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Episode 08 – Victoria Bland: The Extraordinary Ordinary Series.

Victoria is someone I am so grateful to have met and look forward to catching up with whenever we have a chance. She is an incredible achiever, who in her early twenties is Head of Data in the UK for one of the largest FMCG companies in the world, a Tennis success playing competitively for Sutton on Derwent, and overall one of the kindest and most positive people I have had the good fortune to spend a lot of time with.

Even with all the career and sporting success, the main things Victoria really sees as her achievements  and values are how committed, caring and loyal she is to her family, friends and partner. She loves to support her other-half every weekend when he plays Rugby, enjoys nothing more than family time over good food, and likes to see the best in all situations.

This is what I think makes her so extraordinary. She has a first degree in Law, owns a beautiful home, has an incredible career under her belt already, and yet she reports her top achievement as being fun-loving and caring.

She is a true girl boss, true friend and a beacon of positivity. I hope that from this interview you take away one main thing from Victoria. Always, no matter what, try to remain positive and look on the bright side. I hope by doing this, you can be as content as she is.

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So here are her answers to my twelve questions:

What makes you happy?

To be honest, it’s really my friends and family. If I can see people I love being happy, and I can make them happy myself, it makes me happier overall.

I get a lot of happiness from job satisfaction, and like to work hard to achieve and do my best.

However I also get a lot of happiness out of the little every day things which are often overlooked, like when someone leaves a leftover coin in a trolley, or karma is on your side. I get just as excited about these smaller things as the big moments in life.

What book had the biggest impact on your life?

Harry Potter Series

This book has been a big part of my life for a long time, and yet I find it hard to encapsulate why it’s so important when asked. I think it’s because I love the whole premise and how JK Rowling came up with the story. She originally came up with the concept whilst at school and was told by professors and teachers that it wouldn’t be a success and she needed to come up with something more ‘realistic’.

She proved them all wrong, and wrote such a good series about how at the end of the day, good always overcomes evil.

What quote, or saying, do you live by?

I would say that a main one I try to live by is

Everything Happens For A Reason

I think that this helps you put everything into perspective. It puts a positive slant on everything no matter how bad it may feel at the time.

What inspires you?

Honestly so many people. I know this might sound cheesy but I have to say you! As well as my colleagues, family, friends and all for different reasons.

Some of them inspire me professionally, some with their outlooks on life, others for their sporting and career achievements, and some with how ambitious and driven they are. It’s such a broad range.

What are your top three priorities?

  1. Happiness

To be honest I don’t really know what the other two are as for me, this is the main and only one. I might need to come back to you but happiness for me is number one and the main thing I try to live by.

What’s the biggest misconception about you?

I would like to think I am quite an easy person to read, and so there’s not really many. If I had to chose one however it would be that I sometimes get the impression that people think I have my life put together more than I actually do.

People from the outside think I might have everything in order and put together from what I share on social media. The reality is though, what we put online is the best view of ourselves and what is happening and you only really see the good a lot of the time. It can be really misconceiving.

I share when I am travelling for work, doing unusual things with my career, going to good places for dinner but it’s not the day to day reality, it’s not everything, and we all seem to forget that a lot. It’s important that we remember our online self is our best self, and so it’s probably the same for other people too.

What two purchases have you made this year that you really value / had most impact?

  1. An assault bike. I purchased this for Tom (Victoria’s Boyfriend) and it’s the most expensive material thing I have ever bought apart from my car. I would never really spend that much on myself but I did for Tom as it made him really happy. Plus, now he has a bit of a gym in the garage, he is home more, so that works for me too!
  2. I am not much of a spender really, so the second one would need to be my holiday to Italy this year. It was the first time I have been to Italy and it was amazing.

Top tips for someone who wants to do what you do?

Believe in yourself, have as much faith in yourself as you have in others. I don’t think people often think enough of themselves or their abilities and therefore worry too much.

Work hard, ask loads of questions, and build strong networks and relationships. Speaking to people is really important and I can’t stress that enough. For me I have found in my career it is as much what you know, as who you know.

People are happy to help you, you just need to ask!

What are you most proud of?

To be honest it’s that I am actually really content. I am personally happy with my relationship, the life I have built and my own home, as well as professionally being happy with my career and job.

An unusual habit of yours?

I have to have something in my hands. For someone who doesn’t like movement, that could be really annoying but I am a pen mover, clicker or tapper. I am sure Tom could think of many more though!

What do you do every single day?

Try to think positively

Eat good food

Think everyday about exercising although it doesn’t always happen every day!

Try to just do my best.

Thanks Victoria. Honestly your answers have been incredibly insightful and my key takeaway from this is just how much you work to look on the positive side of life. I think this is why you have happiness as such a key priority, and you overall feel very content with your day to day. 

You have achieved so much and you have done so whilst remaining positive and keeping a good focus on what matters to you. I think we could all learn a lot from you about putting things into perspective, looking on the bright side, and taking things day to day.

Her Key Advice:

  • Network, ask questions and speak to people. You never know what you can find out or discover.
  • Think positively.
  • Everything happens for a reason.
  • Do your best, try hard, and the rest will fall into place.
  • Good always prevails over evil.

If you want to follow Victoria and her sporting, career and life successes, you can find her on Instagram (just try and not be envious of all the amazing food she posts!) 

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