5 minutes with…Sarah Stevenson


This interview was originally conducted for, and appears on, the Loving Earth blog.

1. Were you sporty as a kid?

You could pretty much call me sporty spice!! I was always active, playing outdoors and coming home with dirt all over myself. I loved dancing, gymnastics, running, swimming and athletics!

 2. What was your proudest possession when you were a kid?

My very first pair of pointe shoes! I started ballet when I was 3, so I don’t necessarily remember my first pair of ballet shoes, however, trying on and purchasing my very first pair of pointe shoes was one of the best moments of my life. My ballet teacher sent me a hand written letter to announce that my feet and body were ready for pointe shoes. I cried… of happiness…. literally.

3. What’s your party trick? And what was your party trick as a kid?
(knowing all the words to a rap/reciting the alphabet backward really quickly/super good at maths?!)

How much food I can eat on the party table. It’s pretty impressive.  Oh, and I’m pretty incredible at limbo.

4. Now you live with Kurt, what do you miss most about living at home?

My mum doing my laundry!! Oh my gosh! Laundry and washing is honestly the bain of my existence! #aintnobodygottimefordat

5. What’s the one thing your mum always told you?

My mum is seriously the princess of positivity! Everyone who comes in contact with her says she is just a ray of sunshine who warms their heart. She’s actually the best human ever!! She has SO MANY incredible one liners! I actually use loads of them on my YouTube channel. One thing I love that she says is “don’t say those words over yourself Sare”. She always taught my sisters and I to love ourselves and be grateful for out bodies and minds. If we were struggling with school work she would make us sit there and physically speak out load saying “I am smart, I have powerful brain, I’m going to understand this”. The power of positive talk life changing!

6. When you were a school teacher, what did you used to eat for lunch?

Pretty much what you see on my “What I eat in a day’ Youtube videos now to be honest. I love HUGE salads filled with quinoa, sweet potato, greens and avocado. I also love to snack on fruit, raw veggies, seeds and of course fruit and nut mix (if it’s a nut friendly school).

7. What’s been your biggest ‘Aha’ moment?

When I realised the (traffic relative) saying ‘bumbadabumba’ was actually… ‘bumper to bumper’. POOF mind explosion. The world makes sense now.

8. You’re a new addition to the Pantone Colour Chart, what would you be called?

First of all – what a fabulous question! I’m excited even thinking about it! Ok, well of course I’d have to be some kind of pink tone, but I think I would label myself ‘positive pink’… is that lame? #actconfidentandnoonewillquestionyou

9. You are always on the go, top tips for travelling near and far?

Always bring healthy snacks!! I always think how disappointed a burglar would be if they stole my bag on the street. All they would find is some dirty coin at the bottom of my bag, suit and nut mix, an apple and a water bottle.

10. If you could go back and indulge in a former junk food favourite, what would it be?

I’m going to be so boring here and say NOTHING! If I ever have a craving, I can satisfy it! Honestly, I’m pretty proud of the fact that I can make essentially any food healthy! I’m always making Kurt and I healthy ‘fried chicken’, burgers, banana nice cream and of course Loving Earth chocolate!

11. Where does your mind go when you’re working out at the gym?

Wow…. I actually don’t know! If I’m having a great session, I’m literally so in the zone, that the only thing I’m thinking about is the exercise at hand. If I’m a little distracted, or not feeling my session, I’m usually thinking about what I’ll be eating afterwards haha.

12. You’re on a desert island and can have only one luxury – what do you take with you?

Probably a facial serum. I LOVE facial serums and ain’t nobody got time for dry, scaly, desert skin!

13. What’s one thing  you do every day without fail? (not counting brushing your teeth!)

GO OUTSIDE!! Sunshine and nature is seriously the best medicine in my opinion! This was also an unspoken rule in my household growing up. If we were grumpy, mum would send us outside to sit in the sun. Sick – sun. Tired – sun. Sad – sun. I LOVE the outdoors and use a walk along the beach as my reward for smashing out emails or getting a lot of work done!

How would you like a National Park 40 minutes from your front door?


This post was originally written for, and appears on, the Loving Earth blog.

The Great Forest National Park or GFNP is a campaign is to get the forests and parks that stretch from Kinglake through to the Baw Baws and up to Eildon declared as a National Park.

GFNP has its own logo and lots of supporters, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that the National Park already exists, but it doesn’t yet!

By declaring the forests as a National Park, it will create a vibrant tourist destination for anyone who visits the area. It will also protect it from logging which is heavily impacting the ecosystems that we rely on for our main source of water.

Did you know that 90% of Melbourne’s fresh water comes from the Mountain Ash forests a little over an hour away from the CBD?

The aim is to help preserve these forests that already exist so the native wildlife can thrive and the trees don’t end up as paper for your printer.

These forests grow all along the Great Divide because of the rich rainfall patterns and has meant that they are some of the most carbon dense forests on the earth – something that we DEFINITELY need more of to help mother nature bounce back.


The Park, stretching from Kinglake through to the Baw Baws and north-east up to Eildon.

At Loving Earth we’re pretty passionate about this project, firstly because it’s where we make our chocolate (yum) and also because this is our chance to give back to the land.

We work with indigenous communities around the world to source the ingredients for our chocolate, to preserve and protect their way of living with and on the land. Their guardianship is what will guide us into how we can begin to regenerate the planet and supporting the GFNP is our way of contributing to this planetary healing, right on doorstep.

These forests are also home to the tallest flowering trees on the planet (140metres – way bigger than the American redwoods) and home to some pretty cool animals, like the Boobook Owl, who you may recognise from our first ever Easter eggs…told you they were rad.

Getting out in nature is one of our favourite things to do and the area is perfect for exploring and trying out a whole heap of other adventures including bike riding, bushwalking, fishing, bird watching, four-wheel driving, motor biking, camping, zipline tours and much more – FUN!

If that all sounds a bit too active, then check out our top five things to do on a long weekend (like Easter!).

If you’re feeling inspired and want to get involved – here are out top five ways to make a difference:

1. Follow, love and share the Great Forest National Park on Instagram @greatforestnp

2. Learn more about the Great Forest National Park plan

3. Help us to make a GFNP film – donate today

4. Visit the Great Forest National Park – download a Self-Drive Tour Guide today

5. Be sure you’re not using paper sourced from forests that should be protected in the GFNP –choose an Ethical Paper

To find out more, head over to www.greatforestnationalpark.com.au