We caught up with naturopath Catie Gett, who runs The Staple Store in Ripponlea, Melbourne. Catie runs this beautiful little bulk wholefood store, selling healthfood with consciousness.
Can you start by telling us your morning ritual?
I have made a daily living ritual check list on my phone. It has 20 checks and every day I try and get as much as I can. This morning, I dry skin brushed, had a salt bath and oil pulled, whilst listening to meditation music in 20 minutes. I had my greens in a blended juice for breakfast, so that’s 4 and a half ticks in a morning. That’s a good morning!
How do you juggle your work/life balance, especially now as a mother?
I don’t, really; I don’t actually think that you can. I am trying to be really truthful about working motherhood, because it's really hard. I think that it is an overwhelming explosion of love, exhaustion, survival and absolute joy. But, I have figured out a few things about being a full-time bebe mama and a full-time Staple mama that make it ‘kind-of’ work out.
- I leave the house everyday. Fresh air is my re-boot. I put pants on and go to a cafe or I go to the botanical gardens across from our home. There's a tropical glass house there and I try to take chook there everyday.
I’ve learnt to let go. This usually happens when I'm breastfeeding. It's the only time I'm still, and it's when I make my to do lists. A little while ago, I taught myself to stop, take in a big breathe of Scout [my daughter] and exhale an expectation I had of myself. It's been hard a hard process, as I learn to reframe my identity as a working mama, but I also know that these moments are here and so quickly they're gone. I want to use these times to wrap my heart around her instead.
- Honesty. With myself and with others. Being honest about what I can do, being honest about my physical and emotional capabilities. And being honest about my priorities.
How has being a naturopath affected your approach to daily life?
Oh wow, this is such an interesting question. It affects everything I do, it feels like it's just part of me, kind of like an intuitive sense that influences every choice I make for myself and my family. I feel completely blessed to have the ability to be critical and make informed choices about our health within a wholistic framework. It affects our grocery shopping, our cleaning products and even the toys we buy Scout. I am really lucky that my partner Nick shares a lot of the same values about our family’s health. I kind of feel like I’m in the world’s coolest little gang, me, Nick and Scout trying to change the world just a tiny bit every single day.
What's your ultimate escape?
Lake Wanaka, Summer time, with my family.
Your fave ALAS item this Summer?
I am absolutely in love with ALAS robes. Every single season they rock my world. I can feel like a beautiful woman, just by popping one on. I wear mine out too, and I get so many comments on them. Thanks rockstars for your amazing work, you make wearing ethical clothing an absolute joy!