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Eggplant and Mushroom with Garlic Sauce

I’m excited to share this Asian eggplant and mushroom recipe with you! It’s been a little while since I last shared a recipe, over three months actually. Time has flown by, and lots has changed. But here I am, sharing another delicious recipe with you.

The reason I stopped writing recipes was that I was feeling a little overwhelmed with them. Every time it was my turn to write content, and we were due to put up a recipe, I felt completely paralysed. It took me a while to realise that I should just take a step back and let recipes come naturally to me rather than forcing them into existence.

So moving forward there will be fewer recipes but the ones that I do share, I promise will be worth the wait. If there is something, in particular, you would like me to focus on (easy throw together dinners, soups, stews, using specific ingredients etc.), let me know and I’ll incorporate it in. / Read More »

How To Overcome The Power of Sales

Overcoming-the-power-of-a-sale

I remember back in 1998 I was invited to my first disco party held at my school. I was ten years old, and like most kids at that age, all I cared about was making an impression on my peers.

So with that motivation, my mother took me out shopping to find some nice clothes for the party. Buying the outfit for the party was the specific goal of this shopping trip. At least so I thought…

We visited malls, second-hand shops, boutiques. You name it. We went there.

She made me try on dozens of jeans and short-sleeve shirts that day, asking for the opinions of the retail assistants along the way.

I thought we found a winner, but it wasn’t enough for my mother.

You see, my mother is an excellent shopper. She knows all the shops in town, she knows all of the assistants and most importantly, she knows how to find a lower price.

So once we found a few outfits, she proceeded to work her magic. She checked which rack we pulled the clothes from to see if it was on sale. She then looked at the store signs to see if there was a storewide sale.

With no luck with the basics, she asked the assistant if there were any deals that day. As it turned out, there wasn’t a discount on the clothes we chose. However, if we bought the jeans, we could get 50% off a second pair.

To remind you, the objective of this shopping mission was to get an outfit for the disco. Simple. / Read More »

Yes, I Don't Want To Quit Social Media

Michael has been talking about quitting social media for years. Every few months the conversation would come up, and he would probe as to why I’m not prepared to quit it.

It’s very common in the minimalist community to quit social media. Many pride themselves on quitting social media or having a detox because they don’t want to be chained to their addiction, or comparing themselves to others, or passively consuming content without any real purpose.

Living with intention and eliminating things that stop you from doing so is what minimalism means to us. Social media can be a strong culprit for wasting time and procrastinating. I do admit that I have had many moments of just scrolling through the feed and aimlessly looking at things, however, I’m not afraid to say that I don’t plan to quit social media.

Yes, there are many reasons to quit social media and free yourself from the world’s biggest procrastinating tool. However, what if you used it in the right way and got value out of it instead?

I’ve always hidden behind the fact that we had businesses that benefit from being on these platforms and that it would be crazy to quit social media just for the sake of it. / Read More »

Design For White Space In Your Life

Design For White Space In Life

Let’s talk about design, specifically white space.

A simple online search defines design as “a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other objects before it is made.”

In the context of this post, I’ll be focusing on graphic design and how it relates to life design (more on that later).

Design style varies greatly depending on what you’re trying to achieve. However, the kind of design that gets me excited is designed with lots of intentional white space. / Read More »

Why You’re Struggling To Stay Vegan

Why You’re Struggling To Stay Vegan

Veganism isn’t a switch. It’s a series of choices you make for them to eventually become part of your subconscious. It’s a lifestyle rather than just a habit.

So why do people struggle to stay vegan? Well, there’s more than one answer to this question.

For some people, it happens instantly, but as we have learned over the years, that seems to be the minority. As some of you may know, this is how we became vegan.

But today I wanted to discuss why people take longer to transition and what may be holding them back from making the full leap.

Before I get into it, I want to note that I’m not judging others for their journey. I’m just hoping to help you relate with some of the reasons that may be holding you back. I completely appreciate that everyone’s situation is different and that any progress is progress in the right direction. Let’s all celebrate it.
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