Well isn't this a glorious start to the year! I've got a collection of recipes in the (gorgeous) latest issue of Dish Magazine and a really lovely article about me and my food passion / philosophy. I'm beyond excited to have you all see the photos and hopefully try out my recipes. This collection is my celebration of beautiful summer produce with recipes designed to be shared with your nearest and dearest.
The magazine is on sale now. If you're an NZ dweller, go out and grab one! I hope you love it.
Now to the year ahead; do you make resolutions? I don't tend to normally but this year Luke and I were totally on the same page with our goals for the next 12 months. It's a nice feeling to be prioritising the same things as your partner in crime. It's nothing to heavy or restrictive either; in fact it's all about making life better.
The first one is: BE PRESENT. It's so easy when life gets busy and stressful to disappear into my own head a little, to worry about what's ahead, to feel frustrated by a slow moving or whining toddler or to lose myself mindlessly in social media to escape. Luke and I have talked at length about the importance of staying present moment to moment in our family and work life. Luke started making this resolve quietly in December and the change in him was obvious quickly.
The second is: HAVE FRIVOLOUS FUN. Last year was really full on and at times challenging. There were loads of sucesses and things to be proud of but there were also times of insane busyness and stress - the kind where you wonder how you'll ever get on top of things again. This is of course just part of life and we both actually really thrive on a little pressure. The problem is though in the last 12 months we sort of forgot how to have fun just for the sake of it. I don't know if you can relate but in the process of working hard to achieve our goals we lost sight of the importance of letting go sometimes; being silly, getting tipsy for no reason, seeking out new music and going on adventures. Our time away over Xmas and New Years reminded me how golden those moments are and that it's actually completely crucial so that creativity has room to grow.
Anyway, don't worry about us ! We are well on track with both resolutions. Our first date of the year was a cycling adventure in the Coromandel including an incredible waterfall swim. It was glorious time out. And we've just bought a new record player. It's bringing us so much joy. An afternoon or evening can happily disappear playing music, drinking wine and chatting.
So here's to lots of silliness and success this year. All with two feet planted firmly in the present moment. Hugs, Kelly XO