Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

All the best: Holly Sweeney

We ask local personalities what are their most favourite things

Holly Sweeney pictured in her penthouse apartment in the Boat building in Belfast City Centre
Holly Sweeney pictured in her penthouse apartment in the Boat building in Belfast City Centre

Holly Sweeney, 23, is a dancer, model and gymnastics coach and lives in Belfast.

MY BEST MOMENT

My best moment of the year was the Belsonic Festival at Custom House Square in Belfast. My apartment overlooks the Square, so I had friends around and we were able to relax and enjoy the festival. It was like friends reunited with a front row seat at the festival.

MY BEST SONG

It's Ho Hey by The Lumineers. It's a song that's chilled out and mellow, but makes you happy at the same time. An added plus was seeing them perform it at Belsonic. They told everyone to put their phones down and just enjoy the music and the moment instead of recording everything.

MY BEST WAY TO RELAX

A bath and candles. The gym would be a close second as it's a stress-buster. I also like taking the dog (MJ , a chihuahua) for a walk. A bath and candles is the best, though, I have Netflix on in the background and just chill.

MY BEST JOB

At the moment I'm coaching gymnastics for ages three to 18. It's great, being able to see someone achieve their ambition because you've taught it to them step by step. That is the greatest thing about the job.

MY BEST ADVICE

Never get ahead of yourself and take things one step at a time. It's been given to me by a couple of people. I like to be very organised and plan well ahead but the sentiment is that I should relax and chill out. In the end things will get done.

MY BEST GIFT

It sounds really sad but I got a sugar thermometer spoon for my birthday for measuring the temperature of chocolate and caramel. I love baking and do it all the time, and that's a great gadget for it.

MY BEST ACHIEVEMENT

Finishing my degree in Sports Technology. I have just graduated. I can now push forward and get a career rather than a job. I’m scanning the job vacancies columns to see what I can do that's connected with my degree.

MY BEST  BUY

Lots of pre-Christmas bargains. My birthday is this month so I've been able to use all of my vouchers to get some wonderful things in the sales. I found some bedsheets in House Of Fraser that were originally £400. They were slashed dramatically and with a gift card I ended up paying just £8 for them.

MY BEST MOVIE

It's a classic — the Princess Bride. I love the characters in it, they're so funny. I've been watching it for 10 years or more. I'll never get tired of it — it's one of my go-to movies.

MY BEST BOOK

To Kill A Mockingbird is my favourite. I love the themes behind it and adore Scout, Atticus Finch’s six-year-old daughter. I first read it in school and still have the original book with all of my annotations in it.

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