January 08, 2013

twenty thirteen: new beginnings and good intentions

Happy New Year all! We've sure hit the new year with soaring temperatures! I've been cooling down with homemade yoghurt and raspberry ice blocks and juicy summer fruits (if you're in the Northern hemisphere you're going to have to get your imagination on!).

I love the end of one year and the beginning of another.  Time to step away from our regular routines and 'work suits' (maybe yours is of the traditional 9 to 5 starched collar variety or it may simply be a state of mind..) and step into long, splendid days with friends and family, nature, good reads and good food. Time to breathe again and see clearly.

How did you spend the festive season? I tripped down to Byron Bay and surrounds for 3 days and it was perfect... morning and evening ocean swims, nature walks, and a night camping with goannas near a spectacular waterfall. Byron really does have powerful healing energies. Within a day I could feel my lungs expanding, heart opening and mind clearing. The trip gave me the necessary space to feel what it is that I need  to sustain myself in 2013.

I'm excited for all the possibilities that 2013 brings and have a few little project ideas brewing for this space which I will share with you over the next few months.  Imagine...I can do anything, be anything...oohhh the possibilities are endless! With this in mind, and without getting too carried away I wanted to start the new year off with a few good intentions. Olivia of Courageous Yogi wrote some beautiful words that really made sense to me, on starting a new year with purpose, dreams and good intentions, and the difference between intentions and a goal.

"An intention is a way of being and becoming. Having an intention makes your goals more attainable because you're commited to becoming the person you need to be in order to have what you want FIRST, then going after the externals".

In 2013 my intentions are:

to be courageous
to trust and be open to new experiences
to be grateful
to surround myself in nature

these are the foundations leading to health and happiness me thinks!

With these intentions in mind,  and with intentions you may have made for 2013 (do share your intentions for 2013 below... I know I'll be inspired) I'm looking forward to the year ahead sharing more healthy recipes, daily inspiration and thoughts on nourishing both body and soul.


  1. i never make any new year resolutions because i think when you want a change, you just do it. but i believe in intentions :) i want to be more courageous too. hope you have a great 2013.

    p.s : i just read through your posts and i love your photos. they're awesome

  2. I love your intentions - so lovely. I found myself nodding, as in, I could have that intention too. happy new year! x

  3. Happy New Year! - it certainly is a beautiful new year and I love your list of intentions. Here's being courageous with you.

    Nina x

    1. NIna, I am looking forward to all the courageous things we will do! x

  4. I enjoy the beginning of a new year too, to have a fresh start. I like the sound of intentions and yours are really lovely ones being with nature is always a favourite of mine. I hope that your new year is off to a wonderful start. xx


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