How on earth do you manage to juggle working, writing, being a wife and a mother?
Having been a medical secretary for 20 years or so, I learned early on how to prioritise and I carried this into my home life. I also learned to delegate too. The grocery shopping is delivered which saves me several hours each week and leaves me the time I need to work and look after my husband. All my children have left home and have children of their own, so they don’t need my constant attention.
What inspired you to write your books?
When I hit rock bottom about thirty years ago, I had very limited help or access to help, because there was none to be had. I remember I had the flu, all the children had chicken pox and we were all sitting huddled in the living room of my tiny flat and I had just one 50p coin left for the meter. I had no job, I perceived I had no prospects because I had been told for years that I was useless and nobody would want to employ me. I thought I have to change something because if I don’t I am not going to survive, and if I don’t survive my three small children won’t survive either. I had to change the way I thought about myself. So I changed one thought, ‘I do have prospects and I can get a job’. My parents brought me more coins for the meter and when I was better I went out and got myself a job in a school kitchen cooking the dinners. It kick started me back to a proper career and I wrote the books because I didn’t want anyone else to be in that position, and if it helps just one person I shall be so pleased.
Where do you work? Do you have a regular pattern or routine or other?
I work for myself providing a virtual secretarial service globally. There are some parts to the work that are regular, but mostly it is irregular. Sometimes I can be working at 11 o’clock at night, and other days I am finished by lunchtime. Additionally I am a highly qualified life coach also working globally and often I am coaching clients at 7am my time which could be 6pm their time, or I could be coaching at 5pm my time which is 9am their time. As well as that I run a community interest company which helps people who have suffered domestic abuse.
I am a volunteer radio presenter for Vectis Radio and really enjoy this aspect of my life.
I love the flexibility of working from home and not having a boss. So no there is no particular pattern or routine.
Who would you like/or do share a cup of coffee and a natter with?
I would love to sit down and have a natter with Oprah Winfrey. She is such an inspirational woman who gives so much time to others and has come from a very poor background but has never forgotten her roots. I have seen a couple of her chat shows but they don’t interest me, Oprah herself interests me. I would love to find out more about the real person behind the public persona.
I also love chatting with Carol Bridgestock who is an amazing woman who writes crime novels with her husband Bob, fund raises and is a champion of all people and an inspiration.
How do you relax?
I like to relax at home with a glass of wine and good dvd. It could be a film or a series, I have just finished watching ‘Smash’ a series about writing and finding the right actors to play the parts in a musical about Marilyn Monroe. I tend to watch the films and series I like on my own when my husband is out in the evenings on occasion. And of course I read quite a lot too.
What do you have in your handbag right now?
I have a notebook and several pens, purse, Kindle, diary, mobile phone, car keys, house keys, business cards and that’s about it.
What’s your favourite smell?
I love the smell of freshly baked bread , I also love the smell of basil, it always smells so fresh and clean. New babies smell gorgeous too. I don’t do very well with perfumes as I am allergic to them so everything I have is unperfumed.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given or best advice you’d give?
The best advice I have been given is to just be yourself. And that is the best advice I give anyone. You can’t be anyone else, so just be yourself and be the very best you that you can be.
This is me – Maggie Currie
What’s your favourite book/Film as a child/adult?
My favourite book as a child was Winnie the Pooh and as an adult it has been Gormanghast. Winnie the Pooh because there is so much positivity in it and Gormanghast because it was written by a man in the trenches on little scraps of paper and it is what kept him sane. The descriptions are stunning and the story so imaginative.
What are you working on now?
I am working on presenting a 12 module course for people who have escaped from domestic abuse, bullying in the workplace, and indeed those people who want to escape. I have run some pilot courses with great feedback and am now starting on the programme with two courses running at the moment, one in the day and one in the evening. In January a third course will start on the mainland. So a very busy time. Working on getting funding is time consuming, but I have been very lucky to get funding from The Lottery, The Island Foundation and Wightaid, as well as support from On The Wight.
I have another project which is a summer house in my back garden. It is actually a fold up caravan that is around 45-50 years old. I bought it this year and it has seen better days. But it is going to have new curtains to brighten it up. I am going to paint the inside a lovely cream colour (it is currently pink) and it has got some ‘new’ seats that came from a caravan someone was breaking. It is peaceful to sit in the garden in all weathers and be in nature. And of course, if I don’t like where it is, I can fold it up and move it.
If you won the lottery what would you spend it on?
I would donate some of the money to my favourite charity The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, some I would use to help fund a safe haven for people to get away from domestic abuse. If it were millions I am not sure what I would with it to be honest. Maybe buy an island of my very own – who knows?
Who do you admire in the literary world? Who do you consider your mentor? (Again can be used in any field of work you do)
I admire anyone who can write a book or novel that holds my attention and makes me want to keep reading. There are too many books out there that I can’t get past the first couple of pages and that is a shame because they may get better as they go on, but I don’t want to read any more. As for mentors I have several, some of whom are writers, some are life coaches and some are friends. They are located in Australia, USA and UK and I communicate with them weekly, sometimes daily via Facebook. And of course my husband is my greatest mentor as he supports and encourages me in everything I do.
Testimonials – Due to confidentiality they have been anonymised
“The ride has been awesome…the support you gave me while I was driving at the wheel of my life and you were sitting in the passenger seat guiding, encouraging, and supporting me was fantastic and I so appreciate that.” SR, USA
I have made some significant changes to what I do and how I behave. Change is always difficult but you just have to have confidence, back yourself and go for it don’t you!! Your book was the first step I took to set me on the way for this latest, and final, journey. I have picked up a few other things on the way and there is no turning back now!!’ TB, IoW
‘Maggie helped me to recognise that I was stagnating and I chose not to do that any longer. I have changed my life dramatically in just one year and now I am really enjoying my life and my new relationship.’ LR, Gloucester.
“Things are really good. There is very much a difference in my homelife now, very rarely do I even think about work, which is great. Even my daughter has noticed a difference. I don’t seem to get stressed like I used to. I really can’t thank you enough for your help!” VP, IOW.
“It was quite apparent my immediate need for her guidance and advice regarding publishing my book have been adequately and superbly catered for by Maggie.” RS, Portsmouth.
Maggie Currie has a heart as big as the Universe!! She gets people, all people, especially those who are feeling ‘less than’. Maggie helps them to feel ‘more than’ who they believed themselves to be. We need more Maggie’s in the world!'” – MS, UK
“Maggie helped me to make one big decision that led to another, and another, and another – and that’s how my life changed for the better!”— JL. Milton Keynes.
“Thanks for the notes and your time yesterday. The idea of getting help was a major breakthrough for me and I am laughing at myself and in total disbelief that I had to be led by you to that very obvious solution!!! I guess you must get that all the time though. Getting help will open up the possibilities of what I can achieve enormously and I actually woke up this morning raring to go instead of dreading the day’s work.”. KG, Surrey
“Maggie, your well placed questions and non-judgemental help in our coaching session really helped me to think more clearly about my situation. ” GL, Paris, France
“‘Oh, what a wonderful call I just had with Maggie, she has a way of coaxing out of me things and putting others in proper perspective. Feeling so much better, the little residual of melancholy about the fourth of July was gone by the end of the call. Great feeling letting it go. Now to get on with the rest of the day I am feeling very upbeat’.”
– VB, USA
“‘I wasn’t sure what to do in my relationship, Maggie helped me understand that I was worrying about things that I imagined might happen and not living in the relationship. Once I got my head around that and stopped thinking about imaginary scenarios, things improved dramatically and my partner and other people noticed the positive difference in me'” – LR, Australia
“Maggie has an instant relaxing mentality rarely found in people, backed with a genuine empathy for people. Maggie has the mark of calm, leaving you feeling relaxed and at peace. Maggie’s knowledge and style leaves clients and fellow professionals wanting more of her work. Maggie is just one of those people with a gift and the world is blessed with her use of them.” – DU, UK
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