A gorgeous, raw rainbow salad with a sweet, salty, tangy goji berry dressing. Packed to the brim with anti-oxidants!
Today I feel like sharing a little bit about what I’ve been up to lately. Well, I’ve just moved countries. I’ve moved from my home in Sydney to my hometown in Auckland. I’ve left my partner behind and my friends and my favourite bay-side walk. I spent last year building things, foundations. And this year I am adding more layers – mostly in the form of more study – I have my final year left in my Herbal Medicine studies, and then I can finally offer my services, as a Holistic Health Coach, Raw Foods educator and Herbalist. The thought of marrying up the healing potential of raw foods, a plant based diet, herbs and a happy and positive internal landscape really excites me.
Last year was a real challenge. This is my second career incarnation. The first was in the corporate world, in advertising, and although it was a creative role, it was an incredibly stressful job. I got sick, really sick. And I had to change things if I wanted to heal. The transition from that to what I am doing now was a bit like pulling a plaster off, really, really slowly.
The peeling of the first corner of that plaster was leaving my job. It felt a bit like leaping, with no net to catch me. In fact, I’ve actually only felt the net beneath me now that I have returned home, two years later. After that first leap, I went and studied Raw Foods with Radiantly Alive in Bali, Ubud. It was a one month intensive course that had been calling me for a long time. It inspired me to start this blog actually, and from there I studied with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become a certified Health Coach. I dabbled in freelance still throughout this time, and then last year laid more foundations with the new business. You will have noticed I have released a few digital products – my passion projects I call them – the e books and the app – these guys kept me entertained last year while I went through more study, more exams.
The end is getting nearer – I see myself as a holistic practitioner, offering healing through herbs, diet, and positive thought. And in addition to this, I have a second passion project in the wings, a little raw foods product that I am dying (or living!) to launch.
So it all sounds pretty perfect, right? Well, let me reveal something – following your dreams is no easy mission, and last year was probably the hairiest year I have encountered so far. The anxiety, and uncertainty, almost drive me crazy. I felt like I knew with all my heart that I was heading in the right direction, but had no idea which particular path in that general direction I needed to take. It took me a good year to get clarity on this, and in the interim, the anxiety was toxic. I was used to having a stable flow of money coming in, and all of that changed.
That was eventually something I learnt to just surrender to. I have trust and faith that all that will come again in good time as I re-set my compass. I just want you all to know that I have appreciated every comment and every facebook ‘like’ and every email, it is like having little cheerleaders in the background, and I hope that I can provide the same support for you in turn as I go along.
I also learnt not to be fooled by appearances, and not to compare yourself to others as you go along your own path – what you see on the surface is often very different underneath – I picked up an Osho Zen Tarot card late last year, it was ‘Comparison’:
Who ever told you that the bamboo is more beautiful than the oak, or the oak more valuable than bamboo? Do you think the oak wishes it had a hollow trunk like this bamboo? Does the bamboo feel jealous of the oak because it is bigger and its leaves change colour in the fall?
It deeply resonated with me – I spent a great part of my time comparing myself to my friends – here I was doing a complete 360˚, and I hadn’t ticked any of the ‘life’ boxes off yet – no house, no marriage, no babies… yet what I am doing right now is perfectly perfect, for me. I am only just starting to make peace with that now. And like Osho says, as soon as you drop the comparisons, all inferiority, all superiority, simply disappear. It brings me peace to think like this.
So as 2013 was snuffed out, I lay in bed thinking, I bloody well did it! Take that, you slithering slitherer of a Snake! Next year is Year of the Horse, and I’m going to hold on tight for the ride!
I also lay there reflecting, was it really as hard as I thought it was? Well, yes. But I never really stopped to give myself credit for the things I did achieve. It was a year of laying foundations. It was a year of re-educating. Starting things. Brainstorming. Creating. Planning. Figuring out. Mapping out. Experimenting. And learning to speak my truth. No matter what.
Now I feel ready. I’m re-energised. Re-focused. I have clarity. I’m going to do this thing. And I’m going to feel bloody good about it. Because I think I may have just found a way, to etch out a new path, that will bring good things to me, to others, and to the earth. I hope I can continue to inspire and deliver healthy yumness and wellness tips for you all on the blog this year. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and be part of the journey. On that note, a recipe to celebrate the colourful richness the world has to offer us this year ahead…
Raw Rainbow Goji Salad
- 1 heaped cup red cabbage shredded
- 1 medium beetroot grated
- 2 carrots grated
- 1 ear of corn
- 1 spring onion cut on the diagonal, white part only
- chopped coriander and 1 Tbspn of goji berries
GOJI BERRY DRESSING:
- ¾ cup goji berries
- 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon ginger peeled and chopped
- 1½ tablespoons white miso
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- Pinch of salt
- grind or two of black pepper
- To make the salad, place the cabbage, beetroot, carrots and corn in a bowl and sprinkle over the onion. Gently mix, and garnish with coriander and goji. Set aside while you prepare the dressing.
- To make the dressing, place goji berries into a glass or mug, and cover them, only just, with filtered water. Let them to soak for up to half an hour till nice and soft, keep the water – don’t throw it out.
- Blend all ingredients with the goji and their soak water till you’ve reached a nice consistency, then pour liberally over the rainbow salad and serve.
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