Creator, student, writer and life explorer.
“I want to be a chef who can paint and belt out a cracker of a tune…”
1. Moments in your life that you take pleasure in... give you pleasure.
I work full time, am studying an M.Sc in Digital Marketing Strategy two nights a week and I write for my lifestyle blog. In between that I could also be working on a community based project. Free time can sometimes feel like a luxury. I spent time last year studying wine and spirits and am part of a monthly wine explorers club. Taking time out to discover new wines with my feet up on the couch is the simplest and most rewarding of pleasures.
2. What's your life philosophy/ driving force? Motivating quote in your head...
Lifelong learning drives me. As a kid we are always asked what we want to be, a fireman, an accountant an artist, a singer; all single minded goals. I wanted to be a chef. I never quite set foot on that path, but interestingly enough years later I write about food and drink. I have a lot of varied interests and I don’t want to be just one thing. I’ve studied a broad spectrum of topics including sports nutrition, project management, computer science, counselling and psychotherapy and art. The only limits we have are those we place on ourselves. If I was asked the question again, what did I want to be when I grow up? I would answer very differently. I might still want to be a chef, but I want to be a chef who can also paint and belt out a cracker of a tune at karaoke.
3. Who inspires you and why?
Inspiration can grab you at any moment. It’s not always a single person who inspires you. Strangers often inspire me to do better, when I hear their stories. They don’t always need to be ground-breaking achievements, it can be an act of kindness you witness or the strength you recognise in someone standing up for what they believe in. I’m inspired everyday by what people are capable of. My mother inspires me. One act in particular stands out in my mind. She was diagnosed with cancer while I was away for work. I remember coming back to visit her in hospital and when I arrived she was making her own hospital bed. That is the type of woman she is. You won’t find her sitting around waiting for life to happen. She stands up and gets on with it and there is a lot to be said for that.
4 . What do you like to prepare well for each day?
Juggling a lot of proverbial balls means I’m preparing for a lot of things each day. I’m quick to adapt to changes. Being back at college at night means less time home in the evening. That means making smart choices like proper meal planning at the weekend because I know I won’t be home for dinner at least 2-3 nights a week. It also means using my commute to work more productively. My 35 minutes to and from work these days are taken up with reading college notes. The benefit however filters through to the weekend when I have time to let both myself and a bottle of wine breath. I’m not the only person in the world to be busy but preparing for it certainly does help.
5. One piece of advice you would give to young people today? One piece of advice that you heard somewhere and stick by.
Don’t limit yourself. Be anything and everything you want to be. I touched on this earlier when I talked about my philosophy on life. I think we all of a responsibility to those that come after us to encourage them to stand by their choices, to live their dreams, to dare to dream in the first place and to be themselves. I see my nieces and nephews embrace life with a bravery I didn’t have at their age and it’s wonderful. Never limit yourself and what you can achieve.