Cathy Marston shares her inspiration with us this Women’s Day

ON A PROFESSIONAL NOTE
My occupation is a freelance journalist and wine educator
A normal day in my life involves writing, tasting, judging, tasting some more, teaching, tasting, teaching some more – who can tell??!
The special interests in my area of expertise are teaching and wine.
What I love most about my field of interest is seeing lightbulbs switch on in people’s minds when they learn something about wine which has always puzzled them.
Some of the defining moments in my career have been getting qualified to teach the internationally-recognised Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) wine courses.
 
YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL
I am married to a wonderful husband and we have a 7 year old son.
My hobbies and extra mural activities include reading, cooking, drinking wine
It is important for me that my personal time includes books – cannot live without them
 
YOUR PERSONAL INSPIRATION 
My favorite quote is  “If this was easy, everyone would do it.”  By unknown.  Also “It doesn’t matter whether the glass is half-empty or half-full – there is obviously room for more wine!”
I am inspired by having the power to help people change their own lives. Helping them gain the tools to improve their situation, their income, their prospects and those of their families is truly inspiring.
 
LIVING A LEGACY
I believe support andmgiving back to the community is important because what goes around always comes around. Nobody exists in isolation, nobody succeeds on their own but only with help from others.
 
AS AN AMBASSADOR FOR YOUR COUNTRY
If you were to visit my city, I would personally recommend that you visit the winelands! The most beautiful wine region in the world – bar none.
 
SOME OPTIONAL QUESTIONS AND OTHER THOUGHTS
The best piece of advice I ever received was “Failure is not falling down – it’s failing to get up when you’ve fallen down.” 
The secret to my success is I’m a great listener, teacher and sharer.
The literature that has influenced my life includes everything I ever read has made me what I am
My views on living a life of balance are everything in moderation – except wine!
To make our world a better place, I believe the key ingredient would be “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”
 
Bit more information on what I do. I teach the UK-based WSET courses, the only internationally-recognised wine courses available in Southern Africa. 43,500 people sat a WSET exam last year and these qualifications are taught as the industry-standard in 60 countries around the world. At the moment, I am the only approved course provider in South Africa and have also taught in Mauritius and will be teaching in Namibia later on this year. These courses are perfect for anyone wanting to travel and work overseas allowing them to gain international experience and bring those vital skills back home. They are also a great way for people who leave school with few qualifications and find themselves working in low-paid, unskilled jobs in the hospitality industry – something which applies to many in our country. Through gaining WSET qualifications, they can set their feet on the pathway to something much better. 
 

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