Who are you?
I’m the owner of The Goods, a small (but mighty) wholefoods café and salad bar in the Canberra City. I also do some consulting work with hospitality businesses and the ACT Government to create healthier food environments. I love food, I always have, so its unsurprising that I’m doing the work I do today. Food has always had a huge influence on me, I see it as the ultimate connector that’s breaks down all barriers – and quite often the best memories are shared over a meal.
I’m a big thinker constantly plotting, planning, thinking about what is next for me. While I love what I do, I’m always on the search for more in terms of what my purpose is. As I get older, I’m slowly figuring it out but I’m just enjoying the process for now.
How do you care for yourself? Do you practice any daily rituals?
I care for myself by taking time out for me and nourishing myself with good food. I find cooking and creating beautiful meals, especially on weekends when I have lots of time, very meditative. I find the whole process from deciding what to make to going to the markets to cooking and lastly eating thoroughly enjoyable, not only do I get into a bit of a zone, but I love fuelling myself with good home cooked meals.
I also love reading, walking, and just hanging out at home. I’d be lying if I said that taking care of myself comes easy. I used to live for the hustle, sometimes at my own expense but with time I’ve realised that my cup needs to be full to be able to show up as the best version of myself for my team, my partner, my family, my friends and ultimately for me too. I now set healthy boundaries with what I do and don’t do, this allows me to focus on doing things I love which replenish me.
Every night before bed I make herbal tea and read a book. This is my little bedtime ritual. I used to really struggle to switch off and I found it really hard to get to sleep. Since adopting this practice, I’ve found my evenings to be far more relaxing. It also means that I’m reading so much more, which is great because I’ve always loved reading.
What is your definition of wellbeing?
Wellbeing to me is the perfect intersection of physical, mental and spiritual health. I think you need all three to live a great life but it’s all relative depending on your individual needs. I think to be well is to be happy and to be happy you need to be comfortable and happy within yourself.
What is your definition of beauty?
I think beauty for me is less about aesthetics and more about feelings. When I think of something being beautiful it evokes feelings of warmth, happiness, contentedness and understanding. Beauty is all around us, we all need to take the time to revel in those small often missed moments.
How do you return to yourself?
I would say I return to myself when I’m outside in nature. If I’m ever feeling a little unbalanced, overwhelmed, stressed, there is nothing better for me than getting outside and going for a walk. No podcasts, no music, just silence and allowing myself to be present in nature. It really gives me the space to think about what might be going on and just let my mind flow with thoughts. I also find going for a swim in the ocean equally as nourishing.
When and how do you feel most fulfilled?
I feel most fulfilled when I’m living authentically and doing what feels right rather than what I think I should be doing. I feel extra fulfilled when I spend time with my friends, my family and my partner. I love having a people over and cooking for them, all of us squeezed into our tiny dining room, eating, drinking, laughing – it’s heaven. I’d say my fulfilment isn’t anything extraordinary, it’s giving myself the time to be present and enjoy the company I’m with.