Jun 28, 2013

Sisterhood Health + Wellness: Ursula Williams + Quinoa Salad recipe

This week is the fourth beauty in the Sisterhood Health + Wellness series and I'm delighted to show off Ms. Ursula Williams from The Aspirer down in Sydney.

Ursula Williams ~ Sydney~ Communications Executive (PR) ~ 24yrs young

Why do you do what you do? / Why did you start your blog and biz?

Like many other young professionals, I’m ambitious and take every day as an opportunity to learn and grow in my career. I aspire to be the best I can be and want to use The Aspirer as an opportunity to interview successful women and spread that knowledge to inspire and encourage others. I believe in the power of women helping women and about speaking honestly about the road to success. I love to help others and use The Aspirer as an outlet to share the resources I’ve found that have helped me.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up, and the last thing you do before bed?

First thing I do when I wake up? Well, hit the snooze button. After a bit of a pep talk, I roll out of bed, make a cup of green tea and turn on my laptop and make my blog post for the day. Last thing? I wash my face and apply rosehip oil. Lately I’ve also been using essential oils before bed and doing a few meditations that I got as a gift from Michelle at Sacred Self (www.sacredself.com.au).

How do you make sure you’re looking after YOU?

I have ‘me’ time. I go for long walks or bike rides. While I love being social, sometimes I just need to be away from people to recharge and re-energize.

Favourite place on earth and why?

It sounds cliché, but my favourite place on Earth is wherever my friends and family are. And if I could choose where we could all be together? Perhaps sitting around a bonfire in Sweden (in spring) with some great food and wine. I was born in Sweden and for some reason have a strong affinity with that country and the people. Perhaps it’s because they invented smorgasbords. I think that’s it.

5 things you’re grateful for right now?

My health, my friends, my mum, my apartment, my job.

What’s your food philosophy?

I am experimenting with a vegan diet (inspired by Jess from Live Healthy Simply). I also experiment with going sugar free at times and limiting processed carbs. I do eat a bit of everything though and try to eat well 90% of the time.

You feel most yourself when…

I am teaching other, or making their lives better. Or at the very least, making them laugh.

Who inspires you most?

Marie Forleo

Favourite quote?

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Recipe to share…

Summer salad
This is one of my favourite healthy treats. It tastes like summer exploded in your mouth.

1 cup of quinoa
Punnet of grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 tbs flaxseed oil
1 tbs vinegar
1 tsp garlic
1.5 cup of chopped basil
Juice of half a lemon
Rock salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cook up the quinoa until light and fluffy and then mix all the ingredients together with a spoon. You can use this as a side salad or just have a sneaky bowl in between meals. The quinoa is a nutritional powerhouse and very filling!

Ursula Williams is founder of The Aspirer, an online career resource that provides advice, opinion pieces, reflections, and lifestyle information for young, ambitious women. From undergrads to budding entrepreneurs, to happily employed young professionals, The Aspirer is a resource for those working towards a goal, dream job or business.

She can be found at the following online spots:

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