Mumday Monday Interview with Kerrie Otto de Grancy from Micro Miracles Matter
This weeks interview is with the amazing Kerry Otto de Grancy. Kerry is passinonate about life, she is a super-fit , busy single mum of two, who still finds the time through “Micro Miracles Matter”, to energectically support charities and causes that mean something to her. And hopes to encourage positive thinking and acts of kindness in others. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a very proud mum (foremost) to Bella-angel (6) and Phoenix (2), founder of successful fashion label Otto Mode and have 10 years’ experience in sales, manufacturing, import and export of both local and international fashion. I am completing a Masters of Project Management at UTS, an aspiring athlete, an ambassador for the Red Cross Blood Centre and the Heart Foundation, Founder of Micro Miracles Matter – a platform created with the intention to aid causes I believe in by spreading awareness, educating people on the power of positive thinking, acts of kindness and the rewards of a healthy balanced life.
Always striving towards having a holistic work-life balance incorporating health and wellness is the foundation for all I do. Career driven I have worked my way through the ranks of the scuba diving industry as a dive master, the T.V and media sector of the advertising industry and an extensive love affair with the rag trade. Combined with an athletic drive that started in school with track and field, state netball, competitive surfing then later in life boot camp, interval training and to now becoming an Ultra-marathon runner.
Most recently I have embarked on a new career role in public relations and new business development in events.
Nutrition and optimal health are always at the forefront of priorities, the love for my children and passion to inspire others to be the best version of them motivates me to stay focused and lead by example.
Tell us why you created “Mirco Miracles Matter” and what it’s about?
They say timing is everything. For me it’s time to start giving back wherever I can. That is, use my resources to pay homage to causes that have touched my life, and to pursue my acts of kindness on a greater scale toward those less fortunate.
Micro Miracles Matter is an organic extension of myself and has been created as a platform where I can add a greater purpose to some of the wonderful things that I do in my life and to encourage everyone to become more conscious of the small ways in which they can contribute, thus making a huge difference in someone else’s life.
I have been forever inspired by the miraculous fight and survival of Bella-angel, then the incredibly divine experience of going on to have a near term, healthy second baby in 2010 and finally, last year, going through one of the most confronting chapters of my adult life.
I have become aware of the destructive effect of fear, the damaging effect of inaction, the transformative power of action, the necessity for purpose and that when united we can make a difference; micro miracles matter.
Through my running and the Micro Miracles Matter platform my intention is to aid causes I believe in, spread awareness, educate those around me on the power of positive thinking and acts of kindness, the rewards of a balanced healthy life, believing in oneself, the joys of giving and the difference we can make together.
This year mmm is all about spreading the word on the need for blood donors and heart disease awareness. I have just completed my first 100km ultra marathon. My purpose for the run was to raise awareness for the need of blood donors. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgmO6NzJC78. The race was amazing, the determination to never give in to the pain was fuelled by the love for my children, the desire to be the best I can be and in doing so inspire others.
What are you passionate about?
Life, positivity, health, nutrition, fitness, my family, friends, food, wine, travel, adventure, the outdoors, kindness, truth and dreaming.
What are some of the things you value most in life?
Time, my children, freedom, friendships, choice, sunshine, living close to the ocean, living in Sydney, daily exercise, quality food, clean water, travel, education.
What is your favourite quote?
As you think, so you are. As you imagine, so you become.
What are your tips to staying happy and healthy?
Be positive, make it a way of life. Find what you love and do it. Add purpose to all you do. Stay consistent, persistent and dream big.
Do you ﬁnd time to nurture yourself? What does this involve?
I make time. It involves doing what I love and what makes me happy, such as running, reading, writing, creating, rejuvenating my body with massages, yoga, meditation and time alone.
As a single mum of 2 this requires good time management, giving myself the gift to continually evolve and learn, knowing when to be selfless and selfish and staying true to myself regardless of the cost.
What does healthy eating mean for you?
Everything!! I see food and what you fuel your body with as an investment. Investing in your livelihood, your future, how you will function 10, 20, 30 , 40, 50, 60 or more years from now.
Like most things in life, health and wellness are a choice, but most importantly they are a way of life. When you find what works for you and what aids your being to be the best you can be the choice is not difficult. The secret is to make it a way of life, integrating health and wellness into all areas of your world.
Having an abundance of energy, positivity, health and fitness flows into all areas of your life and enables you to thrive in all that you do.
What are 5 of your kitchen pantry essentials?
Only 5….mmm Chia, Chinese 5 spice, Coconut oil, Sunwarrior Protein Powder, activated, raw or roasted mixed nuts
What do you indulge in?
Me time, exercise, super foods, fine wine, organic coffee and fun 😉
What do you and your kids like to do on the weekend?
Go on adventures, rock climbing,, swimming in the pool or at the beach, scootering, cooking, arts and crafts.
Would you like to share one of your favourite healthy recipes?
I have so many! I am, and always have been, a foodie and health junkie! To keep it simple let’s go with my latest healthy recipe discovery that is a hit with my children, has converted my view on ‘pancakes’ and got me through a 42km run – mmm super almond meal and coconut pancakes!
The recipe and nutritional break down is posted on my site under mmm recommendations, mmm recipes.
mmm super pancakes discovery
• 1/2 large ripe banana
• 2 egg whites
• 25 gm almond meal
• 2 5gm desiccated coconut
• 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence or if you can ground fresh vanilla bean pod
• 1/2 tsp of baking powder (gluten free)
• Coconut oil for cooking
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon -or if you are like me to taste…I love spice you can even use all spice another fave of mine.
Serve with frozen mixed berries that you have defrosted so get the treat of berry juice accompanying the berries, a dash of agave syrup for those of you who have a sweet tooth and a dollop of your favourite yoghurt combined with 2 teaspoons of Sunwarrior protein powder
• Mixed frozen berries defrosted
• Agave Syrup
• Yoghurt (I love Jalna Vanilla)
• Sunwarrior protein powder choc or vanilla
1. Mash the banana into the egg whites
2. Add the spices and dry ingredients mix to form a batter
3. Pre heat the fry pan on a medium – low heat with coconut oil
4. Add spoonfuls of the mixture to the pan forming pancake size to your liking, when you see bubbles surfacing turn over
5. Cook the second side untill golden
6. In a seperate bowl combine Sunwarrior protein powder and yoghurt
7. To serve place pancakes on a plate and top with desired toppings!
You can connect with Kerrie through her website
or on her Facebook Page