Out of office – Lauren Lennon on festivals and finding new hobbies

Lauren LennonLauren Lennon discusses the importance of a work-life balance – and what she’s missing most after an unusual 2020. 

Please introduce yourself

Hello! I am Lauren – I have been working as a dental therapist in Manchester for a year now. I graduated in July 2019 from Newcastle University.

What do you get up to in your spare time away from dentistry?

In a usual year, I would spend my summer at Glastonbury or another festival abroad. I am really into music, so a holiday combined with a festival is my ideal. However, this year this has switched to reading and running. Both I love, but the extrovert in me craves my friends’ company in a crowded field.

Running is my most recent new hobby and for someone that hated running before March, I am doing pretty well!

Are you a foodie? Why and what particular food do you go for?

I am 100% a foodie, eating out is my forte. There isn’t a type of food that I don’t enjoy. I love trying different cuisines, especially from independent restaurants and takeaways – not quite as adventurous as Anthony Bourdain but I try to stay away from chain restaurants unless it’s McDonalds.

That being said, my favourite restaurant at the moment has to be Kala Manchester. A fab bistro with a twist.

Are you into any sport?

Yoga is my go to. It has taught me so much! I got into yoga during stressful periods of university, it helped keep me focus and stay calm during exam season. Thank you Yogatherpies Newcastle! Yoga has taught me the importance of mindfulness and balance (literally).

What type of television/movies do you like – any guilty pleasures?

Movies over television – any Tarantino film will do it for me. However, my all time favourite film is Lost in Translation.

Do you like to travel and do your hobbies take you anywhere in particular?

Traveling is my most missed part of 2020. I have a long list of places on my bucket list. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to take some holidays.

I think everyone in the UK is currently missing a bit of much needed sunshine!

Why is it so important to have hobbies out of the profession?

My first year of my career has been very different to how I had imagined, including six months of the UK’s lockdown, which meant closing all dental practices from March. I have had more time than ever to find new hobbies and expand on older ones. I now bring these into my new working week to find the work-life balance that works for me.

A good work-life balance is something that is spoken of a lot, but not necessarily prioritised. My aim is to bring this balance into my new working week. Most of our lives can be spent pleasing people and with so much care in our daily work, hobbies become the only time we get for ourselves – a time for us to be selfish without feeling guilty.

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