60 Seconds with Steph

Life Wellness Co Stephanie Meades Family

In a nutshell, my job description is…

Holistic Health Coach – assisting individuals, families and workplaces improve their health and wellbeing through empowering them to make simple healthy lifestyle choices across three main pillars of health – nutrition, movement and mindset.

The best part of my job is…

Seeing people lives grow and thrive through improved health and wellbeing. I love watching the transformation that occurs in people’s lives when they make good lifestyle choices to support their health, and then seeing the flow on affect in their family lives, friends and local community.

I chose this kind of work because…

It makes a positive difference in the world. The better people feel, then more they show up in life. The more people show up and truly live their lives the more they will influence others to do the same, making for a better world for everyone.

I achieve work/life balance by…

Scheduling! I ensure I balance time with my family, time with my friends, self-care time and work time by planning my week, and sticking to a set structure of work days each week. This is something I used to previously struggle with, but now see this is paramount to my overall health and wellbeing.

I’m inspired by…

People that are passionate. People that are kind. People in general!

The nicest compliment I’ve received from a customer/client was…

‘Your energy is contagious. When I am around you my energy soars and I feel inspired’.

What better complement could there be than to know you have lifted another’s energy?

My one piece of advice is…

Self care is not selfish, it is the most important thing you can do to ensure you live the life you want/deserve. The more you focus on achieving your own self-care needs, the better version of yourself you will show up with each and every day in all your life roles.

I couldn’t get through my work day without…

Feeling inspired and passionate about the work I do. When the passion is gone, it is time to change direction for me. Oh and my ‘green smoothie’ and morning meditation!

The best word to describe me would be…

Determined. Curious. Energetic. I couldn’t pick one!

I was born in the city of…

Newcastle, AUSTRALIA

Something you would never guess about me is that I once…

Rowed surfboats (at the age of 15) in the open men’s league when women surfboat rowing was not an ‘accepted’ sport. I am not one to be told ‘no’. If you saw the size of me at the time, you would see that this was a ridiculous dream, but one I achieved anyhow.

When I was 5, I dreamed of being…

A nurse or doctor – so I could meet heaps of people and help them get better – stop their suffering.

The biggest challenge for me has been…

Motherhood. My first son had chronic sleep apnoea and silent reflux, so my introduction to motherhood was not smooth. It was painful. Sleep deprivation, chronic screaming and a husband working away from home made for a very difficult time. On top of this I also struggled with my loss of ‘independence’ and loss of ‘control’ over the course my life was taking. I grieved the loss of my highly successful and rewarding corporate career and I became resentful, playing the game of being ‘life’s victim’ for a while until I picked myself up and got on with things.

Whilst motherhood remains my biggest challenge, I now see it as a positive challenge. One that I was made for. One that will allow me to grow and thrive as I step up to the challenge each and every day.

The best community experience I’ve had was when…

I was welcomed into my local community Food Co-operative like an old family member returning. I presented myself one day asking to volunteer, and the next thing I knew I was one of the team. I love that everyone, regardless of their age, sex, occupation, social situation etc is accepted by the community Co-op as equals and work together to keep the Co-op going. I love this sense of community.

My next holiday will be…

Byron Bay. We go twice a year, every year. It is my spiritual home.

If I were stranded on a desert island, the 3 things I’d need to survive would be…

Food / water (obviously), company  (I would go bat crazy without company) and a ‘challenge’ to keep my mind active (what better challenge that to work out how to survive or find my way off a desert island!).

Life Wellness Co. Snapshot
We specialise in individual health coaching, community health initiatives and corporate wellness programs tailored to the needs of our clients. Whatever your health and wellness goals, we will provide you with the tools to achieve them.