I’m so happy to bring ‘Heart and Soul Inspiring Women’ series. I will be featuring inspiring amazing women that are changing lives but that also radiate a beautiful lightness about them. These women that I will be sharing with you are shining their lights so brightly, following their dreams, living in their truth and in my eyes are living and breathing their yoga.
I’m so excited to share Natalie Kringoudis with you this week. Ladies you are in for a treat with all the knowledge and wisdom she will be sharing with us! This incredible woman is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturist, Natural Fertility Educator and Author. She’s also the owner of The Pagoda Tree, a hub for natural fertility & women’s health in Melbourne, Australia. She has been featured in many publications such as Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan as well as regular TV appearances as a wellness expert in fertility and natural medicine. If you have not yet grabbed a copy of her e-book Fertalise Youself, grab one you will not be disappointed! Its a must read for all women, especially those of us wishing and hoping to conceive in the future. Make sure you follow her blog for regular posts on women’s health and fertility as well as delicious recipes!
I’m thrilled to be meeting Natalie next month at her ”Debunking Ovulation” event which she is hosting in Sydney which sold out quickly. It just so happens though that she has released a second Sydney event, be quick as this will SELL OUT! Be sure to check her upcoming events as she will be touring Australia offering this workshop in pretty much each state.
I can’t wait to share her story with you today. Get ready to feel inspired by another amazing woman who walks her talk!
”I’m all about hormone health and wellness.
I believe it is my purpose to inspire women to take charge of their own health, to better understand what their bodies are communicating to them by way of signs and symptoms and understand that fertility is so much more than a baby.”
Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
I’m a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Natural Fertility Educator, Author, Producer of Healthtalks and Speaker. After 10.5 years of study, and over 9 years in the industry, the hard work has been so worthwhile and I’m now fortunate enough to be considered one of Australia’s leaders in women’s natural health and fertility. After finishing my first book ‘Fertilise Yourself’ I discovered that I didn’t need to reach out to couples who wanted to be the healthiest version of themselves to make little people – I actually had to reach out to young women to share the message that ‘fertility’ wasn’t a dirty word – and that it certainly didn’t mean having a baby stat. Fertility is quite simply having a healthy reproductive system, free from issues like PCOS or Endometriosis. Something that we have been lead to believe is a sentence in hormonal hell is actually something very treatable! So through my site, my web based TV series and in the clinic – I help women to rediscover reproductive wellness.
Q. What does a day in your life look like?
Well, I have two small children so that can change in an instant! Generally on a work day it’s all systems go in the morning, I avoid opening up my laptop and get the troops out the door to kinder or my mother in law who helps me care for them. Once I’m in the clinic, depending on what kind of day I have, I’ll start with emails and treating patients, on the days where I don’t see patients or I have some gaps, I allocate time to writing for my blog and planning any upcoming events are seminars that I run. There is always plenty happening to keep me busy, but I love it that way!
I have a night-time ‘routine’ rather than a morning one. I like to come home after dinner and the kids are in bed and do a little more writing (I find it so therapeutic), I’ll meditate before bed even if for 5 minutes and set my intentions for the next day.
Life really is unpredictable once you add kids to the mix!
On days that I’m on set or have meetings, it can look slightly different. And then there are the days that I spend with my kids – I work part time for balance.
Q. What are some of the obstacles you have encountered on your path, and how did you push past them?
I had to very quickly realise that I needed to be nobody but me. There are a lot of people in the health industry paving the way – which is so fabulous and we each have our own drum to beat but we are all helping to open people’s minds. Obviously there is some resistance around this at times, so moving past this and seeing the bigger picture is key.
What’s more, it’s seeing obstacles for what they really are. Sometimes they are a gift!
Q. Who and what inspires you?
So many people around me inspire me. My parents are my biggest inspiration. My dad is a speaker and my mother an advocate for natural living – they have been the biggest influence on the woman I am today. And then there are my wellness sisters – it’s a constant stream of inspiration.
Funnily enough another inspiration of mine is Rachel Zoe – ok, odd I know, but I love how she is following her dream and most of all, loving what she does completely. Which is so important for us all.
Q. How do you get balance in your life?
Wing it! I listen to what my body needs – not always easy to act on it with small kids but we get there. Massage, acupuncture, exercise and food are my friends. Sometimes the doses of each just needs adjusting.
Q. For a woman (or anyone starting their own business), what three things are most critical for them to be mindful of?
Goals! They are a must, they help us get from a to b.
Q. What is your secret indulgence?
Q. What was the happiest moment in your life or career to date?
I have to choose one? Oh gosh – ok. I can’t there are too many. Changing people’s lives around is pretty special. It’s those daily emails and messages from people that make those amazing changes in their lives that truly make me happy. To know I inspired someone to take the reigns with their health. I’m smiling just thinking about it.
Q. What’s your favourite quote or personal mantra to live by?
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Q. How do you practice self-compassion?
I tune into myself, get centred and am lead by my heart not my head.
Q. ‘Love’ means…
Total acceptance, unconditionally – you know, warts and all kinda thing!
Q. What’s your biggest dream?
I’m living it! But I’m so loving public speaking – I want to tour world wide.
Q. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want with you?
My family, coconut water & my phone!
Q. If you could give advice to my readers who are either trying to find the courage to pursue their dreams or are at the beginning of their own journey, what would it be?
Don’t think about it too much – jump! And of course if you don’t step out of your comfort zone, you can’t grow. Sure, it seems scary at the time but it really isn’t in the big scheme of things. Following your gut is seriously the key to success. Don’t let your head rule too much in that department.
Connect with Natalie:
Yours, in love and light.
Be kind, be courageous, be yourself.
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