A mo­ment of calm

We meet with travel blog­ger Carmen Huter, 24, as she ex­plains how she got her dream job and what well­ness means to her

Nadia - - NADIA + BELL TEA -

Igrew up in a town of just 10,000 peo­ple, I thought it was a big city – turns out it really wasn’t! I came to New Zealand to study English and the school I was at went into re­ceiver­ship after two months, caus­ing me to lose my visa. I started trav­el­ling and fell in love with the coun­try, and also the idea of trav­el­ling. I fin­ished my de­gree in Christchurch, went back to Aus­tria, packed up my things and bought a one-way ticket to New Zealand. That’s where it all be­gan – that was five and a half years ago. I told my­self, if I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it. Now ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent.

I have come to re­alise that well­be­ing starts from within. It’s more of a mind­set that any­thing else – and treat­ing your body the right way. I’ve been ve­gan for three years and it’s def­i­nitely helped me in my phys­i­cal well­be­ing. Eat well, make your own food, and dial things back a bit. Spend more time do­ing yoga, med­i­tat­ing and prac­tic­ing grat­i­tude. For my men­tal well­be­ing, noth­ing can beat good friend­ship: telling your friends that they’re good friends, telling your part­ner that you love them. It’s very much about the lit­tle things. I of­ten have friends round for a cup of tea, it’s just a nice way to see peo­ple. Tea is a rit­ual and it brings peo­ple to­gether, which you don’t get a lot th­ese days.

Favourite well­be­ing quote:

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance” – Al­lan Watts. I think this is a great say­ing about life.

A few weeks ago, at Pa­pamoa Beach, my boyfriend and I were camp­ing and I al­most missed the sun­rise, I was yelling at my boyfriend to get up. We were just run­ning around on the beach in our py­ja­mas!

Mind­ful mo­ment

The first thing I do in the morn­ing is try to stay mind­ful for a cou­ple of min­utes, breath­ing or med­i­ta­tion, what­ever I feel like on the day. Then I switch the ket­tle on. When I’m trav­el­ling, I have a camp­ing mug and a jet boil ket­tle so I can al­ways en­joy my cup of tea – my new go-to is Bell White Tea. I love to see the sun­rise and the sun­set with a cup of tea warm­ing my hands, it’s such a nice way to book­end the day.

My travel es­sen­tials whilst on a shoot Now including my new favourite, Bell White Tea, Lemon & Honey flavour. I like to add a slice of lemon, it’s just so good.

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