This is difficult. As someone who shares most of my life online, I’ve shared a lot about myself over the years. So we thought about four things you might not know. But more importantly, there are four things you might actually care about. I can say for sure that I am colorblind (though I’ve never actually been tested), but does anyone really care? And at the wonderful age of 31, I can say that I finally learned how to start a fire. I grew up in a house with a coal fire and now live in a house with a wood burner. So it’s totally ridiculous that we’ve always relied on someone to light the fire for us. It’s strange, but now that I can light a fire, I feel so much stronger and more independent. It’s like my inner cavewoman instinct has been ignited and I feel like I can do anything (as long as Sam cuts the kindling – I’m not very good with an ax!)
Anyway, back to the 4 things you don’t know about me…
I don’t like solo travel
I feel like a fraud admitting this, but it’s true, I don’t enjoy traveling alone. I’m lonely and bored and would like to share those special memories with someone. Usually she enjoys herself for about 12 hours, but then she misses being with someone.
There’s a quote from Into the Wild that says, “Happiness is only real when it’s shared.” I don’t agree with this 100%, but I think there is a lot of truth in it.
Since it’s my job, I don’t have any other options, so I often travel alone. When I work with brands, I always ask if they have enough budget to bring me a +1, but brands often tell me they would rather I travel alone. It can also be surprisingly difficult to find people to travel with, especially if your trip is last minute. It’s almost impossible to find someone willing to take a week off from work and essentially join you on a work trip. And more importantly, find someone you can be with 24/7 for 4-5 days without wanting to kill them!
I’m ridiculously indecisive
This is probably my worst personality trait. 90% of the decisions I have to make, I’m ridiculously indecisive about them. I’m very indecisive when it comes to deciding what to eat for dinner, what to wear, where to go on vacation, or the next big business decision. I think about big decisions for days, and then when I finally make up my mind, I change it again a day later.
But sometimes I’m very determined, and I think, “Yes, I want to do this,” and I jump in with both feet and give it a try without looking back.
My superpower is being able to sleep whenever and wherever
If I were a superhero, I’d be a super sleeping woman.
I can’t imagine them drawing comics about me anytime soon, but that’s seriously my best ability – and it’s also an underrated ability!
Even if I’m not tired, I fall asleep immediately after going to bed. Unfortunately for Sam, I fall asleep within minutes of getting into bed. If I go to bed before Sam, I can hear him shouting from the top of the stairs, “Don’t turn off the light!” Don’t turn it off until I come! ”Because he knows that the moment I turn off the light, I will be gone!
I don’t oversleep. I usually get 7-8 hours of sleep because my boys wake me up around 6:30 every morning. If the boys aren’t around, I’ll easily sleep until noon!
We don’t have curtains in our bedroom for this very reason. Honestly, I didn’t wake up.
This is a great superpower for those who travel frequently. I get to sleep on planes, trains, ships, buses, and weird hotel rooms all over the world. Jet lag is also pretty ok as it’s usually easy to get back to the correct time zone.
I have a recurring nightmare I’m drowning and then I realise I can breathe underwater
This all started when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I was at the pool on vacation with my family when my dad started his game, an inflatable obstacle course for pools. At the start of the course, I had to jump into the pool through a float and swim below my dad, who was floating on a double lilo.
We played this game for hours and I’m sure half the kids in the communal pool joined us by the end.
At the final turn, I gracefully jumped off the float and swam underneath my dad on the lilo before attempting to jump up on the other side. I was the only one who couldn’t stand up. I was trapped under Lilo and couldn’t stand up because my dad was on top of me.
I’ll never forget the panic I felt when I realized Lilo was still above me and tried to push it, and the feeling my chest tightened and my lungs burned.
I think I was trapped under that lilo for just a few seconds, but somehow it was the scariest three seconds of my young life. I still panic about that.
Since that holiday, I dream of jumping into the lake. When you dive, the water freezes and you become trapped. Panic started to take over and just when I thought I was definitely going to pass out, I realized that I could actually breathe underwater, and when I started swimming and woke up gasping for air all the time, I found myself in a natural calm. It fills me with the feeling of.
I had this dream so often that I wondered if I could actually breathe underwater!
I don’t dream much anymore. I always have this with me when I go swimming or when I know I’m going swimming the next day. I have that dream every time it comes up in conversation during the day, and I’m going to have it tonight because I’m talking about it now. I also have it every time I watch a Harry Potter movie. I think it’s the penultimate scene, where Harry jumps into an icy pond to get the Sword of Gryffindor and ends up trapped under the ice. I know Ron saved him, but I can’t even watch that scene.
Read the rest of my Vlogmas posts here:
About being honest online
The best advice I’ve ever received
I fell in love with being a mother
The worst advice I’ve ever received
why are you happy
Why I blog