I'm so excited to share this weeks Blissful Babe with you. There's been a few green smoothes since the last BB, but it's so worth the wait! Amanda is a heart centred, cancer kicking, eco loving, natural-beauty expert, and a total babe! I was drawn to Amanda initially for her work empowering young girls to become their best selves through her workshops, but the more I see from Amanda, the more I realise how beautiful of a person she really is! I just know you will love her.
Amanda is the face of Natural Beauty Week, hosted by The College of Natural Beauty. It begins next week, head to the website to learn more. Be sure to pledge your support next week by using the hashtag #switchtonatural
Tell us a little bit about who you are.
Hi there, thanks so much for having me! I’m passionate about encouraging women to live gently and shine from within. I do this through a number of avenues (because I love having a few things on the go!)
- I’m an Eco Model, which means I work as a model and ambassador exclusively for eco-friendly and ethical brands, e.g. for the College of Natural Beauty.
- I write an Eco-Style column for Nature and Health Magazine to shine a light on all the wonderful eco-fashion out there
- I’m the Director and Founder of Shine From Within, where I teach personal development courses and workshops for teenage girls
- I’m the Co-Founder of the Vegan Card, a discount card for over 130 vegan-friendly cafes, online stores, grocery stores, fashion stores, beauty stores around Australia, UK and New Zealand.
- I’m also studying to be a life coach at the moment so that I can help women to live gently and follow their own path.
How did you get here? Was there a moment where everything changed?
For me the catalyst was being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer in the lymphatic system, in 2009. I was modelling in Europe (treating my body terribly) when I found the lump on my neck and came home to be told it was cancer at the age of 24. It turned my world upside down but I’m so grateful because it put me on this beautiful, nourishing path that I may not have discovered otherwise.
What does a regular day look like for you?
We’ve just built a house so my routine is still evolving in this new space. At the moment I’m waking with the birds at about 5am (we don’t have curtains yet!) and spending a couple of hours easing in to the day with meditation, yoga, picking some produce from the garden, breakfast on the deck and time with my little family.
Then I get in to my working day. No 2 days are the same really but I generally try to sit down and work for a few hours before heading out to teach at a local school or having some skype meetings or client calls, take a nice long lunch if I can, do a bit more work and settle in for a relaxing evening.
What are your favourite ways to get active?
Yoga, running on the beach or in the Noosa National Park. Occasionally a bikram class.
What are the three most important things that you do each day?
Meditation, playing with my dog and laughing with my partner, Dave.
In your eyes what does a Whole Housewife look like?
Hmmm I think you are the epitome of a Whole Housewife! (Thanks Amanda! x) I guess this is ever-changing. I feel like as my partner and I have moved in to our first house my ideas of what a housewife is have really just started to be established. I’m finding that it really comes down to taking moments, even if they are just a few minutes, to take care of your beautiful home, your space, your relationships and yourself.
It’s my dream to …
See a world where we don’t harm one another and are kind to people, animals and our beautiful planet.
I believe that…
We are all perfect, right where we are meant to be and are all connected.
Today I’m grateful for…
Warm sunshine on my skin.
For a better tomorrow we must …
Be kind. Live gently.
What is your favourite meal of the day?
Favourite meal would be have to be Veggie Noodle Miso Soup – anytime of day!
I love to eat anything and everything as long as it’s vegan. I try to eat organic as much as possible and we are almost at a stage where we are sustaining ourselves with the veggie garden which is exciting.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Trust yourself. That feeling we get in our gut is always right
Raw Forrero Rocher Balls
By Amanda Rootsey
This is my favourite recipe right now! I’m pretty bad with the exact measurements because I just throw in what feels about right but it’s something like...
You will need
- A cup of organic hazelnuts, roasted for about 10mins or until they start to give off a strong fragrance and look a bit darker.
- About 8 dates, soaked in hot water to soften.
- Half a cup of raw organic cacao
- A tablespoon of melted coconut oil
- A couple of table spoons of water, or as much as you need to create a sticky consistency to roll in to balls.
Whizz it all up in the food processor, starting with the nuts first and then roll in to balls and pop in the fridge.