Local Chick… Terri Mc Menamin from Waverley
We met Terri Mc Menamin from Waverley up at Joe’s barbers in the Junction. She’s a fine shaver of heads, but she’s also written a book! Terri shares her local favourites with The Beast…
How long have you lived here? I’ve spent nine years in Sydney, and one of those living in Waverley.
Why do you live here? I just love it! Waverley is beautiful and quiet, with great community gardens, neighbours and ocean views. It’s a short walk to the beaches, Centennial Park and Bondi Junction, and it’s so close to the city – it’s perfect!
What’s your favourite beach? Bronte is my new favourite. It’s close to my house and it has the beautiful Bronte Gully.
What’s your favourite eatery? Bodhi, in the park on College Street. Their tofu sliders with cabbage jam and spicy mayo are the best, and being surrounded by trees, fairy lights and lanterns really enhances the experience.
Where do you like to have a drink? Heart & Soul Cafe in Cronulla do an awesome masala chai tea, and it has a great vibe. I also like to go to About Life in Surry Hills for a turmeric coconut latte after yoga.
Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs? That would have to be the sunrise. I love to watch the sun come up from the Maroubra cliffs on the South Coogee side – it’s nature’s Gold Class.
Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs? It would be great if there was more vegan cafes and restaurants.
Do you have a favourite sporting team? I don’t watch much sport these days, but when I lived in Boston I was a regular supporter at Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in baseball, so you can imagine the atmosphere.
What music are you into at the moment? I’m learning to play guitar and we have been jamming to Three Little Birds by Bob Marley for weeks now.
Who is your favourite person? There’s too many to list.
What do you get up to on the weekends? These past weekends I’ve been learning as much as I can about self-publishing my book. Apart from that, enjoying time with friends, yoga and the beach.
What do you do for work? I am a barber at Joe’s Just For Men in Bondi Junction, and I am also a natural therapist practicing and teaching reiki and vibrational kinesiology. My most recent project has been writing and illustrating a children’s book called I Am love, which is filled with fun animal illustrations and positive empowering affirmations. You can check it out on my Facebook page, ‘I am love book’.
What’s your favourite thing about work? I meet all sorts of interesting people (like James from The Beast) that share their life experiences. The most gratifying experience is observing transformation. It can be as simple as a haircut, or seeing my clients grow from single men to partners or husbands and then into fathers, or university students taking up their role in society, and kids growing up into adults. With the natural therapies I get to witness people overcome their life challenges and become empowered by their experiences. I am constantly inspired by the people around me and it’s been a real privilege.
Do you have a favourite quote? “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl.
Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast? “You matter,” and, “You are more than enough.” I’m also really loving the everyday wisdom coming out of Harris Farm: “For the greater goodness,” and, “It’s what’s inside that counts.” Oh, and, “Don’t worry, about a thing, ‘cause every little thing’s, gonna be alright…”