Say hello to Amelia Durbin

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In November 2016, Amelia officially joined the Made with Maturity family. Amelia is joining us whilst on her Marketing degree at the University of Plymouth. Amelia will be working with us to market and administer our Cream Tea Club networking group. So all of you who attend our events regularly, will no doubt come into contact with Amelia in some form. Below is a short interview so you can get to know her and what makes her tick!

Hello Amelia – can you please state your full name:
Amelia Anne Durbin

What is your job role here at MWM:
My role here is to help Clare and Teresa organise the Cream Tea Club events but also help them with any other tasks that need doing! I am here to gain experience in Marketing as this is what I am studying my degree in.

Family is important to us – so tell us a bit about yours:
My parents separated when I was 5 so I basically have two families! I’m really close to my family but on a friendship level. They’ve always taught me that we are equals and must give respect to gain respect, which is great as it’s taught me to be very independent.

On one side is my Mum and my Nan who I’m incredibly close too. My Nan is retired, however at 76 she still runs a cattery on her own 365 days of the year along with caring for our horse, JJ. My mum works incredibly hard and always has. She works in a hospital as a manager along with helping Nan with the cattery and having 3 cleaning jobs, an ironing service and has now decided she wants to breed our French Bulldog, Betty. I admire both these women as they are so strong, independent and hardworking and have taught me that if I want something in life, I have to really go out and get it!

Then you have my Dad. Dad is going through what I like to call ‘A midlife crisis at 52.’ Recently, he decided he wanted to go back to school. So he left his job and over the last 2 and a half years has been studying to become a personal trainer. Recently he qualified and now runs his own personal training business alongside working at a local gym doing life guarding and gym instructing. It sounds mad, but he’s doing something he loves and I really enjoy seeing him happy. I think more people should do what my Dad did and take a risk to follow their passions. If you’re unhappy in what you do, it can be really detrimental to your whole life. Life is so short, I think it’s important to always try and be as happy as you can.

Read any good books recently?
Sadly, the only books I have time to read are related to Marketing and Advertisement. It’s one of the perks of being a student really!

What makes you happy?
Lots of things make me happy. However, if I had to name three I’d say they would be:

  • Playing Ultimate Frisbee
  • Travelling
  • Food

What makes you sad?
Rain. I absolutely despise rain. It ruins everything.

If you had £1,000,000 what would you do with it?
My parents always say to me if I won a million pounds that I could ‘live off the interest.’
So I’d pay off both my parents’ mortgages in a heartbeat. Then pay for both of them to go on a holiday to a destination of their choice and give them both £10,000. Then I’d put it in the bank and just sit on it and wait for the right time to spend it and just live in the bliss of being financially comfortable. I am not materialistic so would want to spend it on experiences rather than physical things, however, a large chunk would probably go on food….

Describe yourself in 3 words:
Imaginative, proactive and friendly.

If you could interview any one person living or dead who would be?
David Attenborough.

Favourite food:
Food in general. It’s an impossible challenge for me to pick just one!

Favourite song or musical artist:
One Republic

What’s the most exciting / adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
Recently I went travelling for a month around Europe. For a humble Devonshire girl- this was the most exciting and adventurous thing I’ve ever done and I just want to do it over and over again!

Favourite phrase or quote:
“The things that make me different are the things that make me” – A.A. Milne

Since joining MWM what do you like about working here:
I like MWM because it’s a really friendly, helpful environment that doesn’t intimidate me. I’ve been to offices before with 10, 20, 30 people and the atmosphere just isn’t inclusive. At MWM I feel very welcome and that all my questions will be answered if I ever need to ask. Ben, Clare and Teresa are so nice and I have loved it so far! I don’t feel scared to get things wrong as they understand it’s all part of the learning process.

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