What’s an extraordinary life?

February 2013, someone called Peta Kelly turned on some lightbulbs in my life & my life has never been the same again (in the most epic way). I’m so excited to share her latest video which has been on repeat since its release a few hours ago (it’s THAT good!)

Check it out ūüôā

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FMTV;

A few weeks ago, Food Matters launched Food Matters TV aka FMTV. For the price of a green smoothie a month, you get access to hundreds of health & wellness documentaries, extended interviews with leading health exports, healthy recipe videos and yoga, exercise and meditation programs. 

So far, I’ve watched E-motion; Fat, sick & nearly dead; The Shift; You can heal your life and The Tapping Solution. All have been incredible in such different ways.

E-motion (the trailer is behind that hyperlink)  is a factual, feature-length documentary set to change the way humanity thinks about the physical symptoms of disease. Driven by interviews with cutting edge healers whose backgrounds include western medicine, quantum physics, kinesiology, biology and genetics, E-Motion looks at the underlying cause for everything that makes us sick. 

Fat, sick & nearly dead (trailer found here) is a documentary that follows a man named Joe Cross who is 100 pounds overweight,¬†loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease.¬†He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle (I’ve now watched this twice because it was THAT good).

The Shift, starring Wayne Dyer, explores the spiritual journey from ambition to meaning. The powerful shift from the ego constructs we are taught early in life by parents and society Рwhich promotes an emphasis on achievement and accumulation Рare shown in contrast to a life of meaning, focused on serving and giving back.

You can heal your life, starring Louise Hay, gives penetrating insights into Louise’s fascinating personal story; and shows how her views on self-esteem, abundance, and the metaphysical causes behind physical ailments were developed. It also reveals how she applied these concepts to her own emotional, spiritual, and professional life.

The Tapping Solution, starring Jack Canfield,¬†explores Tapping in a way that’s never been seen before. The film combines the wisdom and experience of world famous teachers, speakers, and motivators, with an element that’s usually missing: REAL LIFE CASES, unfolding before your eyes.

Plus, ‘Hungry for change’ and ‘Food Matters’ are a must see. Seriously, the price of a green smoothie a month for all this amazingness? Total bargain!

Question time, where do you watch your documentaries? 

Another one to add to the list;

Once I saw that Samudra had a new seasonal menu, I knew it was time for another visit. I was looking to do another day trip like I did on the first day of March but when a friend said his mum lives down there & we could stay, I couldn’t say no. We drove down on the Friday afternoon, in time for dinner at The Pour House & stayed for two nights.

Our trip consisted of three Samudra visits in two days, sunrise watching, beach exploring, dog walks, book reading, door fixing, FMTV watching, ‘Power of Now’ audiobook listening & a family dinner at home with some red wine (I’m totally part of the family now).

Our time in Dunsborough made me realise one big thing – Dunsborough is officially on the list of ‘places I will live each year’. Whether it’s a few weeks here & there or a solid month in summer & winter, Dunsborough & the South West Region of Western Australia is a truly beautiful part of the world.

More Dunsborough posts here & photos here, here & here.

The Easter Stay-cation;

For the first time in 3 years, I’ve been able to enjoy public holidays and not have to study all through them. The Easter four day weekend just gone, Perth was blessed with beautiful weather so I made the most of it by going to the beach everyday & sitting out on my balcony reading.

First time Slacklining!

Other than time outdoors, I spent time with friends, eating yummy food, going for walks & having a go at ‘slack lining‘ which is so much fun (but hard work in windy conditions!) And for those friends that are far, Skyping in my pjs was a total godsend.

I celebrated my parents 25th wedding anniversary over the yummiest Italian, spent some time reading ‘A New Earth’ & watched four documentaries on Food Matters TV (Fat, sick and nearly dead; The Shift, E-motion and you can heal your life) which I would recommend to everyone.

Smashed pumpkin + homemade beans. YUM!

Looking back on the four day weekend, it’s exactly how I’d like to live my life, everyday. Getting 8 hours of sleep; rising slowly & eating breakfast in the sun; seeing local friends & video skyping those that are far; being outside as much as possible and most importantly, living each day with total ease.

Sydney Long Weekender;

Last Thursday, I caught the red eye to Sydney. After going to Sydney in December 2013, I honestly did not think I would be going back so soon but when cheap flights & a personal development seminar popped up, I couldn’t resist.

On the Friday, I had breakfast at Pablo & Rusty’s before doing some shopping & getting my hair done. Then it was a quick trip to Bondi Junction for lunch at Earth to Table with a friend from the UK before pancakes with my old Perth personal trainer who now works on a cruise ship (talk about good timing being in the same city that weekend!)

So glad to be reunited with KY!

There was no time to rest before dinner with an old Perth friend & then an opportunity night presented by a dear friend. I see PK share her vision & get excited about her biggest passion, young people living life by their own design ALL the time but it seriously never gets old!
Saturday & Sunday was all about learning & stretching & growing. I was also lucky enough to be part of a leadership training session on the Saturday night & we all walked away with so many golden nuggets from very inspiring people.
Sunday night, I caught up with an old friend from school. I attended high school in Perth for a brief 3 months in early 2007 & was lucky to meet some incredible people, G being one of them. Although I’ve seen her at parties and birthdays since 2007, we never actually hung out 1 on 1. Sunday night, we went out for sangria & tapas and just bonded. She’s been in Sydney for the last year & having moved cities just before we met, I remember just how isolating it can be at the beginning. I gave her some tips based on my hindsight & walked away from that dinner skipping down the road with the biggest smile on my face.
As of late, I’ve been attracting so many like minded people into my life, new & old. And watching a Wayne Dyer documentary last night, I guess he was right when he said, “We don’t attract what we want, we attract what we are”.
Monday was the day I was most excited about. Every time I come to Sydney, I try spend as much time as I can in Bondi because it’s up there in my top 5 happy places. I spent the morning walking from Bondi to Coogee which took an hour or so. New South Wales has one of the most gorgeous coast lines (you can see more of it from my previous visit).

Icebergs, Bondi Beach

I caught up with Miss Bondi Yogi Caroline & then two friends who recently moved over from the UK (who I haven’t seen since I visited in December 2010!) The world really is moving closer & closer together & I for one, love it . Things like Facebook & Skype have kept me in touch with friends from the northern hemisphere for years so when we do finally see each other, it feels like we’ve never been apart.

Now if there’s one place you must visit when you’re in Bondi, it’s Bondi Wholefoods. Just look at these blueberry spelt pancakes!

I left Sydney already thinking about my next trip back. I have a feeling my next trip back will be an extended visit (living the location free lifestyle so watch this space!)

Connected dots;

I’m such a massive believer in everything happening for a reason & this weekend¬†was a fine example of that. Two weeks ago, someone I met years ago got in touch with me after 6 years of no contact. After our 3 hour Skype call, it made me realise that conversation was meant to be had this weekend¬†&¬†not 6 or 12 months ago. It was like the Universe decided, “I know EXACTLY who you need to talk to that is the mirror image of you right now!”¬†

For a long time now, I’ve accepted all the curve balls & obstacles that are thrown at me. I used to get upset, frustrated and most the time, pretty mad. But Steve Jobs has summed it up so well – you cannot connect the dots looking forward, only when you’re looking back.

I know so many people try fit a circle into a square (theoretically) & don’t think about all the other factors that make things click into place. So if there’s anything I’ve learnt over the years, it is to trust¬†that it will all work out in the end. It doesn’t mean I sit & wait for things to happen, I just don’t force people or situations to remain because they “should”.

Sarah Wilson wrote a great post about friend fade-outs vs friend fall outs¬†a few months ago that really struck a cord with me. Some people need to acknowledge when situations change (and don’t like things changing) and some understand that life is a series of flows & things just don’t remain the same (and that’s totally fine).

Life has been beyond incredible¬†this year. So many new friendships, new opportunities & new ideas. I’ve had¬†so many old friends get back in touch with me from all corners of the globe. And I can’t forget to mention new blog followers! I have no idea where you guys came from or how you found me but it’s been humbling to know people are reading this little blog of mine & it’s also been great discovering so many new blogs lately. Especially the ones that share the same vision as me.

Life, you’re just so magical right now!