HOME SWEET HOME: Creating a mindful space

Last year felt I was barely keeping my head above water, fighting inner demons with personal issues, but taking three weeks off in December renewed my spirits. Staying home instead of going away was the best idea so our house could get some well-needed love and attention to rekindle the happy feeling I used to have while hanging out at home by creating a relaxing corner just for me!

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I tend to gallop through my day getting work done, grabbing a coffee and on the move again, forgetting to really breathe and be in the moment. Bath time was a daily ritual of lighting candles, putting on music and taking a long hot soak, but what with Cape Town’s water crisis those leisurely bath days are over, so I’ve created a space to relax, roll down my yoga mat, light a few candles and incense to contemplate life, love and everything.

It’s such a simple way of making time to feel whole and energised again. I thought about joining a yoga studio or pilates down the road, but the hours don’t coincide with work and doing a class at the end of a work day is too exhausting to contemplate, so making a space at home seemed to be the obvious choice. I’m an early riser so taking thirty to forty minutes for meditation and yoga is not too hard; whether I manage to keep this up during winter is another story, but for now, this is good. Sometimes it’s really hard to still the mind with it wandering all over the show, but it helps to come back to the breath and not beat myself up about not being a “good” meditator. Meditation has helped me observe the awareness of my demons, to focus on being optimistic and mindful of others and myself; we tend to forget about looking after our own needs, dreams and desires so this year it’s time to be kinder and gentler to ourselves, to accept who we are and know that it is enough. I am enough.

Do you have a space to unwind for yourself? Whether it’s sitting on a chair looking out the window or drinking a cuppa, we should all take a little time to be more mindful, to feel whole and ready to conquer each day. By practicing meditation I’ve learnt to be more patient and not to take things so damn personally. We have a new President, which certainly makes for happier times – so happy day and I hope its a fabulous week ahead!

PHOTOGRAPHY: IAN REEVES

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JANUARY RAMBLINGS of a blogger

JANUARY RAMBLINGS

I cannot believe a month has already flown by and New Year’s Resolutions are still ringing in my ears. I have yet to complete my list of “things to do”, but decided I would take a moment to breathe, drink a cup of coffee and contemplate the day…how about you?

The past six weeks has been filled with family gatherings, lounging around the pool, (I need to invest in a pool covering as the water level has dropped somewhat rapidly this past week with the wind pumping), but for now I don’t mind a shallow dip when the heat gets too much! In an earlier post I mentioned planting a veggie garden that’s flourishing, thanks to grey water, maybe?

My son left for Vietnam on Monday and besides a heavy sad heart, it was absolutely wonderful having him spend most of the holidays on our turf. He’s an incredible human being and I’ll miss him enormously, but he’s gone to teach English for a year or two so more time can be spent with his other half who flies for Emirates. Luckily my daughter still lives in Cape Town, so in between her busy schedule we go for coffee, movies and play Bananagram! She’s busy working on an exhibition collaboration happening in February, yet still found the time to make this top for my birthday, how nice?! #happymama

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I attended a retreat last weekend, a gentle reminder of being grateful, grounded and to practice mindfulness. I’m getting a bit better at morning time management to include yoga and meditation, but sometimes I find myself staring out at the sun rising over the ocean as time ticks by and… it’s okay… I’m trying not to beat myself up if I falter with my routine every now and then, because I’m not Miss Perfect, but I still wish I was you know?

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Mornings are still filled with anxiousness as to whether the trains will pitch on time or not; yes, it would be less stressful to drive the twenty-five minutes in before peak traffic, but I’m trying to keep my carbon footprint to a minimal. It also helps to have a GARMIN (a birthday pressie I love, as it’s a great incentive to walk and be more active, reminding you every now and then to “MOVE!” But really, this year is about taking care of ourselves a little more, for our health, soul and mind, without feeling so goddamn guilty about it!

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We’ve had a couple of days twiddling our thumbs at work waiting for merchandise to arrive. As from tomorrow we’re going full steam ahead which is exciting, as it’s good to keep busy! I have a team of wonderful free-spirited millennials who every now and then need a gentle reminder about time management, but other than that, it’s going to be a fun-filled year of teaching them to work on new machines across all mediums; styling models and mannequins, to shooting loads of stills as well as styling food, bedding and even flowers!

This last week of January includes a much-anticipated concert by Julia and Angus Stone, an Australian band performing at Kirstenbosch, my daughter’s birthday tomorrow and Friday is payday! Yay! So that’s it for this month – how’s your January been?

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Cath

ELEMIS Life Elixirs Mindful Collection

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“Whether you need to quieten your mind, harmonise your inner dynamism, or bring things into sharp focus, these are the five emotional essentials designed to support you throughout your day and bring you back to yourself”.

harbour house, kalk bay  for elemis launch

credit: Cape Town Event Photography

EVER MINDFUL
We went to an awesome launch a few weeks back at the stunning Harbour House in Kalkbay, where Elemis launched their Mindful Collection of Bath and Shower Elixirs; five essential modern aromatic blends for body and mind, each to match your mood. Add 3 capfuls to running bath water, or apply directly to skin whilst showering for a sensory experience.

credit: Cape Town Event Photography

The combination of Bacuri, Sweet Almond, Poppy Seed and Amaranth blended with up to 19 essential oils form a unique synergy found in all five elixirs. Our water shortage has us Kaapies taking quick mindful showers, so I have only rubbed an oil on my body pre-shower, breathing in the heavenly scent, but am hankering after a long soak in a bathtub using an elixir. The miniatures (below) are the perfect travel companion, so I am ready to go road tripping soon..very soon!

Elemis Life Elixirs Miniature collection

The Life Elixir Mindful Collection includes Calm, Clarity, Fortitude, Embrace and Sleep to suit your every mood.

CALM BATH & SHOWER ELIXIR 6ml: Lavandin, Rosewood and Clary Sage oils help lift and soothe the spirit, leaving the senses feeling relaxed and tranquil

CLARITY BATH & SHOWER ELIXIR 6ml: includes Bitter Orange, Cardomom and Ginger for clear thinking, awareness and a mindful attitude

FORTITUDE BATH & SHOWER ELIXIR 6ml: an empowering blend of Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood and Geranium to help ground and strengthen the mind throughout the day

EMBRACE BATH & SHOWER ELIXIR 6ml: an exhilarating blend of Frankincense, Vetiver and Red Pepper to ignite the senses and inspire a sense of adventure

SLEEP BATH & SHOWER ELIXIR 6ml: a blend of Elemi, Patchouli, Palmarosa for a sense of wellbeing and well rested

*It is recommended not to use essential oils when pregnant

100 ml bottle of Elemis Life Elixir Bath & Shower Oil is R1225 per 100ml

Price of Elemis Life Elixir Mindful Collection R625 available here Elemis

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