Suzzi Hartery is a confidence and self empowerment coach who you can find weaving her magic over at Nourished Hub. Suzzi isn’t one to follow the crowd and she wouldn’t expect you to either. Coaching women to refine their confidence, celebrate their uniqueness, face fear and step into life with an incredible dose of self-belief and laughter.
We caught up for the latest instalment of Inspired Wednesdays to talk about the big black dog, mindfulness and why female talk show hosts are so god damn inspirational.
1. For those that aren’t familiar with your work, tell us a little bit about Nourished Hub and the work that you do there.
Nourished Hub is your motivational tool to go after the best for you, empowering you to follow your dreams and embrace who you are right now. It supports you to let go of what is holding you back (fear, body shame or comparisonitis) and start working on celebrating your uniqueness, struggles and triumphs.
I was a yo-yo diet billboard, an addict to alcohol and sugar, and a highly sensitive lady, all while appearing overly-confident. I was so out of touch with who I was, until one day I realised how much my past stories were holding me back. I was living other people’s wants, expectations and needs. I had to let go and embrace my own journey. Sharing how I beat depression, learning to love my body no matter what size, understanding real food, releasing a diet mentality and now working on qualifications in NLP, I’m helping women face fear, embrace who they are right now and to let go of any habits, thoughts and feelings that hinder them.
2. Now that we’ve heard your inspirational story what kind of things inspire you?
The innovators, those who go against the norm, those who question what is being told and those who are making people’s lives better both in health and personal success. I am also inspired by people who want better for themselves; because ultimately when you feel good you make those around you feel good and beautiful. Also, Mother Nature is pretty inspiring too especially in those Canberra winters.
3. You recently opened up about your battle with depression and that the practice of mindfulness and how rewiring your thoughts played a part in your recovery, can you tell us a little bit more about the role mindfulness played?
I always knew when I was in that dark time that something wasn’t right. My behaviours had changed. I use to wake up with ease, go for my morning run, be excited to go to work, laugh with colleagues, call friends just cause, make nourishing meals, send love notes to my partner; life was wonderful.
Then came a dark time when I struggled to get out of bed, I would wake up trying to think of an excuse to call in sick, I often would be sick or in hospital and when I did make it into work I wished I’d get hit by a truck. Life was hard. I couldn’t bare to go outside the house, yet alone shower or undress from my pyjamas – my relationships were suffering and I started to push people away.
I have always been a strong person (which is a story for another day) and I ultimately knew I had to clean up my diet, talk the truth about this struggle (especially to my partner who I was hiding so much from) and finally share it with my community, friends and family. I was so surprised by the number of love filled emails and old friends who shared their experiences with depression, but the biggest role mindfulness played in all of this was knowing the reactions of others to my new isolated behaviours bought an underlying awareness.
I had to have my boss understand, I had to have my partners support, and I had to see professionals – my local doctor, my osteopath, my coach. Piece by piece, words of advice brought me out of the dark. I still didn’t fully understand what I was going through but I just knew that I could have either have been here today or not and I wanted to be here, I knew I had a higher purpose, a little light in me that was very dim but was there.
I do still have moments when I feel a super heaviness in my body and mind but I now have hypnosis that seriously worked at shifting my mindset and I now straight up say to my other half if I am not feeling ok to which we go out on a bike ride or he will make me a cup of tea, my friends are so supportive. Our minds play a big part in battling depression and once we can shift our thoughts it starts to change a lot.
“The human brain produces approximately 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts on an average day.” – Dr Deepak Chopra
4. Mindful eating is a huge part of The Inspired Table’s wellness philosophies, in what ways do you practice mindful eating?
Mindful eating is sensing what my body needs and being present.
Every Saturday we go to the farmers market where we have built a relationship with the farmers and understand how our food is grown, what is in season, ways to cook those strange looking mushrooms where the farmer says “Oh Suz, check out this!” me looking at him in a “OMG what is that?” kind of face, then coming home and preparing that food with attention, love and laughter and then eating at the dining table with candles, music and conversations (not always, just sometimes).
When I am at work it’s asking a colleague to have lunch with you, stepping away from the computer, out in the sunshine and enjoying every bite.
5. Who are your foodie inspirations?
Jamie Oliver – EVERYTHING that wonderful man and his team do is with heart, fun, passion, care of produce and community involvement. His book Ministry of Food was the first book I ever learnt to cook from. I loved the idea of learning a meal and then teaching it to a friend and another friend. It really got me understanding food is more than just to be made and eaten or bought from a box.
Also bloggers like Sarah Wilson for her I Quit Sugar movement, nutritionists like Lola Berry who just brings so much love and fun into her books and Nadia Felsch (nadiafelsch.com/) who gets wholefoods and time efficiency for busy women.
And myself for The 3PM Cure. snacks are a big part of our day, whether we are snacking as we are cooking or creating yummy bliss balls, having easy, nourishing snacks keeps energy levels staple, helps elevate our moods and keeps us glowing on the inside and thinking well.
6. If you could only pass on one piece of advice for optimal health and happiness, what would it be?
Start daily hypnosis and positive affirmations. One that is on repeat at the moment from Kylie Ryan is “all is well and I expect miracles today”. Our minds tell us if we can’t or if we can. It plays our failures or our successes. It tells us if we are worthy or if we aren’t. It gives us confidence or can hinder us. If your mind is not working with you every positive action you want to do will end up falling because you need to get your mind working with your positive intentions and then the rest will follow.
7. Can you name three people that inspire you (and why)?
I was thinking about this last week and how grateful I am for women who own who they are and they own it in a way of helping others, they share their story. A woman who made great headway in empowering others to share their struggles and successes is none other than Oprah Winfrey: “As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around”. Through owning her journey and being in the public eye she knew she could make a difference, that would impact thousands.
I am getting this real sense of love and respect for women who don’t judge others for where they have come from or what they are currently experiencing, they have a genuine heart of care, open arms and a real sense of purpose to helping make people’s lives better. This then brings me to Ellen DeGeneres. When I was fighting depression she made me laugh when nothing else did.
Lastly, the biggest inspiration to me are the men and women out there who embrace their bodies no matter what size, they are confident, happy and nourish within mind and food. They want the best for themselves and others and they unknowingly help others through their day to day actions. I will be one of these ladies.
8. What’s your favourite inspirational quote?
“Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen” – Anonymous
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