Keep Going

Never underestimate yourself. For your strength and resilience are far greater than you could ever imagine.

You haven’t survived for as long as you have, nor have you journeyed as far as you’ve come, only to quit now. When you feel like giving up, when your heart is too heavy to carry, your feet to weary to walk, your words too silenced to talk – dig deep and remember who you are.

Remember the lessons you have learnt; the scars that you earned; the joy you outpoured; the grief you’ve endured; the tears that you shed; the love you have bled – remember it all. For this is the fuel that will drive you on with the utmost faith in your heart. Because ‘when you have gone so far that you cannot manage one more step, then you have gone just half the distance you are capable of.’

You are stronger than you know. So keep going.

In love & light,

Hayley xx

 


Gentle Strength

I believe it takes a strong person to be gentle. There is a benign strength that exists in the tenderhearted.

I am forever grateful to have been blessed with a compassionate father figure. However brief our time together was, the lessons and blessings remain infinitely eternal. He was known as our gentle giant. All six foot two inches of him was benevolent and kind. Despite living with epilepsy, and four feisty females, he never wavered from love and compassion. Dad’s inner strength has remained a guiding light for right action in my own life. I don’t always get it right, but I certainly do try.

Where and when can we practice gentleness in our own lives? One of my favourite quotes by the Dalai Lama states: ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’ It takes strength and courage to choose kindness; to be humble when faced with adversity; to consider the needs of others when our own are not being met, and to be vulnerable when our hearts are on the line. But when we are guided by the part of us that is honest, good-natured and true, we remind others that it is safe to do the same.

Today, find the strength to be gentle. May our thoughts be forgiving and merciful, may our words inspire and uplift, and may our actions show compassion and empathy in all circumstances – towards others as well as ourselves. Because ‘nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing so gentle as real strength.’

In love & light,

Hayley xx

 


Scrambled Tofu & Veggie Spaghetti

I’ve been experimenting with healthy spaghetti alternatives recently, and there are many made with single healthy ingredients such as quinoa and beans. They taste like the real deal to me!

I just made this delicious Scrambled Tofu & Veggie Spaghetti using Mung Bean fettuccine in as little as ten minutes, and it tasted delicious! Sometimes something quick and simple is needed, and this dish hit the spot without compromising on flavour. Next time you need a quick fix dinner, give this one a whirl! I even have left overs for lunch tomorrow. Double goodness. Yum!

(Serves 2)

Sugar Free, Vegan, Gluten Free

Ingredients 

100g mung bean fettuccine (or spaghetti of choice)
250g soft tofu
1/2 onion (red/spring chopped)
1-2 tomatoes (chopped)
3-4 mushrooms
2-3 leaves of silverbeet/swiss chard (stalks removed)
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 garlic cloves (crushed)
Mint leaves or coriander to garnish
Himnalayan Sea salt and cracked pepper to season|
Coconut Oil

Method

Bring a pan of water to boil ready for the spaghetti. Add the spaghetti to the boiling water and reduce the heat, cook for 7-8 minutes (check cooking instructions as they can vary depending on what spaghetti you use.)

Saute onion, tomatoes and mushrooms in a saucepan with coconut oil for 1-2 minutes. Add seasoning, garlic, tofu and swiss chard. Cook for a further 3-5 minutes.

Serve, add some mint leaves or coriander to garnish.

Scrambled Tofu & Veggie Spaghetti

 


Know Yourself

 

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How many of us struggle to express what it is that we want? We stumble the moment we are asked to verbalise our deepest wants and wishes.

For many, it’s that we don’t know what we want; we have yet to figure that out. For some, the head and the heart are conflicted, and we spend our lives in a state of doubt and confusion. For others, it is that we are too afraid to express ourselves for fear of what others might think. But as Robert Louis Stevenson reminds us; “To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.” If we are to claim the life of freedom and fulfillment that is rightfully ours, then we are to trust in our intuition. We must develop a deep, unwavering faith in our ability to know what keeps our soul alive; to know what it is we want from life, and to go after it. It begins with knowing oneself.

To know oneself, we must be willing to become still, to listen to our hearts. To reside in a place of integrity. It is to speak up for what we believe in, to stand up and be counted, regardless of what others may think, and to be true. Today, be true to yourself. Make a promise to get acquainted with all that you are, the multi faceted you who is perfectly whole and complete.

In love & light,
Hayley xx


Free Yourself

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There comes a time when we must be free. Free from the binds of the past and the limitations it has imposed upon us.

Have you been feeling trapped or misaligned from your truth? Maybe you relinquished control to another? Did you compromise on your values in order to keep the peace? We may lose our way momentarily and forget who we are, forget all that we stand for – but it is time to let go of all that. It is time to forgive ourselves. For it can happen to the best of us.

As we become attuned to our deepest selves we begin to recognise the ways in which we feel limited or constrained. In what ways have we handed over our power? In what ways have we sacrificed our own sense of joy and happiness to avoid rocking the boat?

Today make peace with yourself. Make a firm promise to never settle for anything less than your own self-respect and integrity. Now is the time to take back control of your life – to rewrite your story, to step into your truth and reclaim your forgotten sense of freedom. You are entitled to be free. So free yourself. ‘Stand up and walk out of your history.’


In love & light,
Hayley xx

 


Reach Out

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Too often we hear, “It’s not my problem… Let them deal with it.” It seems far easier to turn a blind eye than to reach out a helping hand. But must we ever underestimate the power of a kind word or gesture, however great or small our offering?

If our hands were not made to reach out and heal, then for what were they created? To destroy? To harm? To dismiss? When we use our hands to prepare food, it is to nourish and heal our bodies; when we make work of our hands, it is to provide for others through service and exchange; when our hands are used to lift and carry, it is to move and lighten the heavy load. The same is true on an emotional level. We possess the power to lift each other up, to provide, to nourish and to heal. So why wouldn’t we?

‘We rise by lifting others.’

– Robert. G. Ingersoll.

Our greatness is not measured by how much we earn, what we can achieve or how far we can get ahead, but by the love and joy we share with others. Today, let us not hurry or dismiss, may we be attuned to the needs of others and may we reach out. Because ‘if we don’t help each other, who will?’

In love & light,

Hayley xx

 


Savour the Simple

 

Whilst it is perfectly acceptable to wear diamonds on our neck, and I begrudge no one for doing so – I am with Emma Goldman, in that there is much beauty to be found in the simple.

For some, it is the taste of rich, dark chocolate and a full bodied red after a hard day’s work. Maybe it is the sweet pop of cherries bursting in our mouths on a long, hot summers day? Or the soft podgy padding of an infant’s hand reminding us of the sweetness of innocence?

Whatever our ‘roses on the table’ may be, may we revere and savour the simple, and remember that we needn’t wear diamonds on our necks to experience the richness of life.

In love and light,

Hayley xx

 


Chunky Chickpea & Sweet Potato Soup

So it has been wet and drizzly here in Melbourne for the last two days. However, typical Melbourne weather means that the sun has now made a reappearance. When it rains I like cosy comforting foods like stews and soups, so I made this hearty Chunky Chickpea & Sweet Potato Soup to warm my tum. And now the sun is up again, I can freeze some and save it for another rainy day!

(Serves 2-3)

Ingredients 

1 onion, thickly sliced
2 garlic cloves (crushed)
1-2 tomatoes (chopped)
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 tsp dried rosemary
2-3 stalks of celery (finely diced)
1.5 cups of water
1/3 cup dried beans
Himnalayan Sea salt and cracked pepper to season
Coconut Oil

Method

Soak Chickpeas the night before in water making sure that the water covers the chickpeas by at least 2-3 inches

In a saute pan, heat two tsps coconut oil. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes until soft. Add garlic and cook for another 1 minute. Stir as needed.

Add the chopped tomato, sweet potato, chickpeas, rosemary and seasoning (salt and pepper) and cook for 1-2 minutes before adding the water.

Bring mixture to the boil then lower the heat to a simmer and cook until the sweet potato is tender (roughly 20minutes). Season again if needed. Once vegentables are tender, use a stick blender to roughly blend the soup, keeping it a little chunky. Add more water if needed.

To serve, add some mint leaves.

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Chunky Chickpea & Sweet Potato Soup

 

 


Kiwi & Kale Green Juice

I aim to drink at least one green juice daily, and when I do, this one is my go-to green juice fix. I love the uplifting flavours of citrus and mint, which are perfect for a hot summers day, or to simply boost your immune system with a healthy dose of goodness (especially if you’ve had one too many the night before!)

Try this deliciously fresh Kiwi & Kale Green Juice and see how good you feel afterwards! You wont be disappointed.

Sugar Free, Vegan, Gluten Free

(Serves 1)

Ingredients 

1 small frozen banana (or half a large one)
1 kiwi fruit
1 cup coconut water
1 thumb sized piece of ginger grated
3-4 Kale leaves (stalks removed)
2 mint leaves
2-3 ice cubes (optional)

Method

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

Top up with extra coconut water if needed.

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Mmm delicious Kale & Kiwi Green Juice

 


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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