Twenty Questions with Sian Morgan


Welcome To Twenty Questions!

Every week I invite a twenty-something onto the blog and share their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all. My hope is that by taking a peek into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.

Sian Morgan, 29 with her son Milo, 18 months

What is your full name?

Sian Morgan.

How old are you?

29 year’s old.

How old do you feel?

My age, usually. However I’m also extremely sleep deprived so on some days I feel about 70.

Where were you born, and where do you live now?

I was born in Auckland and I still live here.

What do you do for work?

I’m a clinical psychologist. I was trained broadly to work with a range of mental health issues and difficulties but have primarily worked with adults with offending histories and young people with high and complex needs. I always had the intention of working within the mental health sector since a young age but I think losing my sister when she was so young, and the consequent “fall out” from that, really cemented the idea.

What do you do for fun?

I hang out with my 18-month-old son, Milo! He is so much fun! I also spend a lot of time with my partner, friends and my darling family going out for coffee like the millennial that I am.

Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?

I went to university and studied clinical psychology.

What is your favourite movie of all time?

Wait for it…. “The Sixth Sense”, or “What Lies Beneath.” I truly believe all of the best movies were made in the nineties. I also loved “Girl On a Train”, but I think the book was better.

What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?

Going ahead with a crazy long uni degree in clinical psychology. It meant that I missed out on doing an OE and going on adventures with my best friends in my early twenties, but I absolutely love my job now and can’t imagine doing anything else. Except maybe renovations and interior design, which might possibly be my dream job!

Hardest moment of your twenties so far?

This is a tough one. There was moments at university that were extremely hard but I’ve also struggled with huge periods of adjustment during my twenties like going through a difficult break-up from a relationship, moving out of my family home and, more recently, having a baby.

Best moment of your twenties so far?

Having Milo, hands down. But before that, finishing my doctorate was a pretty huge moment.

 Who do you miss?

My older sister . She passed away when I was only 14 and I miss her every single day. I also miss one of my sweetest friends in London, she had always been my “go-to” girl so I really miss not being in the same time-zone as her.

 What do you like the most about yourself?

My resilience.

What do you like the least about yourself?

The unrelenting high standards I have for myself and my tendency to worry about what other people “might” think of me.

If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get and where would you get it? If you already have tattoos, which is your favourite and why?

One of my sisters and I both have a heart tattooed on our pinky finger, so based on its significance that would be my favourite. I also have a cliche tattoo which I acquired as I went through a quarter life crisis and it is not my favourite. *Googles tattoo removal*

 How would your friends describe you?

All of my friendships have slightly different flavours, but generally I would hope they would consider me to be genuine, loyal and supportive. I asked my aforementioned “go-to” girlfriend who lives in London and she described me as “the person you can always go to for judgement-free support and a clever-clogs-over-achiever.” Which she promises she means in a nice way!

 How would your parents describe you?

Strong-willed and loving.

 When was the last time you cried?

Last night – there was a mouse in our new house and I have a huge fear of rodents (give me insects over rodents any day of the week). But before the rodent incident, the last time I cried was while watching an amazing audition on Britain’s Got Talent.

What are you afraid of?

Losing those close to me unexpectedly. (And rodents, clearly).

 If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently? 

I would spend more time on my own. I think being okay with being alone is an art, and I’m not there yet.

I also wish I had invested more money into travelling because some of the most significant experiences of my life have happened while overseas.