THRIVHER INTERVIEW: Sally-Anne Ferguson

Updated: Jul 24, 2018


Thrivher Achievements:

Co-Founder and CEO of InnerOrigin– A revolutionary online wellness marketplace for wholesome and natural products — sourced predominantly from local communities to serve the community.



THRIVHER DIVE


Can’t start the day without: Superfood Smoothie


Most inspirational read of all time: A book that is simple to read and remains a favourite because it was so pivotal in my life is; 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace by Wayne Dyer. Since the day I bought the book it has been a go-to daily for me. At the time, I was really struggling emotionally and mentally to balance the enormity of the challenge my family was facing with my brother's disease. It’s a book you can pick up at any time, on any page, and it helps to put everything in perspective. It gave me enormous peace, motivation and balance.


Most motivating music track:“Whitney Houston - One Moment In Time”. It almost feels like I could have written that song for myself and my own life, I strive each day to be my full potential and fulfil my goals and dreams, the words of this song are everything to me.


Non-negotiable thing that regularly block out time for: A bath


I love this quote:"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity" Amelia Earhart


Most afraid of: Dying with music still in me. In other words, I’m most afraid of not achieving my full potential in life. As a result I’m committed every day to becoming a better person, and taking on more self-growth and embracing more and more challenges, so I am always showing up as all that I can be.


Go-to for fun, to let your hair down: Haha! I’m ridiculously boring :) Getting away to my parents’ place in the country, to simply spend all day in my tracksuit pants and an old jumper, lots of cups of herbal tea, turn the phone on silent, relax and get fresh air with my dog Daisy!



Thrivher Survivor Moves


Looking back, when did your interest in Wellness BEGIN THAT EVENTUALLY LEAD YOU TO CO-FOUNDING INNER ORIGIN?

When I was at school, I was diagnosed as gluten-intolerant, dairy-intolerant and various other things. My mum was ahead of her time and she took me to a naturopath and a kinesiologist and I was put on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet when I was about 16. Back then it was hard because there were no gluten-free products in the shops, so my mother had to cook two meals: one for the family, one for me. In a very short space of time, my whole energy completely changed - I completely changed. The difference in my mental clarity was incredible and I became so productive. That really sparked my interest in the Wellness industry. It was a difficult choice for me to decide between pursuing a career as a dietician or a naturopath, or going to university to study business. I ended up choosing to do the business degree because I thought I could apply that to my passion afterwards.



How did your career develop after university?

After doing my degree I took a job with ALDI Stores and moved to the U.S.A. where I worked from the ground up – all training was to be part of the opening team of ALDI stores here in Australia. So, I got a very good grounding in the grocery industry. After ALDI I went to run the family business, but there was a constant calling in me to the Wellness industry that eventually I couldn’t ignore any more.


Everyone told me I would be crazy to leave my job, but I knew that I wasn’t living my full life, so I made the decision to leave to go into business for myself. I started to look around for businesses to buy but then during that time, my brother was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer where they discovered he had over 400 tumours throughout his kidneys, so I went back to run the family business.



Your brother’s illness must have had a huge impact upon you personally. In what ways did it affect your career aspirations?

His diagnosis threw our family into a spin. We are a very close family so although it was primarily his challenge, we were all fighting it alongside him for now what has been about 11 years. It became our full focus. Western medicine certainly has its place,