Inspirational Friends Colly from Soma Organics
If you live in Australia and hang out in health food stores or Woolies then no doubt you have seen Soma Organic Bites, they are hard to miss due to their unique (ec0) packaging. I first had contact with Colly when she was launching Soma Organics, she gifted me some Soma Bites and I was hooked. The packaging is beautiful, it is recycled and small enough you can carry around in your handbag. Inside are 3 bites - made from goji berries, chia seeds, brazil nuts, medjool dates, sesame seeds and honey - raw, all natural, organic and SUPER tasty! What I love most about Soma Bites is that they are home made, made with love. My second meeting with Colly was at the 2013 Food Magazine Awards when Soma Organics were finalists in the Organic & Packaging Categories. A fantastic achievement for a business that was so new to the world. Colly and her husband are hard workers, they put their heart and soul into Soma Organics and are out to change the snack world for good. With new flavours launching in 2014 and expanding their list of stockists expect to see a lot more of Soma Organics. We are crossing fingers they start stocking across the ditch sometime soon!
- Meet Colly... (yes, that is her above looking gorgeous with her tube of Soma Bites)
Where are you based?
What inspired you to start up Soma Organics?
I’ve always been health-minded and lived a well-rounded healthy lifestyle but the true catalyst for starting the business occurred after a fell pregnant. As every mother understands, it is an honour to bring life into the world. Your life suddenly becomes far more important than it was ever been perceived. This is where my awareness towards nurturing my body with wholesome and clean foods grew. I began to re-educate myself in this area and during this process I noticed a huge gap for certified organic snack foods on the market.
For everyone that doesn’t know you or the Soma Organics brand tell us about yourself.
Alongside my husband, I am the co-founder and owner of Soma Organics. We launched the Soma Bites, a 100% certified organic bite size superfood snack in late 2012. The product grew rapidly in the first year of business with over 50 independant stockists and 100 Woolworths supermarkets in Australia.
We have featured in Womens Health and Fitness Mag, Green Lifestyle, BRW, New Idea, finalist for the Food Magazine Awards and partner with the Love Food Hate Waste campaign. I am also about to complete a Bachelor of Health Science in Psychology and Health Promotion and working towards a Health Psychology degree.
Give us a small insight into your daily routine.
I have a 2 year old therefore sleep-ins and peaceful moments are a rarity! But in the moments I do have, I begin my day with a hot lemon water, engage in full awareness and set my intention for the day. This is a simple yet effective technique I have done for years. It aligns my thoughts with where I need to be – what I need to focus on.
My morning then begins with exercise – always. I am a keen runner and usually strive for 50km a week. This is my form of meditation. Every keen runner will understand the bliss of the runner high, which is why I love running and it works well for me. I mix this up with Pilates and resistance band training on alternate days.
The day follows with emails, calls, meetings, product development, managing operations for all the stores.
In terms of my food intake, I enjoy eating plentiful vegetables, juices, organic eggs, organic chicken, wild-caught salmon, quality snacks and indulge in raw desserts.
Once again, it all depends on what works for you. I’d like to think I now know the natural rhythm of my body and the best foods for me. It’s crucial to pay attention to the signs and learn to listen to them for yourself.
What is the philosophy you live by?
My favourite quote is, ‘go with the flow and flow with the go’. Life presents unplanned opportunities therefore flexibility is paramount.
What can we expect to see from Soma Organics in 2014? Anything exciting in store?
Absolutely. On the business front we are expanding the Soma Bite range by launching additional flavours. We are also launching the Soma Bites in an additional 200 Woolworth supermarkets by then end of the year as well as international availability. We are designing a completely different range of products, which once again was born from noticing another huge gap in the food market. All I can say is stay tuned for that one.
We are also excited to announce we are providing the Academy Awards backstage dressing rooms with the Soma Bites for March 2nd in L.A. We were approached by a company that sources healthy, raw foods for the celebrities backstage area. This is a huge opportunity for us to expand brand awareness on an international scale.
Your top three tips to achieving optimal health and happiness?
Balance - between business, family, personal time, social, education, personal development and charity. Nourishment – quality foods, adequate sleep + physical activity. Love - self love, love for friends and family, love for the good times, and the challenges.
Where can we find you?