Things I Learned in 2017

A list of things I learned in 2017; a year that was unexpectedly splendid and life-changing.

  1. things get better
  2. some people and relationships need time
  3. feeling confident within yourself changes your outlook on life
  4. parents are people too
  5. sometimes, people just need someone to talk to
  6. life has a funny way of bringing happiness when you least expect it
  7. friends come from the most unlikely, but obvious places
  8. you are loved
  9. living on your own is scary but freeing
  10. stress is a roadblock
  11. spontaneity is thrilling
  12. a normal day can change your life
  13. the world has a funny way of working itself out in your favour
  14. giving back is important
  15. alone time is important
  16. pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is important
  17. inner health is important
  18. there are more important things than followers on social media
  19. being skinny and healthy can be two very different things
  20. people can change, some will and some won’t
  21. forgiveness is important for your soul
  22. moving on doesn’t mean you have to forget
  23. heartbreak ends
  24. sometimes you need a good cry
  25. trusting within yourself will open doors
  26. it’s good to treat yourself and others
  27. staring at the night sky is sometimes all the therapy you need
  28. everyone says “don’t sweat the small stuff,” and it’s hard, but don’t sweat it, there is no point
  29. you can’t change others, they will make their own mistakes
  30. it’s okay to make mistakes
  31. always consider others opinions and experiences
  32. people are good
  33. the world is kind
  34. the media focuses too much on the negative
  35. there is joy in turning up a song and dancing like crazy
  36. all good things take their time
  37. have trust that the universe has your best life in mind
  38. sometimes one good day can change your mindset forever
  39. being tall is good, even if cute dresses don’t always fit
  40. the feeling that live music offers is like no other
  41. getting emotional is nothing to be ashamed of
  42. getting passionate is nothing to be ashamed of
  43. others opinions literally do not matter
  44. people can be mean, but it shouldn’t change you
  45. finding true happiness is one of the most liberating things you can experience
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My 18th and Changing​ Up The Blog

Hello Everybody,

This is a very exciting post to make, as it is something that has been being planned for a while now. I love this blog, but over the past 18 months, I have really struggled to maintain regular quality posts on here due to my crazy schedule. So this blog is now becoming a ‘mixed media’ blog. I want to start incorporating video content for you guys to watch, allowing me to post more variety and more regularly. I’ll explain this change in more detail in the video below.

So for my first video, I thought I’d do a chatty ‘Get Ready With Me’ for my 18th Birthday.  Hope you enjoy. xx

P.S. this video has bad sound, it’s sometimes out of focus and I keep getting out of shot haha. I’ll get better, promise!

Reforming My View On Fitness.

In school, I wanted to be skinny; I wanted that Instagram bikini body and I thought the only way to get that was cardio and minimal eating, this is indeed not the case! Focusing on building muscle and strength was not part of my workout routines ever, as I always thought I would bulk out and lose a lean figure.

So in my senior years of school when I began to get more of a routine, I was just doing cardio, and I ate clean. Did I lose weight? Yeah, I did. What I thrilled with how my body looked? No. Why? Because I wasn’t toned and I wasn’t strong at all. I struggled with bad posture, weak knees and a shoulder injury which was in the limbo zone of improvement.

The moment I realised how important strength was for physical health was when I was sitting in a shoulder surgeons office hearing that I would have to get shoulder surgery to fix my right shoulder.

*quick flash back*

In 2015 I was in rehearsals for a show. It was a children’s show, so it was high energy and very physical. When we were doing a warm up, I was distracted, and someone came up and hit my arm upwards (it was part of the game). With the hit, my arm went straight up and around, forcing my shoulder to pull a full 360. And what I found out later was that my shoulder dislocated, pulling my ligaments and then returning to its position. This effects of this incident were worsened by me being double jointed and already having weak joints.

So fast forward to mid-2016, and here I was, being given three months with a Physio to improve my condition or it was under the knife for me. I was determined not to have surgery. It would mean I wouldn’t be able to use my dominant arm for over six months recovery; therefore meaning I’d not be able to work, drive, write or work out. Also, I had an overseas trip planned, in which this surgery would have inhibited me from doing heaps of fun activities while away.

So I began physio, and it was hard and painful, but I slowly got better. And I started to realise that my strength was building and this strength was healing and protecting my weak shoulder. A few months later, I was cleared by the physio for surgery and to this day, by maintaining my strength, my shoulder has gone from 40% to 85% (it’s still not 100% perfect).

But how have I maintained this strength? With Pilates and it has changed my view on fitness and taking care of my body. My mum had been going a local studio for about six months and was enjoying it. So after I graduated high school and had more time on my hands and more money from being able to work more, I thought I’d give it ago. And honestly, after the first session, I was hooked. Within the first few weeks of doing pilates regularly, I noticed I was getting stronger, and I felt great. My shoulder pain was further reduced, and the weight I could handle was increasing.

What I love most about it is that in the 45 minutes you’re in a class for, you get a whole body workout; your legs, abs, arms, back, booty is all taken care of. You honestly will not believe the burn you get and the post workout muscle pain you feel until you try Pilates for yourself. It targets muscles I never knew I had and I leave sweaty after every session; despite their being super cold air conditioning. I have toned up so much since starting pilates, and despite the increase in muscle, I have maintained a lean physique.

Last year, I didn’t enjoy workouts, I did them because I felt obligated to lose weight. But now my mindset has been transformed, and I have fallen in love with being fit, strong and healthy. And I love working out; I look forward to my class. Every session I’m doing a different workout, and I can feel my body getting stronger with every move. I highly recommend trying Pilates for yourself and seeing AND feeling the differences.

Healthy Breakfast Pancake Muffins 

Meet the new perfect edition to your morning routine. Everything amazing about a blueberry and banana pancake; cooked into deliciously moist and filling muffins (easy to take on the go)! Have one for breakfast, or pack as a ‘pick me up’ snack during your busy day. These muffins are so tasty, and by being GF, DF and RSF they are sure to please everyone. img_5181.jpg

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 large Banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ cup Chia Seeds
  • ½ cup Almond Meal
  • 1 tbl Vanilla Protein Powder
  • ¼ cup Almond Milk
  • ¾ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ teaspoon Bicarb Soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • *optional* Granola (top sprinkle on top)

Makes approx.  12 muffins FullSizeRender

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Mash banana until smooth in bowl
  3. Add in remaining wet ingredients and mix until all combined
  4. Add in almond meal- mix while adding to avoid clumping
  5. Add in chia seeds, protein powder, bicarb and baking powder, combine all ingredients.
  6. Sprinkle in blueberries, avoid mixing too much to avoid colour mixing of the blueberries and mixture.
  7. Evenly distribute into muffin pan
  8. Sprinkle granola on top before cooking
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes, watch to avoid top burning.
  10. Allow to completely cool and store in the fridge, in an airtight container.

Easter Fudge Brownies – DF & GF

This recipe makes quite a large brownie, comfortably filling a 23x33cm baking pan. But feel free to half all the ingredients for a smaller batch.

*note: Dairy Milk eggs are not DF! They are just for decoration and a treat for the rest of my family*IMG_4282.jpg

Ingredients:

2 cups gluten-free self-raising flour
4 eggs
300g Nuttalex (if you don’t require DF, you can use butter)
1 cup cacao powder
¾ Lindt dessert 70% chocolate melted
¼ (remaining) Lindt dessert 70% chocolate roughly chopped
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup honey

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
2. Prepare double boiler for melting chocolate. Break up Lindt dessert chocolate and melt until runny consistently is formed, continually mix and watch
3. Combine all dry ingredients, sifting flour and cacao if needed. Don’t add chopped chocolate yet
4. Melt Nuttelex and add into dry ingredients, mix thoroughly
5. Add remaining wet ingredients, mix melted chocolate through BEFORE adding eggs
6. Mix in chopped chocolate, leaving enough to sprinkle on top of brownie
7. Mix ingredients thoroughly together
8. Line baking tray with baking paper and pour in mixture
9. Sprinkle remaining chocolate over the top of brownie
10. Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on the amount of ‘fudgyness’ you like. Allow to completely cool before cutting. Serve with whipped coconut cream.

Enjoy and I hope you have an amazing Easter.

Love, Jess xx

Having A Dairy Free Easter

I can’t believe that Easter is upon us in under a week, where is this year going? But if you’re vegan, don’t like dairy, lactose intolerant or like me and allergic to all dairy, Easter isn’t the most exciting time of year when it comes to the chocolate gifts. But I’ve got you covered this year! Thankfully over the past years, more and more companies have chocolate products that are vegan, dairy-free and refined sugar-free or reduced.I’ve gone around to multiple local health food shops and sourced some of the best Easter goodies for you to give as gifts or get yourself for this holiday.

I have narrowed my selection down to four main brands that proving these dairy free goods.

Loving Earth is an amazing that believe the world is a living organism. Their company’s central principles are about providing goods that are Healthy, Sustainable and Fair. And their range includes sweet and savoury products.

This chocolate is to die for. My personal favourite is Mint Dark Chocolate, but honestly, you are safe with any of their products, absolutely delectable. I have brought one of their gift packs as an Easter gift to share with my family this year, which includes their Mint Chocolate block as well as the plain Milk and Dark blocks. And if you’re not a fan of the general chocolate taste, they even have caramel chocolate. As well as providing chocolate block alternatives with their chocolate covered goji berries and nuts. And if you’re after a chocolatey hit for your Easter breakfast, they even have chocolate spreads with Hazelnut and Chocolate spreads. Along with drinking chocolate mix to warm up on the cool Easter morning her in Australia.

MooFree is another great brand for all things dairy-free and is a product that is angled towards kids, with their playful packaging. In stock this year, they have three different flavours, plain chocolate, ‘bunnycomb’ and orange.

This company is great as they angle these health foods towards a much younger market, making their treats appealing to young kids.Making kids with allergies or alternative diet choices to still feel included in the fun of Easter.

Alpha is a new brand to me, something I only spotted in a health food shop a couple of weeks ago and I was impressed with their range. I have not yet tried their products, but have read rave reviews online. They have a variety of mini chocolate eggs and large foiled hollow eggs, providing the oldies but the goodies for your Easter chocolate needs.

If your looking for an alternative chocolate treat this Easter, The Carob Kitchen is an Australian company that’s got your covered. If you’re not sure what the difference between cacao and carob is, here’s a quick breakdown. Carob is a chocolate substitute, and it comes from a carob pod which has a similar appearance to cacao. Carob is packed full of vitamins A and B, protein, potassium, calcium and iron; naturally dairy free.Carob has a sweeter taste to raw cacao, but it doesn’t contain that rich chocolate flavour cacao does. But carob is a great tasting treat, giving your taste buds a break from the chocolate overload.

This Easter, not only does The Carob Kitchen have their regular chocolate bars available, with different taste varieties, they have their foiled hollow eggs and mini eggs. Super yummy and a twist on classic Easter treats.

Let me know if you have any other dairy free chocolate brands you love to include in your Easter basket!

Love, Jess x

Chill Out Vibes

Hello Everybody,

My favourite type of fashion and home ‘feel’ is ‘chill’. Just really comfy and cool. So, I have put together some outfits and a home set to show you guys what I like and look for in the home and in my outfits. ‘Chill’ can be either everyday outfits or be a chill dressy outfit; meaning its cool colouring (etc). Head to my Polyvore to see where all the items below are from and check out older outfits http://www.missjessamy.polyvore.com

Enjoy!

Chilled Out Festival Feels:

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Cool Toned Dressy Dinner Date:

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Chill Out Lounge Room:

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Cozy and Chill Winter Time:

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Jess 🙂