This week I’m talking to Sile Seoige who is a breath of fresh air. Her energy is infectious and last night I spent a wonderful evening at her fundraiser in Ananda restaurant in Dundrum for her upcoming trip to Calcutta with The Hope Foundation
As a cancer survivor, Sile’s health and wellbeing are precious to her and she is currently studying both yoga and meditation. Sile now sees her illness as a gift because she feels she has expanded in herself and improved as a result of it and if it hadn’t happened to her she would not be the person she is today.
She is the youngest of four children and grew up in the village of Spiddal in Connemara on the west coast of Ireland and let me tell you its one of the most beautiful places in ireland.
She is fluent in Irish and has spent the past 17 years working in the media industry, primarily as a Television and Radio broadcaster.
She is one of Irelands best most recognisable faces having Presented and researched TV projects across all TV stations in Ireland including RTÉ, TV3 and TG4. These programmes range from Entertainment, Daytime, Lifestyle, Factual, Young Peoples, Sports, Comedy, Weather and News and Current Affairs programming.
In December 2014 she recorded the lead vocal on a song called “Maybe This Christmas” to raise money for two very worthy Irish charities one of which she is a proud ambassador for – Make A Wish. The song was a top 10 hit for 3 consecutive weeks in the Irish charts.
And this year she also made her acting debut in smash hit comedy musical ‘I Keano’ as the character “Surfia” in the Olympia Theatre receiving rave reviews during it’s extended run.
How would you describe your lifestyle?
No two days are the same so I value peace and quiet whenever I get it!
I love being busy doing work that inspires me but I relish the times when I can just curl up with a book and a pot of tea and be on my own.
Whats your favourite food? naughty or nice!
Luckily I eat a varied diet, there are very few foods I don’t like, well expect marzipan! I have a sweet tooth but I am trying to wean myself off refined sugars. So my favourite food would probably be a bean cassoulet or chocolate cake!
Do you exercise and if so what do you do to keep fit?
My relationship with exercise depends on what’s happening in my life.I’ve had periods where I’ve been very fit, training for various challenges from running to cycling. And I’ve discovered it’s as important for my state of mind as it is for me physically. I practice yoga, I cycle and I go to the gym, perhaps less than I’d like to but it’s all about balance!
How do you find balance in your day to day life?
Having a routine is tricky when you work as a freelancer. But I am trying to encourage more structure in my changeable schedule whenever I can. Quality time with loved ones and time out for myself are very important to me.
How do you manage stress in your day to day life? Do you meditate?
Yes I do meditate and I find it massively beneficial. I will sometimes simply sit on my yoga mat and concentrate on my breathing, other times I will use chant meditation which I find very calming but it’s also about bringing meditation into everyday activities. Becoming present moment aware and practicing gratitude helps massively in managing stress. I have certainly improved at dealing with stressful situations but that’s not to say I don’t fall off balance from time to time!
People often set goals or intentions as they go through life. Is this something you do?
Yes it is, but I know it’s something I would like to work on even more. I’m a believer in working towards your goals but letting go how they come to pass. Being detached from the outcome is really important.
Often times when we don’t reach our goals we feel disappointed and unworthy but when we accept that everything happens for a reason it becomes much easier.
How do you unwind after a busy day?
I have many ways to unwind, depending on the day I’ve had but if I’ve been in heels all day I love to kick them off, take a shower, put on comfy clothes and relax at home.
Another way is to get some exercise, prepare a tasty meal, read book, watch TV; I usually follow whatever my mood is telling me!
It’s the weekend! What do you do for fun?
I’m not a big pub or nightclub goer anymore so I might go home to Galway, go away for the weekend, or stay in Dublin.
I love to catch up with family and friends, go for a cycle on a sunny day, prepare yummy food or go out for a meal and enjoy some wine or go to the cinema.
It really does depend on the week I’ve had, sometimes I want a jam packed weekend of socialising and other times I just want to relax, do some yoga, and curl up and watch a movie!
What’s your health tip for my readers?
Listen to your body and what it’s telling you.
Finish the sentence- Being complete for me means…liking my own company.