30 Day Challenge: Day 1 – a recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
OK. I hate pictures of me. Other than a web-cam picture I took of myself to check it was working, the most recent pictures of me are at the wedding… which was 14 months ago. So, for me to take and publish a photo takes a lot of preparing, and courage. So here’s another web-cam shot. I’m sorry.
15 ‘interesting’ facts.
- I grew up as an only child, but now because of divorces and marriages, I have four step siblings (two of whom I’ve never met), and four in-law-siblings, along with six parents (two of whom I haven’t seen for 10 years.)
- I had many thoughts about a profession as I went through high school: volcanologist (I once flew into an active volcano in a helicopter), vet (thanks to summer jobs, work experience and growing up with dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits my whole childhood), doctor (although only briefly when I interviewed for a university place), professional musician (until I realised I might actually have to practice), and youth pastor. I am none of these now.
- Despite my lofty career aspirations, I have no qualifications beyond UK A Levels. I will rectify this within the next two years with a Cert IV course in Small Business Management.
- I have ongoing pain and multiple health issues that no doctor over the past 15 years has been able to satisfactorily explain, treat or manage. I live on painkillers most of the time.
- I have planned three weddings: the first I backed out of just in time, the second I didn’t (which resulted in a divorce that cost more money than the wedding and took longer than planning the wedding), but I hit the bullseye the third time.
- I have been on anti-depressants three times in my life, been in therapy twice but have discovered that the best ‘cure’ is living in Australia (where there isn’t nine months of grey, overcast weather) and surrounding myself with positive people. I still have my days and I still struggle to go to new places sometimes, but the number of good days now firmly outweigh the bad. Long may it continue.
- Having lived in the some house from conception to 21 years old, I have struggled to think of any abode as home in the past 6 years. However, I have found someone that makes me feel at home wherever (yes, you may all vomit now, but these are my facts dammit!)
- I have three hobbies: reading, music and cross stitch. None of these are cheap, to the point where the insurance value on books, instruments, and craft materials significantly exceeds the value of our car. And all our furniture. And possibly the rest of our belongings.
- I have a faith in God and Jesus, although went through a period where I rebelled (strangely it was around the time of the marriage that shouldn’t have been.)
- I love chocolate. I don’t always have to eat it but so long as there is some in the house, I’m fine-life can continue. If there is no chocolate in the house, the world may end.
- Despite the fact I am right-handed (i.e. normal), I wear my watch on my right wrist. I don’t know why I started doing it but now it’s because my left wrist is too painful to wear a watch on it.(Seriously, I’m only at 11. I’m a very UN-interesting person)
- I never wanted kids when I was in my teens and early twenties. I now believe that when you get with the right person, you can see it happening. But don’t anyone mention episiotomy to me ever again.
- I am an unconscionable flirt but, ironically, only once I get to know someone. Or over social media. Otherwise I tend to step back and let others (read: my husband) take the limelight.
- I firmly believe that you make time and space in the budget for things that are important to you. That is why my parents (dad and step-mum) haven’t had a holiday in ten years of marriage and do lots of charity work, whilst Dann and I managed to go away for several weekends whilst on single income-time together away from normal life is what we deem important.
- (Finally) I love my life. It is a long way from where I was two and a half years ago. There are still things that I would change but they are things that I can, and will change. (More on that for Day 2 of 30 Day Challenge-that’s right a plug for tomorrow’s post!)
OK, that’s my 15. Hope I didn’t bore you to the point of, you know, leaving the internets and doing something in real life with real people. And I hope you’ve learnt something about me.