“I’m now in a space where I know I am enough and that’s exciting because I finally feel like I can take control and create my future.”
Claira appeared at the first Vevolution Festival in 2016 and has been one of the people in London really driving veganism into the mainstream through her YouTube, TV work and BBC radio show.
She’ll be joining us at Summer Funday Sunday, and we can't wait to catch up and hear about all the amazing stuff she is doing!
How long did it take you to get to where you are today as a presenter?
I started out as a presenter 10 years ago on and off. Consistency has never been a strong point. When my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer I took sometime away and again after my preventative double mastectomy I gave up all my work and went travelling for 10 months. I’m not sure I ever really had a plan. I never really believed in myself or thought I was good enough to succeed as a presenter because I had a deep under lying belief that people didn’t like me and that I wasn’t funny enough, attractive enough or intelligent enough to succeed. Working on overcoming all of this has taken a lot and it’s still ongoing, I am a work in progress. However I’m now in a space where I know I am enough and that’s exciting because I finally feel like I can take control and create my future.
What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t doing radio?
Ermmmmmmm travelling probably. I’m writing a book at the moment, I have a blog, I make YouTube videos and I’m about to launch my first ever podcast called ‘Help Your Self’. Even my radio show is about people inspiring other people with their own stories. I just like talking to people and making people feel better! I’ve done so many varied jobs in my life so who knows!
“Once I’d been vulnerable and honest online a few times I realised people kind of crave a little of something that’s normal and relatable so I just kept going.”
How do you find the strength and courage to post snippets of your life online, even when you are going through a rough patch, or not feeling your best?
Awwww so with this I always try to do things retrospectively. If I’ve been having a tough time I talk about it once I’ve come through it. That way I can talk about how it felt/feels but also about what actions I have taken to make it better. Once I’d been vulnerable and honest online a few times I realised people kind of crave a little of something that’s normal and relatable so I just kept going.
Could you share one of your favourite self-care tips with us?
Journaling. It’s that simple. Self care isn’t just about bubble baths and candles, although I use those too. It’s also about dealing with our stuff. I find journaling really helps me get things out my head and down on to paper. I honestly then feel like a weight has been lifted. It makes me much more aware of myself and why I am feeling a certain way. It makes me less reactive and allows be to have a deeper understanding of myself.
Tell us a little bit about your vegan journey. When did you go vegan and why?
I went vegan just over 4 years ago. I had had a preventative double mastectomy. I lost both my mum and sister to breast cancer and I have the BRCA 1 gene mutation. I had the mastectomy to reduce my risks. It was around this time I just stopped wanting to eat meat. I did say anything I just did it. After a few months I was training with Chaka Bars, who’s vegan and we’d all head to Cookdaily after a workout. I realised that vegans weren’t who I thought and vegan food wasn’t what I thought. I decided to try it for a week and the rest as they say is history.
What are your favourite vegan food spots in London?
Cafe forty one
And the classic Mildred’s
“Vevolution events cover so much. There is always something for every one. “
Of course, you’ve been involved in Vevolution events before this upcoming one with by CHLOE.! So what is it about Vevolution that aligns with what you’re all about?
Vevolution events cover so much. There is always something for every one. From business to nutrition, from inspiration to environment. I always learn new things and I always leave feeling so motivated. It just a great space to be with like minded people learning, growing and being.