An interesting question. I always say ‘Dublin’ of course. I’ve lived here for over 20 years now, first visiting some 30+ years ago. I am immensely proud to say I am an Irish citizen and I come from Dublin. And yet, I am a London girl at heart. London is truly my city too as it is where I spent almost half of my life before settling in Ireland . But hold on, I was born in Wales – but left there when I was one… and I have strong family ties in New Zealand and have been lucky enough to travel extensively and have felt welcome and a strong feeling of belonging in the most unexpected places. So I ask the question again, where are you from? Do tell, I’d love to know….
I love, truly love meeting new people. Not so much in large groups. I’m not always comfortable networking for example. I’m more of a face to face person. One to one to get to know someone more. Preferably somewhere where I can actually hear what they’re saying. Now more than ever, when we’re spending more time looking at a screen of some sort, what I’m seeing is more ‘disconnection’ and as a result a great loss at so many social levels. So much can be misconstrued by inappropriate abbreviation in texting and emails. Paper trails may be essential for many things but even over the phone, so much more of a connection can be made when you can ‘hear’ the feeling behind what is being said. And in person, that’s where relationships are at their best. Social media has its place. It is of immense value when selectively used. When, that is and not stealing my most valuable asset of all..