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Living Your Best Life with Kristina Gill

Food writer Kristina Gill shares her top tips for living your best life.

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Living Your Best Life with Kristina Gill

Food writer Kristina Gill shares her top tips for living your best life.

Living Your Best Life with Kristina Gill | DonalSkehan.com, Food writer Kristina Gill shares her top tips for living your best life.
Monday, March 27, 2017
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Kristina Gill is a food writer and co author the brilliant cookbook Tasting Rome. When she’s not writing columns at Design Sponge or creating content for the likes of National Geographic Traveller, Kinfolk and Bon Appetite, she’s at home cooking up a storm at her home in Rome. Kristina understand the challenges of work life balance so has shared her tips for getting it right below.

Kristina Gill is a food writer and co author the brilliant cookbook Tasting Rome. When she’s not writing columns at Design Sponge or creating content for the likes of National Geographic Traveller, Kinfolk and Bon Appetite, she’s at home cooking up a storm at her home in Rome. Kristina understand the challenges of work life balance so has shared her tips for getting it right below.

There is a lot of talk these days about “living your best life,” but what happens when you fall out of that sweet spot? Routine can sometimes be the biggest contributor to nudging us out of where we’d like to be. Getting back to that sweet spot, especially for the creative side of my work, is something on which I actively work. Here are a few tips I’ve learned help me find my way back or extend the time I am at my best.

courtesy Kristina Gill

There is a lot of talk these days about “living your best life,” but what happens when you fall out of that sweet spot? Routine can sometimes be the biggest contributor to nudging us out of where we’d like to be. Getting back to that sweet spot, especially for the creative side of my work, is something on which I actively work. Here are a few tips I’ve learned help me find my way back or extend the time I am at my best.

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1. Accept that it’s just a phase…

Your body and brain need time to relax, repair, renew, and reset. You may not bounce back immediately, but you will bounce back. When you do it will be with fresh ideas and approaches that you are genuinely happy with, and not something you felt pressured into doing.

1. Accept that it’s just a phase…

Your body and brain need time to relax, repair, renew, and reset. You may not bounce back immediately, but you will bounce back. When you do it will be with fresh ideas and approaches that you are genuinely happy with, and not something you felt pressured into doing.

2. Get outside of yourself…

Delve into an activity you really love which requires concentration and focus on the present. For me, that is baking. When I am baking I have no replays of the past and no anxieties about the future. The more time I spend this way, the more it helps me to ‘detox’ and at the end I have something to share and connect with others.

Cheeses

2. Get outside of yourself…

Delve into an activity you really love which requires concentration and focus on the present. For me, that is baking. When I am baking I have no replays of the past and no anxieties about the future. The more time I spend this way, the more it helps me to ‘detox’ and at the end I have something to share and connect with others.

Tomatoes

3. Travel and observe…

A trip to an entirely new place is ideal. Seeing how others live, new city layouts, new daily routines, new supermarket aisles, new color palettes, new anything all helps to open up the brain to new perspectives. If you can’t afford to travel, go to a new neighborhood in your city or a social place you’ve never been and just observe and take it all in.

3. Travel and observe…

A trip to an entirely new place is ideal. Seeing how others live, new city layouts, new daily routines, new supermarket aisles, new color palettes, new anything all helps to open up the brain to new perspectives. If you can’t afford to travel, go to a new neighborhood in your city or a social place you’ve never been and just observe and take it all in.

4. Listen to others…

In the same way that observing others opens a window into new perspectives, so does listening to (or reading) others’ stories. Podcasts, autobiographies, biographies, long reads (fiction or non-fiction) are all great places to get lost.

Suppli classici

4. Listen to others…

In the same way that observing others opens a window into new perspectives, so does listening to (or reading) others’ stories. Podcasts, autobiographies, biographies, long reads (fiction or non-fiction) are all great places to get lost.

Torta Rustica

5. Talk to strangers…

This is every bit about listening as it is learning new ways to approach situations and building confidence. Not everyone will be receptive to talking to a stranger, ut many people will. Ask each person something different, or come up with a set of questions you ask each time. In fact, the idea for Tasting Rome was sparked by striking up conversations with Roman taxi drivers about their favorite foods!

5. Talk to strangers…

This is every bit about listening as it is learning new ways to approach situations and building confidence. Not everyone will be receptive to talking to a stranger, ut many people will. Ask each person something different, or come up with a set of questions you ask each time. In fact, the idea for Tasting Rome was sparked by striking up conversations with Roman taxi drivers about their favorite foods!

Recipes:

Kristina has shared her some of her favourite recipes from Tasting Rime. All three are on my ‘to try’ list asap.

Kristina’s recipe for Suppli Classici here.

Kristina’s recipe for Torta Rustica here.

Kristina’s recipe for Torta Di Ricotta here.

 

Torta di Ricotta

Recipes:

Kristina has shared her some of her favourite recipes from Tasting Rime. All three are on my ‘to try’ list asap.

Kristina’s recipe for Suppli Classici here.

Kristina’s recipe for Torta Rustica here.

Kristina’s recipe for Torta Di Ricotta here.

 

Roasted Tomatoes

Win a copy:

As well as these delicious recipes, Kristina has given me three copies of Tasting Rome to give away! All you have to do is comment below telling me your top tip for balancing life and make sure you’re signed up to my newsletter here!

Win a copy:

As well as these delicious recipes, Kristina has given me three copies of Tasting Rome to give away! All you have to do is comment below telling me your top tip for balancing life and make sure you’re signed up to my newsletter here!

  • Isabelle

    I like to balance my life eating well and relaxing with Yoga. Especially after a long and stressful day there is nothing more satisfying than a home cooked meal and a good stretch for all your sore muscles.

  • Aubrey Montgomery

    I walk my dog, Baloo, whenever I need a reset. He and I walk everyday but sometimes I need a longer walk and he doesn’t mind. When my mind gets all muddled with being an adult long walks with Baloo get me back on track.

  • Helen Meade

    My top tip for balancing life is to get out for a long walk in the fresh air- simple but effective!

  • Gaia Cozzi

    My tip for balancing life is walking. When you’re stressed out or need time to go through things, nothing beats a nice walk by yourself. Life always seems so much easy after that.

  • Wendy Wilson

    Kindness to others, forgiveness of one’s self, and putting little (and big) upsets into a bigger picture. And always gratitude, gratitude, gratitude. Most of us reading this live in a place of undeserved privilege and opportunity.

  • Stefanie Schroeyens

    EAT: I love everything that has to do with food. Preparing my dinner is my Zen- moment of the day.
    SWEAT: I exercise on a regular basis, living a healthy life is important to me.
    LOVE: I surround myself with the people I love. I just love having friends and family over for a Dinner party or a lazy Sunday Brunch.
    That’s how I balance out my life!

  • Elena

    Spending time with my children – they are bundles of energy and keep me motivated to keep fit and stay healthy. Ensuring a happy and healthy life for them helps me do the same for myself. And of course, ME time is also important!

  • Tove Palm

    I like to balance my life by giving myself a lot of time with my dog. Outdoors so I get some fresh air but also snuggling in the sofa or bed inside and just pet him while I listen to him breath.

  • Hazel Rodrigues

    Top tip for balancing life would be to find a hobby that helps you destress and forget all your worries of the day and for me that comes in the form of Baking/Cooking. I call it culinary art therapy as it enhances our emotional wellbeing as well as physical wellness with all the hardwork that goes into the process of cooking/baking :)

  • Christiane

    I love to go for a long walk after a stressful day at work. Fresh air clears your mind so well!