I’m Mikayla, nutritionist and personal trainer on a mission to help people find healing and freedom in their relationships with food and body. I passionately believe that we were all made for more than being preoccupied with what we eat and what our bodies look like, but that we live in a world that can make us feel stuck in patterns of thinking which can hold us back from truly thriving here.
I ‘met’ Francesca through the world of Instagram, coming upon her gorgeous art work that both captured me and challenged me in my journey with sustainable and conscious living. It’s clear Francesca has a heart for justice, people and this beautiful world. It shines through all that she does. I have been really inspired by the small steps Francesca has taken to live intentionally and consciously and I hope you will too.
I’m very intentional about the way I live my life. From where I work, what I eat, where I go on holiday, usually has much thought and consideration behind it. Buying clothes was an anomaly. It was one of the areas, I would spontaneously spend money and not put much research into. I didn’t need too. The media was telling me what to wear and how much to spend.
I love Natasha’s heart and passion for people and for quality ethical products. She has big dreams and great vision and this business is tied to her personally and is part of the fabric of her family. It’s truly wonderful. It’s a true joy to welcome her into our space here at House of Figs and hear some of her journey.
Spring has arrived and with the flowers blooming and the sun shining aren’t we all thinking about what we want to buy for the summer? I sure am. This time of year I always want to pack away the jumpers and get myself pretty and colourful new clothes for summer. This year, my approach is a little different. After a year of travelling and living out of a bag, and another year of carefully considering the ethics of shopping, I am a little slower to purchasing new items.
I remember walking around the library of my soon to be secondary school aged 11, the headteacher led us through lines and lines of books, my mum piped up saying ‘this is great, she’s such a book worm.’ So, Here’s a round up of some of the novels I have most enjoyed over the last year or so.
These darker months bring with it a distinctive mood, fading light at sunset and quietness in the streets. This time is often the hardest for us all, we long for sun on our skin and to rise with the light and the singing birds, and yet, this time can be soulful and warm, it can be ritualistic and gentle and has it’s own joy to be found.
I’m really not a cereal kind of person, I much prefer a cooked breakfast, but when it comes to this granola, I can eat it for days!
I love indian food. I also love quick food after a long shift. Quick indian food, therefore, is the best!
We all love food. It is such a huge part of our lives and culture and I am of the mind that food is so much more than eating and feeling. It is good for the soul.
I suppose now is as good of a time as any to start this story. It doesn’t ever feel like there’s a good time to talk about hard or painful things. I write this because I know so well the power of story telling. I have made sense of my journey through the broken words of women before me and I don’t know how we would go about this life without the honest words of one another. So that is why.
A dated German popping plays through the speakers behind us. I lay on my side, listen to the crash of waves and feel the warm sand on my feet. He reads beside me. I am 14 again, a different beach, hundreds of miles away.
A little while back, I asked Ed how well he thought I knew him. I asked for a percentage and at the time, he guessed that I knew 20% of him.
I don’t want to forget these moments. I am mulling over these simple days, the prospect of elevating the mundane.It’s in the mundane moments, stillness and solitude, when the world stops, that I feel truly content. I I am beginning to realise, the big thing, that big thing we all long for, is an accumulation of all the small things. It’s the whole thing that matters.
It’s April and the showers have already started. Today the blossom covered the road like snow and the wind howled. The green buds have appeared and the pink on the edges of the trees has already begun to fade. I don’t know when you will read this, when you will need to hear this, maybe it’s for tomorrow or maybe you will come back to this moment in time years from now.
My instagram is flooded with the Top 9. Top 9 most liked photos from this year. Top 9 moments. Top 9 best memories. My top 9 never made it onto instagram. My top 9 moments and memories weren’t shared for hundreds to see. My top 9 were lived, be me.
The sky is a deep Yellow and Grey. The clouds have been rolling in all afternoon. I can see Islands in the distance, two fishermen wade into the water, their boat hovering nearby. Earlier, we dipped into the sea, the water warm, fresh, still, clear. It begun to rain, big heavy drops.
Friendship for me has been a rocky road with valleys and peaks. Sometimes full and sometimes lonely. I think it’s a story we all know. I, like so many before me have experienced the pains of unmet expectations and disappointments in my friendships
I can feel a cool breeze from the open door. The leaves outside are rustling as the wind works its way through the small patio garden. A plane drones overhead. I’m enjoying a simple kind of day
I’m writing this from our little beach hut, on the not-yet well-known island of Koh Jum, Thailand. I read about this small paradise on a travel blog, and liked the sound of it
Our experience of Oslo was lovely and pretty quiet. We all deliberately opted for a slow and simple trip rather than packing the 3 days full of activity. We could have seen a whole lot more, the Viking ship museum, boat trips, local scenery and other neighbourhoods, but money being tight and the gig being our main event we enjoyed a quiet few days. I would definitely love to see more of Norway, and Oslo was a lovely introduction.
I’ve heard that India is like marmite, love it or hate it. I can totally see why. Nearly 10 years later, after spending 5 weeks here I have felt both of those, I think. Getting to Mumbai has reminded me why I love it.
I am excited to be sharing with you guys about a recent trip to Copenhagen!! To be honest Scandinavia has never particular appealed to me, but after coming across return tickets to for £20 per person we thought it too good an opportunity to pass by.
We are coming to the end of week 10 of travelling. I have much to process. Trying to take time to be still. Feel the need to put pen to paper, to scribble my whirlwind thoughts.
We had such a great time in Cape Town, I thought it would be worth sharing my top 5 favourite things we did there.
Since we have met Joe & Kay, they have talked about their many childhood camping holidays in ’The Bush’. Tales of camping in the wild, coming face to face with the worlds most dangerous animals, hearing Hyenas scavenge around their tent, backing away from face offs with Lions.
After having a really interesting time in Melbourne, which had been our longest stop of the trip to date, we again arrived at the international departures for our 19th flight of the year. It has always been a dream of mine to go to New Zealand, and we were finally on our way.
Our first stop on the world tour is South Africa! We had planned already to meet our friends in Cape Town, and so decided to stick a week on beforehand to explore the coast on the well known ‘Garden Route’.