Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Hannah Russell
Features Writer
12:05 PM 25th April 2017

Do What You Love And Have Fun...

Over the past couple of weeks we have seen lots of information in the press involving the royal family and them opening up about their own issues and involvement with mind related charities and it certainly got me thinking about life and how much you have to enjoy it...

I can't think of a better way to spend my day than playing with Alfie in the ménage. Every spare bit of time I have you will find me either sat in the field with Alfie, taking him for a walk down the street, grooming him or in the ménage having lots of fun. And if we were not doing all of the above we are most likely causing chaos somewhere, as we are known for getting in lots of trouble.

I think Alfie and I are quite a bad influence on each other but that's why our bond is so strong as we almost bounce off each other and when one of us has a crazy idea it usually happens.

I have always been a big believer in doing what you love and creating your own dream. This is probably why I'm always into new things with Alfie. I am always having new business ideas and some I must admit are a little crazy, but if you dream big and you're passionate about something then it's going to work.

Why am I so sure it will work? Because I've learnt if you're committed then motivation will follow.

At school I was never very academic. I loved drama, probably this is why I'm quite confident. I also loved writing. Unfortunately I could never get good grades due to my horrendous spelling. I would get my letters all mixed up or the wrong way round.
I was advised to take up a skill I was good at like maths, but figures don't interest me. Sitting at a desk for more than two hours would be utter boredom and I would get itchy feet. Now I'm very thankful I was taught to be my own person as I know I would have been very unhappy going down that path.

I started A levels after finishing my GCSE's mainly because I didn't know what else I wanted to do. Initially I had wanted to be a vet but I faint at the sight of blood and also me and science were never a good match. I took sports and English language at A level but soon dropped English as I couldn't get my brain around Shakespeare. It was causing me so much stress to the point where I refused to go to the lesson. I carried on with sports but soon developed pains in my lower back and found out I had fractured vertebras and worn discs, which meant I had to have a year off for rehabilitation.

I took the decision to leave college and what a relief, I couldn't have been happier. I have incredibly supportive parents so they were happy for me to spend some time figuring out what I wanted to do, as long as I was happy they were happy.

It wasn't long before Little Alf came along and maybe things do happen for a reason for he came along at the right time.

It's taken me a couple of years to finally realise you have to do what makes you happy. There is no point in doing something which doesn't as this can make you very unhappy and can affect your life in other ways. It's very important to be healthy as well as happy.

A quote I have up in my office is one from Walt Disney - "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.''