I'm a morning person. I always have been and once my eyes are open I'm ready to go.
My favourite way to start the day is with a run. I'm trying to build up distance right now and I'm daunted and excited by the challenge ahead of me. A few years ago I was struck with a life threatening illness and so for me, I run because I can. I never want to take my health for granted and by running it makes me feel alive. It's also my "alone time", the time I use to work through things in my head. Running makes me a calmer happier person.
Because I can't eat before I run I always arrive home hungry and cold. I drink a cup of hot water (I'm convinced it helps digestion) and then I put the coffee on. I normally start the day with a coffee and an apple and then move on to the real breakfast. This varies but is often organic eggs with vegetables or a big green protein smoothie.
Since moving to Germany we cook almost every meal at home and have also started buying seasonally. We tend to shop at local smaller farmer shops and do a couple of big fresh produce buys at the farmers market. We are a little bit "old school" and I bake and cook everything from the scratch.
My boyfriend Alex is training for an Ironman and so I also prepare his porridge and make sure there is coffee ready for when he gets back in from training.
Once we have eaten, it's dog time. Every morning we drive a little outside town and take the dog for a long walk. We have a 2.5year old English bull terrier called Nanuk, and yes we are totally obsessed with him. This is pretty special part of the day.
We recently moved to a small town here in Germany from London. Me and Alex met in London and I had lived there for 10 years. We ran a shop there together and life was beyond hectic. It had reached a stage where all the pleasure in life such as running, socializing and walking the dog had become burdens. We were stretched beyond capacity both physically and emotionally. So last summer, we called time. We chose to put our health and well being first and we packed up our lives and the dog and moved to the town where Alex was born. That's why the dog walk is special now. We can walk as long as we want, we meet lots of people, walk with friends and simply enjoy every step. We use our time together to talk and work out life. I love it.
As soon as we are home, I tend to take a few moments to sit quietly and meditate. Meditation has been a part of my life for a long time and it helps centre and ground me. It's just a little moment in the day to say thank you but also to get my thoughts and priorities straight.
Then its finally time to log on and start work and study. I'm studying at IIN and so I try and get an hour or more studying done in the morning, before I start work. I freelance doing brand identity work and I'am also trying to build a blog. so there are normally lots of skype calls, lots of emails, lots of time on Pinterest and also maybe a little cookery book reading time.
By lunchtime work is rolling, the dog is sleeping and somehow all is ok in our world.
I hope to get healthier & learn more about food & health. I want to write about food & seasonality & hopefully inspire people to cook more & try new foods.
I love city life but really I'm a countryside girl at heart.