This time 5 years ago I was at a big crossroads.
I loved my job designing Tim Tams (chocolate cookies) for Australia’s largest biscuit manufacturer. I mean who wouldn’t love working with chocolate?
However, earlier in the year I’d had a glimpse of another life. Writing my first cook book was an experience that I’d loved so much.
Maybe it was my calling to write about food?
At first I dismissed the idea. How on earth could I earn as much money as I did in the corporate world?
But like most good ‘scary’ ideas, it kept coming back.
About the same time I’d discovered the blog, Zen Habits. I was getting deeply into the concept of simplicity in life. As I read about Leo’s own transition from a job he hated to full time blogger, it dawned on me…
I didn’t need to match my 6-figure corporate salary. If I put my mind to it, and really simplified my life, I could live on a fraction of the amount.
All of a sudden the change seemed within reach and in January 2010 I quit my job.
I haven’t looked back.
These days I feel incredibly blessed. I get to help people all over the world discover that healthy eating doesn’t need to be complicated. I only work on projects I love. I have the freedom to fit in my work around taking care of my 16 month old.
And for the last few years I’ve made way more money than I ever did as an ’employee’.
The thing is, I wouldn’t have made it here if I hadn’t simplified my life. That really was key.
Which begs the question… What opportunities might open up if you started to simplify YOUR life?
You’re probably wondering why I’m talking about this. Well I just wanted to share a really exciting project that I’m a part of…
It’s called ‘A Simple Year’ and basically it’s a year long program of guided simplicity that focuses on simplifying a different area of your life each month.
If it sounds like something you might be interested in go to:
Yogic Green Salad
This salad was inspired by my Kundalini Yoga teacher, the lovely Odette. In preparation for a special early morning practice recently, Odette encouraged us to try a 24 hour ‘green foods’ detox. As she was describing a suggested meal of peas and avocado, all I could think was ‘yum’. And here it is…
enough for 1
2 handfuls frozen or freshly podded peas
1 handful pistachios (optional)
1. Heat a little extra virgin olive oil in a small pan on a medium high heat. Add peas and stir fry for a few minutes until they’re hot. If using frozen just pop them straight in the pan from the freezer.
2. Place warm peas in a bowl. Top with scoops of avocado and a splash of lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Serve with pistachios on top (if using).
different veg – use chopped asparagus, green beans, broccoli or podded broad beans.
more veg – serve with a handful of baby spinach, mint, flat leaf parsley or basil leaves.
carnivore – it won’t exactly be a yogic detox salad but feel free to fry some chopped bacon, sliced chorizo or chicken thigh fillets before cooking the peas.
nut-free – just skip the pistachios or serve with the herbs suggested above.
more substantial / carb lovers – again this will take it outside the realms of a ‘yogic’ salad but you could serve with crusty bread and butter or toss in some cooked quinoa, brown rice or other cooked grains.
ps. Here’s what people are saying about ‘A Simple Year’ 2014…
“Participating in “A Simple Year” has offered me the opportunity to focus on several areas of my life and reconsider, unclutter, and ponder changes that I would not have pursued without the program. The structure of the course allows you to dig in as little or as much in each area as you care to or can manage. For me it’s been life changing.”
“Signing up for and participating in “A Simple Year” has been one of the best things I did in 2014. It has allowed me to make some significant changes in my life, each leading to other new changes and opportunities.”