In My Day: We quiz Brenda Shankey on the time of her life
Q: What was your decade?
A: The 1990s. I flourished in my career as a hairdresser and moved from Derry to Belfast in 1995. I met my husband and I got married in 1999.
Q: What was life like?
A: Innocent and adventurous. Innocence in moving to a big city and enjoying being part of it all, adventures of doing bigger, more creative things and meeting new people.
Q: What where you listening to?
A: I liked The Smiths, The Cure, The Stone Roses.
Q: And the style?
A: I wore charity shop vintage clothes with Dr Martens boots! Quite gothic with a boho twist.
Q: What has changed?
A: Me! I wish I knew then what I know now. Life is one big roller-coaster ride, one unbelievable, challenging journey full of highs and lows, setbacks and opportunities. I finally know who I am and what I want now. It's liberating.
Q: Was it better back then?
A: I've learned there is no such thing as a bad experience - it's how you choose to see it and how you deal with life and situations that make your life good or bad.
- Brenda Shankey is launching her new 'mindfulness courses to reduce stress, increase personal happiness, achieve goals and be the best you can be!' in January 2015. For details, contact Brenda via her facebook page.