Phoebe Greenacre of Wood and Luxe is on a mission to inspire you to travel the world, try new things, have an open mind about wellness and encourage you to trust your heart in all things. Her blog is a fusion of the ethical and the luxurious – a unique combination of green living, wellness and enjoying the finer things in life that make you happy. In our exclusive interview, Phoebe lets loose about what inspires her, what’s important to her when buying for life and the one product she hopes to leave to her future daughter!
What inspired you to start Wood and Luxe?
I was spending all my money and holidays travelling overseas, and upon returning I was always asked about the details of my trips. The blog was a way I could share all my stories and recommendations with a wellness angle. Four years ago, there was not much in the ways of wellness travel so I was a little bit ahead of the curve.
Which post on your blog most encapsulates your values and why?
That’s a hard question! I write about so many different topics including travel, wellness, yoga and business tips. One of my favourite blog posts is from my stay at Garden Bled Resort. This place is the epitome of Wood and Luxe.
Which post do you wish could reach the biggest audience and why?
Lots of people don’t realise that they can turn their multiple passions into a career like I have done, so I would love this post to be spread far and wide.
What’s your biggest challenge in pursuing your mission?
My biggest challenge is allocating time to each of my passions and each of my jobs. I equally love building a business, teaching yoga, writing about travel and coaching women to build businesses. I’m trying to bring them all together as they do overlap in lots of areas.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that everything is possible if you put your time and energy into something. Moving countries, starting businesses, changing careers. If you want something that bad, you can make it happen.
Share a couple of your favourite blogs. Why do you like them?
I love The Fit Traveller for its clean content and beautiful properties. I love Melissa’s inspiring blog posts and no BS attitude to life, and I love Stefanie’s for her entertaining recounts of her travels.
Can you tell us about a product you’ve owned forever and why it’s important to you?
I bought a Louis Vuitton bag for my 21st birthday, and 12 years later, it’s still in perfect condition with no signs of wear and tear. I’ve travelled the world with it and hope one day to hand it to my daughter (if I have one).
What is important to you when you’re buying athletic wear?
I look for good quality designs, non-toxic materials and something that will last me season after season. So I avoid bright colours and usually buy classic pieces that I can use for years to come.
Can you tell us about the last time something broke and disappointed you?
The last thing that broke was the selfie stick I use for my travel vlog. I hate having to throw things away as I know most of it ends up in landfill. I try to fix, glue or repair everything before it goes to the bin. Saying that – I will always go for quality over price.
What vision do you have for Wood and Luxe for the future?
I hope it becomes a destination for women to come and be inspired to be better, travel more and dream big. It started out as a travel blog but it’s moving more and more into a place for inspiring a lifestyle rather than travel.
What do you love most about what you do and what drives you to keep going at it?
One running theme about everything I do is the freedom. I’ve created a life where I can travel when I want, get a pedicure in the middle of the day and get paid to travel. It’s a beautiful thing to watch your dreams come to fruition. Teaching yoga on retreats will also be up there as one of my favourite things I get to call work. What drives me is that I get to interact daily with women and have an impact on their lives. Whether that be encouraging them to start yoga, start a business or help them reach for something that they thought was not possible. At the end of the day, I love helping people realise their dreams.