A little less serious
Name: Anya Mustard
Where are you right now- tell us what you can see?
I’m sitting at my work desk after hours nibbling dry roasted almonds before I walk to the tram stop
What did you have for breakfast?
Breakfast was a terribly designed smoothie, too much shrubbery. I picked up a pain au chocolat with my morning coffee shop run.
What are you usually doing at 11pm?
In bed listening to a hilarious podcast (The Debrief), trying to keep focused whilst practising mindfulness or FaceTiming my friends at home.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I’m incredibly clumsy. Half the time when nobody is looking I honestly do the most stupid things.
A little more serious
Tell us a bit about your story? What defines you?
About 10 years ago I was diagnosed with an eating disorder. I was so young and naive and it escalated very quickly and I ended up a shadow of my former self, literally. Every day was a battle between myself and my ‘other self’. It was the most tiring 5 years of my life, both physically and mentally. Past the point of being painfully ill I wouldn’t say recovery has been wholly conquered but I’ve learnt who I am as a person and how strong I am. I think it’s made me the person I’ve become today.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your life?
Losing people; in all forms. Whether it being losing a part of yourself, having people taken away or them walking away. Old habits die hard and a disturbed routine or a change is something I still really struggle with. Learning that with change comes opportunity has been one of my largest realisations.
How did you overcome that challenge?
Embracing that through the darkest times eventually comes the light at the end of the tunnel. I learnt to live in the moment and enjoy every second because you never know what is around the corner.
What is the biggest lesson you have learnt?
Comparing your life; your possessions or your abilities to someone else’s is the most tragic thing you can do. It will eat you alive and stop you from achieving your full potential. Often what we see of another person is what they want us to see, it’s staged and portrayed to look admirable, especially via the social media. I’ve learnt to take it with a pinch of salt.
What would you tell your 15year old self?
When I was 15, I always wished I was 16. Then I wished I was 18, then 21. Now I’m 23 and forever wishing that I hadn’t wished my youth away. I always believed there was more happiness, fun and power to be had. When really what those age milestones really brought was maturity and a realisation that nobody has it all figured out. Life is more fun that way.
What is your biggest life tip?
Listen to people, I mean really listen. How often do we nod along or simply thinking about what we can tell them about ourselves. The ability to question and challenge other people’s problems and opinions will get you a whole lot further than focussing on yourself
What do you think is the biggest issue facing women today?
The unrealistic portrayal of body image … the feeling that we are not good enough compared to others.
What do you think is the biggest opportunity for women today?
To empower and inspire women to be the best that they can be, whether that be in our personal or professional lives.
Finish the sentence This Is me …Throw anything at me…I’ll survive.