I am delighted to bring you the first in an occasional interview series, with some of my favourite peeps via probing questions and a personalised mixtape. And I am thrilled our first guest is Shauna! I started reading Shauna’s blog many, many years ago and then we got to know each other the twits. Now its true love. I am such a fan of Up & Running after completing the 5km course a few years ago: Shauna & Julia totally worked their voodoo and turned me into a super-slow, wildly enthusiastic runner. Go check ’em out!
Shauna Reid is an Australian writer and blogger living in Scotland. She’s the co-creator and Community Director of Up & Running online running courses, where alongside renowned coach Julia Jones, she helps women of every shape & size to fall in LOVE with running, with their bodies . . . and with their lives.
The Up & Running Spring 5K & 10K e-courses start March 4th! Find out more at upandrunningonline.org
When were you happiest? When I first arrived in Scotland from Australia ten years ago. It was like the ‘Summer of Shauna’, to paraphrase George Constanza. Nobody knew me, I could shed the past and start a new chapter. I’ve been trying to carry that feeling with me ever since.
What was the most important thing that happened to you as a child? Discovering books as an escape hatch!
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why? I’d say sorry to Mum for being such a grotty, ungrateful teenager and not appreciating everything she was up against.
What song best explains the soundtrack to your teenage life? I Wanna Know What Love Is by Foreigner. It encapsulates a childhood of AM endless radio and my Mum belting out the epic tunes in the car. Then thankfully I found Triple J and was obsessed with indie pop. To The End by Blur was a much-loved tune.
What does love feel like? A port in a storm and a big belly laugh.
What is the dumbest thing you have done in the name of love? Oh man… I have written some letters to paramours that make me cringe cringe CRINGE at the very memory.
What qualities must/does your life partner possess? A thirst for small adventures, and the urge to yell at the same kind of things on the telly.
What is your favourite love song? Hidden Place by Bjork and Something by the Beatles (George was the best).
What is your secret job title? Author, Zumba instructor and master baker!
What trait do you deplore in others? Insincerity.
What is your greatest life lesson (so far)? Your gut always knows best. The intuition one, not the literal lovely wobbly one. Although that one has a lot to say as well!
What song would you like played at your funeral? She Goes On by Crowded House
What is your most treasured possession? The 1930s typewriter Gareth rescued from the tip. We use it to type smart arse messages to each other!
What is your favourite daily ritual? Morning coffee! I love sticking my nose into the coffee tin for a good sniff, then filling up the wee Moka pot thingy and listening to it putter away on the stove. I never get over the novelty of this everyday luxury.
Who are the five people you would love to host at afternoon tea?
- My sister – she’s a classy dame that you can take anywhere
- Sidse Babett Knudsen – a.k.a the prime minister from Borgen
- Nigella Lawson – to help with the cakes
- Jarvis Cocker – because it’s Jarvis
- Bradley Wiggins – he wouldn’t be short of a word
What song feels like home? Hunted By A Freak by Mogwai. It reminds me of late Saturday evenings, when we’ve watched whatever Scandinavian crime drama BBC4 threw up, then turned off the telly and listened to tunes into the wee small hours.
How do you take care of your body? Walking, lipstick, compassion, a good lie-in now and then, and regular bursts of kickboxing!
What has your body taught you? That everything you do to it shows up eventually. That can be a plus or minus!
If reincarnation is a thing, what body do you want to possess in your next life? I wouldn’t mind coming back as a ginger cat. Our neighbour has one and it just sits on the fence all day, basking in the sun and looking smug. That looks like a good life.
What song never fails to make you feel un-freakin-stoppable? Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin. Pow! Instant energy.
What feeds your soul? A long weekly phone call with my sister, lots of books, and walks by myself.
What do people thank you for? For the good chat.
If you were to be remembered for one thing, what would you like it to be? For creating meaningful things.
What song feels like it was written just for you? I feel the *title* of Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran sums me up pretty well, i.e. hunger for life and cake… but the actual lyrics of the song are total nonsense!