INGREDIENTS 1 kg green apples 1 cup berries 5-6 Tbsp peanut butter (optional, but highly recommended) CRUMBLE 1 cup almond meal 1/4 cup coconut flour 1/2 cup coconut shreds 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp coconut sugar 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/2 cup peanut butter METHOD Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius Peel, core and cube the apples, place in a pot, cover with boiling water and boil for approximately 5 minutes or until apples are slightly tender. In a large bowl combine all crumble ingredients and massage together - I like to get my hands in there and get dirty with this step! Drain and transfer apples into a baking dish, sprinkle the berries evenly throughout, then drizzle the peanut butter over the top or place blobs of peanut butter throughout Spread crumble over the top Place in oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown Serve with some ice cream, whipped coconut cream, yoghurt, or just straight up. I don't know about you, but I am drooling just looking at it! If you think this would make a good addition to your winter (or summer) recipe list, then get cooking, share the recipe with your friends and tag me (@balancingbodies) in your creations. If you have any recipe requests, let me know and I can add them to the list to share! And for monthly cooking classes plus so much more, check out BB Members, my exclusive membership program for complete wellness. Or for al of my all time beloved recipes, you can grab my 'Crowd Pleasers' cookbook. I aboslutely love seeing what you create and the goodness shared amoungst many. Happy crumbling my friends! Big Love, Elise xx
Here it is... My most famous recipe. The recipe that I get weekly requests for. A bolognese that is not only better on the tastebuds, but its better for your body and the planet as well. And the best part is, you would swear its just like the real deal. I was in search of a bolognese that was legume and tofu free. I felt like I was getting so much of that in my diet and my belly didn't always agree. And this is when I got my creative juices flowing and came up with this bad boy. I have been making it for years now, and it never disappoints. It's super simple, doesn't require anything too fancy, and is packed full of all the nutrients you need in a balanced meal. This recipe is: Gluten free Dairy free Vegan Soy free (if you substitute the Tamari for salt) Sugar free As per usual, I love seeing all of your recreations of my recipes, so please head over and share them with me on facebook or instagram by tagging @balancingbodies . If you are more of a visual learner, then I have you covered. Check out my YouTube video with this very recipe to see how it's done: Spaghetti Bolognese Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 2 Carrots 1 Large Zucchini 5 Medium Mushrooms* 1/2 Medium Sweet Potato* 1 Onion 2 Tomatoes 3 Tbls Olive Oil + option extra for the pasta 2 Tbls Cumin Powder 1 Tbls Ground Coriander Powder 2 Tbls Mixed Herbs + optional extra for pasta 1 tsp Black Pepper 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika 2 Tbls Tamari / Soy Sauce 2 Tbls Chia Seeds 1 Cup Almond Meal Can of Diced Tomatoes 1/2 - 1 cup Water Spaghetti * Option to sub in extra sweet potatoes instead of mushrooms. DIRECTIONS Dice onion finely and chop tomatoes Grate carrots, zucchini, mushrooms and sweet potato Add olive oil and onions to a medium heat pan and cook until golden brown Add chopped tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are soft and tender Add cumin, pepper, smoked paprika, coriander powder and mixed herbs and stir through until well combined. Stir through mushrooms and sweet potato and continuously stir for a moment to ensure it doesn’t stick Add carrot and zucchini and continue to stir and cook through the veggies for about 2 minutes. Pour in the canned diced tomatoes and stir through and add 1/2 - 1 cup of hot water depending how dry the mixture is (sometimes some veggies release more juice than others - you want it is be runny enough that you can leave it to simmer). Leave to simmer on a low - medium heat stirring regularly to ensure nothing sticks to the bottom. Cook for 10-20 minutes until veggies are soft and tender. Meanwhile start to boil a pot of water, and a pinch of salt and then cook your pasta. Once the veggies are soft in your bolognese, add tamari Stir through chia seeds and allow 2 minutes for them to start absorbing the liquid. Stir through the almond meal to thicken and that’s your bolognese sauce done! To serve I like to mix a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of mixed herbs through the pasta before plating up and then place some hefty dollops of bolognese on top. But some people like to mix all the pasta and sauce together. Either way, it’s delicious! ⠀
Although I haven't been strictly following the 'Plastic Free July' challenge, it is something that I am continuously striving to better in my life. That, and always trying to find and create the most natural options available. In that pursuit, a couple a years ago a good friend of mine shared this recipe for a homemade natural deodorant. And whilst I was a little skeptical at first (because no one wants to be a Smelly Nelly), she assured me it worked. So a few years on and having shared this with many different people, it is confirmed, IT ACTUALLY WORKS! How does it work? You may ask... well, the human body is made to sweat - sweat is our way of releasing toxins, so a little bit of perspiration is a good thing. So this little gem does not stop you sweating, but, it does stop you smelling and keeps you feeling freeessh. This easy 5 ingredient recipe will make you plenty of deodorant that will last you a long time and you can even share around. So here it is my friends... INGREDIENTS: 50g of coconut oil 10g of beeswax 20g arrowroot flour 30g bicarbonate soda 15 drops of essential oil (avoid citrus flavours) DIRECTIONS: Sterilise all instruments and jars/containers you intend to use. Melt coconut and beeswax in a double boiler. Add arrowroot and bicarbonate soda and stir until well combined. Add essential oil and stir. Put in pot/jar and let it cool and set in the fridge. Once set and you are ready to use, remove from fridge permanently, apply like a moisturiser, and keep smelling freeesssshhh all day long! Enjoy my sweets, and as always, I would love to hear how you go! - Elise xx
So here it is, the honest truth… the stuff I generally keep bottled up. But today I choose to share it because maybe through my sharing someone else can relate and know that they are not alone. I am also writing this just as much for me as I am for you. A way to release, a way to let go, and a way to process what has been happening. I do warn you, this blog does reach a certain level of ‘woo woo’, so enter at your own risk. I may lose some of you along the way, but if it interests you read on… Life has been pretty shit lately. A lot has happened, but at the same time not much at all. For anyone that knows me, they know that I am 90% of the time a happy go lucky kinda gal - full of beans and smiles for miles. But things have been a little different of late. These last few weeks have forced me to go to places within me that I have kept buried from the world for some time. It was about a month ago that everything changed. Out one Monday morning for my sunrise run in the rain I made one wrong step and slipped over tearing 3 ligaments in my ankle. Whilst it is no life threatening injury, and there is definitely people far worse off than me with far more suffering, it has been a very debilitating injury for me. For a usually very active person, these weeks of stillness have been a struggle, a struggle physically, but more so mentally. And this little ankle injury seemed to be the catalyst for a myriad of challenges to come my way. It seemed like day after day challenges were being thrown at me from all directions - home life, work life, financially, relationships, body physical body issues, you name it - shit was hitting the fan in every direction and every single day just seemed to get harder. And with no escape but stillness I have been forced to feel and be with it all, forced to reflect, and this is the musings of my mind about it all… GUILT I felt so much guilt to be causing a big deal over any of this. There are people out there with no home to go to, or food to eat. There are people dying and people that will never walk again. And here I was complaining about a few weeks on crutches and some struggles with people in my life. I had no right…. But of course I do, I am a human being that has the right to feel feelings. And whilst perspective is a very wonderful thing to have and serves such a powerful purpose, we have to remember that everything is relative and that it is okay to be upset, it is okay to feel hard done by and overwhelmed. It’s okay to cry and express sadness. And there we have it… Realisation - I had guilt associated with expressing sadness. SHAME I didn’t want to be the victim, I wanted to be strong. I didn’t want cry, I wanted to be strong. I didn’t want anyone to know that I felt down, I wanted to be strong. I was always the happy one, I was the one that everyone counted to be happy and energetic - I had to be strong… I didn’t want people to see the raw and the real, I denied that part of me existed. Realisation - I had been hiding a part of me, too scared to ever allow myself to be truly vulnerable. And without vulnerability there will be no evolution. CONFUSION & TRUST Why me? Why now? Why this? WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY??? I have spent so much time working on bettering myself, balancing myself and trying to listen and learn from the messages I have received, yet apparently it wasn’t enough. Why when I feel like I have flowed with the guidance of the universe does it then turn around and bite me in the arse? I just don’t understand. Why has injury all of a sudden become such big part and commonly occurring part of my life? It is not an identity I connect with. I spent so much time, energy and frustration questioning all of this. I pleaded to the universe to make me understand, but then it came, a hard one to fully embody, but a realisation none the less… Realisation - We will never have all the answers, sometimes things make no logical sense, but somewhere out there it all makes perfect sense. Somewhere out there it is all part of a perfect plan, and it is our job to learn to trust even in the hardest of times. Realisation - On a deeper level, I have along the way started to identify myself as an injured person. I had not let go of energetic trauma from past experiences so they were manifesting more of the same. REALISATION And then from here the realisations just came flooding in…. Distraction - Through all of this stillness it has made me realise how much I usually use my busy life as a distraction. And whilst I love my life and lifestyle choices, I usually am go go go with little time to process, little time to feel. Through all of this forced down time I have realised that exercise has always been my release, and whilst this is a good thing in so many ways, I now see that I have pretty much always masked my emotions and feelings with exercise and not allowed myself to feel or process things properly. So I need to practice what I preach and find balance in my life of business with some stillness. Mediation - This powerful practice that I so often neglect. A practice that although I know how life changing it can be, I had not prioritised - maybe out of a deeper fear, maybe out of laziness, or maybe for whatever other reason. But this practice now more than ever is showing me how transformational it can be. It also is that perfect link in creating a balance of stillness in my energetic fast paced life. It is a lesson I feel that I have been not listening to for a while now. It is how I slow down, how I feel, how I process, how I give myself time to be still in my usual world of doing. Energetic Balance > Feminine / Masculine - This is another big one that in the last 6 months or so seems to have kept popping up, but it wasn’t until now when I was forced to really listen that I started to actually understand. Up until now, without even realising it, I have lived a life largely dominated by my masculine energy. I have lived a very independent life where I have been strong, tough, driven and stable. And whilst there are definitely strong elements of the feminine present, I have never really been someone who is emotionally vulnerable or emotionally expressive and allowed the feminine to really shine. This last injury has forced the feminine to step up (literally as the left side of my body, which is the feminine, has had to take charge as the right is injured). I have also been consciously working on strengthening the feminine by embracing more creative, nurturing, nourishing, flowing, soft, sensual rituals in my life. I have forced myself to open and be emotionally vulnerable to people I wouldn’t usually let in. And through all of this, it has actually been pretty incredible noticing the changes it has created within my life in just a few short weeks. Money Attachments - As always, this is a big one, attachments to money. The way money controls our lives is outrageous. And there is nothing like some financial struggles to remind us to practice non attachment to this energetic thing that has so much control over us. RELEASE Boy oh boy has there been some releasing. I felt anger like I haven’t felt in years, I have felt frustration and let it boil up. But the most profound part of it all is that I have cried. I have cried and cried and cried. Now that may not seem like a big deal for some, but for me, it is a big deal! I am not someone that usually cries. There have been many times in my life that I have wanted to cry, I have needed to cry to let it out and I just couldn’t. So for me to be crying, it’s big. It’s weird for me, and I see myself automatically try to fight it away, but then remind myself it’s okay. It’s like I have unlocked some chamber within me and all of this pent up emotion is pouring out. It’s the release I so badly needed. It’s my feminine finally being allowed to express herself fully and letting go of all that no longer serves me. And there you have it. It’s been an interesting few weeks, and it’s hard to put in to words. But in my attempt to embrace the feminine and be more vulnerable, I am sharing this with you. Now maybe you actually made it to the end of this and you are sitting there thinking, “Geez Elise, you really do have way too much time on your hands and you are definitely overthinking this and your woo woo hippie stuff has gone too far.”, or maybe there are some points that you can relate to, or maybe you 100% can relate … but the point is that we are all on this journey, we are all learning, growing and evolving. And although sometimes things may look all perfect and wonderful on the outside, we all have our shit days, months, times. But in these times, when we actually take the time to reflect, we grow.
Well guys, this is it, my absolute most favourite cake in the whole wide world. I spent years pining after this gluten and dairy filled cake in the shop windows longing for the day my tastebuds could be tantalised by it once more. And then one day enough was enough, it was time all those gf df legends out there got to enjoy this pineapplely coconuty tropical goodness. This is a delightfully moist cake with a yummy "cream cheese" style frosting. So get your mixing bowls and get ready to fall in love... Dry Ingredients: 1½ Cups Brown Rice Flour ¼ Cup Tapioca Flour 1 Cup Coconut Sugar 1 tsp Baking Soda 1 tsp Baking Powder ½ tsp Salt 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp nutmeg Wet Ingredients: 1 Cup Mashed Banana ¼ Cup Coconut Oil 1 Tbls Vanilla ½ Cup Pineapple Juice (at room temperature) 2 Tbls Apple Cider Vinegar ¾ Cup Crushed Pineapple 1/3 Cup Chopped Walnuts ½ Cup Shredded Coconut Icing Ingredients: 1 Cup Full Fat Coconut Cream – chilled 2 Cups Cashews – soaked in water for at least 4 hours ¾ Cup Maple Syrup Pinch of Salt 2 tsp Vanilla 3 Tbls Lemon Juice 1 Cup Melted Coconut Butter or Coconut Oil Optional – Toasted Coconut Shreds on top Cake Method: Preheat Oven to 180 Degrees Celsius Line a cake tin with baking paper Whisk all of the Dry Ingredients together in a large bowl Mix all of the Wet Ingredients except the Apple Cider Vinegar, Pineapple Walnuts and Coconut Shreds together in a separate bowl Stir the Wet Ingredients in to the Dry Ingredients until combined Mix through the Apple Cider Vinegar and let it sit until the mixture starts to bubble Stir through the Coconut Shreds, Pineapple and Walnuts Pour into cake tin and bake in over for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown and when you insert a skewer in the middle it comes out clean Once cooked, leave the cake to cool Icing Method: Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth Let it sit until chilled and then whisk up with electric beaters until it becomes fluffy and combined Spread evenly over the cake and sprinkle toasted coconut over the top And there you have it! Store the cake in the fridge and serve just before eating. Slice up, enjoy and prepare yourself to have strong willpower to not eat it all at once. I hope you enjoy and comment below, share and tag me in your creations to let me know you want more. Big love my little BB fam, Elise #cake #glutenfree #glutenfree #glutenfreecake #vegancake #veganglutenfree #hummingbirdcake #yummers #pineapple #coconut #refinedsugarfree #glutenfreerecipe #recipe #veganrecipe #holisticlife #healthhacks #dairyfree #healthfood #vegan #yum
Weight loss / weight management, probably one of the biggest 'skills' people are trying to master all over the world. It's something that a lot of peoples day revolves around - this thing that brings so much stress, anxiety and disappointment to peoples lives. But what if I told you I had the secret? The secret to weight loss? Yes, that's right, Little Lisey has cracked the code, and I am here to share it with you. But first, let's just take a minute to reflect. When this image popped up on my facebook memories the other day I had to take a moment to appreciate what is happening here. The photo on the left was taken 7 years ago when I was having the time of my life traveling through Peru - a happy little back packer exploring new lands. A girl who had no idea what the future held but was trying to make the most of life's opportunities to explore. Fast forward to the photo on the right which was taken just the other day of an even happier Lisey doing her morning jog in her now hometown Byron Bay - still a girl who has no idea what the future holds, but a girl that trusts that all will work out as it should. Now, don't get me wrong, I would still not make it as a catwalk model, and am no size 6, but what I am is fit, healthy, strong and confident. Something that old Elise did not think was possible. Sometimes it's not until you look back on where you used to be that you realise how far you've come. So what is the difference? What have I done? What is my secret? ... Well guys, its simple. The secret to my journey and to mastering my weight management is... love. Yep, that's right, it may sound cliche, it's that 4 letter word we hear thrown around left right and centre, but hear me out because this simple little word is where all of the magic lies. Sometimes we get so caught up in striving to better ourselves that we don't appreciate what we already have. I look at this image and I see a girl who was lost in her own insecurities, a girl that didn't even know that loving and accepting herself was even a possibility. A girl that could not, and would not accept herself the way she was. A girl that I just wish I could tell now that all she has to do is love and she would save herself so much struggle and suffering. Because, when we love, and I mean actually love and appreciate ourselves, this is when we change. When we love and accept ourselves fully and completely - including all of our (self perceived) imperfections, we change. The journey of weight management all starts with the mind and I guarantee you that cultivating and creating a healthy mind will inevitably create a healthy body. Now trust me, I know that this can be hard, it took me years and years to fully wrap my head around this, but that is why I am here, to save you the troubles and help you find the transformation I found in a fraction of the time. When we can learn to love and accept that this is where we are, and this is part of the journey and the lessons we were meant to learn, and to change because we love ourselves - this is where lasting change truly begins. Without even realising it, so many of us function out of hate. We want to change because we hate this or don't like that about ourselves - an attitude that is amplified by the society and social pressures that surround us. We don't even realise it most of the time, but the driving force behind our decisions comes from a dark and negative place. So once we realise this and then start to change it, the whole journey starts to change. So here it is, a 3 Step Process to Self Love aka Weight Management: Step 1- Awareness Become aware of your thoughts, your motivators, your mindset. Ensure that you always choose love and move away from all that doesn't serve love. Step 2 - Establish Loving Motivators What is your why behind your goal? Do you want to lose weight because you hate the way you look or don't like the way you feel? Do you hate your cellulite or your chunky thighs? What if instead, you wanted to lose weight because you love your body and you want to give yourself the healthiest vessel possible to go through this life with. What if even though you want to get rid of the cellulite and tone your thighs you look at them with love and gratitude as they have been your reminder and motivator to make healthier changes. It's all about perspective and retraining the way we think. Step 3 - Always Choose Love When we choose out of love, we choose what is best for us. We learn to listen to ourselves and do what we need. We choose nourishing foods because they are what fuels our bodies and makes us feel our best. We choose to move our bodies in whatever makes us feel good - some days that may be a walk, some days that may be a run, some days that may be a stretch - but we enjoy it, because its what our bodies love. Always choose to love yourself as you are. Depending where you are at in your journey, this can be hard. This is not something that will change you overnight, but it will change you. And the only one that can make the change is you. No matter you age, your current health situation, your past, your future... choose love. Choose to love and accept yourself, because I can guarantee you, you are perfect just the way you are. From one gal on a journey to another, I am here. I am here to share in, witness, and be there for you in this journey. To watch my journey more closely, feel free to follow me on instagram, facebook and youtube, or simply reach out by responding to this post. Lots of love, Elise xx #weightloss #weightmanagement #diet #healthyliving #loveyourself #selflove #healthybody #fit #healthy #holisticlife #loseweight #weightlosssecrets #healthhacks
This 30 Minute Yoga Class is designed for anyone of any age and of any level. It is a practice dedicated to moving through the whole body to create mobility and stability in the whole body to keep you moving freely and fully for years to come. There is a combination of seated and standing poses and there are options offered throughout the class to work at whatever level you are at. So whether you make it your daily routine or just a once a week practice, I promise you will feel the impact of this practice in your body, mind and spirit. As always I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Let me know if this is something you like and want more of. Breathe. Believe. Achieve. Love Elise xx #yoga #gentleyoga #yogaflow #hathayoga #morningyoga #yogaclass #yogatutorial #athomeyoga #learntoyoga #stretch #healthybody #movement #beginnersyoga #30minuteyoga
Get ready to sweat Yogis! This quick little 30 minute yoga class will get you working. We get straight in to it and get moving. We begin by slowly building on to some sun salutations and then work through a series of postures that target the core (abdominal muscles) and other major muscle groups such as the glutes (butt muscles) and legs to get the heart rate up and burn those calories. This is a strong class with some more advanced options, so just work with whatever you are up to and pause the video for breaks at any time if need be. Practice this video several times a week and I promise you, you will notice a difference in your strength and tone. Enjoy, and let me know how you go in the comments below! Big love, Elise xx
The ol Downward Doggo. If you have ever been to a yoga class, you have probably done a downward facing dog. It is one of the most common and most recognisable postures in all of the yoga asanas (postures); but unfortunately as a teacher this is probably the most misdone posture I see out of all of the postures. But fear no more, I am here to show you the tricks of the trade to get that downdog looking and feeling fiiiiiine! I have created this video to show you how you can do a Downward Facing Dog PROPERLY to keep you and your practice safe and sturdy. Have a watch and let me know how you go! Big love, Elise xx
IT'S TACO TIME Who doesn't love a good ol' Mexican fiesta?! Mexican definitely has to be one of my favourite types of food, and these little raw tacos are a top fav. Back in the days when I owned my cafe, these bad boys were a top seller. These raw tacos are a great way to have a nourishing and filling meal that leaves you feeling full but light at the same time. They are quick and easy to make and will be a hit with the whole fam. And I haven't even mentioned the best part yet... the main ingredient is some scraps that you would usually throw in the bin - but also an ingredient that even the keenest of eyes won't be able to recognise. Have I got you intrigued yet? Well keep scrolling because the recipe is right below... RAW TACOS INGREDIENTS Carrot Meat 1½ Cups carrot pulp 1 Tbl Tamari 1 Tbl Olive oil ½ Tbl Lemon Juice 1 tsp Cumin ¼ tsp paprika 1 tsp mixed herbs ¼ tsp salt ¼ cup mixed seeds (Sesame, Pepitas, Sunflower, etc) Tacos Cashew Cheesy Spread Tomato Avocado Cos Lettuce Leaves + any filling additions of your choice DIRECTIONS Mix all Carrot Meat ingredients in a bowl. Wash and chop up all Taco Ingredients (except Cos leaves) Lay out the cos leaves like tacos and fill with all of the above ingredients. So there you have it, a simple but oh so delicious alternative to the usual. It may sound a little weird to some, but trust me, it's amazing! So give it a go and share your creations with me right here, or over at instagram (@balancingbodies) or facebook (www.facebook.com/balancingbodiesforyou). Adios me Amigos, Elise xx
Are you ready to have all your 'fish & chips' dreams come true. Delicious fried goods that haven't harmed the fishes and you don't have to feel too guilty about eating? Well here it is! This recipe was inspired by and is an adaptation off one of the lovely @mydarlingvegan 's recipes. WHAT DO YOU NEED? FISH STICKS 1 can heart of palm, drained and broken into large pieces 1/4 cup gluten free bread crumbs 1 tablespoon crumbled roasted seaweed 1 teaspoon tamari salt and pepper, to taste BATTER 2 tablespoon chickpea flour OR 1 Tbls Flaxseed meal 1/4 cup water 1 cup gluten free all purpose flour 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon paprika 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1 1/2 cup soda water about 2 cups cooking oil (or enough to create a layer of about 1-2cm of oil in the bottom of your pan. TARTAR SAUCE 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 heaping teaspoon sweet pickle relish OR finely chopped gherkins salt and pepper, to taste CHIPS 2 Large potatoes or 3 medium to small potatoes salt, pepper, mixed herbs to taste drizzle of olive or coconut oil to coat HOW DO YOU MAKE IT? Combine the ingredients for the tartar sauce and refrigerate until ready to use. Preheat oven to 180-200 degrees celsius Chop potatoes in to chips / wedges or whatever style you like. Place on oven tray with some salt, pepper, mixed herbs and oils to coat. Once coated place in to the over and cook until tender and golden brown. In a food processor combine ingredients for fish sticks. Pulse a few times until ingredients are broken down and well combined. There should still be large chunks. Shape heart of palm mixture into 8-10 fish sticks and place on a parchment lined baking sheet, squeezing out excess water. Refrigerate for 1 hour. To make the beer batter, combine the chickpea flour / flaxseed meal with water until thick and goopy. Set aside. In a separate bowl combine flour and spices. Mix in chickpea / flax meal mixture. Slowly add soda water, about 1/4 cup at a time, while mixing. Batter should be fairly think but thin enough to evenly coat fish sticks. If your fish sticks are falling apart in the batter, thin it with a little more soda water. Heat oil in a small cast iron skillet, filling enough so that it's about 1-2cm deep. Once oil is hot, coat the fish sticks in the batter 2-3 at a time. With a flat utensil, gently place in hot oil and deep fry for about 2 minutes, flipping half way in between if necessary. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil. Serve immediately with prepared tartar sauce and let all your 'fish' and chips dreams come true.
Today I found myself flicking through my journal looking back on the journeys up until now and I came across some wise words. Words written by some wonderful friends of mine Cam & Nina. Words that every time I read I find myself getting taken to a different place, I find myself all of a sudden bringing life back in to perspective. So here they are, read them, re-read them, absorb them, and cherish them. "THE TRUTH IS, BEFORE ANYTHING EVER WAS IT HAD TO BE DREAMED. YOUR SKIN WRAPPING ITSELF AROUND EVERYTHING THAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE WAS A DEEP SOOTHING DREAM IN BETWEEN MOMENTS OF THE WORLD OPENING AND YOUR EYES CLOSING. YOU ARE A DREAM, A BEAUTIFUL DREAM SOFT AND GENTLE, MADE UP OF MAGNIFICENT VISIONS CREATED BY IMPECCABLE FORCES, IMPECCABLE MAGIC. BEFORE YOU WERE, BEFORE I WAS, THERE WAS A DREAM, WHICH FELT INFINITE WITH BEAUTY, WITH A LONGING TO BECOME, WITH A NEED TO EXIST. YOU ARE THE CREATIONS OF NATURE'S DREAM OF NATURE'S THOUGHT OF NATURE'S INTELLECT. YOU ARE WHAT MAKES THIS SPACE WHOLE, YOU ARE WHAT MAKES THIS MOMENT REAL, YOU ARE TEN THOUSAND YEARS OLD, YOU ARE THE THOUSAND DREAMS BEFORE YOU. YOU WERE CREATED BY NATURE FOR NATURE. HER ULTIMATE REQUEST YOU AND YOUR WONDERFUL SKIN YOU AND EVERYTHING INTERTWINED WITH YOUR ESSENCE. YOU ARE A DREAM." #DREAM #perspective #selflove #acceptance #love #learnandgrow #selfdevelopment #sharehappiness #mothernature