Helping You To Help Yourself: An Interview With Kim Lyon


Do you ever wonder about other women’s lives? Like actual real day-to-day, hard working women? So often I meet one and think wow, she looks so great, works so hard and seems to get so much done! I wonder what she is doing to keep it all together like that. Or hear about someone and think wow, I wonder what she is doing so well, and how can she do all she does… without collapsing. We admire them and often have them as mentors.

With that in mind, Pathways will be interviewing women and posting their interviews here in our community journal. These are women I know personally or have been recommended to me as being women who inspire others to do more and be better. Women who motivate others and are truly beautiful inside and out. Let’s peek into their lives just a bit, shall we?

Meet one special woman who is a veteran expat. She has lived and worked in the UK, Arctic Canada, the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. And for the past five years, her home has been Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Her blog Ask Mrs. Fix it [Helping you to help yourself], aims to bring you self-help goodies, and as she puts it, “with a dash of humor”. In her blog you will find reviews of self-help books, pregnancy, parenting and travel tips. She is also one of Pathways’ Monthly Columnist – Here to Help.

So, without further delay meet Kim Lyon-Ekiz,

We asked her:
  • Words that touch your soul

I love the words of Rumi (or Mevlana). He can be counted on for a quick pick-me-up, and sometimes a literary pep talk:

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

If I’m feeling more contemplative, I also love the Modernists, particularly T.S Eliot with his lines such as,

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”

Perhaps my favorite writer, though, is Wendy Cope. She parodies Eliot rather brilliantly, and her humor and wit are always something I aspired to emulate.

  • Greatest Comfort

Can I say three? A hug with my boys, nature, and a cup of tea.

  • Things you should be proud of

I am proud that, in my twenties, I didn’t do what everyone around me was doing. I didn’t buy into the idea that being in a fancy job or rich was going to make me happy.

  • Goals and dreams present and future

There is still a lot of the world I haven’t seen. I would like to take my boys on adventures so that they can also be in awe of our planet.

  • What you are grateful for

The majesty of nature; good health; family, friends; the opportunity for humor every day.

  • Things that make you happy, body and soul

Family, friends, exercise, coffee, nature.

  • Places you want to go

Right now, I’m intrigued by the Stans (the five ‘stans: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). I’d also like to go anywhere that I haven’t already!

  • Ways to cleanse for spring

I used to buy into detoxing but now I tend to try to eat “clean” and it makes a big difference. I try to comb through my wardrobe regularly and let go of material things.

  • Favorite essentials

I’m a hopeless minimalist so I’m afraid I can’t answer this!

  • Things that feel like home

Usually, I connect scents to my concept of home. For example, a sandalwood soap that my mum has used for years.

  • Favorite things to make or do

Make people laugh.

  • Childhood dreams

I used to look wistfully out of my bedroom window and wonder what was beyond the bottom of the road.

  • People you admire

My parents; my current boss.

  • Best advice for overcoming failures

Try to shift your perspective; every failure is a learning opportunity. There was a time when I was petrified of failure, but apparently, I’ve mellowed out in my increasing age and am used to it!

  • Ways you are energized

I’m an introvert so generally, I need time alone on a yoga mat, out on a walk, or at the park with my kids.

Thank you, Kim, for allowing us to get to know you a little better. The older I get the more I realize that who we become can have a lot to do with those we meet. Many times, those same people do not even know what influences they have on us, or what impressions they leave with us. I was fortunate to meet Kim. Although busy lives do not always make for getting together with others as much as we would hope to, although, there are some women that you wish you could. She is among those women. A quiet woman, that would sacrifice anything for her family. You feel at peace while with her. She is the type of woman that holds space for others… she allows you to be whatever you want to be: no judgments.



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  1. Shareefa Basyyoni
    Shareefa Basyyoni says

    I really could relate to your response to “Favorite essentials” when you said, “I’m a hopeless minimalist so I’m afraid I can’t answer this!” I have the same experience, My list would most likely contain, a craft to keep the kids busy, a cup of warm coffee, and great reading material… Life essentials lol

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