Wednesday
Sep132017

Dreams and goals.... and disappointments

Dreams, Goals & Disappointments


Happy Juicy Wednesday beautiful love,
Yes it's true, I am a day late this week, but I am not going to berate myself.  That was the old me!  
In fact, I almost had to skip this week in Stiggly musings. But then I woke up today, Wednesday, just a little while ago in fact, thinking once again about our human nature to set goals and dreams - and what happens when we disappoint ourselves.
 
This was the subject of last week's Juicy as you can read here, because autumn really brings it out in us. Everyone I know is "back at at".
When I first committed to writing weekly newsletters after several years of monthly ones I was pretty hard core about it, I would stay up working 'til the wee hours if needs be to get it done. But then I realized that was me NOT walking my talk. How appropriate could it possibly be to ask my clients and readers to put on their oxygen mask first and prioritize self care if I was denying myself sleep while hunched over a computer!? Doh!
So sometimes I will skip one, or sometimes it's a Juicy Wednesday... it's all good, nobody is judging me, does anyone even notice?

This summer, I set myself a really nice (and do-able) goal. I didn't have access to my usual yoga or gym classes and I wanted to ensure I still moved by body. For seven weeks I said I would walk more than the previous week and it was so motivating. Week one I walked 33 miles and gradually increased - on week seven I walked 54 miles and I felt so good! I got really excited and thought, "oh this is brilliant, I am setting myself a new goal to walk 50 miles a week for the rest of the year". And why not, if I could do it in the summer, I could do it anytime, right!?   

However, there were a few things I hadn't factored. (1) The days are most definitely getting shorter and each day the sun peeps over the eastern horizon a little later which means I am not rising anywhere near as early. (2) I am much busier with my work right now (3) I am back to taking yoga and gym classes.
All that to say, really there actually aren't enough hours in the day to also walk as much, and my exercise routine has picked up where it was before, so it's ok!  The first week of not making my walking goal felt frustrating and annoying, same with the second... but this is the third week and I was able to remind myself of those three factors.  This is clearly not a case of self-sabotage, so back off yourself Jones!
I think it is really important to assess the difference between self-sabotage (when we make a pattern out of never meeting our goals or following through, and often blame external factors/others) -- and when we've set our goals to be too lofty or haven't assessed the big picture. 
Both scenarios are worthy of evaluation and kindness to self, and for very different reasons both might mean you need to back off yourself a little bit, simplify and start with baby steps.
If you are looking for some guidance in this area, someone to help you see the difference, break down your goals a little bit and help you achieve them, please contact me for a "back to school" health consultation.
I wish you delicious week, enjoy this lovely day and please, go slow my love!

Biggest hugs,
Sacha x
some of our garden giveaways 2017
Cefn Maen Organics, Obernburg, NY
Sacha Jones
Holistic & Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 
Nourish your body, Nourish your soul!

 

Wednesday
Sep132017

Nesting & Nourishing: 5th September

Nesting & Nourishing
Happy Juicy Tuesday beautiful love,
It's late in the day and for some of you not even Tuesday anymore, but I made it!  
When the first of September arrives and the temperature dramatically drops - having us head to the closet to dig out warmer wear - it brings about such a strong sense of nostalgia/hiraeth which I spoke about last week. Most of us knew really that we'd have another wave of warm weather and that it's still summer, but there is something very emotional about turning over the calendar leaf and thinking about back-to-school and all that stuff when there is a nip in the air, that has most of us feeling all kinds of feelings. (Case in point, today it's scorching out and I feel considerably less romantic!)
This time of year gets me thinking about new beginnings, trying new things, letting go of the old. I am more attached to this "new year" than I am the 1st of January. So as I was snuggling under a blanket in my turtle neck and big socks this weekend I started thinking about the things I wish to accomplish, the things I want to change and release, and how I visualize diving into more new & good this fall.  

And then I stopped myself for a moment and thought, "Hmn, hang on a second Jones! This list is getting very long and is it realistic?" And I changed the direction of my thinking.  
My "list" of dreams & jobs & goals is always growing, and sometimes it can be downright intimidating. I often forget to honour my successes and note what I HAVE accomplished.
So I thought this fall, instead of focusing on big goals for myself I will concentrate on "nesting and nourishing". This doesn't mean I don't have a to-do list as long as my torso (I still do), or that I'm any less driven, but it means I want to prioritize kindness to self, getting cozy at home, finding time for fun and noticing when I cross something off the list (high fives self!)... as well as resisting the (very strong) temptation to add new things. 
I have this feeling in my gut that if I focus here first, I will actually have more energy and oomph to focus on projects and get stuff done - maybe even make "room" in my schedule.
How are YOU feeling?
Are you like me in your September-inspired drive? 
Is your back-to-school sensibility getting you excited? 
Or is it feeling a little bit overwhelming?
I actually think that goals, dreams and intentions are really beautiful - they keep us alive and energized. We get so wonderfully excited about our human potential and all the cool offerings in the world. Really I think there is nothing more amazing than the imagination and a strong sense of hope & belief in ourselves! Just sometimes, as with classic new year's resolutions, it's tempting to set ourselves up to "fail" by thinking we can do EVERYTHING. And then when we can't meet up to our self-imposed goals we lose that excitement and sense of hope, and can even get real mean on ourselves.

So, how can we balance this stuff? Perhaps by starting with a little bit of nesting & nurturing - being honest with ourselves: allowing time for rest and time alone, eating good food, getting enough sleep, and assessing that "to do list" with a bit more of a gentle gaze.

If you are looking for some guidance in this area of self care I am here to hold your hand.

I send you big love for a delicious rest of your Tuesday (or start to your Wednesday if you a few time zones ahead of me)... have a wonderful week and a fabulous start to September.

Much Love
Sacha x
some of our garden giveaways 2017
Cefn Maen Organics, Obernburg, NY
Sacha Jones
Holistic & Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 
Nourish your body, Nourish your soul!
 
 

 

 

Tuesday
Sep052017

Nostalgia/Hireath


Happy Juicy Tuesday beautiful,
Here we are in the last few days of August and a sense of change fills the air. Nostalgia, transition, endings, beginnings... it is all there, not always easy to articulate, sometimes just a feeling in the belly. Most of us feel it on some levels, even though the emotions evoked or the stories stirred in each of us are different. Personally this is the time of year I moved to New York City all those years ago and it evokes a mixture of excitement and fear, missing loved ones back "home", exploration of self, wonder about what's around the corner and so much more I don't have words for. Butterflies in bellies, a "feeling" in my throat, delight, sadness, confusion... repeat.
Hiraeth (pr. here-eyeth) is a Welsh word that has no direct English translation. The University of Wales, Lampeter, attempts to define it as homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed. It is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, or an earnest desire for the Wales of the past.  Oxford and Merriam Webster define Hiraeth as "a homesickness for a home you cannot return to, or that never was".  Hiraeth bears considerable similarities with the Portuguese concept of saudade (a key theme in Fado music), Brazilian Portuguese "banzo" (more related to homesickness), Turkish gurbet, Galician morriña, Romanian dor.
It is no surprise to me that this word resurfaces each year around this time... it's a word I kind of forget about and then magically it shows up - lands in my lap once again just as I am feeling all the feelings. I really enjoy having a word to explain the unexplainable.

What are you processing right now?
Are you feeling a lot of feelings at the moment? 
Does it show up in your physical body?
Can you spend some time alone - on a walk, with pen and paper, or even through dance, to be present with all these emotions?  
Can you allow yourself to feel all the feelings?

It's beautiful to be able to sit with this stuff a while, rather than attempting to push it aside or battle through it.

I wish you a beautiful contemplative week of being present - noticing what comes up, observing subtle changes around you and a healthy dose of just being.

Much Love
Sacha x 
some of our garden giveaways 2017
Cefn Maen Organics, Obernburg, NY
Sacha Jones
Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 
Nourish your body, Nourish your soul!
 
 
Sacha Jones
Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 

  
 

 

Tuesday
Aug222017

Juicy Tuesday: Zucchini Time .... deliciousness with Chef Nonnetta!


Happy Juicy Tuesday sweet lovely one,
I hope this finds you well and enjoying mid August, perhaps with your feet up, swinging in a hammock or dipping your toes in cool waters... or if you are on the other side of the planet perhaps cozied up with hot water bottles and hot chocolate! (Gosh, even writing that seemed so strange!
Before I continue, I regret to inform you that I have postponed the one week cleanse & nourish reboot that was scheduled for next week but more good stuff in Stiggly Holistics coming soon!
In our little nook of the world we are enjoying peek zucchini (courgette) season and are super excited about our garden in general. A friend of mine made me chuckle the other day when she said that during this time of year you have to lock your doors because some neighbour or other is always trying to pile zucchinis on you! Us, well we are on the giving end of that scenario and it's super fun! We have bagged and frozen some to enjoy the taste of summer during the winter, grilled some, spiralized some, cooked some up with eggs and curry and yes, we have given lots away. Loving it! 
some of our garden giveaways 2017
Cefn Maen Organics, Obernburg, NY
Which reminded me of a recipe I shared from our guest chef (and ceramicist extraordinaire) Ms. Nonna Hall, because I think it's very much the season for a re-share. Take it away Nonnetta!
Zucchini Pancakes (Oladuski)

Cooking and eating freshly grown food is something I always loved and appreciated while growing up with my family in Russia.   
   
   
My big inspiration was my grandmother, who lived in Turkmenistan. Her blinis (Russian pancakes) were the most amazing thing in the whole world.  Most of her cooking was pretty simple and always made from whatever she had growing in her garden. She even kept her own chickens.  Then we all moved to Siberia, and my parents got their own little house with a garden, and there my mother continued the tradition - cooking in almost the same fashion. My husband Jeff and I just recently moved out of New York City to the countryside, and I am beyond excited to be tending to my very own garden just like grandmother - like mother, like daughter!  

Today, I'd love to share with you one of the easiest, and tastiest recipes I know, one that I love and have played around with over the years to find new indulgences. I hope you find it as delicious as I do. Don't be afraid to experiment with it and make it your own. - Nonna

Zucchini Oladushki (Pancakes) 
(or Any Veggie* really)

You'll need:
  1. Frying pan, with a lid if you have one. I prefer cast iron, because everything (I mean EVERYTHING ... but especially pancakes) tastes better if it's been cooked in a cast iron frying pan.
  2. A large grater for vegetables and a small grater for garlic (or you can use garlic press)
  3. Colander 
  4. Large mixing bowl

Ingredients for 10-12 pancakes:
(Remember to use organic, pasture raised ingredients)
  1. Zucchini: 2 large or 3-4 small (or other veggie of choice)
  2. Garlic: 2-3 cloves of garlic
  3. Brown rice flour: 1 1/2 cup (you can also use all purpose gluten-free flour or, in fact, your favorite flour) 
  4. One raw pasture raised happy chicken egg 
  5. Cilantro: about a handful 
  6. Sea salt: not more than 1/2 tsp
  7. Ground black pepper
  8. Cayenne pepper
  9. Smoked paprika
  10. Cumin: 1/4 tsp
  11. Olive or coconut oil (for cooking)
*Optional - shredded mozzarella or other cheese


Directions:
  1. Peel and shred your zucchini (or other veggie of choice) thickly with the vegetable grater. If your colander is big and sturdy, you can grate them directly into it; if not, you can use it after you finish shredding all the zucchini into your mixing bowl. Press your veggies into the colander to get rid of as much liquid as you can (but do not squeeze the veggies with your hand, just press them against the wall and be sure to keep the texture of your vegetables nice and firm). You should be able to see the liquid coming through the holes of the colander. Transfer to the mixing bowl.
  2. Add pressed/thinly grated garlic, cilantro, egg, and all spices. Mix very well (but gently, you don't want the mixture to be too liquid). Now you can add your cheese if you've decided to go for it.
  3. Slowly add the flour and gently mix. You should reach a consistency when you can form a little flat pancake in your hand about 3" in diameter.
  4. Preheat your pan on the stovetop, add some oil, and start to add the pancakes inside. The pan has to be very hot when you start to cook, but then reduce the heat to medium and put a lid on it. Turn them over when the bottom is nicely golden brown (perhaps 3-5 minutes, depending on the temperature of the pan) and cook the same amount of time on the other side. If you want your pancakes to be crispy, don't use the lid.
  5. When they're ready, place them on a dish under a lid (again, if you want them to be crispy, don't cover them and serve right away).

It's better to eat them right away. They're very good with sourcream or mascarpone cheese.  *As I mentioned before - you could make this dish from almost any vegetable (potato, sweet potato, beets, pumpkin, carrots). Just remember that hard roots, such as beets or potatoes, need to be cooked a little bit longer.  You can serve this dish as an appetizer or main dish for any meal. - Nonna

Nonna Hall is a talented chef, a very good friend, and by trade a beautiful potter.  You can admire & purchase her stunning work on her website.  She also does commission work, so if you are looking to jazz up your kitchen & home, give her a holler. She lives and works in Sullivan County, upstate New York.  
a sample of Nonna's beautiful ceramics
the fabulous Ms. Nonna herself

I wish you a most beautiful week...
walk a little more than yesterday - and more tomorrow! 
stretch, wiggle, dance, 
hula hoop, twist, play...
fit out, swim upstream, 
be love!
Love, love and love
Sacha xxx

Sacha Jones
Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 
Nourish your body, Nourish your soul!
Tuesday
Aug082017

Walk away from the the stress... and time for a summer reboot class


Happy Juicy Tuesday my darlings,

Keep reading to find out about my upcoming classwhich begins on 23rd August.
I've just returned from one of my lovely long morning walks and boy did it feel good. I woke in the wee hours feeling full of anxiety and overwhelm. It would have been very easy for me to shun the walk - "so much to do", "no time"... etc., all the culturally appropriate things we tell ourselves in this "work harder" culture. But experience has taught me (and yes, it remains a work in progress) that when we're stressed and overwhelmed it is precisely these moments that we need to take a deep breath, go for a walk, dip in to some very basic self care. 
My morning (and sometimes evening) walks are so very sacred to me. During this time I take in the world, process my thoughts, exercise my body, figure out complex things in my head, nourish my soul... and breathe.
 
No matter how high the mountain of work is piled, this kind of self care is essential. Sitting uncomfortably and stressed out, staring at a screen is really not so productive anyway. It's hard at first to change old habits, we get so stuck in our old ways, or we worry that we will be judged and labeled "lazy", but we can only change the system by "being the change", ya know? Maybe you will be viewed as a rebel rouser at work by taking stretch breaks, or lunching outside, or going for a walk around the block when you are feeling blocked or irritated. But I say go for it! Wear that rebel label with pride. This is the only way things will ever shift. And if you really can't do that and are reading this thinking "yeah right!" then look at other ways you might tend to your lovely self. Can you jump off the subway a stop earlier on the way to work (or/and do the same on the way home), set an alarm to stretch at the top of the hour, arrange your desk to be more comfortable and/or visually pleasing, drink more water, sit up straighter?
In my work I see a lot of stressed out people, many of whom have started to feel really unwell as a result. Work, finances, the news/politics, relationships, family responsibilities...it's a lot. And believe me I can easily go there myself. But what I have come to understand is that often times the tweaks we have to make are not all that drastic. But we have to be willing to stop, pause, breathe and say "what do I need now?"  And there really is nothing like taking a walk for that. So lace up and step out. 
Also check out my instagram page for my latest stress busting exercise that I've been working on - while channeling my inner eight year old! 
For those of you reading this who employ people, please, I urge you to urge your employees to take a lunch break away from the office, to go for a walk mid morning or afternoon, even to leave early some days. Boost their moral, have them exercise their lungs and legs and stretch their bodies... you will see a notable improvement in your staff's productivity! 
Summertime Cleanse & Nourish Booster Shot!
So, in other news, I have had a few requests for a one-week summertime cleanse & nourish reboot class. I have been juggling some dates and decided the best scenario is to run a class that begins mid-week! I know, so very unconventional. So, ladies & gents if you are looking for a little reset, a chance to check back in with yourself as the summer winds down... I am offering a class in two weeks. This is most likely aimed at those of you who have worked with me in some capacity before - taken a class, or worked one-on-one with me, but really it's open to all. It's a chance to take stock of where you are, examine some eating and life style stuff, put your oxygen mask back on and check in with your lovely self. All in the company of some very lovely people from around the globe.
Class starts on Wednesday 23rd August and is being offered at a very low price (with sliding scale, pay what you are able). As with all these "bonus classes" I offer, I require a minimum head count to make the class run. Try to sign up asap so I can assess if we are running it. Visit this link to sign up and learn more.

I wish you a beautiful week...
walk, stretch, wiggle, 
dance, hula hoop, play...
and be the rebel at your place of work:
fit out, swim upstream!
Love, love and love
Sacha xxx
Sacha Jones
Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 
Nourish your body, Nourish your soul!