“We acknowledge that this newsletter was written on and our business is located on Wurundjeri Country. We pay respects to Wurundjeri elders, past, present and emerging. We give our gratitude and love for their care of their land, water and culture and acknowledge that they never ceded sovereignty”

'Ghandi taught the Indians that the British Empire didn't hold the key to their freedom.

Instead of railing against the Empire to give up their two hundred year rule, he focused in empowering Indians.

Rather than fighting the enemy, he roused the dormant inner power of the perceived "victims" by challenging the Indian people to become their own leaders.

He advocated self-governance and self reliance. Instead of relying in the English textile mils, Indians began to weave their own cotton threads for their clothes, learned to produce their own salt, and refused foreign-made goods.

He taught the Indians to honour the work of their own hands and to take pride in their accomplishments. This rendered the British occupation irrelevant.

This is what a conscious uprising looks like. It makes the oppressors irrelevant. It asks the oppressed to look at the ways they have participated in the perpetuation of their subjugation by asking 'How can I end the ways I am supporting my own degradation? How can I look within myself for solutions for my own disempowerment?'

Text from Dr Shefali, 'A Radical Awakening'

Absolutely mind blowing!

I'm actually struggling with how to follow up after the passage above.

I am feeling,

The answers to our modern day struggles can be found in history.

This has been a reminder to me, that in our lifetime, we will face challenges that feel new and unique, and whilst they are to us, these challenges have been around for centuries.

It seems the deviation from this is where the cycle starts all over again…

How did we end up here?

How are we still participating?

How can I support mine and my communities independence and empowerment?

This is indeed where our Fill Good is shining bright!

Right here, in the beautiful Yarra Valley we have our independent producers.

They may be small, but they are mighty, vibrant and full of life.

It seems our Valley is fertile ground for local enterprise.


Have you noticed our range of local goodness?…

Sanna's Ghee?

Tomi's MIso?

Jack's Stone and Crow's cheese

Shanny's Sauces

Anda's Brumfield's Sourdough

Jordan's Everlasting Farm's Veg

Len and Heather's Rayner's Fruit?

Alison's Badger Creek Blueberries

Simons' strawberries from Gooligutch

Michelle and Darren's Hill Farm eggs

Ricci's Bikkies 

Jodie's organic Avocados
Sean's Spelt Sourdough Breads

Mary Anne's Yarra Valley Bath and Body 

Mick's organic olive oil

Twid and Col's Holy Cow Chai chai

Cleo and Wayne's Silva coffee

Fernando's Tonantzin chocolate

Alison's Local Wild Foraged Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Although Fill Good may not have a full range all of the time, we are indeed champions at working with what we have.

What a wealth of creativity and empowerment we find when we work together to keep great things going and growing!

Just like the times of the past, when there was less strain on our earth.

.Fill Good does not have multiple suppliers for the same product.

What is certain amongst our Fill Good community, is that it’s ensured that our local small producers will come to us feeling safe, seen and supported.

None of this would be possible without you.

So we give HUGE thanks to you all for your choices, your efforts and your care. 

Local, alive and thriving is what’s on offer here at our dear Fill Good.

So this week I have really made a point of filling my cup with the simple pleasures.

Most afternoons I have allowed myself to go out for a swim before I pick my babes up from school. It has been for me an incredible experience of getting refreshed and ready to flow into the evening with my boys.

I even dropped my mother home, who lives in Parkdale by the beach, so I jumped in for a swim there too… it was amazing!
Yep, it only takes one hour and you could be enjoying the ocean as well! 

What a thrill to swim like a kid all by myself, and then going to school in wet bathers for pick up!

I've slept in my swag in the back garden, under the stars. I’ve seen the sunrise and been woken by both swooping and chattering birds.

I have realised that I have 3 heart guiding desires that I check into when I feel off track and then I am set.

My mothering
My love of feeling my body healthy and strong
My appreciation for creating and experiencing beauty

I now realise these desires have guided me in all I do, particularly in my businesses, our dearest Fill Good right here.

My love of being a mother,
My value on health,
My love for beautiful food, people and creations. 

These desires have been running the show and I did not even know it!!

Here is a little juicy morsel I will leave you with...

What are your guiding desires?

I'm talking deep desires, not surface ones that can be turned off and on,
the ones you are just wired with?

Roll them around and don't let any societal expectations interfere.

Make a list...

Have an dance, swim or walk and ponder them.
Even day dream them!

Let them surface and see what comes up.

Love and let them in to guide you to your fullest life.

In the coming weeks from the above passage I am feeling my DIY rising.
There are more recipes and ingredients on their way to be shared.

Fun, creative empowerment on offer over here.
I know you're already doing too sweetness!
Let's keep it going together.

May Fill Good be a tool for your…



All my love,

Chris and the Fill Good Fam.