Hi, how are you?

It’s hard to believe that it’s been six months since I last posted.  Time flies etc. I have occasionally checked in on stats and it’s nice to see I get the same amount of visitors when I don’t post for six months than when I post three times a week. No really it is nice.

I’ve decided to make a return appearance for a few reasons, some big, some little.

  • In 11 days we are off to Argentina and Chile for, what I hope will be, the trip of a lifetime.  We’re going hiking in Patagonia, wine drinking in Mendoza and architecture viewing in Buenos Aires.  Cannot wait.
  • This week Open Heart International posted a short film made by the incomparable Richard Bullock about our trip to Rwanda last year .  I really hope you’ll take the 12 minutes to watch it, it is confronting, but demonstrates the passion with which OHI volunteers operate (literally.)  I have a brief cameo in it, looking pretty average as it was a very tough day for me physically (broke my arm) and emotionally (watch the film to learn more.)

  • I’m tying up loose ends with my first year as a PhD candidate.  I’ve almost finished my marking for my year of teaching (which I have loved), I’ve presented my stage one assessment and written a draft paper, and I’ve learnt a hell of a lot.  It’s been a tough process, but a rewarding one.  I feel I’m in a good place for next year.
  • From personal development perspective I had a small revelation last week.  I have a new motto, when watching the behaviour of those around me, it is ‘but does it make them happy?’  When someone does something aggressive, or show pony like, I just ask myself ‘but does it make them happy?’ and you know what? Perspective unlocked.
  • At a higher degree research conference last week I got chatting to a colleague about health and diet.  She has been testing auto-immune paleo diets, so we shared stories.  As I spoke to her I realised that I had slid far from the paleo path (more like 20/80 than 80/20 – no longer predominantly paleo) and the ramifications of which were sleep problems, weight gain, yoga injuries, hay fever and general grumpiness.  Why was it so hard to remain committed to eating principles that made my life better? In some way I think giving up recipe development on this blog contributed, as I no longer had the impetus to continue (clearly my own well being was not enough.)  There was always an excuse – next week I’d get back on the wagon.  This week I said ‘no more’ and have begun the mojo-restoring journey. After two days I feel better (even with a slight paleo-flu headache.)  I have to keep reminding myself that keeping healthy is not a ‘nice to do’ it is a ‘must do.’

So does that mean the blog is back?  Maybe.  I’ve stopped posting so many food photos on social media, so maybe I need to re-energise this outlet? Maybe the odd recipe will return.

Until then, watch the video, follow our travels and I hope to ‘see’ you soon.


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