Name: Jessica Quinn
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Job: Product Designer
Fondest Memory: I'm really lucky to have grown up going on family vacations every year with my parents and my two sisters, sometimes my two amazing grandmothers too. These would have to be me fondest memories from going to Fiji as a kid to a big adventure in the USA to our recent trip to Bali. I get this amazing feeling on these trips, I guess it reminds me how lucky I am to have such an incredible family. Travel & family are two really important things to me and to be able to combine them is amazing!
Soundtrack: I'm a bit of a slow jam kinda girl - James Bay, Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard are among favourites but I am also guilty for a bit of R'nB & Hip Hop.
Retreat: Depends - sometimes to recharge I'll go to the gym. Its my escape place. I clear my head and everything falls into place. I'm lucky to live by the ocean so if I'm feeling really overwhelmed I'll grab myself a coffee and take a drive to the beach, somethings about the ocean instantly reminds me to breathe.
Wildest Dream: To find an end to the suffering that cancer causes. I would genuinely give my life for a cure. & at the risk of sounding like a beauty pageant contestant, I wish for world peace. Life is far to short to be living unhappy, in conflict and in fear of other humans.
Proudest Moment: Taking my first steps on my prosthetic - that symbolised the start of a new life for me. Running on my blade for the first time - that symbolised that I've pushed through all the people saying I can't and proved to myself that I really can do anything I put my mind too. My first photoshoot - absolutely rocking a side of myself that I used to hide and receiving an unbelievably positive response from the world, it just symbolised to me that the world is backing the change I want to see.
Biggest Challenge: Patience. I get an idea in my head and it just has to happen right away. This is a good and a bad thing. Im determined and sometimes it works in my favour but I think sometimes I just need to trust the process. Trust the path that I'm on. Think fast and act slooowww (sometimes).
Perfect Day: Wake up, exercise, brunch with friends or family, spontaneous adventure, wine, cheese, bbq, constant laughter, good company.
Last Purchase: A jumper (or a sweatshirt as you call it in the USA). Its getting cold here & I'm addicted to cosy jumpers.
Movie: My Sisters Keeper - go to movie when I'm feeling like reminding myself why I'm where I am, Bridesmaids - go to movie when I need a good laugh, Pursuit of Happiness - cause its so beautiful!
Why the Young & Brave Foundation: Because I know first hand how cancer can completely spin your world inside out & upside down. Because no kid should have to fight cancer. Because I believe everything that happened to me happened so I can help others, and the Young & Brave seems like an amazing foundation to be able to do that through.