Team Purple: Sophie Galpin

Sophie has been working with Carter Corson since 2013, supporting client projects and our growing team of psychologists, mixing time in the office with frequent globetrotting in her band. Sophie is our designated ‘ambassador of fun’.

What is one important skill every person should have? Being able to tell a joke or a funny story. I think humour is something that universally brings people together, and if you can tell a good yarn, then you can connect with pretty much anyone.

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress? I really enjoy doing exercise. I like running and riding my bike, and lifting heavy(ish) things in the gym – I’m also an enthusiastic but aggressively below average tennis player. As well as helping me to feel physically healthy and get better quality sleep, when I’m in a period of exercising regularly, I feel more mentally focused in other areas of my life.

What's your current screensaver picture? Why did you choose this picture? My current screensaver is a picture of my band taken after our most recent New York show. It’s a great picture taken by a really talented photographer, and it reminds me of a really fun night on a really fun tour of the USA.

Are you a spender or a saver? If I’m being honest with myself, I think by nature I am a spender, but through my upbringing I am a saver. It was drilled into me by my mum whilst growing up, and I think it was drilled into her by my granddad – ‘If you have £20 and you save £1 and spend £19, you’ll never go wrong!’ The art of saving is definitely a skill I’ve actively had to learn - I have to trick myself by squirreling away money in different places.

What is the meaning of your name? Sophie comes from the Greek ‘Hagia Sophia’ meaning ‘holy wisdom’. I am led to believe that Galpin comes from the old French ‘Galopin’ which was an occupational term for a messenger who travelled on horseback. I did find a Galpin family crest whilst doing a bit of digging online and it bears the motto ‘vigilat validus’ (be bold, be wise) which is a pretty great mantra to live by.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? I would love to live in New York for a while. I’ve been lucky enough to travel a lot with my band, and that’s one place where I could really imagine living, rather than just visiting. There’s always something to see or do, and I have some amazing friends there whom I’d love to see more often.

Sophie tweets from Carter Corson's Twitter account @cartercorson

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