You Asked, We Answered

We sat down with Sarah Reeves, one of our HeadStart Youth Practitioners, to find out what her best resilience building moves are, what she does to keep her mind and body in top working order, and how she feels about penguins wearing sombreros. No really, you asked! Find out what Sarah had to say in our first HeadStart blog.

What are your interests and talents?
I have a curious mind and I love music and being creative. I really enjoy trying new things and meeting new people as often as I can because being around creative people inspires me. I make time to play guitar and sing or spend time crafting and creating every week.

Would you let us play your Spotify  ‘Recently Played’ list on our school speakers?
Yes, definitely! Who doesn’t love a bit of Red Hot Chilli Peppers or Funk & Soul on a rainy Monday morning? If you don’t, you should!

What do you do to cope when you’re having a bad day or feeling angry?
In the moment I stop, take a breath (sometimes I take 10) and think what my best friend would say. I remind myself what they would say to assure me that things will be okay, how they would remind me of all the positives in my life and the questions they would ask to help me think through the situation rationally. And sometimes I talk to my cats. It helps, I promise!

What would a film about you be called?
Super Sarah’s Tiny Adventures of Wonder

What are your top 5 tips for building resilience?
Always be curious – trying new things and meeting new people can help you grow
Make time for yourself – do things you enjoy just for YOU
Make time to spend with others – taking care of important relationships keeps your circle healthy
Find someone you trust – you don’t have to keep things bottled up, people will listen if you ask them to
Remind yourself of the good things – good things do happen and people say nice things, it can help to remember them when you’re feeling a bit low

A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say?
I’d like to think he’d say: “My name is Estaban! You must all join my Community Carnival.  All you need to bring is 2 mackerel and your own castanet!  Aye aye aye aye aye!”
But he would probably say: “I’m Barry from IT and I hear you have an issue with your computer. Have you tried turning it off and back on again?”

What is the most enjoyable thing about being a HeadStart Youth Practitioner?
The HeadStart team is awesome and being part of something that is trying to make a positive difference is a big win. But on days when it’s all a bit busy or when things aren’t going to plan, working with young people keeps me motivated. I meet so many young people that are surprising, inspiring and have so much greatness to offer.

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