Meet Yourself on the Road

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A Note from Natalie

Natalie is the resident writer, but not an expert. For expert advice, please book a consultation with Dr Quinn

In our previous adventure posts we talked about how effective getting out of your everyday environment is on giving you perspective. By leaving your life temporarily you can look at it from a distance.

  • What’s causing your problems?
  • Where does the tension noticeably slacken: getting away from a certain conflict or relationship? Getting away from work which is too stressful or too boring?
  • Where do you get those all-important feelings of excitement? Is it by doing something new? Going somewhere you’ve always loved? Feeling inspired and almost mystically drawn to a certain place on the other side of the globe..?

One thing you might start to suspect is that most of our limits are intellectually constructed: they don’t reflect what we really can and can’t do, but what we’re afraid of trying.

One thing you might start to suspect is that most of our limits are intellectually constructed: they don’t reflect what we really can and can’t do, but what we’re afraid of trying.



Park Benches from

Adventures in perspective from the humble park bench…

Just recently, I had an adventure in the most unlikely place: I found myself with two whole hours to kill in a tiny town near where I live. This is never a problem for me – I’ve always got a bag full of books, notepads and sketchbooks, but this day was especially hot and it was barely nine in the morning, so instead of looking down, I thought I’d look up and people-watch. I sat in the park.

I have never sat in this park before, though it’s maybe twenty minutes from my front door. I’ve never been in town this early, watching parents bring their little kids to the school. I overheard what the chattering children were eagerly trying to tell their beleaguered parents: longwinded soliloquys adhering to no structure or reason, but peppered with sudden gusts of feeling. Something very important to a four year old mind that has been somewhat lost in translation.

I saw dog walkers, and pre-work smokers. I saw mothers returning from the school gates to the carpark, and I wondered what they would do with their days now. I tried to imagine what each person I saw would do when they left the park and what opened up inside me was like a foreign land – a New York City morning, a Paris morning, a Vancouver morning. What homes these people returned to, or offices (or both in the case of the t-shirt and surf shorts wearing man with the flip flops, husky and enormous glitzy four-by-four) – all the possibilities blossomed in me like a flower. Because it seemed to me that if someone in the park were to be looking at me in that moment thinking the same thing ‘I wonder what she’s going to do’ – all the possibilities they might imagine for me – well – there’s no reason I couldn’t be doing all those things.

I happen to do what I do during the day thanks to a series of choices. But there’s no reason I couldn’t make a different one every day.

I don’t have to drastically overhaul my life to make this rather massive change to every day: I just have to think differently. Say yes instead of no. Be presently engaged instead of habit-lazy.

These aren’t necessarily easy things to start, but when I imagine how vastly they would change my life – without any extra money or really any extra effort being spent, it’s really kind of amazing…

By seeing your life from above like this – somewhere you think of as familiar until you actually go there and realise this is somewhere you have never been before – sometimes that’s all it takes to just shift something that’s firmly lodged in your mind.

  • Why do you do the things you do each day?
  • Why do you like, or not like, the things on those stone-written tablets you have in your mind about yourself?
  • What would you do today, if you were free?

Well, ask yourself the most important question:

Is there really anything stopping you except for yourself?


Fear Quote


This Week’s Recipe:

Monster Mushroom Burger

By Bobby Deen


Important: Debbie is selecting recipes with combinations of ingredients to inspire your cooking regimes, but while they are healthier choices in general, they will not address individual issues. You MUST make sure that all ingredients you use are compatible with your own individual medical conditions, medications, allergies and goals.


Organic Ingredients

  • 4 large portobello mushrooms caps, wiped cleaned
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 4 large slices whole-grain peasant bread, each cut in half
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 1 large tomato, cut into 8 slices
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup roasted red pepper strips, drained


Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

Place the mushrooms in a baking dish or pie plate. Whisk together the vinegar, oil, salt and pepper until blended. Brush the mushrooms with the vinegar mixture; let stand for up to 15 minutes.

Place the mushrooms on the grill rack and grill until tender, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

Meanwhile, combine the yogurt, rosemary and zest and juice of the lime in a small bowl until blended. Brush the bread slices with the yogurt mixture. Layer half the slices with the mushrooms, arugula, tomatoes, onions and red pepper strips. Top with the remaining bread slices. Serve immediately.


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