Amy Barnett

What is the best entry point for people into the Naturopathy lifestyle? 

If you have an interest and passion for natural health then looking into Naturopathy courses would be an amazing avenue to expand that interest. A lot of students and Naturopaths that I have spoken to have transitioned into the course naturally as natural and herbal medicine was already an interest. Lifestyle is the perfect way to describe Naturopathy, as the knowledge will stay with you throughout your life and benefit those around you. 

What is your favourite meal to wake up to?

I absolutely love a nutrient rich smoothie or protein oats. A favourite smoothie would be 1/2 cup frozen berries, handful baby spinach, 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter, 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop plant based protein, 1 Tbsp chia seeds. 

How do you stay positive, driven and focused?

I try my best to be driven and focused by setting short term goals as well as long term. It is also extremely refreshing to slow down and focus on the present. When life isn’t going your way it can be hard to remain positive, this is when reaching out to friends and family can be beneficial. I do love reading and finding books that create a positive life motivation as well. There is this amazing book called Ikigai, which is based in Japan and talks about finding a purpose in life to both enrich your life and create longevity. 

What would your advice be to someone who is in a fitness rut?

That we are all human and this is a place we have all been. When I’m in this situation, which is regularly as I don’t have a regular 9-5 job, I like to hit the reset button and start a 3-5 day health challenge of eating clean and getting back into a fitness regime. This challenge will always last longer than the 3-5 days and is a useful tool to just get back on track. 

What is the best travelling experience you’ve ever had?

One of my favourite countries is Japan. My husband and I met there and we both love the snow, culture and cuisine. We have now been back multiple times and these holidays would have to be my favourite experience. 

Do you prefer winter or water sports?

That is such a tricky question. I grew up on the beach and discovered a love for the snow in my 20’s. I would have to say I am completely torn. The ocean and the snow both have a special part in my heart. 

What is your best quality?

I have always struggled with identifying areas I would say are my best. I guess not taking myself of life too seriously. I am addicted to Dad jokes and my mind is constantly referring to Dad jokes and bad puns. 

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my relationship with my husband. I know that sounds cheesy, but we are a team and have so many adventures planned for ourselves. I consider myself extremely lucky and proud to have found him. 

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Jordan Renner

What do you love about nature?

Nature has always been beautiful to me. Ever since I was little it had the capability for me to get lost in its beauty and feel peace. I am able to not think about anything that can make me preoccupied. 

I often think that nature is underappreciated and people begin to get wrapped up in social media. I think that it’s important to put distractions aside from time to time and to appreciate what’s around them and the natural beauty that is given to us.

When do you feel most at peace?

I feel most at peace in the ocean surfing. I am able to only focus on the sounds of the water hitting the bottom of my surfboard. There is nothing else to do except focus on the beautiful ocean and the waves that nature creates. I am fortunate enough to be able to participate in a sport I love while enjoying nature and those around me. Surfing is such a relaxing sport while bringing peace and a healthy mental state to many people.

What is your fondest memory of the beach life?

My fondest memory is going to the beach with my family when I was younger. We would spend hours playing in the water and laying on the beach. I would have endless fun making sand castles and finding many things to do while I was young. I had such amazing memories when I was young, I grew up to love the beach and love being in any body of water.

What is your approach to fitness?

For me fitness is a very personal journey. I believe that everyone should want to be fit on their own terms and set their own goals instead of desiring to chase after how someone else looks. I love to be active and focus on my own fitness achievements. I try my best to go to the gym, surf, go on hikes/walks, and eat healthy. I will reach my fitness goals when I have achieved what I have wanted too without comparing myself to others.

Describe your personality in three words.

Outgoing. Friendly. Active.

What do you look for in a partner?

I have many qualities that I look for in a partner. I would love for them to be outgoing, respectful, caring, goofy, goal oriented, and to be passionate about fitness and being outdoors. These are important to me because this is the type of people I would want to spend my time with and I could see myself having feelings for. I would love someone who would be active with me and to be in nature with me as well.

Tell us your favorite way to spend time with friends.

I love to do many activities with friends. My favorite way to hang out with friends is to do activities where we can get to know each other better and talk. I love to get closer to my friends because friendship is very important to me. I love having a good time with my friends while laughing and doing fun activities.

If you could take one celebrity/public figure surfing, who would it be and why?

If I could take a celebrity surfing, I would love to take Bethany Hamilton. She persevered after her shark attack and it did not prevent her from doing what she loves. She is an inspiration as she is a professional surfer and doing what most people could not imagine being able to do.

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Elicia Jonsson

When did you first take up dancing?

I started dancing at age 9 because some of my friends were in dance. I’ve always been a showgirl who loves to sing and dance. When all eyes are on me, doing what I love, I truly feel at home.

What does dance bring to your life?

Dancing is my therapy, my friends, my strenghts and weaknesses (and it’s the most fun way, and best motivation, to work out and get results!).

If you could dance with any celebrity, who would it be? And why?

Oh, that’s a hard one. If it could be from any time, I would probably pick Freddie Mercury because I just love how he truly belived in himself and what he did.

From our time I’d probably pick Emma Watson or Zac Efron. Emma because she is one of the coolest persons I know, with her work for equality and also her acting skills. Zac because he seems superchill (and for ten year old Elicia who crushed super hard on Troy Bolton, haha!).

Tell us something about yourself that not many people know.

I actually love to paint, and I love poetry. Abstract things that gives you endless possibilitys to express excactly what you feel in that moment, is something that I find to be very comforting at times. Also I can make bubbles with my tongue, haha!

Tell us your wildest partying experience.

I’d rather save this one for another time 😉!

What is the most important thing you look for in a partner?

Someone who I can have alot of fun with! I’m a pretty outgoing person who doesn’t like to sit around and do nothing (even though I love to stay home and cuddle at times too). Someone who I can laugh with, and of course trust and communication is key.

What is at the top of your bucket list?

Right now its probably to make it to the Olympics 2024 in breakdance, would be so cool! 

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Katie Carter

When did you fall in love with dance and performing?

I’ve been dancing from the young age of 4 so I’ve always loved dancing however, I feel like my real passion for dance came when I was in high school around the age of 14. This is when I chose dance for one of my GCSE options and really thought about a career in dance.

Before this I was just doing dance as more of  hobby but when I looked deeper into dance as a career my passion started to grow, and I really started to build my dancing career by taking every opportunity to dance or teach dance seriously.

What does dancing bring to your life? How does it make you feel?

Dancing brings so much to my life, if it wasn’t for dance, I wouldn’t have met some of the most amazing people who I now class as my close friends.

Dance is a huge part of my life and has certainly made me who I am today! I have gained so much confidence through dancing, when I was younger, I was very shy in person however as the years went on and I started to take more classes and expand on my dancing my confidence flourished and made me into the confident person I am today. When I’m performing, I feel calm and that I have no worries in the world!

What is your favourite memory from performing?

Every time I perform, I’m gaining more amazing memories and experiences so it’s hard to whittle them down to just one.

However recently I was Showgirling for Girls Cartel and the Butterfly Ball at the Grosvenor House in London. This is one of the UKs biggest charity events which raises money for the Caudwell Children trust. I was so honoured to be apart of such an amazing event which helped to change so many children’s lives.

How do you like to relax when you are away from the stage?

One way I like to relax is juts by spending time with my family or friends simply by just going on days out and catching up with each other or just spending the day helping them with the things they need to do.

But apart from that I usually spend time on my self by going to the gym or going for facials which help me to relax and take time to myself to reflect on all the great opportunities I get given.

Tell us one of your wildest night out stories.

I’ve been on a lot of night outs which aren’t always quiet so its hard to say which is my wildest night. I always like to say the best nights out are the ones you can’t remember, and I often can’t remember my nights out. When I was younger, I went to a quite a few wild house parties and since them I’ve been to a lot of wild nights out and parties, however I don’t think I can tell the wildest stories!

What is your best travel experience?

I have quite a few travelling experiences as I’ve always been lucky enough to go abroad at least once a year, which I am very grateful for as I love going abroad and seeing the different cultures. So, if I had to choose, one of my favourite Holidays would have to be when I went to Mexico in 2009 as it was such a beautiful place.

When I go abroad, I love going to the beach and going in the sea and the beach in Mexico was like a dream, the sea was so beautiful it was like looking at a picture. Also, in our resort they had a trapeze which I loved going on alongside this they used the children in the resort for there shows on the night which was amazing for me.

What would be your dream event to perform at?

I don’t have a dream event as I am grateful to perform at any event. However, I would love to perform on a cruise ship as this is something I’ve always been attracted to doing, from the costumes to dances it all just looks amazing and you get to see the world while doing something you love so I couldn’t imagine anything better!

What is top of your bucket list?

My bucket list is always growing as there so many things I would love to see/do, but at the top is travelling to Australia. I have always wanted to visit Australia and travel around as its such a beautiful place and has millions of stunning things to do and amazing once in a life time opportunities to take part in.

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Jannicke Sæther

What did you love about science and what led you to this field?

I always loved reading biology books when I was little. I did actually study insects and plants for fun in kindergarten. The things I love about science is the process – from being curious, doing an experiment, observing, calculating the raw results to ending up with a conclusion.

I really want to make a change for the good, and I admire the art of handwork in this field. My main subject in science is microbiology. I work with detecting and identifying bacteria, fungus and parasites. 

What was your first ever job? What are your memories of it?

My first job was as a waitress at a cafe in my childhood hometown. I worked there for several years with my mother. I’m not sure, but I guess I was about 11 years old and worked there until I was 13-14.

I started developing extreme social anxiety which lead to many panic anxiety attacks throughout the day and I ended up with having to quit my job. This is why the laboratory is perfect for me, with being mostly alone and listening to music!

What is the strangest experience you’ve ever had at work?

The strangest thing at work happened at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, where I had my two years of apprenticeship.

I did perform many autopsies on everything from production animals, wild animals, house pets to fish. Once we had a sheep for autopsy. The cadaver had been lying in the sun over several weeks in the summer. When I was about to open the stomach, it exploded with rotten intestines all over our autopsy hall. The decomposition made so much built-up gas inside the sheep, so it collected a huge pressure inside it… that was pretty gross.

We see your adorable pets Circus Ghost the Pomeranian and Conrad the Sphynx on Instagram. Tell us about those two and what they bring to your life.

Conrad is my anxiety reliever. I got him at my worst, and he helped me through a terrible time. He is 3 years old now and has HCM (Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). This disease is feared among this breed, but he is healthy and shows no mayor sign of feeing any symptoms. Since I always have had dogs, I started missing it again. Conrad was feeling a tad alone, so we decided to finally add a new family member.

While we was in Oslo at a ghost concert, we had agreed with a breeder to meet up there. We brought Circus home, and in the first hour or two, they were already best friends! Conrad seems so happy about his lil’ brother and that brings so much joy for me. That cat definitely deserves living his best last years happy after bringing me up and out of depression.

You worked as a car mechanic in the past. What is your favourite car to drive? And why?

My all time favourite is the amazing Volvo 242 1976 mod. Me and my dad have been working on this baby since I could remember. BUT! My favorite car to drive is the BMW E30 325 ix. It was my “first” car. It was an 1989 mod, and I loved everything about it.  The looks, the engine, the feeling I got driving it for the first time after spending 2 years building it.

I hear you are an avid World Of Warcraft player. Why do you love the game so much?

I’ve always been the weird outcast since kindergarten. So when I was in first grade, my brother introduced me to WoW. I’ve always loved dungeons, dragons, orcs and castles. So WoW became my early escape from reality. I even remember daydreaming at school riding a gryphon home. Haha!

What is your favourite gaming memory?

When I was about 14/15 years old, I bought my first real gaming PC. The game Skyrim: Elder Scrolls V was included.  There, I was sold. I haven’t been playing any games for a year now, but I have almost about 2500 hours in playtime at this game! That’s pretty insane. DRAGONS!

You seem like someone who is always defying expectations. Tell us something else about yourself we might not expect.

Well, even though I love my work in science, love playing my games, hanging out with my pets and building cars, you will most likely see me at Bar Circus, my favourite local bar here in Trondheim. I’m almost here 5 out of 7 days just having a few too many beers and having fun with my friends. (Or alone with my S/O, beer tastes even better then!)

Emily Hayden

When were you first introduced to yoga?

I first started yoga when I was running 800m for my county, I suffered from shin splints and tried a few classes as I heard it was good. But I found it quite boring!

Then I went back to it years later, different teacher and style and fell in love with it. It did help with my flexibility but it also worked wonders for my mind and I craved that feeling more and more. I had no idea I would go on to be a teacher at the time.

What has yoga – and teaching yoga – brought your life?

I see so many people walk into my classes stressed and leave smiling and relaxed. This is my reason and what makes me happy. I know how much yoga has helped my life and to be able to give that gift to someone else is the best feeling!

I also love teaching yoga to athletes and took further training in Sports Yoga, and hearing that they are back playing and performing well in their chosen sport is really inspiring. Most athletes come to me when there has been a problem in there game or sport or they keep getting injured or want to prolong their careers, but I want to raise awareness of yoga in sports as it’s something that would help from a younger age and would help them perform at a top level throughout their careers.

What would your advice be to someone who is in a fitness rut?

Mix it up!  I can’t think of anything worse than going to the gym doing the same old stuff every time or walking round not knowing what to do.

I’m easily distracted so I’ll plan my workouts and get on with it. I’ll go to the gym only once or twice a week now. I also love going to classes so I go to this trampoline fitness class once a week now called ‘Bounce’, which is a fun way to get my cardio in. I’ll also try and get in a circuit class if I’m working in London – such as F45 and I’ll either do a self yoga practise or go to a class once a week too!

Tell us your dream three course meal.

Well I’ve just come back from Italy and they have like seven courses so three is quite tight!

Ok, this is hard! I’ll go for a Mozzarella, tomato and basil salad to start. For the main, I’ll go Japanese so black cod with broccoli and rice – maybe throw in some dim sum in there too. Then Chocolate fondant (warm with the chocolate caramel that trickles out as you put your spoon in it) and some green tea ice cream on the side.

Tell us your most cherished travel experience.

As I said I’ve just come back from Italy, this was for my first solo yoga retreat! I had some incredible women come and to see the change in them was incredible. We did yoga twice a day, went on a hike, ate our meals together, sunbathed, had massages, laughed so much and relaxed. I would say that’s up there!

If you could transport anywhere right now, where would you go? And why?

I’m desperate to go on safari and take my daughter, I just think it would be such an incredible experience. I love animals especially lions and tigers. They are so beautiful, powerful and survivors!

What do you love about acting and performing?

I’ve been in the industry for years. I love being part of a team on set, get to work with incredible talented people and seeing it all come together in the end production is really cool! I’ve always been a drama queen so I guess that’s why I fell into the industry!

When do you feel at your happiest?

You know what, the last few years I have made it my mission to be happy in most circumstances in my life and I would say in most areas of my life now I’m pretty much happy all the time. I have incredible family and friends, I work in what I love doing and I’m happy in myself most of the time.

Still working towards a few more things and that’s part of life, part of the process, part of growing and part of your own evolution. I never want to stop learning so when things don’t go the way I hoped I try and use these things as lessons and not reasons to give up or fall apart.

We are blessed that we have access to so much support, advice and we aren’t alone in our struggles!

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Maddie Tagg

Describe yourself in three words.

I would describe myself as bubbly, energetic and adventurous. 

How do you stay motivated and disciplined with your fitness regime?

I stay motivated by telling myself I can do it if I really want to do it and that is how I tend to reach my goals – by never giving up.

How do you relax after a long day?

After a long day I relax by having a workout or going to the gym – which refreshes my mind – or I have a nice warm shower and put a face mask on. Find both of these therapeutic.

Tell us your favourite travel experience.

My favourite travel experience was Mexico because I am obsessed with exploring and being adventurous. I had the chance to swim with dolphins and whale sharks, as well as exploring through the jungle and swimming in cenotes.

Who was your first celebrity crush?

My first celebrity crush was probably Justin Bieber.

If you could transport anywhere right now, where would you go? And why?

I would go to Bora Bora. It’s my dream place to go, it looks like something out of a film. If I could live somewhere tropical I would.

Tell us your favourite night partying story.

My favourite partying story was going to either one of the world famous techno clubs in Ibiza called Aankeys or going to the dance festival called Creamfields.

When do you feel at your happiest?

I feel happy a lot of the time but mainly when I’m working out at the gym or when I’m travelling and finding something new.

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