I have recently been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by the wonderful Tara at 1alive and I only just discovered it today as I have been very slack with my blogging as of late (I will make another post regarding why very shortly!).

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who awarded you.

A big thank you very much to Tara!

2. Share 7 things about myself that you may not know.

I’m always so bad at thinking up things like this but I’ll give it a go:

1. I very much love cats and have an evil but wonderful one of my own named Charlie (I speak of him as though he is my own child, which in my eyes he is) and we very sadly have to be separated at the moment because he is living with my parents.

2. I am a vegetarian and am passionate about eating well and living a healthy body, mind and eco-friendly lifestyle.

3. I absolutely love books (always have) and am an avid reader. As generic as this might sound, my all time favourite is Harry Potter and I would feel very disloyal claiming it was anything else.

4. I love to cook and I do so a lot. My favourite food is Italian (pastas, pizzas..) but I also love curries.

5. I am about to start studying psychology in Brisbane and am quite excited.

6. I’ve never really travelled but it’s one of my main goals in life- first destination New York City!

7. I am a big big partier but at the same time I really really love (sometimes even prefer) to be curled up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea or spending a night in with my family/best friends.

3. Nominate 15 Bloggers.

4. Notify the nominees that I have done so.

5. Put the logo of the award on my blog site.

I’m only going to list a few, because this might be weird but I tend to search topics and look at heaps of different blogs instead of following select ones. In general, I love vegetarian food blogs and they’re the main ones I look at.

Project Granola Mom– I love the idea behind this blog and it has heaps of super healthy and delicious recipes.

Fork and Beans– again, lots of great vegan food!

Fashion Forward– this blog has a great outlook on life and it’s against animal cruelty/supports vegetarianism.

Free Page Numbers– this is a friend’s blog, she mostly blogs about books and she’s an absolutely fantastic writer. 

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Nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure”
-Alexander Supertramp,Into the Wild

This is one of my favourite quotes- it depicts so well the way I see and feel about life, and helps to explain why- unlike many people I’m surrounded with who cannot seem to understand- I am not, and cannot, be satisfied with the boring, average, secure life. Why I don’t sacrifice everything for financial stability and why it does not particularly concern me, why I have goals but do not plan out my life and why the prospect of not knowing what comes next and living life as it comes excites me. Why my parents don’t understand why I can’t be logical and happy to stay in a secure, 8-5 Monday-Friday office job and save for my future instead of having fun when I could not think of anything more mundane, suffocating and spirit crushing. I desire for life to be a liberating adventure full of spontaneity, magical moments and crazy fun and I want to live in the present, not the future.

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Being productive whilst half dead

The past few days I have been under attack from an evil, merciless flu. Apart from feeling overly sorry for myself, dramatically complaining to anyone who would listen (even unwilling victims), utilising all tumblr, facebook, and now here to let the world know of my misery and stuffing myself with so much vitamin C I will probably soon turn into an orange, I have actually had a quite productive few days of what has felt like looming death.

I took Wednesday off work to recover and wallow in my own sorrows and snot, and as well as catching up on some much needed sleep and doing some quality stuffing my face with comfort food, I am now able to finally cross off another book on my to-read list: The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Which was an excellent, thought-provoking read including a few good lessons to learn, which took my mind off my self-sympathy for a little while. I am very much looking forward to reading other works of Mitch Albom. One positive thing about being so sick- being able to curl up under blankets at home all day, doing whatever you feel like. I also scored two job interviews in Brisbane (where I’m moving in a week’s time).

Thursday I had to take off work as well (unfortunately- I don’t want to use up my leave so it’s paid out when I finish at this job, damn it!) to go to said interviews (plus I was also still in the deathly clutches of the flu from hell). So I hope they appreciate me dragging myself out of my warm bed all the way to Brisbane in my awful state just to talk to them for a few minutes. If I don’t get the job I will snap and unleash my fury upon them, which will not be pleasant. Not for them anyway- I’m sure I’ll get a sadistic kick out of it. However, I also got to see the best friend, so it was worth it.

And now it is Friday already- I love weeks that go super quickly- and I have dragged myself to work, croaky-voiced, runny-nosed, watery-eyed and miserable but still here. Obviously I’m super dedicated, good hearted person. Obviously it has nothing to do with me wanting to not use up more sick leave so I get more money. Or not wanting to take three days off so I get a good reference. Obviously. They better all appreciate me.

However, I think just getting out of bed and to work is enough for 10am in my current condition and I need to ease myself into getting to the actual doing work part, which is why I’m currently writing this instead of doing my job. Happy Friday everyone!

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A New York Dream

http://www.gofundme.com/newyorkdream

A close friend of mine has recently been offered the incredible, once in a lifetime opportunity to study at New York University. As we both live in a small city near Brisbane, Queensland, moving to New York and being able to study at one of its major universities would be an amazing adventure and a dream come true for her.

Go check out her blog (freepagenumbers.wordpress.com) and see for yourself how wonderfully talented she is and how much she deserves to make this a reality.

However, there is one challenge that she needs to overcome- find $65,000 to pay for it. Which is why she’s set up this page (above link) to help achieve that. So if you could all take a small moment to go like/tweet/share the page on your blogs and facebook we would both appreciate it very, very much! And of course donate if possible, or spread the word around to people you think might be interested in donating and supporting this cause. Every little bit counts! Also, if you have any ideas for fundraising etc, please share to fuel some brainstorming 🙂

As the saying goes, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light’

Albus Dumbledore

Just had to share this one because it’s one of my favourite quotes and so inspiring and true, and of course because Dumbledore said it, therefore it has to be of infinite wisdom.

“Happiness can be found …

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Progression with to-read list

I have been doing a fair bit of reading lately and have finished The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, 1984 and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I very much enjoyed The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and especially Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. From the first page I fell in love with the characters and their intricate, fascinating and damaged personalities. Although I found the concept of 1984 interesting and am certainly glad I’ve read it, I didn’t find the story particularly enjoyable to read, and was very glad when I finally got through to the end. It was only in the last quarter or so of the book that it started to get at all exciting and even then I couldn’t say I was riveted in the slightest.

I have also invested in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Five People You Meet in Heaven (which is next to read), The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robinson Crusoe and The Help. I ordered three of these off Fishpond and while the prices were fantastic, they took forever to arrive which made me incredibly frustrated as I have very little patience. So probably won’t be doing that again, I am now on a mission to find one that delivers them quickly. I love having this many books piled up waiting for me to read!

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Pizza: the healthy way

My current hardcore dieting unfortunately means that I can’t eat a lot of the delicious food I love and crave. Actually, it means I can’t eat food very much at all. I am a massive Italian food lover- and if I ate as much of it as I desired I would literally be an extremely massive Italian food lover. As Italian food is generally ridiculously high in carbs and calories and fat and everything else, and as I am the type of person who generally manages to find a way around everything, I have come up with a solution for me not allowing myself to eat carby high calorie favourites: pizza and pasta. Pasta is my favourite food ever.

The pasta one is super easy- it’s called Slim Pasta. While perusing a local health shop recently and gazing longingly at the pasta section, I came across a little package labelled Slim Pasta. Which for obvious reasons caught my immediate attention. Upon further investigation I discovered it had only 34 calories in the entire pack, which had two serves. It’s $4 for a pack, which is kind of expensive for pasta, but still not too bad and definitely worth it. It’s made from ‘konjac flour’ and even though it doesn’t exactly taste like normal pasta and it’s quite noodle like, it’s still pretty great. Definitely better than no pasta. I just mix it with a bottle of pasta sauce and a sprinkle of cheese and it’s like a 100 calorie, super duper filling meal! So fantastic.

Now on pizza: last night I was on cooking dinner for the family duty, and as I am vegetarian and they are the complete opposite, I try to find something that all of us like and will eat. Last night’s solution: healthy pizzas.

How do you make an actual healthy pizza, you wonder? Pretty simply, actually. All I did was use wholemeal pita breads as a base, spread them with tomato paste and pile on whatever veggies I desired- I used mushrooms, pineapple, olives, asparagus and capsicum, but I’m sure there’s plenty of delicious combinations. I put some ham on everyone else’s and left my share nice and meat free, and covered everyone elses with an abundance of cheese while only putting a sprinkling on mine, as it’s super fatty and high calorie. It was incredibly delicious and really filling, and it’s a fantastic meal to make to cater for a number of people who don’t eat the same things, because you can vary the ingredients on each one.

Needless to say, I am extremely pleased I have found a way to include my favourite foods in my current crazy dieting mode!

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I wondered, for the first time in my life, if life was worth all the work it took to live. What exactly made it worth it?

Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

I wondered, for the first…

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The weekend that I lost my sanity

Well it hasn’t actually happened yet. But I can 99% assure you that this weekend will be it.

I am excited because:
It is Thursday night. In other words, it is the beginning of the four day long Easter weekend. I get ridiculously excited when I have time off work.

I am not so excited because:
Details of how I will be spending said weekend-
Where- Camping. Texas, Queensland. Population: 700.
With: No electricity. Not a great deal of available vegetarian food, as my mother refuses to pack a different meal for me for every meal we will be eating (solution to this problem= limited options=less eating=skinnier=not so bad). BUT mainly, with all five other members of my constantly arguing, yelling, narrow minded, insufferable family. This includes a three hour car ride there and back.

I did, for some wild, crazy, reason, choose to spend my weekend in this manner entirely of my own will. Why would I make such a mental health threatening, risque decision, you ask? Because I am honestly a pure hearted, kind, generous, nice and wonderful person who would not hurt a fly or say a bad word about anyone. That may be stretching the truth a little, I even surprise myself when I do nice deeds like this one, let alone how surprised my family were when I told them of my planned attendance. I did it, I suppose, because I literally do not remember the last time I spent a weekend with my family, and I guess this is my selfless charitable deed for the next five years or whatever. And because of the genuine smile on my mother’s face when I told her I might come. That last reason is actually true. And because for some weird reason I actually kind of wanted to. However, the wanting to part decreased a little once I came home from work today and my family have already taken up constantly yelling and fighting and carrying on with their usual antics.

Looking on the positive side, I have four new books which will all be accompanying me. I have tanning oil and plenty of time to do nothing, equalling plenty of time to do something about my reflectively pale skin. There will be plenty of running/walking space (eat less and exercise more=get skinnier=not so bad). My grandparents are also coming. They have a large nice motorhome in which I can hide. Nan eats vegetarian food, she will offer me edible non fattening eats. I am actually looking forward to having a four day relaxing weekend camping, not having to be anywhere and doing what I like. I love camping, and pretty much every other weekend is spent being spastically drunk and partying the two days away in what feels like two seconds. Not going to say I don’t enjoy that. I’m 18, of course I do. But one weekend like this one will be nice.

Sounds not so bad, right? That’s what I was thinking. But little delusional me kept trying to avoid one major, completely altering factor: the family. How bad can a family be, right? Ignore them, do you own thing, don’t worry be happy blah blah blah. Ohh how I wish. How. I. Wish.

To show you just how much they can change me enjoying my time, I shall provide a few examples:

Me: *sitting in comfortable chair reading one of fantastic new books*
Parents: “SAVANNAH WHY ARE YOU SITTING ON A CHAIR READING A BOOK LIKE A USELESS PERSON THERE IS SOMETHING YOU COULD BE DOING TO HELP GET UP RIGHT NOW QUICK GET UP”

Me: “Oh wonderful, it is 7.30am, I don’t have to be anywhere. I will sleep in.”
Family: “WHAT ARE YOU DOING GET UP YOU WILL WASTE YOUR ENTIRE DAY IF YOU STAY IN BED ONE NANOSECOND LONGER PLUS I NEED TO MAKE BREAKFAST AND YOU BEING IN BED IS CLEARLY AFFECTING ME USING THE KITCHEN AREA”

Me: *Spending time with grandparents in motorhome but main purpose of being in there is because it’s comfortable and it is not made of nature and a good place to hide from family*
Parents: *Discover secret hiding spot and rudely intrude* “SAVANNAH WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN HERE THAT IS SO ANTISOCIAL WE DON’T COME CAMPING TO BE INSIDE THE WHOLE TIME GET OUT GET OUT WE ARE PLAYING A FUN FAMILY GAME OF WHO CAN ARGUE THE BEST”

Yep. You get the gist of things. So just a warning: if I return from this weekend completely and utterly bonkers, lost my marbles, settled completely into la la land, it is not my fault and you know who to blame. I would like to say in advance, in case I do not have the capabilities at a later time, that if someone could poke bites of veggie patties with chilli sauce through the bars of my padded cell it would be very much appreciated.

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What is my life for and what am I going to do with it? I don’t know and I’m afraid. I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And what do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones, and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.

Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

I find her fascinating

What is my life for and w…

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