Maternity Leave Musings…

So… it’s been almost a year since I last posted on Rewired.org.uk. The site had become pretty much exclusively about food, which was super fun and I love coming up with recipes, trying out new ingredients and exploring the world of veganism BUT fast forward a year and so much has happened. Now feels like a good time to add new content and to share a little more with you. There are a few things I want you to know about me and hopefully, through this blog, I can reach out to others with the same or similar experiences, creating a little community of likeminded people – how lovely would that be?! Here are three things that have shaped who I am today:

The D word
The label ‘disabled’ has applied to me since the 27th of February 2014 when I was 26 years old. I had a snowboarding accident and broke my back. My L1 vertebra burst and part of the bone pressed on my spinal cord, leaving me partially paralysed from the waist down. I am now unable to walk unaided although, with a lot of effort, I did manage to get back on my feet with the help of splints and a four wheeled rollator (yes I do look a bit weird walking around town!). As time goes by, I do acknowledge that my determination to walk everywhere has actually disabled me further with regards to how far I can go and how easy places are to access hence I have decided to invest in a posh new wheelchair (more on that in a future post). My aim with regards to the D word is to talk openly about my experiences, good and bad. I want to share information about equipment I have found useful, places I’ve been/want to go and how accessible they are as well as the internal, emotional challenges I face living with a spinal cord injury. I usually choose to laugh instead of cry about my injury – hopefully I can bring some humour to a ‘not so funny’ situation.

 

Mum’s the word
On the 4th of June this year, the biggest, brightest light of my life entered this world – all 5lbs 13oz of him. Reuben is now my favourite human (although my husband is right up there in the rankings too!). Becoming a mum has been the most incredible adventure so far and I’m so excited for all that is yet to come. My world has been turned upside down and I’m loving it. I might not be able to push him in his pram or walk around the house rocking him to sleep but I know I’m the best mum there is for my boy and that he is the perfect son for me. I’ve actually found the challenges of parenthood quite motivating and very rewarding when I overcome them. I want to show everyone that when it comes to raising a child, even with a disability, almost everything is possible – and if something is beyond your ability, there is always another way.

 

Conscious living
It feels like there has been a real shift in recent times when it comes to conscious living. The social movement of veganism is becoming increasingly powerful and it seems that eyes are opening all over the world. This makes me happy. I decided to embrace the vegan diet 2 years ago and never looked back. I definitely still want to share new recipes with you, although when the inspiration comes to discuss vegan-related issues, I will more than likely send the articles over to http://www.livekindly.co (you definitely need to check this website out if you haven’t already). I have found that since going vegan, I have subconsciously become more compassionate and more eager to contribute to the health of the planet and thus live more consciously. Here on Rewired, I will be posting about the little changes I am making over time to lessen my impact on the environment. I will be reviewing cruelty free, vegan products as well as any books, documentaries and anything else I can find of intrigue.

There you have it! I hope you’ll join me here at Rewired, leave a comment, make suggestions, share any ideas you have or all three. I’m excited to get started (again!).

Peace and love

Lucy @Rewired 💕🌿

 

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Friday Faves

Here are three little treasures I’ve found recently for happiness and health ✌🏻️💕🌿

1. The Body Shop

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For me, living a more conscious life is about making little changes often. Trying to save the planet is too much to take on all at once and I would imagine you are less likely to succeed and more likely to become down trodden with guilt because in this day and age, it’s pretty much impossible to live without doing something that is damaging to your body and/or the environment.
One little step I have taken recently is to buy these beauties from the body shop:

*Coconut milk body lotion
*Coconut shower cream
*Vanilla body mist

They are all vegan (I checked their list of vegan products). Ethics aside, my skin feels softer than ever and I smell like ice cream – yes! I would highly recommend these items to anyone and I’m looking forward to adding to my collection.

2. Big Magic

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Elizabeth Gilbert is a goddess. She is honest and humble and absolutely hilarious. If you’re feeling a little lost on your life path and need a few words of encouragement, Big Magic will be your go to ‘pick-me-up.’

After living in my new home for over 6 months, I finally set up my recording studio in my bedroom and started writing music again. I also downloaded a few photo editing apps to fiddle around with for my food photography. My yoga practice has become part of my daily routine again and I feel more connected to my body now than I have in a long time.

Creative living beyond fear is a reminder that the reason any of us creates anything is because we enjoy it. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in life so far, it’s that happiness is the key to everything. We don’t have to impress anyone, we don’t have to become successful in the eyes of others. Success is found in a life of fulfilment, having friends to laugh with, partners to love, family ties and activities to inspire us. Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert for giving me the kick up the arse I needed!
3. Hot For Food – Mac N Peas!

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Going vegan is one of the best decisions I ever made. I have found it incredibly easy and also really exciting coming up with new recipes and sharing them with friends and family (although I do have to tell my friends that I’m okay with it if they unfollow me on Instagram as it’s mainly pictures of food and that’s not everyone’s cup of tea).

As we are on the topic of Instagram, I love trawling through pictures of food and picking up tips and ideas for my next meal. I also love YouTube for this. Most online vegan ‘youtubers‘ really annoy me but I’m a little bit obsessed with Hot For Food‘s channel. Last week I tried their Mac N Peas recipe and OH MY. Wow. It’s so simple and easy to follow and the result is the most comforting, indulgent dinner I think a vegan can have. A massive thumbs up from me and I dare you to give it a go yourself, you deserve it! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=510fDkRzNz4

Happy creating!

Rewired 💕🌿

Rewired

There are times in our lives when our goals and dreams fall flat. Most of us have a picture in our heads of what we think the future should look like and it can be bitterly disappointing when life butts in and gets involved. But the beauty of it all is that plans can change, our ability as humans to adapt is phenomenal. With Rewired, I want to share with you the little treasures I find every day following an unexpected turn in my road. Here’s to fitness, health and happiness!

Rewired 💕🌿

 

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