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I am so excited for this Girl Crush Series!

I have known Silvia for a few years now and my goodness is she a force to be reckoned with. Silvia a former professional tennis player and fitness competitor is now the CEO of  one of Australia’s hottest new workouts RISE NATION.

Not only is Silvia a business savvy female she is an inspiration to me and I am so excited to share with you our little interview. I hope she inspires you as much as she inspires me.

Who are you and what do you do?

Entrepreneur. I own a brand called Rise Nation in Australia, previously had organic cafes and supplements.

You are not originally from Australia, where did you grow up? And why did you decide to pack and move to Melbourne?

I grew up in Slovakia and when I was 17, I left home and moved to the UK where I lived for 5 years. I was a professional tennis player up until I left home. When I was in the UK I ended up working in hospitality so after few years I wanted to get back to my passion of fitness and decided to move to Australia to study Nutrition. I got a job here at Kooyong tennis academy and got sponsored to stay and ended up as director along with teaching tennis and fitness. Then I launched my brand and cafe and now its been 8 years for me here. 

What do you love about living in Australia? 

In my eyes it’s a very easy country and I love the entrepreneur support .

You are such a girl boss and we love that about you! What was your reason for bringing Rise Nation to Melbourne?

I actually walked into a class when I was on a holiday in LA sussing out cafes and fell in love with it. I did an extreme class with Jason who is the founder and went up to him and said I need this in Melbourne and he looked at me with a smile thinking probably I am one of many people who said it before, but I never gave up and hassled him until I got licence and opened my first studio with more to come in 2020!

If you could name one challenge in business to this day what would it be? And what was the lesson you learnt? 

Being a female in business is a challenge, especially in the fitness industry. Having to meet with agents or builders I feel like they don’t take me seriously or getting a good deal over the line means I need to bring a male with me to meetings.

For all the aspiring female entrepreneurs reading, what would be your top three business tips?

Understand there is good and bad days in business.

Take time for yourself away from others to recharge.

Keep learning everyday and don’t be scared to ask for help.

What are some of your daily rituals to ensuring you’re always keeping a healthy, happy mind?

Exercise everyday.

Schedule a recovery day.

Prepare for a day ahead.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t take things personally and enjoy the journey more.

Your business portfolio is pretty impressive – what does success mean to you? 

Everyone see’s success differently, for me it’s to be able to set a goal and achieve it.

Your favourite quote? 

“Be yourself despite what others might say or think about you.”

Last for all the foodies out there – What does a day on the plate for you look like? 

Well, At the moment I am obsessed with Oat lattes in the morning.

Then, I will have a smoothie or juice. For lunch i’ll get a salad and dinner fish with some veggies . I like to enjoy a nice dinner out on weekends but always in moderation. 

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