For those of us in the Eastern States of Australia (and New Zealand) the winter solstice was the harbinger of icy weather. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere I hope that summer has shown her sunny face.
I must admit to delaying the onset of winter by taking a quick trip to Japan. Over the last couple of years I’ve chosen to be more spontaneous, so jumped when the opportunity arose to travel there with a friend. The trip became part of an impromptu celebration, as this week I marked 1,000 days of living post cancer diagnosis. I remain well and very happy to be alive.
Japan was quickly followed by a work trip to Melbourne. For the solstice I spoke with a couple of my respected colleagues to a packed roomful of herbalists. It’s an honour and a joy to be part of such an inspiring profession. While in Victoria I was able to consult with clients face to face. If you’d like to be notified on my next session in Melbourne, please register your interest.
Back in Sydney the temperature drop has prompted me to hunt out the candles, hot water bottle and merino clothing. If I was Danish it could be called hygge, a concept that evolved to encourage cosiness and wellbeing during the dark season. I’m one of those strange people that don’t mind the cold but I do miss the light on some of these shorter days.
Like snuggling under a warm doona, eating a hot bowl of soup is one of my winter pleasures. Each year I have a new favourite. The latest is a simple chard and chickpea soup. If you’re a fellow soup lover, there are seven more soups to choose from in my recipe archives.
I hope you’re being kind to yourself and enjoying some hygge.
In good health,
PS: Don’t miss my June special offer. To celebrate my 1,000 days I’m offering a 10% discount on consultations when you make an online booking by the end of June. The discount applies to any available date for the next three months, as long as you book through my online booking site by June 30th. Just type in the promo code BornToBeAlive (or use this link) when purchasing your session.