Meet our July woman of the month the extra-ordinary Kada Miller a Recording Artist and Singer/Songwriter from coastal beach town Sawtell, located on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Kada is also the co-author of “The essence of you and me” published by Hachette Press and stars in a feature documentary alongside her amazing husband Barney Miller. Both the book and documentary explore the triumphant story of Barney and Kada’s life together (following his accident) their love, friendship and hunger to defy the odds! We can’t wait for you to get to know this vocal powerhouse and we know this is definitely not the last time you’ll be hearing her name!
Before we dive into the interview we did ask Kada to share a bit more about she and Barney because his story makes up a huge part of hers. In 1999, Barney was in an accident which broke his neck & paralysed him from the chest down. He was diagnosed a Complete C6 Quadriplegic and was told he would never walk again (but if you’ve seen the doco or read their book these guys have other ideas). For the past 11 years, they’ve been side-by-side cheering each other on and showing one another what is possible when you truly believe. Through hard work, an open heart & mind, everyday they’re proving his diagnosis wrong and moving another step closer to their dreams. Barney’s journey of re-learning to walk is the driving force and inspiration behind Kada’s music and journey of self discovery. Their documentary and book dive into this hypnotic love story and we know you’ll want to find out where you can get your hands on both, so we’ll add links at the end of the blog.
Now, lets dive into the interview.
After sharing some of your story, we can clearly feel you’ve been on quiet the adventure the last 10 years, what would you say has been your biggest learning?
I would say learning to trust in my self & following my own intuition. It’s so easy to let outside influences sway your decisions & beliefs & whilst I’m always open to take advise I am also conscious of making sure that whatever the choice is feels right & is aligned with my core beliefs & is coming from a place of love, not fear.
You and Barney spend a lot of time traveling for his rehab, your music and now of course the book. What are your top 3 tips for supporting your body when on the road?
This is honestly something I am always working on & it can be really hard sometimes. Especially if we are staying in a hotel for more than a few days. I always travel with our Nutri Bullet though that way at the very least I can make bulletproof coffees or bulletproof Jing in my case cause I don’t drink coffee. (Jing is an amazing mushroom blend that gives me a good buzz of energy without feeling the jitters) Hydration & water quality is always important to me, so I always make sure to stock up on bottled water if there is no access to filtered water. The third tip would be taking a few extra minutes to simply breathe & be present. It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos when travelling but I find having those few minutes to myself to practice meditation or mindfulness & gratitude restores my energy & helps keep my stress levels at bay so I don’t burn out.
We love learning about the ways the women we feature stay connected and inspired- especially when it comes to relationships..so how do you stay connected and inspired in your relationships?
I believe that checking in with myself & working on myself has enabled me to bring more to my relationships but also be more connected. I’m a big believer in what you put out in the world you attract back in & I am always conscious to be the friend I want to have. I always strive to inspire my husband, friends & family to chase their dreams because they have always supported me with mine.
If you could tell your 20-year-old self-anything, what would it be?
There is beauty in the struggle. Every obstacle we face is a new opportunity to learn, grow & even change course. Just keep going,hold in there & trust the flow of life.
To wrap it up, what book has had the most profound impact on your life and why?
Mastering Your Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini. She has practical journaling exercises to do throughout the book that I felt ignited something deep within. It is so empowering for girls & women to overcome their inner critic & learn to love their individual beauty.
Their tell all biography is available at any good book-store (or online) and if you’re looking for an inspiring flick to watch this weekend their feature documentary “You and me” is available on itunes *WARNING you WILL need tissues*.
To keep up with all things Kada you can follow her on instagram
We hope you’ve enjoyed this months edition as much as we enjoyed brining it to you, we’d love to hear what your golden nugget was from this interview- so leave us a comment!
Until next week,
S & M.x