The health and wellbeing industry is full of some pretty amazing people and we're excited to have had the opportunity to chat with our dear friend Georgia Nides for our 'Talking Straight' series.
Georgia Nides is the Founder and CEO of digital health and wellness tech platform, Zoii. Celebrating its two year anniversary, Zoii is a one-stop-shop to find out the latest announcements, events, jobs and news in the health and wellness industry in Australia. When she's not running her successful business, you'll find Georgia hanging out with friends, running along the beach or perched on a rock side by the ocean. Here's Georgia.
SUPR: What does your morning routine look like?
GN: Normally a 4:45 am start (on a workday) with a Robin Sharma podcast whilst I’m having my morning lemon water and celery juice before I journal, hit the gym and then head down to the beach for some mindfulness and meditation.
SUPR: What does ‘health’ mean to you?
GN: For me, having good health is so much about having happiness in my life. I’ve always found that I’m happiest when I am nourishing my mind with good thoughts, body with good food, doing exercise I enjoy, having a purpose in my work, and surrounding myself and giving energy to the people who value me. All of this to me is what makes up being healthy. SUPR: What are five things you’ll always have in your fridge / pantry?
GN: Extra Virgin Olive Oil (it goes on everything!), lemons, celery, peanut butter, dark chocolate!
SUPR: What’s your favourite form of movement?
GN: Hands down running! It’s also my favourite form of meditation. I love how you can just get completely lost (in a good way) in the moment, and as your feet hit the pavement and you lose your breath you can find complete peace. All of my best ideas and solutions have come to me when running.
SUPR: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
GN: Wow, this is a tough one! Look, I do love living in Sydney for the buzz, but the idea of living in Greece (where my roots are) or in the Italian countryside would also be a dream. One day I’d love to have the flexibility to live in Europe for 3-6 months of the year and live the rest in Sydney or on the Gold Coast where my family is.
SUPR: What is one fun fact most people wouldn’t know about you?
GN: I can’t ride a bicycle. I grew up in a traditional Greek home which meant whilst my brother was outside playing and learning to ride a bike, I was inside and learning to clean and cook (which by the way I’m incredibly grateful for!).
SUPR: Why is it important to you to be Straight Up and authentic? Have you ever struggled in the past with being your true self?
GN: In life, I think the moments where we are unhappy are the moments where perhaps we’ve lost our sense of our true self. So to me being authentic and Straight Up is important if you want to lead a happy life. It’s really important to know your values and boundaries and ensure you’re living in accordance with them.
I certainly struggled for the period of time I was still working in Wealth Management post launching Zoii because my heart was in one place, but my head needed to be in another. So what I was doing vs what I knew I truly wanted wasn’t in alignment. Today I’m fortunate enough to wake up every day and put my energy into what I firmly believe is my purpose.
SUPR: The health industry isn’t perfect. If you had the power to change one thing about it, what would it be and why?
GN: How business owners and professionals in the industry choose to support each other. This is actually a big part of why I started Zoii. Unfortunately in every industry, there will always be people who I think believe that succeeding whilst helping and supporting those around them trying to do the same can’t co-exist. A big part of why I wanted to start Zoii was to create a community of support where exclusion, regardless of who you are or the size of your business, doesn’t exist, and instead, the idea of support and collaboration is championed at every opportunity.
One of my favourite quotes is ‘Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much’- Helen Keller.
It accurately sums up this concept, and how important I feel it is for all businesses to support each other.