A little less serious
Name: Precious Pieper
Where are you right now- tell us what you can see?
I’m currently on the iMAC at home, sitting in our study/cinema room. There’s a ton of books to the left and right of me.
What did you have for breakfast?
I had the ‘Zen Berry’ from Pressed Juice and a soy chai latte!
What are you usually doing at 11pm?
By 11pm, I’m well and truly asleep. I usually nod off by 10-10.30pm!
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I love my downtime and time to myself
A little more serious
Tell us a bit about your story? What defines you?
I realised as early as my teens that ups and downs are apart of life, and to accept them for what they are; we can’t control everything, but we can control our actions. For me, that’s loving people who need it most, forgiving people for their mistakes and celebrating the ones around you who bring you and your loved ones bliss! One of the things I feel so fortunate to have is genuine family and friends. Unfortunately not everyone can say that. I imagine what other people must go through, and that really puts things in perspective for me.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your life?
Anxiety is a challenge for me. It’s something I’m currently facing right now. I understand it’s different for everyone, but for me it makes it challenging to do the things I love; that’s going to the gym, seeing my friends, some times even doing something as simple as having a conversation. It can be physically exhausting. I’m typically a happy and self-motivated person, but right now it feels like every morning my mind resets in to this negative mindset, so everyday is a constant battle to fight through that thick.
How did you overcome that challenge?
This is the second time I’ve faced anxiety. It’s been several years since I’ve had or felt it last. I guess the first step for me was to let my friends, family and boyfriend know. It was hard for me to admit at first, because I’m someone who wants to be strong for everyone. Letting these people around me know made me feel less isolated and sane. Accomplishing tasks that I usually talk myself out of and facing in to it makes me feel better. It might be getting to the gym, catching up with a friend; things that make me feel productive and most importantly, happy
What is the biggest lesson you have learnt?
It’s ok not to be ok. Learn about the emotions so you can share and support another friend who might go through something similar.
What would you tell your 15year old self?
Travel after high school.
What is your biggest life tip?
Make things happen. No-one else will do it for you.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing women today?
Insecurities, all various types. I was inspired to do this interview when I saw that a girlfriend had opened up about her anxiety. I encourage women to share their experiences, help each other overcome hurdles and we’ve all heard it, empower each other!
What do you think is the biggest opportunity for women today?
Society has come such a long way, and we’re fortunate to live in a time where human rights are women’s rights. Women are given the opportunities and tools to fulfil their desired roles, whether you’re climbing the corporate ladder or becoming a new parent; there’s a range of support. Social and online platforms have enabled women to form a community to help support and empower each other, there’s a lot of success and interest in real people sharing real experiences; and we’re talking about anything from parenting, fashion, work-life or holidays. People can choose whether they want to react to keyboard warriors, or believe in highlight reels, but we can’t ignore the positive opportunities it’s created for women and men to connect to a broader and instant audience. It all goes hand in hand.
Finish the sentence This Is me …and that is my power.