Freya, London

Freya is a civil servant and linguist.

What makes you happy?

Yoga, travelling, nature, sunshine, food, coffee and being around people – good people, like my boyfriend, family, friends, and strangers who are carefree and thoughtful and free-spirited and who marvel at life.

Is there something that you spent a long time believing you couldn’t do…. only to try it and realise that you can actually could do it? What made you try it?

I was always brought up in a really positive environment where I was told I could do anything, and I really believed it. However, when I was in school I was never the best at French and thought I would never learn languages and didn’t really try that hard. I signed up for a Spanish exchange for a bit of an adventure, and realised how languages completely opened up my world beyond my wildest dreams. Everything changed and languages became my passion. I went on to do a language degree and live and work abroad, which allowed me to indulge in my favourite things – travelling, immersing myself in other cultures and being able to find a true depth of understanding with people I met. 

If you were taking yourself on a date, what would you arrange for yourself?

A walk along the river, some Middle Eastern food and a play (at Shakespeare’s Globe if it’s summer!). Or a day playing with kittens.

What’s one thing you do regularly in order to look after yourself?

I try to practice yoga as much as I can, for my body and my mind – I truly believe mindfulness, being present and trusting the universe has you exactly where you need to be can really help you take stock of what’s important and help you see how wondrous life can be.

Share one thing that used to make you really anxious, that you no longer worry about.

I’ve always wanted people to like me and, while I can’t honestly say that I don’t care about what people think of me, I’ve learnt the importance of being authentic and that people’s opinions often say more about them than they do about me. A mantra I like to live by is ‘do no harm, but take no shit’. 

Time is precious. What do you dedicate yours to? 

The special people in my life and myself – I’ve always thought you should treat your body like it belongs to someone you love.

Give your 18 year old self one piece of advice.

Trust your intuition and live those dreams you have – you’ve got such an adventure ahead!

How will you grow old, gracefully or disgracefully?

Gracefully!

What do you hope people say about you when you eventually leave this mortal coil?

She was thoughtful and kind and so much fun.

How did answering these questions make you feel?

Inspired – thank you Marly!

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