On a roll: Why Bonnie Ryan couldn't be happier

Bonnie Ryan couldn’t be happier.

On a roll: Why Bonnie Ryan couldn't be happier
JUMP FOR JOY: Bonnie Ryan at the launch of Thrive, on at the Convention Centre, February 29 to March 1. Picture: Leon Farrell
JUMP FOR JOY: Bonnie Ryan at the launch of Thrive, on at the Convention Centre, February 29 to March 1. Picture: Leon Farrell

Bonnie Ryan couldn’t be happier. Last November, her long-term boyfriend John proposed to her in New York, they have recently moved into their first house, and her new business is thriving.

The former star of the teenage group Lady Nada, she opened her own beauty salon in Drumcondra just before Christmas. “It’s just the most amazing feeling waking up in the morning and knowing that you get to do something that you genuinely love,” says the daughter of the late Gerry Ryan.

“I don’t take it for granted even for a second because I’ve done things that I haven’t loved so know to be actually living a life that I feel is very true to me and that I love so much — I feel so thankful"

“There is nothing better than knowing that your job is helping somebody to feel confident in themselves.”

Bonnie Ryan is a host at Thrive Festival, the healthy living and wellbeing event running from February 29 to March 1.

What shape are you in?

I train most days, everything from spinning classes to weights. It’s good for my body but it’s also really good for my head. I’d spend about 40 minutes to an hour working out a day. Recently, I’ve just started with a personal trainer. They give you that extra little push. When you’re training you can forget certain things like looking after your back.

What are your healthiest eating habits?

I have a pretty balanced diet. I think consistency is key with everything — just trying to keep your diet good throughout the entire week. It’s having a little bit of everything that you’re supposed to have in your diet — your meats, your veg, your fruit. I love Thai green curry with couscous.

What are your guiltiest pleasures?

A Four Star Pizza but I feel no guilt when I eat it — pure happiness. They do the most amazing barbecue dip too.

What would keep you awake at night?

I’m a pretty good sleeper. The only thing that keeps me awake is a documentary — I get sucked into it. Usually, once I say I’m going to sleep, I go. I get about six hours’ sleep a night. I wake up feeling refreshed and that’s all I need.

How do you relax?

I like listening to podcasts. I’m a bit of a freak, I love podcasts to do with murders. Or going to the cinema.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres — and Kris Jenner because she seems like a lot of fun.

What’s your favourite smell?

There is a ride in Flordia Walt Disney World called Splash Mountain. I don’t why but I just love the smell of the water. It’s probably the memories [it evokes] — I’ve been going there since I was a kid.

What would you like to change about your appearance?

I’m pretty happy. I don’t think there’s anything I’d really change. I try not to think about what I’d want to change about my appearance, more so just improving on myself every day, trying to feel the best I can.

When is the last time you cried?

I’m not a very emotional person. Maybe when I came out of the womb — that was probably the last time I cried. My family say I have a heart of stone.

What traits do you least like in others?

When people laugh at others. I really don’t like if someone is learning something and when they ask a question, people think it’s a silly question. I just don’t think there’s any silly question if you are learning. It’s nice to be nice.

What traits do you least like about yourself?

I should say no more. I say yes to doing everything with everybody. I probably spread myself a bit too thin. It’s hard for me to sit still and just do nothing.

Do you pray?

I try and start my day with five or 10 minutes of a podcast. I love Tony Robbins — he

does a lot of inspirational talks. After the talk, I meditation music and try and think about everything I’ve listened to in the last few minutes.

What steps are you taking to protect the environment?

I always try to do my own little bit, from using my keep cup when going out for coffee to using fewer makeup wipes.

What would cheer up your day?

A date night with my fiancé.

What quote inspires you the most?

No one is you, and that is your superpower.

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