Work, hey? Although I love what I do, it does take up my whole day and can stretch into the evening, which doesn’t leave much time for anything else. If I were lucky enough to have enough money to not work, meaning I had loads of time on my hands, this is what I’d like to do:
Learn to cook like a proper chef
I’m a pretty good cook but I’m a boring cook. Like most people, I tend to make the same ten dishes on rotation. I would love to expand my culinary repertoire and learn how to cook Thai food, Japanese, Chinese, Italian and fancy French dishes. Plus, how cool do chefs look when they’re chopping stuff? I want to learn those mad knife skills (although I’m terrified I’d chop off a digit!). Then I could enter Masterchef – a dream of mine – and cook amazing dishes like this Stir-fry black pepper rib eye beef with merlot from Hakkasan.
Write a book
Such a cliché but I would love to write a novel. I absolutely love books and every time I read a really good one I think of what if… what if I could write something so clever, so gripping, so addictive? I did try write my first chapter for a charity challenge for Child’s i Foundation– a charity close to my heart. I managed to raise a fair bit of money but did I write that chapter? Hell no. I think I wrote about four pages and it was rubbish.
Take a drawing class
I am always so envious of people who can draw so beautifully and effortlessly. I’d love to take a class or two to develop my drawing skills and then while away the hours in a museum or park (when the weather is nice) with a big old sketch pad and sketch away. I’m pretty sure it does wonders for mindfulness. At the moment I do colour in my Animal Kingdom colouring in book by Millie Marotta but quite frankly, it’s hardly the same is it?
When I was young, I used to be a figure skater and took part in competitions and everything (yup, that’s me in the first spot holding the trophy that you can just make out from the blurry photo). It’s actually quite funny when I think about it as I grew up in Durban, South Africa, where it’s 26 degrees in Winter! I gave up when I was about 12 and I’d love to take it up again. There’s an ice-rink not too far from where I live but I wouldn’t want to just skate around in circles in the open sessions, I’d like to have a trainer. It’s fun and amazing exercise too.
Train for a marathon
I hate running. Can’t run, won’t run. For some odd reason though, I really want to run a marathon! Preferably the London Marathon or the New York Marathon (that way I get a holiday too). I think it stems from my dad, who was an amazing runner and has run many marathons, including double marathons. I’ve been a spectator at marathons since I was really little and the atmosphere is always great – especially the London Marathon. But instead of cheering, I want people to cheer me on.
Be a better photographer
As we like to travel a lot, I’d really like to hone my photography skills (which apart from having a fairly decent eye, are pretty non-existent). I have a really good SLR but do you think I know how to use it? My husband bought me a manual and I got bored after page 8. So I’d love to go on a proper, professional course to learn how to use my camera, how to get the best lighting, how to compose a shot and how to approach subjects, as reportage is one of my favourite styles. Basically I’d like to be the next Brandon Stanton from Humans of New York.