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Soulful Sunday #12: Slow Down


Welcome to my twelfth instalment of ‘Soulful Sundays’. A weekly share where I post a roundup of soulful reflections, each including recipes, songs, quotes, blogs I have read and/or any other inspirational discoveries to sooth the soul.

For me, Sunday’s have become a day of quiet contemplation and simple pleasures. A time to reflect on the week gone by and to consider my hopes and dreams for the week ahead.

My hope is to extend some love outward and to share some simple pleasures with anyone who cares to receive them.

Soul Reflections

Finding the balance between Doing and Being is something I wish to focus my attention towards more in 2017. That, as well as CONNECTION, which I blogged about on my website in my recent post: 3 Tips To Get Clear About The New Year.

But why do we often feel guilty when taking time out from our busy schedules? Why, as a nation, are we so addicted to Doing? I’m not immune to it myself, but I will be making space to find more balance this year. I want to be CONNECTED to Life. To feel and connect with each moment, each breath, every experience good and bad. And I know that the only way to achieve this is through my mindfulness practice. Part of which involves spending time in nature.

So wherever you are on this sacred Sunday, slow down. Breathe. Take a guilt free moment to simply Be. Whilst it is important to ‘get stuff done’; it is equally important to embrace the art of leaving things ‘undone.’

Soul Strolls

This week saw my partner and I take a camping trip to Yanakie by Wilsons Prom. My blogger friend and favourite travel writer, Miriam Blaker at Out an’ About  inspired me to travel there after seeing her beautiful images and camping trip documented here.

As I walked along the beech, I thought of Miriam and how wonderful it was to be walking the same shoreline she walked, taking photos of the same skyline she admired, and sharing my dreams and wishes to the same vast ocean she undoubtedly spoke to from her heart. I have connected with Miriam within this colourful community of beautiful online bloggers, but walking in Miriam’s footsteps felt both whimsical and magical, as though connected by nature itself. I know one day we shall share a red wine and some great food somewhere in the great outdoors. In the meantime, I will be traversing her footsteps across time and space as I continue to be inspired by the beautiful places she has travelled within Melbourne; the perfect travel brochure for an English rookie like me!

Here are just a handful of the wonderful sunset pictures we captured at Yanakie.

Soul Food

We have been experiencing some extreme heat in Melbourne, and the other week it was extremely muggy and hot with rain breaking through here and there. With the humidity I needed something easy and quick to prepare so I made this Rainbow Chili Couscous in under fifteen minutes. It was delicious!


Soul Sounds

This week I am sharing a meditation track called ‘I Know The Trees’ so that you can drift off to the sounds of nature. You can find it on Spotify by clicking on this link here.

Soul Sisters

Today I am sharing Deb’s gratitude post from  Once Upon A Hot Flash. I just love Deb, she is such a shining ray of sunshine and if you haven’t come across her Daily Gratitude posts yet, then head over to her blog. Gratitude is something we can all foster in 2017, and Deb is the perfect lady to remind you to express gratitude for the simple pleasures in life!

And on that note I wish to say thank you to my blogger friends, to connections old and new, and to embracing the art of ‘Being’.

In love and light

Hayley xx


15 thoughts on “Soulful Sunday #12: Slow Down

  1. Reblogged this on Out an' About and commented:
    Sometimes we find a place so special we just have to share it. That’s how it was when we visited Yanakie recently. So I was thrilled when the lovely Hayley, a fellow blogger from Melbourne, not only camped there herself, loving it as much as me, but shared her photos as well.
    She’s an amazing writer and writes about all matters from the heart, sharing plenty of inspiration along the way. Go and check out her blog.

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  2. Oh Hayley, talk about getting whacked straight in the heart. I recognised those beautiful skies and seas the moment I saw them. I’m so glad you got to experience the beauty of Yanakie yourself, to think we were both there so close in time is amazing. We only got back on Sunday afternoon (our second visit), it really is the perfect place to do nothing. Thank you so much for the lovely mention and for including me in this post along with the gorgeous Deb. Look forward to sharing that glass of red with you one day soon. xo P.S. Would you mind if I reblog this post sometime this week?

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    • Oh Miriam I’d be delighted and honoured for you to reblog this post, and I can’t thank you enough for blogging about your travels or I would never have experienced the beauty and bliss that is Yanakie. I’m glad you enjoyed a wonderful stay and found time to unwind. Hugs to you wonderful lady xx

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      • I’m glad too that you made it there as well Hayley. It makes it even more special to be able to share it with others, which is what we’re both now doing. Big hugs back my friend xo

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  3. I love you Hayley, you are such a sweet, thoughtful and mindful soul! I love that you and Miriam have hooked up through blogging and she is introducing Melbourne to you! I love your sensitive nature to life and you are so right, it is ever so important to do nothing! Today I was home with a cold and planned to rest but felt I needed to do at least my laundry…why? Why can’t we cut ourselves a break…I too intend to do more of that and leave the guilt trip in the trash where it belongs…throw it out!!! I have been on an Abraham Hicks kick again for about two weeks and I am so glad I have been, it has been helping me so and I know I am going to realize my dream in 2017 too! Enjoy your Sunday my Soul Sister, so honored that we are! As always sending love, joy, blessings and peace your way! xoxo

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    • Ahh I love you too Debs and yes!!! I love that! Throw guilt out in the trash where it belongs!!! I think I’d like to begin Abraham Hicks again, I always feel so much better when listening to Abraham’s teachings. Here’s to realising our dreams, I have every faith that 2017 will be magical for the both of us! Love and magic xx

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