Her mission to support and inspire others began during a decade long international modelling career, travelling around the world for plus-size campaigns of leading global fashion brands. During this time she witnessed first hand the pressures that we all face in our lives, the standards set for all of us from external influences, and how these affect our health and happiness. Gina found that many of us, both women and men from all walks of life, face daily pressures – of appearance, of self-image, of careers, and of adhering to social norms & expectations – but that it shouldn’t and doesn’t have to be this way. Through small everyday choices we can learn to develop a deep and lifelong authentic love for body and soul, find clarity and purpose in life, and unlock our true inner confidence.
The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself. -Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
With this in mind, we are thrilled to catch up with Gina, and go live to a video call with her in Ubud, Bali…
Q. Hey Gina thanks for joining us today- where in the world are you currently and what are you up to?
I’ve just got back from a work trip to Sydney and then a family holiday to the Gili Islands. By back I mean my home base in Ubud, Bali. In the middle of the rice padi fields!
Q. Living the dream! Ok so first, do you have a “daily routine” that you like to follow?
Ha, I always laugh when I get asked this question. I have had routines in the past. I’ve had many. But my busy random travelling lifestyle now mostly stops me having any routine to speak of.
In fact I resist any sort of routine altogether.
I do have a few practices which I do daily though.
Before I even open my eyes, I lie still and think about everything I am grateful for.
Before I get out of bed, or check my phone, I ask myself how do I feel today, how does my body feel, emotions, energy levels etc. If there is anything running in the background I like to know about it.
I also have a commitment to myself to do at the very least 5 minutes of meditation per day. I often do more when I have time. With all of my coaching clients I advise small achievable commitments.
I also enjoy going to vinyasa yoga classes most days too. Even though I’m a teacher I love the group energy and learning from others.
Q. What was it that led you to work with others?
Once I made the transition from feeling average, both inside and outside, to feeling phenomenal. I simply had to share it. Helping others realise their true potential and watching them blossom is the second best feeling there is to me.
Q. Is there a ‘eureka’ moment that you can remember that became your game changer?
So many where do I start!?
Realising why I was feeling hungry all the time but food couldn’t satiate me.. well, that was a biggie!
The reason was that my soul was hungry. With the help of a coach I had the massive realisation that I was hungry for a lifetime of adventure, for deep deep connections with people, hungry for like-minded souls to connect with, and hungry to give back to the world. And on top of that it was 100% possible. Right? I’m proof.
Also when I realised that i’d been eating animals my whole life, and pretty much everyone I know had too, there was a moment of stark realisation, and I knew I would never eat another animal again. It was 100% plantbased. Game Set Match. Everything changes at that point.
Q. It’s clear food and nutrition is a major part of your journey – why do you think this is?
Our relationship with our self and our relationship with our food are the two foundational relationships. Once we learn how to heal and strengthen them, all other relationships follow in the most amazing way.
Q. What are your ‘top tips’ for living happy and healthy?
- Throw away the rule book. Do, eat, live, love, drink, travel, be all with your heart. Make decisions on how you want to feel (as opposed to how you want to look, seem, be thought of by others).
- Fall in love with yourself first. When you love yourself you will naturally start to look after yourself and treat yourself impeccably.
- Eat mostly to nourish your body, but also about ¼ of the time to nourish your soul.
- Get a coach. If you suspect that you aren’t living to your full potential, or you think there is more to life than, well, your current life: find someone who see’s more in you than you see in yourself.
- Travel often – home or abroad. This will give you a fast pass to personal and spiritual growth. And I suggest less expensive accommodation or resorts, and more forest retreats, camp fires, beach huts, shacks, sunsets, adventure, freedom. Not only does this make holiday or trip budgets last 10 times longer, but also gives you the most authentic experience.
- Take up at least one spiritual practice. I don’t think I need to elaborate here. But magic is all around us and these practices, such as yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and radical self-love help us to see!
- Create a vision board. Your vision of your future self is the most valuable thing you have. I am a massive advocate of vision boards / manifesting / law of attraction. It is one of the first things I do with everyone I work with. Stabbing in the dark is not efficient nor a good use of time and energy: it’s much easier to hit the bulls eye when we have a vision board to guide us.
Q. Finally, if there’s one thing we should each remember at the start of every day – what is it?
You are here for a limited amount of time.
How do you want to give back to people and the planet?
You are incredibly loved, even if sometimes you don’t feel it. So, be love, give love, tell your friends and family that you love them, spread it thick, and spread it everywhere. The more love you give the more love you will feel.
If not now… when?
Nobody is going to hand your dream life to you on a plate. You have two arms and two legs and you are controlling them. Be responsible for yourself and go out and smash it!
Absolutely anything is possible.