10 WITH A 10: CHRISSY BUROW
10 with a 10.
Every Monday, 10 questions with a 10 coming your way down the DP pipeline!
This series is reserved seating for Toronto residents, but once in a blue moon, the honorary ones definitely count.
We had Chrissy Burow on short-term loan from Australia for a couple weeks this month and I pounced on the chance to dig into this woman's mind. Her magnetic, splashy, colourful, insightful and hilarious mind.
1. What do you do and what does it give to people?
Ok, well if you want an official title then I am the Creative & Services Director for C3 Church in Sydney, Australia. But, I’m not really into titles so basically I just do creative stuff that helps people connect with God. I want to present God in a relevant way that connects with people. No strings attached.
2. What's a piece of advice you consistently find yourself giving out but find hard to take yourself?
God’s timing is perfect.
Ha! I am the world’s most impatient person and I hate when people say that to me. I think that’s why I feel the need to give that advice to everyone else. I know it’s true, of course. It doesn’t make the wait any quicker or pain free. Sometimes I wonder if God wears a watch...if He does it’s not lined up with apple time. Maybe someone should gift Him that – kidding!
He always knows best and it’s in the waiting line that you learn the most, but it’s hard advice to take.
I always see others solutions so much easier than my own. I’m sure that’s on purpose, too. God is very clever, the most clever even. He’s got it covered, in heavenly time.
3. How do you rely on others to make you better?
I find that if you're someone who welcomes feedback and advice into your world you’re already ahead even before you start working on it. It’s so much easier said than done, but I always try and ask people for feedback (especially those close to me) that can help me improve. If you live with your arms wide open willing to embrace change then you’re already a better person in my books. There’s nothing nicer than being around someone who says, “Talk to me, what do you see? What can I do better?” and then puts it into practice. I mean seriously – what a dream!
4. Someone gives you 50 mill. What's the FIRST way your life changes?
I would hope that it’s not my life changing, but others around me. I’m a big believer in money doesn’t buy happiness. If you’re not happy now without money then 50 million may give you a lot of ‘things’ but you’ll still be unsatisfied. I would hope that the generosity I exert now would just expand and if anything, I spent the money on life experiences rather than extravagances. Maybe that’s my age speaking and it means less to me than it used to (if you had’ve asked me this question a few years ago my answer would’ve been very different). I think I’ve learnt to find value in the things money can’t buy because those are the things that really make life pretty great.
But if I could have a couple of indulgences, it’d definitely be expanding my collection of Italian leather shoes.
5. What has compelled you forward more than anything else?
I’m a slightly competitive person *cough cough* so the challenge of competing with myself to be better, to do better normally keeps me moving forward. I mean, it’s such a great feeling to beat yourself! Ha! Funnily enough, I’m not competitive with other people when it comes to ambition, etc...
I think everyone has their own path, if you will, and I don’t want to run in someone else’s lane, nor do I want them running in mine. I’m pretty quick to celebrate others and am learning to be quicker to celebrate myself. It sounds funny, but I think it’s important to stop and say, "Hey, I’m actually doing ok.’
In fact, I think that’s the best place you can ever be: I’m OK.
6. Do you like when people ask you, "Where do you want to be in 5 years?"
Uggh. I hate this question. Mainly because I don’t know the answer – actually, entirely because I don’t know. And people ask me this ALL THE FREAKIN’ TIME.
So my answer now is that I just want to be fulfilled and happy, which is true. I totally get the planning thing and for a lot of people that’s awesome, but I LOVE change, in fact, I NEED it. My ‘thing’ is to take on a challenge, conquer it, then move on so I feel like I’m in a slipstream just going with the flow. As long as I’m moving forward and valuing what’s important then I am doing just fine.
7. If someone was handed a script of your inner dialogue today, what would it say?
Man I could really go a burger right now. Hmmm….burger
I haven’t trained for nearly two weeks. My trainer is going to FREAK out. I’m pretty sure I promised her I would train this trip – whoops.
I’ve had so much coffee today, maybe too much. Is that even possible? Nah. Ooh, my hand is shaking.
Noah called me Kissy. I think we’ve really bonded. He likes me, he really likes me.
My flight’s been delayed a few hours. A few hours? Can they do that? Is there seriously no lounge? First world problems.
I wonder how long it will take Mum to stalk my Instagram and put two and two together that I got a new tatt?
Speechjam could be my new favourite game. I can’t believe how bad Mark is at it. And Dalyce too. I think I almost wet my pants laughing. I did have a lot of green tea though.
I just realized how much I don’t like answering this question. Nobody tell Dani.
8. Are you spontaneous?
Yes and no. I plan so I can be spontaneous. My life is so full I couldn’t do it on a whim, but my favourite moments have always been that last minute change of plan or a ‘lets do something wild!!’ (and by wild I mean crazy tame fun!).
Life’s too short to not have any spontaneity in it!
9. Are you failing differently each time?
Oh, gosh, I hope so. I certainly try and learn from the mistakes, at least the big ones.
I’m gonna get real with you.
I’m always attracted to make the same mistake twice or even three times, but I’ve gotta love having great people in my world that are the voice of reason when I seem headed in that direction. If I can give any advice, surround yourself with good people that you can be honest with and who can be honest right back at you. It’s saved me so many times and will continue to because no one’s perfect, but I’m certainly learning a lot along the way.
10. Paul Newman or Robert Redford?
Men that are older than my father??