A story in three parts- told in reverse order, of first love, separation, hope and redemption. The Last Time They Met also turned out to be much moreA story in three parts- told in reverse order, of first love, separation, hope and redemption. The Last Time They Met also turned out to be much more serious than I'd first expected, and the ending took me by surprise (won't give it away though)....more
While I'm intrigued by the Morrocco Methods hair products, and actually really enjoy using them, I was very disappointed by this ebook. I expected expWhile I'm intrigued by the Morrocco Methods hair products, and actually really enjoy using them, I was very disappointed by this ebook. I expected explanations as to how Morrocco Methods products work, or how to use them, but instead it was basically one big advertisement, with almost no actual information....more
The Autoimmune Paleo Breakthrough by Anne Angelone is a great little introduction to the autoimmune protocol, it provides a fine overview, but for morThe Autoimmune Paleo Breakthrough by Anne Angelone is a great little introduction to the autoimmune protocol, it provides a fine overview, but for more in-depth I'd recommend The Paleo Approach by Dr Sarah Ballantyne. ...more
Isthmus by Gerard LaSalle is the second book in The Widow Walk Saga, taking place along the Isthmus rail ride across the Panama. Overall I quite enjoyIsthmus by Gerard LaSalle is the second book in The Widow Walk Saga, taking place along the Isthmus rail ride across the Panama. Overall I quite enjoyed it, it's full of interesting and fascinating characters - my biggest criticism is probably that there were too many characters that you follow in depth. It's hard to get to care about each character, when you're constantly switching from one to the next. This made it hard to get into, but by the end it all came together and became really enjoyable.
It's a fascinating insight into the time period, the challenges around travel, medical issues and insights of the time and cultural clashes....more
Eat the right foods.
Take the right supplements.
Detoxify your body before, during, and after pregnancy.
These things are done based on science showing us that our genes aren't destiny, but rather an interplay of the environment and genes.
Countless factors can cause any of a baby's genes to turn on or off during the time in the womb. Even a mother's thoughts and feelings during pregnancy can play a significant role in determining what personality traits, characteristics, and behaviors her child may inherit. The three most common things that affect gene expression are the mother's diet and nutrition, her environment, and her emotions. Having a healthy father also has a big effect on a baby's genes, much more than many people realize.
While I didn't necessarily agree with everything in The Better Baby Book, it did give me a lot of food for thought (and for the record, no, I am not currently pregnant nor planning on getting pregnant in the near future).
In addition, I would've liked to have seen references in the book itself, but they can be found here....more
Have you ever wanted to just escape the city, suburbs or even a small village in the country side? Just leave it all behind and go out into the wildeHave you ever wanted to just escape the city, suburbs or even a small village in the country side? Just leave it all behind and go out into the wilderness. Well Claire Dunn did just that, she spend a year in the Australian outback building her own shelter and learning how to light a fire without matches. She wrote about her experiences in My Year Without Matches: Escaping the City in Search of the Wild and it is a fascinating and inspirational view into what a year in the wilderness can look like - and how it can help you figure out who you really and what you really need.
Our mission is to build our own shelters, and gradually to acquire skills such as making fire without matches, hunting and trapping, tanning hides, gathering bush food, weaving baskets, making rope and string, moulding pottery, tracking, increasing sensory awareness, learning bird language and navigating in the bush. Visiting instructors will join Kate and Sam to teach a series of workshops over the first half of the year. Then we will be left to fend for ourselves. The rules are few. Apart from no booze, we are limited to thirty days out of camp, and thirty days of visitors in. It is essentially to be a Choose Your Own Adventure story, with equal emphasis on experiencing the changing face of the bush and ourselves, over four full seasons. A cross between the reality-TV show Survivor and the solo wilderness reverie that American poet and naturalist Henry David Thoreau elucidated in his book Walden. "Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!" Thoreau had exclaimed in exaltation of his self-styled life as a forest hermit, words I had inscribed on the inside cover of my journal. To qualify for the program, all we had need to do was study the basics over two week-long courses, and prove that our motivations weren't madness or law evasion.
Even though she'd been working to protect the environment and the Australian forests and thought she knew what the forest was like, actually living there turned out to be quite a different experience...
I thought I knew the forest until we moved in together. And then, as is often the case with flatmates, I realised I barely knew it all. It had been an easy assumption to make. I was a forest campaigner; the forest was my life. All day every day it was what I spoke of, what I thought about, what I loved.
More importantly, I imagine, was learning how to truly listen to yourself. To stop being a human doing, rather than a human being (something I can personally relate to).
"Claire, the messages we receive from our culture run deep. It trains us to be human doings, rather than human beings. Your upbringing was particularly strong in this. "For a woman, in particular, this comes at a great cost - separation from her true self. The most important task for you this year is to return to the feminine." ... "The feminine is guided by feeling and intuition. She learns to listen to the impulses arising within her, and acts according to her own sense of rightness. Her heart, not what the outside world deems to be success, is her map and compass. This is the seat of her power." ... "What I want you to do is simple: I just want you to feel. Feel everything. Unmoor your emotions from the judgments that will arise and come back to your heart. Ask yourself, 'What do I feel like doing now?' And then do that."
I think this is such an important lesson for all of us. Learning to truly listen to ourselves, figure out what is the right next step for us and realizing that we don't need to check of all of the things on our to-do list, before we are "enough", before we can do the things we truly desire.
I pick up the pace, my face red with the knowledge that I am being seduced again by the false promise that there is a magic point in the future when enough will be enough, when I will tick the right number of boxes to give me permission to slow down.
In conclusion she touches upon how most of us could do this, if we really wanted to, but so few of us do in part because we don't truly believe it's possible. In my experience this doesn't just go for spending a year in the wild - it is just as true for our other dreams.
"You could do it, too," I say lightly, as the young guy looks wistfully at my shelter, knowing as soon as I say it that there's plenty of reasons why he can't, or won't. While the few thousand dollars and the luxury of unattached time mightn't seem like much, it's more than most people have. And that's the easy part. Hardest is the belief that it's possible, that you can do the thing you've always wanted to do, the one thing that calls to you more than anything. The thing you'll only regret in its absence.
Self-care has become increasingly important to me over the past several months, as I've been dealing with (and continue to deal with) a lot of healthSelf-care has become increasingly important to me over the past several months, as I've been dealing with (and continue to deal with) a lot of health challenges. I've had to truly learn what it means to put myself and my health first - something that's very difficult, when you veer towards a Type A personality and want to be able to do all of the things perfectly all of the time.
I struggled with permission. Feeling worthy and deserving of having my needs looked after.
One of the more difficult things to come to terms with was realizing that self-care isn't something you can check off your list and be done with - you have to start over every day. But that's also the beauty of it, that you get to start over every day and work on becoming truly proficient at looking after yourself - which in the end will enable you to be the "best" you.
At its essence, it's very core, self-care is about identifying and meeting your needs.
Braime guides you gently and with compassion through why self-care is so important - and why we might resist it. Teaches about the difference between coping strategies, short-term self-care and long-term self-care. She covers the essentials of self-care such as sleep, exercise and food and shares an abundance of suggestions to try out.
Storytellerby Jodi Picoult - like all of her brilliant novels - tangle with the more difficult questions. Who's got the right to forgive? Can murder eStoryteller by Jodi Picoult - like all of her brilliant novels - tangle with the more difficult questions. Who's got the right to forgive? Can murder ever be justice? Or mercy?
You will ask me, after this, why I didn't tell you this before. It is because I know how powerful a story can be. It can change the course of history. It can save a life. But it can also be a sink-hole, a quicksand in which you become stuck, unable to write yourself free. You would think bearing witness to something like this would make a difference, and yet this isn't so. In the newspapers I have read about history repeating itself in Cambodia. Rwanda. Sudan. Truth is so much harder than fiction. Some survivors want to speak only of what happened. They go to schools and museums and temples and give talks. It's the way they can make sense of it, I suppose. I've heard them say they feel it is their responsibility, maybe even the reason they lived. My husband - your grandfather - used to say, Minka, you were a writer. Imagine the story you could tell. But it is exactly because I was a writer that I could never do it. The weapons an author has at her disposal are flawed. There are words that feel shapeless and overused. Love, for example. I could write the word love a thousand times and it would mean a thousand different things to different readers. What is the point of trying to put down on paper emotions that are too complex, too huge, too overwhelming to be confined by an alphabet? Love isn't the only word that fails. Hate does, too. War. And hope. Oh, yes, hope. So you see, this is why I never told my story. If you lived through it, you already know there are no words that will ever come close to describing it. And if you didn't, you will never understand.
It's the story of a small-town baker hiding from the world, until she strikes up a friendship with a man old enough to be her grandfather - with a story of evil he's kept a secret for most of his life. How do ordinary people end up able to commit horrific crimes?
Did I know this brutality was wrong? Even that first time, when my brother was the victim? I have asked myself a thousand times, and the answer is always the same: of course. That day was the hardest, because I could have said no. Every time after that, it became easier, because if I didn't do it again, I would be reminded of that first time I did not say no. Repeat the same action over and over again, and eventually it will feel right. Eventually, there isn't even any guilt. What I mean to tell you, now, is that the same truth holds. This could be you, too. You think never. You think, not I. But at any given moment, we are capable of doing what we least expect. I always knew what I was doing, and to whom I was doing it. I knew, very well. Because in those terrible, wonderful moments, I was the person everyone wanted to be.
I don't want to give too many details away, suffice it to say that Picoult is as thought-provoking as ever. She's a master at pulling at your heart-strings while making it completely impossible to continue to see the world in black and white - which is why she's one of my favourite writers. ...more
Lately I've been digging deeper into health looking beyond just diet, and instead embracing the importance of all aspects of our lifestyle. The PrimalLately I've been digging deeper into health looking beyond just diet, and instead embracing the importance of all aspects of our lifestyle. The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness by Mark Sisson is the best guide I've found so far to get started on this. While there's still plenty of things to dig further into, it's an excellent primer on a wealth of topics, such as:
Nature + Wilderness
I'm talking about a life of physical challenge but ample leisure. I'm talking about living by the natural ebb and flow of light and darkness, season to season. I'm talking about living in smaller groups. I'm talking about play and creativity and getting dirt under our fingernails - a life of the raw senses and an overlapping of the self and the natural environment.
Not all of the suggestions might work right now, but there are plenty that help you bring these aspects into your life in little bits and pieces and I love knowing what I can work towards going forward.
I've noticed for a while that taking plenty of time for sleep, spending time in nature and generally slowing down is incredibly important for both my mental and physical health and well-being. The Primal Connection has helped me look at more ways to get these things into my day-to-day life, as well as pointing out other important areas such as playing with dirt - and playing in general. I highly recommend it!
How do you make sure to make time for sleep, play, nature in your life? Have you noticed these things making a difference?
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Interesting mix of historical and fictional characters and how their lives intertwine on both side of the Atlantic ocean. It was enjoyable, especiallyInteresting mix of historical and fictional characters and how their lives intertwine on both side of the Atlantic ocean. It was enjoyable, especially towards the end, but I felt like so much more could've been done with the premise....more