Choco-Berry Smoothie

I love smoothies, especially on a hot summers day like today here in Melbourne, Australia. I also love chocolate. It makes me happy. But sugary chocolate leaves me feeling lethargic and foggy headed, which is why I love this smoothie recipe so much. It’s packed full of anti-oxidants and tastes like it should be naughty, but it is in fact free from nasty refined sugars. This Choco-Berry Smoothie is the real deal – and it tastes yummo!

So if you want to begin your day in the right way, or simply need a healthy sweet-fix, then this smoothie is for you.

Sugar Free, Vegan, Gluten Free

(Serves 1)

Ingredients 

1 small frozen banana (or half a large one)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup of almond milk
1 tsp natural nut butter of choice (I like to use Mayver’s Cacao Spread which is available at Coles in Australia)
1 tsp cacao powder
1 tsp honey/maple syrup (raw organic)
2-3 ice cubes (optional)

Method

Chop frozen banana into chunks. Add everything to the blender and blend until smooth.

Top up with extra almond milk if needed.

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5 Simple Steps Towards Letting Go


I have been experiencing a lot of change in my life recently. My partner and I of six years have decided to go our separate ways. Letting go is never easy, but I have managed to reach a place of acceptance and peace, despite my world being so uncertain right now.

We can never quite be sure why things don’t always work out as ‘planned’. We may have our hunches as to why we lost that ‘one special person’; or missed out on the ‘perfect job opportunity’; or why we didn’t receive the recognition we were hoping for. We may spend days, weeks, months even, dwelling and deliberating over all of life’s perceived ‘failures’ as we convince ourselves: “If only I were ‘slimmer’, ‘smarter’, ‘worthier’ or ‘different’.”

The truth is, we can never fully comprehend the greater plan. Divine timing is at work in each of our lives and we must trust that everything is in Divine order.

So I thought I would share these ‘5 Simple Steps Towards Letting Go’ that have served me. It is my hope that they will help you in some way.

Accept Things As They Are

When we choose acceptance over resistance, we take back our power. That is why acceptance is the first step towards letting go. There is a peaceful awareness that falls over us when we let go of the struggle and accept things as they are.  Acceptance paves the way for peace – peace within ourselves; peace towards others and peace with our current circumstances. It is from this place of peace that healing begins.

However difficult it may be to come to terms with things, try to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. What are the benefits of holding on to the person or situation in question? What freedom can be found in letting go and accepting things as they are?

Find The Blessings

With any kind of loss there are usually personal growth lessons involved, especially when experiencing bereavement through the loss of a loved one. When my Dad passed away, as terribly painful as that was for me, there were many blessings that I received. Over time, I began to appreciate life more and the people in it. I learnt how to show more love and to be more courageous in life. I am blessed to still have a relationship with my Dad, it is just a different kind of relationship that exists in the non-physical.

If you are experiencing the loss of a job or a relationship, questions to reflect upon are: Were we compatible? Had the situation turned toxic? Did this environment bring out the best or the worst in me? Was I nurtured or appreciated enough in my career or relationship? Once we recognise what wasn’t working, we can shift our attention to what we wish to receive more of moving forward. Recognition? Respect? Equality? Love? Appreciation? Kindness? There are many hidden blessings that come with loss, one of them being clarity. Bless the past with love for the teachings and lessons it brought.

Forgive

Learning to forgive allows for growth and expansion. It is often in our darkest moments that we discover our light; our inner strength and commitment to oneself. Whether that commitment is to heal; to learn; to accept; or to be kinder to ourselves as well as others, change commands for us to dig deep and seek the light of Truth. To shift our perspective from one of anger, pain and blame, to one of peaceful acceptance and awareness.

In order to forgive we must be willing to look beyond our grievances. People don’t usually set out to intentionally hurt us. When we look passed the character flaws of another and discover the perfect soul within, we become less emotionally attached to the pain that was caused. Our aim is to reach a stage where we can say to one another: ‘The soul in me sees the soul in you.’ – regardless of how much hurt and suffering has been caused. That is how we forgive – that is how we love; ourselves as well as others. Forgive yourself and others and make peace with your past.

Let Your Friends Help You

Whatever difficulties you are facing in your life, be kind to yourself. Be honest with yourself and others. What do you need right now? Quiet space? Welcome distraction? Time to heal? Support and assistance? We sometimes feel that we are alone or don’t wish to burden others with our troubles. But you will be surprised by how many people are willing to help when you reach out.

For a long time I was ashamed of how things were going in my relationship, and I kept my feelings to myself. But when I finally found my voice and shared what was going on, I discovered that I had a much bigger support network than I realised. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to let your friends help you.

Have Faith and Trust in the Process of Life

Even in our darkest of moments we must have faith that everything is working out for our highest good. As painful as it is to let go, when we surrender our past we pave the way for an even brighter future. As one door closes, another one opens. Be present and trust in the process of life.

The quickest way to freedom is to face fear head on; to embrace it and invite it in. Find the courage within you to seek what is waiting for you on the other side. And keep the faith. For ‘we must be willing let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.’ – Joseph Campbell.

I hope you have found something here that has eased the pain of letting go and helped in some way. What tips do you have to come to terms with loss? I’d love to hear your comments below.

In love & light,

Hayley xx

 


3 Tips To Get Clear About The New Year


With each New Year, opportunities for change and renewal arise; a time when fresh ideas, hopes and wishes are born. It is true that we can ignite change at any moment in our lives – that we needn’t wait until the first of the month, or Monday, or for the elusive ‘perfect moment’ to begin – but there is something wondrous and welcoming about the start of a New Year; a blank canvas for which our dreams and creativity await form and application.

But when faced with a blank canvas, what should we paint? What hues should we select and what if we run out of colour halfway through? Worse still – what if we stare woefully at the blank page before us, a sense of rising dread as we consider our forgotten finesse for creativity?

In answer to these very real and experienced questions, I invite you to cast your mind back to when you were a child. Rarely, as children, did we ever stop to ponder our ability to create when faced with fresh pots of paint and paper. Instead, with little hesitation, we’d dive in, barely stopping to roll up our sleeves as we repeatedly dipped our brushes, in and out. It didn’t matter if the colours became mixed or the paper became saturated and soaked. Nor did we care if our brush strokes were sloppy and without direction. After splashing a myriad of colour in every which way, we’d pause – and then confidently state our masterpiece, even if it looked nothing of the sort: “Look – a house! A sun! A crocodile!”

Children don’t analyse their visions and dreams, they simply create according to their own unique perspective.

So don’t fret if, as you pen down your wish to lose fifteen pounds or more, you are nibbling away at the left over Christmas chocolates, or dousing your front with fallen crumbs of turkey and cranberry sandwiches. Today is for creative dreaming, the doing will surely follow.

3 Tips Get Clear About The New Year

  1. New Years resolutions are a thing of the past, with many choosing to embrace a word or theme for the year ahead, something that embodies all aspects of our lives; Mind, Body and Spirit. For example, my focus this year is CONNECTION. I would like to be more connected to myself and my spiritual practice. I wish to be more connected with my body’s needs and to listen to it’s subtle whispers when it come to my health. And of course, I would like to strengthen the connections I have with friends and family, as well as forming new connections that inspire and uplift. Will you embrace a theme for the year? And if so, what word will you choose?
  2. Journal Activity: Take a notepad. Give one page each to the following categories: Health, Possessions, Leisure, Relationships, Creativity, Career, and Spirituality. Like a child faced with fresh pots of paint and paper, move out of your logic mind and into the creative mind! List ten wishes in each area, and allow yourself to dream a little here!
  3. As well as embracing the new, it is important for us to release the past. We can thank the past for the wisdom and lesson’s it has brought, but with renewed clarity comes the opportunity to let go of anything that has been holding us back. Is there something or someone you would like to release? This could be a trait, a habit, or even a toxic relationship? For example, mine is PROCRASTINATION. I am so over procrastinating, and am willing to let this debilitating trait go moving forward. Other things to consider are: refined sugar, excessive alcohol, your negative friend who only ever calls to moan about her life…! Whatever it is, choose one thing to release moving forward and feel how wonderful it is to LET GO.

I hope you found some of these tips useful! What are your tips for getting clear about the new year? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

Hayley xx