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Nati Trujillo

Image by Nick Atkins at Hotel Miami

She’s the local gal who lights up every space she steps into, not to mention clever, multi-passionate and creating countless good things for the Gold Coast community.

Nati Trujillo is a yoga teacher, designer and most recently, co-creator of podcast Let’s Wine About It with her pal Emma Hale. Each episode consists of chats about life experiences over a bottle of wine and we are 100% behind that.

We sat down for a chat with Nati about her love of creating platforms for people to express themselves and her upcoming Sri Lanka yoga retreat.

How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I’ve lived on the Gold Coast since December 2013, always around Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach and Miami.

What do you love most about living here?
My favourite thing is to be close to the beach, the slow life, the people I’ve met here and having amazing places to visit everywhere. That means road trips every weekend! Yay!

Tell us about the podcast you’ve recently started, Let’s Wine About It…
We love wine and realised our best conversations about life, sex and relationships were happening over a glass of Pinot on a Friday night, so we decided to start recording. This podcast is an outlet for us to talk about issues that so many of us go through but don’t always talk about because of embarrassment, frustration or judgement. Our goal is to have our listeners feel like they’re having a chat and a laugh, or even a cry, with their friends over a bottle of wine. There’s no judgement or censors here, it’s just two girls sharing their life experiences, emotions, embarrassing stories and opinions in the hope that people can relate.

Emma Hale and Nati by Nick Atkins at Hotel Miami

Why does the world need your podcast?
I’ve always wanted to start a podcast. A platform where I can just be myself and say what I think without any filters. When I met Emma Hale, I knew I had found my co-host and asked her to be a part of it. I think the world needs Let’s Wine About It because I know there are so many people like me out there that think and feel the same things I do. I think my purpose in life is to create platforms where people can express themselves and feel that they are not alone. I also love that Emma and I have very different ways of seeing and experiencing life, it’s such an interesting thing to see/hear. We have a very special relationship.

You’re also a yoga teacher and a designer, what does a day in the life of Nati look like?
I did my first Yoga Teacher Training in 2009 and I opened a yoga studio in Chile in 2010 and since then I’ve been a full time yoga teacher. I do a bit of freelance graphic design, and I love to draw and do creative stuff. Right now a day in my life starts with yoga in the morning at 6am either by myself or at Hotel Miami with my friends. Then we go for a coffee and hangout until everyone goes to work. I come home and work on my own projects and then I do four to five hours of graphic design a day at an office in Bundall. I come home and either go for a walk, gym or work a little more on my things, create content for yoga/podcast and then cook dinner with my husband and relax.

Tell us about the yoga retreat you’re hosting in Sri Lanka next year…
I’m super excited for this retreat because Sri Lanka is one of the places I’ve always wanted to visit! It’s on in the first week of February with @thearthlinks, it’s a full vegan retreat in Hikkaduwa where there’s also surf and a cool little town for activities. Retreats are something I want to do more in the future because I get the chance to meet people and connect with them on a deeper level and that’s my favourite thing about the yoga experience. I’ll be teaching strong Vinyasa classes, handstand/headstand workshops, backbends and open-heart releasing. Most of all I’m excited about the times in between, where everyone gets to be themselves and that’s when the magic happens. You can still sign up directly with @thearthlinks on Instagram.

You’re a pretty big part of the local Miami community, what does that mean to you?
I’m so grateful for all the people in my life, especially the guys from Hotel Miami – Jessie, Nicka and Darran – they are doing amazing things for the community and they have been so generous and loving to me. Hotel is my home and I’m blessed to be a part of it. The crew at Granddad Jacks are all incredible people doing amazing things too, definitely helping Miami and the Gold Coast become a creative, fun and inclusive scene in Australia.

What advice do you have for someone else who’s multi-passionate and not sure how to make things happen?
My advice is to just go for it. Stop looking at what other people are doing. Stop comparing yourself and start now, today. Baby steps, one day at a time. You’ll get there. Start with a simple goal and work towards that. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and surround yourself with people you admire. And above all, be nice to yourself, don’t feel guilty if it doesn’t happen fast enough. As long as you are doing things that you love and from the heart, you can do anything.

What’s on for the rest of 2019 for you?
Build up the podcast! We just bought new gear and it’s going to be amazing! I want to take the podcast on YouTube, get great people in it to interview and travel. My husband Nico and I are travelling to Chile in November for my brother’s wedding and I can’t wait to hangout with everyone and celebrate. We come back in December to celebrate my birthday and from then onwards it’s a bit crazy until new year haha

Tell us your favourites on the Coast…
Coffee spot: Burleigh Co-Op, Board Culture Surf Shop, Stable Coffee Kitchen
Restaurant for dinner: Greenhouse Canteen, Justin Lane, Bonita Bonita, Burleigh Pavilion
After work hang spot: Burleigh Hill, Burleigh Pavilion, Apres Surf, at the beach with a bottle of wine
How does your weekend usually look: Always a workout in the morning then brekky/brunch and hangouts at the beach. Drinks at someone’s house and out in Burleigh if we feel like it

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