Tuesday 23 January 2018

Body and soul: Jacinta Fay

My parents were . . . childhood sweethearts and are still together after 35 years. They are very adventurous and enjoy travelling and experiencing new cultures.

The house I grew up in . . . is where my two sisters and I spent many happy years. It was filled with laughter and great memories. I grew up in Raheny and loved the village so much that I chose to buy my own home nearby.

When I was a child I wanted to be . . . a singer, although I can’t hit a note to save my life so that idea didn’t last very long. I’m glad now I decided to become a make-up artist and businesswoman. Developing The De Vere Academy has brought me great job satisfaction and continues to do so every day.

If I could change one thing about myself I would . . . trust my instincts more because they are always right, particularly when it comes to my business.

You wouldn’t know it but I’m very good at . . . cooking. I love spending time in my kitchen experimenting with new dishes and trying them out on my willing victims.

You may not know it but I’m no good at . . . taking my own advice. I’m great at giving advice but when it comes to me it’s a different story.

At night I dream of . . . whatever is on my mind during the day. Running a business is a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week job and I am always thinking about the next thing that needs to be done; how we can develop, what new skills I can teach my students and more.

I love interpreting the meaning of dreams and gaining a better understanding of them.

When I look in the mirror I see . . . the image that others see, but I feel that the essence of a person is more important than their image.

I teach my students the importance of good health and nutrition to increase well-being and confidence. Feeling good on the inside is the first step to looking good on the outside.

My favourite item of clothing is . . . a pair of Jimmy Choos I bought in New York.

I drive . . . a car that gets me from A to B. I’m not into materialistic things.

My house is . . . my sanctuary. I love nothing better than chilling out at home after a long day working.

My real-life villain is . . . any person with no integrity.

My favourite work of art is . . . Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh.

A book that changed me is . . . Excuse me, Your Life is Waiting, by Lynn Graghorn. This book shows how to consciously create anything the heart desires through the power of positive thinking and was a huge inspiration to me when I decided to start The De Vere Academy.

The person who really makes me laugh is . . . my family and close friends. We share the same sense of humour and I like to have positive people around me.

The last time I cried . . . was when I watched the documentary, Katie Piper — My Beautiful Face. She is a former model and TV presenter who had sulphuric acid thrown in her face. I was inspired by her courage and determination to rebuild her life. Her story is really touching.

My five-year plan is . . . to expand The De Vere Academy. I have lots of ideas for developing the college.

My life philosophy is . . . you will never achieve what you never begin.

The De Vere Academy is in Swords, Co Dublin. Call 01 813 1735, www.thedevereacademy.ie

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