Jodi Meares — The Upside

With summer hot on our heels, healthy eating and working on that bikini bod are at the top of the to-do list! But sometimes life gets in the way, so we sourced advice from owner and founder of The Upside, Jodi Meares.

Launching into a successful modelling career at the age of 15 and later establishing the renowned swimwear label Tigerlily, Jodi Meares has certainly made the most of ‘life’. Identifying a notable gap in the market in 2014, The Upside was born. Providing sophisticated activewear for the time poor individuals without abandoning comfort. 4 years on, the label continues to grow, based on strong foundations of a healthy balanced lifestyle. 

Why The Upside? 

It was a bit of a struggle to find the right name for this brand- I went through literally hundreds of names – I was reading Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac and he used “The Upside” in a sentence and it just kinda just jumped out at me- I love the humour behind the phrase, it usually follows a disaster, you know these mishaps that in hindsight wind up being a blessing – you missed your plane but “the upside” was you met the love of your life in the taxi queue on the way back to your hotel.

How do you manage a work-life balance?

I’m totally chaotic- a bit of a mad scientist- I find all this balance people are seeking to be an impossible pursuit. I prefer to find myself in the storm or in the calm and just accept it as a part of life’s experiences. 

What motivates you?


If you had to make time to do one thing every day, what would it be?


Do you have a ‘life motto’ that you live by?

Life is for living. 

If you could rewind time, is there anything you would do-over?

Not a thing.

What does 2018 hold for Jodi Meares and The Upside?

Adventure always adventure. 

Do you have any advice for those who are looking to make a healthy change to their lifestyles?

Incorporate something you love, if you don’t like kale don’t eat it, eat spinach- health choices look and feel different for everyone. If you don’t like the gym, go for a walk in nature. 

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