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10 Facts About Me, Ria Wolst.

When I’m getting to know someone, be it online or in person, I always have the most obscure questions in my head for them. How old were you when you you realised santa isn’t real? How do you style your hair so perfectly every day? What are your top 3 sad day songs?

I recently took to my instagram to ask people which blog post they wanted. Lazy, I know, but I wanted to get away from talking about deep and meaningful topics for a bit and introduce myself a little better.

Hello, my name is Ria Wolstenholme. Here are 10 facts about me :

1.I live on a rock

No, I am not joking. The majority of people who follow me are from the same rock in fact. I was born on an island called Jersey in the channel islands. I speak english, not french, even though the french harbour of St Malo is closer than the ports of Southampton. My mum’s side of my family live here, whilst my dad’s side live in Birmingham.

2. I am 22 years old

For fellow astrology obsessors, I was born on the 25th October ’96. I’m a scorpio sun, leo rising and aries moon. I definitely hold the typical scorpio traits of jealousy, being controlling and secretive. But honestly scorpios get a bad rep and I’m over it. I am a DELIGHT thank you very much.

3. I can recite the entire script of the movie SHREK

This is ‘t impressive and is quite sad. But I can do it, and I am happy to be challenged.

4. I am seriously claustrophobic

When I was 3, I was accidentally locked in a toy closet at my nursery school. I was a quiet kid and had spotted a toy right at the back in the corner and became so enthralled playing with it, they didn’t notice I was still in there. A couple hours went past and I was so upset I threw up and cried myself to sleep. So small spaces like closets and, small stairwells, any kind of confined space make me panic majorly.

5. I suffer with anxiety and depression

This isn’t a new fact if you’ve been reading the blog for a while. I’m very open about it, because I have nothing to be ashamed of. I think it’s so important to be open and honest about mental health, because you never know who else is feeling the same way as you. I am in a much better place now than I was a couple of years ago, but I still have a lot of work to do and I’m always trying to work on myself.

6. I am a Journalist

I work for the BBC here in Jersey, and all views and opinions are my own. I studied Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University, left with a 2:1 with honours, and managed to land myself as a Journalism Co-ordinator 2 months after leaving university at BBC Radio Jersey. I recently got a promotion, and am now a fully fledged Journalist! I start my newsroom shifts in a couple of weeks.

7. I took part in the Kenpo Karate Championships when I was 11

I got up to a purple belt, and performed my routine in front of hundreds of people. I nearly threw up from nerves, and I didn’t win anything but a participation medal, but it was still quite cool for little shy me to have even gotten through it.

8. I have two tattoos

And hope to get more! My first tattoo was a ‘I survived my first year of uni’ commemoration, and came in the form of a decorative mandala style sternum piece. The second was a back piece, which I got after finishing my final major multimedia project in my final year of university. It’s an intricate lotus flower design with an ohm symbol, which I had wanted since I was 16. It reminds me of my mum and dad and I love it.

9. I got nominated for The Magazine Academy Journalism Awards last year

My final year project in my final year of university was shortlisted for the BBC Worldwide Outstanding Consumer Journalist Award. It was such an honour, and I am so grateful that my work was even recognised after all the work I put into it.

10. I have always wanted to be a writer

When I was little English and Literacy were my favourite subjects. I love to read, I filled notebooks with stories I made up, and I always said when I was older I’d write my own book, or work for a magazine. I’ve always had a passion for what’s happening around the world, and the older I got the more I began to follow the news, read magazines and generally become fascinated by the media world. Whilst I was studying my A Levels, I discovered you could actually go off and study how to be a journalist, and never in a million years would I have believed you if you told me that 4 years later I’d be working for the BBC and writing a blog!

So, there you have it. Just a few little things that let you know a little bit more about me. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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