Faces of Friday: Vicky Norgate
The purpose of Faces of Friday:
Faces of Friday is a series I have started to provide readers with insight into the lives of inspiring everyday people. Life can take you to unexpected places and these amazing folks are willing to share with you where their lives have taken them. Not everyone in life knew exactly what he or she wanted to do or who he or she wanted to be. They had to learn from trial and error along the way and now they are willing to share with you what they have learned.
I believe that one of the most important things in this life is the connection we share with one another. Identifying with another human being is an amazing gift, it can inspire you to learn, grow, create, and opens your eyes to what more the world has to offer. We are not alone in this crazy thing called life. Life is a beautiful thing filled with beautiful people, and some people don’t get the opportunity to share their story. I want to help others get the opportunity to share their story and I want to give you the opportunity to hear it, learn from it, and maybe, just maybe identify with it. I believe whole-heartedly that you all were meant for incredible things, so I hope you enjoy reading stories of others, and I hope it gives you comfort knowing that you are not alone. We are all learning to navigate life’s murky waters, why not learn from each other along the way??
Where are you from?
I am from a small village called Eastwell situated in the Vale of Belvoir in Leicestershire, UK
Where do you currently live?
I am currently living in South London in Brixton. But very excited about moving north in the New Year with my boyfriend Bromley. We are moving to a beautifully market town called St Albans.
Did you pursue higher education? What did you study?
Yes I went to school. My primary school was in a village called Stathern. I then went onto to high school in Bottesford. Following high school I went to college to do my GSCE and Alevels in Melton Mowbray (Famous for the Pork Pie!)
What do you do for a living? Is this what you always planned to be doing?
I am currently working as an Interior Designer in London. Interior Design is something I just fell into. My auntie and uncle are both interior designers, so I kind of followed their footsteps. I haven't really thought thoroughly what I have actually wanted to do or the route I have wanted to take in life. I just tapped into the fact that I was creative, loved changing my room around every week when I was younger and thought I should give Interior Architecture a go at university. Since university, I have managed to gain so much experience and even got the opportunity to work in Dubai for 6 months.
I see myself as a 'doer' and love to give things ago. I am now considering teaching Early Years, and hoping something might come of this in 2016! I guess this is what is so great about life. As you grow older, the world is literally our oyster and if we are passionate about something or we want to try something new, we shouldn't be afraid to try. At the end of the day, I think life is about learning and becoming the best of ourselves.
What are your hobbies?
I love running. I love waking up on a Saturday morning and getting my running gear on and going for a run in the fresh air, get some head space! This year I also tried out yoga, which was fantastic. The way you feel after a yoga sessions is just so addictive...you might come out completely dripping in sweat but the feeling of relaxation and calm is bliss.
I also love to paint. It helps me to unwind, and when you suffer from anxiety like I do finding a hobby that really makes you switch off and forget about worries is perfect.
What are you most passionate about?
This year in particular I was so lucky to become an auntie...twice in one year, two nephews. Ive just been so keen to see them as much as I can. They really are such little characters, and I get so excited to see them when I get a chance. I can't explain what its like to become an auntie its just magical.
I feel they have really made our family so much stronger than it already is. So I think my current passion at the moment is family.
What/who inspires you and why?
My parents. Completely. And only in the past couple of years have I really realised this. Living away for 6 months on your own really makes you think about a lot, and experiencing homesickness for the first time is horrible. Mum and Dad just seem to be there whenever I need them whether their a facetime call away or train hop away. And they just know exactly what to say.
They have four children, and looking back and thinking how they have brought us up and created such a loving family makes me appreciate them every day, and how thankful I am to have them. And one day I would love to create a family just like they have.
What is my personal mantra?
You Only Live Once
Has Life Taken unexpected turns? And if so what were they?
Yes. One of the best life sayings I have been told is 'expect the unexpected'. I love it. Its so true. Life will never be plain sailing and it never always turns out how you want it to, for good or for bad.
- A couple of years ago I was unexpectedly asked if I wanted to work in the Middle East, a hot dessert filled with high rise buildings and sand...everywhere! Best experience I have had and met so many amazing individuals from all over the world.
- Becoming an auntie twice in one year
- Seeing my amazing beautiful best friend, Vicky Campbell, move across the big pond to start a life with an amazing guy, Sam Campbell. It has been tough and I've missed not begin able to just go round to hers for a cuppa and a chat. But thank goodness for Skype!
- Meeting the most amazing guy, who I love so much. Caring, thoughtful and makes me laugh until I cry.
How did you meet Bromley? (Such a lovely name, by the way!)
I met Brom on a dating app, Tinder. Online dating was always a big no no for me but my gosh, I never new a phone app could be a vehicle for finding love! (Cheese train sorry!)
We didn't chat for very long on the app we decided to just meet up in a local pub in London. I felt awful because, typically I was running late. Actually the bus was late! Best first date! 2 years on and we are about to moving into a 2 bed house together. And I am so excited!
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
To always try and stay positive.
How do you stay so positive?
I think for anyone, trying to stay positive every hour of every day is hard. We are humans and we go through all sorts of emotions. We experience so many ups and downs during our day to day activities!
So how do I try and stay positive? This is actually quite a tricky question. I think for me to try and stay positive, I try to look forward to what the day will hold. I tell myself this will be a good day. I recently read an interesting book which mentioned If you see things in a negative light you will drawer negative energy. I think one key thing is to try and fit in your day things you love doing and be around people that will help to keep you positive! I find running and painting such great positive energy boosters which I try and do every week.
Life will bring so many ups and downs, at unexpected moments but we should appreciate every day the people we meet, who influence the things we do and cherish those moments of happiness.
If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?