Quick fire questions ... of our Wonder Women

March 06, 2019

With International Women’s Day taking place this Friday, March 8, we begin our series of interviews celebrating inspirational wonder women who work in/with Botanic Lab! Ready to experience a day with them?
CEO and Founder, Botanic Lab - Rebekah Hall
1. How do you start your day? 
I check my emails first before my eyes have opened properly, read Twitter (I'm slightly obsessed with the ridiculousness of our current political landscape and how it spills out on twitter) and then try to get out of the house before I start getting harassed on the phone and email.

2. Who inspires you most?
Anyone who has really struggled against adversity to succeed at something. I love seeing the power of pure tenacity.

3. What's the best advice you ever received?
You can't change what you've already done, so pointless to punish yourself.  Learn the lesson and focus on how you tackle the next issue.

4. What advice would you give your younger self? 
Stop comparing, get on with your own shit.

5. What did you want to be when you were little? 
An American football player (yes really, don't ask!).

6. Who would be your dream dinner guests? 
Anne Bolyn - she basically changed the course of history and removed the power of the Catholic Church from England.  Not bad going for someone who's dismissed as a seductress. Dolly Parton - she owns some of the wittiest one liners to live life by. Finally my best mate, because she is funny and I would only have to tell her about it afterward.

7.  What is one thing you will never do again? 
What I'm doing now ...

8. If you could change something in the world, what would it be? 
Access to a good education.  I think when you level the playing field and everyone has the opportunity to learn and be properly educated you go a long way to solving some of the big issues that exist today.

9. What is the key to success in business? 
Resilience.

10. What's your fave swear word? 
I use all of them interchangeably and frequently for different occasions but it still makes me a laugh when it's necessary to use the good old fashioned  "Fuckwit". 

Sales & Marketing Director, Botanic Lab - Liz Norris
1. How do you start your day?
Strong coffee. Dog walk.
 
2. Who inspires you most?
Anyone who has started a business themselves and challenges the norm. This new generation of entrepreneurs are fearless, so many small businesses are smashing barriers, it's amazing.
 
3. What's the best advice you ever received?
It was painful to hear when I was 21, working in an ad agency and always aiming to impress. I was told listen before you speak ... ouch!  But it's true, listening is just as important to being heard. There are very few good listeners that I have come across and it's an incredible skill to develop.
 
4. What advice would you give your younger self?
Normal is over-rated. As kids we try and fit in with popular culture, trends, fashion ... and as a grown up I now feel comfortable in my own skin, my own style and love not being the same. Quirky is good.
 
5. What did you want to be when you were little?
Happy.
 
6. Who would be your dream dinner guests x 3 
Freddie Mercury, Bowie and Elvis - imagine the music and colourful chat.
 
7.  What is one thing you will never do again?
Work for miserable people - they exist and you can't change them.  Go with your gut, if it doesn't feel right, it's not.

8. If you could change something in the world, what would it be?
So many things probably top 2
1) Reduce rubbish, packaging - make recycling the norm everywhere, reduce excess packaging of food.
2) Rehome dogs - no healthy dog should be put to sleep or left in a home.
 
9. What is the key to success in business?
Keep going.  If it was easy, everyone would be successful!
 
10. What's your fave swear word?
Fuck ... drop F-bombs quite a lot!

Operation Director, Botanic Lab - Anoushka Pragasam
1. How do you start your day? 
Balancing getting myself ready with trying to get two boys ready and out the door for school, start the day with a protein shake and a brisk walk - 20 minute walk to the station!

2. Who inspires you most? 
People who make their dreams a reality.  JK Rowling, not giving up.  Love Harry Potter.

3. What's the best advice you ever received? 
Knowing when to put in 100% and when 80% is good enough!

4. What advice would you give your younger self? 
Shout out if you need help, don't feel like you need to do it all by yourself.

5. What did you want to be when you were little? 
A scientist.

6. Who would be your dream dinner guests x 3 ,
Tina Fey, Barack Obama and Olivia Coleman.

7.  What is one thing you will never do again? 
Surfing, dislocated my shoulder, it was just not meant to be.

8. If you could change something in the world, what would it be? 
All kids grow up in a safe and loving environment.

9. What is the key to success in business? 
Communication and determination.

10. What's your fave swear word? 
Shit.

Co-Founder & Director, Aisle 8 - Lauren Stevenson
1. How do you start your day?
With an oat milk latte then haul myself to the 7.15am Psycle class or 8.20am Barry’s Bootcamp Class.
 
2. Who inspires you most?
My Aisle 8 business partner Virginia Norris. She amazes me every day and we often say our relationship is the most successful relationship we’ve ever had.
 
3. What's the best advice you ever received?
You can achieve anything if you believe in it enough.

4. What advice would you give your younger self?
The next 20 years are going to be a rollercoaster so hold on tight.  
 
5. What did you want to be when you were little?
A British Airways air stewardess (like my mother) 
 
6. Who would be your dream dinner guests x 3?
The Swedish House Mafia - they can throw an epic party and they have a cutting edge approach to marketing, social media and partnerships which brands can learn from.
 
7.  What is one thing you will never do again?
Not trust my gut instinct.  I’ve learnt that gut instinct never lies and not trusting it has failed me every time. 
 
8. If you could change something in the world, what would it be?
Climate change.  The thought that our next generation and their next generation may not experience some of the world’s greatest wonders is a travesty. 
 
9. What is the key to success in business?
Belief.  If you believe in an idea you can make it happen and you can ensure enough people back you to make it a success. 
 
10. What's your fave swear word?
Shit.  It’s just so easy.
Founder of NRBY -  Jo Hooper
1. How do you start your day?
Used to be always with a kiss, now if I’m lucky, a cuppa, but mostly, Today on Radio 4
2. Who inspires you most? 
Doctors and nurses - I’m not good in medical emergencies...
3. What's the best advice you ever received? 
“What’s the worst that can happen - really?!”
4. What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t worry about trying to please everyone... I’d tell my grownup self the same! 
5. What did you want to be when you were little?
Ballerina - I think I still could be! 
6. Who would be your dream dinner guests x 3 
George Eliot (Middlemarch one of my all time faves) Ingrid Bergman (same for movie Notorious and what a life she had..),Ed Watson (Royal ballet principal, gorgeous, modest, sooo talented - and very much alive, he could partner me??! )
7. What is one thing you will never do again?
Ski
8. If you could change something in the world, what would it be?
Abject poverty 
9. What is the key to success in business?
Tenacity and resilience - I’m guessing...
10. What's your fave swear word?
Fuckaduck! Nicely Anglo Saxon with a bit of a rhyme..