This much I know Rozanna Purcell
Cookery book author and model
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.