INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN • INTERVIEW SERIES

With this series I am sharing my absolute admiration and honor of beautiful empowering women whom I feel deeply inspired by. Each is unique but they all share one important quality – living what they love with authenticity. I am impressed by their courage, passion and success. Connecting & supporting each other is a theme close to my heart and through this space I will share their beauty and creativity with all of you.

Get empowered and inspired – Time for girl crushes & intriguing details!

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Wow, I remember starting the Interview-Series and knew intuitively that it would bring me towards “meeting” / connecting with stunning women from all over the world. And the following lady is no exception. Meet Tonya, an artist in the kitchen and beyond. Her Business TheWellWoman is a beautiful place for modern holistic wellness. Her visionary, creations, style and words touch and amaze me. Inspiration galore, from just scrolling through her Insta-feed. But what pulled me to interview her, was her authentic way of living out her passions and soul work.

Harness self-trust and develop your capacity to feel, listen and follow your intuition. You will not be lead astray.

She works as a nutritionist with clients, as a plant-based chef, teaches workshops, you can find her on innovative pop-up dinners and events. I am happy to have her here, joining the other talented ladies in this Series. Empowerment! Thank you dear Tonya, you are special.
To my readers, enjoy this intimate conversation with Tonya Papanikolov, get to know her passions, how to connect a holistic lifestyle in the modern world and quite good advices.

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YOU ARE…

Tonya Papanikolov

PATH OF SERVICE…

Woman. Cook. Teacher. Lover.

YOUR MISSION…

Food as an art form to nourish and inspire connection to the sustenance, healing and greater power of nature.

WHAT LED YOU TO HERE…

Curiosity, yoga, intuition, leaning into discomfort, an openness to change my lifestyle when it was making me unwell, key friendships

A TYPICAL DAY…

Water. Morning meditation. Smoothie/breakfast/elixir. Matcha or sometimes coffee with coconut milk. Evaluating my to-do list and prioritizing. Emails. Work [which ranges day to day since I’m freelance: Sometimes I’m working in kitchens, creating menus, recipe development, prepping for a dinner I’m hosting, private chef work, seeing a client, creative work…]. Yoga at some point in the day. Tea. Making a delicious dinner with music on. Talking to someone I love. Finishing up work/plans for next day. Reading. Relaxing. Bath. Back rubs.

WHAT DOES BEING A WOMAN MEAN TO YOU?

It is the greatest honor and privilege.

At the best times, it means being wild, free, powerful.

At the worst times, it is a crusade against inequality.

EXPRESSION OF CONSCIOUSNESS & SUSTAINABILITY?

Meditation. Living and teaching holistic wellness. Eating plants. Choosing local, organic food.

WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

My family. Being born in Canada. My parents and grandparents who immigrated to Canada from Macedonia. My friends, loved ones, community. Doing heart-centered work I’m deeply passionate about. I could go on and on.

IDEA OF HAPPINESS?

Being able to share happiness, laughter, life with my partner and loved ones.

PHILOSOPHY ON FOOD & WELLNESS?

Eat plants and whole foods, organic and local if possible. Look at your body and spirit as a whole. We are not compartmentalized. Everything is connected. Learn to listen to your body, tune into your energy and intuition and trust it.

HOW DO YOU CONNECT NATURALISM & THE MODERN WORLD?

I aim to do this through the food I create and the experiences and rituals around them. I’m preparing a spring equinox dinner in a couple days. The season is inspiring the menu and equinox traditions are inspiring the installations, sound and ritual that we’ll guide the guests through.
I also find this connection by leaving the modern world (the city) and going into nature!

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Freedom, creativity, art, love, nature, plants, women, travel

MOST IMPORTANT…

Personal growth?

Staying open and aware to the growth happening each day

Lesson learned?

To trust. Myself and others.

Advice given?

Stay woke. Advice given before I knew what the phrase meant.

Advice for women?

Harness self-trust and develop your capacity to feel, listen and follow your intuition. You will not be lead astray.

Advice for success?

Take time alone, away from what everyone else is doing and saying. Sit, be meditative and listen to what you are called to do without outside influence. Don’t try and do it the way anyone else is doing it. Find authenticity in your creative expression and connect to something greater than yourself.

Advice for your younger self?

Same as above.

Quality in a woman?

Vison. Clarity. Directness.

Relationship Advice?

An honest, open, compassionate heart

Thing you always carry in your bag?

Dehydrated snacks. My day planner. A good pen. My recipe book.

RITUALS…

Daytime?

Yoga. Meditation. Cooking. Warm elixirs. Dry Brushing.

Nighttime?

Cooking. Meditation. Reading. Baths. Love.

Beauty?

Washing my face twice a day. Hydrating creams. Gau Sha massages. Facials. Saunas. Everything Living Libations.

Medicinal?

Food. Herbs. Probiotics. Supplements (when necessary). Vitamin D. Coffee enemas. Essential oils. Acupuncture. Laughter.

NOURISHMENT…

…for your soul?

Meditation.

…for your heart?

Love. Blinding, nonsensical love.

…for the mind?

Meditation. Herbs. Yoga. Art.

…for your body?

High quality food. Breath. Movement. Touch.

…for your spirit?

Laughter.

FAVOURITES…

Breakfast?

Smoothie with supportive nourishing ingredients

Lunch?

Bowl of kitchari

Dinner?

Some beautiful and big creation of delicious plant food

Snack?

Seed granolas, coconut yogurt – both homemade

Recipe?

How to choose?!

Treat?

Cacao, always!!

Drink?

A warm elixir

Restaurant?

Elf in LA

Skills?

Communication

Kitchen appliance?

Japanese knife

Book?

Currently: The Course of Love
Sex, Time, and Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution

Music?

I listen to everything.
Currently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL998ajnjN4

Movie?

‘Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants’, 1979

Quote?

Rainer Maria Rilke — ‘The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.’

Artist?

Yoko Ono, Georgia O’Keefe, Yrsa Daley-Ward

Place?

Big Sur

Element?

Earth

Country?

Mexico

Way to move?

Slowly. Intentionally

Herb?

Shilajit

Plant?

All of them, the one’s I have yet to meet

Beauty Product?

Everything Living Libations for skin. RMS Beauty products.

Clothing?

Vintage mostly. My Levis jeans. My Kamm pants. Lots of hats.

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MEET TONYA

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First picture via Sofia Banzhaf, Rest by Kelly Brown and @thewellwoman_

tasting / testing with beet pigments

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