This much I know Rozanna Pur­cell

Cook­ery book au­thor and model

Irish Examiner - Weekend - - Upfront - Rozanna Pur­cell is work­ing with Life­way Ke­fir, a fer­mented, cul­ture-rich drink that con­tains friendly bac­te­ria and ben­e­fi­cial yeast, pro­duced in Ire­land from West Cork milk. To view Roz’s Life­way Ke­fir recipes see life­wayke­ recipes and/or nat­u­ralb

My up­bring­ing was far from a mod­el­ing or me­dia life­style. I al­ways knew I wanted to do some­thing with food and pos­si­bly hu­man rights so mod­el­ling wasn’t at the fore front. The op­por­tu­nity just pre­sented it­self and I took it. And now I have loads of ideas and ven­tures I want to pur­sue. I’ve re­alised it’s bet­ter to pick one idea and fo­cus on one thing at a time giv­ing it 100% and see it through rather than to try do ev­ery­thing at once but still have the urge and am­bi­tion to do as much as you can. Out­go­ing is a good de­scrip­tion of me as a child — as well as mis­chievous and slightly stub­born. If I was told to do some­thing I would do the op­po­site. I was al­ways the first per­son to shoot my hand up if there was a vol­un­teer needed and al­ways the one to take jokes too far. I still do that in fair­ness. I train most days in the morn­ing time, usu­ally box­ing, I eat a bal­anced diet with whole­foods, I work spe­cific hours in the day but limit my work hours so that they are fo­cused and I switch off from work and so­cial me­dia in the evenings be­fore bed when I can. I am a lark, I wake up at 6am most days and I’m in bed by 10pm. I used to be so hard on my­self and reg­i­mented that now I find the el­e­ment of dis­ci­pline such a re­stric­tive word. I try to main­tain bal­ance and I think I en­joy my life­style so much I don’t need to feel like I’m be­ing dis­ci­plined to keep it up. I achieve that elu­sive work/life bal­ance by time man­age­ment, pri­ori­tis­ing and find­ing things to do that help me be­come more calm and fo­cused. You need bal­ance to help stay fo­cused. The trait I most ad­mire in other peo­ple is hu­mour. My main fault is im­pa­tience. My idea of mis­ery is not hav­ing grat­i­tude and al­ways feel­ing like you’ve been handed the short straw. Hap­pi­ness is a mind­set. Also, not hav­ing Wilko (my dog), he makes me smile and al­ways feel ap­pre­ci­ated. If money was not an is­sue I prob­a­bly wouldn’t change a lot, I would give most of it to my par­ents so that they could re­lax more and travel. I would also travel a bit more my­self and live in dif­fer­ent cities across the world. If I could change one thing in Irish so­ci­ety I’d change our habits when it comes to re­cy­cling, as a na­tion we could be do­ing more. The thing I find most ir­ri­tat­ing about oth­ers is their eat­ing habits. I’m a bit of a stick­ler about this one (sorry) but peo­ple who pick food from shar­ing plates, dou­ble dip­pers and so on re­ally get on my nerves. The big­gest chal­lenge I’ve faced so far was the Miss Uni­verse pageant, I had and still have some hang ups about it and hav­ing to walk in a bikini in front of mil­lions was dif­fi­cult for me. I felt so ex­posed. I kind of had to bat­tle with my own demons on that one. Once I did that I felt any­thing was pos­si­ble be­cause it was the tough­est men­tal chal­lenge I’ve had to deal with — luck­ily. I’ve done Kil­i­man­jaro and Iron­man 70.3 both of which were ex­tremely men­tally and phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing but it was just a dif­fer­ent kind of vul­ner­a­bil­ity that I man­aged to over­come. If I could pass on one piece of ad­vice about life to the next gen­er­a­tion it would be that health re­ally is wealth. You can let your mo­ti­va­tor be money, aes­thet­ics, cars — what­ever — but you can’t en­joy those ma­te­rial things if you don’t take care of your­self and lis­ten to your body. One thing I didn’t learn in school, which I wish I had done, is all about nu­tri­tion. It would re­ally have helped me when I even­tu­ally went into mod­el­ling. My main skill is bak­ing and feed­ing. I don’t be­lieve in life af­ter death but I do be­lieve in en­ergy and my mum al­ways de­scribed the af­ter­life as ‘that feel­ing of com­plete hap­pi­ness and com­fort you get when you are sur­rounded by your friends and fam­ily (like the feel­ing you get on Christ­mas Day) only you have that feel­ing for eter­nity’. I like that idea so I’m go­ing to go with that. So far life has taught me that it’s short, it’s chal­leng­ing and the only con­sis­tent thing is change, so adapt.

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