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Body and soul: Susan Kelly, enterpreneur

Susan Kelly (45) is the owner of Brown Cow Salon in Sandyford, and will soon be opening a second salon in Carrickmines. Currently single, she is mother of two sons. Susan was the founder of the call centre, TMS.

When were you happiest? I can honestly say that I am the happiest I've ever been -- I live in the present.

What is your greatest fear? Lying on my death bed, looking back thinking 'what if?'.

What is your earliest memory? Being in my pram with a blanket tucked all around me, enjoying the motion of the wheels.

What characteristic do you most dislike in yourself? I can be very stubborn, and I have no patience, particularly for stupidity.

What do you most dislike in others?

All talk and no action -- stop talking and start doing. I am sick of hearing this generation say "I will do it when the recession is over", as if it is a season.

What would your super power be?

Teleporting. I can't count the number of times I have said: "beam me up".

What makes you sad? Cruelty in any form.

What is the part of your body you least like? So long as my body is healthy, it is beautiful.

If you could bring anyone back from the dead, who would it be? My daughter Robin who died 15 years ago -- just for one moment in time, just for one little hug, just to say, "I love you".

What is your favourite smell? A facial room with all the oils burning.

What is the greatest insult you've ever had directed at you? In school I was told that I would not amount to anything.

Who or what is the love of your life? My children, I am very proud of them. My oldest son, Wesley, has just joined us in Brown Cow, which is fabulous, and my youngest, Geoffrey, is one of the most interesting, funny and caring people I know.

What is the biggest lie you've ever told? "I am fine Mum and Dad."

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Patience. Being impatient has been an asset to me.

If there was a film made of your life, who would play you? Cathy Burke. I love to laugh at myself and she would have lots of material to work with.

What characteristics have you inherited from your parents? Entrepreneurial spirit from Dad and compassion and a sense of humour from Mum.

Which three people would you invite to your dream dinner party? Peter Kay, PJ Gallagher and Sue Nugent (my best mate).

How often do you exercise? I try to do yoga every night for at least 10 minutes.

What keeps you awake at night? The TV. I don't know where the 'off' button is!

What has been your greatest disappointment? To not open the second Brown Cow in Dublin in 2009. However, I'm proud to say that we're all set for a February opening.

www.browncowireland.com


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