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Zara D’Cotta

Blogger and National Breast Cancer Foundation Ambassador
Zara D’Cotta is the founder of Oh My Goodness -, an online publication she created on her road to recovery from breast cancer to make it as easy as possible for people to lead a healthy lifestyle in her hometown of Melbourne. Zara is supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation as a spokesperson and contributor to - the first comprehensive publication about breast cancer in young women in Australia.

Zara D’Cotta

Home is…
Prahran, Victoria

Best advice you have ever been given?
“Doubt killed more dreams than failure ever will.”
The voice of doubt will always be there, but the more you act upon your intuition and the things that light you up inside, the smaller that voice will become. Learn to ignore it or turn the volume down so it doesn’t interrupt the flow of your life.

You were diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 30. What do you wish other women in their 20s and 30s knew about breast cancer?
We think we are invincible when we are young, but unfortunately breast cancer does happen to young women. Pay attention to your body and if you think something isn’t right, see a doctor. Don’t use the internet to diagnose yourself and don’t make silly excuses like being too busy, because there is nothing in the world more important than your health and without it you are no good to anybody.

After recovering from your illness, you left your corporate job to pursue your passion of wellness and writing, launching your website Oh My Goodness. What has been the easiest, and the hardest, part about this transition and why?
The easiest part is getting to spend my days doing something that lights me up inside – when you do what you love everything else falls into place. I love having the flexibility to work in a way that suits me, but that’s also been the most challenging part, as I’m still working out what that is.

Favourite healthy meal to cook and why?
Miso salmon on a bed of soba noodles with greens and avocado dressing – my girlfriend and I created it together when I visited her in Dubai. It’s oh so easy and oh so tasty!

Most treasured memory?
My 30th birthday celebration, which was a dinner with friends a week after my diagnosis and surgery. I was so overwhelmed with emotion and fear I wasn’t sure I’d be able to enjoy myself, but for a few hours I completely forgot about what had happened. We danced the night away and I had one of the best nights of my life. I will never forget the love and support I felt at that time.

Best destination in Australia for a weekend away and why?
We are so spoilt for choice in Australia, but my favourite place for a weekend away from Melbourne would have to be Lorne. The Great Ocean Road is so spectacular with the ocean, mountains and rainforest. I immediately feel relaxed and connected to nature when I arrive there and it always brings back fond memories of summers with friends. 

What’s on your fashion wish-list?
I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new Mister Zimi collection – my friends Zoe and Jimi keep coming up with the most amazing colours and prints, I always feel happy when I wear their clothes.

Beach or snow?
Tough one – I love both, but as a girl who was born in the tropics (Singapore) I have to say beach.

Your favourite workout outfit consists of…
I’ve probably been spending a bit too much time in my Lululemon exercise gear since ditching the corporate wardrobe! But it’s so comfy and functional because I like to break up my days with exercise.

Favourite place in Melbourne for;
Tall Timber – I think they’ve got one of the best café menus in Melbourne. Head Chef Ryan Lording is always coming up with delicious healthy dishes.

Fashion? Runway Two in Toorak Village – my Mum’s friend Penny Davison is the owner/designer and she has an exceptional sense of style. She made the most divine alpaca cocoon coat that kept me warm all winter – I can’t step out of the house wearing it without being asked where it’s from!

Art –the home of my friend, Phoebe Rolleston. I love seeing what she’s been painting and the way she decorates her home. She has eclectic taste and an amazing ability to find things I would probably see as junk and make them look amazing in her home.

Exercise? Corpilates in Prahran – I love their reformer Pilates classes.  It’s a fantastic all over body workout that keeps me feeling aligned, flexible, lean and strong.

What’s next for Oh My Goodness?
It’s still early days for OMG but it’s growing quickly and there are so many wonderful things happening in Melbourne – more than I can write about on my own, so I may need to enlist some helpers.

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