Lesson #19: Know when to take holiday

Sometimes you just have to take a holiday, within a holiday, within a holiday, and that’s exactly what my hubby and I are doing as of tomorrow.

Yep, we’re leaving the big, bright lights of New York City in favour of the far less built up Guatemalan town of Antigua, where we plan on hiking up live volcanoes, getting back into our daily yoga sessions, turning green from eating too much guacamole, and forgetting our laptops behind in order to enjoy each other. Nature. Life. Food. Ahh, am I there yet?

So, on that note, I thought I’d give you heads up that my happiness for the next 6 days will be hiding out somewhere with no reception. But I’m sure I’ll come back with many new lessons learned and an entirely new outlook on life. Bring it on!

Stay Happy,
Yaz x

Lesson #18: Juggling is extremely hard to do

Okay, you got me. I’ve cheated and jumped an entire week of lessons but hey, my life was hijacked over the past 7 days and I was learning this one lesson over each and every one of them. Trust me.

You see, Happies, last time I checked I was on holidays, but suddenly I have been overrun with work, and while I am incredibly grateful for all the prosperity coming into my life right now (extremely grateful, in fact) it has taught me that juggling ten different balls is very hard to do. Impossible actually.

For many of us, the art of ball juggling is an everyday occurrence. We juggle the wife ball, the working ball, the fitness ball, the friend ball, the sister ball, the daughter ball, the children ball, the ME ball (side note: that’s the one that usually gets dropped when you’re busy. The ME ball) and every other bloody ball you can think of. I’m exhausted just writing about it. Oh wait, maybe I’m exhausted because it’s 11:20pm here in New York and I remembered my poor neglected child The Happiness Cocktail, who’s ball is often the second to be dropped. After the ME ball.

But here’s what I’ve learned this week, Happies. It’s okay to drop balls. Or allow your priorities to slip down the ladder when other opportunities are coming your way. I mean, when a chef realises his prized filet mignon is burning, do you really think he cares as much about the mash that’s simmering along alright on its own? Probably not? I know  wouldn’t.

I think what it, ahem, boils down to is self acceptance. We can’t be someone to everyone all the time. And while I have made this year a time to focus on me and try to drop the ME ball far less often, there are going to be times when other people, or things, need me more than I need me. And that’s okay too. Accept each situation as it is, and go with the flow. As long as you stay positive and happy and give attention to the things that need you most, it’s not the end of the world if other parts are neglected for a while. Is it? All you really need to do is pick them back up, and start your act all over again.

Tell me Happies…

What are the balls that you drop first?

Are you good with the whole self acceptance thing?

What is the one thing that is always a constant priority for you. No matter what?

Lesson #11: I love weed

Aha, I knew that would get your attention!

But before you get all peace, love, and mung beans on me I should clarify and say seaweed, that is.

Especially when it’s roasted, paper thin, crispy, incredibly tasty, and 99 cents a box.

I’ve always been a big fan of seaweed, particularly when wrapped around sushi or submerged in a bowl of miso, but before coming to the States, I hadn’t really experienced it in its best form – roasted.

Oh Happies, words cannot describe how tasty this stuff is. Surely, surely, there’s an Asian grocer in Australia that sells this stuff, because it’s just too good to not have in your draw as a go-to snack, next to your box of raw almonds and brown rice cakes.

Here’s the one I like from Trader Joe’s…

Seaweed is rich in vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, protein and fibre, and when compared to its Earth-grown friends, comes out a massive 10 – 20 times more nutrient dense. Of course, when you roast it, some of those nutrients are lost in the cooking process but there’s no denying seaweed is a far better snack than say, a bag of chips.

While this particular brand is made with canola oil, rather than a preferable sesame or olive oil, I have to give it props for not being too high in salt. They also have a Wasabi flavour which is mind-blowing.

Eat them whole, wrapped around fresh sashimi (which, if you live in New York is fresh, fabulous, and cheap at this amazing Asian grocer on Mott Street. It’s the best in the city. Address: 122 Mott Street. Name: Deluxe Food Market. Disclaimer: Don’t be put off by the surroundings, this is honestly better than Sushi Samba), or sprinkled over salads, rice, or any dish that takes your fancy.

Alternatively, if you happen to have a dehydrating machine in your house, you could make these all by yourself. Winner!

Tell me Happies…

Have you seen these in Australia?

If so, where?

Do you like seaweed too?

Lesson #10: Things aren’t always as they seem

My wonderful sister forwarded me an email yesterday that made me laugh, and look, and laugh, and look again. And while I’m not usually one for a forward (OK, only if they’re hilariously funny) this fashion-friendly image gallery sure got me thinking.

The email was all about Israeli shoe designer, Kobi Levi, who takes seemingly normal things – like dogs, shopping baskets, rocking chairs, sling shots – and turns them into shoes. It’s incredibly zany, and so jarring you’ll find yourself looking at each pair of shoes a few times over just to wrap your brain around them.

Here’s the gallery of craziness for you…

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Crazy, right? But brilliant, yes? My lesson? Things aren’t always as they seem. And in this case, they’re most definitely not what you expect, but that’s the beauty of creativity and innovation, so let’s high five Kobi and give him a big pat on the back for his unique approach to life. And shoes.

Tell me Happies…

What do you think of these shoes?

Do you think they’re an amazing form of expressionism or just plain nuts?

Stay Happy,

Yaz x

Lesson #9: Never say never

At the risk of turning all Justin Bieber on you, Happies, I will stand by this sentiment for the simple fact that I have just crossed the final frontier into…wait for it…NATURAL DEODORANT!

Gasp! Shock! Wonder! Delight!

I’m not really sure how I feel about this, as I was once that girl who scoffed at such idiocies and thought that natural deodorant was only for people who really didn’t care if they smelt or not. But now that I’m actually digging it, I think it’s a superb way to beat the B.O without having to spray your pits with chemicals, or pollute the planet while you’re at it.

The deo that I’m digging goes by the name of Herbal Clear Naturally and looks a little something like this…

The product is paraben, alcohol and aluminium free, instead opting for the far more natural tea tree oil and vitamin E, as well as all these other funky natural things that stop you from sweating too much and getting stinky.

The beauty of it, of course, is that studies have shown there to be a link between parabens (found in many, if not most, beauty products) and cancer, as well as a link between aluminium products and Alzheimer’s Disease, so by eliminating these ingredients from something as simple, yet commonly used, as deodorant, you’re doing nothing but good for your body.

So, my lesson for today is to never say never to anything. Be it small, big, profound, or rudimentary. Oh, and to give natural deodorant a try if you haven’t already, because so far, I haven’t heard any complaints from the hubby. Just don’t ask the people sitting next to me on the train. Joking! I hope!

Tell me Happies…

What’s your take on natural deo?

Do you use it?

Stay happy,

Yaz x