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#HappyHangouts - An Interview with the 'Merrymaker Sisters'

February 5, 2017

Our most favourite sister act, Emma & Carla Papas aka the ‘Merrymaker Sisters’ are bliss followers and magic creators. Emma & Carla are loved by the food and fitness industries, reaching over 250,000 people every month helping their followers live healthier, happier, more magic filled lives. What started as a humble blog, they have now created the #1 App Get Merry, published the healthy cookbook Make It Merry, and Get Merry Cookbook, created Merrymaker Club, an online meal plan membership and the #MerryBiz podcast where they interview experts and share their candid, personal stories. How more amazing can this duo get?

 

We’ve long been HUGE fans of the Merrymaker Sisters and when we discovered that many of their philosophies align so closely with our own, we just had to get them to answer some more questions for us.

 

How did you start the journey towards The 'Merrymaker Sisters' blog?

 

Flashback to mid 2012, we were sick of feeling sick, fed up with counting calories, beyond tired from the guilt we felt after eating, with low self-esteem and terribly confused as to why we felt this way. We were in this obsessive whirlwind of fad diets, quick fixes and negative body image. When we looked around this seemed completely normal, everyone was spinning. This unhealthy way of living needed to stop, so we searched for something that would work.

 

REAL FOOD was our answer and the catalyst to creating The Merrymaker Sisters. Being the food lovers we always have been, we started to share photos of our healthy foodie creations to our personal social media accounts and our followers started to grow organically. We loved it so much and wanted a place to document all of our recipes and thoughts so we googled ‘How to start a blog’ (seriously!).

 

We both studied and worked in the Communication industry and were passionate about health and happiness and so we began The Merrymaker Sisters - it was like two passions perfectly intertwined! Our overall mission for The Merrymaker Sisters is to create a healthy, happy, more magic filled world. We do that by creating a safe and fun community where everyone is welcome to come, learn and get inspired to make positive changes to their lives.

 

We haven’t looked back since starting our merrymaker journey in February 2013, and feel truly lucky to have found a career path that makes us happy and gives us a sense of fulfillment. We always say ‘To Merrymake, is to follow your bliss, passion, dream’ and that’s exactly what we’re doing.

 

Lunch Jars is a mother & daughter team and we love working together. So how do you find running a business with your sister?

 

We love it! When anyone tells us how lucky we get to do what we do... no, we put in the work BUT we're lucky that we're sisters, best friends and also biz partners. We could not imagine it any other way!

 

It's all kinds of fun but we also need to make sure we have our own space and remember that sometimes we need to play the biz colleague role instead of the sister role. Haha... if you have Sisters you know what we mean!

 

 

What’s your favourite way to get moving?

 

Pilates and yoga! We love love love both! We also love light weight sessions, walking and hiking. As long as we have fun while exercising we are happy!

 

Best advice you have ever been given?

 

In 2014, when we went to New York for the first time ever we had this magical night. The founder of the Nutrition School we studied at (Joshua Rosenthal) took us out for this fancy as dinner in Chelsea.

 

While at dinner I spoke about our vision for Merrymakers and how inspired I was by other amazing people doing epic stuff. In particular, I wowed over Sarah Wilson and Pete Evans and just how big of a dent they were making to this planet.

 

And just as I was about to say something like “oh yes… I can’t WAIT until that’s me up there doing all that crazy amazing stuff!”… Joshua cut me off…

 

“Girls…” Because Emma was sitting there next to me nodding along…

 

“Look sideways.”

 

So we did, at each other, and at the exact same time had the biggest joint AHA! Moment of our lives… since being born.

 

Look sideways?

 

Holey shit! LOOK SIDEWAYS!

 

Joshua went on to explain that I am you, and you are me and we are one and that’s a whole lotta woo woo (and I love it) but it really is simple: look sideways.

 

None of us are above or below ANYONE. No one is above or below you or me. We’re all equal. We are all made of the same stuff (star dust to be exact… like we actually are), we all have something to learn from each other and something to share.

 

We all have something to learn from each other and something to share.

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What is your favourite recipe from your new ‘Get Merry' App?

 

Oooooo! So many! Ahhhh! But it's gotta be the raw picnic bar! It's a special app only recipes and it's all kinds of fun and yum!

 

What steps do you take to ensure you follow your bliss everyday?

 

Add joy to our days every single day. Turning your bliss into your full time biz brings all the good stuff but it also can bring stress and work you don't really enjoy doing (hello accounts, tax stuff etc.) so it's important to add joy every single day. Stuff that makes us light up, smile, relax, laugh and just feel bloody good!

 

Where can we connect with you online?

 

Over at getmerry.com

How amazing are these girls!! Did you get any take away's or inspiration from this interview? If so, please leave your comments below!

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