Welcome to Turkey : How getting away can clear your mind!

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So I have arrived in Turkey! After the stress of finishing college and doing exams, going on a holiday has never come at such a perfect time. De-stressing and evaulating the frame of mind I am in are my main goals for this trip. Lying in the sun, swimming, and continuing my yoga practice along with the odd meditation session are the activities I plan to incorporate into most of my days here. The second I stepped off that plane and landed on turkish soil I felt a weight lifted. For me, nothing clears my head more than experiencing a different environment from that which I’ve been living in, for what seems like forever. It forces you to take a step back and view how your life has been going recently and thus, have a critical view of your state of happiness. I have been here for 3 days now and not much has happened, which I consider a good thing seeing how we all feel like life has to be constantly busy in order to achieve and progress. I’ve been lying in the sun getting a tan and swimming, without venturing outside the hotel for too long. I did a short and sweet yoga class this morning and it was so beautiful in the morning sun, something I feel I’ll be doing every day! Being content in doing nothing has been a hard thing for me to accept after being so busy for the last 4 years of college. Living in the now, taking in every present moment has been and is still a large lesson for me to learn. Right now I am drinking a cold beer and listening to the mosque calls to prayer, thoroughly enjoying the different experiences and reflecting on my life so far. I am overwhelmed by the beauty of this country, it’s people and the relaxed way of life, reminiscing back to a time when I first visited about 10 years ago when I was too young to understand the history and to appreciate it’s unique culture.

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Using this time to post as much as possible was a big goal of mine before I left Ireland, however looking back now I crave the relaxation associated with no deadlines and pressures. Saying that, this blog is just a breath of fresh air for me because the pressure I have is only there because I decide it is. We can all strive to be better, but we also have to be patient.

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On another note, I’ve been reading a fantastic book that I’d like to share with everyone! It’s called ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff….and it’s all small stuff’ by Richard Carlson and for someone who suffers every single day with anxiety, it’s benefitted me more than I could have imagined. Everyone can learn something from this so I’d advise you pick up a copy 😉 Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read this post.

Love and light always,

Namaste,

Amy xx

My Favourite Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

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For about a year now I’ve been completely converted to being a smoothie drinker every morning, cutting out the sugar filled cereals and smashing in those fruits and veggies instead has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only is it so quick, but playing around with different flavours can be so fun and easy to change. One of the reasons it’s super quick, is that I have invested in an appliance that’s like the cheaper version of the ‘Nutri-Bullet’ everyone raves about. It was about €30 and I actually prefer it, as the bottle sizes are about 900 ml, (much more than the Nutri-Bullet), and the typical the portion I would have every morning. So without more babbling, here’s the recipe I’ve been using most recently..

2 Apples

1 Banana

3 tbsp Frozen Mixed Berries

3 handfuls Frozen Spinach

2 tbsp Almonds

3 tbsp Oats

2 tbsp Natural Yoghurt

200 ml Orange Juice

100 ml Almond Milk

50 ml Soya Milk

It sounds like a lot to put in but usually I would have chopped the apples and bananas the night before, and put them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. The reason I use frozen ingredients a lot is not only to keep the smoothie cold but also the keep the fruit from going off, it works really well and means everything lasts much longer while locking in essential nutrients, and I can stock up! I put the oats in because you can’t taste them, but they just add a lot more energy to the smoothie that’s slow-releasing so will keep you going for longer. The almonds are there for no particular reason other than taste, and I usually make my own almond milk so the whole almond nuts are to hand. I tend to mix up the liquids in the smoothie (almond & soya milk, orange juice) a lot depending on what I feel that week, even water is great! I also never measure the liquids, the above is just an approximation, it’s usually just all just sloshed in together and rarely planned!

I hope some of you try this recipe out, it’s healthy and filling, and the amount of each ingredient can be altered to fill whatever size smoothie you want, and best of all, it tastes delicious! If you do happen to give it a go, be sure to tweet or instagram me the results!

Love and Light,

Namaste,

Amy xx