Meet Anny Foder! She is one clever woman. There's so much information here about her and a delicious recipe – I'm going to hand this one straight over. Let's get into this and be inspired by this wonderful human.
Tell us about your journey to where you are now.
I feel touched by life.
I grew up in Melbourne in the 80’s and 90’s. Following a challenging childhood I was blessed to find yoga, meditation and soon after shiatsu and macrobiotics, all at the tender age of 17. Needless to say I was called a hippy. I went on to study drama and spent some years training and performing Butoh (Japanese avant-garde theatre) while working in the theatre industry. What was a passion next became a career move when I bought a share in a small café in St. Kilda, Wild Rice. It was the first macrobiotic vegan café in Melbourne. Having a café enabled me to explore my passions of food, healing & performance. But something else was missing.
On my 30th birthday I decided to sell up and find my European roots. My father being Hungarian was another aspect of my life I needed to explore. I stayed in Hungary a few months before visiting friends in Turkey. I planned to visit for the Summer and stayed 10 years! I was welcomed with open hearts; the people, the food, the sun, the landscape and fresh local produce. I was seduced by the traditions of ancient village wisdoms and the expanse of cosmopolitan Istanbul. I was fortunate enough to apply my shiatsu and food preparing skills as the healing and spa industry was growing there too. I opened my own raw wholefood café as well as a cleansing retreat centre while consulting on other café menu’s and coaching clients around nutrition and lifestyle.
For personal reasons I have recently returned to Australia and followed my heart to Hobart. I accomplished what I set out to do overseas and am now enjoying the process of integrating my life experiences on home soil. I feel this is the beginning of the third phase in my life. I am very close to officially launching my coaching business here in Australia. I am currently based in Hobart but work internationally with clients on Skype.
What does happiness mean to you?
As I grow and develop I find Happiness to be more of a choice, a state of mind, and most often when I choose to be grateful. Being thankful for what I have gives me a sense of place and balance. It is far too easy to be unhappy with those common, almost addictive thoughts of not enough or not good enough.
I am grateful for the time I can be with people I love, truly thankful for when I am able to pick food off trees and right out of the ground, when I see beauty, when I feel beautiful, when I am able to experience peace, when working up a sweat, when preparing food and of course when sharing with family and friends. Rather than being something to work at, I’m finding happiness is more about allowing it to be.
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