Welcome to Inspirational Interview – Fab 5, a regular feature where I share the story of a clever creative who inspires me, and I hope they’ll do the same for you.
Rebecca (Bex) Weller sure is one busy lady. She’s the Perth-based blogging brains behind Vegan Sparkles, a health coach, wellness pro and author.
Bex is a bright, bubbly and incredibly kind soul who I had the pleasure of meeting when she hosted a raw chocolate workshop in Sydney a few years ago. We met again when I was in her hometown where she introduced me and a pal to a fabulous raw cafe in Fremantle. I hope you’ll find Bex’s positivity as inspiring and contagious as I do.
Your blog is fab! Who or what inspired you to create Vegan Sparkles?
Thank you so much! Vegan Sparkles actually began as just a teensy little free WordPress blog. I was inspired to start it when I decided to follow a vegan lifestyle in October 2011 and received a ton of questions from friends and family about what on Earth I was going to eat now.
I was working as a Cost Engineer in the corporate world back then, and no intentions of eventually creating a career from this teensy little blog. It was just a hobby, partly to keep myself accountable (I really wanted to be vegan but found it quite challenging in the beginning!), and partly to share with friends and family all the amazing things I was learning about a vegan lifestyle.
Looking back now, starting that blog was the catalyst for huge change in my life.
What blogging milestone are you most proud of and why?
Last year my online wellness and empowerment coaching program, Sexy Sobriety, was featured in a 3-page article in Elle Quebec Magazine! That was pretty mind-blowing.
But the milestones I’m most proud of are actually creating my coaching programs, Sexy Sobriety and The Sparkle Project, and helping hundreds of women worldwide to get their sparkle back and create a life they love. I feel so blessed to get to do this work every day. I still pinch myself!
What is your favourite food memory?
I love, love, LOVE girly lunches! Before I stopped drinking, I only wanted to go for long, boozy dinners. Dinners that often ended up with me blurting out inappropriate things, constantly repeating myself, or losing my handbag.
Now I adore the deep and meaningful chats and big belly laughs that I have with my gal pals over lunch. Better yet, I’m completely present with them, and remember everything we talked about!
Meeting you for lunch at my all-time favourite cafe, The Raw Kitchen in Fremantle, is a pretty special memory, Tara! As was running the Raw Chocolate Making Workshop in Sydney, where we first met.
Who are the creative souls that inspire you?
I’m so in awe of brave souls like Gabby Bernstein, Tommy Rosen, Marie Forleo, Hilary Rushford, and Kris Carr – blazing a beautiful trail and doing incredible things in the world. I loved every second of reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Big Magic, too. How stunning is the cover on that book? So amazing.
Toot your horn! What’s coming up next for Vegan Sparkles?
I never imagined that Vegan Sparkles would sprout off into two new directions, but that’s half the run, right? Seeing where this creative adventure leads us.
I’m thrilled to be in the midst of writing a book about my wellness journey and how it led to me creating Sexy Sobriety. I’m also busily creating a shiny new Business Mastermind for Health Coaches and Wellness Entrepreneurs, designed to help them rock their digital creations, reach more people, and have a greater impact in the world. It’s a very exciting time!
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