Balancing the Grind with Josephine Zappia, Holistic Health Expert & Homoeopath

Josephine Zappia is a holistic health expert and homoeopath, who has been practising since 2005. She is also an Australian Ambassador for Still Aware, helping individuals deal with the emotional and physical aftermath of stillbirth.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

I’m a health professional specialising in Homoeopathic medicine. I have been practising since 2005. I discovered the world of holistic health at a time when I felt my own world was falling apart. My first pregnancy had just ended in my baby boy stillborn.

My heartache and devastation impacted my body in more ways than one. It was my skin and its condition that really showed the world something was wrong. Through chaos we often find clarity, and what was a deeply traumatic event, would go on to shape what I recognise today as my life purpose.

It led me to study and practise homoeopathic medicine and discover the ability we all have to heal ourselves naturally when we work with our body rather than against it.

That was over a decade ago and today I am dedicated to helping individuals globally have beautiful skin and achieve wellness from within using the power of homoeopathic medicine.

I am a qualified holistic counsellor and Australian Ambassador for Still Aware, a professional community helping individuals deal with the emotional and physical aftermath of stillbirth.

In my current role, I offer one on one consultations in person and online for absentee or overseas clients. I am also establishing myself as a writer. I have some informative ebooks available for download through my website, and I have articles in a few magazines relevant to health and wellness.

2) What does a day in the life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

5am wake up call. Celery juice on an empty stomach, followed by lemon juice in warm water, then a small breakfast before heading off for a half hour strength session w my exercise physiologist (PT) at the gym.

Great way to kick start my day and get me motivated! 10am is my first consultation (via zoom atm). I dedicate the afternoon to research and solutions for upcoming clients.

I’ll also have a coffee date with a colleague to catch up and brainstorm ideas, writing; whether its for a magazine article or new ebook I’m creating.

Some days do vary, some morning’s I’ll jump on a live coffee date with Tory Archbold and a number of inspiring women in her network before heading into a few consultations with patients in the afternoon. But generally I prefer a morning workout, then morning consultations, and the afternoon is for writing etc.

3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?

Absolutely. I find that the people who are attracted to working with me actually like the authenticity and genuine influence I have on them.

If they’re seeing me in sweat gear at a cafe on Zoom after my workout, they’re getting the real raw side of me which is both influential for them as well as reassuring for them to know I’m walking my talk and not just dishing out advise I don’t follow myself.

4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

Work-life balance means to me being able to do the things I love to do, and need to do without being restricted to a 9-5 bums on seats in the office routine.

Working from wherever or whenever is far more productive for me and I achieve this by forming good habits initially and then sticking to them. I believe that I don’t get paid by the hour, but for the value I bring to the hour.

5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

Yes. I’ve stopped saying yes to things I don’t want to do, but feel I should because I don’t want to offend anyone. I’ve started aligning my heart & souls desires with my life purpose and daily routine and it feels wonderful.

Living an authentic life means speaking my truth, standing in my own power, feeling comfortable with the unknown, using intentional language, being ready and willing for miracles to enter.

I have also taken up meditation in several forms. i.e. yoga, wading, making a specific quiet time for me to sit and be still, even if it’s 10 mins in the shower, or right before bed. Sometimes changing parts of our lifestyle is key to sustaining the changes our bodies need to make to heal, making way for us to live our best lives.

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

Yes, I loved Gary Zukav’s Seat of the Soul – I devoured it within a week. It resonated so deeply with me, I nearly had the whole book highlighted.

It was so wonderful to get confirmation from this book that I was trusting in my own process as my own inner knowing was poured out in the pages in front of me. It sits on my desk ready to refer back to whenever I need it.

7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?

Not really. I try to stay connected to everything, but attached to nothing. I can’t live without good nutrition and a daily dose of nature though.

8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?

Cindy Crawford. She’s a mum, family woman, and successful entrepreneur, and still manages to keep in shape at 54 years of age. Outstanding! That’s inspiring to me.

9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

Your health is your wealth. If your actions are not in alignment with your desires, or your language is not congruent with your actions, it creates discord in your body. Emotions get stored there and create disease.

When the disease is suppressed the emotions will always find another valve to express themselves. Be kind to your body and listen to it, the signs and symptoms are 100% accurate every time and they will guide the way.

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.