The Heroine’s Journey of Elizabeth Sunday

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

I can work from my laptop from anywhere in the world.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

Doing only what my heart tells me to do.

What is my greatest fear?

Fear of abandonment.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I am a procrastinator. But I am working on it.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

My business partner, the owner of the tour operator I manage in Oman. He is always calm, pacific, undisturbed. He faces any difficulty in a quiet manner and always asks me: Are you happy?. The job doesnt come first for him, happiness does.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I keep on buying thousand of nail polish but I always wear the same two.

On what occasion would I lie?

Possibly never.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

Manage money. I hate money.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

It was in 2010 and I was volunteering for a year in a girls training school in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. I remember one evening I laid down in the grass, closed my eyes and thought that I was exactly where I wanted to be, doing what Ive always dreamt to do. I have never been so happy afterwards.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

My being oversensitive.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Seeing people happy.

Where would I most like to live?

Somewhere in South-East Asia.

What is my most treasured possession?

My freedom.

What is my most marked characteristic?

I am stubborn. When I want to do something Ill do anything for it if my heart tells me to do so.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I live in Salalah, a lovely city in south Oman. The Empty Quarter desert, at a few hours from Salalah, is surely the most inspiring place I know. Dunes, wind and silence are the best tools ever for stress relief.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Just grab a milk tea – or a karak chai prepared with strong tea, evaporated milk and cardamom – at any local Tea Shop, bring some dates and sit at sunset in front of the sea at Al Dahariz beach. There you will find many locals coming to enjoy the gentle breeze and a chat.

What books influenced my life and how?

Living, Loving and Learning” by Leo Buscaglia.

It inspired me to leave my job and pursue my dreams, and to understand that the secret of happiness is loving and helping others.

Who are my favorite writers?

Natalia Ginzburg, Italo Calvino, Brunella Gasperini, Tiziano Terzani, Erica Jong, Maya Angelou, Anais Nin, Leo Buscaglia, Bill Bryson

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Om Mani Padme Hum(the original extended version) from a Tibetan chant, a prayer-song that invokes the powerful and benevolent attention of the Buddha of Compassion. We all need compassion on our last day.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Isadora Wing, the protagonist of Fear of Flyingby Erica Jong. A compulsive daydreamer, a seeker of saviors and psychiatrists, the author of a book of erotic poems, Isadora forces herself to keep traveling, to risk her marriage and her life in pursuit of her own brand of liberation.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My mother, whos the strongest woman I have ever met so far. She faces life and any kind of difficulty and pain with optimism and a great sense of humour.

My father, who – unwittingly – inspired me to follow my passions as he did.

And Kuki Gallman, the author of the memoir I Dreamed of Africa, who, when she lost her husband and her son, embraced the biggest challenge of her life: to preserve a wild oasis of biodiversity in Kenya, where she lived. She succeeded and created the Ol Ari Nyiro Laikipia Nature Conservancy.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Freedom Writers.

What role plays art in my life and work?

Ive always wanted to be a theatre actress. I also studied drama and I like being on stage. I use my drama skills in everything I do: teaching, volunteering with kids, tour guiding, blogging. Life has no meaning without art.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My girlfriends, who are always there for me to give me love and support despite the distance.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018?

Anyone who could give me some inputs and new original ideas for my job.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018?

The entrepreneur and speaker Gary Vaynerchuk.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?

My book.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018?

I had been invited to speak at an event called Crea la vita che vuoi(Create the life you want) on 10-11 November at Peschiera del Garda, Italy.

https://danielaardelean.it/crea-la-vita-che-vuoi/ My talk will be about how to step outside your comfort zone and take risks to follow your dream.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

My motto is Follow your passion, not your pension. You should follow your passion, talents and gifts anytime. Life is short. Anything is possible if you want it bad enough. Even if youre over fifty.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Bold women who can inspire and encourage women in business and beyond.

How can you contact me?

My blog: http://www.toohappytobehomesick.com

Fb page: http://www.facebook.com/Toohappytobehomesick/

Meditation: http://www.elizabethsunday.com

Oman: http://www.arabianstepoman.com

If you want to visit Oman with me send an email at info@arabianstepoman.com

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