Portrait of a friend

Funny how some of us get nervous and insecure as soon as there is a camera pointing towards us. I know I do feel a bit uncomfortable in front of a lens and can sense how my body is becoming tense and all of a sudden I start worrying about what I should do to look “natural” and that just never works.

We are scared of not being pretty enough, beautiful, graceful, how are body & face looks and on and on it goes. I think we are mostly scared of really being seen – being vulnerable and letting our guard down.

 

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This time I got to swap places and was behind the camera. I felt honoured that Marije trusted me to take her pictures even more so as she disclosed that she felt nervous and does not feel comfortable usually in front of a camera either. Just like many of us she was told as a young girl to ‘look pretty’, ‘ smile’, ‘ yeas but no not like that’,  ‘what are you doing with your face’……

We had to work on being comfortable with the uncomfortable as we took the photos along the Coastal Walk in Sydney with hundreds of people walking past us on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

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It was worth it though – in the end after seeing her shots she told me: ‘Oh my god I actually really like them!’

Thank you for your trust and courage and to me you are very beautiful, feminine, strong in your gentleness and most of all brave for doing this in public.

xx

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Marije is a rock you can lean on as friend  and as business woman. A truly inspiring human being who always strives for self development and is constantly working on herself and in her spare time on the weekends making this world a better place. Her passion is to help others  on their own path as coach – get in touch with her on Instagram: @thegrassisgreensydney

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Light & Shadow

I love black and white photographs it is almost like they make the time stand still and capture only the essence of something.

Here my beautiful friend Maryanne who is a soul seeker, light worker, artist, former dancer, yoga teacher, philosophy explorer and modern day poet. Head over to her blog https://organicallywealthy.wordpress.com/ or her instagram @organicallywealthy.

 

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No regrets

I love this quote because if I have one rule in life it is: No Regrets!

“I try to live my life where I end up at a point where I have no regrets. So I try to choose the road that I have the most passion on because then you can never really blame yourself for making the wrong choices. You can always say you’re following your passion.”
Darren Aronofsky

What is this all about?

I thought I might start with explaining why I call my blog salutarybites.

According to Merriam Webster Dictionary :

sal·u·tary

adjective \ˈsal-yə-ˌter-ē\

Full Definition of SALUTARY
1:  producing a beneficial effect :  remedial <salutaryinfluences>
2:  promoting health :  curative.
I feel drawn to this word because of its definition  – I also love the sound of it – and as we as humans tend to strive for health and more often are searching for a cure. Salutary implies the meaning of “having a good or helpful result especially after something unpleasant has happened”. For me this is very relevant as we usually need to become very unhealthy,  unhappy or in any other way challenged to be pushed out of our comfort zone and ready to explore new ways –  that is usually the time when the quest begins.

bite

verb \ˈbīt\

Additionally to salutary I have chosen the word bite. Why? Because I am a foodie! I LOVE food and every time I enjoy a beautiful meal and explore flavours and textures – I feel happy, inspired and simply blown away by the sheer abundance and greatness our world and life has to offer.  I am a clinical Nutritionist too and therefore I see food as medicine and an integral part of a cure.