#FABWMN – LINS DRABWELL

Lins and I met at an interior design event held by Ashlyn Gibson, where we learned about expressing ourselves through colour and stories. I asked her to do this interview almost a year ago (yes, it took me a while to put it together) as I wanted to share this lovely woman’s limitless cheer and positivity with you all.

She has an amazing interiors blog called Boo & Maddie ( Boo the cat, and Maddie the doggy, who both love snoozing in front of the fireplace) and a great Instagram account, where Lins tells about her DIY and home projects, lifestyle and most recently talks about her “Run Every Day January” challenge.

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“Let’s talk, shall we? Because this is a CRAP time of year for many people. People who feel vulnerable, isolated, alone. People who are going through something and feel no-one understands or cares. People who are misunderstood.

To help raise awareness of mental health, amazing charity MIND are promoting exercise as a way of helping us ALL to feel mentally better. The campaign is called Run Every Day January (#redjanuary) and for the last 10 days I’ve been taking part, pounding the streets of South London, 3km at a time.

And then something happened. Inspired by the amazing @inpolife, a group of us got together on Instagram and are virtually supporting each other through every single kilometre. Cheering each other on, supporting through the struggles. We’re raising money and if you can spare £2, you can find the link in my profile (this is the LINK). If you follow along on Stories you can hear more about it and check out my crazy 6am runs. Thank you and please don’t ever forget to talk” (from Lins’s Instagram)

And here is what she revealed about herself:

  • What do you do?
In my day job I’m the Head of Customer Service for a global cyber-security organisation. I have a little team of three people reporting to me and we’re responsible for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
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  • What is the best part of it?
Oh gosh, it’s so hard to work out what the best part of my job is. I’ve been there for 14 years and ultimately I’m just really passionate about helping people. We have a lot of fun at work with a wonderful set of colleagues and have a relative amount of flexibility, so we work hard but then have the freedom to work from home or have adjusted hours if we need to. These days most employees are looking for a good work-life balance and we definitely have that.
  • Why did you choose the renovation niche for your blog?
I chose the renovation niche, and in fact started blogging, so that in years to come we could look back at all the changes we make to our house – kind of an online diary. It was never our intention to buy a renovation project or something with so much potential but we got extremely lucky and realised that with a lot of time and patience this will be our ‘forever home’. Blogging has brought me so many wonderful opportunities now, from meeting people and trying new experiences to having a creative outlet when everything gets too much.
  • Describe yourself with 5 words: 
happy, positive, independent, friendly, spontaneous.
  • In 5 years…
I really hope we’ve built our longed-for extension on the house and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel with our renovations!
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  • What is the proudest moment of your life so far?
The proudest moment of my life so far is probably the six years I spent as a volunteer at Central London Samaritans. I was there from 2006 to 2012 and it was really life-changing. It sounds strange but it’s very humbling when complete strangers open up to you about their most difficult troubles.
  • What is the best part of being a woman?
The best part of being a woman is appreciation. Feeling so grateful for everything that’s gone before which means that I can work, or watch football, or go for a night out with my male friends, have a voice, be my feisty self. There will always be more to do but I’m utterly grateful to live the life I do.
  •  If you could choose anybody, who would you spend a day with?
It would be my Grandad who died before I was born. My Mum’s Dad, he fled to the UK at the outbreak of WWII because he was a German Jew. He left behind his non-Jewish wife and two young children and never saw them again, re-marrying my Nan and having more children. I’d ask him so many questions about his life and how he managed.
  • If there would be a film if your life who/which actress would play your part?
I’d love Rachel McAdams to play me. I have a huge girl crush on her and she has dimples like me!
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  • How do you handle stress?
Luckily I’m not often stressed – in fact after a small operation last year, the nurse refused to discharge me because she could barely get a reading on the blood pressure monitor. She tried three different machines and I had to explain to her that’s just how I am, very laid back and easy-going. But when the going gets tough, I love running, spending time with my cat and dog, or lying in the bath with some junk Netflix on my iPad. I’m pretty good at relaxing…
  • Recommend a…
…a book to read: Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews. It’s pure trash but when I had a very snobby disposal of all my lowbrow books, leaving just the classics in my bookcase, it’s the only survivor of the non-classic titles. I’ve probably read it 100 times at least.
 …a film to watch: The Lives of Others. It’s German with subtitles and to this day it’s the best film I’ve ever seen and I watch a lot of films!
 
…a song to listen to: That’s SO hard. But I’m a rock lover so anything Bon Jovi/Guns ‘n’ Roses – what can I say, I was born in the 80s and a teenager in the 90s so as far as I’m concerned there was no good music produced after about 2000 🙂 Just kidding, I have recently discovered Scottish ‘rock’ band Biffy Clyro and love their songs.

 

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