Salt

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So, I have been pretty absent from this space for the past few months. Been busy with working, studying (Always studying), creating, trying to give love and the whole breathing thing we do. Honestly, my body seems to hate winter more than my mind and it’s been depressing. I am so ready for summer, it isn’t even funny.

This has been on my mind for over a week now. I wanted to share with you my inspiration from something so simple and… well common. You probably already know because it is the name for this post. Salt, I think, is grossly underestimated. No, I haven’t gone insane. We use it all the time in cooking for its ability to bring out more flavour in a dish. It what makes the ocean so cleansing, and gross tasting. Depending on the type of salt, you can make your bath cleansing, muscle relaxing on calming.

Salt can do that!

Last week I reread an old issue of Kinfolk. It is the summer issue, number 12. Anyway, the whole issue is about SALT! My goddess! I am so excited. Is that weird? Reading about these different people from different parts of the world and their connection to salt. A cook who is obsessed with Himalayan Pink salt (I am so on that wagon), Fishermen who have this passion for the salty waves, a woman who still spends her summers at her families house by the ocean, a family who built their home practically on the beach… The passion these people have for the ocean, salt and the environment is so freaking mind blowing. The really cool thing is that this magazine appeared around the time I really started to appreciate the ocean and the powers that it has. It only takes me five minutes to drive to the beach and about 15 minutes to ride my bike. I never really had any respect for the ocean. It was always just there. In Summer I rarely tripped to the beach because I would get burnt to a crisp, Winter is too cold, Spring… busy with university, Autumn… you get the picture. I didn’t want to go because it was (eek) boring and a little inconvenient. I’m sorry! I can’t believe that I just admitted that.

Now I have a deep appreciation for the ocean. Not just the understanding that I don’t belong in the ocean, for I cannot breathe under it, but the calming and healing energies it has. I am not really sure why this is, maybe it is the salt, but I do know that after an hour walk along the beach as soon as I wake, leaves me shiny eyed and totally relaxed and out of this world in the present moment. Any worry or fear that I had the day before… forgotten, washed away in by the waves. You have to try it.

There are many how to’s on this wide web for salt baths but I just wanted to share with you my favourites.

Epsom Salt Muscle Relaxer

Epsom salt is used as a detoxifier, and thats great, but I love to soak in a bath of epsom salt when my muscles are really sore after a workout, or working in the yard. You can use an essential oil to make this bath even more luxurious.

1/2 to 1 cup of epsom salt (depending on your personal need. Though I wouldn’t add any more than a cup)

4-6 drops of essential oil (lavender, rose or ylang ylang are really lovely and relaxing)

Water

Simply run a bath that is a little hotter warm, as the heat will make you sweat and help in releasing toxins. Add the salt and essential oils in at the start so they mix in naturally as the bath fills up. Check every now and then to see if the temperature is right for you.

Once your bath is drawn, turn on some music, light some candles, and slip on in.

Himalayan Salt Toxin Detox

Because of the mineral content in this pretty pink salt, it makes it pretty powerful. This is why I would suggest not to add any more than 2- 1/2 cups i=of the salt to your bath. You can of course add less, if your feel your body needs a more gentle detox. This is totally okay.

1 to 2 1/2 cups of Himalayan salt

Water

Simply run a bath that is a little hotter warm, as the heat will make your muscles relax, sweat and help in releasing toxins. Add the salt in at the start so it mixes in naturally as the bath fills up. Check every now and then to see if the temperature is right for you.

Once your bath is drawn, turn on some music, light some candles, and enjoy.

Rose Scented Salt Bath

This may be my favourite bath to draw. It is slightly detoxifying but the scent of rose is just heaven. If you don’t like rose than any other calming essential oil will work nicely.

1/2 cup Himalayan salt

1/3 cup dried rose hips and pettles, or 4-5 drops rose essential oil

Draw a warm bath. Add the salt and essential oils or dried rise hips in at the start so they mix in naturally as the bath fills up. Check every now and then to see if the temperature is right for you.

Once your bath is drawn, turn on some music, light some candles, and slip on in for about 10-20 minutes.

After any of these baths it is best to lay down wrapped in a towel for a few minutes while your body slowly drops to a more neutral temperature. You can feel drained, especially after the Himalayan salt bath, this can occur if you have added over 3 cups, and it just from the strength of the salt. Best to be safe and not add anymore than 2 cups. Drink water to replenish the water you sweated out.

Don’t want to spend money or waste water? I am totally in the same boat. This is my fave… go swimming in the ocean! Problem solved. These captures might just make you love the beach too.

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Enjoy the salty water!

Spend a whole hour in that massive salty bath. Seriously, it is like having a cool bath with a small community of people.

A Trip Down the East Coast

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I think experienced a high vibe, spiritual kind of thing on my latest adventure that I went on with my soul sister. It was the continuous line of worldly and beautiful traveler’s  that we met. All from different countries and different stories to share with us. I lapped up everything I was told, painting pictures in my mind of their own adventures and knowledge. I flip through the paintings now and am filled with the intense desire to visit these places. I am also flipping through these captures from our trip to Byron Bay and the Crystal Castle, and am feeling more compelled to visit on a regular basis. The sights are one thing but the people, both backpackers and locals, were what really made this trip special. Riding the stories of others in my little boat, I traveled to many places in the US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, UK, and other places of Australia. The journey for all these people was magical, but now I want to live my own magic journey.

I stood alone on the East most point of Australia. I looked out at the intense blue ocean just watching the whales, a pod of dolphins, and just nothing in particular. I imagined chasing that contrast where the sky meets the ocean, swimming with the dolphins, and holding my breath comfortably underwater like a elegant mermaid. I thought about how water and air creatures are always so elegant, they move with an ease that is so lovely. Sort of like a ballerina. My latest art piece was born from that train of thought.

Here are some of my own captures. Enjoy.


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Happy Hump Day.

Brittany xx

Of Adventure and Other Kinds of Freedom

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I am just posting a few photos today. It is why I started this blog after all. Lately I have had a bad relationship and mindset around food, and think it injustice to wholesome and healthy foods to share another recipe any time soon.

But I can assure you that these photos still are feeding my soul, and maybe they will have the same effect on you.


I was feeling the itch, and a little too lonely to stay at home late last week so naturally I packed my cameras and water and went driving. I knew where I was going, a small town just outside of Maleny called Witta. I went there a few days earlier to pick up an organic seed order. The place I ordered them from was kind of really amazing, but that’s another story.

As I drove out to get my seeds, I couldn’t help but kick myself for not taking a camera with me.

So there I was, two days later, in my little car with my camera and body braced ready to pull over at any moment.

I think I managed to capture even the smallest amount of the beauty the Maleny and Witta have to offer.

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On a side note, I am going on a little road trip this week. Should be exciting. I promise to share some captures from that trip with you.

Have a happy week ahead.

Brittany xx

City Love, A Photography Workshop and John Mayer

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On the weekend that has just past I attended a work shop in Brisbane City. Filled with excitement but no expectations I braved the big city that I have never been able to conquer the streets and navigate around the buildings that miniaturise me.  I know that I should allow myself to get lost and find magnetic things in places I have never dared to get lost in. But this time I had a mission. I had a purpose other than to explore.

I had things to learn and photos to take.


Brisbane City Botanical Gardens

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South Bank – City Lights

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I am a forest-wide-open-spaces type of girl and the city during the day is just too much for me, but at night something magical happens. Nobody is rushing, or trying to be somewhere “important”, and everything is calm in that strolling-along-the-streets kind of way. The whole atmosphere changes and everything is far more pleasant to witness. To me, the city at night has a John Mayer feel to it. Now, there is nothing very wrong with that now is it?

Peace & Love

Brittany xx

Love is Like Bare Feet on Wet Grass

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I’m the sort of person to fall in love easily. If I allow myself to, I would fall in love every single day. I fall in love with boys and my soul sisters, my family and strangers, animals and Mother Nature. I see a beauty in all people and things, even people I don’t know (hello, the wise man on The Project on telly). I find that I can be loving someone who doesn’t feel the same way. That’s alright though, to love at all is a miracle.

I find that when I am alone and no one to complement or talk to or touch I think of the boy I love and who inspires me the most. The love that I have for him, and the powerful love that he holds keeps me warm and full and happy.

I’m a bit of a hopeless (and, ehem major) romantic and it is messy, really messy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way because I feel bad for the people that are scared of love.

If only everyone could love like this.

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Happy Weekend!

Brittany xx

Food for Your Soul and Crazy Amounts of Passion

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I just would like to say that I have no qualifications in food or a life time experience of clean thinking. These are my thoughts and hopefully powerful words that I have felt guided to share.


A post I read from one of the most soulful people I know, James Lonergan, really got me thinking. It totally slapped me in the face on what REALLY matters. In the past I totally would have changed everything I believe in, though this time I stayed grounded in who I am…but totally took on his rad words. James wrote about how he used to be all about the best food and raw and vegan. Almost as though he were narrow minded about food and living organically. He is questioning it all though, being the perfect example of constantly changing and evolving our body, mind the beliefs. (Do it people! It’s fun!)

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I realised that I had been doing the same thing. Not as extreme. I think a lot of other people get into this state of mind where only one way of living is best for them, and sometimes others. I can’t speak for others but in my mind organic food and herbs were EVERYTHING. They would heal me, all of me, including my state of mind. I thought eating clean and high vibe-ing foods would be the easy way to being connected to my purpose in life, my authentic soul. Boy was I wrong.

It wasn’t working, a shock. I was still a reck more or less. I know other people feel this way, and it isn’t anything new. There are people that have caught onto this years and years and years before I did, and they have been putting this out into the universe. But for me, the pivotal moment only happened a few weeks ago.

FOOD ISN’T THE ONE THING THAT WILL HEAL YOU!

Don’t get me wrong, high quality, wholesome food and water will never be bad for you. And I will always surround myself and my family with organic foods. Though there is something else, that I think should come above food. Your mind and spirituality! I think spending time to reflect, get in tune with, and detoxify your thoughts is far better than trying to stop those not so nice feelings with food (healthy or not) and other vices. It isn’t about that! I have to tell myself that the emptiness isn’t in my full stomach and can’t be filled with any of the high-vibe-packed-with-love food. It is taking time to step out into nature, recognising those poisonous words you are hammering yourself with and seeing love instead, laughing with a friend, reading a book that you love… it is taking a walk, spending time with family, helping people less fortunate, gardening… Anything your soul loves to do. For me I feel like because I came from the earth it is my duty (and total pleasure) to give back whenever I can and nurture Earth. I know it may sound hippie and like spiritual woo woo but I don’t care because it is like a three course meal for my soul.

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While food and water are essential for our health and… well, to stay alive, I have found that anything that isn’t food related that I truly love will fill me up. I can spend hours studying creative writing or gardening, adventuring, planting and tending to seedlings that I will in time harvest, and dancing to music and know that when my body needs fuel or replenishment it will tell me… and I will listen. Oh, I will totally listen because I don’t want anything to stop me from enjoying what now matters the most to me. Doing what fills up every inch of my being and shines from my pores like little beams! !@#$@#$!

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I can feel the excitement already!

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So. Going back to what I said about food never being bad. It’s true I guess but it can be dangerous and make massive wave inside you. Under eating will stop you from reaching your highest loving self, and over eating will do the same thing. How do you know? Well, it will probably sound obvious. Listen to your body! It has this amazing ability to talk to you, you just have to be attuned to these subtle (sometimes massive) messages.

Diet isn’t everything lovely people! I know the media is really pushing all of this really healthy food, which is great! More people need to be aware of this, but don’t get trapped into thinking that diet is everything. Because it isn’t. It is part of a healthy life, not the main chorus.

So, what can you do to become more in tune with your body? What can you do to fill up your soul and make you fuller than food?
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The first step is wanting to make the change! From there it is easy as long as you want it.

Brittany xx

House Hunting, Good Vibes, and Mountain Dreams

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“Let come what may.”


I am looking for a place to live. It sounds weird and grown up for me to say, but none the less I have been looking for a place to live since this year started. At first I think it was just something I did instead of studying (admit it you do it too…) but I actually got serious, I started searching for rentals in towns I actually liked and could afford. Byron Bay was at the top of my list (I could totally ditch uni and live in probably on of the coolest places I have been too… umm…). I am sticking close to home now and work…and uni. I am also pulling a Gabby Bernstein and being totally open to being guided to the place I am supposed to find.

Sometimes I would love to just run away to the Blue Mountains or hike the Glass Mountains and build a little cabin out of sustainable materials; live off the land, live simply, sell my harvest at the local markets, chop wood for fire, snuggle up to my man on any given night, write my books from a little study over looking the world, and hike the mountain for that exhilarating invincible feeling…

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The thing is I could have that mountain dweller dream, I could pack up and leave my life now and start over for the simple life. I can do that, but I wont because it is too hard for my stage of life right now.

So… I am still searching and putting out good vibes. I am allowing the angels to take over and putting my trust in the Universe to nudge me into the right direction. Because even if you end up going left, not right, it is still actually the right path for you to be on… or maybe I’m just a little crazy and am talking gibberish.

Have a great week beauties.

Brittany xx