POPSUGAR Australia has partnered with Endeavour College of Natural Health to inspire you to pursue your dreams.
Lola Berry is a well-known name in the Australian health space. A passionate nutritionist,
yogi and author — Lola is one of those people with an insatiable hunger for knowledge and self-development. Far from your average nutritionist, she's known for her authenticity and fearlessness when it comes to speaking her mind. While she's a strong advocate for pursuing your passions, the road to success wasn't a straight one and Lola isn't afraid to admit that her love of nutrition wasn't always clear cut.
Back in her early career days, she worked as a DJ and lived off a diet of lamingtons and Caramello Koalas. While it sounds delicious, it definitely wasn't sustainable and Lola soon realised that she needed to make a change. Once she felt the benefits of a lifestyle change firsthand, there was no looking back. After discovering her passion for health and nutrition, she decided it was a path she needed to pursue. Over the course of her career, she's carved out a special place for herself in the wellness community — but it took a lot of hard work to get there.
Reminiscing on what sparked her love of nutrition, Lola says it was the realisation that food can impact us in ways we never imagined.
"When I started to realise the effect that whole foods can have on our bodies; I was like 'Wow, when I eat better I sleep better, my skin is pearlier and I'm a nicer person!' It was that simple for me," she said. So she knew what she wanted to do, but how did she go about getting there?
It all started with a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Nutritional Medicine at
Endeavour College. Here, she learned all about human nutrition, medicinal food science, counselling theory and the sociology of food. If it sounds like a really broad range of subjects, that's because it is. Endeavour is all about painting the whole picture of health and exploring the ways it impacts all aspects of our lives. Lola embodies this holistic attitude towards health, and for her this means "being the best you can be, working on yourself and constantly growing."
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While undertaking studies at
Endeavour , Lola was also working three different jobs and saving up to buy a video camera. After months of hard work (and a new camera in hand), Lola would spend her weekends filming at the farmers markets. From there, she started filming online webisodes where she'd discuss nutrition and health. Once she entered the online space, it wouldn't be long before people knew her name.
After cold-calling a producer on a breakfast television show, she landed a full-time gig after the cameras had stopped rolling on her first segment. From here, she became a regular guest on shows like
Today, Weekend Today, The Project and A Current Affair. Her energy and passion were palpable and she quickly inspired everyday Aussies to start thinking differently about health and nutrition.
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Lola's colourful resume is a testament not only to her tenacity and passion for health, but an acknowledgement of the unlimited potential that comes with a degree from
Endeavour College of Natural Health. There's no telling where a degree from Endeavour can take you, and while Lola's hunger for knowledge isn't something that can be learned in a textbook, it's a quality that Endeavour College fosters in all their students.
From writing ten books to starting a business and travelling the world, her passion for nutrition and yoga has taken her on a whirlwind adventure that's showing no signs of slowing down.
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As for what a typical day looks in the life of Lola, it's varied to say the least, but she admits that lockdown has changed her routine a lot.
"At the moment we're living in lockdown in Victoria so it usually starts with coffee (I own a coffee company —
Lola Coffee) and it's instant coffee with medicinal brain tonic mushrooms so I just get up, add hot water to that then go for a walk or run. Then I come back and get into my day. A day can be anything from taste testing new coffee products, recording a podcast (or 5 lol) to working on a manuscript. I try to practice a little bit of yin or vinyasa yoga in the arvos."
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While Lola is undeniably a success story in the health space, it hasn't always been smooth sailing. Looking back on her colourful career journey, Lola isn't afraid to discuss her failures and is widely admired for tackling them head-on. "I've said the wrong things, done the wrong things, apologised, lost opportunities — you name it. But they've all helped me become a little bit more true to who I am so I've learnt to embrace the failures just as much as I do the successes" she said.
And it's not just her own failures she's open to discussing. Lola is also on a mission to encourage others to embrace theirs, as our greatest life lessons are usually born from failure. It's a topic she's so passionate about discussing that she has her own podcast titled '
Fearlessly Failing .' Here, she's interviewed inspirational women like Georgia Love, Jess Sepel, Rachael Finch and Megan Gale, where they tell share how failure has ultimately helped them chase their dreams.
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As for what's next on the cards, unsurprisingly Lola isn't showing any signs of slowing down. Between working on Lola Coffee and recording season six of Fearlessly Failing, she's certainly got her hands full. As with anything Lola does, the sky is well and truly the limit and there's no telling what we'll see next — but you can bet we're excited.
If you're interested in a degree in natural health, there's no better place to go than Endeavour College. From acupuncture to naturopathy and myotherapy, you can explore a range of courses from the world of natural health and medicine.
Find more information and their full list of courses here.
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