Congratulations to Sophie

Sophie Holmes has been an inspiration to us all and right back at the start of Banana Crumble she was the reason we chose to support the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Sophie has been with us on our journey and has attended all of our events over the last year.

Sophie is truly remarkable and we have featured a number of her adventures since our launch. You will find it hard to find anyone more focussed and driven than Sophie. She has attitude in abundance and despite all the medication she has to take just to stay healthy, she is always looking for the next challenge and adventure.

Here at Banana Crumble we want to help people focus on the good things in life but as we have said on so many occasions so many people pick up on the negative things and find it hard to see those positive things. Sometimes it is just the way you think of something. Quite often a negative can actually be a positive.

Sophie was nominated for The Sundried Health Blogger of the Year Award for 2019 and we are really pleased to say that last week, she was chosen as the winner. All of the other nominees were certainly inspiring in their own right but we do feel that Sophie is the well deserved winner and we look forward to reading her blogs with Sundried. If ever you need to be inspired then take a look at her Facebook page. She turns ordinary into extraordinary and sees everything in such a positive light. If only more could think like Sophie. With words like “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” How can you fail to be inspired?

Congratulations from all of us at Banana Crumble Sophie!!

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Banana Chat – meet Danny Naqvi

Hello, my name is Danny and I’m from Essex. I recently graduated in BSc Economics with Politics from Loughborough University in addition to spending a year at a top global investment bank – I’ll also be heading to Dublin soon to start my graduate career in Sales at Facebook! Outside of my academic and professional career, I run a blog and publish articles on a wide variety of topics including self-development, culture and mental health. I’m very interested in promoting causes involved in supporting mental health – I’ve spoken about this topic on a number of panels and I hope to continue to expand this moving forward.

Social links

Instagram – @dannynaqvi

Twitter – @dannynaqvi

What is your favourite joke?
The Russell Peters joke about Indian parents – I can definitely relate to it.

What makes you smile?
Seeing my family and friends happy makes me smile a lot.

What is your favourite good news story?
Currently I quite like the story about the successful rescue of the boys from the Thai caves.

What inspires you?
Self-made success stories and seeing those around me strive to achieve high success levels.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
Guaranteed universal access to free education for every child – I would love for this to be provided.

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
Time travel – I want to go back in the past and see what it was really like and travel to the future and find out what happens! 

What is your favourite food?
My mum’s homemade curries – to this day it’s undefeated.

What is your favourite drink?
Monster Energy Ultra White – I know it’s not good for me but it’s too great.

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
My camera.

If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
I’d make a law to make restaurants give their extra and/or leftover food to the homeless rather than throwing it in the bin to support these people and also reduce wastage.

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know?
I’m excessively organized, probably far too much (although my close friends know this very well).

What is your favourite phrase or saying?
“Be phenomenal or be forgotten” – Dr. Eric Thomas

What cause, project or event would you like to promote?
Causes supporting mental health such as MIND and Time to Change are all doing great work for mental health in the UK. I’d like to further promote men’s mental health as I believe this is a critical issue for men that needs to be addressed.

Who is your favourite music artist?
It’s hard to pick between the two but either Kanye West or Drake.

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
I’m not sure if I can pick just one – I’m very lucky to be surrounded by such a great group of people. Some of my closest friends have (unintentionally) shaped my life a lot; they’re incredibly hardworking, disciplined, ambitious and all-around great people with good hearts. Watching them grow and mature has indirectly helped me to do the same. I have huge aspirations for my life and the way I think has in some way been shaped by them.

PJ’s or Not

Hot or cold? Hot

Cat or dog? Dog

Blue or pink? Blue

Tea or coffee? Tea

Glass half-empty or glass half-full? Half-full

Pyjamas or not? Not

Night out or night in? Night out

Pizza or pasta? Pasta

Biscuits or cake? Biscuits

Football or rugby? Football (can basketball be an option please?)

Cinema or theatre? Cinema

Gym or TV? Gym

Naughty or nice? Nice

Silver or gold? Silver

Tent or hotel? Hotel

Bath or shower? Shower

Starter or pudding? Starter

Sheets or duvet? Duvet

Love Island or Game of Thrones? Game of Thrones

Finally, apple or banana? Banana… This is a banana chat after all!