I recently read Amy’s A-Z post (you can find it here) and I loved the concept. I thought I would give it a go and tell you some facts about me!
I hope this doesn’t bore you too much.
Please drop some random facts about you in the comments!
My anxiety is a huge part of my life and so it’s rather fitting that it comes at the beginning of this post. I keep you all updated about my battle with it. Right now it dictates almost everything I do.
Hopefully one day it won’t be such a prominent part of my life.
I love baking. I loved it a lot more before I realised I was gluten intolerant. Unfortunately gluten-free baking just isn’t the same. If I’m feeling particularly stressed or down about something, I bake. I find it incredibly therapeutic and calming. These days I’m a lot more invested in gluten-free cooking and have had far better results.
If you’ve been reading my blog posts for a while you will have noticed many references to my little cousins. I spend a lot of time with them and am very close to them. I have lots of other cousins too. My cousins on my mum’s side of the family range from 24 to unborn twins so I’m not short of a cousin or two.
From a very young age I was incredibly scared of dogs. We couldn’t visit woods or parks in fear of there being dogs off of leads. This fear of dogs was brought about by an attack that I was invovled in. The dog ran out of a house, bit my mum and then started to go for me – thankfully the owner managed to pull the dog back. Because of this I was absolutely terrified of dogs until I started horse riding. The stables were always full of friendly, gentle dogs and so I slowly got use to being around them. At around the age of 16 I asked for my own dog and eventually Teddy became part of the family.
I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about my phobia of vomiting many times, if not you can read more about it here. Other members of my family suffer from the phobia. Mine reared its ugly head after a rather public incident when I was around the age of 11. It now plagues every day of my life and I am seeking help to cope with it.
Hopefully one day I can tell you that it doesn’t play a big part of my life.
Since meeting my boyfriend football has been a very prominent part of my life. After years of being subjected to it I’m no more interested in it then I was before I met my boyfriend. We’ve been to a couple of games at Wembley and I found that quite fun, however I just don’t see the point of watching every match – especially when you don’t even support the team! I’m not a sporty person, nor do I come from a family of sportsmen. As the football season starts again I know that most nights my boyfriend is going to be sat watching football on his phone – yaaaay.
About two years ago I began to realise that I was feeling incredibly ill every day. It all began on Boxing Day where I was up all night feeling ill. After that night I spent a long time feeling unwell and cutting various food items out of my diet to see whether it helped. Eventually I cut gluten out and I noticed the improvement in my health. Since cutting gluten out of my diet I have been gltuened a couple of times and felt absolutely dreadful. I miss cake, pastries and pizza but as time goes on my taste buds have adjusted and gluten-free just seems normal.
My mum was a keen horse rider when she was younger and so she had my brother and I riding from a young age. At around the age of 12 I started to go regularly, every weekend up until I was 18. I loved every second of being with the horses. I miss it and would love to get back into it. I stopped riding after I saw a girl fall off, I was the first to reach her and she was screaming in agony. It later transpired that she had cracked her skull. The following week I was put on the horse that she had fallen from and my confidence was totally knocked. I’ve not ridden since but I hope one day when my anxiety is a little easier to handle I’ll get back into it.
IBS is a huge part of my life at the moment, it’s very closely linked with my anxiety. It’s a vicious cycle between feeling ill and feeling anxious. Unfortunately there’s not much out there for IBS, although I have been trialling a few different medicines with very little progress.
June is my birthday month, the 30th of June to be specific. I turned 25 this year and feel like the years are whizzing by. I’m not quite sure where the years between 18 and 25 went?!
I’m allergic to Kiwis. My mouth goes all tingly and swells up. I use to eat them anyway when I was younger as I loved the taste. However, as I grew up and understood allergies a little more I decided to stop risking it and gave up Kiwis.
I have both an Undergraduate degree and a Masters in Law. I thought my future was firmly set in the legal profession, however since graduating and having worked in it I’ve realised my heart is no longer in it.
My boyfriend and I have a Mini Paceman and we absolutely adore it. Unfortunately they’re no longer made by Mini, which is a shame as they’re a lovely car both to look at and drive.
I’m really lucky where I live there are a lot of National Trust properties nearby and I have been visiting them since I was really little. There’s something really comforting about walking around the properties and their gardens. Once you’re a member it’s a free day out, which is an added bonus!
Open Air Theatre
My first job, at the age of 17, was at an Open Air Theatre in the grounds of a castle. I absolutely loved the job and everyone I worked with. Once we had everyone seated in the auditorium we could sit and watch the play too. We would alternate between being on car parking duty, checking tickets and ensuring everyone was seated in the auditorium.
I love Pinterest. I can’t sit and watch something on the TV without doing something else at the same time. I often sit scrolling through Pinterest whilst watching TV.
Q’s a hard one to think of a word for and when I asked my boyfriend he suggested the word ‘Quirky’. Apparently I have lots of quirky ideas.
Anxiety makes it difficult to truly relax. I always have to be doing something whilst doing nothing, even if it’s just scrolling through my phone. Before my boyfriend met me Sundays for him were a day to relax and unwind before the start of a new week. Now they’re days filled with activities from popping into town to then going out for a walk. I have to always keep my mind distracted so that I’m not focusing on my mental health.
I’ve been visiting Spain for about 15 years and my grandparents have a villa out there. It’s a home from home for me and I couldn’t imagine never visiting there again. You can read about my recent trip here.
You’ve heard me speak about my boyfriend many times. I’m not quite sure what I’d do without him, he’s always there for me when I need him. He’s also the most annoying and infuriating person in my life haha. We’ve been together for over 4 years but bicker as if we’ve been together for 50. He has supported me through university and through all of my mental health problems. He knows he’s stuck with me for life and thankfully he’s okay with that.
My time at University during my undergraduate degree was the best time of my life. I went to uni in London but commuted up from home. I had an amazing time meeting lots of new people, finding out about myself and coming out of my shell. My experience at university doing my Masters was very different. I had some great friends around me, however I wasn’t enjoying the course and it was affecting my mental health.
I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 15 years now. It’s amazing these days how many veggie options there are when eating out. I remember the days when a bowl of chips was as exciting as it got. I can’t imagine ever eating meat again, the thought of it makes me feel ill. I’m a strict vegetarian in terms of not eating gelatine or letting my food touch anything that is contaminated. My boyfriend is a meat eater, however he eats vegetarian when I cook as he knows I won’t cook meat.
My boyfriend has family in Wales and we try to go up a few times a year. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to visit there regularly. You can find a post on one of our most recent visits here.
Okay so X-ray isn’t very original for X, however I do have a story to go with it. At around the age of 14 I was ill over Christmas. My temperature was sky-high and we had to call an emergency doctor out to me one night. The following morning I went for some x-rays at our local hospital, I then went back home to rest. Not long after getting home we received a call from a larger hospital asking me to go straight in as they had found something on my x-ray. It was quite scary, myself and the majority of my family made our way to the hospital where we were told that I had pneumonia. They wanted to keep me in hospital for the night but I was scared and begged to go home. Eventually they agreed to let me go home, they kept a bed for me in case I got worse during the night.
Thankfully the antibiotics did their job and I didn’t have to go back into hospital. It took me months to fully recover and I was on antibiotics for a long time. A subsequent visit to the doctors revealed that I had caught flu which had turned to pneumonia – I now get my flu jab every winter!
I may be 25 but I look 12. I remember being 21 and being ID’ed for both a 16 film and for paracetamol – it was incredibly embarrassing. I hope that when I’m 40 I will appreciate my baby face a little bit more.
It’s no secret that I love animals, however London Zoo was where my boyfriend and I had our first date. We revisited a couple of times on the anniversary but haven’t been back for a while now. I’m hoping that once my anxiety settles down a little we can make a trip there as it’s a fun day out and it means a lot to us.