January Reflections

Wh-wh-what? It’s the end of January already? I have had a super busy first month of the year. Between moving my pets and my belongings interstate, the 4 day road trip, finding a more permanent housing situation, starting a brand spankin’ new job and just adjusting to and exploring life in Alice Springs, I’ve barely had a moment to take a breather. I set myself some goals for this year, and I thought I’d check in to see how it’s all been going.

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Sometimes when I get busy, it becomes an excuse not to stick to goals and challenges I set myself. But surprisingly, I have mostly stuck with my guns and have made good progress in three areas of my goals.

LIVING VEGAN

Deciding to go vegan was a totally awesome decision that I’ve really enjoyed so far. I’ve been really motivated to cook and eat healthy, vibrant, nutrient-rich, high energy foods and fuel my body. As Ken said the other night “Every night is veggie night!” and it’s absolutely true. We’ve enjoyed cooking a variety of cuisines and trying new things like veggie dimsims, lentil burgers and various curries and flavoured rice dishes. The next step I need to make is to continue to be aware of ingredients in things – so many snack bars and muesli that I am used to buying contain dairy or honey. And I’m also making sure my fashion purchases and ethical and aren’t made from animal fibres too. But all in all, Veganuary has been a success.

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CUTTING DOWN ON WASTE

I’ve been really conscious about buying things online, as often I used to just do a big ‘haul’ and buy multiple items that I may or may not need. This month I have purchased two pairs of linen pants (secondhand from a BSS page) that I can wear to work, a breezy pink jumpsuit off eBay, a denim dress and some nude underwear. It’s probably still more than I would like to have bought, but I bought each piece with intention, considering how it will fit in my wardrobe and also its longevity. I might make a separate post about my wardrobe goals and shopping habits later on down the track, as reducing waste and buying more sustainably is something that really matters to me.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

My two main focuses were to a) spend less time on social media and b) keep on blogging and making content.

a) Well, at the beginning of the year I put some guidelines in place for what I should post on Instagram, what I want to take photos of, and rules about it such as – if a shoot is not working out just ditch it, instead of trying to get through it when I’m not in the mood. This has helped me to be more efficient and not stress about posting, plus I’ve managed to post almost every day this month which is awesome. HOWEVER, I still find myself scrolling through too many newsfeeds and wasting my hours of following things that don’t have anything to do with me – so that’s a work in progress…

b) I haven’t blogged since that first post (oopsie) but I have been working on a Youtube vid and blog post about my relocation and roadtrip from Melbourne to Alice Springs. I’ve been taking my time on it because I know very little about video and want to make it watchable and not just 20 minutes of weird footage of us driving, so bear with me!

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Basically in a nutshell, January was ace!! I’m still trying to figure out what niche I fit into, and it may take me a while but I’m keen to keep on keeping on πŸ™‚ Let me know what kind of posts you enjoy, whether it be fashion, mental health, fitness, vegan stuff or whatever else is in my life like music and living in the bush! Would love some feedback.

Hope you all had a good first month of the year, and lived with intention. How did you go sticking with your 2018 goals?

Stacy x

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Zero Waste Beauty Australia

As a ‘blogger’, (clearly not a very famous one, but I do some social media influence), I’ve been really taking a step back to look at my consumption habits and whether they align with my values. I am often preaching to my family and fiancΓ© about recycling, and I try to bring my own shopping bags, often striving to reduce waste. Recently, I’ve discovered the ‘zero waste’ movement which aims to live without rubbish and excess trash. This is something I e seriously looked into, as well the concept of living cruelty free.

Zero Waste Beauty Australia is a small beauty business that’s ticking allll the boxes. Thalia is a young 20-something year old who started making all of her own beauty products after being unwell and seeking a way to help her body recover, and hence ZWBA was born! She hand makes and packs all of her orders, which are in recyclable glass jars packed in cardboard, with biodegradable tape! Super impressive imo.

I tried out their chocolate face scrub – check out the pics below.

Not only did the face scrub smell AMAZING, it felt really nice on my skin too. It’s was quite dry so I had some bits of the scrub fall off my face, but it was gentle and soothing on the skin, and not rough or grainy like a lot of other scrubs I’ve tried. I absolutely love Zero Beauty Waste Australia and its concept, so I’m definitely looking into trying some other products, definitely the hand made toothpaste is on my hit list.

I honestly believe in reducing the amount of waste we as humans produce, as the figures are very scary. I want to look after the planet, and it may seem like a small effort but it all adds up.

If you want to check out ZWBA you can visit them at their website or on Instagram @zerowastebeautyaustralia πŸ’˜πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

Stacy x

Smoothie o’clock

Lately, I have been obssessed with smoothies for breakfast. I’ve been making them every morning when I get up, and sometimes even after I go to the gym. There are so many good things about smoothies – they are so easy to make, tasty and healthy too! Not to mention that you can really get creative with it too.

Here’s the recipe for the dairy-free smoothie I made this morning, it comes in two “layers”.

Layer 1
– 1 banana
– handful of frozen bananas
– 2 tablespoons of chocolate protein powder (optional)*
– dash of almond milk
– bit of water

Layer 2
– 1 banana
– 2 nectarines
– spoonful of LSA (optional)**
– sprinkle of toasted muesli
– almond milk (add as much as you need)

Basically you just cut up the ingredients, mix and add more water/almond milk to thin it out if necessary, and blend all together! Then pour and ta-dah!!

A delicious and nutritious meal which is good for your tummy πŸ™‚

* I find adding the protein powder keeps me fuller for longer
** LSA is a mix of linseed, sunflower seed and almond crushed up, adds texture and protein.

And guys, you can substitute any fruits in you like (I recommend always having at least 1 banana) – you can use strawberries, mangoes, kiwis, pears, peaches…the list goes on!

Enjoy,
x Stace