Meet The Team – ISO Edition

Look… it’s been weird, it’s been worrying and it’s been unpredictable, What a time to be Alive hey!

So to the burning question of 2020… What have you been up to in Isolation?

And we know there was more going on than the exchanged Banana Bread recipes, The Tiger King and Living Room Workouts… So we have delved deep into the private lives of our wonderful team to see what they have really been up to, what they have found out about themselves and what they really need in this life, get ready for the deep reveals. TM

Lauren Beness – Clinic Admin

What is the number one thing you have missed? First thing you will do once Isolation is over…

Hugging my mum!!! And then my girlfriend’s I’ll be booking in a boozy lunch with them ASAP! 

Have you done anything special since being in isolation? Birthdays/Anniversaries? How did you celebrate? If not, online cooking class anyone?

Yes, my son turned 3 and two days later parter turned 40! We hung out in the yard all day with the 3 of us and had piñatas, party food, a delicious dinosaur cake and margaritas in the evening haha! We FaceTimed with 8 of our nearest and dearest for cake time! We called it Zahn’s “video party”. 

How has your daily routine changed?

It’s a lot simpler. Less plans and a lot more time spent in our beautiful garden. Much more alcohol if I’m honest haha. 

What have you been listening to?

Atlas hands – Benjamin Francis Leftwich, another lifetime – Nao, some old school stuff too – Chilli Peppers and snuck a little RnB in there too. 

Can live without vs Can’t live without…

Can live without – having plans every day. Can’t live without – Morning coffee. 

One thing you have discovered about yourself during ISO?

I’ve realised that life doesn’t have to be as busy as it was and actually I feel a lot clearer when there’s less. Getting out in nature & getting sun on my face gives me the best start to the day! 

Hayley Stockbridge – Naturopath

What is the number one thing you have missed? First thing you will do once Isolation is over…

Friends and family! I can’t wait for a meal out and wine out friends

Have you done anything special since being in isolation? Birthdays/Anniversaries? How did you celebrate? If not, online cooking class anyone?

We have just celebrated out 6th wedding anniversary on the weekend. We were lucky it was a Sunday so had a nice family day including a swim at the beach and celebrated with a fancy take away meal.

How has your daily routine changed?

I am enjoying a much slower day, with no rushing to get out the door in the morning and exploring all of our local bush walks.

What have you been listening to?

Does kids yelling and wiggles count?

Can live without vs Cant live without…

There are many things I can now live without – make up, multiple trips to the supermarket each week, eating out many times a week

Can’t live without a proper coffee (Nespresso not cutting it!) and missing sitting on the beach for the morning 

One thing you have discovered about yourself during ISO?

My days were WAY too buy. Slowing down and being more present with my kids is a big blessing

Hannah Chapman – Massage Therapist

What is the number one thing you have missed? First thing you will do once Isolation is over…

I’ve not really missed any major thing. Yes it’s been different… not going out for coffee or food, having limited contact with friends, not working, etc. but more-so it’s made me realise what I don’t need in my life. I think we’ve been relatively fortunate in Australia – still having access to lots of services, take away food from restaurants, the beaches and so on – so I’m just grateful to have kept a relative degree of ‘normal’. 

Have you done anything special since being in isolation? Birthdays/Anniversaries? How did you celebrate? If not, online cooking class anyone?

I’ve become quite the craft Mum since isolation. I’ve made an entire zoo of animals from empty toilet rolls 😆. We’ve created and kitted out a cardboard dolls house. But my favourite has been making little nature frames – collecting things on our daily outings and making mini artworks with them. 

How has your daily routine changed?

My days have been slower. Much of my week was spent with my daughter and we’d often have the time filled with activities – beach, parks, swimming, zoo, shopping, errands, etc. What I’ve most enjoyed about this time is just being. We’ve still been busy, but with different things – nature walks, craft, cooking, reading. It’s been so lovely to spend more time doing things together rather than doing activities. 

What have you been listening to?

I’ve really got into BBC iPlayer. Radio 2 and 6 have some great music shows – Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation has had some good air time.

Can live without vs Cant live without…

I can definitely live without the excess of modern day life. Having everything taken away temporarily and living a more simple life has been an eye opener to how life could continue into the future. 

I can’t live without my family and friends. It’s really made me realise how important those close relationships are. I’ve been chatting to my friends and family back in Europe a lot more… it’s easy to let those relationships slip being so far away for so long. It’s something I’m going to continue to do a lot more as time goes on – especially as we don’t yet know when we’ll be able to go back for a visit. 

One thing you have discovered about yourself during ISO?

How much I enjoy cooking! We’ve been baking and making lots of treats. The only problem is, in isolation you have to eat the whole cake yourself

Nicola Johnson – Clinic Owner/Colonic Hydrotherapist

What is the number one thing you have missed? First thing you will do once Isolation is over…

I have missed going out to cafes and restaurants. I wanna sit down and eat on actual plates!  I am so sick of takeaway everything. I have been going above and beyond to keep supporting our local cafes and restaurants but I cant handle all the wrapping and wasted packaging that is happening… oh and I miss using my keep cup!!

Have you done anything special since being in isolation? Birthdays/Anniversaries? How did you celebrate? If not, online cooking class anyone?

Nothing too special, it’s my sister bday on Friday so we are having a family dinner at mum and dads house and are going to play board games and drink wine. Probably what we would have done anyway haha. Oh and we are meant to be going to Europe to get married in June, doesn’t look like that is gonna happen but we don’t want an Iso wedding so we’ll just hold off for now.

How has your daily routine changed?

With a toddler I realised I was always just hopping around from play groups, cafes, beaches, parks, shops , etc. Since Iso we have been more structured with what we need to get, then get home to hang out. 

What have you been listening to?

Mainly Scotti starting to communicate as she is talking more words everyday which is fun. But music wise, there is a playlist my friend made on Spotify called “pickled possum” she sent it to me when I was 42 weeks pregnant to help get things moving.  It has all the best 90’s and 00’s hits, think TLC, Janet Jackson, Destiny’s Child and Alanis Morissette , etc. Its been getting me through in the arvos 🙂

Can live without vs Cant live without…

Can definitely live without the news, we didn’t watch much prior to this but its a no go in our house.

Cant live without my family, having more time with family has made me so appreciative to have them so close.

One thing you have discovered about yourself during ISO?

I love gardening, we have a lot of plant friends in our house but we have extended our collection to now having some herbs and natives in our garden too. Scotti loves to water the plants and do gardening (which is code for put soil from one plant into another plant) it’s been fun getting her involved.

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