"If you're gonna make connections which are innovative...
You have to not have the same bag of experiences as everyone else does."
~ Steve Jobs
Let's get personal
The work I do with my clients is intensive and personal. We take a deep dive and explore who they are - what makes them tick, values, lifestyle, relationships (romantic, family, professional), like...we talk about EVERYTHING.
I am forever grateful and humbled that my clients trust me and let me in to share such a personal side of their human experience.
But in the name of opening up and getting to know one another better, and in case you're curious, here are 5 fun facts about me that you might enjoy.
1. I grew up on a flower farm in the middle of the desert
I was born in the Sinai Desert (which then was part of Israel but in 1981 was given to Egypt as part of a peace agreement and our family was relocated). My mum is from London, she moved to Israel in the 70's where she met my Israeli dad.
I grew up on a flower farm in the middle of nowhere (a bit like the Australian outback), in a community of 36 families and spent most of my childhood barefooted and running amuck outside with my sister and friends. We rode majestic Arabian horses, worked in the packing sheds and in the fields from an early age (we got paid in chocolate) and climbed lots of trees.
One of my fondest memories is riding down sand dunes in empty tomato crates.
We had a simple and free life.
In the photo - my younger sister and I with dad. I'm on the left. We have a much younger brother too.
2. I'm afraid of the bathroom in the dark
Ever since watching The Ring in the early 2000's I have been terrified of going to the bathroom in the dark because I can't help but think the scary dead girl is gonna come out of the loo...
No matter how many times I've tried, I just can't not switch the light on.
3. I served 2 years in the Air-force
To most of you this sounds crazy, but I'm from Israel and it's compulsory for obvious reasons.
I was drafted into the armed forces in 1998 and served as a Combat Mission Coordinator for a fighting squadron in the Air-force.
It was one of the toughest, most character building things I have ever done.
I ran in the mud at the crack of dawn with a heavy M16 rifle strapped onto me.
I didn't sleep for almost 72 hours while we were in combat sending pilots out to missions.
YES I was involved in life and death situations.
NO I didn't go home every day. We were on base for 21 days at a time and then had 1.5 days off before reporting back for duty.
I don't have any photos from that time but I assure you I looked absolutely horrendous in the Beige uniform.
4. I'm a qualified Fitness Trainer
I train to be strong, fit and healthy (and to feel confident in my own body, of course). I love working out.
In 2010, I qualified as a fitness trainer. I studied it mostly for my own personal gain because I hated boring routines and I wanted to challenge myself with exciting and dynamic programs.
I train at least four times a week and my routines are a mix of resistance and HIIT.
5. I'm a single mum.
Meet Amelia, AKA #LeggyOffspring.
She's my reason for everything.
It's been just the two of us for the past 8 years and we are a tight team.
When the going gets tough (and when you're in biz, that's often) she is the wind beneath my wings and what gives me purpose, courage and strength to get out of bed every morning and take life by the balls.
She is one awesome, smart, funny, generous, honest and cheeky kid. She's obsessed with wildlife and nature and wants to live on a farm one day when she's all grown up.
We spend time together riding our bikes, splashing in rock pools, star gazing and dancing in the kitchen.
We love cooking together.
I'm really proud of her.
Bonus fact - I take lemons with me wherever I go
Fun Fact: did you know that smelling lemons releases serotonin in your brain (the hormone responsible for laughter, optimism, and happiness), which makes you feel happy.
Funnily enough, the colour Yellow does the same thing.
For the past 9 years, every single morning, the first thing I do is have a glass of warm water with half a lemon squeezed into it.
I am so religious about this ritual that if I'm going somewhere overnight I take lemons with me!! Even overseas. I know, it sounds crazy, right?
Amelia and I love to take a deep breath of the lemon skin after I've squeezed it to start our day off with some happiness.