Welcome to my world: Part One

I have started to notice a little more traffic through my blog recently, which has been wonderful! Thank you!

In light of this, I thought that it would be nice to do an about me/’getting to know me’ post so you could learn a little more about me because I didn’t do an introduction when I launched my blog last year. Who else struggles to know what to say with these kinds of things? But I do think it is about time that I did.

I have given a lot of thought about the best way that I can do this over the last couple of days to make it the most interesting for you to read (paragraph on paragraph citing my family history, childhood traumas, hopes and dreams felt a little off putting and intense) so I have settled on a question and answer style ‘get to know me’. I think this will be the most amusing way to do this, the easiest to read and you will learn some incredibly useless facts about me at the same time!

So here goes…

Where are you based? I live in the United Kingdom on a little peninsula called The Wirral (not too far from Liverpool).

What do you do for a living? I work for a Property Management company as their ‘Compliance Officer’. I have been with my current company for just over a year, but I’m starting to feel like I need a change. I’d originally planned to stay here for a year while I applied for teacher training programmes commencing in September 2020, but things change and my goals for this year and next have shifted somewhat. So, I am still there for the time being, but I do want to move on shortly.

Who do you live with? Currently, I live with my mum which has been great for saving up to move out and get a house of my own.

Why are you blogging? Simply, because I enjoy it; I have always loved writing and blogging allows me to fit regular writing into my busy everyday life. I created this blog initially to begin building a portfolio of writing with the intention of applying for more creative jobs in the future which is still an intention when things begin to calm down again.  

What makes you angry? I don’t think any one thing particularly makes me angry, but I do get frustrated by a lot of things. I think that people who are selfish or rude are infuriating as are people who do not listen to others properly.

How old are you? 27, although I feel if you added another ten years onto this, it would be a pretty accurate representation of the age that I feel.

What is your proudest accomplishment? I think passing my driving test; I had so many fears associated with this and it was an incredibly proud moment for me to overcome them and the barriers I’d set up for myself. But, this is followed closely by graduating University; it was a struggle for me times because I did have to work a little harder than some people on my course, and I didn’t always feel like I belonged there. So the day that I graduated was really fulfilling.

What is your favourite book to read? I think I have to pick one of my most recent reads Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers; it was just superb escapist writing. This would be followed by two of the books that I have read the most: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen and The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. And I will have to add Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte in there too; I love how atmospheric this book is.

What makes you laugh the most? I absolutely adore slapstick comedy, I appreciate how silly it is and that just makes it all the more joyous for me. But, my boyfriend probably makes me laugh even more, he just has a knack of making light of everything and making me laugh even when I don’t feel like laughing

What was the last film you went to see? And what were your thoughts on it? Little Women back in December. It was also the first film that I went to the cinema alone to watch. I thought it was an enjoyable film and I really loved watching the interwoven lives of the March sisters as they grow up and move onto the next stages of their lives leaving each other behind. I hadn’t read the book by Louisa May Alcott before seeing the film, so I found it incredibly moving.

What did you want to be when you were a kid? I still haven’t decided, but I went through so many phases when I was little. For a time I wanted to be a vet after watching Animal Hospital religiously; I also wanted to be a teacher. I loved nothing more than playing school with all of my toys and taking them out for ‘playtime’; I also toyed with the idea of being a social worker (I’m not sure where this one came from); and in my teens I decided I wanted to be a journalist, but now as you know I work in property management.

If you could choose to do any job for a day, what would it be? I would be a Zoo keeper, or a Librarian.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Without a doubt, Italy. It’s such a beautiful country and I am obsessed with everything about it.

What would you rather do: wash the dishes, clean the bathroom, hoover the house or mow the lawn? Hoover the house, of course!

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Breakfast! Or is this an actual meal? If so, I would have to choose roast chicken with all of the trimmings.

Who is your favourite author? I think Angela Carter’s writing is wonderful, as well as Neil Gaiman and I also have a lot of Ian McEwan books sitting on my shelves too.

Do you like or dislike surprises? I really like proper surprises that you aren’t expecting at all. If I know I’m getting something, like a birthday present, but I don’t know what it is, I get really frustrated and try to work out what it is.

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? I love so many different decades and eras but I think I’d travel back to 1992 – the year I was born. I can experience the 90’s and all that it brings first hand as being a baby slightly spoilt it for me.

What are your hobbies? If you haven’t already guessed, I adore reading, baking and browsing bookshops. I also love people watching and just sitting in a coffee shop quietly watching the world go by (I am having to settle for my downstairs living room window for the time being though). I have also developed a fondness for jigsaw puzzles lately and I can’t usually go a week without eating out.

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without? A cup of tea isn’t a necessity is it?

If you were a super-hero what powers would you want? I would want the ability to control things with my mind (because i am lazy) and to have enough power to prevent bad things from happening in the world. Super and unlimited intelligence would also be quite nice and the ability to read peoples minds.

What would you do if you won the lottery? I would quit my job, buy a cottage in the countryside and spend my days baking, reading and writing and walking a happy Spaniel through the countryside.

If you could go to dinner with four people, living or dead, who would you choose? Audrey Hepburn, she was such an icon and incredibly kind; Winona Ryder, she’s just cool; Mary Berry, because she is the queen of baking; and Angela Carter – her writing is incredibly beautiful at times, but also provoking and quite new for when she was writing so it would be great to pick her brain.

What was the last thing you recorded on the television? Animal Park on BBC2, about Longleat Safari Park.

What was the last book that you read? How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

What’s your favourite type of foreign food? Chinese or Italian

Are you a tidy or messy person? I always end up with a hugely messy workspace with whatever I am doing (cooking, baking, working, getting ready etc.), but there is nothing more satisfying that cleaning up afterwards. I sometimes can’t settle properly and feel claustrophobic is there is too much mess, so maybe deep down I am a tidy person.

What was the last food that you ate? My breakfast – Porridge with Blueberries and a cup of my favourite Assam tea, although I was hoping that our food delivery would have arrived in time for me to enjoy crumpets with tons of butter instead, but we can’t all get what we want.

Biscuits or cake? Cake! (Angel Cake!)

Who would you want to play you in a film about your life? Jennifer Lawrence, or young Winona Ryder as she would probably portray young, awkward, teenage Jade more authentically.  

What kitchen appliance do you use everyday? The kettle – about 100 times a day for my hot water bottle and countless cups of tea

Part Two will be published at the start of June if you liked reading this! If you have any questions that you would like me to answer, or things you would like to ask me, comment them below!

Jade x

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