As soon as I came across Lucy’s hot pink mohawk I knew that I needed to know more about this inspiring human! Lucy and I also share long spanning careers in the charity sector so naturally I wanted to see into her heart and soul. Lucy Perry is an international keynote speaker, author, photographer and award winning leader. I think this is the most amazing line from any bio I have seen .. “Lucy uses her super powers for writing and speaking about leadership, communication, changing the world and creative thinking.”
Lucy had recently been exploring her exciting new career role in Cambodia, a trip that I followed on Instagram as she shared some of her photos. As soon as Lucy returned she generously responded to my Inspired by interview questions.
Inspired by Lucy Perry
Where in the world do you call home?
I live by the beach at Clovelly in Sydney’s east, I work for Sunrise Cambodia and am lucky enough to spend time there too.
Describe your home and neighbourhood briefly:
Home is a lovely two bedroom apartment. I prefer stamps in my passport to a home full of stuff so I keep things nice and simple. Clovelly is a beautiful neighbourhood and a friendly community but its also close to the city and the beach. The air smells good.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Ambitious, extravert, fun.
Or, rather tired today.
What is the purpose at the heart of your work?
I have always received the most satisfaction from supporting the underdog. The purpose at the heart of my work is to help generous Australians to give to those less fortunate and to enjoy the giving.
What do you ultimately hope to achieve through your work, for yourself and for others?
I will fund the work of Sunrise Cambodia so that thousands of at-risk kids will be safe, educated and healthy. Their communities will thrive and they will grow up to be enriched humans who will go on to improve the world and Cambodia themselves. Using my skills to do that will be incredibly satisfying and will show my own three kids how to help others.
If you could choose any celebrity to become the Ambassador for your work, who would you choose and why?
You know what? While the Founder of Sunrise Cambodia is still at the helm, I would not pursue a celebrity Ambassador. Geraldine Cox is well known in Australia. She is ballsy, fun, articulate and very media savvy. While she is calling the shots, she is our uber famous person! She has asked me to secure Angelina Jolie after he death. I’m on it.
What do you think is the most important thing for us to teach the children of our generation?
I think it is important to teach my kids that adventure is more important than stuff. That kindness is more important than wealth, and that fun is more important than obligation, that they have been born into a privileged life that gives them so many opportunities, they should think big. I’m chief of their cheer squad.
How do you take care of yourself amongst the busy demands of daily life?
1. On week days I run a quick 3km in the morning. I live near a huge coastal cemetery and running through the cemetery reminds me every day that life is short and you’re dead for a long time. Running turbo charges my day with energy.
2. I love horse riding because it makes me happy and I ride with my daughters every fortnight. Once a year I take myself off on my own horse trek somewhere exotic. I might go to Greece for my mid 2016 adventure. I’d like to support the economy there!
3. The most relaxing thing in the world is a full body massage. I treat myself to one of those from time to time.
What has been your greatest lesson in life so far?
My greatest lesson in life has been that I have to back myself, grow a thick skin and ignore the detractors.
What is your best advice for anyone else who has a dream to be extra-ordinary and create a little magic in the world?
You’ll have to read my book, published in 2016 by Harper Collins called Extra Ordinary: how ordinary people change the world. See what I did there? Totally plugged my book. Better go finish writing it then ..
Sweet treat: Apricot delight
Holiday destination: Mozambique
Memory: Horse riding in India with my 8 year old
Magazine: Travel Play Live
Blog: Mine! www.lucyperry.com.au
Online store: Temple and Webster
How can you not be inspired by Lucy? I LOVE this post that Lucy wrote on her return from Sunrise Cambodia, and you can hang out with Lucy in these places too: