I am a big believer of putting your dreams out into the universe, and in positive manifestation. It’s crucial to try and stay positive even in the toughest of times.
Name: Nikki Heyder
Occupation/Title: Nutritional Counsellor & Wellness Coach
Can you walk us through a day in the life of your fabulous self:
Wake up at 5:30am with a stretch and a glass of warm water with lemon juice. Then it’s breakfast followed by a walk with my dog to the coffee shop around the corner. After that my days will vary depending on what’s going on for that week. So it could be a few or even all of the following things:
– Answering e-mails
– Meeting with my one-on-one coaching clients
– Networking with other wellness ambassadors around Perth
– Hosting workshops or wellness events
– Running cooking classes
– Public speaking
– Recipe testing
– Writing for my website and blog
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Oooh this is tricky… I would say that I am nurturing, organised and warm.
What makes you come alive?
When I know that I have made a positive impact in someone else’s life. When I receive e-mails or text messages or phone calls from clients or people who have been inspired by something I’ve said or something we have worked on together, it makes me feel so happy. Watching my coaching clients grow and become the people that they genuinely want to be is an amazing thing – it’s incredible what a little bit of love, a lot of listening, the right information, and a hand to hold can do in someone’s life… and it is truly rewarding.
What makes you feel vulnerable?
I don’t like walking alone at night! For some reason whenever I am on my own and walking somewhere at night time I get all of these horrible thoughts in my head about ghosts and criminals and suddenly I feel like I am in a thriller movie… I think it’s a childhood thing that I haven’t quite grown out of. I also used to hate swimming in the deep end of the pool by myself because I thought something would grab me! Very odd… Perhaps it means that I have a fear of not being in control?
How does your work reflect you?
My work IS me. NOOD is my little baby and I really try to inject as much of myself and my personality into my business. A big focus of mine is promoting ‘balance’ and promoting a realistic way of life. I think that through my service offerings, the set-up of my events, the recipes I create and the way I interact with my clients is a direct and honest reflection of who I am.
What is your latest project?
I have recently finished writing my Detox Program ebook which is designed to be done in conjunction with a cold pressed juice cleanse. It can be bought online and done from anywhere in the world providing you have a good cold pressed juice company to align with (I have listed my preferred ones in the booklet). Basically it came about because I had so many people who were embarking on these juice cleanses but doing so without the right pre-juice preparation which resulted in really bad cleanse ‘side effects’. Basically it is a really comprehensive guide which tells you which foods to eliminate before juicing and gives you a full week of alkaline based recipes to make, a meal plan, shopping list, tips on boosting the detox process, and how to slowly re-introduce heavier foods back in to your diet once the cleanse is over.
The program has been a success so far with many people who have done it saying that they felt totally different by eating ‘cleaner’ prior to the cleanse by following the pre and post cleanse information. It can be purchased through my online store for $36.00.
How did you make the dream a reality?
I had a passion and I took a risk. It was either going to work or fall in a heap… but it worked (so far) and it continues to grow every day. NOOD has come a long way from what the concept was when it started and I am constantly learning and growing with it. I am a big believer of putting your dreams out into the universe and in positive manifestation. It’s crucial to try and stay positive even in the toughest of times.
Can you share a Stella lesson along the way?
To not get disheartened when something doesn’t go your way or when you make a bad decision. I really believe that the mistakes we make are intended for us to learn a lesson and the most important thing to do when this happens is acceptance. Accept that you did something wrong, or something silly or something you wish you hadn’t, take note of the lesson and the way it affected you and move FORWARD. Lingering in your negative emotions only cultivates more negativity. Life isn’t always easy, but that is the beauty of it.
What was a Stella moment of your career?
Definitely starting up my own business. It is something I have always wanted to do and I finally took a leap of faith – I have so many things I want to share with the world and now I have a way to do it. It has had its ups and downs and there will be plenty more of them to come, but I am really proud of myself for what I have achieved so far.
Do you have a favourite daily & weekly ritual?
On a daily basis, I always try and be ‘present’ in what I am doing. I noticed a little while ago that I was allowing my thoughts to run wild all the time – constantly thinking of what was happening next or tomorrow or next week and not actually focusing on what it was that I was doing right then and there. You miss out on the special things in life when you aren’t present and unfortunately technology also has a lot to do with it – checking e-mails in the middle of a lunch, or posting something to social media in the middle of a conversation with someone. It’s so important to be 100% in the moment whenever you can…
On a weekly basis, I always make time for myself. No matter how busy I am, I try and block off some time every week in my diary to do something that I love and something that helps me to feel centred and happy. It’s so important not only to manage our hormonal stress levels, but it’s also a great way to ‘check in’ with our bodies. It’s often not until we stop and take a few breaths that we can adjust anything that is slightly off balance.
What is your go to inspirational quote?
“You are in control of your own happiness” – I love this. It’s a reminder that we always have a choice, even when times are bad. We can choose to dwell, or choose to see the positive. We can choose to chase our dreams, or sit there and watch other people chase theirs. We can choose to look after ourselves, or we can allow for our bodies to become sick. The way we live our lives is totally up to us and we need to OWN that decision.
Who is your greatest Muse and why?
Is it bad if I don’t have just one? I feel like there are SO many people in my life who inspire me in different ways and they are ALL my muses – it’s so hard to pick just one! I’m not so much inspired by people that I don’t personally know but rather I am inspired by people who I know really well because I know exactly what they are going through and how they achieve their own goals and battle their own battles. I am constantly motivated by the people I surround myself with and I think a huge part of my own personal drive is thanks to them.
Can you share some Stella tips from your journey so far?
– Follow your dreams
– Be true to YOUR values
– Love and nourish your body every single day
– Accept your mistakes
– Try and be present in all that you do
– Always make time for the things that make you happy
What encouragement and wisdom would you tell your aspiring younger self with the experience you have now?
I would tell myself to not worry so much about what other people think. I think when I was younger I did this too much and it affects your self-confidence and distorts your own core values. Assessing your surroundings and figuring out what is weighing you down and why is such an important thing to do.
What can’t you live without?
My dog! I love her to pieces and she is my little companion. I bought her when I was 18 and I just don’t know what I would do without her. She keeps me company, runs errands with me, has shown me unconditional love for over 8 years, and is just pretty damn cute to cuddle!