“I struggle with night-time quite bit,” says the 29-year- old. “I revisit and mull over conversations and actions quite a bit and at times struggle to sleep properly. If I don’t feel I have achieved as much as I should have throughout the day that will keep me awake — or if I am travelling a lot.
“My mind is always busy, but this is not a comfort at 3am when I need to sleep.”
But while the Dublin woman and her business partner will be busy launching their new venture in 2017, healthy eating always remains a priority for Maria, particularly while relaxing with family, friends and her partner Shauna.
I am in moderately good shape. I promised myself last June that moving into 2017 is the time, pre my 30th birthday, that I would dedicate quality time to my health. While I am “in shape”, I have a number of health-conscious inclusions to make in 2017.
I think I eat quite healthily. When I eat at home, I use coconut oil. I don’t like sauces or spices. My food palette is quite plain — chicken, sweet potato, salad or steak, depending on what is in the fridge. But there are snacks and take-outs too.
Ice-cream. I could finish off a tub in seconds — it’s an art-form — also biscuits. I don’t drink or smoke, so I make up for those two vices with food.
Switching off is difficult for me. I am moving into a part-time role with Bank of Ireland as their Workbench Manager in Limerick. I have an ongoing project in creating an events agency called Juniper & Ruby with my business partner Avril Reilly. And am working with my partner Shauna Keogh for Empire Elite Limited creating shows that will develop perspectives of people who watch them — as well as trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Relaxing hasn’t been on the agenda for a few years. But I want to introduce it to my life in 2017.
Hillary Clinton, Oprah, Ellen, Constance Markievicz, Mary Robinson, Amelia Earhart, Veronica Guerin and Madeleine Albright. I could continue but those ladies would create a very inspiring dinner party.
I love passing bakeries, I adore the smell of turf fires and my perfume Inis — have worn it for years and shall never change.
I am learning to appreciate my appearance more and more as I get older and more comfortable with my body and my mind. If I had to change anything about my appearance, it would be my hair. The opportunity to have mid-length hair one day and short the next — how amazing would that be?
Toughest question of the lot as I am not a great crier, so probably three years ago when a chapter of my life was closing — but it was a relief cry more than a heartfelt cry.
Rudeness is a horrible trait. It irritates me when people don’t say thank you for holding doors or offering to help them in some shape or form. I think we get so busy in our lives and minds we forget there are people fighting bigger fights. I remember seeing so much chivalry growing up. Where has that gone?
I believe we are all a work in progress and continuing to learn and grow is a part of our culture now. Like many, I am not the greatest at accepting kind words and I often look for critique rather than say “that went great.”
I do, in my own way. I walked the Camino de Santiago in June this year and over the 30 days of walking the 500 miles I attended mass every day. I use prayer and churches as a space to quiet my mind. Personal reflection is a brilliant aspect of life, and I am slowly introducing it more and more.
Music is the greatest gift. Or a movie that I know will inspire me to get motivated. Hanging out with close friends over a lazy dinner or with family always keeps me grounded.