Helena Nuttall interviewed by Kirsty Turbott
I’ve known Helena since we first arrived at university and I very distinctly remember our first encounter. We were both nervous and had no idea where we were going or what we were doing during the first few days, so we stuck together and tried to navigate our way through everything… and that’s pretty much what we’ve been doing since, from disastrous drama performances, to eventful dinner parties!
Hopefully this interview will allow you to get to know Helena a little bit and to see one of the faces behind the blog.
Quick fire questions:
Peter Pan, the 1953 version, which has been my favourite film for as long as I can remember!
Favourite place to visit?
Favourite place to visit that you haven’t been to yet?
What was your dream job as a child?
Bus driver, teacher, actress… it changed by the day
Best book you’ve ever read?
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, which is based on her experience working at the renowned Union Square Cafe in New York. Her style of writing is really unusual, very elegant and sensory. This is my favourite section:
If you could have a tea party for 3 famous people (dead or alive) who would you invite and why?
The Queen – I mean, how could you host a tea party and not invite the Queen?!
David Attenborough – He’d bring a lot of knowledge to the table
Mary Berry – I’m sure she’d bring along some incredible scones
As afternoon tea is a very English tradition, I have chosen people I think of as ‘the epitome of English’
Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years time?
In a bar with a glass of champagne!!! Or on a lovely country walk…I think the things that I enjoy now will still be the things I enjoy 10 years time.
If you could tell your 10 year old self anything, what would it be?
Don’t bleach your hair.
What is the most important thing you have learnt since starting The Notable?
That consistency is key, while it can often seem like what you’re doing isn’t going anywhere, if you put in even just a little bit of work everyday, things will begin to snowball 🙂 I don’t tend to see that much progress day by day with The Notable, but then when I look back at how it was a month or two months ago, I realise how far we’ve come.
What advice would you give to anyone who is struggling to find motivation this year because of lockdown?
Don’t feel bad for not being ‘productive,’ it’s a weird time and staying happy is the main thing. If there are things you need to get done but you are struggling to motivate yourself to get on with them, break things down into smaller tasks. On days I’ve struggled I’ve often written a list of just 3 things, for example: workout, write blog, clean kitchen. Even being able to tick off just 3 things at the end of the day can make you feel better than not getting anything done. I also find that once I’ve got cracking with one task, I get into a state of ‘flow’ and the other tasks don’t require as much motivation.
Three words to sum up Helena?
“I Don’t Know”