Lessons

jasmine

(jasmine, bougainvillea, and an intoxicating scent that I wish this picture could portray)

About a month ago, I returned from a 10 week trip to the States. Three weddings, two bachelorette parties, some birthdays, and a whole lotta family/friend time later, I am happily back in South Africa with my main squeeze and my fur babies. Some things I’ve learned in the last few months:

  • I am truly blessed in the family-department. Like, hashtag blessed. The same applies for the friend department.
  • South Africa has amazing produce, and the fact that big, ripe avocados are readily available 9 months out of the year, is something I will never take for granted.
  • Having a garden and collecting your harvest is one of the most satisfying feelings. While I was away, Matt planted an organic veggie garden and every few days we collect kale, spinach, rocket, etc, and enjoy our fresh harvest. I highly recommend planting a garden, regardless of size, even a little herb garden can make you do a happy dance.
  • “Cheap” wine in the States is equivalent in price to a higher-end wine in South Africa. Just saying…
  • Juicing and Smoothies have truly taken over some parts of the world and I’m loving it. It’s so easy to find a fresh juice or green smoothie nowadays!
  • One message I feel passionate about, is that healthy living is accessible and does not have to be expensive. Unfortunately, many of the current holistic/healthy living industry leaders, are purists in their messages and make this lifestyle seem intimidating. You don’t need the top of the line juicer or blender, you don’t need all the superfoods, you don’t need to be vegan, you don’t need to only eat raw foods, and you definitely don’t need to label your lifestyle. Rather, people should try and focus on the baby steps and make changes where they can, because that contributes more to the big picture in the long-run, and that is something every one can do.

Enjoy your Monday, and see you soon for a new recipe post! 🙂

xo,

Natalia

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