Annapurna Woman: Elizabeth Kelsey Bradley
How do you start your day?
I start my day with a steaming hot cup of Yerba mate. It's the most energizing, creativity-boosting thing ever and extremely healthy. My daughter (whom we homeschool) usually plays for a while then we make breakfast. I'm trying to get in the habit of doing some basic yoga in the morning and also doing an easy to do list that isn't overwhelming, that talks about my Core Desired Feelings and what I can do that day to stay on track with what my soul longs for.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
Take a long walk in nature, unplug from the online world, take a long hot bath/shower, or sleep as much as possible. I'm also getting into Kundalini mediation since my brother is a yoga teacher. Perhaps my favorite way of de-stressing is reading a good book, playing a video game, or watching a happy movie.
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
Spending time with my family makes me extremely happy on all levels, as does traveling and photographing everything I see. I'm obsessed with the little things people miss (plants hanging up in random places, unique architecture, little trinkets you find in your Grandmother's place … the daily sacred).
What are you currently reading?
I have dozens of books in strategic places throughout my house that I pick up throughout the day, depending on my mood. Most of what I read is concerned with Vedantic philosophy, metaphysics, holistic health and nutrition, and books for creativepreneurs like myself. Philosophy and the classics will always be my favorite go-to books to pick up.
What are you listening to right now?
At this moment, silence. But when I am writing or working on something for a client I like to listen to classical music, kpop, dance, or kirtan. Some bistro music, too.
What is your go-to simple recipe?
California roll in a bowl. Brown rice mixed with organic firm tofu, edamame or broccoli, and drizzled with loads of toasted sesame oil. I lived off of this when we lived in LA.
What are some simple things you do for self-care?
I covet my sleeping time. Sleep is EXTREMELY important to me, and as a Mom that battled post-partum depression and anxiety I realized that even though some Moms can function on little sleep I had to really find a way to make sure I get enough rest. I also do skin brushing and spend time in prayer and contemplation of life which always makes my mind return to balance.
What does nourishment look like to you?
We are pescatarians, for lack of a better word, and eat a mostly plant-based diet. Superfoods and herbs are a daily part of our regime, and eating loads of greens. After growing up partially in France my diet probably has more carbs in it than it should, but I was taught to appreciate good food and also avoid faux foods that are loaded with toxins. I'm a firm believer in eating real food as opposed to following fads or eating food-like products.
How do you make space for play?
I consider my life to be one huge form of play because I can't cut it in the 9 to 5, fast-paced world. I try and live my life off the beaten path as a writer and try to encourage other women to realize that their lives can be made easier if they shrug off societal labels and just enjoy life.
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
Peace, peace, peace be unto all.
Please share some words of wisdom you’ve learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.
For most of my childhood I assumed there was something wrong with me because I was bullied in one of the places we lived. As I grew older and kept traveling, I realized that there was nothing I had done to attract this type of hostility from kids I barely knew, and instead of having a grudge against them I grew into a sort of resistance towards what society considers right and wrong. I was the kid that was 'different' and we are taught to be cautious of what doesn't fit into a category. We have much change to do in our world, to make it a better place. Change comes from questioning things and taking action against that which is causing harm. If we can make our homes kind, holistic environments we will truly make huge changes to our world for the better. There will be less hostility, more tolerance and creativity. Our work in the home as a sister, brother, mother, father, or mentor is important as children need our love and guidance.
About Elizabeth Kelsey Bradley
Elizabeth Kelsey Bradley is an award-winning writer, photojournalist, and consultant for holistic entrepreneurs. Her work has been featured in magazine such as Holistic Fashionista and Wild Sister, as well as on sites like Tiny Buddha and Kind Over Matter. When not homeschooling her daughter or traveling in Asia, she blogs about nourishment + savouring life at Savouring Simplicity. Follow along on Instagram + Twitter.