Portraits: Deborah Henry

She reveals her guilty indulgences, most overused phrase and more.
Friday 3 July 2020
"Success to me is happiness." Photo: Deborah Henry

This second part of UNRESERVED‘s interview with Deborah Henry delves deeper into the private side not too many are familiar with. What is success to her? Is there anything she would change about herself? All those questions are answered here.


What is your most overused phrase or word?

OMG! For me life is a constant barrage of the unexpected, whether good or bad. Through my busy schedule on a daily basis, whether it is something out of the ordinary happening or learning a shocking bit of news, my constant reaction is OMG! 



Are you a morning or night person?

Definitely a morning person! I like to start my days early with a nice hot cup of chai. 



First thing you do when you wake up?

The correct answer should be meditation and breathing exercises but the real answer is check my phone. 



3 must-haves in your closet?

A great pair of denim jeans, a classic white tee and a pair of beige pumps. It’s the perfect every day outfit. The outfit is comfort and style all in one, perfect for my typical hectic day. 



Your guilty indulgence?

I’ve got two, dark chocolate and dessert. They have been the cause of many an additional gym session!


What is your hidden talent?

This is a hard one. I guess I’m pretty good at cross-stitching. 


Favourite mantra/phrase in life?

For me it is more of a mantra that a phrase, specifically, courage. The root word of courage comes from the Latin word “cor” – it means heart. The original definition, means to tell the story of who you are straight from your heart. Being courageous doesn’t just mean achieving things but discovering who you are and being true to it!


What would you spend the most money on and the least money on?

I would spend the most on experiences; you gain so much more from a memorable experience – lessons that you can take with you for the rest of your life. 

Where as, I’d spend the least money on material things. Sure things can be nice and will give you that momentary burst of joy but ultimately it is fleeting and in the end your just stuck with more junk at home. 



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Biggest misconception that you think people have about you?

Quite honestly, I am not sure. I don’t actually spend too much time thinking about what other people think of me nor do I want to. I’m happy being me and if people have a problem with that, I’m happier not knowing. 



Favourite outfit that makes you feel on top of the world?

It actually would be that pair of denim jeans, classic white tee and pair of beige pumps I mentioned earlier. It tells me that today I’m going to get some real important work done.



What is success to you?

Success to me is happiness. That’s really all anyone can hope for, to be contended with all aspects of their life. For me personally, I’m still chasing that success. I wake up every morning and tell myself I need to practice more love, gratitude and compassion. Then I spend the rest of the day trying to live by that mantra. I think we can also try to be a bit more loving, a little more thankful and to show a little more concern and compassion for each other. That to me is success a world filled with these beautiful attributes. 



If you could change one thing about yourself, what would that be?

It’s complicated, on the one hand a part of me wants to nit pick at every little perceived flaw to brush away every blemish – to change it all. But then there is the other part of me that knows that I should just love me for me and not fret the little things. So weighing both ends, I’d have to say for my own good, I wouldn’t change anything. 



Word association:

Catwalk –  Claudia Schiffer

Style –   Sophia Loren 

Business –    Shark Tank

Beauty – Eyes 

Trend – Clued in 

Perfection – God

Gift – Love 

Love – Forgiving