At age ten I had been to 12 different countries, across 3 continents, getting a taste of a multiculturalism that would taint my life to the present day. The experience of a nomadic upbringing It inspired analysis from a young age. It inspired the recurring questions “how?” and “why?”.
I’ve been involved in fitness training since I was a teenager when I moved to a town on the South African coast and beach culture beckoned me to the gym. It didn’t take long before I was hooked. Fitness became a part of life from that day on and it felt great to find something so relaxing that I could spend my spare time doing. At the time, I was involved in full-time volunteer work at a home for underprivileged children/AIDS patients. At a holiday home for children we provided environmental education, sports days and training while on alternate days I was also involved in English and art classes in the city infirmary. I found that spending an early morning’s focused training before heading out to the clinic or the prison kept me alert and gave me more energy.
From 2002-06 I participated in humanitarian work predominantly in South Africa, and Mozambique as well as their neighbouring countries. I also became quite involved with the NGO’s fund-raising programme and took a lead role in handling the PR and heading up sponsorship appeals as well as learning the Portuguese language (spoken in Mozambique). As time passed and I continued with the volunteer work, I gained several humanitarian work related certificates before returning to the UK in 2006.
Spending 3 years in sales and advertising, both in South Africa and in the UK, I had valuable opportunities to create and strive for goals I had set for myself. After 3 months at Aurora Media, I achieved top field sales personality. I loved the idea of getting continually looking for a better way, one that exceeds competition. I was promoted to a management position where I was able to further develop my skills in communication as well as...