1 – What’s something you love to do outside of work and how does it help you live your Barefoot Lifestyle?
One of the biggest things about the Barefoot Lifestyle that resonates with me is being connected and centred. I’m very lucky and grateful to have such a wonderful family and my regular catchups with them is one of the best parts of my week. As all my clients know I love a morning shift at work and so on Wednesday’s when I finish around lunch my clients often ask what I’m up to that afternoon, and if I don’t say meeting my mum for coffee, they are shocked !
2 – We know that bodies love to move, what do you enjoy doing movement-wise?
My favourite way to start the day is with a walk on the manly waterfront. I find it helps me clear my head and start the day on a positive note. I then sometimes like to follow the morning walk with a 10–15-minute relaxing yoga routine. Like everyone I’m a big Yoga with Adriene fan, I just find her channel has so many great options for all skill levels.
3 – Tell us about a happy memory or memories and how it shaped the person you are today?
I’m very fortunate to have had a lovely relationship with my Nonna. Growing up I would often head over to her house with my two sisters and my mum, and we would spend the day pottering around in the garden, eating all the grapes and olives off her vines (when she wasn’t looking) and enjoying the many delicious meals she cooked for us. One of my favourite memories is easter time when we would spend hours in her kitchen all together making pasta, pizza, homemade bread and polpette (Italian meatballs) just to name a few things. These times definitely shaped how family orientated I am and how I love to cook Nonna inspired food for my own friends and family at my home.
4 – If you could choose your dream holiday would you prefer an international or local destination? And what has been your favourite holiday so far?
My dream holiday would definitely be eating my way through the south of France, exploring Seville in Spain, and stopping at too many wineries throughout the Italian countryside. This is on my partner and I’s to do list next time we are lucky enough to be in Europe. My favourite holiday so far is very hard to pick so I’ll say one of my favourites was my recent trip to Tasmania over the Christmas break. I’m clearly ruled by my stomach and the amount of amazing local restaurants and wineries down there is to die for.
5 – What made you want to become a Physiotherapist and what has been a standout moment for you as a physio?
My goal to become a Physiotherapist came from a number of factors the first and main one being that I love helping people (I know it’s cliche, but if you are going to spend the better part of your week doing something, I think using your skills to improve the quality of someone else’s life is a pretty cool way to spend it). Going through high school I also found the human body very fascinating so was keen to find a career path that helped me study it further. And I also love having a chat, so getting to know so many new people and become a part of their journey is very fun! I don’t think I have one standout moment but rather a collection, I love when my new mum’s send me pictures of their beautiful babies and thank me for helping make their pregnancy as smooth as possible. It’s really lovely to know you can be a part of such an important part of people’s lives.
Bonus question: You are known for your hosting skills. What are your top tips for enjoying a party while being the host?
I love having a big open kitchen, people always naturally congregate around this area of my house when they are over for lunches or dinner parties. So that way even when I’m in the kitchen cooking, wine in hand, it’s a fun experience and I still feel like I’m part of the energy in the room 🙂 But if cooking while people watch you stresses you out, prep food ahead so you just have to warm it up when your guests arrive! Organisation really is a lifesaver!