It’s almost the weekend and that means another ‘Time Out’. This week’s questions are answered by Jodie Hill, Managing Director of Thrive Law, the expanding boutique Leeds law firm, who would quite like to be a time traveller…
What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?
After a normally busy, hectic week, I like the weekend to be an oasis of calm. So the best way for me to start the weekend is to meditate. Usually in the week I am in a rush so I incorporate this with my shower. I find I can relax very easily in the shower, allowing me to free my mind of stressful thoughts. I have only started meditating recently and I find it an invaluable tool in keeping everything in perspective. Having time on the weekends to mediate for longer I have found really helps me calm and focus.
What is your hobby?
I am a great believer in the old adage that a healthy body leads to the healthy mind. So my main hobby is exercise. I love netball and walking (my dog mostly) – and I have recently taken up weight-training. I am also an avid traveller – over Christmas and the New Year, I went to Vietnam and Cambodia with my partner and we had a fabulous time. We divided our time between getting lost in the history of these extraordinary counties and soaking up the sun on the beach. I also made a point of switching off my mobile phone for a few days to ensure I wasn’t diverted by events back home and was fully present on what was an incredible trip.
What is your favourite movie?
It has to be the Bodyguard. I adore Whitney Houston and her singing in this film is astonishing, especially her unforgettable version of Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You. It is also a timeless love story – and I’m a sucker for those!
If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?
That’s an interesting question. I am endlessly fascinated in how other people’s minds work, so I think I would have liked to have been a psychiatrist. The human brain is tremendously complex and it would be rewarding to unlock some of its secrets and to help others who might be struggling with their mental health.
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
I would like to be a time traveller. By going back into history, and forward into the future, I could learn life’s most important lessons. It seems to me that too many people in power make the same mistakes over and over again. A healthy dose of time-travelling might prevent that.
What is your favourite genre of music or who is you favourite artist?
It has to be Ed Sheeran. His lyrics and his music resonate with me and I have so many amazing memories from attending his live concerts. In fact I am seeing him in Roundhay in Leeds later this year. He is also down-to-earth and appears completely unspoiled by fame. I also love the Spice Girls and their message of girl power (cheesy but that what I grew up with in the 90s). I am looking forward very much to seeing them live in Manchester later this year.
If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?
I think I would like to travel 20-30 years into the future, to see how the incredible advances in technology have impacted on the legal sector. Technology has already dragged lawyers (some unwillingly) from the 19th century into the 21st century and is having a huge impact on how the law is perceived and practised.