Kiewa Valley author Rachael Kable never expected her podcast The Mindful Kind to reach its present heights of more than three million downloads.
"I didn't put any advertising behind it, I didn't have a production team behind me, it was literally just me in the walk-in wardrobe recording an episode every week and putting it out there," she said.
Now three years later, her guide to de-stressing is in book form, also called The Mindful Kind and published by ABC Books.
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Kable will hold a book signing and reading at Tawonga South Newsagency and Post Office next Saturday, March 2, from 10am and is also relocating back to the region after a number of years in Melbourne.
Educated in Tawonga and Mount Beauty, she moved to the city for study and while volunteering for a helpline learned some mindfulness and meditation strategies to pass on to callers.
"Practising it myself just felt really strange, because I was a bit of a perfectionist, I got stressed easily and put a lot of pressure on myself," she said.
"It was something that was really foreign for me so being able to learn about it really made a big difference."
Divided into seven sections, The Mindful Kind discusses areas of life such as relationships, work, health, well being and self-care.
Kable said the latter had been a personal journey, moving on from the mentality of putting herself last.
"The thing with that was I felt sometimes bitter and a bit resentful when I did those things and then I realised that was my choice and I was doing those things deliberately, no one else was really asking me to," she said.
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