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There is never enough time to do all the good stuff

Astrid Ellis, the founder of The Shower Tower Company, on wanting to hit the brakes on life - and why

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Published: Fri 9 Jun 2017, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 16 Jun 2017, 9:52 AM

The number one item on your wish list.
Adding another day in between Saturday and Sunday.
If you could move to any place in the world, what place would that be?
The Austrian mountains. I love greenery and I terribly miss big old trees, forests and fields with lots of flowers and rivers. That's what I grew up with. I am a girl from the countryside.
An important life lesson you want to share?
Things are usually different from what they appear to be so just relax - everything will be fine.
If you won a million bucks tomorrow, what would you do with the money?
Half of it would go to the less fortunate. With the other half, I would run to the airport and travel for as long as the money lasts. I did a lot of backpacking after school, travelling through Australia, Thailand, Ecuador and Africa. I know how to make money last.
Any advice you would give your younger self, if you could?
Learn how to follow your instincts. They will never fail you.
The most interesting app you've come across - that's not the usual social media suspects.
Stop Motion Studio. Once I figure out how to use it, I plan on doing some awesome stop motion stuff with it!
Your greatest fear.
Missing out on life. Especially here in Dubai, it feels like life is just shooting by. There is never enough time to do and enjoy all the good stuff.
If you could trade lives with one person - dead or alive - for an entire day, who would it be and why?
I would trade lives with someone running a small bakery who makes amazing things the old fashioned way. Baking is one of my biggest passions and friends always tell me to open a bakery. I love sweets and would be perfectly happy if I could have them all day, every day!!

Favourite fictional character of all time - and why.
Biene Maja, the main character in the German book The Adventures of Maya the Bee. She lives in a field of flowers, and can fly and eats sweets all day without worrying that her clothes won't fit her anymore! That is way too awesome.
If you could have your pick of superpowers, what would you choose?
To grow wings and fly!



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