What is your favourite way to start the day?
Before I had kids it would be a juicy morning yoga and meditation session. This would still be my favourite way to start the day however having 2 kids under 2 years old it is extremely rare for me to even get 10 minutes on the mat! One thing I have done for a few years now is to start the day with a prayer from the Dalai Lama. It makes me feel so connected, clear and centered and is the best start to any day for me no matter what I am doing that day.
"Today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”
What is your all time favourite kitchen tool and design?
The humble tea pot. I think a teapot is weaved into the tapestry of some of the most important times of my life. I have had many over the years that have been the centrepiece of conversations and experiences that have made me laugh and made me cry, the teapot is always close by observing these moments. Now when I watch my daughter play with her teapot and make us all 'make-believe' cups of tea it brings me so much joy.
How important is it for you to buy ethically produced products?
Absolutely important, extremely close to my core. I have been consciously consuming for a number of years now (way before it became cool...ha ha!) and adore finding companies that support the planet and the people; they'll get my vote and my money every single time.
How do you like to live a sustainable lifestyle?
I make choices based on kindness; kindness to the planet, kindness to people around me and kindness to myself. I am extremely conscious (and passionate) about what goes on my body and what goes in my body plus all the products I use. I try to eat as organic and local as possible and try to find ways to give back to the land and local community where I live as much as I can. I think to be sustainable you also have to be curious and out of that curiosity can come a wealth of knowledge and information. And I feel there's a certain responsibility in passing on information to benefit others and the planet so I teach as much as I can about what I know to my clients and now also my kids.
What is your favourite meal to share amongst your kinfolk?
Definitely a curry. I've had curries in ashrams in India, on the beach in Thailand, on my mother in law's verandah in Australia amongst so many other places all over the world. There is something so nurturing, so restoring about a curry and sharing a big bowl with loved ones is the best feeling ever.