Friday’s Child - Eimear Gourley
This week’s Friday’s Child is Eimear Gourley (nee Faller). Eimear is originally from Derry, and moved to Belfast when she studied at the University of Ulster in 2008. She grew up on the Steelstown Road and Lawrence Hill with her parents, two sisters and three brothers. She is a past pupil of the Model School and Foyle and Londonderry College.
Eimear is a civil engineer with nearly 10 years experience in project managing multi- million pound construction sites. She recently decided to move my project management skills into a property business, helping others find investment properties which she started at the beginning of the first lockdown in 2020.
Eimear is passionate about all things property and believe that with the right mindset we can all achieve anything that we want in life.
How would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as an extremely determined and hardworking person. I am decisive and straight to the point. I love being part of a team and believe nothing in the world is accomplished or achieved without the help of other people. This is why I think it is so important to help others when you can . I am a very thoughtful person and I believe that being kind is something that we all should practice every day. I am a sporty person and love all kinds of sport. I find myself always needing to be in control which isn’t great and is something I need to work on.
Happiest childhood memory?
Playing with my five brothers and sisters at home, and at our caravan in Fahan.
What was your first job?
Boots sales assistant. I played so much sport at the evenings and weekends whilst at school, I was 19 and at university before I had my first job.
‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’, by Robert Kiyosaki. This book kick started my desire to become a property entrepreneur.
‘Miss Congeniality’ – I have seen this movie too many times to count. I love that the main actress does not conform and is so comfortable and happy being herself.
Favourite television programme? ‘The House 100k Built’.
Favourite method of relaxation?
I am not good at relaxing. My mind is constantly running at 100% so for me I am most relaxed after exercise and in particular, when I am up early and out running in the morning.
Favourite holiday destination?
Caribbean Cruise. I especially love Mexico.
Who would you most like to meet?
What makes you angry?
When people say they have no time. Be honest. You just can’t be bothered. You will make time if you want it badly enough.
What makes you happy?
Watching my three children happily playing together.
What human quality do you most admire?
What human quality do you least admire?
What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?
I once (unknowingly) used the male toilets in an office during a conference. When I was leaving, there was a man at the sinks looking at me oddly. I thought “this must be a unisex toilet”. I then left the toilet and realised my mistake – how embarrassing. Only for the embarrassment to get worse when the man in the toilet was on stage taking the conference!
What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?
My grandparents passing away, Jim and Mena O’Neill. I was very close to both of them through my entire life. I saw them every day and enjoyed spent hours talking about their life.
What is your greatest fear?
Having regrets that I didn’t live my life to it’s fullest.
What has been the high point of your life to date?
Giving birth to my third child. Now, I love all of my children equally! But, I birthed my third child using hypnobirthing techniques. I loved being in complete control of my own body and mind. It was a wonderful feeling, following two difficult births.
How would you like to be remembered?
Straight-talking, fun, energetic and inspiring.
What is your most treasured possession?
My blanket. My Grandad’s sister, Mary Campbell, made me a blanket when I was born and I still have it today.
If you won the lotto what would you do with it?
I would make sure all of my family got plenty of money (as I know they would do the same for me – I know they read this paper). I would then take my business to a whole new level in order to help as many people as I could. I am passionate about preserving our planet for generations to come, therefore I’m keen on zero carbon homes for example.
If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?
Live forever. I know that I am not ‘old’. But I fully appreciate that life can pass by very quickly.
If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?
Eimear took every opportunity and wasted no time.