Notes on daily rituals that empower and nurture.
Ideas on how to apply structure, colour and purpose.
Writing things down
From the 5 years I was at Art School I picked up a valuable habit and that's to keep a sketchbook which in later years took the form of Notebooks.
I write down everything: shopping lists, mental maps, UX, architecture, lifestyle, health and nutrition, new exercises or notes on yoga practice. I write down recipes I read in books or magazines or from observing my friends cook delicious meals; quotes and entire passages that deeply inspire me, reminding me of what matters.
Document your life
Meditative and cathartic. Being able to express yourself in writing, observe your life from the 3rd person provides clarity, insight and understanding not only to your own thoughts and actions but those around you.
I started my first journal aged 13 and kept writing consistently till the age of 33 when I got married. After my divorce aged 38 I wrote sporadically but always kept Notebooks.
Write down your ideas
Planning, visualising, sketching, have all inspired the many paths I have taken and all pretty much can be traced back to some note I wrote down somewhere (paper, napkin, matchbox, old utility bill) that led to some course, person or place.
Make it a habit to keep a small notebook and refrain from using your phone to always document and store.
I love stationary so the search for the right notebook and pen is one of the many small pleasures in my life.
Experiment with different styles
You will never know what your writing can become unless you begin experimenting with different forms.
I have taken two courses in Creative Writing: one in Auckland with John Cranna at the Creative Hub (2015) and the other in London with Lucy Caldwell at the Faber Academy (2019). Both have been challenging but incredibly empowering and they made me see glimpses of the potential we all have if only we practice daily and allow to play and experiment, to be bold and fearless.
What eventually emerges
What emerges are common themes around living a fulfilling life. They all contain ideas and experiments on how to look after yourself. Discovery is at the core whether it's cooking a meal, planning a holiday or registering on a course.
I have been experimenting with recipes for a while from snacks and coffee treats to entire meals always striving to include wholesome ingredients full of nutrients leaving you feeling light and energised.
My cooking has been inspired by a lifestyle where yoga and physical activity are central. Lockdown or not I dedicate at least 1h to daily exercise whether it's yoga, cycling, stretching, swimming, running or dancing (last two less so now but huge when younger).
My own research and study on correct diet and nutrtion, the teachings of Dr. Libby and my yoga teacher training have all influenced the way I mix ingredients to produce healthy meals.
Little treats to ourselves from ourselves on a daily basis. These could include looking after our body (from basic to luxury body-related treatments) to buying fresh flowers and placing ourselves in environments and situations that charge us with energy, positivity and inspiration.
Vitality, Discovery, Adventure, Relaxation, all play a big part in my life.
Everything begins with a dream and then it's simply a process of planning and prioritising on how to make it happen without getting initially too bothered with the logistics. It will all sort itself out.
I have made this a lifetime achievement. Getting very good at this:)
I also keep it real; yes, I will fulfil my dream of feeling like a ballarina, that doesn't mean I will look like one or dance like one but it will still feel amazing and enrich and inspire other areas in my life :)