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Inspirational Interview: Karen Powell

Inspirational Interview: Karen Powell
Name:- Karen Powell
Job title:- Pilates Instructor

I run my own business instructing Pilates through running group classes and individual one -to one- sessions. I also instruct Nordic walking. Highlandpilates@yahoo.com

Hobby:- I love being in the outdoors, and keeping fit particularly running, cycling and swimming. I also enjoy gardening, painting and reading.

What would you tell your 16 year old self?   To be yourself and to believe in yourself. Be confident to go out there and explore the world ; be adventurous; be kind, and treat others as you would like to be treated; and always smile.

What was your first Job?    Collecting eggs on a duck farm in Lincolnshire. Other jobs have included being a lifeguard, a chartered legal librarian and youth worker.

What Woman/Women have inspired you?   Lillie Lantree, an independent women around the turn of the twentieth century, when it was difficult to speak out as a female. Marie Hellen, a french student friend who inspired me to paint; Ferga Perry, another friend who helped guide me through a change in career and any woman who shares strength & compassion for what they believe in.

What one change do you believe would make the biggest difference to the life of women? I found this difficult but having confidence in their own abilities, and standing up for themselves. In this country we are generally very lucky about how well women are treated.

Who would be your ideal dinner guests?  Any of my friends and family, at different times, & anyone prepared to taste my cooking! Of well known people it would have to be a young Daley Thompson - showing my age now!

What is the best advice you have been given?    I've been given a lot of advice over the years but the best most recent advice was that life is about choices, even the wrong choice is better than no choice at all. Not making a choice is a choice in itself and often the wrong one. Make good choices.

Favourite holiday spot? Camping on a mountain in the sunshine! ahhhh

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