Moved by the spirit
PUBLISHED: 18:11 14 September 2009 | UPDATED: 16:13 20 February 2013
Sheila Steptoe talks about flying on her 60th birthday, socialising with Stephen Fry and searching for the hero inside herself
Tell us about your family
I have two children and three gorgeous grandchildren, aged four, eight and 11.
Do you have any pets?
No. I did have many dogs, cats, chickens, horses and even goats when the children were growing up, but when the last animal died I decided not to have any more. Maybe in my retirement, but they are too much of a tie.
How old are you?
I'm 60 and I took my first flying lesson on my 60th birthday as a reminder of how you are never too old to do anything in life.
Where do you live?
Little Waltham, near Chelmsford.
How long have you lived there?
I've been there for six years.
What do you like about where you live?
It is a 600-year-old beautiful Grade II listed cottage that I feel very at home in. It has vaulted ceilings in the bedrooms and any guests that stay also feel the peace and stillness and have amazing dreams.
What do you do for a living?
I am a spiritual mentor and speaker as well as the author of two books: When I Get Old and Wrinkly and Master Your Own Destiny.
What do you love about your job?
Helping people 'wake up' to who they truly are as a person and the possibilities they have to create a lovely life.
What has been the proudest moment in your career so far?
Giving my first talk at the Mind Body Soul Exhibition in March 2005. The feedback I got was awesome and I felt very humble, but it has opened up a whole new life for me.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Travelling, giving talks and running personal development workshops with a spiritual twist.
What are your hobbies?
Reading (mainly non-fiction), learning, writing, walking and socialising with a large group of friends.
How do you relax?
Chilling out with friends, reading and meditation.
Do you have any hidden talents?
We all have hidden talents and one of mine is drawing this out in others.
What is your worst habit?
Sorry, but I'm afraid it's smoking. I am trying hard
not to, but it isn't easy.
Which five guests would you invite to a dinner party and why?
Stephen Fry, as he is so interesting and funny. Mother Theresa for her passion and tenderness. Winston Churchill for overcoming all his obstacles to achieve what he did. Louise Hay, who is my inspiration, and my dad, as I would love to ask so many questions about his life that I didn't when he was alive.
What is your favourite song or piece of music and why?
Gosh, I have loads as there are so many which touch my heart. Probably any by Will Young but Anything is Possible moves me to tears more than the others - as we are all angels in disguise and we can fly. Search for the Hero by M People is also a favourite.
Where are the best views to be had in Essex?
You are spoilt for choice in the north Essex villages.
Describe Essex in one sentence
Essex has been my home for all of my life.