#LJIL; February 2016

Yes it’s cold, wet, very rarely sunny and not-quite-spring-yet, but February has plenty of other good jazz going for it. For one, it’s the month of love. We had Valentine’s Day, Pancake Day and even Nutella Day. Yes, I did make wholesome, nutritious homemade pancakes and Nutella on those two special days — both Veganised of course! Life isn’t about deprivation, You see.

I’ve had so many reasons to show love to my family, my friends and myself this month. Life simply seems brighter and more promising when I surround myself with the right influences, You know? I’m just so incredibly happy to be where I am in life now. For the first time in a long time of battling the issues I had with self-love, I’m just so incredibly happy to be me. To love and be loved is something I consider to be one of the most special things about living and I hope that this love letter from me to You could help You cruise through Your ups and downs, all while feeling a big, warm virtual embrace from me. Oh and don’t worry it’s not going to all mushy. Have You heard of the “Open when You …” type of letters? That’s pretty much what this post is about. I hope You enjoy it as much as I loved putting it together for You. 🙂

“I do believe we’re all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.” – Harvey Fierstein


For when You’re having a bad case of Wanderlust:


For when You have time:

These were my favourites from the last article…

#1: Write an “I Did” list.
At the end of each day, write down what you completed. This will help you feel better about all the things you accomplished, especially if you’re feeling discouraged. It will also help you reflect on how productive you were and how you can re-structure your to-do lists for the next day. — Claudia Azula Altucher

#12: Start a “Stop Doing” list.
To clear out the mental clutter, take note of the mindless ways you spend your time. Break old habits, and make time for new, better ones. As Warren Buffett says, “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful say ‘no’ to almost everything.” — Shane Parrish

#13: Write down what you learn.
“You can start a blog or use an app like Inkpad to help you keep track of everything you learn. Not only will this be a great way to keep a record of everything you’re doing, but it’s also a good source of motivation to keep you accountable. You will want to learn more if you know that at the end of the day you’ll have to write about it.” — Manas J Saloi


For when You need something heart-warming:


For when You need to be inspired/ encouraged: 


For when You need to be enlightened:

#1: Best time to have a baby: 3-5am. Actually, this distinction is becoming less obvious as more and more births are affected by medical intervention, but the extremely relaxed state of our brains and muscles at this time and our lowered pain sensations mean not only is this a popular time for natural births to occur.

#2: Every 7 years our body will change completely. This means that each and everyone of Your cells will have been renewed and exchanged for another one that Your body has produced.

#3: The brain works best with about 25 grams of glucose circulating in the blood stream — about the amount found in a banana. (Wooohooooo!)

#4: What You eat will decide Your grandchildren’s productivity. Yes, what You eat will affect Your productivity today. But even more so, it will also determine the productivity of Your children and grandchildren’s productivity: Evidence indicates that what You eat can affect your grandchildren’s brain molecules and synapses. What You eat can rewire your genes and the more You strengthen the synaptic connections, the better Your kids and their kids will perform.

“Worry less about what you want to be, and think more about what you want to do.” — President Obama giving advice to the White House interns

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For when You need a laugh:


For when You’d like to learn how You can be a better person:


I hope this love letter gave You reasons to smile and that it brought back the little sparkle in Your eyes that we may sometimes lose in the monotonous humdrum of daily routines.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

The days are getting longer, the evenings lighter, and before You know it, it will be spring.

  • Dear Spring, 

I cannot wait till You arrive and I can spend my evenings out on the patio reading Maya Angelou while being accompanied by a nice and cool smoothie bowl. I cannot wait till I’m surrounded by bees and flowers and the warm warm rays of the sun. I cannot wait till that part of my soul, which has gone into hibernation during winter, to wake up once more.  I simply cannot wait to live again.

  • Yours sincerely,
    Me, aka. (arguably) Your #1 Fan

P.s. I’m still in the midst of transferring things from my old blog to this new one, so bear with the glitches (if any)! This new blog will be for all my food/ musings/ travels/ #LJIL posts while the old one will be for interacting with You, my lovely reader. 🙂

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