The words “this isn’t exactly what I’d like to be telling a 25 year old, but…” that rolled out of my consultants mouth last Thursday have been profound (Dayum, sometimes chronic illness just throws you the most unexpected of blows). Alas, I’ve been finding my way back through that sticky conversation last week through focusing this week, on words (and music, and inner englightenment).
Yes, nourish. My word for June was NOURISH and what a deeply powerful word choice that was. Intermittently, this week, I’ve been asking myself, “Does this feel nourishing?”. “Does this feed my soul? Does this feel good?”
NOURISH is informing how I spend today and is helping me get my health back, or at least, maintain its current status. I learned that nourish is giving myself plenty of breathing space when creating new projects. Nourish is drinking more water (when I really, really want coffee). It’s creating nutritious, delicious soul food. Nourish is taking a break from life when I need it. Nourish is new books and podcasts and lunch dates and a new mattress. Nourish is white lined Moleskines, freshly washed bedding, incense and homemade soup. Nourish is letters and care packages arriving through my letter box from strangers turned friends. Nourish is impromptu holiday bookings and new friendships (and quiet time alone in my own bed – taking time to consider and reflect). Nourish is meditation and not meditation, frankincense oil, conversations with neighbours and ignoring phone calls when I’m feeling overwhelmed.
NOURISH has been my favourite Word of the Year to date and I’m relishing in it more so than ever this month. It’s a soul word; that’s for sure.
My new word chose me a long time ago but I have been reluctant to use it as much as I’ve been needing to. Every month I dance with it, and every month I back away from it, choosing other words that in hindsight were definitely what I needed more. And still this word calls to me…. And I’m realising now, more than ever, that I’m ready (
needing) to step into it.
Whats your word for June?
Mango Orange Coconut Popsicles
Mango Layer – 1 large mango, 2 whole oranges
Coconut Layer – 1 tub coconut yogurt, 1/8 teaspoon pure madagascan vanilla extract
Method – Blend each layer individually, freeze and enjoy
Summer Green Smoothie Bowl
→1 small, fresh mango, cut into chunks
→ ½ medium cucumber, sliced
→ a big handful of kale, stems removed (or spinach)
→ ⅓ cup almonds (ideally, previously soaked)
→ 1 tbsp moringa powder
→ 2 tbsp hulled hemp seeds
→ 2 cups plant-based milk
→ pumpkin seeds, desiccated coconut + your favourite granola for topping
Place all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more water or plant-based milk if needed. Pour into bowls and top with the pumpkin seeds, coconut and granola.
Yogurt Granola Popsicles
Granola Layer – 3 cups granola, 3 tbsp maple syrup, 2 tsp coconut jam (combined and frozen)
Coconut Layer – 300g or 2 pots coconut yogurt + 1/8 tsp pure Madagascan vanilla extract (combined and frozen)