There’s something captivating about Lola Berry. Well, there are so many things it’s hard to know what to pinpoint.
The 29 year old nutritionist, author of four cookbooks, and yoga teacher is taking Australia by storm with her bright, bubbly personality, her energy, passion and whimsical nature, combined with her common sense approach to eating whole foods with messages that resonate. Lola is a girl living her dream. She knows who she is and is comfortable in her skin. And most importantly, she oozes authenticity and happy vibes that make you want to have what she’s having.
Lola makes it all look easy, but her success hasn’t come without a lot of hard work, persistence, and willingness to get her hands dirty. At age 23 when she finished her nutritional medicine degree, Lola was working three jobs (one of which was cleaning toilets). She bought a video camera, which she talked to every morning in pursuit of her dream.
Fast forward six years, she’s a regular on TV and radio shows, contributor to magazine and newspaper columns, and has a huge social media following. It would be easy to get swept up in it all, but Lola remains down-to-earth and true to who she is.
I caught up with Lola in her role as Mindful in May campaign ambassador to find out how she manages to remain so grounded and authentic in the midst of her success.
People often think mindfulness means ‘hippy’, but for me it means being more on point, or clear in your mind. Mindfulness has helped me be able to to be a better version of myself, more determined, and more present with everything I choose to do.
“You need to have a lot of self worth and confidence and being mindful keeps that strong. It’s an exercise you do for your mental and spiritual health,” she says.
Having grown up in Melbourne, mindfulness is a tool Lola has used to adapt to life in Sydney, she explains:
“It’s a very different vibe in Sydney, it’s not quite as chilled out. It can be easy to get swept up in the whirlwind, but I will get out into nature or make time for me to soak up an experience – whether that be at a gig or out for a run in a park, I’ll always try to be there 100% and that’s where mindfulness comes into play.”
On how else she incorporates mindfulness into her life Lola says:
I play music when cooking and when I sit down to enjoy a meal I put the phone away, enjoy the food smell the flavours and experience the meal for what it is.
I also feel most connected or at one when I’m having a run in nature.
“Yoga also naturally places you into a mindful state. I use Vedic meditation to get more into a pose and not run off with the stories in my head.”
Vedic meditation (also known as transcendental meditation) is a simple and effortless meditation technique practiced for 20 minutes twice a day, with a mantra you silently repeat to yourself to settle your mind and block out necessary thoughts.
And, on how she avoids the traps of technology and social media, Lola isn’t one to let her phone get in the way of time with the people she loves, putting it away and checking it a couple of times a day:
“Mindfulness and social media is awesome because when you are mindful about it – for example, not posting a picture to generate X amount of likes – it means you are real. It forces you to be more present and honest with yourself in any given situation.”
Fancy taking a leaf out of Lola’s book? Here is some advice:
Do little things. If you choose to do something, swimming for example, take a moment to really enjoy the whole experience instead of just getting things done. We’re often on autopilot.
And don’t beat yourself up if you don’t do it right. There are no rules. There’s no right or wrong way and there isn’t one way that works for everybody. It’s about making it work for you and being honest with yourself.
Mindful in May is a global campaign to meditate for 10 minutes a day in the month of May. You can sign up (as a team or individual) to have daily meditations delivered to your inbox.
For more information head to: www.mindfulinmay.org
Click here to sponsor Lola or join her Mindful in May team.