Kiara Cengic and making wellness inclusive and accessible to everyone

Jan 19, 2021 | Interviews

Kiara Cengic is the 19 year old brains behind the wellness magazine, Good Condition. As a full time graphic design student, Kiara has used her passion and knowledge to bring together a community that shares a love for wellness.

Here are 6 things you need to know about Kiara and Good Condition. 

Good Condition began because of a parasite.

The reason I started Good Condition is because I’ve actually been dealing with a parasite I got when I was travelling overseas. It was a lot worse before, I used to be vomiting constantly, I was dehydrated and it just sucked all the energy out of me. When that happened I kind of wanted to create something to do with wellness that would take my mind off it but also something that I could learn from. 

Puzzles are her saving grace.

Whenever I feel sick or overwhelmed [because of my parasite], I’ll just sit down and do a puzzle. I love puzzles! I’ve had a lot of time to do them because of COVID which has been great.

Kiara defines wellness in two parts.

Wellness is about being the best version of yourself in terms of your physical self, your mental self and your spiritual self. I definitely don’t think it’s all about food like it’s not about eating a carrot a day. It’s your whole body. I also think it’s about being inclusive and accessible to everyone, not just white rich people. It’s not just jade rollers, vitamin drips and enemas. 

Good Condition strives to make wellness more accessible. 

One of my main goals with Good Condition is to make wellness more inclusive and accessible to everyone. Some people just need to go. I feel like there are some ‘wellness influencers’ that promote elitism and materialistic things and call it wellness. I want to show that there are different practices in different cultures and that true wellness is not just white wellness. It’s a huge problem that needs to be fixed. Everyone has so much to add to it. 

Sean Brown is a huge inspiration to her.

I absolutely love Sean Brown. He’s the one that made the CD rugs if you’ve seen them. I love his designs and I definitely look up to him in terms of work ethic, design and aesthetics. Also, he made his own wrapping paper and I thought that was so cool as well. I’m obsessed.

via @byseanbrown

Her biggest takeaway from 2020 is that not everything goes smoothly.

I think there were definitely good things that came from 2020, obviously it was bad. But the good things that came out of it was that I got to be more creative, do a little more of my own thing. I worked on myself a lot because I had so much me-time. It was a good reminder that things can go south so quickly and that we just need to adapt more to make things work.

You can read the latest issue of Good Condition here.

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Interviewed by Anna Lowe