Tuesday, August 18, 2015

all the pretty horses

Here is a photo shoot of my beautiful niece Jessie and her horse taken in the evening sun at her farm. Magical xx

Friday, July 25, 2014

vintage purchases

I got these pretty things today at a new opp-shop that has just opened in my street. Because they are new they have put out all their good stock. A pretty 1950's races hat made in Melbourne and a pretty parasol. Love them. Will do a proper photo shoot soon with the rest of the lovely things I purchased xx

Opp shop: New Vinnies on Glen Osmond Road, Eastwood, SA, 5063

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Volunteer program

I've joined a volunteer program called volunteer HQ and I'm heading to bali in a week to work with rescuing sea turtles on a remote island called Nusa Penida and I'll also be volunteering to teach English at a local school on the island where the children have hardly ever been exposed to native English speakers. Excited to be pushing my boundaries and comfort zone on the journey to a better me. I'll be taking you guys along with me on apple tree with videos, photos and stories 

If you are interested in traveling and getting involved in a volunteer program check out volunteer HQ for a huge range of programs all over the world: http://www.volunteerhq.org/
xoxo love jade

Monday, July 21, 2014

Coconut Choc Almond Balls

Here is a easy yummy recipe for you to try. No cooking and excellent for chocolate cravings aaaand they're actually awesome for you! woot!

Due to the coconut oil they help with weight loss, digestion, your skin and a huge range of other benefits, see Here Plus almonds are amazing! They are packet with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. And we all know honey is great for the immune system and Cacao is high in antioxidants! What are you waiting for! 

What you need:

2 Tbs of raw cocao powder
2 Tbs of honey
1 Tbs of organic coconut oil
1 cup of almond meal 
1 cup of shredded coconut (to roll them in)

optional extras:
1 tbs chia seeds
2 tbs protein powder 
1 tbs LSA
you could also add chopped fruit.

How to make:

  1. Pour all ingredients into a bowl and mix together to for a thick paste.
  2. Roll in to balls 1 inch thick
  3. Roll in coconut
  4. Set in freezer for 30 mins.
  5. Move to fridge and they'll last 1 week (if they don't get gobbled up before hand).

Taste: rich and chocolatey and the coconut oil in them makes them truly delicious.

I make my own almond meal by making almond milk and using whats left. Its easy. Soak a cup of almonds in water in the fridge over night. Pour out excess water. Add almonds and 2 cups of water to a blender (I use a bar mix in a big cup). Blend together. Strain the milk. Done. Whats left is your almond meal for you coconut balls and you have some lovely organic fresh almond milk for your tea.

Mantra for today: Spread love

My mantra for today

Every time I have a choice to react to something or interact with someone I am going to consciously make the choice to do it with love. The more you give the more you get back to you. Same with negative energy and you really notice it once you consciously start making the choice.

This beautiful picture was taken by my sister Michelle van Santen and its true colours of the sunset in Ballina, a gorgeous beach town in northern NSW, Australia.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy Sunday

Photo taken in the Black Forest, Germany

Happy Sunday Y'all!

Today Im about to do a new beginners Yoga from Yoga with Adrienne on youtube, then make some bacon and eggs and then go for a walk up this beautiful Australian bush walking track called Morialta Falls. I ALWAYS feel better once I've done this walk because I find being in nature reconnects me and frees all the buzzing thoughts from from my mind. i woke up this morning and set my intention for the day which is: I will not harbor unhealthy thoughts today. We all naturally think negative self bashing thoughts and often don't even realise it. But these thoughts create our feelings and then our reality, so catch those thoughts, recognise them and gently send them on their way.

Ciao, Love Jade

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Beginning my journey to a better self

A mantra I learned from a cute girls site called Richer experiences

Hi Everyone.

I'm writing this for anyone who is feeling flat, lost, depressed or completely lack luster with the world and society and living in it. I know how it feels and I've begun a journey which I know deep inside my heart is a way to release all those feelings and to feel free, happy and love. At the bottom of this page I will share some really helpful resources for people who want to start to find this new way of being. They've helped me a lot. As I discover more and go further I will share more.

I've been feeling flat, dissatisfied, disenchanted and disengaged from society in general for the last year or so and that has been on the tail end of a really difficult couple of years. Let me give you an idea of what I've been through and now where I am heading in to a much more positive future. 

I've struggled most of my life with depression and anxiety and everything fell in to a big pooey pile of stink in 2009 when I lost a pregnancy, got badly burnt on my legs from a very hot olive oil accident and to round off the bad things come in three quota, my dad died suddenly of a heart attack. This rocked my world in a really bad way. I basically fell apart completely. He was somewhat of a rock and guide for me in the crazy world and I'd lost my compass and sounding board. I really went off the rails, I drank A LOT, I didn't care about anything and I carried so much pain that would just erupt violently at any given moment. At the time my father died I was in a relationship with a german guy (father of lost baby) and after the grueling few months after losing the baby and finally well on the mend from the burns my boyfriend needed some home and family time so once he knew I was coping ok he set off on a plane bound for a month of regrouping in his beautiful little village home. I sent him off to the air port one morning, that morning at work I got the most dreadful call from my sister telling me dad was dead. Everything stopped and I screamed in pain. I felt it was a cruel twist of fate that I had just sent off my beautiful boyfriend on a plane when I needed him most...

I wont continue in to all the extreme phases of guilt anxiety, depression that I went through in the months that followed, just trust me it was messy and a blur and difficult. After a few months of pain and doing nothing much at all except for taking respite in the sanctuary of my very understanding Aunty's house, I then took a few months off with my boyfriend traveling around Australia in a 4x4. This is something my Dad would have loved to do and I think this was my way to hold on to him a little longer. I remember one particular eruption of pain when we were camping miles and miles from anywhere in the outback on a dry dirt road and up came the shaking, the pain and the realisation that he wasn't coming back hit me like a slap in the face with a cold fish, I couldn't stand it, couldn't cope and ran down that road, determined that if I ran hard enough and yelled loud enough (thankfully we were miles from anyone or I may have been locked up for being Loco!) that he might come back, I cried and walked and ran and walked some more screaming at him to come back. I had broken down. My very patient kind and understanding boyfriend did the best thing in that situation he could have done, he let me go. Eventually I wore myself out, I calmed myself down and I slowly plodded back to the car and him and he just gave me a cuddle. After this trip I set off to move to Germany thinking a fresh start would be good. It was a difficult two years as I was still carrying so much grief and began to withdraw more and more from the outside world. It was particularly hard being in a country with a completely different language and culture and I felt very alienated and isolated and alone. After 2 long years and trying very hard to over come my anxiety and depression through all sorts of methods (finding an english speaking psychologist is difficult enough, we had 1 in our city and to be honest, she was crap) I decided I needed to go home, back to Australia where i knew I could get the help I needed. It was a really hard decision for me because I loved my boyfriend with all my heart, but I didnt have a choice anymore, I had to save myself. 

I came back and saw doctors, psychologist, psychiatrists, went on medication, eventually went off all medication, and slowly transformed myself into a person that could feel positive emotions again. I got a job and got better and made friends (and sadly lost my boyfriend who didn't want to come to Australia and that was his choice but it broke my heart) but still after 2 years my anxiety is so much better, I am coping so much better as a person, my depression isn't nearly as bad, I feel moments of happiness often now but still I've been feeling flat, dissatisfied, disengaged.

So I've started looking for more. 

I discovered a meditation through an amazing company in Adelaide called Lifeflow. They teach you in a way that really clicks with you and takes away the fear of "I cant meditate and empty my mind of thoughts". That idea is gone after one class and you see benefits after one class. I've recently done a retreat with lifeflow over a weekend in the Adelaide hills and its the beginning of my journey to a better self. I know it, well, because I know it deep inside myself, an intuition that tells me you're finally on the right track. The more I search for ways to enlighten myself the more things open up. I wanted to get in to yoga, but not at a gym or some bogas class, I wanted to learn Yoga properly and the way it is connected to meditation. I googled a Yoga school and found this amazing place in North Adelaide called the Australian school of Yoga and Meditation. they are ll over Australia. I found they have meditation classes and they are free. So although I was scared and nervous as I usually am doing something new, I pushed through my fear and went to my first class on a Sunday night that was both lovely and delicious - they served free vegetarian dinners and desert - donations welcome. The more I keep looking for things to do and people to be connected with down this path the more opportunities arise and the happier Im feeling. Im getting connected to my true self, learning how to be as my true self in a peaceful and loving state. I lost my job (which was in a grey old boring sometimes nasty office or dreadgery - I think I made that word up but I do do that ) I lost it a month and a half ago. I went through a few weeks of depression then picked myself up and started to look for something new, thats what pushed me to do the meditation retreat and ultimately started me on this path.

I feel like I have found a golden ticket and I think the natural flow of the universe is if you start seeking you shall too find your path.

To begin with I thought I'd share a couple of things that are helping me get on my path and along the way I'll share more of my journey and how to become a better version of yourself... if you want to hear it that is.

Firstly I would like to share a yoga tip. One you can do at home. Its a girl called Adrienne who makes youtube videos that you can do at home. I love her organic approach to yoga and her energy, which glows through even the static medium of video. She has over 500,000 subscriptions to her yoga page and Im sure its because everyone who uses it feels like she is amazing at connecting with you through her videos. A nice easy simple beginners video is here. I've been starting on this one every day for a week and its only 20 minutes, super simple for even the most uncoordinated of us and helps open up the body and begin to become aware of our bodies and connect us with our bodies.

I will also share below a couple of books I have read recently which really inspired me and a couple websites for anyone wanting to try meditation for the first time.
Here it is: 

YOGA WITH ADRIENNE: Have a look at her page, there are heaps of great videos.


Shantaram - got me wanting to travel and change my current circumstannces, it gave me energy to seek more

Eat Pray Love - yes I know you've all seen the movie - read the book, you will get a lot out of it. Just do it.

If you live in Adelaide I strongly advise doing a course with Lifeflow as they explain things in a way you will understand and set you up with good foundations for proper meditation practice. I wouldn't start anywhere else. If you don't understand meditation then you will go to a session and think - meh, that does nothing. To start with all its about is relaxing and finding some peace, you will learn more as you go and I can't recommend it more highly. 

LIFEFLOW: www.lifeflow.com.au  - I know Byron bay is full of great meditation places and retreats, Ive also met people that fly down from Byron to attend lifeflow instead.

RICHER EXPERIENCES: This is a site by a lovely girl called Kristen Johnson. Watch a couple of her videos, she is also on her own journey and really beautiful and inspiring: https://www.youtube.com/user/richerexperiences

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL OF YOGA AND MEDITATION: www.asm.org.au Available all over Australia and free!

Thanks for reading

Jade xxx

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Surfing makes you the happiest

Cute new purchase, a little vintage style surf hoodie by Ripcurl. I REALLY want to get back into surfing. Its about time me thinks. So what will I need...

1. Steamer for the cooler months:

First choice would be a Flashbomb by ripcurl but its a little errrr, pricey! $549


I think the cheaper alternative would suffice at $299:

The dawn patrol 43 also by Ripcurl


2. The Board

As a beginner (or someone who once surfed but so long ago that my tone abs and arms have gone a little floppy Id say the perfect board would be something like a minimal (longer than a regular surfboard, but short enough to be manageble and the length will make wave catching easy peasey. Harder to get out with especially with my spaz duck diving skills, but to catch a wave this would be dreamy. It will make it look easy and once you catch one you will be hooked and stay out for hours. Progress will be quick and super fun!


3. Inspiration:

Watch some surf movies to get your motivation running. Heres a trailer to "The women and waves"

Grab some cheap roof racks for your car and get up off your bum and do it! - Jade, Im talking to you! Go!
Love this World Cup ad. Ordinary people doing cool soccer tricks. I love the boy kicking a rebound goal into a basket on an escalator.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Wild West Party

Last weekend I took the short 40 Minute flight over to one of my favourite places and what I'd call my home town Port Lincoln to go to my Cousin Kim's "Wild West" 10th Wedding Anniversary. True to my families deep love for horses and the country, everyone came dressed in style to one of the best dress up parties I have ever attended. Its so fun to get dressed up and this doesn't happen enough for me. They brought in a couple of horses for the photos and did one as an indian horse and one as a cowboy's ride. Was a great night and here are some of the fabulous outfits. Very proud of Grandma and Grandpa even getting in to costumes. Mum cam as a lone ranger. I decided to go as a little Indian girl. Love Jade xxx

 Me and Rob 
 Mum got me the boots for $2 from an op-shop, thanks Mum
 I loved the indian horse, he had feathers in his mane
 My Cousin Tamarra and her husband Damian
 Mum - The Lone Ranger rides again... again (she dressed up as the Lone Ranger when she was 16 and had on her top "The Lone Ranger Rides Again"!)
 Aunty Terresa and her husband Chook
 The lovely host, Kim Balnaves
 Teressa and Robin
Rob, Aunty Teressa, Me and Grandma