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What is the story you are telling yourself that is holding you back?

Dear <<First Name>>,

Happy New Year!

I've attached a photo above of my new "Jar for collecting everyday miracles" that I have placed on our dining table, along with some beautiful flowers. I got the inspiration from a facebook post and I used the label from my awesome 2016 Shining Year Workbooks by Leonie Dawson (which I'll tell you more about next month). I loved the idea of focusing on gratitude for things in your life by collecting them this way, and then at the end of the year doing one huge awesome reflection opening each of the little pieces of paper. My girls have also embraced the idea and started contributing.

One of my notes for the jar was a pretty awesome experience I wanted to share with you. I have started doing parkrun who "organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world". It is run by volunteers and there is a great community here in Canberra. I had a fitness goal in 2015 to get fit enough to do a parkrun, having spent the last 2 years building up my fitness. I was really excited I completed my first one at the start of the year. On my third run I experienced a moment at the 4km mark where I realised I was going to be able to run the whole way without walking and I had a profound realisation that my body remembered how to be fit and healthy, like I was in my teens. My whole body felt lighter, I felt joyful and I almost skipped while I was running to the finish line!

It reminded me of the question "What is the story you are telling yourself that is holding you back?" I had been gradual and consistent with training for over 2 years, I had recognised my achievements over time in my bodies fitness, and worked on peeling back the layers of my thoughts and beliefs around my health, and there was this last fragment of the story that I could never reach that state again because of my age and health history. In that moment those last barriers were released, and I came to a new level of appreciation of what was possible for my fitness through regularly challenging myself, focusing on the quality of the state I chose to be in, and the story I was telling myself. On this topic, there is an interesting show on living fearlessly on Oprah's Lifeclass with Tony Robbins.

I invite you to consider in relation to fitness, or any other aspect of your life, what is the story that you are telling yourself, is it holding you back, and is it time to create a more self-empowering one?

Love and light,


Awesome Recipes

By The MerryMaker Sisters
Serves 12
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min

Stuff you need
For the base
1/2 cup walnuts
1/3 cup almond meal
3 tbs. coconut oil
2 tbs. raw cacao
1 tbs. 100% maple syrup

For the caramel filling
1 1/2 cups dates
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

For the choc topping
2 tbs. raw cacao
1 tbs. 100% maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp. pink Himalayan salt (optional)

Now what
Line a 20 x 10 cm (8 x 4 inch) loaf tin with baking paper.
For the base
  1. Place all the base ingredients in to a food processor (we use our Vitamix). Whiz until well combined, it will be a little sticky and crumbly.
  2. Press this mix in to the prepared tin, ensure it is pressed evenly.
  3. Place the tin in to the freezer.
For the caramel filling
  1. Using the food processor (don't worry about washing it) place all the caramel filling ingredients and whiz until completely smooth (it will take around 5 minutes).
  2. Pour this delicious mixture over the top of the base and return to the freezer.
For the choc topping
  1. Using the food processor (again, don't worry about washing it) add the raw cacao, coconut oil and maple syrup, whiz until completely smooth.
  2. Pour the choc topping over the caramel filling, shake the tin slightly to even it out.
  3. Sprinkle with Himalayan pink salt if you like things extra salty.
  4. Return to the freezer for about 1 hour or until completely set.
  5. Once set, cut into slices and eat it all up! Ok maybe not all at once!
Merrymaker reminder
This is a sweet treat! It's a TREAT! Very high in natural sugars! Not an everyday menu item. Our hot tip is to keep it in the freezer and only slice very small portions and let defrost when you want to eat. This will help you to not eat the whole slice (hehe)!
Copyright © 2016 Deana Cuming - Holistic Health & Wellbeing Coach, All rights reserved.

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