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RADA CAMPBELL - MOTHER & ENTREPRENEUR, SATVIK FOODS. 

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF- WHO YOU ARE, AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I am a mother, creative and entrepreneur. I was born into the Hare Krishna religion in Northern NSW and spent most of my childhood running wild with my 8 siblings. Growing up, I was deeply influenced by stories and traditions of the varied spiritual doctrines my eccentric mother subscribed to. This left me with a rich curiosity, and audaciousness to seek out the world for myself. I spent many years overseas and returned to my roots to raise my own daughters in the little rainforest village of Uki.

Designer and Entrepreneur Rada taking a mirror selfie wearing the Nine Lives Bazaar mini dress
Mother and entrepreneur Rada looking radiant in a bohemian-inspired dress from Nine Lives Bazaar.
WHAT SETS YOUR SOUL ON FIRE AND BRINGS SUNSHINE INTO YOUR LIFE?  

Connecting deeply with people, dancing like nobody's watching, swimming in the ocean during a storm, and creating with my hands - whether I’m sewing, drawing, cooking or writing.

CREATING IS A BIG PART OF YOUR LIFE, WHEN DID THIS PASSION BEGIN? 

Satvik Foods was created by my wonderful sister, Kat, in her home kitchen back in 2010. It is a health food business that specialises in creating delicious and nutritious meal packs using high-quality ingredients. Our products are inspired by traditional Ayurvedic principles, which emphasise the importance of a balanced and wholesome diet for overall health and wellbeing. We offer a range of products that are all made with natural wholesome ingredients. What sets Satvik Foods apart is our delicious flavours and ease of use, as well as our commitment to sustainability and eco-friendliness. It has been an honour for me to help grow and expand it. I have focused on the creative side of the business, developing recipe tutorials, building our online presence, and transitioning our packaging to certified home compostable materials. Our commitment to quality, sustainability, and deliciousness has allowed us to expand our reach nationally and even feature on live TV shopping channel. It's been an exciting journey, and we are always looking for new ways to innovate and grow.

WHICH SUNSHINE PEOPLE PIECE CAN YOU SEE YOURSELF LIVING IN THE MOST?

My wardrobe is brimming with NLB treasures. I am excited for this release, especially the beautiful Winnie Dress in Arcadia, and the Andie Midi Dress in Wildflower.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

Fashion and colour theory has always played a huge part in my personal style from as young as I can remember. My background is fashion design, and making myself clothing was an intrinsic expression and communication through my adolescence, and young adult life. Nowadays I follow the ancient Ayurveda colours of the week to guide what I wear. For example, Friday is ruled by the planet Venus, the divine feminine and the colour pink, which is why I have chosen the beautiful Andie Midi Dress with its pink and gold wildflowers.

Nine Lives Bazaar dress adding a pop of color to Rada's outfit as she confidently poses for the camera.

WHO IS A SPECIAL SOMEONE OR PEOPLE THAT BRINGS SUNSHINE INTO YOUR LIFE? 

I am so fortunate to be surrounded by women made of pure sunshine, from my daughters and sisters, to my best friends and work collaborators. I think it is so important who you share energy with, and I am a huge advocate for boundaries and observing who you are and how you feel around people. This kind of self care allows you to radiate authentically, and invites those around you to do the same.

WHAT ARE SOME DAILY PRACTICES THAT GROUND YOU AND KEEP THE SUNSHINE IN YOUR LIFE? 

Starting my day with ginger tea and writing in my 5 Minute Journal has become a ritual that I like to keep. It helps me to focus on the things that I'm grateful for, and to set positive intentions for the day ahead. When I don’t have time to write, I close my eyes and bring these things to my mind in clear pictures, and it always has a big impact on my mood and outlook.

One of the things that I'm most proud of is how my daily practices have inspired my daughters to start practising mindfulness and gratitude on their own. They see me taking time for myself each morning, and they've started doing the same thing. It's amazing to see them growing into mindful, resilient young women.

I've also been experimenting with a new practice recently, where I consciously give thanks for the time I spend on my phone or computer each day. I used to feel guilty about spending too much time online, but reframing it as something to be grateful for has really helped me shift my perspective. It reminds me that technology can be a source of connection and learning, but that it's also important to disconnect and seek out meaningful experiences offline.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR RADA? 

I am on a big healing journey at the moment, reconciling a colourful, yet often neglected childhood. Mending generational trauma is an important step to clearing the way for my next exploration. As well as feeling a sense of belonging within my community for the first time, I am feeling more inspired and creative than ever before, and I am exploring new artistic projects that I never would have had the confidence to pursue in the past. I am also thinking about how I can use my experiences to help others who may be struggling with trauma or a sense of disconnection. Ultimately, my goal is to live a life that is authentic and fulfilling, and I am excited to see where this adventure takes me.




WRITTEN BY KARYS STAPLEY


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