Ignite Norfolk Island 2019 Featured Speaker: Kris Abbey

Ignite Norfolk Island 2019 is an exciting and inspirational upcoming 3-day event presented by Regional Development Australia Norfolk Island. The event is scheduled to run from 19 – 21 November and will include engaging workshops, inspirational speakers, networking events and a pitch fest to celebrate the success of the recently completed tourism incubator.

In our third interview of presenters and mentors that will be attending Ignite Norfolk Island 2019 we are featuring Kris Abbey.

Where did you grow up?

On a farm near a town called Forbes in Central West NSW.

Chicquita, Warrinya!

Given the choice between living in the city or country which would you choose and why?

Ooooh that’s tough. I’m fortunate enough to have had an idyllic childhood in the country, and most of my adult life in the city.  My city living has been by the beach in Freshwater – which is like a country village.

I would say, as long as I have easy access to nature – bush or beach, then I’m happy.

Describe your area of expertise?

Preventative health – or as I call it ‘wellness’. I  love encouraging people to make better decisions in regards to their wellness.  And I like to do this in a fun – and life is meant to be ‘enjoyed’ kind of way. So it’s not a chore, rather a lifestyle!

What would like to have changed in your world in five years from now?

That the more people valued their health – and the government supported wellness as much as they did sickness.

What is the greatest hurdle you have had to overcome in your career and how did you do it?

I think it was guilt. Guilt of going back to work and putting our kids in care. I was the first female to break the generational cycle of ‘once you have kids you stay at home to raise them. Country upbringing and all!For mine and my kids happiness I needed my career. I love what I do and I am very grateful that now my kids are all old enough, they have all benefited from my career too… the trips and the wonderful people they have been epode to. I read this great quote by Audrey Hepburn “The biggest disservice you can do to your children is to give up who you are!” It’s true – and when I realised that – I got over the guilt. I’m a better person, wife, mother and friend for having the career that I have and the experiences it has given me.

If you could solve one problem or issue what would it be?

That mental health wasn’t a thing! While I appreciate we need to feel sad so we appreciate happy… it breaks my heart when people are in the grips of depression or anxiety and don’t think there is a way out. While world hunger, terrorism, inequality, poverty, pollution are all big problems,  I think a lot of people are on that cause. Mental health is something I can actually help solve – even if in a very small way.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t sweat the small stuff

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?

Ever since watching the Crown,  I’ve been intrigued by the Royal Family and curious to know what it is really like to be born or married into the ‘family’. For that reason I would love to have dinner with Princess Diana. I’d also like to meet Audrey Hepburn. She was such a beautiful person inside and out. 

Best advice you have been given?

Surround yourself with good people

What are you looking forward to most about attending Ignite Norfolk 2019?

Meeting people enthused to make a difference

Thanks Kris we look forward to seeing you at the event.

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