Feeling Creative With Susannah Taylor
We caught up with Susannah Taylor, Editor-In-Chief of Get The Gloss, to chat about her inspirations, wellbeing and what makes her feel most powerful
- You live a hectic life, at home, at work, socially...it's all go! When do you feel most powerful?
- I feel my most powerful when I'm looking after myself really well - when I'm getting enough sleep, when I'm exercising well and when I'm eating well. I have done a few exercise challenges over the last few years and the training for those leaves you feeling a bit like you could conquer the world (it's addictive). I also feel powerful when I'm being properly creative as this is what I enjoy the most - whether I'm drawing (I have an instagram account called @thesuperdraw) or whether I'm in full flow at Get The Gloss. This is when i'm really, properly in the moment and that always feels amazing.
- What does powerful mean to you? Is it in the gym? Is it as a parent? Is it in your group of friends?
- What powerful definitely isn't for me is bossing people about and feeling 'in charge' at work. If anything it's about being happy in what I'm doing and a feeling that I'm doing it well and with integrity. It's about feeling good in myself. Anyone that knows me will know I don't cut corners, I like to do things properly whether that's when I'm looking after my kids or training for triathlon or coming up with ideas for work. When I'm happy with a job I've done then I feel powerful, if I feel I've done a bad job I don't.
- Who is your powerful inspiration?
- It's not necessarily anyone famous. The people who inspire me with their strength are often friends of mine who achieve great things or are juggling a lot or have undergone great struggle or hardship to get places. I find small pieces of power in everyday life. Nicola Elliott your founder is a very good friend of mine and I really admire her for juggling a beautiful family whilst growing the amazing brand of Neom and remaining a brilliant, wonderful, caring person.
- Share with us your most powerful moment, and a photo from it, if you have one!
- I think having two children made me feel I could literally conquer the world (until I got sleep deprived!), but other moments are becoming the Beauty and Health editor of Vogue at 27, and doing my first triathlon was a moment I felt unbeatable. To achieve something like that after so much training is a really amazing feeling. Also, I learnt to swim properly when I was training for a triathlon and this summer I was swimming off boats and swimming far out to see and back to the shore and that is pretty empowering too (as well as knowing I could save my kids if I had to). Learning or conquering something you never thought you'd be able to do is an incredible boost - I never thought I'd be doing triathlons or would even be fit aged 40.
- If you could give readers 3 quick tips to help them feel powerful and full of energy what would they be?
- 1. Leave the job you hate - life is too short to sit behind a desk you loathe or answer to some nightmare boss.
2. Find a passion you enjoy outside of work or family life - it is so important to do things for yourself that makes you happy and nourishes your soul.
3. Do things properly and thoroughly. A job isn't worth doing if it's not done well.
A fourth would be to exercise....it really does make me feel amazing. It de-stresses and makes me feel strong in my body and mind.
- Go to energy boosting food?
- Avocado and eggs on rye bread with chili flakes and lemon juice!
- Best feel good book/movie or song?
- My favourite song right now is Nothing really Matters by Mr Probz. I heard it in a yoga class and LOVE it. It's very relaxing.
- Best 4pm slump cure?
- A cup of tea - earl grey. I don't do green tea.
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