HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW ME?
There’s a lot to be said for keeping yourself closed off and private online. We’re brought up being told to not talk to strangers, to not tell people personal details about ourselves and to not overshare. But in this day and age, with social media playing such a huge part in our day to day lives, the rules have changed. Oversharing and being vulnerable and honest is what people tune in to.
Think of the influencers, bloggers, celebrities even actors and singers that you follow online. Do you feel like you know them? Do they let you into their personal bubble by sharing their day to day lives?
We are inherently nosy people, and I for one know that I am always desperate to know more about the people I follow. So, I thought I’d do a very stereotypical ~blogger~ thing, and do a condensed version of the get to know me tag!
So, let’s get started….
1. Where did you grow up?
I was lucky enough to grow up in the beautiful island of Jersey in the Channel Islands. It’s only 9 by 5 miles long, and the beach was my back yard until I was 18.
Growing up on a tiny island does have its downsides; you can find yourself battling the feeling you need to be somewhere bigger and better. But I loved growing up here. It’s so picturesque and beautiful, no matter how niche and odd some find it, I am so lucky to have started my life here.
2. Where do you currently live?
Jersey! I went off to university for 3 years when I was 18 in the UK, and graduated in June 2018. Coming home was always the plan, for a short period of time to get a job, some experience and earn some money before I make my next move.
Living away from home for 3 years only made me miss my little island and my family more. I know that’s not the case for everyone, but I’m very close to my family and I knew I needed to come back to my roots for a bit before my next big adventure.
3. Who is your first best friend?
My very first best friend was a girl I went to nursery with. We stayed in touch for a few years but naturally grew less close. I am still friends with girls I’ve known since I was 4 years old, and we’ve ended up going through every school together. I am really lucky to have people around me who have known me practically my whole life.
4. How tall are you?
I am 152cm tall! AKA 5ft 7″
5. Dogs or Cats?
I have always had cats as pets so I’m s sucker for them, but I equally love dogs!
6. Your most memorable vacation memory?
When I was small, maybe 4 or 5 years old, me my mum and my dad went to Cyprus on a family holiday. It’s my most vivid memory from that time in my life, there were always little lizards running on the path from our villa to the pool, and the big double bed we’d climb in to to eat our cereal had rainbow sheets. I spent the week feeding the cats who would come into the back front restaurants my fish, and splashing about in the pool. My parents are divorced now, but that is a very happy family member when it was the 3 of us.
Saying that, even though they had been divorced over 10 years at the time, the summer I finished my A Levels the three of us went on holiday again to Lanzarote. Everyone thought it was so strange, for my two parents who weren’t together to go away with me, but we’re just a different type of family unit. It works for us, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
7. What year were you born?
8. Are you in/have you gone to college?
I went to Bournemouth University to study Multimedia Journalism! I have a Bachelor Of Arts With Honors in the subject and graduated with a high 2:1
9. What is your favorite drink?
Depends on the day…
I drink a LOT of water, but if I’m hungover I crave Fanta or Vimto – the fizzy kind, not the juice. And I love a hot chocolate or a chai latte!
10. What is your spirit animal and why?
Can you get an angry sloth? I’m very hot and cold, I am chill and calm most of the time but have quite a temper. I love nothing more than lazing around and moving slowly, so a sloth seems appropriate but I can’t imagine one ever being angry…
11. You’re wearing perfume, what scent is it?
Day time: Miss Dior Eau De Toilette, Night time: Calvin Klein Euphoria
12. Tea or Coffee?
Tea for comfort, coffee for focus
13. What are your life goals?
I have always wanted to be a writer. From a young age I have loved to write stories, create characters and use my imagination. I’ve also always seen myself being my own boss, and running a business. I don’t come from an entrepreneurial background, but I’ve always been encouraged and supported in a anything I do so I think I’ve always been allowed to dream big. My ultimate life goal is to be happy and healthy, so no matter how I achieve that it’ll be fulfilling.
14. What sports do you play or have you played?
When I was in secondary school I played netball and hockey. I don’t have a competitive streak though, so my goal was never to win but more to have fun and try something new. I was probably a really annoying team player, because I genuinely didn’t mind if we won or lost! In the end I stopped playing both sports because it stopped being fun, and became more about winning which I just wasn’t in it for.
Now though, I’ve started back in the gym, and I am really loving it. I really struggled in my first year of university with over exercising and under eating. I was trying to obtain a body and image I thought I needed to be happy. It caused, I think anyway, some body dysmorphia issues that I am still struggling with now, and ruined how I viewed the gym. I was scared for a long time that if I started exercising again, I would spiral back into my unhealthy habits. But, with some time and effort I’m slowly starting to regain a healthy mental attitude to food and exercise.
I go to the gym for me, for my mental health and my well being, not to try and make myself smaller and skinnier.
15. Have any books you read changed your life?
It’s very cliche, but reading To Kill A Mocking Bird in school completely changed my mindset. I grew up in what could be described as a whitewashed community. Diversity has definitely improved, but if you weren’t white in my school, you were in a minority. I had no concept of what racism was, I had never experienced it or been exposed to it. I was brought up to treat people equally, I didn’t judge people or treat them differently because we didn’t look the same, because I was never taught to. Reading that book really opened my eyes to the realities of what went on in the world. It made me want to find out more, to educate myself on what was happening around the world. I think it’s a big catalyst for why I became a journalist, actually. It ignited my passion to learn and find out the truth about what was happening.
16. Do you have any bad habits?
I think my worst habit is being so quick to anger. It doesn’t take a lot for me to stress out, and I put a lot of pressure on myself when it’s not necessary.
17. Tell us one thing about you that we wouldn’t know?
I did Kenpo Karate when I was younger, and competed in the world championships when they came to Jersey. I was only 2 belts and 2 tips away from training for a black belt when I gave it up!
18. Do you have any siblings?
I don’t! I’m an only child and quite like it. When I was little I always wanted an older brother, but didn’t quite understand why that wasn’t possible…
19. What are your favorite values in friends?
Loyalty, Caring and Supportive. Friends are your chosen family, and if you can’t trust them or turn to them in your time of need, are they really friends?
20. What is one thing you wished people knew about you?
I have a horrible case of resting bitch face, and it’s resulted in people telling me they found me intimidating when they first met me. But in reality, I am actually a very anxious and shy person! My job has definitely helped me overcome that, but I constantly worry what people think of me and how I come across. It’s an ongoing struggle of being an extroverted introvert…
So, maybe you know a little bit more about me now! If you ever have a question, I’m always happy to have a chat on my instagram about anything and everything.