A few blog posts in, I thought it was a good time to get to know me a little bit better. I found the questions for this tag on Pinterest which, as always, is an amazing source of inspiration! Let me know of any other tags you’ve either done yourself, or enjoy reading, in the comments!
1. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Cornwall, not far from Plymouth. While I was born in Plymouth, I came straight home to Cornwall and have lived there every year of my life bar two, so I do consider myself Cornish!
2. Where do you currently live?
Cornwall, still. In the same place I grew up! People often ask why I haven’t moved away and the answer is simple: because I love where I live and I don’t want to!
3. Who is your first best friend?
My friend, Amy. We became friends at playgroup when we were 2 years old and went through school in the same classes and now live within 5 minutes of each other.
4. How tall are you?
I’m 5″9 – I guess I started being “above average” height at the end of primary school. In my teens I HATED it but now it doesn’t bother me. I don’t really wear heels anymore but I think that’s more of a comfort thing than worrying about my height.
5. Dogs or cats?
Hands down, dogs. My childhood dog, Dylan was a rescue and he was just the most special boy. Losing him after being in my life for 11 years was completely heartbreaking. Of course, we now have our beautiful Lola Bear and she has brought us so much joy.
6. Funniest moment throughout high school?
I’m struggling to think of one specific moment: I was very well behaved in all stages of my schooling and generally loved learning. It was probably just the moments with my friends, out on the field at lunchtime messing around.
7. What year were you born?
1993 – 90s baby!
8. Did you go to University?
Yes, I went later than most. When I finished 6th Form/A Levels, I was done with education for a bit so I went out to work as a receptionist/administrator. I had various other jobs before going back to University to study to be a primary teacher. I think the life experience I gained working for a few years before going was invaluable.
9. What is your favourite drink?
I’m a big water drinker but I am very partial to a Diet Coke. Once I get the taste for it, I can go through a phase of having one every day for a while (not the healthiest, I know). Then, I can not have any for months. I don’t really drink alcohol. I’m just not a fan of the taste of any of it.
10. What is your spirit animal and why?
I actually see a lot of myself in our dog, Lola. She loves her cuddles, loves food and a good nap – like me!
11. What perfume scent are you wearing?
I generally go for Eau Nude from Next day-to-day – it’s light but strong enough to make a difference.
12. Tea of coffee?
Tea – never liked coffee. I never liked tea until I was about 18 and how I came to drink it is a funny story… it was the first day of my new/first ever job and I was SO nervous and just wanted a bit of common ground with people. I kept getting asked “do you want a cup of tea?” on the tea round and because I didn’t want to seem rude I said “OK!” even though I’d never really liked it. Because I didn’t like the taste, I started off having it with two sugars to mask the taste. Thank goodness I grew to like the taste and managed to wean off the sugar altogether – I don’t think 10 sugars a day would have done me much good!
13. What are your life goals?
Right now? I just want to feel secure and happy in what I do.
14. What sports do you play/have played?
At secondary school, I was into most things. I’d do netball on a Monday, rhythmic gymnastics at lunchtime, volleyball on a Tuesday, table tennis on a Wednesday, trampolining, football, athletics, cross country…I loved it! The ones I’d say I was actually decent at were netball and athletics. I’ve dabbled in netball in my adult life but it’s never really stuck – even the “friendly, open to all” sessions became too competitive and cliquey and my anxiety wasn’t really up to all that. Now, I go to the gym twice a week mainly to do strengthening exercises and I really enjoy yoga.
15. Have any books you’ve read changed your life?
I wouldn’t say any have changed me to that level – there are definitely books I read that make me think or have a lasting impression though.
16. What is your favourite movie?
I’m not actually a big movie person – I can’t remember the last time I went to the cinema! I’m a huge of the Star Wars saga, though.
17. Who are your favourite YouTubers?
In my late teens/early twenties I was very much into the Zoella movement. I don’t tend to watch YouTube much now for that purpose, but I did come across some videos by Lucy Wood and she’s pretty awesome and relatable.
18. Do you speak any languages and how well?
Considering I learnt French for 3 years and Italian for 2 you’d think so but…no.
19. Are you single or taken?
Very much taken – married!
20. What is your idea of a dream date?
Honestly, anything where we can just spend time together as a couple. Going out to eat is always a winner as we both love our food. Mark always jokes about how low maintenance I am – only a few months into meeting he asked where I wanted to go to eat and I said KFC!
21. How long was your longest relationship?
About 7 and a half years. I was with someone from the age of 15 to 23. Nothing sinister, we just grew up and became different people.
22. How would you describe your fashion sense?
I mean, I’m awful at knowing “what goes with what”, so I generally stick to plain and simple. I love jeans and a white t-shirt. I like plain t-shirts with the tiniest little pattern or logo or print. Like high-waisted and really love stripes. Most of my wardrobe is black, white or grey!
23. What is your go-to hairstyle?
My hair naturally isn’t necessarily curly but it’s full of waves and kinks and can be very frizzy. For a few years now I’ve had a keratin treatment done on it, which means it stays sleek and straight for a minimum of 6 months ( I know, I didn’t believe it either, but it genuinely works!) It’s about £140 from the salon I go to which is crazy good compared to other places and it is so, so worth it. The amount of time it must’ve saved me in straightening, let alone how much healthier it is without all the heat styling. I really like wearing my hair down, so because of this treatment, my go-to is basically blast drying it and then going! On a non-hair wash day I tend to put a bit of a curl in it to distract from the greasiness…
24. How many siblings do you have?
One older brother called Jack. We’ve always got on growing up (aside from the standard sibling bickering) and we share a lot of common interests. I see him pretty much every day as he only lives a few minutes down the road.
25. What is your go-to fast food order?
Depends which fast food it is. Indian would be a chicken biriyani. McDonalds a Big Mac. KFC a Boneless Banquet (with gravy, obvs). Burger King is a Chicken Royale with Cheese. God I’m hungry now!
26. PC or Mac?
27. Your most memorable vacation?
When I was younger, I was very fortunate to go to America several times with my family and we had numerous amazing experiences: Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Route 66, Highway 1, Rocky Mountains to name but a few. Those are obviously very memorable. A shorter and much closer to home trip that’s very memorable for me was my after wedding MiniMoon where we went to a spa hotel in Falmouth. It was just the most lovely weekend.
28. What are your morning/evening routines?
On a work evening/morning I tend to try to be as organised as I can to avoid rushing as that can make me really stressed. I usually shower/bath in the evening so I can have a little bit extra in bed. On my days off/weekends I tend to still be up early because of the puppy but things are generally a bit more chilled.
29. Do you have any bad habits?
Staying on my phone once I’ve gotten into bed and the next thing I know it’s nearly midnight…
30. Tell us one thing about you that we wouldn’t know?
I had a miscarriage at 15 weeks late last year and it’s the hardest thing me and my husband have ever had to go through, separately and together.
And that’s it! 30 things to get to know me. Thank you so much again for reading!
Love KH xxx