From projects to plants - how Clare Gardner Nieto created a new path that healed more than her career.

From projects to plants - how Clare Gardner Nieto created a new path that healed more than her career.

A year ago, Clare was one of those project managers that you'd consider your "right hand". She had the budgets, timelines, schedules, technicalities, clients, teams all under control. She was there before and after you. She was keeping everything together. 

Everything that is, apart from herself. 

Wracked with daily physical pain and a mounting realization that her unhappiness with her career was affecting not only her health but those she loved, Clare quit her job - her career - in December 2016 to practice herbalism. In a matter of months, she's gone from managing multi-million dollar technical projects with global clients, to 1:1 herbalism consultations and an expansive knowledge of "tinctures". And, she's happier than she's ever been. 

What does it take to take such a leap? And is it worth leaving the "big job" behind?

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How reclaiming mornings helped Hannah Barnstable reclaim her career.

How reclaiming mornings helped Hannah Barnstable reclaim her career.

To some, New Zealand means Kiwis, All Blacks and Lord of the Rings. To Hannah Barnstable and her husband Brady, it became the inspiration for a new business - and a new life as creators of the “Seven Sundays" brand of muesli. 

Five years ago, Hannah was a successful investment banker in Manhattan, on “the career track”, logging the road warrior miles and killing her assignments. However, she began to realize that her lifestyle of travel and long hours was far from sustainable.  

Newly wed, she and her husband Brady chose New Zealand for their honeymoon (“our ideal vacation was in a tent in the middle of nowhere”) where they stayed in small B&Bs and explored the vast, beautiful land. As they travelled, they fell in love with the country but also something more unusual -  muesli - the healthier version of granola that many New Zealanders eat for breakfast. They began to relish the space and quiet given to breakfast each morning. It was that space that gave them the inspiration to change their lives. 

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