Monthly Archives: March 2019

Meg Berryman on moving beyond wellness

Image courtesy of Alina Golovachenko

“What’s right about you? What’s working well? Where are you whole? What does feel good? Let’s start to amplify that rather than marketing to your pain points.”

Meg Berryman

You know those conversations where you light up from the beginning? Where you feel like you’ve met a new friend and you could talk for hours?

I was lucky enough to have one of those conversations a couple of weeks ago and am so thrilled to be able to share it with you today.

In this episode I sit down with Meg Berryman of Beyond Being Well. Meg is a women’s coach, mum of two young kids, yoga teacher, empowerment educator and all-round, fabulous, no-BS human.

I was immediately taken with the work Meg does in helping women move through the process of making changes for themselves, and on to making changes for the collective, because this is something I’ve felt myself being drawn to more and more over the past year.

I have a few thoughts on what the wellness movement is becoming, but essentially I believe the current focus on wellness is wonderful as there are so many of us who need to relearn what it is to feel well and how it feels to practice self-care. But I also think that, in my case anyway, there comes a time when the focus can open up and give us the opportunity to make changes for the benefit of others too. Our homes, friends, families, communities – these are the parts of our lives that stand to benefit from our journey from wellness through to wholeness.

Meg talks about that journey from wellness to wholeness through to igniting social change – a shift from self to collective focus. She also touches on the importance of discovering what wellness is to us as individuals (letting go of those shoulds!) connecting to the body, why we need compassion in the face of patriarchy and capitalism and so much more.

This conversation was truly effortless and so engaging, and I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Questions featured in this episode:

  1. What does wellness mean to you?
  2. How can listeners start to explore what wellness looks like for them?
  3. Do you think it’s a counter-cultural move to fully explore your own wholeness?
  4. Do you find that a lot of people reach the point of wanting to shift their focus from the self to the collective in their explorations of wholeness?

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Christine Liu on how to green up your workplace

“It’s so much more powerful to have a group of people working towards something, rather than just myself as an individual.”

Christine Liu

When I was planning out this season of the podcast, I knew I wanted to spend time focusing on practical ideas – ones that we could apply in our own communities, homes and workplaces.

So when I discovered the work of today’s guest, Christine Liu, a zero-waste blogger and YouTuber who set up a green team network at her former employer, Cisco, I knew I wanted to dig deep in to how and why she decided to do so.

We chat about her experience at Cisco and Christine shares how the Green Teams initiative started small and grew throughout the entire organisation, as well as the impact it had on her own efforts to live more sustainably, and those of her colleagues.

I also talk to Christine about planning a wedding and becoming a pet owner – two areas of life that aren’t known for being zero-waste friendly – and she shares her tips and challenges for both of those in this episode too.

Questions featured in this episode:

  1. What is a Green Team?
  2. Why and how did you start it?
  3. Do you have any suggestions for where people can start making changes in their own workplace?
  4. Where did your personal zero-waste journey start?
  5. Any tips for where to start with zero-waste and pets?
  6. How has simplifying your life impacted your mental health?
  7. What were the reactions you received from friends and family around your zero-waste wedding?
  8. Any tips for people planning their wedding or big event who are keen to minimise waste?

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Rebecca Sullivan on eating (truly) local and the power of simple observation

Image courtesy of Nassima Rothacker from The Art of Herbs for Health

“Being observant to nature and what it has to offer you teaches you so many lessons.”

Rebecca Sullivan

Do you want to know something random? I think about today’s guest – the delightful and delicious Rebecca Sullivan – every time I wear blush. In our first conversation on the poggie a couple of years ago she shared her very excellent, two-ingredient, homemade blush recipe with me and I’ve been using it ever since.

In that conversation, Rebecca did more for making homemade solutions accessible than the previous five years of internet research and messy experiments combined, and me (and my naturally blushed cheeks) are grateful.

Since then Rebecca has published four (!!) new books, with another on the way, and moved from an apartment in Adelaide to a closed loop eco-farm in the Clare Valley. There’s just a bit for us to catch up on, so we thought it was about time.

In today’s episode we chat about the challenges and joys that living on the land have brought so far and why Rebecca essentially considers herself a ‘dirt farmer’. We also dive deep in to the importance of slowing down and paying attention to nature, living with fear, embracing failure, taking risks and the aim of her new work: reconciliation on a plate.

Rebecca and her partner Damien Coulthard founded Warndu – a social enterprise committed to regenerating culture, community, tradition, health and soil using native Australian food – and are about to release their first cookbook, Warndu Mai. We talk about why all Australians should be embracing native food, and how conversations about what we eat will hopefully open up much-needed conversations about indigenous culture and heritage.

Questions featured in this episode:

  1. What’s the transition been like as you moved to the farm, from theory to reality?
  2. How do you think about your own environmental impact?
  3. What does it practically look like to live in a circular (closed-loop) house?
  4. What was the seed for the idea of Warndu – both the company and the book?

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