Founder and Owner of Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher.
Suzy started 'Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher' because the vegan products available in supermarkets were tasteless, rubbery and highly processed. Suzy had been making delicious handmade vegan small goods and Seitan for my friends and family for years so the next logical step was to make it into a business.
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You can’t start the day without:
Having my morning cuddle with our dog Basil who sleeps on our bed.
A favourite quote is:
Albert Einstein said "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chance for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
One wellness ritual you do regularly:
I try to have one day off a week where I don't do any Vegetarian Butcher work.
The last inspiring podcast you listened to and what makes it worth a listen:
Chat 10 Looks 3. I love Leigh Sales and Annabel Crab. I find them inspiring.
A recommended read for personal growth:
Oh the places you'll go by Theodor Geisel (Dr Seuss) because it's truly inspirational for people of all ages. It was the last book Theodor Geisel published before he died, and his experience of life is expressed so poetically. The story shows the excitement and energy that comes from the beginning of a journey, told using the experience of a well traveled traveler. It's just the most perfectly told story of life. It pulls no punches and gives you the crunchy with the smooth, because that's how life is.
Which business or person inspires you right now and why?
My friend Kevin Baker who does field work as a Dr for Medecins Sans Frontieres inspires me on a daily basis. His compassion for humanity is contagious and humbling.
What has been the most defining moment in your career to date?
In 2012 I quit my job in the art department of Home and Away and started Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher. It was a risky leap of faith but I've never looked back.