Welcome, welcome, to the Balance Plan blog. We are Eminé and Paul Rushton, husband and wife, and soulmates of 17 years. We live in the Kentish countryside with two rambunctious, dramatic and incredibly loving children and a sweet-natured and shy rabbit called Pip. Our home and way of life is very modest – we own a small cottage with a postal stamp-sized back garden, overgrown front green, and productive local allotment plot. I work full-time, as the Health + Wellness Director for my favourite magazine, Psychologies, while Paul is the tender of our children, home and little plot of earth. He is also, incidentally, an incredibly inventive cook (frugal ingredients made nourishing and delicious are his speciality), an intrepid traveller (from Patagonia to Peru, and New Zealand to Nepal) and a very happy camper (put him outside anywhere, no kit necessary, and he'll find his happy place).
Modern life puts a huge strain on us all – overwork, lack of sleep, unending to-do lists – and balance is the first thing to go out of the window. Most of us are not in a position to 'chuck it all in' and head for the Himalayas. We have to stay put – in tough, real, modern life – and stick it out. But a good life can't JUST be about sticking it out. We need the belly laughs, the glittering eyes, the flutter of intense excitement, the pang of appreciation you get when you see something truly, impossibly, naturally beautiful (peonies and cabbage roses get me every time). We crave nature – green, fresh, light, vibrant, salubrious. Because we need it. It resets our bodies (without daylight and twilight, it's very difficult to sustain healthy sleeping patterns), it uplifts our spirits, it eases our minds. We are made to thrive on the very things that mother nature produces for us when we need them most – hydrating fruits and veg in summer, sweet, starchy root veg in autumn and winter, zingy and vital shoots and leaves in spring... but beyond the food on our plates and light-filled spaces within our homes, we also need spiritual lightness, emotional levity and psychological brightness. Paring our lives back – to their most lovely and basic simplicities, from back-yard fires to candle-lit suppers, has taken us back to that primal happy place... that sweet spot that houses the wonder of childhood, and the flickering warmth of real kinship. We, quite simply, try to keep life as simple as we can. Our interest in Ayurveda underscores our love of natural living – something we've both always been passionate about, and have brought into our life in more and more ways over the last 20 years. It's not all roses, but it is all underpinned by these pleasurable beliefs – that cheap can be rich; simple is often delightful; and natural can offer up the most powerful, plentiful and bountiful treasures of all.
Eminé & Paul Rushton, founders, The Balance Plan