What do you value most in life?
I live in such a way where my happiness is my focal point. So I think it is reasonable to say that happiness is what I value most.
After prioritising my alone time over the last few months, I created the opportunity to get to know myself and my goals much better. I have been able to increase my awareness of my own being and the world around me. This has enhanced my happiness and left me feeling incredibly settled and powerful as I am more aware of my place in the world allowing me to live in such a way that is true to myself and creates a positive impact.
I also learned that I am accountable for my own happiness – I aim to create a positive environment by surrounding myself with wonderful people, keeping a positive mind and making time to do things that I love.
Favourite things and who inspires you?
I work and revise a lot which causes me a lot of stress. So it is important to take some time out to refresh myself. To do this I cook a lot and go running – these are definitely my favourite things at the moment.
I’ve recently turned vegetarian so I invested in some brilliant cookbooks to help and I now look forward to spending time preparing every meal and discovering new foods that will nourish my body. I find myself in my own little bubble in the kitchen when preparing food, it is such a calming and therapeutic process that can take your mind off anything.
When I was younger I complained a lot about living on such a boring little island; the Isle of Man. I now find myself being able to appreciate all the natural beauty it has to offer. My increasing interest in running has coincided with my growing appreciation for the island. When I am out running, I find myself looking around and thinking about how lucky I am to be able to live in such a beautiful place. I have a special place on my runs where I sit for 10 or 15 minutes to just listen to the waves and be inspired by the view.
I wouldn’t say that there is a single person that inspires me as there are many people in my life who possess characteristics that inspire me on a daily basis. There are people I work with that demonstrate endless patience and understanding when trying to teach others. My best friends inspire me to be a happy person and try out new things, they remind me (without even knowing they do it) to be mindful and keep a calm, level head too. My dad, most importantly inspires me to work hard at whatever I do in life and leave a positive impact wherever I go.
What is the most valuable lesson you think you have learnt?
It is most important to remember that if you are faced with a tough time or period in life you just have to keep going and face it as best as you can – be adaptable and try to remember the positives. You will always come out of the other side having learned something.
Can finance be a force for good in the future?
Of course it can. When in the right hands and under the appropriate influence, the power of money and finance can be utilised in the most productive way. It is crucial when considering the development of society as a whole and it fuels innovation. Unfortunately when the power falls into the wrong hands it can be incredibly detrimental, especially in terms of furthering the income inequality.
The wealthy corporations and individuals/investors must change the future by steering away from being self-focused and aim to care more about others and the world as a whole. Ultimately the act of realising that taking care of ourselves and others is far more important than any material or financial gain.
What would you like to share with our Colour of Money readers?
An issue that I have been thinking about a lot recently is the ever increasing plastic pollution of our land and oceans. If you were to take a walk along any beach in the world you would most likely come across plastic bottles, plastic bags and many other items of this nature.
A study conducted at UC Santa Barbara’s National Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis quantified the input of plastic waste into the ocean from land. They concluded that 8 million metric tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every single year – this is equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world. By 2025 the annual input is estimated to be approximately twice this.
Plastic is so toxic to the marine life on and off shore and it is not sustainable for us to keep using this purely because it is cheap and versatile. There are many alternatives that can be used that would not cause harm and threaten the marine life and their habitats.
The alternative that stands out the most for me would be the hemp plant. This plant is incredibly diverse and so ecological. It is easily the most sustainable material nature has to offer. Its fibrous roots enrich the soil, the plant itself grows quickly and it can be used for things such as biofuel and paper. Most importantly it is a viable feedstock for plastics production, it is biodegradable meaning that it won’t stick around and disrupt habitats much like plastic does.
I would urge anyone to do some further research on the benefits of utilising this material!
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— Ellie (@elliecdobbs) May 5, 2016
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