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In this episode, you will learn 10 FACTS about Annie and what she thinks about perfect body image, positive changes and challenges of 45+ women, what is it for her to feel good and look beautiful, and what advice she would give younger women and 30-year-old self!
You can READ the interview transcript HERE
10 Facts About Annie
(at the time of the project)
1. 54 years old.
2. Annie is UK born, just outside of Manchester.
3. Annie came to Australia for only 6 months in 1989 but stayed here. She loves it here and calls Australia home.
4. Annie has a 30-year-old son and has a great bond with him.
5. She also takes care of her 90 years old mother.
6. She lives on the Central Coast.
7. Annie is the CEO of recruitment business. She has a company called Sprout recruitment (https://www.sproutrecruitment.com.au/). It specialises in real estate recruitment.
8. Annie has her best friend, whom she’s known for 30 years, and that longevity is something that Annie’s really proud of.
9. The biggest challenge at this age – “Menopause. Menopause, weight, menopause, moods, menopause. Menopause.”
10. Positive change with age – “I call it “give a shit a meter”, it actually just declines.”
Watch Annie's VIDEO interview HERE
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Hello, everyone, and welcome to my body My Story project and today with us in the studio Annie. And while she's sitting in the makeup chair and teachers do makeup for her, I'll be asking her a few questions. Hi, Annie. Welcome to the studio. Welcome to the project. Hi. And let's start and tell us a bit about yourself.
So I am 54 I am the CEO of recruitment business. I take care of my 90 year old mother and I have a 30 year old son. Wow. i We live on the Central Coast.
What are you most passionate about?
It's really hard question. Family and friends. I am passionate about I love my work. I love my life, really, I'm fairly passionate about a lot of things. So it's really hard to kind of label it down to one thing, but I can usually find passion in most things.
So you mentioned that you're CEO of an interesting company. I know because we spoke before the interview and I know you mentioned a bit what you do. And it's very interesting. So what is that?
So I have I guess two arms to the business. So I have a company called Sprout recruitment, which I also if you ask my son, he'll say he's a co founder, but I think that's probably a longbow, but then I also consult for a driver labour hire company out of Brisbane. So life's pretty busy. But sprout specialises in real estate recruitment. So we do property managers, sales agents, all of all of that stuff. So it is interesting. It's exciting to take tickets stressful champagne and razor blades.
So you have a good connection with the real estate agents.
Yeah, in the right business.
Okay, so where people can find you if they want to.
They can find me at Sprint recruitment.com.au And my contact details are on there.
Okay, perfect. So were you I was going to ask a few more questions about you.
Where were you born? like which area of Australia - Sydney or Central Coast? You said you lived there
UK born just outside of Manchester.
So how come you ended up in Australia?
Oh, it's always a man isn't it?
We all can relate. Citra is loving it.
So we get here we were I think convex or we followed someone but it's a beautiful place. I still call Australia home. I definitely do call it home. I love it here. I love my life here.
So how long you've been living here?
1989 So yeah, a long time. Yeah.
So you are local now. Do you go often back to UK?
Not often I went. So I went just before COVID And then my sister usually comes out here every couple of years for the cricket. She's just been out for my mom's 90th birthday.
So and your mom is here?
Yeah, my mum lives with me. Wow. I know.
You too brought her here.
She came over when, when my marriage ended. So my son was one. It was 1993. And my marriage ended we were both just really young. I just didn't, you know, just didn't go the distance and my mom came over to help me and she never went back. blessing and a curse.
That's interesting. Oh, interesting. I like stories, in countries like Australia and other countries where a lot of people came from all over the world. It's interesting to hear stories, you know, how people ended up staying?
I only came for six months. Yeah, mum came for three weeks.
Yeah, it seems like it's a common story. Like, you know, I used to live in Dubai, and everyone used to come only for two years. And like, then people stay for either… There are two options. Either people stay for more than 10 years, or they leave in the year.
So some people do that really weak thing as well, where they, they just can't settle in either. Yeah. So they're constantly going backwards and forwards. I've got friends like that. And it's, you know, I was thinking, why, you know, why do you need to go back all the time, but you know, I get to like both.
Yeah. So talking about age. We know that, with age, we get changes - positive and negative, but let's start with positive and what positive changes have you experienced so far, with, with this age,
I'll call it give a shit a metre, actually just declines. So the things that used to bother you, or wind, you are poor, aggravate you just let them go now. You know, there comes an acceptance of you are who you are, and, you know, like it or leave it. And I guess there's a certain amount of that. And I kind of like that. Because I was probably in my younger years, both in my career and personally, one of those people who took everything personally. And now I just shrug, it is what it is, you know, it is definitely my my call of it is what it is. There are things you can change. And some things you can't change, and you just gotta roll with that.
I just keep wondering why we get to the stage only with age. Is it like a tiredness from life? Or it's?
Well, we would like to think it's, it's wisdom. But I don't know. I think there is that, you know, I think there's wisdom. And then I think you meet so many idiots along the way that you just think I just don't want to do that anymore. You know, and I was talking to a girlfriend last week. And she said to me, do you think it's as you get older and I said, Yeah, I think you get to the point you think I have been down this road before or I have, you know, this has been my experience before and you just don't want to do it again. Yeah, you know, and life is short. You know, life is very short. You got to live every day and just get on with it and you know, embrace the joy enjoy the day.
Yeah, that's true. And what is the challenge with this age for you?
Menopause. Menopause, weight, menopause, moods, menopause. Menopause. Why do these things always start with men? What are they got to do that? You know, it's crazy. Really. They're in charge of everything. I can that be right.
We know that's not right. I hope your husband is not listening to this. He's not listening to you.
He's in charge. Now. He's really in charge of everything. Yeah. So
What would you say was your greatest accomplishment so far?
My family definitely. I have a great bond with my son. You know, he is we called him the golden child. But you know, he is he is my one and only two. But you know, we're still strong. We still talk every day even though he's now moved out a marriage. And he's not a mummy's boy. He's just, you know, we just have a really strong connection. So I'm really proud of that. My family, keeping everybody together. My business. You know, I started that during COVID who starts a recruitment business. Since the second month or so, I love that and I'm really proud of like, my, my family and my friends. And you know, my best friend I've had for 30 years. And I just love her to pieces. And I'm not saying that we never argue, but you know, we've, we've weathered the storm, and that longevity is something that I'm really proud of.
Yeah, that's, I also have only one friend of 30 years. And I know it's hard with age, you just realise that, how hard to meet like minded people and to become friends.
Yeah, really, an adult friendships and relationships are hard. You know, they're not as easy as they were, when you were, you know, 20 or, you know, everybody's got responsibilities, you know, everybody has different things that they need to do. And they are hard managing the time is hard.
I heard a few times during this project, that it's hard for women of our age to establish new connections, you know, like to find not even friends, but people whom they can be in touch on a regular basis and just spending go for a coffee or lunch or chart, you know, and I was thinking how hard it is, generally, to find your people but with age, because you said,…What is the term you use? Shit meter?
give a shit meter.
Yeah, so you just don't want to invest in other people, you know, because you've been hurt. You know,
Yes, I think it is hard. And I think you know, COVID is put that extra pressure on people as well, you know, but where do you go to? You know, they should have like, not that I've ever been on this ever. The ship like Tinder for friends. It's hard. You know, because a lot of people, I found that when I moved to Australia, a lot of people make their friendship groups fairly early on in their relationship. So like when they're at school, and those relationships carry on throughout. So it is it's difficult to meet, I guess, like minded women, who, you know, it doesn't always have to be serious all the time. You can have just coffee and a bit of fun.
Okay, you got me thinking now, about this new way you want to do Tinder for friends? will call it friend.
Okay, join me? Yeah.
Let's do it together.