Olivia Rose Smith

Friday, 18 January 2019

15 things 2018 taught me

  1. Often it is the deepest pain which empowers you to grow to your highest self.
  2. Nothing is ever as good, or as bad, as it seems
  3. Stop running from what you are. Every second spent chasing after other peoples lives is a waste of your own life.
  4. There is only one you, and really thats your only strength. Make it the best version and you will attract whats meant for you. 
  5. You don't just wake up one day and find that everything has worked out. You must make a conscious effort to control the circumstances of each day.
  6. Respect what your issues are teaching you
  7. Stop aspiring to sit at the table where you have to repeatedly convince others why you deserve to be there. Build your own table.
  8. Allow yourself to feel the fear bubbling beneath the surface, but never let it cripple you.
  9. The less we rely on physical attributes to define us, the more empowered we become
  10. Eat food, not too much. Mainly plants.
  11. Loving yourself for something other than your appearance is much more fulfilling.
  12. Being ignored is only teaching you how to live without him. You're just adjusting. 
  13. Without darkness, what would light be?
  14. Maybe life isn't about avoiding the bruises. Maybe its about collecting the scars to prove we showed up for it.
  15. There is no better reminder of what it means to be alive, to be removed from it, to get a birds eye view. Then to return and see everything different, but realise it is only you who has changed.

Sunday, 6 January 2019


I thought I would share with you my most successful/ favourite soup recipes so far as lots of you requested this… I make most of these up on the spot so I cant be sure exactly on measurements and how many people this will serve but most of them are huge and I keep in the fridge to heat up for lunch as and when throughout the week and even freeze some. I hope you enjoy!

My soup method: 

I always start by finely chopping an onion (you don't need to be too careful with this as its going to be blended anyway) and letting that fry in a tiny bit of olive oil in a huge pan. (I then add the leeks or garlic to fry for a bit if they're included in the recipe.) I chop up all the rest of my veg and chuck them into the pan along with any stock and herbs/ spices and that I am cooking with. Let this all boil for around half an hour to an hour on a low heat and then blend with my hand held blender after its cooled down a little. This is the one I use: http://bit.ly/2CTKgJq (only £11) and I use it for sooo many recipes!

Green soup: 

1 onion
4 leeks
2 celery sticks
1 packet of kale
2 broccoli’s
2 veg or chicken stock cubes in around 2L of water
1 tsp of bouillon powder
Plenty of salt and pepper otherwise it could be tasteless

Pea & Watercress soup: 

1 onion
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon bouillon
300g frozen peas
1 bag watercress
1 bag pea shoots
salt and pepper to taste
600ml water
(ONLY COOK FOR 10-15 MINS then blend)

Curried Carrot soup: (MY ABSOLUTE FAV)

2 cloves of garlic
2 red onions
1 tsp cumin seeds (toast in a dry pan until they smell good and then add)
2 bags of carrots peeled and chopped
2 chicken/ veg stock cubes in around 2L water
2tsp Bouillon powder

Leek and Potato (and extra greens): (MY SECOND FAV)

1 onion
6 leeks
1 broccoli
1/2 bag of kale
8 potatoes peeled & chopped

2 chicken/ veg stock pots in 2.5L water
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