Itchy Feet

This post was written in a cosy and empty house, in front of the fire in my thick stockings and woollen over coat. John Mayer’s sweet voice and calming melodies set the mood to work on a post that are beginning to become seldom.


It was at the start of my healthy lifestyle journey that it happened. There was a instant connection, a love at first sight kind of situation. Never before had I felt such an emotion but sure enough I was feeling it, and would continue to feel it for over a year and into the future. The very moment it all started was on my mind constantly, I would go to sleep thinking about it…wake up in the same sort of state, just a little more groggy. Unfortunately I am not talking about a boy, I am not even talking about my LOVE for organic and whole foods or fetish for sustainable living. I am talking about TRAVEL. The excitement, the wonder, the breathless moments, the food, the moments you fall in love with other places other than your home… travel.

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My family would scorn me for wanting to start a family young, telling me that I NEEDED to travel. ‘Yeah. I don’t really want to travel’ What? Did I really say that? Yes, and multiple times! I was so sure that I didn’t have what I like to call the Travel Bug. Not the nasty-constantly-throwing-up version of ‘bug’, nope. I am talking about that yarning to see new places, meet new and exciting people, take ba-gillions of photos, trek to crazy heights, try different foods, gain new knowledge and meaning for life… you get the picture…

I want to travel. I have itchy feet, and a mind (and search history) full of places to visit. I don’t really have a destination, though I do really want to visit (ehem…relocate) to Sweden, probably to one of the towns outside of Stockholm because it is much cheeper to live there. Sometimes I want to… move because I feel like I don’t belong here and because there is nothing tying my here other than my job. Other times I want to travel because a part of me really does just want to explore knew places, get lost, meet different people, fall in love, be shoved violently out of my comfort zone…

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And I want to do it all alone! I don’t want to have a guide chatting my ear off, a tour group to shuffle along with, or a friend or family member to have to think about while I take way too many photos, skinny dip, take my time sight seeing, or going for lengthy hikes. I want to be able to engage in a conversation about spices in Japan without have to worry about boring my companion to death.

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I will travel overseas. One day. Someday soon.


There is this kind of amazing short film, Everyday, that has really got me thinking about doing things we believe we have no time for, like taking up a new hobby, or traveling… If you haven’t already checked it out you really need to. I just love it.

(All photos from Google, on account of my current laziness)

Brittany xx

Cold Days and a Recipe

I had a whole post ready to ‘go live’ about the decision and feelings behind my resent hair cut. but it sat in my saved file for too long for me to be comfortable with. It was too ‘selfish’ and well, I guess kind of boring. To put it straight…I had my long hair cut to my shoulders. Any emotion baggage and past memories that I had around my hair and it being exotic and looong are gone. I feel fresh and oh so excited about the look and feel of my new cut.

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That isn’t what I want to talk about though. I want to write about the weather. No, this isn’t ‘small talk’. I want to talk about tradition and routine and the over all feel of the weather we are experiencing. Here in Australia we are at the end of Autumn and about to go into Winter. Let me just take a moment to say… I LOVE IT! It isn’t dreary or depressing here in Autumn or Winter (Thank you!). But it does get chilly enough for an inside fire to warm, most, of the house up. Autumn is also a really fun time to be outside because if you get a little hot in the sun just chill out in the shade for a bit. You can eat a really hearty, vegetarian, meal or a salad or smoothie bowl (in the sun) and not feel uncomfortable. Word.

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I may be a bit bias. I cannot think of one thing that I don’t like about Autumn or Winter. Summer on the other hand, there is a small list. Sun-baking in the morning sun, bathing in the ocean, or being able to walk outside with ahem… nothing but a smile on are all definitely NOT on the cons list.

Gardening (something I am passionate about) in Autumn and Winter has a poetic feel about it. The smoke from the fire burning away fills the afternoon air, your wearing jeans with boots and a jumper or long sleeved shirt, the excitement of turning the soil and finding worms(no? just me? all right), and the smell of a slow cooking soup or stew on the stove as you walk into the house. Being outside is so much more fun because you don’t really need to worry about getting burnt or getting sweaty. Smells are earthier and routines are slow and calming. I wont go into the clothes because there is just so many wonderful things to say about layering in earthy tones. But curling up under a blanket, with a tea and a book or the flickering flames to entertain you… oh yeah! That is perfect!

I didn’t forget Spring. There just isn’t anything bad to say about that flowery season. EVERYBODY loves Spring.

If you have mixed feelings about the cooler months after all my unpaid promoting above, theeeen maybe this recipe will change your mind. Sorry about the photos, I was chasing the fading sunlight.


Seasonal Life Changing Stew

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This particular recipe can be altered for whatever season you are in. Though I think it is best to be eaten during Autumn and Winter, it just seems to taste better and it really does do a wonderful job of warming you up. I love cooking this on a Sunday using vegetables that I find at the Farmers Markets or at my local Organic Market Place. Picking those fresh roots and greens from the baskets then driving home through the cool mountains to slowly cook them on the stove while I get my organic garden ready to plant in is way too poetic to even bother buying a pre-caned soup from the grocery shop.

(Serves 4-6 people, or 1 person for a whole week)

Ingredients

Homemade Curry Powder Mix

1/2 tsp paprika (adjust to your personal liking)

1 tbs turmeric powder

1 tsp dried oregano, or powder form

a generous pinch of black pepper

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder (optional but warming)

a pinch of cumin powder (again optional)

Nutmeg, fennel seeds, cardamom…etc. can also be used as substitutes for cinnamon, cumin, or oregano.

Mix them all together in a small bowl and sit aside to add to the stew.

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1 tbs coconut oil (it can stand a high heat)

1 yellow onion

1 small bulb of garlic (just half if you have a bigger bunch of the cloves)

a small knob of ginger (adjust to your personal liking) 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder

1 small tbs organic curry powder, or homemade curry powder mix (above)

3 1/2 – 4 cups water

1 tsp yellow mustard seeds (or a tsp of whatever mustard you have will be okay)

1/2 a medium pumpkin (I used organic butternut and left the skin on)

3 small sweet potatoes (leave skin on if organic, remove otherwise)

3-4 small parsnip (remove skin if not organic)

3 small to medium carrots

1/2 cup red lentils

2 sticks of celery

3 leaves of kale or other tough leafy green

Other add ins: cauliflower, zucchini, turnip, swede…

Wash your organic roots, greens and celery (peel the roots and pumpkin if that aren’t organic). Heat oil in a large pot on the stove, while you chop the onion roughly. Add the onion to the pot with minced ginger. Let cook on a low to medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the onions are soft, not brown. Add in the mustard seeds, finely chopped ginger and the curry mix or organic store bought curry powder with all of the water. It should be watery now, but it will reduce a little by the time it is cooked.

Chop the vegetables into small and rough peaces, you don’t want them too small other wise they will turn to complete mush (still tasty but not pretty). Add all the vegetables except for the kale and celery to the pot. Turn up the heat to boiling point, then reduce to a very light simmer and cover with lid for an hour. After about 45 minutes and when the roots are soft add in the celery and the red lentils, then stir and cover for another 15 minutes.

Turn off the heat. Tear up the kale and mix it into the stew. Let it sit with the lid on while you set the table, light the fire and some candles, and turn on some calming music. Serve hot and top with shallots, thyme, microgreens, or some thinly sliced cauliflower. You can also serve with some cooked quinoa or lentils.

Enjoy.

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P.S You can also use a Slowcooker (I don’t own one) and add in meat, if that’s your thing.

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Brittany xx

Constant Reality

It’s been a while since I last posted. And honestly life has been full, but I also just haven’t felt like sharing my new realisation. I have written about something similar but I think that was just the tip of the iceberg of my realisation. I pray this isn’t a broken record for you, but that it hopefully makes you take a step back and  say, ‘Why am I trying to be this person that I’m not?’ It was rainy yesterday, I had finished playing with my little sisters enviously long hair, I had helped her with a school photography project (Computers suck sometimes) and I actually had nothing else to do. So, I sat down with one of my many note pads, you know the really cheep ones that are necessary for writers and creators but are so not pretty. Anyway, I started to blurt out everything I was thinking and in the end I looked at my crazy scribbles and said to myself, ‘I’m ready.’

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I’m not mainstream. I have always tried to be, because it was just easy that way, but I always come back to the wide-eyed-wondering-off daydreamer that I am. I don’t think that I will ever be able to fit into the box that my mum and nana keep with my name on it. I believe they hold it close to their hearts because they love me dearly and want only the best for me.

I don’t want to be in a box or a cage or a fenced off field! I want to dream up red wings of passion all of my own so I can tie them to ma body and fly where ever and when ever my soul pleases. I want to feel every emotion that there is… and still come back to love every time.

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My authentic self scares me a little because I’m not sure i will find a man that will be able to live with my sensitivity, uncontrollable urges to step outside to bare all to Mother Earth, my desire to constantly seek NEW and different, my single-mindedness when I am writing, or the crazy-healthy weird things that I feed my body. I worry that I don’t fit into my environment anymore, now that i have come to this realisation of… ME. Each day I stay here is a day lost.

I am a fish out of water!

So I am constantly itching to move overseas to Sweden, Germany, Tahoe (California), or place to accommodate my dreams of sustainable living because I would love to live in a forest.

I am not mainstream. I day dream constantly, I act out scenes for whatever book I am writing. I don’t know what it is like to be ‘normal’ anymore. I am constantly having people look at me weirdly or sound shocked because I have just told them that I don’t eat meat or processed foods / don’t use anything plastic / that the green juice and smoothie are both for my lunch because it is just one of those green days. I am constantly shocking people and while a part of me loves it, I want to be around people that reflect my life choices, and will be right next to me as I wash down that green juice with a equally as green smoothie. I do love being able to leave people wondering. Yeah, it will take me a little longer to find the right man, the right job, right, home, and the right environment and people… but that’s okay sometimes because I know know who I am and why I have never fit in.

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Brittany xx

Make Time for the Things That You Love


“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.” ~ Wayne Dyer


I always hear people say ‘I didn’t have enough time.’ or ‘I’m too busy to do what I really want.’ Mostly the first is because they didn’t do the washing or sweep out the kitchen floor. We all are guilty of putting what needs to be done over what we actually want to do. I do it, but am so much better now because I take time to do what I love… what excites my soul. Read this earlier post I shared about exciting your soul and a fun local adventure I took. Mostly it is just the little things like stopping at a choice spot to take photos, drinking whatever tea I feel like, stepping outside to feel that insane one-ness with the earth, or once a week going to my favourite 100% organic cafe to spend a bit of my savings on a ‘MEANIE’ green juice (nothing but greens), a super-powers smoothie or a meal if I am feeling hungry enough. They are little things but I do them often and they bring joy, grounding, love, and light into my life.

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So, I urge you to do more of what you love because why the hell not, right!? 

I hope you have had a relaxing and replenishing Sunday, and that you week ahead is filled with little adventures to a cup of tea, a great book or even a back street that calls to you.

Brittany xx

Non Reality

I cart my camera and mini tripod up stairs to the balcony of my mum and step-dad’s place. It is too dark for me too see sighs of the sunrise yet, so I curl up on a chair in my biggest winter jacket. I wait. There aren’t any signs of birds yet either. I think that probably they aren’t even awake. I shouldn’t be. My room is warmer than the rest of the house and I know it is calling for me. I should be in bed, asleep, but instead I am outside. I am cloaked by the night sky and possessed by the moment when the lines of reality are blurred. Before the sunrise, and before the birds shake out their wings and warm up to sing sweet morning songs. I can’t hear many cars on the roads, but I none of that and all of it at the same time. It is the realisation that there is a whole other world just before sunrise.

The people still up with alcohol in their systems stumble right past this world, most people sleep through it, and people that have to get up for work (on a sunday!!?) are too focused on the road or work to fully enter this world. I am in this world where reality doesn’t exist. There are no expectations, no noise, and no distraction but the sunrise.

The pleasure I feel as the sun slowly lights up the sky and clouds, and turns the once black sky into a light show of pastel colours gives my elephants in my stomach (not butterflies).

I listen carefully…the birds are waking. The joyous sunrise has shaken them from sleep like a natural alarm clock. I watch as few, then flocks of them fill the sky in front of me. Some swoop while others SORE. Rainbow Lorikeets smoothly move from tree to tree while the Butcher birds and Noisy Miners take high to the skies, about the link where the ocean meets the orange lit sky.

Birds perch on rooftops, tree branches and the antenna belonging the the house next door. They sit still for a while, I think that they too might be letting the of no reality take their breath away too.

Time is catching up with me. The household will be waking soon, so I desperately cling to the sun as it slowly rises. The quietness of a day where humans have not tainted it yet. Birds chase one another and sore through the cold Autumn air. I know that ‘reality’ is about to catch up. The birds feel it too because they are moving faster now, to where ever they need to go.

My family wakes soon after and interrupts my captures, ‘bye bye silent and magical world. Hello reality.’ I am sad and annoyed that the short hour has been ripped away so suddenly, but I don’t let it show. It isn’t their fault, I am just sad that the mind-spinning, soul-warming silence is gone for another day.

I know that i should visit more often but work wont allow it and often I don’t get to bed until late(10-11 in the pm. Ehem, yeah I’m a softy!) because inspiration to write or create hits me at night.

I take a handful of captures before I thank the Universe for providing the escape EVERY MORNING!

I think that it is an escape that few get to enter because one must enter early and alone.


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So that happened this morning… I had this crazy idea to get up super early, but I missed feeling like I was the only one on earth. I seldom get up that early to just…do nothing. You have to try it sometime! The sunrise alone it pretty spectacular.

I am always trying to better my photography, so if anyone has any tips/books/articles/videos that you’d like to show me that that would be super amazing and so helpful. I have Canon EOS 30D (Second hand and so cheap, SCORE!). I hope everyone has had a full weekend and is pumped for Monday, because Monday isn’t bad… it’s your frame of mind.

Brittany xx

Gandhi Said It


“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” ― Mahatma Gandhi


There are many reasons why I love this quote. ‘Gandhi said it’ is one of those reasons. Two that are most prominent to me are that it inspires to me keep being selfless in my actions towards wanted to help others, and also it reminds me that the things I do now my not have any effect on people but thats okay because as long as I am being true and doing what is right somewhere along the line that will directly or indirectly make a difference.image6

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I can keep taking and sharing photos of the sky hoping that they awaken an appreciation in someone for what is always right there, but it is the action not the outcome.

Happy Almost Friday!! (Oh, I love saying that)

Brittany xx

Adventure Sunday

Yesterday I backtracked half of the route I took last weekend when this happened to take some photos. With me was my excited little sister. She sat in the passenger seat with her little head flipping around to look at all the views the Maleny, Montville and Mapleton had to offer.

We picked up my new camera first from a lovely man. I spoke with him for about half an hour about this new camera that I hadn’t yet known how to fully operate. N played with their dog, Sash. After we left his and his wife’s place we drove to Mapleton first to have lunch. N had a meat pie, because she doesn’t follow my lifestyle, and I nibbled on some roasted roots and lentils in turmeric and sesame seed oil (check out this post from Elenore). From there we headed back home, stopping at different places along the road to take photos. N had a turn at my new camera and my old film camera.

I am sort of speechless of how beautiful our trip was. I shouldn’t still be surprised that Mother Earth can stand up above everything and continue to be so stunning. Though I hope I continue to be in awe.

Here are some of my snaps from yesterday.

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My little sister and I came across these cows. They all looked so healthy and just happy to be grazing and playing with each other. Three of them were pregnant, my sister pointed out to me. They seemed content on going about their grazing while I took many photos, two of them even posed for the camera.

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Art work skies.

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This was the view out the back of this really old house. I think they are macadamia trees but I couldn’t get over the vine covered fence to find out for sure.

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This is the old house. It looked completely gutted and a few of the windows were broken. I look back at the photos I took of it and dream about what I could to to this structure to make it more functional. It’s abandoned charm was undeniable though.

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All the fences were old and most of the wood had this green growth attached.

Have a great week ahead, beauties.

Brittany xx