Experimenting

I like experimenting with my body, and seeing how my mind reacts. This year I have given up alcohol, just to see how I’d react in moments of stress and in social life. All going good so far, nearly reaching 10 months without drinking. Even over these last few months, with so much going on for me, I didn’t think once of asking help from a glass of wine 😉 it’s really good to see how body and mind change when we change habits.

I haven’t either drunk much coffee in the past couple of years. I haven’t given up coffee completely but I’ve been careful when drinking coffee as I’ve noticed it agitates my mind. So I’ve been drinking decaf instead, or simply chai/tea. It’s interesting how coffee is such an addiction everywhere – here at the retreat we have a designated person for coffee making as seva! Even though we have Italian coffee here, I don’t feel like having it. I feel so happy that I’m super determined to make habits change. Specially now, with so much uncertainty, I wouldn’t want an even more anxious mind.

And another experiment – I’m trying to eat a vegan diet for these five weeks. Our meals here are vegan (prepared with local, seasonal produce!), but some people have brought cheese in from town (I don’t blame them!) or other animal products. I’m determined though to avoid these and stick with vegan meals, and see how my body and mind will react over these five weeks. So far I feel light, my bowels are working wonderfully every day and I’ve been sleeping well. Winning!

This was today’s lunch: basmati rice with roasted almonds, dried figs, and sultanas. Fresh salad with lettuce, carrots, and fennel. Sicilian peperonata with potatoes, capsicum, capers and onions.

Welcome!

Welcome to Simple Yet Complex – my life journal 🙂

I’m soon leaving Australia, embarking to Italy and on a five-week self-knowledge journey. Life has presented me with challenges, and lately I’ve been having interesting insights, and learned lessons from such a challenging time. So I thought of starting this journal to share all of these experiences with you.

The idea is to make this blog an online journal, where I can record and reflect on my life’s events, thoughts, and insights. And also to keep you in the loop about my whereabouts and what is happening with me regarding my migration to Australia. I’ll try and write frequently, but I’m not sure if daily posts will be possible while I’m at the retreat in Italy. Let’s see how it all turns out to be! The best way to follow this journey of mine, would be to follow the blog (click the ‘Follow’ button on the right, or if you’re using a mobile device, you should see the ‘Follow’ button at the bottom of the page) – once subscribed, you’ll receive the Simple Yet Complex blog posts in your email every time I post.

I had a blog in Portuguese in the past, where I told my friends in Brazil about my adventures in Australia. I had great pleasure in writing it and sharing my experiences, and always received good feedback about my posts. Nevertheless, this is my first blog in English, and although writing in English is part of my occupation as a translator, I’m not a native speaker of English, and the recent challenges and stress I’ve been through showed me how my language skills – both speaking and writing – are hugely impacted by stress. So please be understanding if some posts are not written in 100% perfect English 😉

I hope you enjoy reading about my simple, yet complex journey and life, in which the sun is always shining, despite the clouds and storms.

Lots of love,

Sof