushroom risotto for the win) and watch Minions! These little dudes (?) are so fun and they have become a common love for everyone in my family; plus, the cutest one’s name is Bob – the same as my Dad 🙂 I was grateful for a laughter-filled night of family fun. It’s the simple, non-complicated fun that nourishes the base part of our soul the most in this complicated world.wk 27 artichokesSunday: We only have a few weeks left in our bay cottage and so I made sure to head out for a long walk by the water this morning. I soaked up some rays and then Chris and I headed out to get more things for our house! We finally found our dining room table, which made me so grateful because I know we are going to make some great memories with our friends and family around our new table. wk 27 walk

Also this week:

  • I made a cake to celebrate….having some cake!
  • Let’s run, let’s earn points, and let’s reward ourselves with this new service!
  • Tacos aren’t just for Tuesdays – they can be quick and healthy food all week long – try my latest chickpea filled favourite!

Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-Five

Good morning friends. This weekend has been a little hectic with nearly 600 kilometers travelled, a loved one remembered at the end of her life, family reconnected with, friends visited, and an important birthday celebrated. We have run the gamut of feelings and were left last night with just enough energy to crawl into bed and pass into sweet oblivion, which is why this is coming live from Monday morning. This week had some weight to it, but there was still so much to be grateful for, and even more reminders of the importance in finding the extraordinary in everyday, the gift in every moment. After all, it is those moments all linked together with breath that make up our lives. Here is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-Five:wk 25 walkMonday: Today Chris and I received news that we had our final approval from the bank for our home loan! I have never been so excited to owe people a lot of money! We are so grateful that we are fortunate enough to be able to buy our own house, and start our own little (two person) family home. I cannot wait for the next stage of our adventure together to start.

Tuesday: We had meetings and reports all week this week. I was grateful for the help of my colleagues and the way we managed to keep the whole ship on course despite the extra work load. I was also grateful to come home for a run and climb into my PJs and snuggle in bed with Chris and a copy of Donna Hay magazine. wk 25 inspirationWednesday: Today I received news that a project I had worked on a few months ago has been published! I have worked with the team at be. Magazine on a few different little projects, but a few months ago they contacted me and asked if I would like to contribute to their Winter Warm-Up Recipe e-book – and of course I said yes! Today the book went live and they’ve even published hard copies to giveaway in-store at Medibank branches across Australia! There are five Thoroughly Nourished Life recipes in the book, and a stack of other winter recipes from other Aussie bloggers that I cannot wait to try out! Check it out here today, and let me know if you try any of the recipes! I was also grateful to my wonderful family for their support, encouragement and celebration when I told them it was being published – my Dad printed his copy straight away and sent it to everyone in his office!

Thursday: Today (work) Jess and I managed to sneak away for our weekly lunch date. We grabbed some food from the food court and sat out in the sunshine talking about life and everything in between. I am grateful to have someone to share laughter and life talk with at work.wk 25 soupFriday: Today we travelled to Toowoomba to farewell Nanny. The ceremony was touching and lovely. Afterwards the whole family gathered in her honour. I like to think that Nanny was looking down at all of us sharing stories, tears, and laughter (more laughter than tears) and smiling at the legacy she left behind in each one of her family members. I am grateful that I could be there with Chris’s family to celebrate Nanny’s life, and to meet the family she created.

Saturday: This morning we joined Chris’s family for a wonderful brunch at Chris’s Mum and Dad’s home. We sat in the sunshine and looked over the valley below while we enjoyed a delicious brunch feast. Chris and I returned home and I went for a really fast 10km run before we headed over to a friend’s place for a poker night. I played my first game and came third! Looks like watching Chris play is paying off. I was grateful for a night of laughter after an emotion-filled two days. wk 25 bowls girls wk 25 bowls boysSunday: Today we earned a go-slow in the sun Sunday. We slept in late, I went for a lazy walk and then filled our kitchen with the scent of a new quick bread recipe (coming this week) and then we moseyed down the coast to celebrate my friend Steph’s 21st birthday party with barefoot bowls! We had a laughter-filled afternoon of bowling, enjoying some beverages, and celebrating this lovely young lady. I was grateful to catch up with some friends, play the fool as ‘official photographer’, and watch Chris and Jess make it to the ‘semi-final’ and ‘final’ respectively. Jess made the most gorgeous Africa inspired cake for Steph too! She is so talented! wk 25 jess cake

Also this week:

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Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-Four

This week has been both bitter and sweet. And that’s partly why this post is coming to you a day late. On Saturday morning Chris’s grandmother, Nanny, passed away. She had lived a long life full of love from her husband, three children, and multiple grand children, but still it’s hard to fathom that someone you knew, and held in a corner of your heart, is no longer here. My gratitude list this week is dedicated to her memory. Although I was only part of your life for a short time Nanny, I am grateful that you took me into your life, into your home, and allowed me to live with Chris in your house. I am grateful you shared with me stories about your life and lessons about love and soul mates. Thank you Nanny, we will miss you.

Here is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-Four:

sleepoverMonday: I love long-weekend Mondays. The exquisite feeling of waking up, realising it’s Monday, and then realising that you don’t have to go to work, cannot be underestimated. Today I was grateful for a long walk, some intense time in the kitchen baking dozens of gluten free cupcakes, and some time relaxing in my favourite sunny spot on the back verandah with a good book.

work in progressTuesday: Today we were all back in the office after a wonderful long weekend break and straight back into the thick of things with lots due out. I was grateful that I could put a smile on everyone’s face with a few batches of cupcakes, and I was grateful that the co-worker I was collaborating with today was super organised and ready to get things done. I appreciate efficiency.

Wednesday: Today I was not in a running mood. Although I love to run, there are days when I know I am just going to make myself cranky if I try to crank out the miles when I don’t feel like it. Instead I picked up my weights and sweated and lifted through a half hour session. Workout: done. Endorphins: achieved. I am grateful that I can celebrate moving my body in different ways and nourish it with different types of exercise.

desk lunchThursday: Tonight after work Chris and I enjoyed some dinner out (sushi train) before we headed to one of our local furniture stores to order some of the things for our house! I cannot wait to share with you what our house looks like when we eventually move in and all the boxes are unpacked. I am grateful that Chris compromised and agreed on the dining room chairs that I have been dreaming about for the last year. Furniture shopping was made easier by the help of a great sales assistant. I was seriously grateful for all of his help.

Friday: Tonight Jess and I had a sleepover! We were working on a baking job together (a baby shower for a little girl). It was so great to spend a whole night chatting to Jess as I piped buttercream roses and she made and decorated dozens of little bird cookies, melting moments, and chocolate caramel slice. I was grateful for the time with my sister to talk about everything and nothing while making pretty things.

buttercream roses 2buttercream rosesSaturday: This morning Jess and I started out with a walk (I seriously needed to burn off some of the buttercream I ‘tested’ last night) and then Chris and I headed out for some more furniture buying and to see Jurassic World. I must have had a seriously sheltered childhood because I don’t remember seeing any of the Jurassic Park movies. I loved this one! I’m going to have to revisit all of them now. I was grateful for a quiet rainy day of shopping for furniture and enjoyed a film with Chris. The house is so close now, and I am so grateful that we are planning and making this exciting next stage of our life together happen. sunday walkSunday: Sunday got off to a very slow start in our house this week. We were both a bit shocked after hearing the news about Chris’s Nanny and we needed the extra snuggles in bed. After that I tiptoed around the kitchen testing a few recipes and reading a book while the rain fell in a soft curtain over the bay. In a blue-skied break in the weather I went out for a walk and returned just as the rain was starting to fall again. I was grateful for a soothing Sunday and the blessing of a rainy afternoon.

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Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-Two

Don’t you think we’ve lost the spirit of innocent play in this adult world? Sometimes I feel like innocent fun has become a lost state, looked down upon, or worse, seen as twee or hipster: an ironic pursuit rather than a pure expression of lightness of spirit. After this week and the lessons it brought, I am calling for an innocent fun revolution. Bring back the giggles, the giddiness, the spirit of pure merriment. We could all do with a little more skipping, hopscotch, knock-knock jokes, nonsense songs (I’ve got a killer one about pineapples), and sparkly unicorn jumpers, now couldn’t we? Let’s start some #innocentfun action. Tell me, how do you find yours?

wk 22 rollercoasterNow, here is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-Two:

Monday: Today I was grateful that Chris doesn’t mind if I go to the gym after work even when I have to work late. I finished work and just needed to go for a run to get rid of some stress, and he encouraged me to go out and get those endorphins. Grateful for this man.

Tuesday: I was a machine today at work, not to toot my own horn or anything. We had some reports due out today and I was grateful I could just put my nose to the grindstone and get them done. I was only a little late leaving the office tonight and so grateful to get the reports packaged up and shipped out on time!

wk 22 sunsetWednesday: Tonight when I got home from the gym Chris made me dinner and I was grateful to curl up on the couch with a bowl of his famous mashed potatoes (my love language, as you know) topped with a runny egg and watch The State of Origin (non-Aussies, this is an annual three-game football tournament between two states and is generally the cause of much excitement and division in offices everywhere).

Thursday: Double date night tonight! Chris and I met Jess and Trent after work for some delicious #nationalburgerday celebration (mushroom burger….mmmm…) and then we split up into boys and girls and went to see Mad Max and Pitch Perfect 2 respectively. I was grateful to enjoy a weeknight treat dinner and some great laughs over the hilarious antics of the Bardon Bellas with Jess. What a great night.

wk 22 burgerFriday: Today Chris and I had a day off! There is something extra special about taking a Friday off for no real reason at all, and we spent our day off down the coast with Jess and Trent riding the rollercoasters and having some great innocent fun. We shrieked over the Superman Ride and ‘weeeeeee’-ed over the Scooby-Doo Rollercoaster. I was grateful for a day filled with laughs, adrenaline, and switching off from the world and just living in the fun of the moment. I think the world needs more days like this where you can just leave your concern for criticism and analysis at the door and just laugh and soak up the fun.

wk 22 movieworldSaturday: Today I started my day having breakfast and long talks with Mum. I was grateful to catch up with her about some things that have been happening during the week. Mums always have the best advice (and Dad’s too) and extra time with Mum is always great. This afternoon I went for a big walk by the water and then got into some serious recipe developing and testing. Sweet results forthcoming on the blog.

Sunday: Today has been a great go slow morning. Chris and I slept in and then I went for a long beautiful walk along the water. The sky is the same colour as the ocean this morning and the breeze was sweet. I am just about to get ready to go out on a movie date with my Dad! We are seeing ‘Monty Python and The Holy Grail’ and then we are going out to an early dinner! I’m grateful for a sweet end to a beautiful week.

wk 22 cupcakeAlso this week:

  • I made the perfect gluten free pre/post run snack – in miniature!
  • I found lots of interesting things around the internet this week and shared them with you!

Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-One

Today we have spent the morning celebrating my sister’s birthday. We sat in the sunshine and enjoyed family and food for a few hours and now we are at home with some quiet space between our wonderfully busy weekend and the next week. I’m feeling full and sleepy and lazy, and I’ve just indulged in that greatest of all weekend treats (the Sunday afternoon nap) so I need to take a moment to reflect on all I am grateful for this week. Without further ado, here is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-One:

24-05 winter morningMonday: Tonight Chris and I had an errand to run. Instead of taking the car we left our wheels behind and took a lovely long walk instead. It was a relaxing way to start the week and I was grateful for the conversation and the company on a Monday night.

Tuesday: Today my interview about gluten on my friend Matt’s podcast came out! I am grateful that Matt asked me to be a part of his podcast again and to talk about a topic that is important to me. I love talking food and health science and helping to clear up confusions that people may have over the sometimes conflicting messages people receive about health and food. I am so grateful Matt gave me the opportunity – and we had so much fun too!

24-05 reading lunchWednesday: Tonight Chris and I indulged in one of our favourite TV shows: Deadliest Catch. Although neither of us has the wish to actually become a deep sea crab fisherman (or fisherwoman) there is something romantic in the idea of harvesting from the depths of the ocean in such a time-honoured way. I’m grateful we had a night to just relax and binge on tales from the high sea.

Thursday: Today we celebrated my friend Lynn’s cookbook! I’m so grateful I met Lynn last year (online) and that we have become friends. She inspires me to push myself harder in blogging and chasing down my writing dreams, and come October we get to meet in real life too!

Friday: My legs were ready and rested for tonight. After work I hopped into the gym  and ended up surprising myself with a 10km run! What a great way to get into the mood for the weekend and shake off the cobwebs from the week. I was grateful to move my body and feel so great as the kilometres flew by. After my gym session I had a great time in the kitchen making Jessica’s cake!

24-05 morning walkSaturday: This morning I started off with a long walk by the bay and then Chris and I spent some time together doing errands. It’s in those moments of grocery shopping or waiting in line at the bank with him that I am grateful for our love and our true companionship, any time together is a great time. In the afternoon we headed to Jess and Trent’s home for her birthday party! There were so many of our favourite people there and I was grateful to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen in a long time, and so grateful that people made it out to celebrate Jessica’s birthday, she had a wonderful night.

Jess and Trent May 2015Sunday: In the morning hours Jess and I went out for a walk with Miss Storm. I love our morning walks together; I am so grateful for the time just the two of us and we talk about anything and everything. My heart is always lighter afterwards. The rest of our family turned up for brunch and we spent the morning hours talking and eating and just enjoying being together. I am grateful for this lazy Sunday and the deep sense of peace after time with my family.

Also this week:

  • We started off our week with warm, creamy, hearty pasta – a new healthy and delicious winter favourite.
  • I tried out one of Lynn’s puppy chow recipes to celebrate her new book!
  • I found so many interesting things on the internet this week – and I shared them with you!
  • I made this salad for Jessica’s party, and then promptly forgot it so now I have pasta salad for the rest of the week (and it’s delicious)

Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Eighteen

Another Sunday night, another reflection on all that I am grateful for. This week I made a big change in something for my health, and I feel so much better even only seven days later. That big change was sleep. I’m going to write a bigger post soon about the health benefits of sleep, but just from a personal perspective I have never felt better after getting a week of consistent 7-8 hours every night. I am grateful that I have a life that accommodates this. Chris has been the one keeping me accountable for my sleep, and ensuring that I don’t get up at crazy hours, and I am grateful for his caring attitude towards my health and wellbeing in such a practical way. Now, onto a week where I was very aware of my daily gratitude because I actually had the brain power to remind myself to be present and mindful, and there was so much to be grateful for. Here it is, my Nourished Life Gratitude List – Week Eighteen:

cupcake testingMonday: Today I was grateful for an email inviting me to go on an evening walk with Chris. We wandered up and down the hills around our home and talked about the sensible and inane until the night had set in. It was such a lovely, slow, soul-nourishing way to end the day.

Tuesday: This afternoon I headed to the gym with a less-than motivated attitude. I hopped on the treadmill bargaining with myself to just get through 4 miles of intervals. I ended up making it into 5 miles and walked out out of the gym with a big grin on my face. I was grateful for the unexpectedly awesome run. Sometimes even the most motivated of exercisers needs a little reminder of how awesome they feel post-workout, today was mine. Tonight I was also grateful to talk to my Dad. I miss our every day conversations that we used to have when we lived together. I need to remember to just pick up the phone and call home more often.

pumpkin saladWednesday: I am learning so many lessons from Gretchen Rubin’s book ‘The Happiness Project’ and trying to apply them to my own life. I was grateful for a night of sinking into my book and letting the lessons soak in. I am in the right place to be open to lessons in happiness and habit-forming at the moment and I am grateful that this book came to me at this perfect time.

Thursday: Today Thoroughly Nourished Life hit over 200 fans on Facebook! Thank you all so much for coming and continuing the conversation with me there every day! If you haven’t joined Thoroughly Nourished Life on Facebook yet, there’s a spot waiting at the table for you! Come and see what I am obsessing over and sharing every day of the week!

flowersFriday: Today wild storms flooded Brisbane and I was grateful to be inside, cosy and dry. This morning I was surprised when a huge bunch of flowers was delivered to me at work. My boss remembered Administrative Professional’s Day and treated me to a beautiful bundle of blossoms. I was grateful for the recognition of my work, and the lovely treat. Jess from work and I headed out to our usual Friday lunch and treated ourselves to lunch at a little cafe with large comfy armchairs rather than our usual sushi/salad feast. I was grateful for a lunch that was a real treat with Jess. Tonight after careful weaving my way home through the traffic and flooded streets I had a run at the gym and then snuggled in beside Chris for a quiet night of reading and listening to the rain on our roof. I was grateful for calls from Chris and Dad before I started driving home to ensure that I was going to be okay to drive and reminding me to be super careful. I am grateful that I have so many hearts caring about me every day.

coeliac queenslandSaturday: Today I started the day with a walk under the gorgeous sunny skies, and then headed into town to visit the Gluten Free Expo with Mum and Jess. Our trio had a wonderful time trying all the different gluten free goodies available now, and I got to meet the wonderful editor of Yum. Gluten Free Magazine, Bianca Shugg. The team at Coeliac Queensland were so generous with the gift basket that I won through their photo competition. I was so grateful that they chose one of my photos for their winners, and I can’t wait to try all the delicious treats inside! This afternoon I spent a great afternoon celebrating at my friend Michelle’s baby shower! We showered her little girl with all things pink and pretty and I was grateful to catch up with so many old friends from near and far.

sunday walk 3-5Sunday: This morning I just needed to be out in the sun. Everything was bathed in beautiful blue. The sky was mirrored on the water. It was the perfect autumn Sunday morning and I was grateful to be out and part of the world on this glorious morning. Chris and I attended a 90th birthday party today too! I was grateful to see my family and say happy birthday to an old family friend who is still adventuring and making memories in his 9th decade – now his 10th!

Also this week:

  • My latest breakfast obsession is gluten free and packed with flavour! I need to refill my granola jar soon!
  • Happy lunchboxes make for happy people, and mine was packed with nourishment this week thanks to this spicy pumpkin salad.
  • This week the latest issue of Yum. Gluten Free Magazine went live – including three recipes from Thoroughly Nourished Life! I am so grateful to collaborate with the team at the magazine – and now I have faces to put to names!

Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Sixteen

This week was all about radical self-kindness. I don’t deal well with stress, and I knew that this week was full of all-day meetings and that this is often a trigger for my stress levels to sky rocket and for my ability for kindness and patience towards myself and others drops. So this time around I chose a path of radical self-kindness. This might sound selfish, but the lesson I learned was that focusing on yourself and your basic needs allows you to approach the needs of others from a happier, less stressed, platform. As Gretchen Rubin said in her podcast a few weeks ago: sometimes you need to treat yourself like a toddler – a cranky toddler. The end of the week was full of sunshine and family, and throughout the whole week there was so much to be grateful for. Here is my Nourished Life Gratitude List Week 16:

cupcake projectMonday: Today I got a lesson in avoiding passive aggression. I get a demerit point in my fighting style because I am often guilty of being passive-aggressive when I feel like things aren’t going my way. Instead of directly communicating my needs I withdraw. Today I was grateful for a lesson in learning to communicate what I need to do my work, and having someone acknowledge that need. Living with active gratitude is often a humbling daily lesson.

Tuesday: Tonight was a late finish in our meeting and I was grateful that I had taken the time out in the morning for a run at the gym. When I messaged Chris to let him know we were having a late night I got this text message “You are not allowed to cook dinner tonight. Come home and I will organise something. Then we can snuggle and watch Kimmy Schmidt together.” I am grateful for the way he knows how to take care of me when I just need to be cuddled and coddled sometimes.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeWednesday: Tonight Chris and I met up with Caroline and Tim, and Michelle and Mani to celebrate Caroline’s birthday! We had delicious Indian food and lots of laughter. It was so sweet to see Michelle’s growing baby belly, and celebrate my oldest friend’s birthday. I was grateful for a night of heart warming time in the middle of a busy week. The lesson here: it’s okay to take a week-night off and just relax with friends for a night.

Thursday: Thursday was a blur of minutes, actions, and emails. I was grateful for my colleagues helping me out all week long by fetching lunches and setting up the drinks and plates for the lunchtime rush. They made my life a whole lot easier the whole week long. I am grateful to have thoughtful workmates.

Friday: Today our meeting finished early and Jess and I managed to head out for a late lunch. I was grateful for the time to decompress and catch up with Jess after a busy week. I also had the opportunity to leave work a little early and I made the most of my escape by going for a long run out in the setting sun. I watched the light bleed across the sky and fade behind the city skyline and let my stress drift away on the cooling evening breeze. I was grateful to capture those moments for myself and get into a great place for the weekend.

sunset runSaturday: This morning I woke up late, well, late for me. After a delicious sleep in I joined Mum, Mormor, and Jess to see Cinderella! Oh my it was fantastic. I am so glad that they didn’t make Cinderella into a wimp, and the story was just beautifully told. I was grateful for losing myself in a fairy tale for the morning, and being reminded that: firstly, there is magic in this ordinary world, if only we care to look, and secondly, the most important things in this world are to have courage and be kind. That’s a lesson we could all learn to live by.

toastSunday: Today I had another sleep in and then spent some time on a long walk up and down our hilly streets before Chris and I headed to Mum and Dad’s for our ‘family lunch’. When I sit next to Casey and we end up giggling about stoma bags (not really a laughing issue, but when you have a dietitian, a doctor, and a doctor in training at the table these are the things that come up), or watch Shane secretly devouring dark chocolate from the fridge, or see Dad and Trent talking about lawn care, or Chris and Mum sharing their latest TV obsessions, I am grateful for this family that has built itself around me. They are my most precious pillars of strength, and they feed me with their love. I am grateful for lazy Sunday afternoons, and all the nourishment they bring.

Family Lunch 19-4Also this week:

  • I made a small batch of cookies with a surprise ingredient from the garden!
  • My friend Lynn from Fresh April Flours is writing a cookbook! Full of delicious puppy chow recipes for every occasion. I can’t wait to start trying them all!
  • Jessica from Sweetest Menu created what might just be the best chocolate and cookie craving buster ever! Her Double Chocolate Cookie Layer Cake is on my list of treat foods to make soon!

Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Fifteen

The universe has brought me lots of inspiration for introspection this week. I have found some brain-stimulating, soul-feeding points to start doing some work on some areas of my life that need a little work (dealing with anxiety and stress management is a major focus at the moment). The universe has also brought me long walks, heart-thumping runs, leftover Cadbury mini eggs (they are the devil I tell you), and so many chickpea and rocket salads. It’s been a good week. A Thoroughly Nourished One, if you will, and here it is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Fifteen:

smoothieTuesday: Today I am grateful for all the people who are striving to make other people happy. For the writers and bloggers who write about happiness, for the scientists and academics who research happiness, and for the people in the trenches who are sacrificing, intuiting, creating, and working for other people’s, and their own, happiness. I am grateful to learn from them because happiness doesn’t always come easily to me, and it is something I need to work on and I do desperately want to create a practice of in my life. Being conscious of making yourself happy, and working towards it doesn’t lessen the happiness, and doing the work makes it easy to foster in your life long term. I am grateful for those people who inspire me to create happiness in my life and the lives of those around me.

donna hayWednesday: Today I am grateful that Chris and I nearly have a mortgage. A large financial obligation to each other and to a bank might not sound like something to be grateful for, but I am grateful that we have the opportunity to have our own house, to borrow a little piece of earth just for ourselves: to live in, to love in, to offer as shelter and warmth to those we love. I am reminding myself to enjoy every moment we have in our current cottage by the bay, but I will be grateful for the day that the bank hands us our keys and our debt and sets us free into our next adventure together.

granolaThursday: Today I was grateful that I made an effort for myself. I got up a little earlier before work to fit in some strength training, and then after work I took a walk as the sun settled down for the night. I got home and I was grateful that I made the effort to do what I had promised I would do for myself.

pumpkinsFriday: Tonight I am grateful for Chris getting me dinner while I was busy working on a baking job. I just needed to get thirty things done at once and he took the time to take care of me while I was busy taking care of business. He reminded me to stop, relax for a moment, let the anxiety go, and just take care of myself. I am grateful for his gentle reminders to just enjoy the moment we are living in.

Saturday: Today was a day of pure relaxation. I started the morning with a visit to the markets with Mum and Jess (and some of these muffins baked as a loaf) and stocked up our fridge with autumn’s bounty. After the markets I went for an awesome run, and Chris and I picked up one of my birthday presents (a tripod for my camera!) and had the most glorious three hour nap. I am so sorry to my friends who have kids or have to work on weekends, but I was grateful for that three hour indulgence snuggled up in bed with Chris for an afternoon. Tonight we binged on House of Cards – if you haven’t watched this show yet: you need to get on it!

saladSunday: This morning autumn crispness filled the air while I strode up and down the hills and along the harbour. I was grateful to take the time out to start my day. Then I headed over to visit my Mum and Dad and wash my car. Dad and I had a wonderful few hours just chatting away and working on making my baby shiny again. I am always so grateful for his help, and Mum has been so hard at work on a new quilt for me. I was grateful for an afternoon of baking and just getting ready for the week ahead.

Also this week: