What is the book you’ve given most as a gift?
Cookery books. My husband is a real foodie and it is always well received! Other than that, the latest kids’ bestseller for my ten and seven-year-old.
What purchase of €100 or less has impacted mostly in your life?
Fitbits for me and my kids have created some “healthy” competition!
How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success?
It taught me that failure isn’t a destination. It is just another part of the journey and a learning opportunity.
Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?
There are a few quotes that often come to mind:
- “You never regret being kind.”
- “Begin with the end in mind.”
- “It always seems impossible until it is done.”
- “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
What are the best investments you’ve ever made?
We got six chickens just before lockdown, and as well as keeping us in a supply of eggs, they have become wonderful pets for our kids.
What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
Although I am not superstitious, I have a few habits that, if I go to bed without doing them, I will have to get up again to rectify the situation!
What new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?
I consciously try to ‘be present’, particularly for my family. During the pandemic, work and home life merged. Giving my full attention in the moment and not allowing distractions (the phone, email) has enriched my relationships.
What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student?
Be yourself, be curious, be engaged, care and back yourself!
What have you become better at saying no to in the last five years?
I have a better perspective on what is important to me, what makes me happy and my priorities. I am better at saying yes to things that matter and more discerning about those that don’t.
When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, what do you do?
Sometimes it is as simple as stretching my legs and a quick walk outside in the fresh air. I also try to focus on things that make me feel good and ground me – perhaps a picture or video of my kids. It always brings things back into perspective.