In our busy lives, rest and sleep are two things we often neglect, so here are my tips on how to make sure you’re getting both of these essentials….
It’s already a week into August, but I thought it would be a good time to squeeze in my July Look Back….
A few years ago I was someone who didn’t drink much water — granted, I’ve always been a big tea drinker and drank a few glasses when I was thirsty, but I never made hydration a big priority. Now that I’m a bit older and wiser, I have come to realise the importance of keeping hydrated. Our bodies need water to function properly, and drinking enough water also does wonders for your skin. I try to drink at least 2 litres of water per day, and more if I’m exercising.
1. INFUSE + ADD COLOUR
To make drinking water less boring, one of my favourite things to do is infuse the water with citrus and berries. It sounds fancy, but it’s really just popping some of your favourite fruit in a glass and filling it with water. The fruit makes the water taste better and also look more visually appealing, which is perfect for encouragement.
2. USE A CARAFE
Another tip I have is to drink from a water filter jug or carafe. I’ve been trialling the BRITA Fill & Serve water filter carafe and pouring the filtered water into a jar with berries and lemon. I keep it full at my desk while I’m working from home and love how its minimalist design fits seamlessly into my workspace. Using a carafe is another excellent way to reduce costs of continually buying bottled water. The filtered water tastes better too, making it much more enjoyable to drink and stay hydrated.
3. EXPERIMENT WITH TEA
My last tip is to try different teas! There are countless varieties of teas out there to try, both hot and iced. I would definitely recommend giving licorice tea, green tea with jasmine, and white + peach tea a go.
I hope this has helped!
#BRITAFillandServe #BRITAau #HydratedByBRITA
I think as we grow older, we become more and more aware of the kind of people we should surround ourselves with. …
One thing we all say + hear is how quickly time is going, but I feel like this year has been the quickest. It’s like I blinked an eye and somehow half a year elapsed, and the remainder of the year will feel just the same. So I thought it would be nice to start looking back on each month and note the highlights, the lowlights and everything in between.
Highlights: New and exciting opportunities that arose, both from coincidence and my own persistence. I have also been lucky enough to visit cafes for my Brunch Diaries series, as well as start contributing to Dissh Blog, and work with a few lovely brands on Instagram. Over the long weekend, I also got the chance to drive down to Byron Bay and spend time with my beloved friends who live in Sydney.
Lowlights: The crippling feeling of self-doubt and groundless worry that crept its way in some days. A head cold struck me down in the last week too, reminding me to slow down and allow myself to rest.
Things to Remember: You can’t do everything at once. Stay true to your real interests + passions. Have fun!
Firsts: Ordering pizza without cheese from a pizza chain.
Lasts: Ordering pizza without cheese. The pizza place somehow thought that also meant not adding pizza sauce on the base. Yep, dry pizza base with soggy veggies. I can’t even… I’ll stick to my usual Sol Cafe that serves the most delicious pizza imaginable with non-dairy cheese. Sorry, rant over.
Excited for: Upcoming work opportunities, visiting more cafes, and hopefully a trip to Sydney.
What were your June highlights?
With winter fast approaching here in Australia, I’ve been finding it more and more difficult to peel myself from my soft, Cultiver linen sheets. It’s just so much more cosy to snuggle in bed than to step foot in the cold world outside the bed.
With hibernation and the desire for warmth on my mind as of late, I have naturally been fixated on homely yet light + airy sleeping spaces. With winter bringing early darkness and long nights, I find myself inspired by bedrooms filled with the brilliance of the sun’s light, as well as contrasting the lightness with moody linen tones. The combination of light, minimalism, spaciousness and soft linen creates such a safe haven, while also encouraging to begin each day afresh.
These are a collection of beautiful spaces I came across on Pinterest, my favourite source of interior inspiration.
I’d love to know, what do you like to do to make your bedroom both cosy yet bright?
Amid a palette of neutral grey, white, black and wood, I think a copper accent can bring a bit of zest into a minimalist styled home. And it pairs brilliantly with luscious green plants, oh my! Contrasted against primarily matte colours and spaces, copper’s reflective finish manages to really a room to life.
No one wants to feel alone — I think this is a fact, and a fear, shared by every single person on this planet….
Do The Things That Make You Happy.
It’s a simple statement, but it can be one of the hardest things to do in our chaotic, money-centric lives.
We often look back on our teenage years and think, how carefree those days were, how much free time we had to enjoy life, how filled with freedom and joy those day were. Our rose-coloured glasses hide the fact that this joviality was helped enormously by the fact that we lived at home, had no bills to pay, ate for free, had no commitments apart from school and occasional household chores, and we weren’t yet assailed with the expectations and pressures of adult life.
This is not to say adult life is not a happy life. But often our happiness is superseded by stress and strain that our work, family, friends and sometimes love demands. We all get caught up in being busy all the time and then wonder why we’re not enjoying ourselves like we used to. Sundays off remind us briefly of how easy and carefree life can be, but then Monday arrives and we roll out of bed with an ache to return to yesteryear.
I came across a great quote on Pinterest a few weeks ago that made an impression on me which lasted long after I closed my laptop. It was simply: ‘Stop the glorification of busy’. It struck such a cord with me, as I’m guilty of constantly feeling as though I have to be busy in order to be a normal, deserving person. But it’s bullshit and I realised this. I realised I don’t have to feel guilty for sleeping in on a Tuesday, or lying about a commitment I didn’t have so I could just be at home and rest. We deserve time out and we deserve to do the things that make us happy.
So I promised myself to start doing just this: do the things that make me happy. I wrote a list of all the little things that give me joy and peace and gratitude, and I promised myself to do one of these things at least once a day.
Some things on my list include: go to the markets and buy fresh flowers, go for a picnic in the park and stare at the clouds, paint my nails, do a face mask, write in my journal, embrace my boyfriend and tell him how much I love him.
The things that make us happy don’t have to be big, and oftentimes they aren’t. Something as small as taking the time out to sit in your favourite spot in the house and drink a cup of tea, or looking in the mirror and telling yourself that you are beautiful, can make a huge difference in our otherwise stressful and doubt-filled day.
So I really advise you to write your own list of things that make you happy and to make sure you put aside time in each day purely for you. Let’s all stop the glorification of busy, and let’s stop feeling guilty for taking time out to treat ourselves.
The Silverspies Journal is a place where you will find healthy plant-based food & recipe videos, guides, and vlog-style films of my everyday living. I’m hoping it will be everything you enjoy about my instagram, only in motion.
Creating videos has been an idea in my mind for nearly a year, and I have finally plucked up the courage to start. The first video on The Silverspies Journal is called ‘Good Morning’, and is an ode to how I love to start my day.
I’m incredibly nervous about finally starting videos, but I truly hope you enjoy them.
Hope to see you there!