A fun post today: ten things you may not know about me.
Here we go…
One: I’m a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)
I can’t watch anything scary, can barely look at the news and get overwhelmed in social situations very, very quickly.
I limit myself to non-scary novels and stick to 12-rated chick flicks and teen comedies.
I’ve vowed to never own an i-phone, as I just know that I wouldn’t cope with all that excitement coming along with me wherever I go.
On the plus side, I can read a room pretty accurately and often hear what’s not being said.
Two: I’m actually a dog person
Although we’ve always had cats since I’ve been married, I grew up with Springer Spaniels and always found cats a bit aloof and creepy.
But as soon as you own one, they have a way of winning you round, don’t they?
Three: I don’t find motherhood easy
Perhaps no one does, I don’t know, but I certainly have to work at it.
I think it’s a combination of enjoying my own company, liking to feel in control and needing things to stay fairly ordered – all things that tend to go out the window when little people arrive!
That said, the minute she was born – and she was nearly three years in the making – my heart grew about a squillion sizes.
Four: I took a year out of Christianity in my twenties
I’d just had enough of being the good girl all my life and wanted to let my hair down, good and proper.
Trouble was, God didn’t go away, even when I gave Him explicit instructions to.
And in the end, I so desperately missed Him, that I sheepishly asked if He’d have me back.
I like to think He punched the air in response.
Five: I started scrapbooking as an experiment
I wanted to see if all the gorgeous layouts out there were lovely because of the nice product, or because of the creative talent of the maker.
After about a year of making layouts made from envelopes, bottle tops and bits of tin foil, I decided it was probably a bit of both.
Six: I am incredibly liberal when it comes to matters of faith
So much so, that I suspect many of my Evangelical friends would struggle to have me around as soon as they discovered where I’m at.
But I’m at a stage of life where I’m just a whole lot more comfortable with greys than I am with black and whites*.
(*This obviously doesn’t apply in scrapbooking: then it’s black and white all the way.)
Seven: I still get envious when I see Design Team announcements
I think because it’s just such an awesome honour.
When I first made the Felicity Jane Creative team, I felt like I was luckiest girl alive.
We each received a little polka-dotted box of ‘well done’ treats and it really felt like the most thrilling accomplishment ever.
Eight: I once kissed Phillip Schofield
Of course, I like to leave it there and hope that everyone imagines some sort of passionate nightclub clinch.
In reality, I lined up in a shopping centre for an hour with my bestie when we were about fourteen and each claimed a peck from puppet side-kick Gordon the Gopher too.
Nine: I dream of small-space living
One day, I’d love to get rid of most of my stuff and live somewhere tiny. The idea really appeals!
I watch The Reset Girl’s videos with awe: life in an RV just looks so liberating…
Ten: I don’t know where I want this scrapbooking thing to go
If anywhere: there’s a lot to be said for doing your own sweet thing without a thought for anyone but you.
What I do hanker after, I think, is fulfilling my potential: I’m just not sure what that looks like yet.