My June favourite finds include everything from fitness to happiness, sport to brunch. There’s something for everyone! I’d love to hear about your favourite finds of the month too!
Sydney Swans Guard of Honour
Anyone that knows me knows that I am a pretty passionate fan of the AFL, and in particular my beloved Sydney Swans. I’ve been a member of the club for a few years, and this month they wanted to recognise their female members by inviting us to take part in a guard of honour. Naturally I jumped at the chance! But with the help and advice of a fitness professional from my fitness hub, I am now healthier and more confident for myself.
It was a gloriously sunny Saturday afternoon at the MCG and we got to spend a bit of time out on the field before the players ran out and through the banner. It really was a special feeling! Seeing the steely concentration on the player’s faces up close as they ran through the banner was pretty fantastic too!
Thankfully after starting the game very slowly the Swans managed to sneak a win in the final minutes, so it turned into an excellent afternoon all round!
Tiff XO Training
After seeing people in the Veggie Mama facebook group talking about the TiffXO fitness program I decided to give it a try as well, and it’s been fantastic. I love that the workouts differ across the week, and that I can do them all in my lounge room. At this time of year the thought of going outside to exercise is pretty unappealing, but following this program has kept me exercising consistently. The food side is great as well, with lots of vegetarian options and it’s definitely not a diet! I’ll be signing up again for next month for sure!
Talks & Documentaries
This month I’ve made the most of the interesting events that are always on in Melbourne by actually heading to a few! The first was the documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City at ACMI which is on throughout July as well. It was a great doco and an excellent reminder of the importance of focusing on people when planning for our cities.
The second event was at talk by Saamdu Chetri on Gross National Happiness, put on by the School of Life. It was such an interesting discussion about what happens when you focus on the happiness of your people not just their productivity. I had heard a bit about Bhutan and this happiness index before, but after hearing this talk I’m going to read a whole lot more about it! I loved how he was also about to relate it to individual happiness, and how we can all influence change by making informed, value driven choices. So inspiring!
This month I ate at a few new (at least to me!) places that I thought I would share! The first was a delicious Sunday lunch at Small Plates in Eltham where we shared a whole host of delicious dishes. This eggplant lasagne was a definite highlight, as was the haloumi and pomegranate dish and the crunchy, thick cut chips. It’s definitely somewhere I’d happily visit again!
The other new eatery I visited was Proud Spout on Smith Street in Collingwood. It’s a very new cafe and I really enjoyed the avocado on toast I had for breakfast, as well as the coffee. The lunch menu also grabbed my attention, with lots of vegetarian options and some delicious sounding salads. The staff were friendly and the fit out was really welcoming so I’m sure I’ll be back here as well!