I really believe travel has the power to inspire. Travel reduces barriers, drives invaluable conservation projects and, if done well, has the opportunity to sustain the future prosperity of our planet. When I made a decision to pursue a career in travel and tourism, I knew that I had the opportunity to be part of a movement toward a better, more peaceful world in the future. This sense of responsibility is what inspires me every day. I will never forget my trips to India in my early 30s – connecting with a culture that is so different to mine was life-changing.
Feel Better, Live More podcast
I am inspired by this podcast series by Dr Ranjern Chatterjee; each episode I get to listen in to a meaningful, insightful, life-enhancing conversation. The most breathtaking and inspirational episode I have come across is number 144 – Auschwitz Survivor Dr Edith Eger on How to Discover Your Inner Power – in which 93-year-old Dr Eger shares her incredible story and life lessons that will forever change me.
Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth
One of my most inspiring books of all time is Grit by Angela Duckworth. I love the way she summarises: "Grit is about working on something you care about so much that you're willing to stay loyal to it… it's doing what you love, but not just falling in love – staying in love." I’ve been so enlivened in the past few years to learn about and meet people from all over the world who have persevered against enormous odds. To me, the most inspiring example of perseverance is Malala Yousafzai. This one girl, now 2014 Nobel Peace Prize-winner, has inspired millions to stand up for what they believe, and never back down.
I've heard it said that whatever you did naturally in your childhood, you should work to do more of in your adult life. For me that was riding ponies and, later, horses. I feel the most free when I see an open field and get to ride. Now, in my mid-40s, there are so many reasons why I would not find the time, but it's so important to make time. To connect, to feel free from the worries and complications of life, and just be inspired by the world around me.
I am in awe of how this 'mom-in-chief' juggles a successful career, being a supportive wife and raising a family. She is empowering, inclusive and I love how she speaks her mind, inspiring millions of women across the world, including me, to be the best possible version of themselves.
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