This week’s inspirational people for The Healed Life Series are…
Jane & Hannah!
Meet Jane & Hannah…
Age: 47 (Jane) & 21 (Hannah)
Occupation: Landscape Designer (Jane) & Art Student (Hannah)
Hannah and Jane appreciate their genetic make-up, heal their lives through creativity- painting and the art of gardening and enrich their daily lives through restorative practices such as yoga, meditation and daily walks with the dog. They both exude health and vitality!
Daily cues and reminders from their ‘inner voice’ steady their pace, correct their posture, acknowledge their depth of breath and so much more.
Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, and how you got here:
Hannah: Art student at Sydney University, majoring in painting. From an early age, arts and crafts were an integral part of my childhood. Drawing, painting, cutting, gluing and creating encouraged a tactile experience, and a truth to express my inner psyche. This visual expression had become a universal language for me. “Creativity” allows our senses to feed us. In the same way, I seem to use plants, as my colour palette. The result is the same, the “giving” of our energy seems to reward us with vitality.
Jane: Plain Jane is my name. I try to be a free spirited child, using my intuition but with my ego in tact. I have allowed my learning to be spontaneous (taking each opportunity as it comes). My formal studies, fortunately in both human and plant sciences (Occupational therapy and Landscape design). Now I fantasize about healing those around me. I believe in filling our space with only good things and hoping in such a small way that each ripple effect will change our worrisome world.
What does ‘health’ mean to you?
Hannah: arousing my senses=health… for me, painting extends beyond the canvas into my everyday life. Dressing my great grandmothers dining room table with a linen cloth, hand picking flowers from our garden and filling bowls with ‘edible art’, we create a feast for our eyes.
Jane: “Health” resonates within, and so to those whom are aware, feel the positive vitality and attitude being freely elicited. . Considering a holistic approach always includes our restorative sleep, creative play and constructive work feeds us our confidence and happiness.
Hannah: Focusing on what makes me feel good… I feed off energized and creative excitement that in turn inspires all I do, facilitating my artistic expression. My art teacher always says, “Stop painting the minute you aren’t having fun”. I walk daily for the fresh air and scenic routes.
I stick to clean, whole-foods and I eat most meals at home that are made from fresh ingredients!
Jane: Staying in sync is constant work. Proving that all we give out (in terms of positive physical and mental energy) the result is that we receive double rewards in return.
Being in touch with natural wonders, caressing our Labrador, walks along the scenic coast, are only a few of our secrets.
What brings balance to your life?
Hannah: Spending time alone each day settles my parasympathetic nervous system. Painting becomes my meditative activity (setting up a calm space with natural light and sound) provides a harmonious experience for me.)
Jane: Keeping a balance is our quest! Satisfying relationships must be our primary asset.
Your favourite healthy recreational activity?
Jane: One healthy recreational activity of mine includes a daily doggie walk, playing in my vegetable garden and admiring the sunset whilst having a “scotch-a-clock”!
Hannah: My best is walking along the harbor beaches and in the summer jumping in the refreshing ocean is such a relief… (It can cure any hangover!)
Who is your greatest health inspiration?
Hannah: Jess Sepel (awww!!-thanks!!)
Jane:Working as an Occupational Therapist with elderly gave me the inspiration to value my health. Each day I appreciate my own vitality and genetic make-up.
Where is your favourite place on earth?
Jane:Home and all the easily accessible parks and beaches. To name a few: Christianson Park and Gibson’s beach in Watsons Bay are my daily haunts. SShhhhsssh!
Hannah: An escape to the family farm. It’s a feast of family company and food in a remote setting, surrounded by green, green, green and bright night skies. It has to be the most peaceful place on earth.
Jane: I feel like a baby! I need 4 hourly feeds. My best fix in the morning are my homemade rusks.
Hannah: I love lunches at home…big leafy green salads with fresh herbs from the garden. Seasonal veggies roasted or steamed (globe artichokes, crispy cauliflower and marinated French beans to name a few).
What is your favourite healthy neighborhood restaurant?
Hannah: Definitely my mother’s, grandmother’s and aunt’s kitchen!
Jane: Sushi Express (Bondi Junction) or better still Raw Bar (Bondi beach)… Ahh what about Sean’s Panorama?
What is next on the cards for you, what are your goals and aspirations?
Jane and Hannah: Researching our heritage proves the formidable and resilient strength we need to constantly remind ourselves that we inherently carry.
Jane’s Healthy Rusks
- 1kg wholemeal plain flour
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 500g Carmen’s natural bircher muesli
- 1 Tbs salt
- 500g brown sugar
- 1 cup flax seeds
- 2cups sunflower seeds
- 500g pepitas
- 100g sesame seeds
- 500g sultanas
- 200g hazel nuts
- 200g almonds
- 500g walnuts
- 5 beaten eggs
- 600ml buttermilk
- 375g melted butter
- approx. 1.5 cups warm water
- Warm oven to 180 degrees C.
- In a VERY large bowl add all dry ingredients and MIX well!
- Make a well in the centre,
- Add wet ingredients and mix till thoroughly absorbed.
- Bake in a deep and V large greased baking tray for 1hour
- Cool and then place in the fridge over night.
- Warm oven to 180 degrees C
- Using a V sharp bread knife, slice into bite size (20cmx 40cm).
- Place on trays in oven for 2 hours in low to med oven (keep checking when dry and crunchy, Viola!
Eat as a pre-breakfast snack with your morning tea or as a trail mix as you go about your busy day.
Dijon Marinade/Salad Dressing
In a blender add 1 cup of mixed fresh herbs, (basil, dill and continental parsley) 2 lemons, 1/2 cup of Dijon mustard, 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar, 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp of honey, 1 1/2 cups of good olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.