Nicky, 41, wanted to be a pilot from an early age. Seventeen years after she first qualified, she currently works as a transatlantic pilot for Aer Lingus and still loves every minute of the job.
The advice I would give my younger self? Be patient with life, don’t rush it and savour all the fun moments. I have a strong belief in positivity. I always look for the silver lining.
When I’m not working I’m A wife, a mum, a daughter, a sister and a friend. I try my best each day in all these roles but it’s never perfect. Then again there’s always tomorrow 🙂 !
Kelly, 26, is a boxer and personal trainer. She recently won silver for Ireland on Women’s World Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan. Her dream is to represent Ireland at the Olympics. Currently she can’t qualify because her weight category is already occupied – women boxers can qualify only in three weight categories unlike men who can qualify in ten!
I love to fight, I love the feeling I get once in between those ropes, I dedicate a lot of time to my training two sessions a day, I still have my normal job and I would never give it up even if I was to win the lotto, my job is brilliant and keeps me grounded.
Being a strong woman and confident in myself is what helps me push through every day struggles, anything I have I have because of the strong woman I am, because of the determination I have and drive to be a better stronger woman today then I was yesterday.
Any advice I could give to anyone is never give up also believe, no one ever really knows how close they are to success.
Niki, 41, is a felt designer. Born with limited use of her right hand, every garment she designs is made to be put on and taken off with only one hand.
I love what I do as it allows me to be me – it enables my ideas and gives me the chance to develop connections through my passion that are really personal and strong.
I do not let circumstances and opinions defy me or define me. I am lucky to have friends that I trust and inspire me. But I do not know if that means I am strong. Privately, I question my choices and ways just as much as anyone I know. I guess choosing to be happy and owing to my choices is what I respect most in others and strive most towards.
I believe that happiness is a choice that we make daily. I am impatient when I see lack of empathy, and insight. I cannot be close to people that are afraid.