The PHD Poppy -- Sarah Prebble

1. Who are you and what do you do? 

I am Sarah. Mother of 2. I do research and teaching  at Macquarie Uni, Australia, and Pinterest (a lot, of all three)! I’m interested in finding ways for humanity  to connect with the ecological systems it’s part of - currently developing a workshop for organisations that aims to engage employees to embed sustainability. Basically, anything to do with happy, healthy, organic, sustainable, community living - I’m there!

2. What did you have for breakfast today? 

Muesli. It was delish.   

3. Who has inspired you in your life and why?

My mum and my sister. 

My mum is always so lovely to others, she likes adventures, travelling and exploring, believes in 

independent women (probably why I’m a new-eco feminist) and has strong family, environmental and social values. She’s always included me in her waste-less cooking, crafts like DIY and up cycling, especially sewing and the reuse of buttons and zips etc. She is always doing things for other people. 

My sister is an amazing mum, she’s so very kind and caring, yet can still tell her kids when they’re 

being annoying, and they have grown up to be wonderful people. When dealing with my kids, I 

sometimes think about what she might do in my situation. 

4. What was your biggest challenge? 

Not fitting in. Not as a challenge for myself so much because I never cared but managing everyone around me. I say this because everyone has expectations of how people should be and how they should act in certain circumstances and are uncomfortable when people don’t fit this mould. I have learnt just being confident in awkward circumstances seems to help others chill too.

5. If your life was a song, what would it be?

Classified - All About You (feat. Chad Hatcher). You really need to listen to the words. I always play it on repeat just before I embark on some crazy new adventure or life change.

 

6. What's the most important lesson you've learnt along the way? 

Risks and mistakes are part of living, if you take them and make them, your life will be as great as it can be. 

7. What's the best advice you could pass on? 

Don’t be afraid to live your own way.

 

8. You're having a dinner party - you can invite any 4 people alive or dead. Who would you invite?

Prince Harry (you said anyone, right?), Cake Boss (he can bring cake - duh), Richard Branson (no 

explanation required), Greta Gaard (New-eco feminist).   

 

The Ocker Poppy -- Lauren Withers

1. Who are you and what do you do? 

Hi my name is Lauren. I studied Geography at uni because I considered myself a bit of an environmentalist. Now I am more interested in getting the facts and minimising the impacts. None of this destructive nonsense will stop soon, and like the majority of us I enjoy the comforts modern society offers.

I currently work in the Whitsundays. It’s a beautiful place to live and reminds me of the way I grew up. I like it here, but I won’t stay forever.

2. What did you have for breakfast today? 

 I had avocado on toast.

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3. Who has inspired you in your life and why?

I have the same answer as many. My folks gave me everything I ever needed in terms of constant love and support. They have always tried to do the right thing, and I hope that I mirror their behaviour in my life. I am also lucky to have wonderful friends and family scattered around the place. Every one of them are inspiring in their own ways.

4. What was your biggest challenge? 

 I am constantly planning for the future. I love daydreaming about the things I will do and places I will go. I am aware that I need to appreciate the moment and this is a constant challenge.

5. If your life was a song, what would it be?

Any song on a “Beer Drinking Album”. I don’t have classy taste in music or many aspects of my life. I announced to my boyfriend once that I was going to start wearing makeup and dressing nicely. He laughed. It didn’t happen.

6. What's the most important lesson you've learnt along the way? 

I think that what your doing is not as important as who your surrounded by. Thank god for the internet. Relationships are the most important things in life

7. What's the best advice you could pass on? 

My advice is to listen to the spoken word song 'Everybody's Free (to Wear Sunscreen)' once a year. It breaks my heart and makes me feel safe. Note: I have played this to several people after many wines, with mixed reviews.

8. You're having a dinner party - you can invite any 4 people alive or dead. Who would you invite?

In all honesty at my dinner party I want to get drunk with my friends. Holly, Alison, Melanie, Kirsty: your invited for tea.

(Holly's note - On my way, Loz).

 

 

The Riot Poppy -- Jessica Burt

1. Who are you and what do you do? 

My name is Jessica Burt and I am an apprentice hairdresser / crazy cat lady / tiny human at Chumba Concept Salon on Chapel Street in Melbourne. We are a group of weirdo individuals who have one common goal and that is to do incredible hair! Also world domination. As an apprentice I try to be as much of a sponge as possible to try and soak up all of the gooey hair knowledge that my team has to offer, so that one day very soon I can be wrung out all over the industry!  

2. What did you have for breakfast today? 

Nothing as of yet! I am currently still in bed as it is a Monday and that is the day most hairdressers sleep in! But eggs sound good. or pancakes. but it'll most likely just end up as a cup of tea.

3. Who has inspired you in your life and why?

As a teenager and young adult I would have to say that I really looked up to my older sister she is 7 years my senior and i can always remember her being a huge weirdo and not like everyone else i saw around me.

She taught me about music and film and art but also somehow instilled within me a few morals i hold very close. Growing up in towns where racism and misogyny were pretty much second hand nature to most, i was extremely grateful but somewhat confused as to have a person who taught me about feminism and equal rights, where as most of the people i was surrounded with didn't really care about anything like that.

I was also inlove with Kathleen Hannah and the whole rrriot girl movement which definitely lead to a few interesting haircuts and eventually ended with a shaved head thus starting my love affair with creating hair!

Career wise every single member of my team at work inspire me on a daily basis, they are all so different but share the same core values as hair wizards. I just love being able to walk down the street and be visually inspired by every single weirdo in Melbourne! I guess what i'm trying to say is that its definitely not just one person or one thing that inspires me but i do tend to lean towards individualism and quirkiness! 

4. What was your biggest challenge? 

Self doubt is definitely something that i have always struggled with in almost every aspect of my life. Moving to Melbourne was a huge step forward for me but at the same time i definitely struggled setting up a life that i was comfortable with, after being here for 3 years i feel that everything is definitely falling into place. At Chumba i am slowly learning to become more confident in my abilities in and out of the salon, to be honest if you told me i'd be working in one of the best salons in Australia 5 years ago i probably would have laughed in your face! 

5. If your life was a song, what would it be?

 Anything by Joanna Newsom, or Baby Metal 

6. What's the most important lesson you've learnt along the way? 

Don't post job applications on fetish websites. 

7. What's the best advice you could pass on? 

Even if you are the biggest pessimist in the world a bit of positivity goes a long way. Don't be too cool to not want to see yourself succeed. 

8. You're having a dinner party - you can invite any 4 people alive or dead. Who would you invite?

The cast of the labyrinth, puppets and all! Or everyone i stalk on instagram! 


The OG Poppy -- Marlee Hudson

1. Who are you and what do you do? 

I'm Marlee, I'm often confused by what I do myself where does my time go I don't watch TV or read or keep up to date with anything. But looking back on the last year I think what I do is travel and go to markets sometimes in the same adventure.

2. What did you have for breakfast?

I had Special K with blueberries, banana and strawberries. Yep that's me I'm super hungover and that was my very exciting choice. I'll tell you what my favourite thing is though banana honey strawberries peanut butter and honey on TOAST! It's amazing... I'm shocked really I didn't pull myself together to coordinate that. And cinnamon I'm all about the cinnamon. 

3. Who has inspired you in your life and why?

Growing up everyone around me, made me want to do things differently. So I'm not sure if you could say they inspired me or I inspired myself but either way I think it's working out pretty well.

4. What was your biggest challenge? 

I think what was and is, is loving and appreciating myself in the way that I do others. I'm working on it. I think your mid-late twenties are when you start to realise this is you, and you know that's awesome. I don't think you have this sudden realisation or change your exactly the same but your perspective changes.

You learn to accept the crazy little things and morph that into some positive energy ball that you can do amazing things with. Like my best friend Holly, who didn't even have a pen in high school is now taking over the world, and is the most successful person I know.

5. If your life was a song, what would it be?

I don't think I would have a song. But if it was a picture it would be floral and light. 


6. What's the most important lesson you've learnt along the way? 

You never stop learning. And why the hell would you want to. Take each and every experience person event, no matter how insignificant the moment may seem because these add layers to the crazy little person you are.

7. What's the best advice you could pass on? 

Travel just go. Be open to life experiences. See the positives. Say yes. 

 

8. You're having a dinner party - you can invite any 4 people alive or dead. Who would you invite?

I would invite my best friends. Who would want to have dinner with some bloody randoms. I'd cook because I'm super bossy. But let's pitch the dinner party in some crazy location a big white tent on a random beach in Spain. And I'm totally going to invite more than 4 people even though you said 4 only because the more the merrier and I have too many amazing souls in my life man. You're all coming!




Yogi Poppy -- Nina Rozman

1. Who are you and what do you do? 

Hiya, I'm nina, but you can call me Ninja: endless warrior, who loves winning in life and adores unicorns. Have lots of imagination and I believe no dream is too big to be lived. Currently working as a ninja yoga instructor, my classes are hard as fuck and make people really sweaty.

2. What did you have for breakfast?

Nothing, was teaching yoga classes in the morning so I've skipped it. Bud I did have yummy lunch - greek yoghurt with blueberries -hot soups are for grandmas.

3. Who has inspired you in your life and why?

Myself in a way - had anorexia when I was 17. After I've managed to get over it, I've decided that I'm going to live my life at its fullest, do the travelling, meet new people.

My little bro...love him & miss sooo much

My little bro...love him & miss sooo much

4. What was your biggest challenge? 

My battle with anorexia for sure, as mentioned before. But everything happens for a reason - I wouldn't be where I am today if that wouldn't happen.

5. If your life was a song, what would it be?

Walking on sunshine!

6. What's the most important lesson you've learnt along the way? 

Life is too short to act like the rest of the boring society. Break the rules.

7. What's the best advice you could pass on? 

Do whatever the fuck YOU like.


8. You're having a dinner party - you can invite any 4 people alive or dead. Who would you invite?

 My little pony crew-but I want to invite all 6 of them. I guess that this question says '4 people' so I can invite as many ponies I'd like. Well in that case add Spike and some Pegasus. Magical party coming my waaaay!

WYSIWYG Poppy -- Julia Johnston Greacen

1. Who are you and what do you do? 

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I’m Julia, Jules if you fancy it. Whenever strangers call me Jules of their own accord it makes me really happy and I always feel like we’ll be friends.

What do I do? I ride horses and sing songs and play outside. I take pictures and watch movies and read books. I started in Journalism, flirted with PR, worked in a hospital and managed lawyers in London. I spent a lot of time travelling, and a lot of time making (fairly average) coffee.

After two sensible uni degrees and countless jobs worked just to fund the next adventure I’ve realised that I want a job I don’t need to take a break from. So I’m going to give acting a crack. Or travel the world forever. Or become a jazz singer, or a writer. Maybe a professional equestrienne. Maybe a mama. Maybe a little bit of everything, or something completely new.

2. What did I have for breakfast?

Half a piece of toast and a handful of vitamins but let’s talk about what I had for dinner. #cleaneating

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3. Who has inspired you in your life and why?

A lot of people inspire me. That 12 year old kid on the main street busking for loose changed? Inspired. That happy toddler chatting up strangers? Inspired. The whole world is inspiring, every minute, everywhere - it’s chaotic and vibrant and beautiful if you just open your heart to it; If you just fall in love with it.

Photo Credit Leah Moore

Photo Credit Leah Moore

4. What was your biggest challenge? 

Challenges … There’s been (and will be again) a few challenges in my life - some have been big ones that still make my breath catch a little when I think of them, and some are simple, everyday challenges. But they are all important. And I think the way you handle those little ones, like swearing at other drivers, can put you in good stead to handle the big ones, like sending positive energy into the universe even when you feel like the universe won’t cut you a break.

 

5. If your life was a song, what would it be?

If my life was a song it would be … a country song … the song of the wind in the trees and the ocean breaking on the sand. Cows lowing across green hills and magpies carolling on my back fence. A horse’s whinny.

6. What's the most important lesson you've learnt along the way? 

The most important lesson I have learnt is that plans are good, but trusting the universe and yourself is even better. I don’t know what the future holds but I do know that nothing good ever happens in your comfort zone. It has been my experience that if you throw yourself (with positive vibes and without overthinking) into something that challenges you, the universe will be there to catch you. And if it doesn’t, you’ll catch yourself.

7. What's the best advice you could pass on? 

The best advice I could ever give someone is to get out there and see the world. It is a big, wide, scary, amazing, ridiculous ride and you’re painting with just one colour if you don’t embrace it. It will change you in the best way possible, it will give you everything you need.

8. You're having a dinner party - you can invite any 4 people alive or dead. Who would you invite?

Firstly, a dinner party? Let’s just think about what I had for dinner. If by dinner party you mean bulk wine and half a block of cheese, then ok, I’m having a dinner party. Actually, let’s sort that right out and invite Nigella Lawson (The cream! The butter! The sexual puns!), Marilyn Monroe, because I’ve loved her forever, Queen/Pharoah Hatshepsut (you know she’d have some stories), and Whitney, because I miss her and there’s so much to tell her. XOXO I’ve never watched Gossip Girl.

Drawing By Julia

Drawing By Julia

 

 

 

Creative Poppy -- Stephanie Thompson

1. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Stephanie Thompson and I am a creative. I call myself that because I love to create things as a vocation. Such 'things' include my hole in the wall coffee shop, my music, and my artwork. I'm also finishing my arts degree (insert 'that's not a real degree' joke here).

2. What did you have for breakfast today?
This morning I munched on a vegan chocolate and sweet potato muffin! (Not a plug, I swear!)

 

3. Who has inspired you in your life and why?
My big sisters were most certainly my biggest inspiration growing up because they are so strong, intelligent and loving. That being said, on a daily basis I am surrounded by a wonderful group of creative friends who, after years of friendship, continually inspire me. 

4. What was your biggest challenge?
Stability. Quite often people cannot do what they love because it is simply not economical, and work to sustain a life outside of a career. Whilst I am constantly trying to find a ways to balance my commerce with my hobbies.


5. If your life was a song, what would it be?
No Scrubs- TLC

6. What's the most important lesson you've learnt along the way?

To limit and commit yourself to a handful of things. Spreading yourself too thin will only result in failure. 

7. What's the best advice you could pass on?

Listening to No Scrubs- TLC.

8. You're having a dinner party - you can invite any 4 people alive or dead. Who would you invite?

Hmm... Just the obvious ones like Jesus (I hear he can turn water into wine) , Hitler and Saddam Hussein (I here he wrote some beautiful poetry). Oh, and Dylan Moran to lighten the mood. 

A Wearer Of Many Hats -- Caitlin Rose

1. Who are you and what do you do?  

My name is Caitlin, My fingers are in many pies. I am a stylist, singer, food guide and cake artist. I can't define any one thing that I do consistently because I am constantly changing hats. I get bored very easily.


2. What did you have for breakfast today?  

I had two banana buckwheat pancakes smothered in Coconut ice-cream,grilled banana and peanut butter. It was about 900 calories ha.

 

3. Who has inspired you in your life and why? 

I was incredibly lucky to be raised by two amazing individuals who spoon fed my sister and I good music, books, art etc. We were raised with the notion that we can do whatever we like and never settle for anything that doesn't make us happy.

I believe we now live that ethos pretty hard core. My sister is incredibly driven, ambitious and eccentric. She doesn't let anyone hold her back which has always been inspiring for me. We grew up in a small country/coastal town amongst herds of blonde hair, tan skin and my sister ( two years my senior ) dyed her hair bright red and wore Docs with her school uniform way before it was cool. Zero fucks given. I bought a singlet from Suprè once and she wouldn't let me wear it so I was pretty lucky to have her around.

4. What was your biggest challenge?  

The good life doesn't come cheap. I've had to readjust my attitude and find other ways to be happy and indulge.

5. If your life was a song, what would it be?  

This question is too hard you butthead. Boogie wonderland & Marvin Gayes Got to get it on atm. They always make me feel like life is just one long stint of Soul Train. 

6. What's the most important lesson you've learnt along the way?  

Mindfulness, taking a moment out of your time to breathe, be kind and put things into perspective has saved me a lot of stress.

7. What's the best advice you could pass on?  

Never settle. You never have to. We are so lucky to have other options. 

Also, don't get a credit card.

8. You're having a dinner party - you can invite any 4 people alive or dead. Who would you invite?

Francis Mallman ,he would have to cook and supply oversized bottles of wine in his patagonian chateau.  

Catherine Baba, Australian born, now parisian, stylist. She oozes charisma and is straight up fucking fabulous. She decided who she was going to be and ignored any barrier.   

Bianca Jagger and Nina Simone because their human rights activism was/is through the roooooooooooof. Also if I can have Ricky Gervais pop in for a glass of wine as well that would be great.

oh &

Helmut Lang- to take photos of us all.