Skye Hughes is a high school English, Media and Drama teacher and is a Green SuperCamp Australia facilitator. She completed her Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education at LaTrobe Universtiy in Melbourne. Skye completed her SuperCamp facilitation training at Stanford University and has facilitated you programs in Singapore, Thailand, China, Australia and the United States. She has also had the opportunity to run teacher trainings and student leadership workshops in Myanmar. Skye also runs drama workshops and afterschool programs to empower young women. She is currently working at an International school in Darwin, Australia.
Skye has developed an insatiable desire to learn and travel as often and as much as she can. Her two favourite trips to date have been a giving trip to India and a holiday with her two younger sisters to the Philippines.
In her free time, Skye most enjoys writing, reading, cycling along the beach, spending time with loved ones and scouring the markets for perfectly ripe avocados.
What’s your story?
I have always loved stories. My childhood was filled with Disney books, camping adventures and dancing around the house with my Mum and siblings. As a young adult I knew I wanted to do something to help others and so I became a high school teacher and youth speaker. I truly believe that if we can create a culture in our next generation of leaders of understanding rather than comparison then we would be building a world focused on love and not war, and that is worth spending a lifetime working towards. I am a lover of songs with meaningful lyrics, fruit salad, road trips, the first ray of morning light that falls across my bed, dad jokes and doing everything I can to live my best life and encouraging others to do the same.
I am currently 25 years old and I still go through some of my days wondering if I am doing enough, or if I have achieved enough or if I am successfully enough. It takes work for me to remind myself that I am exactly enough as I am in this moment, regardless of anything I have done or will do in my life time. I suppose that’s why I think writing and sharing stories is so important, the more we share of ourselves, the more we realise how much we all have in common and the more we can recognize the beauty in difference.
What is the toughest decision you have ever made?
I think the hardest decision I’ve had to make so far in life was making the choice to pack up my belongings and move to a city where I had no friends or family to start my teaching and speaking career. I made friends quickly and felt at home within a few months, but those first few days and weeks were incredibly isolating and made me question if I’d made the right choice. I am reminded now that where we have been leads to where we are and I have faith that I am always exactly where I am meant to be.
What is the easiest decision you have ever made?
Making the decision to take the opportunity to teach in Cambodia before traveling to America to complete my facilitation training. It just felt so right and I knew that both of these things were the next step in my life journey.
Who is your role model and why?
I have a new role model every day in my students; they are my teachers as much as I am theirs. My Mum is also a huge role model for me – she is the strongest and most resilient woman I know, she wears her heart on her sleeve and loves boldly.
What is your SUPER power?
This is such a hard question! I believe we all have apples to gift the world and that one of my biggest apples is my ability to love without judgement.
When have you been the most satisfied with your life?
For me, right now. I’m at a stage in my life where I can see and appreciate the opportunities I have been blessed to have and how fortunate I am to live in a country where we have choice.
What things do you not like to do?
I don’t like being late. I’m one of those people who will turn up 20 minutes early and then sit awkwardly in my car until it’s time. I also don’t like to feel limited in my life, and when I have that sensation I always question it and why that feeling has appeared at that particular moment.
What is the most important thing about what you want to do?
The most important part of my message and purpose is for young people to understand their worth, their value and the unique difference they were born to make in this world.
Do you believe books can change the world?
Books have changed my world. I believe stories are one of the most powerful tools of change and empowerment that we have. So yes, I do.
What is your ultimate goal?
To leave a legacy that encourages others to contribute in their own unique way and to live a life that my 5-year-old self and my 85-year-old self would be proud of.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I would want every child to have access to education and to provide everyone with a deeper insight into mental health.
What do you Prefer?
Beach or Mountains?
Can I take a mountain range that overlooks the beach? If I had to choose it would be ocean. Being by such a powerful healing space is very important to me.
Sweet or spicy?
Spicy! Ever since visiting India, I add chilli to everything I eat!
Window or aisle?
If it’s a long flight, the aisle (easy access to the loo). If it’s under 5 hours, I’ll take the window seat any day.
Ice-Cream or Custard?
As a vegan, I don’t really fancy either! But I do love making chocolate mousse by blending avocado, banana and cacao powder…delicious!
Dessert First or last?
Last! Something to look forward to at the end of your meal.