Hi, I’m Gina the founder of The Wellness Collective. The Wellness Collective is an online community of people doing great things and a carefully curated selection of products that promote and enhance wellness. I wanted to be able to share beautiful products and create a sense of community - offering our customers and followers a space thats inclusive, informative and delivers on products that are good for them and the planet.  Visit us online at - Get in touch via email - Connect with us on instagram - @wellnesscollectivenz 2. What does wellness mean to you?  Wellness is our health, for me it’s an all encompassing term or concept that includes our physical, mental and spiritual health.  3. How would you rate your current state of wellness 1-10 scale 10 being the best you could ever be? It really varies at the moment, today maybe a 6. I’m currently in my third trimester of pregnancy, so not quite feeling 100%. During pregnancy our hormones change and that can effect our mental sense of wellness, and then there is some physical challenges too of course.  I’ve had to slow down a lot and really focus on listening to my body to ensure I stay on the positive side of the wellness scale. I’ve personally just given myself a lot of leeway to feel anything and everything, knowing that it’s totally ok to have those big feelings or to be really tired. I believe kindness to ourselves and acceptance are the keys to feeling and being positive. 4. When were you at your weakest and what happened that made you want to take steps towards healing yourself?  It’s tricky to pinpoint one moment, there have been many times when I have felt weak. I have struggled with depression and anxiety in the past. I think each of the times when darkness has reared it's head, it has been a learning experience that I have been able to grow from. The challenges we face strengthen us and prepare us for our future. Each time I have been faced with an experience or period of time when I have been down, I’ve grown my repertoire of healing practices. I started out using running for healing. It wasn’t necessarily a conscious choice, but something I started doing that became a habit and almost a daily mediation. Over time I’ve expanded that to be yoga, meditation, taking time for myself, spending time in nature and surrounding myself with a beautiful community of people. Lately I’ve been working on being more present and journalling also. 5. What gave you strength?  Letting myself feel the things that I needed to feel, but to then let go. Knowing that our life is entirely up to us, how we choose to perceive it and how we choose to proceed.

6. What health focusses worked for you and have continued to be a positive in your life?  Movement has always had such a positive effect on my life. When I was a little younger I was really focused on cardio and more intense activity but I’ve learnt the incredible value of slow movement - yoga and stretching, going for a walk. I think it has a way of shifting your perspective and moving the energy within your body, that helps you to process feelings. And of course it’s also a great way to release endorphins and good for your physical body! 7. Where would you like to continue to improve? What is something you are excited to try in the next months years etc.  I would like to deepen my meditation practice. This is something I’ve done on and off, but it often gets pushed to the side as i ‘never have time for it’. I would really love to explore this further. I’m also incredibly open to all learnings, there is so much out there available to us to learn and grow from and through and to experience especially on a spiritual level. I’m really open to continuing to learn for years to come. If I could give someone any advice it would be ....It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t need to be ‘right’ … any step along the wellness journey that works for you is perfect!  Covid19 was a huge learning curve for me. I had been working incredibly hard for a long time without really realising it. I was so focused on what needed to be done and getting everything completed, I didn’t realise that I was  always on and that I was functioning on a level of anxiety just waiting for the next thing to pop up that I needed to attend to. When Covid19 came I lost a lot of the work I had been doing, although that was challenging as I took it a personal failure, I came to realise it was a blessing. It took me a couple of weeks to realise I didn’t have to be checking my emails every five minutes, that it was ok to slow down. Slowing down and learning the more even it is business growth and ‘success', is not always better. Such a beautiful lesson. Hope you have a beautiful day! Kind Regards,  Gina Pickering  Founder gina@thewelllnesscollective