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'It was so obvious that I was unravelling in ways' - Model and former radio presenter Daniella Moyles on falling apart, abandoning her career and how travelling the world saved her

When Daniella Moyles gave up her dream job, there was no plan, she simply knew she could not go on. Two years later, she tells Liadan Hynes about the round-the-world trip that saved her and how she learnt to say no

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Daniella Moyles. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Daniella Moyles. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Daniella  lounging by the sea in Playa Punta, Cocos, Mexico

Daniella lounging by the sea in Playa Punta, Cocos, Mexico

Stunning backdrop .... Daniella at the Taj Mahal in India

Stunning backdrop .... Daniella at the Taj Mahal in India

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Daniella Moyles. Photo: Gerry Mooney

When Daniella Moyles quit her job as an anchor of Spin 1038's morning show two years ago, there was no plan. Nothing lined up, no next step. Even though hosting Fully Charged was her dream job, achieved after years of work, the model and TV presenter knew she had to leave.

"It just got to the point where my body gave up," she recalls now. "I was fatigued in the extreme; emotionally erratic. We were loading extra songs onto the playlist so I could cry: it just wasn't normal. They started calling me Brenda Fricker in work, because I looked like the homeless lady in Home Alone. It was so obvious that I was unravelling in a lot of ways."

The breaking point had been coming for some time, she says now. Brought on by a life for too long lived out of balance. Years of never saying no to any work opportunity. Of placing all her focus on career to the detriment of everything else. Of ignoring the anxiety that lay within her. Then 29, Daniella had been working in Irish media since the age of 17, when she began modelling. It was a career she fell into more than planned from the outset.


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