I've always been an avid reader of blog posts, and always quite enjoy Q&A style posts. Its a fantastic way to really connect with the writer and learn a little more about them as a person. As I've been blogging on a more regular basis for a few months now, I thought it was about time I did one of my own!
Some of these questions are just your standard getting to know you questions, others are from friends, and a few are in response to a poll I did on my Instagram. I hope you enjoy reading, and learning a little more about me!
What is your favorite flower?
Its Lillies. My Mum has a theory that it comes from my very early childhood. When I was born, someone who worked with my Dad sent a HUGE bouquet of Lillies to my Mum, and they ended up lasting over a month. So the first month or so of my life, the whole house had the scent of Lillies.
Whats the most expensive thing you ever brought?
Easy, the flat! Second has to be the car... although the wedding could technically overtake that...
Name a bad habit you have?
I crack my knuckles, knees, shoulders, back, neck... anything... ALL THE TIME! I just can't help it! During the warm up for American Football I sound like a bag of cornflakes....
People sometimes like to tell me I'll give myself arthritis, but my physio has said that's a total myth, so I'll keep cracking on... ha, get it!?
Do you have any siblings?
Yes, I'm the eldest of 3. I have a little brother, Huw, and a much younger sister Megan. Huw and I are a couple of years apart, but I'm almost nine years older than Meg.
What was the last thing that made you cry?
When we had to have my mum and dads dog put down, at the age of 15. She'd been a family dog for us all when I lived at home, and I absolutely adored her. She had been very poorly and among many other things was getting to the point where she couldn't see, took a few minutes to recognise even family members and would just sit crying in the evenings because we couldn't give her strong enough pain killers for her arthritis. It was heartbreaking, but very much felt the kinder thing to do.
What are your top 3 makeup products of all time?
This one was hard, I have so much to choose from... but I would have to say, my three are:
What's your favorite thing to blog about?
I'm not sure I can pick one, I love doing posts around products I've tried and my subscription boxes, but I think that's because it's a quick win, as the content is pretty much there already. I'm quite enjoying the Look backs and lifestyle posts, because I'm writing with a total blank slate and can structure the post however I want.
When do you write your blog content?
Generally I do it at work during my lunch hour. It helps stop me from going out shopping in my lunchtime and spending all my money... If I can take a few photos every now and then in bulk in the evenings, it means my evenings and weekends are kept pretty much free as well.
What do you do as a job?
I'm an Insurance Broker. Well, now I'm a Reinsurance Broker... but it's basically the same thing to someone not working in Insurance. What we do is put together and coordinate insurance programs, or 'packages' for large companies. These are usually global, so there's a lot of legislation we need to work around depending on the country.
Think of us like a more complicated version of Go Compare, if they were doing all your insurance for you.
And no, when I was young this was absolutely not a job I saw myself in, or aspired to do, but here I am, and I actually quite enjoy it.
Where did you and Mike meet?
My brother actually introduced us. Huw and I worked in the same building, and he went to go meet his friend for lunch one day in the summer at an Australian Pie shop called 'Flaming Galah's' and I went with him. If you live in the Norwich area, I highly recommend you go see them!
We got on really well and both picked up there was a spark at the time... but... he had a girlfriend and I was casually dating someone at the time. So I steered clear, deliberately avoided much talking or going out with that group. Unknown to me he was unhappy in his relationship already by that point and mine came to an end shortly after as well. Some 5-6 months after first meeting, Mike had finally broken things off, and came to help my brother and I move into the flat we had just brought. We spent the whole day together moving, where we actually had some proper face time, and things kind of just went from there.
Name something that annoys you?
People who walk really slowly... or stop in the middle of the street when you are right behind them! I think this is a hate that many people have, but working in the city center has made it worse for me. I pop out for lunch, I'm racing the clock to get back and people amble into your path.... eugh!
That and lying. I absolutely can't stand it, and lets face it, the truth always comes out eventually, so have the balls to be honest at the start.
If you couldn't tell already by my hair colour, its red! Haha!
What got you playing American Football?
A lot of people assume I started playing American Football because I was a fan already, but I actually had no idea how the game worked, until I started playing it.
I actually went to my first session because a friend who already played suggested it when I was at a bit of a low point, wanting to improve my fitness and frankly find an escape out of the house. My first session in the summer of 2015, was mixed (male and female) and focused around flag football, the non-contact version, which eased me in quite nicely, considering I had no idea what was going on a lot of the time. I then went on to play full contact the following year and have been going ever since.
I guess what I love most about it is that its for everyone, all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. I've never been involved in a sport that can cater to such a variety of people, which makes it really refreshing.
Do you consider yourself a feminist?
The simple answer I suppose is yes.
However, the word has been hijacked a little bit by some individuals who seem to want nothing more than to hate on men. That or I hear people claim to be feminist, and yet expect men to pay for dinner on a date.... that isn't fair or equal, and I think if it were the other way around, more women would probably have something to say about it. I'll never forget Mike's face when we were first getting to know each other, out with friends and I offered to buy a round!
My view is simple; people are equal, and should be treated as such. Your gender, colour, sexual orientation, whatever, shouldn't matter. If I had to pick a word I guess I would refer to myself as an Equalitarian.
Do you ever want children?
Yes I do. Not for a while though, I have loads I still want to do before I start to think about that. Plus, I'm fairly certain my football would have to end for the pregnancy.... as a minimum, and rather selfishly I don't want to stop playing at the moment!
I'll stay content with my fur baby, Boots, for the time being!
You biggest achievement to date?
I guess it depends on what you deem to be an achievement, I would like to say my engagement, but in terms of actually having to do something that requires work it's probably getting on the property ladder and buying my first flat. I'd always had the goal of buying a place before I hit 30, and on my 25th birthday my mortgage for my first flat was approved, so I'm pretty proud of that.
Well, hopefully you've found out some things about me you didn't know before, and I hope you enjoyed the read!