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Five Minutes With... Georgia Lawson

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Meet our awesome COO, Cofounder and Mindful Mum, Georgia Lawson. 


 

Where did you go on your last vacation?

The glorious Gold Coast. My little family of 3 spent about 5 days up there exploring theme parks by day and cuddling up watching movies together at night. It was such precious family time and I came back feeling so recharged.

 

Where in the world do you live and what do you love the most about it? 

Manly, NSW. This has always been a place I’ve felt drawn to. I love that’s it’s surrounded by water, the ocean on one side and the harbour on the other. It has such an awesome vibe and it has a great community.

 

What do you think the biggest threat is to our planet and the people in it today?

We’re all so busy. I find the times that I cut corners is when I’m in a hurry or exhausted.

And when you’re tired the easy options of buying products from the supermarket that are laden with toxic chemicals, or getting takeaways and pre-packaged foods, for example, are definitely more attractive. It’s hard to feel like it’s really making an impact, but if we’re always in that state, that builds up to a lot of toxins in your environment and washed down the drain, and waste into landfill every year. We need to look after ourselves and prioritise time for planning and preparing. It helps our wellbeing, wallet and planet in the long term.

 

Give us your elevator pitch for your mission.

Real people going through the same struggles of balancing life and trying to leave the earth better than we found it, well at least, not worse.  

We want to share tips, tools and motivation with the community to help make the balance easier.

 

What drives you to get out of bed every day?

One of two things – my dog or my son.

But once I’m up, I’m lucky enough to be walking along my favourite beach before heading to a job I love and an awesome team.

 

What one piece of advice do you wish you could give your 15-year-old self?

Watch your waste!

At 15 I was definitely doing gross things like going to MacDonalds after school, not hungry at all, but asking for a water which came with the cup, lid and straw, just to feel like part of the crew.

I shudder to think how many disposable coffee cups I got from Gloria Jeans throughout uni alone.

I’m so glad waste and recycling is talked about in schools these days, and we’ve met a few cool, younger kids that are so passionate about zero waste which makes really optimistic about future generations, but I could go back to my 15-year-old self and give her a little shake.

 

What does the word ‘community’ mean to you?

Hugs! Physical and emotional. People that have something in common that are supporting each other.

 

Tell us about your self-care routine.

Does watching reality TV with my husband count as self-care? That’s my guilty pleasure.

Any time with my family with my phone off is the best form of recharging for me, followed by a good dose of vitamin sea and vitamin sweat.

 

Who/what has been the biggest influence in getting your life to the stage it’s at now? 

I’m surrounded by the most incredibly supportive, selfless family and friends that make me feel like I can do and be anything I want. I’m so motivated to not let these people down.

My dad said in my 21st speech that he knew I was going to make a difference and that stuck with me, even more the amount I once spent on an Ed Hardy T-shirt…. My sister and mum that are always there to listen and basically take on my responsibilities so I can do what I need to. My brother is a huge support and source of inspiration. I’m blessed to have incredible friends; two head cheerleaders in particular are always rolling their sleeves up to get involved. My husband makes me feel like I can achieve anything and helps enable that. And finally my son, whom I feel a great responsibility for helping the planet he’s going to grow up in be as healthy as possible.

 

Thank you so much, Georgia. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thank you to anyone who is reading or listening.

I hope you enjoy/ed our first podcast!

 

Want to hear more from Georgia? Listen as she joins the two Charli(e)'s with host Roland Davies on our podcast, launching Monday, 12 August 2019.

Head over to our dedicated podcast page HERE to listen to each episode as they are released, or subscribe on anchor.fm, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and more! Just search for 'The Ripple Effect from The Clean Collective' on your preferred platform. 


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