It’s a rainy Saturday here in Sydney, and I’m enjoying browsing Twitter, reading interior design blogs and sporadically working on my new blog theme. I have another post drafted, but then I so enjoyed reading Kelly Exeter’s answers to 10 Questions that I thought I might jump on the bandwagon and have a go myself!
So here we are, a fluffy post for a cosy Saturday in, my answers to 10 questions….
1.If you were given an extra hour in the day to do what you wanted with what would you do?
Half an hour of yoga nidra (amazing guided relaxation & meditation) and half an hour cooking something tasty. I never seem to find the time to cook, we rely far too much on take out and convenient lunches!
2. Have you changed much in the last 5 years and if so how and why?
So much!!! Five years ago I was just finishing uni (media & politics), planning to study medicine (what the what?) and one year into recovery from an eating disorder. Over the past five years I have completely changed career direction, married the man I love, become a yoga teacher, and taught myself to code. I have also had the deepest darkest period of my life and a tough battle with anxiety and depression. I’m not exaggerating when I say the last five years have gifted me with both the worst moments of my life and the very very best moments of my life.
In summary – I’m a happier, more confident person than the Emily of 5 years ago, and I could never have predicted the direction life has taken since 2009.
3. What is the best thing you have ever bought ?
My yoga mat. Or maybe my variable temperature kettle. No, I’ll stick with yoga mat.
4. What is your favourite animal and why?
Dogs for sure! Beagles and Boxers and Basset Hounds are three of my favourites. I can’t wait until we have a house and can have a puppy…
5. If you could start your career all over again would you change it?
Hmm, nope, but, I would commit to it earlier. Less faffing around if I could do it all again. Having said that of course, I’m only where I am today because of the experiences I’ve had along the way!
6. Do you have a mantra/affirmation/saying? What is it or what are they?
This is a tricky one because I find new quotes or mantras that inspire me all the time. I worked with affirmations for quite a while when I was struggling with depression and they were really useful. I’ll often quote Pema Chodron, as her work has been so uplifting for me. Today though, I’ll go with a longer quote from one of my favourite scientists, Neil de Grasse Tyson…
“The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
7. Which restaurant would you most like to dine at – anywhere in the world?
Sushi Yasuda in New York.
8. Name one luxury item you would love to own?
A roomba. Not particularly luxurious, but nifty.
9. Flowers for life or chocolate?
10. What 4 words would your best mate use to describe you?
Loyal, eccentric, creative and organised.
Your turn! Either answer the questions in the comments below, or leave a link to your blog and answer them there!
Have a lovely weekend x