When did you realise your love for what you do? A lot later than I should have! I think that’s the thing when you have a real passion or something that totally lights you up. It’s so much a part of your life that you can’t see it until someone points it out to you. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with health, food and the power of the mind. All the learnings I sought and spent my time and money on were on this topic, but at the time, I didn’t realise it was different from anyone else! Only after I finished university did I actually acknowledge the inherent love and passion within me.
What do you love most about what you do? A few things. First is the creative outlet. I think everyone needs some kind of creative outlet, whether it’s work-related or not. I believe everyone is inherently creative, but so many people say things like “I’m not creative”, but I believe they just haven’t found their ‘thing’ yet. I think the act of creating is inherently human, but many of us live in the depths of ego and haven’t tapped into our inner wisdom. What would you do if you knew you were never to be judged?
I have endless amounts of ideas for the work I do, and that’s what I love about it! I’m yet to get tired of it or “over it” and even after I finish up massive projects that totally drain me, I’m still jotting down ideas for the next thing!
The second is being able to have a voice that someone (even if it’s just one person!) wants to hear, or that might change their life for the better. I’m passionate about food and being in the kitchen, and it’s my dream to have other people feel that love too, connecting with their food on a tactile, creative and spiritual level. It’s a joy I couldn’t live without, and if I can inspire someone else to give it a go and find that love too, then that’s all I really care about!
What’s the most significant piece of wisdom you’ve received or acquired through life experience? “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”. Something my dad used to say all the time.
What’s been one of your biggest challenges you’ve faced, and how did you navigate through it? There have been plenty, but I think the worst of all is self-doubt and self-sabotage! It’s something we all go through, even those that look really successful. There are times I’ve been paralysed by my own perfectionism and the high standards I hold for myself. I kind of like the fact that my biggest challenges have been all centred around me and my actions and thoughts. It means there’s a never-ending amount of learning and opportunity for self-development and growth. We forget that a lot of the time, we’re the only person holding ourselves back! Once you realise that, it’s pretty powerful and certainly motivates you to live to your full potential.
What are 3 of your daily non-negotiables? 1. A smile. Something so simple but so powerful and can completely change my mood and mindset. 2. Movement. It may be a walk, a workout or 5 mins of expressive dancing (yes, I do this often), I just don’t feel myself without some kind of physical expression. 3. Being of service in some way, whether it’s doing someone a favour, giving someone a heartfelt gift or even just greeting a random person hello!
What do you believe is your greatest asset, and how does it serve you? My willingness to be the outlier. Being the “weird one” has never bothered me and I’ve never been into something just because other people are or because it’s common. I’m the opposite, anything that is really common or mainstream is an immediate turn-off for me, whether it’s career path, travel, living situations or relationships!
How do you elevate and empower those around you? It is acknowledging and listening to people. It’s easy to brush things off or not listen intently when you’re with others. But there’s immense power in hearing people and what they’re saying. Sometimes it’s different from the words that are coming out of their mouth, and I think being intuitive with that is empowering.
What does the word failure mean to you? I think the only way I feel like I’ve truly failed is if I let something small stop me from what my inner self wanted to do. For example, this might be not doing something out of fear of judgement or doing something for the reasons that don’t align with my true self, like external validation.
In your opinion, what’s the number one thing that holds people back from going after what they want in their lives? What would you say to them? Living to someone else’s standards of life or success or societal norms. As opposed to how you define success and what you genuinely want to be doing. If you are doing this, you are never going to do exactly what your true self wants because you’ll be too afraid of judgement or failure in other people’s eyes. When you are confident and centred, you won’t hold yourself back.
And this is because you won’t be able to imagine a life where you didn’t go after your dream. It’s waiting for you; you just have to reach out and grab it. When you change your mindset to taking full responsibility for your life and actions, you are empowered and motivated to go after whatever it is you desire.
If you could share one seed of inspiration for those chasing their dream, what would it be? I believe you can have everything you want in life; you just have to reach out and grab it. I say this to myself all the time!