Thursday, 18 September 2014

Conscious Living - A Love List..

"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love... and then we return home. " - Aboriginal Proverb

So during the year every now and then I'd been writing a post I called Making and Doing.  Although I soon realised it wasn't really what I was making and doing, it was really more about what was inspiring me.  So late last night, I had a thought, as I scrolled through the browser on my phone and noticed all these pages open to posts and websites that I'd been saving for inspiration. I realised I needed to do a little reshuffle of my ideas, create a new series and a space to share lovely things that invigorated the soul, beautiful reminders of where we are headed and where we dream to go, as we live more simple, mindful and conscious lives.  I hope to make this a regular series and would just love to read any posts and articles that have been invigorating you lately too. 


List #001..

I just adored this recent post over at Milkwood about time and doing the washing up.  It really stuck a cord with me and has played a lovely part in shifting the way I go about my everyday.

I'm so excited about this 30 hour fermented sourdough recipe and really want to try it out.  I'm not having much luck with my starter culture but I'm determined to keep trying and I know once I get there, it's going to be totally worth it.  Do you make sourdough? What do you keep your starter in? 

With Tallow's first birthday just around the corner, Ben and I have been talking about presents and toys and how we can lessen our impact by being particularly conscious of the things we buy for Tallow.  I really love this post by Kirsten and this one by Steph, such inspiring mamas who value conscious, simple play.

Lately I've been wanting to take my yoga practice a little deeper with some simple arm balances and I found this post really helpful in overcoming my fears of falling flat on my face and taking a different,  more playful approach to my time on the mat.

Have you checked out the new issue of Peppermint magazine? I had a little rave about it yesterday on Instagram but I just had to mention it here too.  I've always loved Peppermint's work, but this issue really has taken the magazine to a new level. Both beautiful and thought provoking, it's so wonderful to read a publication, full of substance that is truly walking the walk.

The Bharani Effect continue to blow me away with invigorating interviews and projects.  How fabulous is the new The Bharani Exchange?  

Every time I pop over to Tricia's blog, I leave feeling so excited and yearning to spring to action, to live more simply and harmoniously.  And I was so delighted to read her post on earthing, just after I'd written about it in my post on balance.  Yes, it's most certainly time to reconnect with the earth.

And speaking on harmonious living, creating a zero waste home is something I am continuing to aspire to.  Little by little we are making changes to our daily lives and I find that this amazing list from the true inspirations of zero waste living is incredibly helpful.

We still have a tree full of mandarins, even though we've been eating them all winter and giving them to friends and the neighbourhood, so I think it's high time I gave Kate's Mandarinalade recipe a try. Are you a jam maker? This will be my first time.  Have you got any tips? I love this episode of River Cottage Bites on jams and preserves and only hope I can one day be as proficient and fabulous in the kitchen as the gorgeous Pam Corbin.  

This photographic series, "Scrublands" by French photographer Antoine Bury is so captivating and beautiful  'From 2010 to 2013, Bruy travelled across a number of European mountain ranges, including the Carpathians and the Pyrenees, to document people who are trying to gain, in his words, “greater energy, food, economic, or social autonomy.”(via The New Yorker)'. 

And for those inspired to live a more mindful, self-sufficient lifestyle, my heart sang as I read this post by the beautiful Hari from Tiny House Family, which outlines with such nurturing love, how to start living the life of your dreams today.  Grab a pen and paper, there plenty of lovely notes to take.

Wishing you a most gorgeous day!
Much Love 


  1. Thanks for the lovely post, Sophie. And thank you for sharing.

  2. Hi Sophie, I loved that post on dish washing too, so gorgeous! Good luck with your sourdough adventure. I keep my starter in a round, plastic container with a 'snap top' type lid. It is perfect, let me know if need specifics, but mine were just from the supermarket and have served me well for years.

    Thanks for so many thoughtful links and words. I hope the end of your week is looking good! x

  3. I keep my starter in a big glass mason jar with a metal lid, and I know anything metal is a no-no according to some, but I never let it grow enough to reach the top of the jar. So far, so good!

  4. Thank you for the links, Sophie. It's great to find some new lovely online spaces! And I keep my sourdough starter in Ball-Mason jars, washing them out and starting with a fresh one every few weeks or so (or when they start to look a bit too yucky and crusty on the inside sides!!), and mine have metal lids too, but like Madelyn says, the starter never reaches the metal, and i prefer to keep food in glass, where possible. Good luck with it. I could never get my own to start and was lucky enough to have a friend give me some starter. So far I have managed to keep it alive and happy. Have a lovely weekend. fiona x

  5. My hubby is a baker and they keep their starter in a bucket with a lid at the bakery. Any tips you need with sourdough im happy to help!

  6. What a beautiful, beautiful quote at the start of your post - it seemed so fitting when I read it yesterday morning.

  7. How's that sourdough going Sophie? Yell if you want a hand (or email :-) my starter is in an old pudding/ mixing bowl.

  8. Thank you so much for your kind words (and sharing). Hopefully you've been finding plenty of time to go barefoot. I'm about to head out and water the garden without shoes x


Thank you for stopping by! ~ I just love receiving your comments! I'll be sure to pop by your place too. Much love ~ Sophie x