Why We All Need To “Let It Be”

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Well, where did that month go?  It certainly was not my intention to take a break from Iron-ic Wellbeing, however that was exactly what I needed. 

The past month has been a whirlwind of change for me on a personal level.  You see, after five years working in a job I absolutely loved, I decided it was time to move on. Calling it a “job” does not do the opportunities afforded to me by this role, or the wonderful people I worked with, justice, for it was so much more to me.  A place to challenge myself, expand my horizons, test my resilience and grow as a leader. Through the many changes encountered over the past 5 years, I have learnt much about myself – my strength of character, the importance of integrity, my passion for nurturing and growing a team and that my judgement (call it gut instinct if you will) often served me well.

What I was not expecting was how emotional I would feel about moving on, even though it was my decision to pursue the new opportunity. It has been the strangest time – knowing I was responsible for making the call, but at the same time crying at the drop of a hat about no longer being part of that organisation’s future. Whilst it was absolutely the right decision, I needed time to grieve, accept and move on.

Every weekend over the past month I have actually sat down to write to you, however no matter how hard I tried, the creativity just did not flow. I found myself flat, pre-occupied and unenthused.

For me, this was a very telling sign – writing this blog every week had been so easy up until that point. The inspiration for my posts would effortlessly come to me each week, I would think of a complimentary recipe and experience such joy in bringing my vision to life, photographing my creation and serving it up to you each and every Sunday.  It was completely unnatural for writing to feel so forced, contrived and unauthentic.

So, I let it go.  I gave myself permission to take the time I clearly needed to adjust to the change I had initiated, to come to terms with the loss I was feeling and to observe my emotions which were so close to the surface.   

For the first time in my life, I actually now understand the phrase “Let It Be” – that it is perfectly OK to let go, give yourself a break, step outside your thoughts and emotions and to let a new world become a reality.  What a revelation, and how liberating!  I learnt that I am responsible first and foremost for loving myself, for nurturing my emotional wellbeing, for showing myself tenderness and compassion when I most need it – and importantly I’m so grateful I was open to listening to my mind and body clearly telling me to take the time I needed to recover, restore and rejuvenate.

It wasn’t until I made the decision to move on that I also realised how much I was craving stillness and, at the same time, difference– time to nap in the afternoon, time to read a good book, time to stare into the distance, time to immerse myself in lightness and joy and switch things up a bit.

For those following Iron-ic Wellbeing on social media you will have joined me on holiday in Byron Bay – paradise found and just what I was craving! Without being cliché about it, I immersed myself in walks along the beach, climbed to the Lighthouse to experience sunrise at Australia’s most easterly point, took time for mindfulness as the sun set over The Pass, swam in the beach, pool and the incredibly spiritual tea tree stained Lake Ainsworth, satiated myself on wonderfully inspiring foods of all types (Byron Bay is truly a gourmet’s heaven), shopped up a storm at the Byron Bay Farmers Market and visited nearby villages where I enjoyed delicious, local and lovingly prepared treats.

The Pass

Byron Bay Main Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you rest, you have space for all of it.

And when you rise to meet the future, you will be very, very ready.

(Danielle LaPorte)

So tomorrow I start my new role – and I am ready! I am 110% roaring to go and ready to conquer the new challenges of my Next Big Thing. It’s what I do and I have accepted that I am wired that way. But I am starting this new adventure refreshed, restored and focused because I listened to my inner self and took time out of the “everyday”.

There have been some big themes recurring for me over the past few weeks – acceptance, self love, stillness, difference  and resilience – themes which I am grateful to have turned my mind to and which I will honour by further nurturing and exploring.

It’s been a great break, however I’ve missed writing to you and it feels so right and comfortable to now be sharing this with you. Having said that, I do give myself continued permission to write to you as and when the inspiration takes me. I promise to never write to you under duress, when you would be receiving something less than my full attention, heart and soul.

To celebrate being back in action, I’ve been baking up a storm. Upon returning from Byron Bay I found three very sad looking bananas in the fruit bowl which were way past their best eating days. A few weeks ago I made a Healthy Banana and Walnut Bread, however this morning I have also whipped up an entirely refined sugar and gluten free Spiced Banana Bread, which is equally moist, sweet and delicious (trust me on this!) Today you get both recipes, so enjoy!

Spiced Banana Bread
Serves 8
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
220 calories
21 g
72 g
14 g
5 g
7 g
112 g
118 g
7 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
112g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220
Calories from Fat 120
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
22%
Saturated Fat 7g
37%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 72mg
24%
Sodium 118mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 21g
7%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 7g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
7%
Calcium
10%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup almond meal
  2. ½ cup coconut flour
  3. 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  4. ½ tsp bi-carb soda
  5. 2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1 tsp dried ginger
  7. 1 tsp cardamom
  8. ½ tsp nutmeg
  9. ½ tsp all spice
  10. 3 eggs
  11. ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  12. ¾ cup milk
  13. 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  14. 3 very ripe bananas
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. 2. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  3. 3. Place all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
  4. 4. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, coconut oil, milk and vinegar and whisk well.
  5. 5. Mash bananas roughly (so there are still a few chunks) and combine with the wet ingredients.
  6. 6. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and combine.
  7. 7. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and smooth out the top.
  8. 8. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  9. 9. Allow to cool slightly in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
  1. This recipe is sugar and gluten free.
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calories
220
fat
14g
protein
5g
carbs
21g
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Healthy Banana and Walnut Bread
Serves 8
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
438 calories
43 g
49 g
27 g
8 g
4 g
155 g
338 g
17 g
0 g
22 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
155g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 438
Calories from Fat 237
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g
42%
Saturated Fat 4g
20%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 49mg
16%
Sodium 338mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 43g
14%
Dietary Fiber 2g
10%
Sugars 17g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
7%
Calcium
8%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond flour
  2. 1 cup plain flour
  3. 1 tsp bicarb soda
  4. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 75g coconut sugar
  7. 1 cup milk (250ml)
  8. 100g olive oil
  9. 3 mashed bananas
  10. 1 tsp vanilla essence
  11. 2 eggs
  12. 100g walnuts, chopped
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. 2. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  3. 3. Place all dry ingredients (with the exception of the walnuts) together in a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
  4. 4. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, oil, vanilla essence and eggs. Whisk to combine.
  5. 5. Mash bananas roughly (so there are still a few chunks) and combine with the wet ingredients.
  6. 6. Stir in the walnuts.
  7. 7. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and combine.
  8. 8. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and smooth out the top.
  9. 9. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  10. 10. Allow to cool slightly in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
  1. This recipe can also be made with pecans, or even without nuts.
  2. Use a milk of your choice.
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calories
438
fat
27g
protein
8g
carbs
43g
more
Iron-ic Wellbeing http://ironicwellbeing.com/

2 responses to “Why We All Need To “Let It Be””

  1. Cathy says:

    Such a fabulous post and so true. You can’t force creativity and sometimes some time out is just what you need. I love this post. Beautifully written x