How I made peace…

_DSC6620Ever since my interview with Gaby Gogarty about my fertility journey, I have wanted to follow up with how I came to make peace with my situation. I mention in the interview that thoughts of having a baby don’t consume me, I have surrendered to whatever will be, will be. There were a few steps in making peace with the fact that I may never have children of my own and I want to share that with you, in the hope that it may help you on your own journey. I also think these steps can be translated to support healing in other situations such as a bad break-up, job loss or overcoming a health issue.

This was definitely the first step in regaining my happiness and strength. I began with being grateful for the simplest of things such as being able to see and hear. My body may not be able to do exactly what I want it to do at that time, but it is strong enough to hike to the top of a mountain or get me through a tough yoga class. I was grateful for all of the things that my amazing body could do. Beyond my physical self, I also thought about how fortunate I am to have a lot of love in my life from my husband, family and friends. I have a modest but beautiful home and a job that allows us to live comfortably. As a primary school teacher, I am surrounded by children every day and have a very important role in their lives. I also have two stepsons and nieces and nephews, there are a lot of children in my life.

If you are going through a difficult time at the moment, I can’t speak enough about the simplicity of gratitude and focussing on what you do have. This simple act brings so much happiness and a new perspective.

Visualisation: “If I don’t have kids, what will my life look like?”
Once I made the decision that IVF was not the right thing for me, I had to face the fact that there was a very small chance that I could have a baby of my own. If this didn’t happen, what would my life look like? This was a conversation that my husband and I had together, as it’s not just my life, it’s our life. I’ve never known what it is like to have a child so it was quite easy for me to not get caught up on what I could possibly be missing out on.

The biggest factor that came to mind was freedom. Once my stepsons have finished school, we would be free to travel, possibly even live overseas, downsize our home and move closer to the beach. There were many options for us and a future to look forward to. A positive spin on things can make all the difference.

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
– Hippocrates

Growth, move on, set goals, take action
The best way to take your mind off something is to be active. I decided that the most important thing was for me to focus on being the healthiest and happiest version of myself. I completely overhauled my beauty regime. I ditched the perfumes, commercial deodorants and hair products, face creams and make up. I replaced all of this with chemical free and non-toxic versions. I also began to only shop at farmers markets for my fruit and veg and found an organic farmer who delivers to my door. I ate a lot more gut healing foods and cooked a lot more from scratch. I also continued with my outdoor yoga and walking routine. Eventually my lifestyle and interests led me to enrol at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Studying and working full time, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and relationships as well as starting my own business filled me up each day. I was growing personally, setting goals and achieving them. 

Translate the qualities of being a mum…
Finally, I couldn’t help but think I would be a great mum. I’m caring, nurturing a good listener, quite calm and patient and would love seeing something that I created grow every day. All of these qualities can certainly be suited to other situations. As a Health Coach and having my own business, I employ these qualities each day and it is incredibly fulfilling. Plus, I’m a fur mumma to my beautiful dog and he gets a lot of love and nurturing from me!

It may be helpful, if you’re going through a difficult time, to think about the feelings or qualities that you believe you are missing out on. Or perhaps the attributes that are important to you. What are some other ways that you can get this into your life?

When things aren’t going the way you had hoped or planned, it can be very easy to allow thoughts of this to occupy your mind and your time. This can make the situation worse as it begins to wear you down and affect your happiness and eventually, your health. I hope that the process I went through to make peace with my situation will also help you through yours. I would love to hear from you if you found something in this article that resonated with you. Please leave a comment below.

If you missed my interview with Gaby Gogarty, you can read it here.

Shine Bright.x


Strawberry Ice Cream Cake by Kylie Ann Casey

strawberryHow amazing are strawberries? Not only are they delicious, they are also a superfood. Yes, the humble strawberry has amazing super powers to benefit your health! Strawberries are rich in nutrients and antioxidants including vitamin C, therefore boosting immunity. They promote eye health, keep wrinkles at bay, reduce inflammation, help to regulate blood pressure and also promote pre-natal health.

When I saw my friend and fellow IIN graduate, Kylie’s Instagram feed with this amazing creation, I knew I needed the recipe and I had to share it with you all. I’m so excited that she agreed!


It is an honour to be asked to contribute, a guest post to Lisa’s beautiful blog here.

I’m Kylie Ann Casey, like Lisa I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and now specialise in Plant-based Wellness and Early Childhood Nutrition. I have worked with young children for the last 12 years and have realised that at some stage, all parents and care givers struggle to get their children to eat healthy food. I’ve seen these struggles and some very unhealthy lunch boxes! I have created a blog where I will be sharing simple, affordable and healthy recipes that children will love.

The easiest way I have noticed to get any child (or fussy Husband) to eat healthy and nutritious food is in the form of dessert! So with this in mind, I created this delicious and healthy, Strawberry Ice Cream Cake.


1 cup Brazil Nutsstrawberry cake
1 cup medjool dates (pitted)
1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 can coconut cream
1 cup strawberries
¼ cup raspberries
½ cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil

Extra strawberries and Raspberries to decorate!

1. Place all base ingredients in a food processer and pulse till all combined 1-2 minutes depending on how powerful your food processor is.

2. When base is ready and combined, place in a medium sized cake tin and firmly mold the base evenly across the bottom

3. Put the base in the freezer to start setting while you make the filling

4. Put all filling ingredients in your blender or food processer and blend till combined, again this is usually 1-2 minutes

5. Pour filling over the base and place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes

6. When cake has set decorate with strawberries on top

Handy Hints: Cake tastes best when not frozen completely, think soft serve consistency. If freezing for a future time let the cake defrost in your fridge for 1 hour before serving.

Enjoy xx

Make sure you check out Kylie’s Facebook page, Growing Tastebuds, her website and also follow her on Instagram @kylieanncasey for more healthy food inspiration.

33 Years, 33 Things

_DSC6638Birthdays are like a personal New Year. I like to take time around my birthday to reflect a little on the year that has just passed and where I’d like to head moving forward. Last month I turned 33. A seemingly uneventful birthday and age to be turning. But I like the look of the two 3’s, numbers seen in doubles seem magical to me. So I began to think about what are some things I have learnt in my 33 years? Which nuggets of wisdom have shaped how I live my life today? Read on and I’d love you to leave a comment if any resonate with you.

  1. Some things are worth waiting for They really are! Sometimes it’s the journey, not the destination that matters the most, we get more out of it to enrich our lives. Then when that moment finally arrives we are filled with gratitude.
  2. There is more satisfaction in simplicity A satisfied life does not need to be complicated. The times when I have felt the most happy and satisfied have been the times when I have got back to basics and all of the materialism from everyday life was non-existent. I experience this the most while camping. It’s all about eating, sleeping, playing and resting. Simple!
  3. There will always be highs and lows Just like a rollercoaster! Having faith that you will make it through the lows to the highs is what it’s all about. There are always opportunities for growth and new knowledge and perspectives. Again, if we didn’t experience the challenging times, would we truly appreciate the good times?
  4.  If you want something, work hard for it Most of us don’t get what we want handed to us on a silver platter. It usually takes hard work and I believe that if you just try to get where you want to be, you’re successful in life. For me, I worked hard at university the first time around for 5 years. I changed my whole direction and decided to become a teacher so went back to university and worked really hard. I wanted to buy a house so worked really hard to save for that. When you work hard for something, finally achieving it fills you with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  5. Be still in nature We belong in nature and this is so important to feel more connected and grounded. It’s my ‘go to’ to feel more balanced and peaceful.
  6. Quiet the mind and the answers will come For me it helps to go for a walk and be mindful of my surroundings. It quiets the internal chatter and inspires clarity.
  7. Sometimes you just need to go with the flow Yep, we can’t control everything, sometimes we need to just trust, surrender and allow.
  8. There is a lesson to be learned from everyone you meet It can be inspirational or a ‘what not to do’ kind of lesson but I truly believe that I have learnt something from everyone in my life. Some have given me more lessons than others. We can learn from their experiences, action, knowledge, lifestyle, how they speak etc. Be open to it all.
  9. Be grateful for the small things If you feel you have nothing to be thankful for, begin with the small things, they tend to add up.
  10. Family will always be there for you Sometimes you will not always get along, but you know that they will always be there for you.
  11. Get to know your grandparents One of the best relationships in my life was with my Nanna. We were great friends and were quite similar. We shared a sense of independence and a sense of humour. We spoke weekly and I learnt a lot about her life before she became my Nanna. I have so many memories of her being there throughout my whole life. She was probably my biggest cheerleader too! So comforting to have the wonderful memories.
  12. Travel and you will understand yourself better There are often challenges along the way, how do you handle them? You’ll find yourself experiencing different cultures, how does that affect you? You may find yourself all alone or meeting many like-minded people. You won’t come home the same person.
  13. Travel to truly appreciate where you come from I’ve been to some amazing and beautiful parts of this world and met some very generous and happy people. But as an Australian who has travelled to many different countries, I really am appreciative and grateful that I am a citizen of such a lucky country.
  14. Just travel! It’s the only thing you can spend money on that will make you richer!
  15. Sometimes not getting what you want can be a wonderful stroke of luck The Universe has better plans for you. That job you didn’t get? There’s a better one for you. That person who broke your heart? It was to make room in your life for someone better.
  16. Keep calm and have a cup of tea Having a rough day? Just breathe and put the kettle on!
  17. Just eat real food Mostly plant based, not from a packet. You can’t go wrong!
  18. Truly take in the moment Be in the moment, take it all in, give it the attention it deserves then look back on it with a smile.
  19. Invest in yourself The best investment you’ll ever make is in yourself. You can do this through healthy eating, getting enough sleep, exercise, self-care and study. Whatever you enjoy, do that!
  20. Healing is a matter of time, but it is also a matter of opportunity – Hippocrates It won’t happen overnight, trust the process. Digging deep to heal your mind, body or soul will present you with opportunities you would never have thought possible. My fertility journey has certainly showed me this is true.
  21. Drink water Why would you want to drink anything else? Really?? 😉
  22.  Positivity is a choice It’s not always the easiest choice. It involves mindfulness and acceptance. The people in my life who have stayed positive through challenges have been the most inspiring to me. Take each day as it comes, choose to see the good.
  23. Have a sense of humour Life shouldn’t be so serious all of the time. Sometimes you just have to find the funny side. Having a good sense of humour is a quality I love in others.
  24.  Be able to laugh at yourself People who can laugh at themselves and situations are generally more relaxed in my books.
  25.  If you have a passion or interest, make it happen! No one is going to hand it to you on a silver platter, go after it, chase it, fail and try again. Do what you love.
  26. Opposites attract I like to think of it as yin and yang, it can be the ‘perfect’ balance. It allows you to see things from a new perspective or try things you wouldn’t usually try.
  27.  Enjoy being alone “In your silence, when there are no words, no language, nobody else is present, you are getting in tune with existence.” – Osho Spending time on my own has always been something I enjoy. I love having the house to myself, I enjoy going to the beach or for a walk on my own, I’ll go to café’s on my own. I love my ‘me’ time.
  28. Find an exercise that you love For me, I love walking and yoga. I love that this kind of exercise gets me outdoors and I can enjoy the beautiful sounds of nature, the fresh air and the sunshine.
  29. Listen to your body Your body is giving you messages all the time, about the foods you eat, the amount of rest you have, the exercise you do and even stress and drama can take its toll on your body. Listen to your body, it’s smarter than you.
  30. Say no You can’t be all things to all people. When you want to say no, with love, say no.
  31.  There are mean and selfish people out there but it’s up to you how much you let them get to you It’s up to you whether you give them the time or not. I know which one I choose.
  32. Love makes life better It really does. Doing things with love, doing something you love and finding those you love and love you back. Life is dull without love.
  33. Strive for progress not perfection I don’t believe that perfection is an actual destination. Make every day better than the last.

This list wasn’t in any form of priority of importance. Some are simple and some are more thought provoking. These ideals, lessons and truths have certainly contributed to who I am today. Which one’s did you resonate with? I’d love for you to leave a comment below.

Make Peace with Your Plate – Book Review

make-peace-with-your-plateReading is one of my favourite things to do. I usually have about three books on the go; one for business, one for health/spirit and one for fun. Then I have more books waiting for me when I’ve finished them. I also have an ever growing list of “must reads” to get through!! Who’s with me? Earlier this year I joined a Wellness Book Club where us book nerds share our thoughts and ideas about a particular book each month. One of the books we read was Make Peace with Your Plate by Jess Ainscough, and now I’m sharing my review with you.


Australia’s very own Wellness Warrior has left a significant legacy. The passing of Jess Ainscough earlier this year was felt by the many lives she touched. The authenticity of her blog and her story as well as her message of wellness resonated with so many people who in turn felt a connection to her. I had followed her blog for a couple of years and credit her inspiring story, enthusiasm and dedication to health for sparking a transformation in my own life. I started 2015 with my ‘books to read this year’ list which included Make Peace with Your Plate – finally! Picking up this gem for the first time after her passing was both comforting and poignant.

Jess’ story is both heart-breaking and remarkable. At just 22 years old her life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with a rare type of incurable cancer and told that her only option to prolong her life was to amputate her arm. She was like any young woman; partying, living each day as it comes, surviving on junk food and battling body issues. Her shocking diagnosis was a life-changing catalyst for extreme change to her lifestyle, beginning with a three week stay at the Gerson clinic in Mexico. Two years of hourly fresh, organic veggie juices each day, a basic plant based diet and five coffee enemas a day followed.

She was absolutely, one-hundred percent committed to her health with the support of her parents, boyfriend and fur babies. An obsession to research everything about natural, alternative cancer therapies and treatments as well as how to bring her body to optimum health forms the basis for a lot of information in this book. She acknowledges that the information isn’t new, but rather something we have forgotten along the way and need to relearn.

What I absolutely love about Make Peace with Your Plate is that it is part reference book, part autobiography and part self-help book, all interwoven in an easy to read and light kind of way. She speaks about the chemicals in our foods, nutrition, whole-foods, a plant based diet and debunks some ‘truths’ about dietary claims. She shares some useful information on superfoods and how to use them as well as reading labels. Most useful is the ‘how’. You will find a lot of value in how to put all of this information into practice.

Going beyond the plate, Jess rightfully acknowledges that our wellbeing is based on more than what we put in our mouths. We must take a holistic approach. For me, having a regular meditation practice is important but something I never prioritise. Jess shares the details of her own practice and how to do it, this really helped me out with my routine. While reading this book I also got back into dry body brushing and felt amazing for it. I was also inspired to try oil pulling for the first time. All I can manage is 3 minutes. I’m not sure how someone with kids or a dog could possibly do this for 20 minutes in the morning. Another thing is the coffee enemas…..hmmm, still need to get my head around that one!

We can read a number of text books or spend an afternoon googling the theories and philosophy for health and wellness included in Make Peace with Your Plate. But what we would be missing out on is Jess’ incredibly inspiring story. How a young woman with a serious illness intuitively makes decisions for her own health, researches daily practices and nutritional information to allow her to thrive and manages to live a life full of gratitude and positivity. Her holistic approach to wellness and what that looks like in her daily life is what sets this book apart from the rest. Her authenticity, honesty and passion shines throughout this entire book, engaging the reader from start to finish.

A truly inspiring book that empowers us to live our healthiest lives.

Have you read Make Peace with Your Plate? I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you enjoyed this book review please let me know in the comments. If it’s something you’re interested in, I would really enjoy writing more reviews for you.xx

Chocolate Crackles

choc crackleToday I found myself without any chocolate in the house on World Chocolate Day!! Luckily I had the time to create a chocolatey, delicious and healthy treat with some ingredients in my cupboard. This is ideal for the 3pm sweet fix, for morning tea or as a snack. Perfect with a cup of tea.

You will need:
1/3 cup raw buckwheat
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup almonds chopped
1/3 cup pepitas
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup cacao nibs handful of dried fruit eg, goji berries, raspberries, cranberries
1 dessert spoon of cacao powder
1 dessert spoon of organic maple syrup (if you want more sweetness)
4 heaped dessert spoons of coconut oil

What to do:
1. Mix all dry ingredients together along with the maple syrup.
2. Melt the coconut oil then add it to the dry ingredients. Mix together.
3. Spoon mixture into cupcake paper cases or a silicon muffin tray.
4. Place in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to set. Enjoy!choc crackle 2

This recipe can easily be made without the almonds for a nut free version. If you don’t have all of these ingredients, substitute and create your own version! The coconut oil is key in holding it all together. I’d love to hear what you put in your own chocolate crackle recipe, leave a comment below. I also think this treat is best enjoyed in winter as it would melt very quickly in summer.

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Turmeric Tonic for Winter Wellness

turmerictonic2If you’re after some preventative medicine and immunity support, you’ll be very interested in making this healthy tonic. I first made it around this time last year when I was feeling run down, like I was getting a cold and also had shoulder and neck pain. A huge believer in food as medicine, I had heard some amazing things about turmeric that I thought would give my body the support and healing it needed.

How did we get into the mindset that we need to visit the pharmacy when feeling less than 100%? I always turn to mother nature first.

Turmeric is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory, this is so important because most illness begins with inflammation. It is thought that India’s very low rate of Alzheimer’s disease is due to eating turmeric at almost every meal. Amazing stuff!

The properties of this incredible spice assists in keeping infection away, it is a flu fighter and also helps to repair skin. Plus it’s a natural painkiller, which is why I was drawn to use it to soothe my shoulder.

Research has shown that turmeric can be effective in lowering your risk of heart disease, improve brain function, treat symptoms of arthritis and benefits against depression. It can also prevent and possibly even treat cancer. Turmeric is THE spice you need to add to your diet for longevity and vitality. You can read more about the mind-blowing benefits here and here.

Have you used turmeric before? It is the spice that gives curries their yellow colour and looks very similar to ginger. When you buy fresh turmeric, you may not be able to distinguish it from ginger or you may notice that it has an orange or yellow shade.

A word of caution when making this tonic is not to wear white, be careful if you have white benches and try not to get too much on your hands and nails because it will stain. Fresh is best for this recipe.

How to make Turmeric Tonic (serves 4)

  1. In a saucepan add:turmeric tonic
  • 4cm stick of turmeric (or preferred amount) grated
  • 2cm chunk of ginger (or preferred amount) grated
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 4 cups of water
  1. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring.
  2. Use a strainer when pouring into your cup.
  3. Add honey and milk if desired. Enjoy!

If you have leftovers I recommend straining the liquid into glass jars and storing in the fridge, so you can heat some up each day. This tonic is best enjoyed at the end of the day and will feel like a nice warm hug!

What are some other ways you like to use turmeric? I like to add it to scrambled eggs, stir fry’s, a turmeric and carrot soup and juices or smoothies. You can find the recipe for my Turmeric Cauli Rice here.

An interview with freeinthesea2014 on following your dreams, overcoming challenges and making a difference

isaWho has ever dreamed of selling up and travelling around the world? Quitting your job, buying a boat and setting sail? This is exactly what my courageous and adventurous friends, Isabel and Mick, did in December 2013. They sold most of their possessions, quit their jobs and left Australia to follow their dream of sailing to beautiful places, living a simple life and having an adventure. What’s even more inspiring is that they are also on a mission to raise awareness and educate communities about the effects of marine pollution. With their blog, freeinthesea2014, as well as through social media, I’m sure their message will be heard around the world.

We may not have the same dreams as Isabel and Mick, but I am sure that you will find their story of inspired action, passion and adapting to change motivational. Isabel is one of my closest and beautiful friends who truly shines from within and I am so excited to be featuring an interview with her. Oh how amazing technology is being able to interview someone moored off an island in the Caribbean!!

What has been the biggest challenge since making the decision to set sail?

My biggest challenges have been to find stability amongst constant change, living out of my comfort zone and facing fears. Although I used to sail as a child in little boats, I have had to overcome many fears since moving to our boat. I’m still very inexperienced so I’m scared of so many things like sailing at night, strong winds, big waves, pirates, and so much more. Moving from one place to another is exciting but it can be quite tiring too. You have to quickly learn how to adapt and how to find your centre inside of you and not depend on outside things for stability.

How did you overcome it?

Like with anything that scares us, the best way to overcome it is by doing it. I also believe in the power of positive thinking so I use affirmations to help me overcome my fears. If I see any negative thoughts coming to my mind, I quickly stop them by exchanging them with positive ones. As I mentioned before, being on the move, makes me a bit anxious at times, so I find that meditation helps a lot; just sitting quietly somewhere, closing my eyes and focusing in that place between my eyebrows or the centre of my heart, helps me calm my mind and brings me to feel peace again.

What has surprised you on your travels?

It has surprised me to see how badly managed rubbish is on most of the islands that we have visited around the Caribbean and in some places in South America like Ecuador; how littering is still a big problem and the lack of understanding on how big the problem of plastic pollution is and how it is affecting our oceans. In most of the islands, there are not well established waste management nor recycling centres, they don’t separate their rubbish and there is so much rubbish thrown to the streets and everywhere. This has been very sad to see, and has made me realize that there is a lot to be done.

You’re not just travelling for fun, you’re also spreading an important message about marine pollution. Why is this cause so important to you?

I’ve spent all my life around the ocean; I used to spend all my summers on the beach in Ecuador, first sailing then later on surfing. My parents taught mrubbishe to respect nature and I remember my dad always picking up rubbish from the beach, so I’ve copied his behaviour in some way. I’ve seen the amount of plastic that washes off on the beaches wherever we go. I have seen what it’s causing to the animals and I understand the negative impact that it’s causing to the environment and to us. I believe that this is a problem that can be solved by changing our habits and making smarter choices in the products we use every day. We are all connected. If the ocean is sick, we are sick and it’s up to us to make a difference. The ocean, nature, has given me so much in life. I cannot just sit and watch it being destroyed by our reckless behaviour, so that’s why I’m doing all I can to spread the message and at least make people think about the consequences of our actions.

Tell us about I.M. Recycled.

Before we moved onto our boat, we spent 8 months in Ecuador in 2014. Although I had been going back and visiting my family every year, I hadn’t spent that much time back since I left in 2005. The first few weeks when we arrived, we rented a little cabin on a beach called Ayampe. Here we were shocked by the amount of rubbish that was on the beach. We did a few beach clean ups but we knew that this was just a band aid solution to a much bigger problem.

With my background in education, I knew we needed to focus on spreading the word and telling others what was going on. So we started collecting plastic bottle caps and creating doormats with them. We contacted my old school and before leaving Ecuador we did a few talks about plastic pollution and showing the students what we were doing with the plastic we were finding on the beach. Everywhere we go, we continue to collect bottle caps and now we are not only making doormats but place mats and coasters for drinks. We try to contact local organizations in some of the places that we stay longer, work together with them and join in on beach clean ups.

This year, we’ll be arriving back in Ecuador around November and we’ll stay until the beginning of April. During this time, we are planning to launch an educational campaign about plastic pollution, visit more schools and organize bigger beach clean ups. We really believe that the main problem is lack of education and we would like to motivate people to change the situation by taking more action. I truly believe we can all make a difference.

im-recycled-6             doormat

How is your message received in the places you travel to?

What I’ve been trying to do is to contact people that are already doing things for the environment before I arrive in the new place. With social media this part is easy. It has giving me a chance to get to know people as passionate as me about the problem of plastic pollution and protecting our environment and sometimes we exchange ideas or we work together on beach clean ups. We have created a Facebook page for Ecuador called Mingas por el Mar EC where we share information about the problem and we look to make it easier for like-minded people to connect. I have seen great interest in the people in this country to be part of beach clean ups and to collaborate so it gives me hope that we can make it happen and that this project will be a successful one.

I’m sure it’s not all calm seas, tail winds, clear skies and sunshine. You and Mick spend a lot of time together in some challenging and stressful conditions. In what ways do you make a good team? How do you support each other?

headlessYes, life on a boat, it’s definitely not without challenges. It’s been quite a process and we have both learned a lot from each other. I think we have especially put in practice the saying, “Don’t take anything personally.” In stressful situations, where we are both tired and scared, we can easily lose our tempers, so the most important thing is to understand this, know it’s not personal and move on. We have definitely learned how to work as a team; we have come to understand our strengths and weaknesses. Mick can sometimes lose his patience so I think I calm him down and I can be a bit too relaxed at times so he gives me courage and motivation. We know when to give each other space, and when to lend each other a hand. I think it’s always important to communicate with each other and to be honest and also to always put yourself in the other person’s shoes, to try and understand why they’re acting in a certain way. We are good friends and that’s why we are a good team.

Tell us about the kind of healthy dishes you enjoy while sailing.

Our diets haven’t changed that much from when we lived back in Burleigh, although I’ve had to learn to adapt and accept what is on offer wherever we go. We grow our own alfalfa and bean sprouts on the boat so we always have fresh salads onboard. We have mainly a vegetarian diet so some of our specialties are curried vegetables, soups with lots of veggies and we love anything with lentils in it. We make sure to eat lots of fruits and seeds like chia; we also try to include quinoa in a lot of our dishes. We bake our own cakes and cookies on board and try to stay away from processed food. We have a pressure cooker on board so it’s really easy to cook grains. We do eat fish, whenever we are lucky to catch it.

Yoga has been an important part of your life for many years. What does your practice look like while travelling?

yogaAgain, it has been all about adaptability and making the most of what I have. It’s definitely more difficult to find the right place or conditions to practice. Sometimes I practice a bit of asanas on board, although it can be quite tricky, because our boat isn’t that big, and it can move a bit. My favourite place to practice is on deserted beaches with hard sand. We don’t find them that often, unfortunately.

I remember there was one week where every time I went to the beach to practice, something happened to prevent me from practicing or make the conditions harder. One morning it poured down rain, the next morning it was so windy that I was getting sand all over my face and then finally I found a beautiful deserted beach with the right conditions to practice and all of a sudden there was a kayaking tour arriving and parking their kayaks right next to me, so I had to practice with a crowd.

I have learned to adapt and do what I can every day. Some days, I just sit for a few minutes in my cabin and meditate, or do some pranayamas. Other times when we are sailing and I’m completely alone, I start chanting or repeating mantras. I don’t get to join yoga classes that often, so when I do, I really enjoy them and appreciate being guided by a teacher. I see an opportunity to practice yoga as an everyday thing: Yoga for me, it’s how we approach life, how we react in every situation, how we treat each other. That way, I’m practicing 24 hours a day, 7 days of the week.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow their passion and make their dreams come true?

Just do it. Follow your heart, trust in what makes you feel happy and do it. Life is too short to waste it on things that aren’t important. I truly believe that if you can imagine it, you can make it happen. We create the world we live in, so start thinking positive thoughts, create a wish board, give it your 100%, work hard and you’ll make it happen.

Quote to live by:

“Be the change you want to see in the world”. Gandhi

I read this quote many years ago and I try to live my life following it. I think it’s always easier to judge a situation outside of us than to look into ourselves and see what is really happening. This quote reminds me that everything starts with me. If I’m not happy, if I’m feeling unfulfilled I know that I’m the only person that can change that situation. My happiness doesn’t depend on anyone or anything. I decide to be happy and I work on anything I need to change in my life to make it happen. I’ve always felt this strong need of doing things to help others. Sometimes this can be overwhelming and disheartening when you see the big picture so I remember this quote and I focus on myself. I can be the best version of myself. It would be really hard to stop the war in the world but at least I can be peaceful with everyone that I come into contact with and that’s my way of creating change. I may not be able to pick up all the rubbish that is in the ocean but I can look at how much rubbish I’m producing and pick up what I can, that way I know I’m making a small difference with what I can do.

You certainly are making a difference Isabel! Thank you.xx


My wish is for you, the reader, to take these wise words, lessons, the positive outlook on life and overcoming challenges with you. What have you learned from Isabel’s journey that you can relate to your own life? How can you make a difference in your world? Please leave a comment below.

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