What was your first job?
My first job was as a farmer’s daughter in Ireland where I grew up. I helped my dad deliver piglets, milk cows and collect the eggs from the chickens on our farm. I was a pretty good cow chaser and have helped to feed baby lambs with a real milk bottle! It was good fun and I was always in my wellies or else on the tractor or in the lorry with my Dad! As one of six children who are all girls, there was never a dull moment! It taught me the power of hard work and resilience.
What are you reading now?
I am currently reading ‘The Choice’ by Edith Edgar. This beautifully written book reminds us that even in the darkest of moments in our lives, there is still hope, something to be salvaged, something to be learned and always something to live for. We are not going to get over huge life events quickly, in fact we may never get over them at all, but we can learn to live with them through finding joy, understanding and gratitude for the smallest of things in life.
If you could give your younger self advice what would it be?
I would love to go back and tell my younger self to trust in who I am, that I should love who I am, warts and all. That everything will be okay and that there is nothing to be afraid of. I would also tell my younger self to laugh more and not take things too seriously and mostly that I am good enough to be whatever I want to be! We spend so long in our own heads thinking and interpreting comments people have made and actually most of it is just our theatre of imagination working overtime! Finally, I would tell myself to start running and meditating sooner as this enables you to problem solve and teaches you how to breathe better and feel in control, putting one foot in front of the other!