This week I’m chatting to model Thalia Heffernan who I’ve known since she started working as a model six years ago. I always knew she’d be a star as she has incredible presence and grace and I’m really excited to see what 2016 has in store for her.
She started modelling at the age of fifteen and managed school and her career until completing the leaving certificate in 2013.
Since then, she’s travelled to places like London, New York, Germany and Australia and has more exciting projects to come in 2016. She has four international agencies representing her with more to come in the coming months but just how does she balance work, rest and play?
How would you describe your lifestyle?
I love to keep fit, and train regularly with my trainer Sophie Kavanagh at No. 17. I try to get into the gym 3-5 times weekly, but between work it can be difficult! I haven’t got much routine as jobs vary day to day.
What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice.
McCambridges brown bread. It’s my favourite. Taste of home! Even better with some sausages on top!
Do you exercise and if so what do you do to keep fit?
My trainer keeps me on track! Sophie is amazing at alternating my workouts to get the best results and train every part of my body equally. So we change it up daily to keep it fresh and exciting. My favourite exercises usually consist of ab work, but I also love training legs.
How do you find balance in your day-to-day life?
I find balance in my day to day life by keeping true to myself and allowing myself time to do the things that I love to do. I enjoy cooking, playing piano, listening to music and many other things. I’ve also found that meditation, particularly at night before I go to sleep can help even out the thoughts in my head and help me to achieve the balance that I need.
How do you manage stress in your life? Do you meditate? Have you ever tried it?
I try to have a positive outlook in life, and that alone helps to alleviate stress. But of course, being human, it can still get on top of you. I try to just give myself a minute to remove myself from a situation and look at it from an outside perspective. I take in everything that’s going on and try to understand why. By doing this, logically your mind can find comfort in understanding. I find meditation great to calm the mind and help eliminate any stress.
People often set goals or intentions as they go through life. Is this something you do?
I think it’s important to set goals so that you have something to look forward to and strive towards. It can be hard having motivation when you don’t know where you’re going or what you’re doing. I would say that I set goals: Sometimes loosely and then sometimes very intentionally. As I’ve grown up I’ve learned that subconsciously I’m always striving towards something, and recently I’ve learned to put these things on paper and make them a more solid thing that I want to achieve.
How do you unwind after a busy day?
I listen to music, take a hot shower, lie on my bed or on the sofa, make dinner and prepare meals for the next day or week ahead. Sometimes I knit; I find it very therapeutic and it helps me to switch off too. I try to play my keyboard daily, which is in my room, and that definitely helps me to unwind.
It’s the weekend, what do you do for fun?
It depends on how busy my week before was!! But I always find time to spend with my friends, go for a few drinks, dinner, whatever! I’m a pretty relaxed person, I don’t usually make huge plans for the weekends ahead, I prefer to play things by ear and see how it goes. I often spend time with my dad on the weekends, Sundays in particular. We usually go for walks out in Howth or Portmarnock and get some lunch while we’re out there.
What’s your top health tip for our readers?
Drink plenty of water!!! It’s so important to keep yourself hydrated. Water is key to keep every part of you healthy, it affects your skin, hair, mental state, everything.
Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means…
Being happy in life, myself and to surround myself with people who contribute to that and strengthen me as a person.