Q & A

– What first inspired you to start a blog?  –

I never realised that I wanted to write until I was at university. I was taught by an editor of a magazine during a Journalism module, and it was at this point that I felt I’d found my passion. I couldn’t tell you why I’d never found it before, but I guess that’s just how it happens to all of us.

I then started writing bits and bobs in my own time, but I didn’t really know what to write about in a blog. I didn’t think anything I had to say would be interesting to anyone else. It wasn’t until my Dad died suddenly that I needed an outlet to express myself.

– Why did you decide to share your story? –

When my health started to suffer, I turned to other blogs to find helpful advice for myself. In doing so, I realised that there was a small community out there, and I admired those who shared their own stories because they wanted to help others. I knew that’s what I wanted to do, and because the community was relatively small at the time I wanted to become part of it so I could help more people like myself.

Although at times it’s a little daunting writing about aspects of your life that are personal, I actually find it really liberating. And there’s always someone who resonates, and that person may just be inspired. I guess I’ve just always wanted to help others and encourage people to live happier, healthier lives based on my experience.

– What’s the most important thing to you about maintaining a healthy lifestyle? –

That I live a lifestyle of enjoyment and not deprivation.

There is absolutely no enjoyment in depriving yourself of the things you love. I have adapted my eating habits over the years and because I know how good my body feels when I nourish it, nurture it and listen to it, I actually want to look after it. There are healthy alternatives to everything nowadays, it’s just a case of learning more about what’s out there and also taking the time to cook more at home.

– What is your body’s ideal healthy lifestyle? –

As I am getting older, I am finding that my body needs looking after more and that I often need to adapt my way of life to suit. For example, after being away travelling for 18 months my body was tired and exhausted and decided it wasn’t enjoying that way of life as I had been neglecting it for too long. I realised that what it needed was some normal routine, home cooked healthy food and all-round nourishment.

My body enjoys eating a plant based diet (mostly vegetarian, with lots of wholefoods and organic produce, and very little gluten, dairy or sugar), drinking lots of water and herbal teas throughout the day, being outdoors and in nature, a good dose of vitamin D from sunshine, switching off from the digital world regularly, having not too busy a social life, practicing yoga and meditation, and taking time out to read.

– What piece of advice would you give yourself? –

This is a tough one, because I’m really quite tough on myself. I’m a Virgo, so my expectations of myself are quite high naturally.

I am naturally someone who lacks confidence, so reminding myself that I am good enough is something I have to do quite often. It’s something I really struggle with, and particular in terms of my dreams and ambitions. The one thing I will say though, is that I am becoming more confident as I get older!

– Do you feel your time travelling has helped shape who you are today?

Without a doubt. I set out on my travels initially as a journey of self discovery. I wanted to experience new cultures, see what else there was to the world outside of my own country, meet new people, push myself out of my comfort zone, make memories that I could cherish forever and come back a different, more appreciative, human being.

My most recent trip, with my partner, has been my most memorable to date. Partly because it was wonderful to share the experiences we did together, partly because we made a new life for ourselves in New Zealand together, partly because we both got so much out of the adventure and we grew tremendously on a personal level, but most of all because we were at an age when we could appreciate travelling so much more. There are still so many places I want to visit!

And to round things off, here are a few fun questions..

– What is your favourite colour? –

Yellow.  It’s the colour of happiness; it’s the colour of sunshine; and it’s the colour of my favourite flower, the sunflower.

– What’s your favourite TV series? –

Mad Men.

– What’s your guilty pleasure? –

I think I secretly feel most guilty when I listen to the music I loved as a teenager, yet I know that it’s just so nostalgic. I was a huge Blue fan, so I definitely enjoy listening to them every now and again!

– If you could invite any 6 people to a dinner party, who would you choose?

Jamie Oliver – but, obviously, I’d rather he cooked!
Ed Sheeran
Leonardo di Caprio
Emma Stone
Blake Lively
Sarah Wilson