As you may or may not know I grew up in a little country town in Victoria called Echuca. Last year a beautiful photo popped up in my Facebook feed and my eyes nearly popped out - A plant based cafe in Echuca? Hang on am I reading this right? Sure enough I was, I clicked right on over to the website and fell in love with the cafe and Aishe from just reading about it and her philosophy. I now visit every time I am home and have met Aishe in the flesh. Without further I do, please let me introduce Aishe, complete boss babe living her best life. Honestly makes me so happy to see.
JM - Explain to us all of the ‘must knows’ about The Sweet Meadow.
The Sweet Meadow is a plant-based (vegan) cafe that was born from a desire to bring healthy eating options to regional Victoria. One of my favourite things to do is eat out with family and friends, but I found when I first went vegan a few years before, it was extremely difficult to find vegan-friendly eateries in the country. So basically, I created a space that I wish I had years ago!
Sharing a meal is a beautiful way to bring people together and studies have shown that times like these - spent building relationships with family and friends - can lift our happiness levels even more than if we received significant financial gain. That is really what my goal was with The Sweet Meadow- creating a warm, familiar space that provides the perfect way to indulge in quality time solo or with friends, nourishing both the body and soul.
JM - I am super passionate about showing up as the very best version of ourselves possible. I deeply encourage my clients to live authentically and inline with what really matters to them because I believe when we do so the whole universe conspires to help us.
Do you agree? Yes, definitely.
How has ‘The Sweet Meadow” flourished by you doing so?
I was only able to start The Sweet Meadow once I realised that my current corporate role wasn't what got me out of bed every morning. I think it's always helpful to think about what you'd be doing if money wasn't a factor - how would you spend your days? For me, it was making vegan treats, taking photos, socialising and being creative. I am lucky enough to get to do all of this everyday.
JM - Please share with us 3 non-negotiables in your self-love/ care routine
Quality sleep is my absolute non-negotiable when it comes to self-care. I simply can't function without a solid 8 hours rest time. How can you achieve great things if you don't give yourself the opportunity to dream?
Affirmations & creative visualisation are part of my morning routine and help me set the tone for the day. I find things turn to crap pretty quickly if I haven't made time for my daily affirmations!
Time outdoors, whether it's exercising, visiting a garden or just going for a walk around our orchard, is like a form of meditation for me. Plant lover Fem Gulcluturk says "We often forget that we are nature. It is when we lose our connection to nature that we lose the connection to ourselves."
JM - Intuition, I explain this to my clients as the voice within us that doesn’t talk. How has your intuition helped you in getting where you are today? And do you have any tips for us on how to tune into it?
I see our intuition as the thing that helps steer us in the right direction. There have been times over this past year where I've ignored my gut instinct and it has always backfired later on, whether it's using a certain supplier, hiring staff or deciding how to spend our advertising dollar. I'm currently working with a business mentor who always reminds me never to make a business decision based from fear. Fear is a manipulative emotion that will trick us into leading a boring life, so my advice is to just follow your bliss. As Steve Jobs said, if you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed or feel forced. The vision will pull you. Listen to it and enjoy the journey.
JM - Lets spice things up with a random question - If you could be any animal in the world what would you be?
Without a doubt, I would be a butterfly. Not only are they beautiful and can fly (I do love to travel), I love that they symbolise transformation. From an egg to a caterpillar and then emerging in all its glory as a butterfly, this creature embraces the changes to its environment and body, and is all the stronger for it.
JM - To finish up, please share with us what is one quote/ motto/ message you like to live by?
I love this question! One quote I read two years ago by Robin Sharma really planted the seed in my mind to start pursuing my own business venture: "Don't live the same year 75 times and call it a life."
One of my favourite authors of all time is Rumi, a Persian poet who lived in the 13th century. I could rattle of a dozen of his quotes but the one that resonates with me most is "You wander from room to room hunting for the diamond necklace that is already around your neck." It reminds me that we already have everything we need within us to create our dream life.
Finally, this quote from philosopher Clarissa Pinkola Estes really pushed me to leap into the adventure that is running your own business. She says, "If you don't go out in the woods, nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin." I truly believe I would never have started my own venture if I hadn't read her book Women who run with the Wolves in 2015. A must read.
THANK YOU so so much Aishe for taking the time to inspire us today. You are truely such an inspiration. When I walk into The Sweet Meadow I feel so much love, warmth and life. Your passion shines through everything, from the beautiful decor, flowers, food and energy. Well Done on chasing your dreams, doing what matters to you, showing up as the best version of yourself and overcoming fear. I know how much courage it takes.
If you don't live in Victoria do yourself a favour and check out the website for all of the same love, warmth and life - just without the full belly.
Oh and keep your eyes peeled for a collaboration between Aishe and I in the coming months!