Welcome to my first blogger series; Bloggers Grilled. I came up with the idea when searching for a list of the worst job interview questions out there. I thought “Hey, this could be a cool way to get to know fellow bloggers a bit more” and so I rounded up 11 of them for brave bloggers to answer.
If you’re a blogger who would like to be featured, just get in touch via the contact form and I’ll get back to you soon! [No brands please].
Okay, let’s kick the first installment off with a self-interview.
Bloggers Grilled Blog Series
Tell me about your childhood
I’m the eldest of three. I moved home a LOT during my childhood and teenage years, and although I had a loving family, I never felt settled in any one place. I was always worrying and spent a lot of time daydreaming (not much has changed there), but people wouldn’t know that because apparently I was a super smiley baby.
I was one of those strange kids who actually loved school (until year 7 that is) and would ask for extra homework assignments from my Grandad every weekend. I was obsessed with music and spent my weekends buried in headphones. Oddly, I had my first crush on Meat Loaf at age 9…
At age 12 I moved from Liverpool to the South Wales Valleys. I spent 3 years in foster care and lived with my two foster Mums. It was a completely different environment to the one I grew up in. As an introvert, I never got used to there being so many people around, but being pushed out of my comfort zone resulted in tons of good memories and life lessons.
If you could sing one song on X Factor, what would it be?
My singing voice is deep which makes singing along with a lot of my favourite diva’s really difficult, so I’d go with something like Stronger than me by Amy Winehouse because my vocal range is similar to hers.
I couldn’t be one of those acts who sing and perform dance routines. Unless it was PJ and Duncan’s Let’s Get Ready to Rumble, which is the only dance routine I’ve ever been able to memorise.
How would your worst enemy describe you?
They’d say I think too much, and they’d be right.
Describe your biggest weakness. Then describe another.
Junk food. I find it so hard to resist the sugar and carbs -_-. Another would be procrastination. This has been much worse since the internet came in to my life. There’s so much information to consume and so little time!
If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?
Porridge oats with chocolate chips. I can keep you going when times are tough, I’m just the right amount of sweet and I’m thicc with two ‘C’s!
(…I just made myself cringe)
Who is your hero, and why?
My great Uncle John is one of my heroes. I’m always inspired by those who are able to live life on their own terms. I especially love it when I come across an elderly person who still loves life. Someone who never stopped seeing the wonder in the world and wants to explore.
Uncle John lived in to his 80’s and never married or had children. I visited him almost every week when I could and we’d talk for hours on end, until he’d eventually start falling asleep mid conversation at around midnight and I knew it was time to leave.
Right up until his final day he was still educating himself. In his youth – just after WW2 – he’d spent time in Canada building houses. His stories about travelling with no money and almost missing his boat back from New York have inspired me to never give up on my dreams.
What’s your the biggest regret so far?
I regret not investing in Bitcoin when it first appeared, especially after reports this week that it’s at an all time high. 1 bitcoin = £2504 :'(
Wasting precious years on dead end relationships instead of investing in myself is another big regret. If there are any girls in their teens or 20’s reading this: You won’t get those years back. If it’s not working then LEAVE. Just do it. Move on and spend time getting to know yourself.
What is your coping mechanism when you have a bad day?
I’ve gotten so much better at this lately after I spent some time focusing on what really makes me feel good about myself.
This is what helps me in no particular order: Yoga, a good brain dump (this is where I grab a pen and paper and just splurge my thoughts on to the sheet), Massage, Nap, Shower, Face mask, meditate, visit the beach.
How lucky are you and why?
I don’t believe in luck. I believe in persistence, hard work and knowing the right people. That being said, I have several of those Japanese lucky cat ornaments because I really want it to be real 😀
What was the last gift you bought someone?
I ordered W some slippers from ASOS last night because he keeps stubbing his toe around the flat since his sciatica got worse. Not the most glamorous gift, but hey, it’s thoughtful?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d improve my ability to focus. It’s a real struggle! I have hundreds of awesome ideas and plans, but they mostly go to pot thanks to my inability to concentrate. Anyone else have this issue? If so, please leave your tips below. It’s driving me mad!