Lori Ann is one of my very best friends. We met at Uni and I am so so thankful to have her in my life. She is funny, kind, witty, and is the best dance partner a girl can ask for. Whatever I’m going through, being around Lori makes me happier and it is a no-brainer that she is my first interview. Here’s Lori Ann…
1) What makes you happy?
Feeling happy for me comes from making plans with family and friends, laughing and reminiscing, dancing and singing to my favourite songs and spending time cooking something special for my pals (and subsequently eating it). (Things that make me unhappy are burning my custard which is what has just happened as I write this!)
2) What’s 3 things you do to take care of your wellbeing?
I enjoy running- I can’t say I’m very good at it and can run neither fast nor far but it clears my head and I feel like a superstar when I get back to my front door.
I like to make time to cook something special at least once a week- whether that’s a lasagne to share with special visitors, or a steak and ale pie for two.
Once a week I give our flat a good clean and after that I do the same to myself! Lots of lovely scrubs and hair products to feel shiny and new at the start of the weekend.
3) What would you say to someone that is going through a tough time at the moment?
I never think that I am too good at advice and I guess it would depend on the situation. I think I would try and listen and offer support in any way I could and let them know I am always there for them. I’ve got to say, the best advice I’ve ever heard (and will definitely use one day) is “have a shower and get a sausage roll”. The person giving this guidance certainly knew their stuff!
4) What helps you keep your stress levels down?
Probably repeating myself a bit but stress for me comes from being under prepared. I like to know exactly where I stand and exactly what’s happening so I feel ready for anything. Sometimes this means I have a very unbalanced work life balance, which then makes me feel a different kind of stress, so to address this I have to limit the amount of time I spend working; leave work no later than 6pm and no work on Friday nights or Saturdays!
5) What makes you feel better when you’re sad?
A nice cup of tea and listening to an interesting podcast or radio programme. I am quite enjoying Desert Island Discs and some of the Radio 4 comedy shows at the moment. I also think a lot of sad times can be helped with a nice hot shower.
6) What song makes you happy?
So many songs make me happy! Top of the pops at the moment is Bonnie Tyler- Holding out for a Hero as it reminds me of the very best night of my life! I also love Nanci Griffith’s I Wish it Would Rain because it reminds me of my mum and my sister and long car journeys together. I also find that you cannot beat a bit of Fleetwood Mac!
7) What’s the best bit of advice you have ever been given?
Oooooooooh that is a tough one. Something I should probably heed a little more is “there’s no point in worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet”. Because that is quite true.
8) What book should everyone read?
Harry Potter: all seven books- couldn’t pick just one! Everyone should read them all. They’re the best books money can buy.
9) What activity makes you forget about time?
When I get stuck into a really good book I can write off the rest of the day. Same if I’ve got a craft project on the go- hours with the knitting needles can fly by! Especially on a rainy day.
10) What is one thing you like about yourself?
I think I have a good sense of humour! And I can cut some big shapes on a dance floor.
Reading Lori’s answers inspired me to get more enjoyment out of cooking AND CLEANING! Thank you Lori, I love you pal.
Carly Ann xx