The art of finding balance

NORTHERN Arts festival director Billy Paulson shared a breakfast with La Femme last Friday at Cafe Capellini in Newton Park.

Because it was the official start of the festival, Paulson couldn't make it for lunch but chose to set aside time for what is said to be the most important meal of the day to tell La Femme how excited he was about the weekend.

Due to gale-force winds and rain, the festival at the Gelvan Grounds was only able to attract about 4000 people but Paulson said it was good enough for him. "It is a risk we take when planning an outdoor event."

He enjoyed a Boerewors Brekkie, changing the bacon for mince and having his egg boiled and not fried.

I chose to have breakfast at Capellini in Newton Park because it's central and I like the friendly staff and atmosphere of the place.

The best thing about my career is it doesn't feel like work.

I knew I'd made it when I discovered my purpose. I found my passion and I don't think there's anything better than that.

The person who has taught me the most is my wife, Maureen. I've been married for 36 years. She teaches me how to balance work and home – how to be a success in my public and private life.

I have a soft spot for my grandchildren, Mark and Gabriella Jonathan.

I should have studied something to do with business, community development and infrastructure.

I love to party with my wife. She's my best friend.

I'm reading the Bible. It's one book you never really finish – every time you open it, it teaches you something new.

When I was 16, I wish I knew that life doesn't owe us anything. It doesn't treat us good or bad – it only gives you what you put in.

My music weakness is all music in general.

Nothing makes me happier than accomplishing what I set out to do.

My favourite item of clothing is my baggie's with lots of pockets.

I absolutely hate people who are dishonest.

I am saving to buy a new car.

I share my life with my family. My wife, Maureen and my four children, Wilton, Chantel, William and Janine.

I can't go a day without morning reflections – reflecting on the day ahead.

My favourite places in the metro are Voisen Road in Helenvale with my domino friends, Doxa Deo Artuo Ministry Point in Richmond Hill, the golf course and the beach.