Farewell 2018

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Here we are  …… we made it! The last day of 2018 is upon us with 2019 just waiting to emerge.

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Preparing for the year ahead.

Each year at this time I sit down and take time to prepare myself for the year ahead.  I change journal/diaries (my own creation) and with that I also write down some of the activities, hopes and goals I’d like to complete in the upcoming year while seeing all the great things I have achieved in the outgoing one.  These are pretty loose I have to say and not all of them are huge.  I include things like getting a massage, reading a book, writing a letter to a friend – an actual pen and paper one that is 🙂 – along with some ‘work’ things like newsletters, ‘planning’  for homeschooling and blog posts and some more inspirational goals too.

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Hoping to get back here a bit more often next year 🙂

They often aren’t all completed, actually I don’t think I have ever done that, however that is not really the aim. Those that aren’t completed in one year just more on over to the next  …….. I have only just framed some cross-stitches I did for the kids after that being on my list for 2 years!  Rather my ‘108 Things to do’ serves as a reminder instead of a ‘must do’ list which kinda takes the pressure off while still realizing my hopes and dreams.

You may also think that 108 is an excess amount of things to write down and you’re probably correct if you try to write all 108 at once.  However I begin with with all the things I need to carry over (like updating my website so it is phone friendly), then the things I know I’ll be doing (like the monthly family blog) then add to it in drips and drabs along the year.  I only came to 108 things to do as I couldn’t get the tables to give me 100 nicely.  Then I read in a book how 108 is a sacred number 108 is a sacred number and felt kind of glad it worked out that way 🙂

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Hope I can jump into the new year with as much enthusiasm! 

With that said I’m off to get writing in that journal/diary.  I hope this finds you remembering and releasing 2018 with a smile while welcoming 2019 for all the wonderful possibilities it holds.

Arohanui

Y

www.becominghealthy.co.nz

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Fermenting on the road

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It has been 10 weeks tomorrow that we have been on the road.  There are lots of things we have changed about the way we are living however there are a few that have remained the same …. my ferments are some of these.  I was determined to keep up my kombucha and milk kefir on the road and so far so good.  It felt so good having this practice continue that I have even tried to do another batch of sauerkraut.

The large kombucha jar simply gets a screw top lid put on it and placed in a cupboard with ‘non-slip’ matting on the bottom whenever we travel.  When we arrive at our destination  out it comes, the lid is taken off and on the bench top it is left.  Easy as!  I did notice though that after a week or so the kombucha didn’t taste as sweet as my usual batches however soon I realised that where it was sitting never got sunlight on it, as it did in our house.  My solution?   I simply try to get it into the sun for a bit each day (when I remember) and it seems to be back to its usual sweet, fizzy self.  I usually only leave it for a week before creating another batch and apart from judging cooling time for the tea before adding to the SCOBY. The SCOBY is incredibly healthy and continues to grow happily, thankfully.  I have given loads away and still had to pop this big bit (see photo) in the compost today.

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Another Sunday and a fresh batch of Kombucha on the go

The kefir grains, which I use in Rice Milk, are much easier.  They are transferred into fresh milk daily as I consume the fizzy goodness for breakfast.  The other equipment needed is a clean jar (I have 2 in total to swap), a plastic spoon and the milk.  Once again they are simply popped into a drawer with the cups when we travel and then brought out onto the bench while we are parked.  I think they would be my favourite ferment for ease of making (without thought involved) and also that I get to enjoy it everyday without running out.

Finally my sauerkraut.  We came onto the bus with a jar just freshly opened, so that lasted us for most of the 10 weeks however when that came to an end I had to either justify storing an empty jar or fill it.  I decided on the latter.  As we had found some fresh, homegrown radishes in a road side stall I decided to create a radish, cabbage and carrot version.  It is the first time I have used radishes and I’m hoping for a kimchi taste (fingers crossed!).  The process of preparing the vegetables, while very messy and harder to clean up when you are trying to converse the water you have, was straight forward enough and I was feeling very pleased with my self as I packed it tightly into the jar.

Into the cupboard it went … out of sight and out of mind.  Well that was until we next stopped and I realized that my sauerkraut had been jiggled around so much that it had seeped out in all directions as it fermented away.  I have had this happen before at home when I didn’t have a tight seal on the jar or there isn’t enough room for ferment to do its thing.  So after a lot of cleaning up and double bagging the jar we are all set.  Time will tell on the taste and I will have to remember to be less enthusiastic with the amounts of vegetables I am preparing next time to avoid a repeat performance!

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Bagged up and ready for fermenting

Well that is it for now … just a wee insight into domestic life on the bus. 🙂 Until next time.  I hope this finds you enjoying your own little rituals

Arohanui

Y

www.becominghealthy.co.nz

Taking those little, scary steps…

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Last week I decided to take a few of those little, scary steps towards making one of my dreams real.  It has been a heart-beating journey each day I can tell you!  I’m really good at keeping busy and getting through lists just not so good and bringing my gifts into the world with confidence.

I often get inspired and all enthusiastic while out running in the mornings only to find that by the time I have showered and begun the day’s chores all that energy has disappeared.  It is then that the doubts begin to creep in and remind me of all the reasons I shouldn’t do things!  Over the weekend though I decided to begin taking a few of those little, scary steps.  I have tapped a lot since then, procrastinated a lot, meditated a lot and had quite a bit of Bach Flower Remedies I can tell you!! However here I am about to share 🙂

I have had a dream – for the past 8 years actually – to be able to give big to a charity which works with women.  It all began with a book filled with quotes from parents giving advice to new mothers away from their support network and, with a few other books in between, has lead to me creating an e-course dedicated to helping busy Mamas create the lives they dream of by reducing stress, regaining balance and really giving time to themselves.

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I’m really proud of my Magnificent Mamas e-course which  is a complete life coaching course and has everything in it busy Mamas need to can create fabulous, healthy and happy days while powerfully taking the reins of life. I have included lots of goodies and my big dream now is to sell 1000 copies of Magnificent Mamas e-course so that I can give a huge old donation to Women’s Refuge!!  Currently I’m working on converting it into an epub document so that I can sale in online bookstores and until then it is SALE time at Becoming Healthy 🙂

I have made Magnificent Mamas super cheap and discounted it by 75% so that is it now only $5. The reason?? Because I know that everything in it works and I really want to get it out there and share. You can also buy Magnificent Mamas (the PDF) on Lulu without the extras 🙂

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It feels so big and scary!  In fact it terrifies me to put it out there and promote it however if I don’t then loads of women who need an affordable life coaching course they can do from home with miss out.  I would love your support and help to get the word out.  You don’t have to buy it for you …… it could be a fantastic gift for a loved one….. just sharing and passing the word on would be wonderful.

Hope this finds you Magnificent and taking your own little steps forward.

Arohanui

Y

My first ever article in a magazine!

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Yes!! My first ever article in someone else’s magazine and I’m feeling so excited and over the moon that I just had to share it here 😉  At the end is a link to get your FREE copy and since I’m feeling so happy I am adding a 50% special on my consultations and Magnificent Mamas Package.  All you, or your friends, need to do is click the ‘add to cart’ button then type ‘mothersday’ in the discount code box.

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The ‘Resonate’ magazine is filled with stories about dispelling the myth that all you need to become an overnight sensation and earn a 6 or 7 figure income is to own a word processor and have a good idea. It is filled with inspiration about the honest ups and downs of life and trying to build a business – a look behind the doors if you like 😉

In the words of the editor: ‘The stories related here let you know that you’re not alone. It’s okay to be fearful, overwhelmed at times and let other things take more importance. It’s all part of the glorious dance we’re involved in called life and if it takes a while, even a few years, to start making progress in terms of where you want to be, it’s all fine. As long as you keep learning, be open to try out new things and keep moving forward, regardless of how slowly.’

To celebrate the first ever issue of Resonate eMagazine, they are giving away the first issue as a complimentary copy.  You can download yours here.

Arohanui

Y

www.becominghealthy.co.nz