“There is one thing in life you can control and that is your attitude”- Nina
My meeting with Nina was such a gift and a reminder that magic happens everyday if your heart and mind is open to it. I had be dreaming of type writers for constantly whilst Reon my husband and I were on a break to Byron for the Blues Fest. I had just rediscovered my love of writing so I assumed the type writers were a representation of my new found love. However, when we stumbled past the 11:11 boutique. (I know Im not the only one who sees these numbers constantly) Reon and I decided to enter as we had just decided to have our wedding on the 11.11.11 we thought perhaps we would find something special in there for our day. Upon entry the first thing I noticed was the type writers, they were everywhere and nestled in behind those type writers was Nina. The gift I was looking for turned out to be more amazing than I dreamed of. Nina and I immediately hit it off and have been friends ever since. Nina runs her own PR agency Anushka PR and is one of Bachharas most loyal volunteers. Nina proves that age is not a barrier for wisdom and that the face of beauty always starts with a beautiful heart.
1. Who inspires you?
People who have triumphed over adversity, conflict, hardship and ignorance. People that have been faced with poverty, illness and pain yet still get up everyday with an overshwhelming will to live. These people show true courage on a daily basis, their ability to maintain a positive attitude not only makes them a survivor but a very admirable individual. There are people such as this all over the world that hardly get the recognition they deserve.
2. What is your favourite feature and why? (mind/body/spirit)
It would be my confidence. I was quite shy when I was younger. I quickly realized that this is my life and I had absolutely nothing to fear. I quickly learnt that other people’s opinions of me don’t matter.
3. What do you do to give yourself love?
I do the things that I enjoy. Running, pilates, surfing, travelling, spending time with the people I love and I really do love my job. It’s quite simple really DO the things you love and what you love will come back to you time and time again. The law of attraction really does work.
4. Share with us a life defining challenge.
A life defining moment occurred for me when I was 19. I have never had a relationship with my biological father. I have met him but I hardly know him. I am an only child and growing up I was always very close with my mum. An only child and a single mother can have a bond that is quite significant. Six years ago when I was 19 my mum relapsed into paranoid schizophrenia. She has been seriously ill ever since. Growing up I never knew there was anything wrong with my mum. She was a great mother. None of my family warned me that since she was a child my mum had always been severely mentally ill. It wasn’t until she gave birth to me that she “self-cured” and they all believed I was a miracle child, vowing to never speak a word of her past.
Coping with the on set of my mums illness and coming to terms with the fact that not only had I lost my mum but I had to now take care of this woman that was no longer the mum I loved, cherished, respected and admired was one of the hardest things i will ever have to do. The constant battle that comes with it is something that makes you pretty strong pretty fast. My mum isn’t medicated and will probably never agree to it. There isn’t much support around mental illness and I find many people don’t understand the strain it puts on the families and carers of people with serious mental illness.
5. Share with us a life defining triumph.
My biggest triumph is coming to terms with what I have been through in the past 6 years and being proud of myself for coping with it the way I did. In the end I learnt no one is going to save you unless you want to save yourself. Working with the negatives to build positives really does work. Oh and hard work pays off!
6. What do you wish you had known as a young woman?
My mum was and still is a beautiful mum. Although her ability to deal with life on a day-to-day basis has changed significantly she is still incredibly intelligent. Growing up she always gave me incredible advice and I feel I was quite prepared for the big wide world. She always taught me to be very independent and be extremely proud of who I am as a young woman. I always knew my rights and was taught the importance of education from a young age, as it is the tool to total independence.
7. What is the best piece of advice you were ever given?
I’m not sure if I was told this or if I learnt this over time but my best piece of advice that I know is attitude is everything. “There is one thing in life you can control and that is your attitude”
8. What makes you proud to be a woman?
Our ability to be incredibly strong, loving and giving at the same time, there is a raw honesty that comes with an intelligent woman. This type of woman can become a real leader.