Bex and I first met at the very beginning of our blogging journeys a couple of years ago – I as an eco-blogger and her at the helm of the impending juggernaut Vegan Sparkles. I instantly fell in love with this super cute blogger and her sparkly attitude about veganism, wellness and life in general! Since then we have shared many a laugh over flowers crowns, interviews over at her place and even struggled through Dry July together. She is truly one of the most radiantly positive people I have met and that shines through in every one of her endeavors and in every word found on her Vegan Sparkles website.
It seems that the rest of the world agrees and Bex now has a giant tribe following her journey from lowly blogger to rising cooking star! In this past year alone I have cheered from the sidelines as Bex has quit her official day job to follow her passion as a Holistic Health Coach. She has hosted her own Spring Into Wellness Workshop before flying to Sydney to host another Raw Chocolate Making class. She has launched a beautiful new website and even hosts her online web series Vegan Sparkles TV (you have to watch this one – it makes me smile endlessly). She has also created the Eating for Energy e-book which is a visual treat as well as being full of recipes and info. And today she opens registration to The Sparkle Project.
Basically, Miss Sparkles is getting ready to blow us all out of the water in 2014. I can’t wait to watch and giggle along with her. So without further ado…
Thank you for being here! Let’s get to know you a bit better. What are 3 things you have done that make you the most proud of yourself?
I’d say all 3 things come down to feeling the fear but following my heart anyway in order to build a more authentic life:
- Ending two serious and long-term relationships when it would have been easier to stay in them.
- Going against mainstream culture and choosing a vegan lifestyle because my heart told me to.
- Leaving the security of a long-term and highly-paid corporate job to pursue a new career that I’m deeply passionate about.
What motivated you to take the first step on your wellness journey?
I’ve always been quite interested in nutrition but I really became a nutrition geek after I began following a vegan lifestyle. Fascinated by the effect food has on our health and wellbeing, I enrolled to study at the world’s largest nutrition school, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, at the start of this year and began an incredible journey. I’ve learnt so much and am so excited (and still pinch myself!) to now be living my dream of helping others to live happier, healthier lives.
What is your big, crazy, beautiful dream?
That people will begin to heal. I get blissed out seeing my clients face their fears and demons and begin a journey of healing.
When we begin to heal we start a journey towards a more authentic and loving life. The more people heal, the more they help others heal too. My big, crazy, beautiful dream would be for this ripple effect to transform life on this planet. More laughter and joy; less heartache, self-loathing and suffering.
What do you do every morning to set up your day for success?
Stretch, smile, and give thanks. Gratitude is so freakin’ powerful when it comes to creating long-term health and happiness.
There are so many nutritional untruths floating around out there. What is your favourite myth to debunk?
The protein myth! As a vegan I come up against this one all the time, although thankfully more people are beginning to learn that protein is present in a lot of food sources, including my favourites – macadamia nuts and hummus!
Do you have any natural products or alternative therapies that you cannot live without?
I’m a little (lot!) obsessed with Kosmea Rosehip Oil. It’s magic for the face. Really, truly.
I love Lush Ultrabalm too, and slathering my skin and hair with organic coconut oil (on days when I don’t have to answer the door)!
How do you ‘zen-ify’ your home?
Oh I’m such a sentimental soul and used to find it so hard to part with old things, but now I see the magic in de-cluttering. I still keep things I absolutely adore but these days I find so much peace in getting rid of unneeded stuff. I declutter to find my zen.
What is your favourite imperfection about yourself and why?
I can be quite indecisive sometimes which can drive me (and others!) bonkers but I also quite like it because it means I’ll often be open-minded and open to alternative possibilities. And if push comes to shove, there’s always a coin we can flip. 🙂
What is one question that everyone should ask themselves?
Is it this coming from a place of love (whether self-love or kindness) or is it fear (ego) based?
What is the most important decision you make to ensure you are a conscious consumer?
Oh this is such a tough one in our modern, consumerist society. It’s so hard to keep track of where everything you buy and use is coming from and whether it is ethical or environmentally responsible. Like most people, I do the best I can. I research. I listen. I search for organic. I talk to people about factory farming and other issues. I strive to educate myself as much as possible.
What books are on your bedside table?
At the moment (as I graduate from IIN), ‘Integrative Nutrition’ by Joshua Rosenthal, ‘Creating a Charmed Life’ by Victoria Moran and ‘Miracles May Occur’ by Gabrielle Bernstein. Although I hope to see a couple of light-hearted novels on there this summer!
What is one piece of advice you can give to someone who is nervous about diving in and following their dreams?
This (life) is your one shot, beautiful. Make it count.
Pretend this is your mountain… what message do you shout to the world?
Follow your heart! It already knows the all the answers.
What recipe would you like to share today…
I’d love to share the my two current favourites – the Moroccan Rice Salad from my new ‘Eating for Energy’ eBook – available for free download here:
and my fave…
Choc Mint Smoothie
- 1 cup coconut water
- ¼ cup raw cashews (pre-soaked in a covered bowl of water in the fridge overnight, then drained and rinsed)
- ½ frozen banana
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
- 2 medjool dates, pitted (pre-soaking optional)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp maca powder (optional – for an extra sparkle boost)
- Pinch sea salt
- Handful of ice
- Combine all ingredients in blender, liquids first.
- Blend on low speed, then high, until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into glasses, garnish with raw cacao nibs and fresh mint leaves, and enjoy!
Rebecca is a Holistic Health Coach passionate about helping women transition to happier, healthier living, re-ignite their sparkle, and fall in love with life again. Rebecca regularly writes for various on-line health and wellness magazines such as MindBodyGreen, One Green Planet and Wellness WA, provides one-on-one health coaching, hosts wellness events, and is the author of a new ‘Eating for Energy’ eBook available from her wellness site VeganSparkles.com.
See her here…