I don’t really share a lot about myself on this blog, so when Christel from Makeupper nominated me for “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” (which is all about sharing 7 things about yourself) I thought it was a good way to let you guys know a little bit the face behind the blog. I actually found it hard to think of seven random things to share about myself, so hopefully you find these interesting!
Here we go…
1. I never ever thought I’d move back to a small town – but I’ve ended up living and working in my hometown and I love it (most of the time!). I can walk to work in 30 minutes, drive to work in less than ten minutes and travel 20 minutes to beautiful bush walks in the Tararua Ranges (which I don’t do enough of actually…). I’m also not far away from some of my lovely city friends – an hour and a half and I’m in Wellington and an hour and I’m in Palmerston North. And I’m pretty close to two lovely beaches. Sometimes I miss big city living, but I love our home with a big back yard for the dog and a lovely big organic vegetable garden. I also love being close to (most of) my family and my husbands family.
2. I’m an introvert – while I love being out and about, I need a good dose of alone time/time at home to recharge my batteries. Being around lots of people and in busy situations drains my energy! If I’ve had a busy weekend one week, I need one at home to recharge my batteries the next week.
3. I am of Scandinavian and Scottish descent, as well as other European nationalities. I’m not sure how many greats it would be back, but some great great grandfather on my mother’s side was actually an illegal immigrant to NZ! He was from Sweden, moved to the UK and worked on merchant ships. One ship came to NZ and him and a friend jumped ship and never went back. They were on the run from police for a long while but ended up settling here in NZ. On my dad’s side, we have Scottish and English ancestry, and according my late grandmother, we can trace ancestry back to William the Conqueror.
4. My favourite food is chocolate, so I’m pleased it’s not completely nutrient void as provides antioxidants and magnesium! When I was 3 or 4, mum organised a treasure hunt for my older sisters birthday and hit little chocolate bars around the back yard. Apparently I saw her and went out and ate them all, leaving only wrappers behind! I eat chocolate every week – in moderation though! And I choose dark most of the time. I believe a little of what you love is good for the soul. And since chocolate does have some nutrient benefits, it makes me feel better about including it in my diet.
5. I get really excited about nutrition!! I’m sure the medical librarian at our local DHB sighs every time she gets an email from me as I’m quite often requesting journal articles that she has to hunt down so I can keep learning and on top of the latest research. I’m curious and always want to know if something I read is really backed by solid evidence.
6. I was never much of a dog person until I got my own dog. We got Pippa from PAWS Animal Shelter in Fielding. I remember slightly panicking on the way home that maybe I wouldn’t want a dog in a few weeks, especially after people had told me how much hard work a puppy was, but I never looked back. I love her to bits. She’s so cuddly and full of energy and always makes me laugh. She’s a great running buddy too. I also have a fluffy cat called Millie who is pretty good friends with Pippa.
7. I got married this year to my partner of 13 years this year. When I told mum I was engaged she said “Who is engaged?” and I had to repeat “Me!!!”. She was over the moon because she had resided herself to the fact that we wouldn’t get married after being together for so long! Sounds so cheesy, and I never thought I’d say this but my wedding day was actually one of the best days I’ve ever had! We had a small outdoor garden wedding and it was just perfect. Great company, fantastic band, yummy food, and a day of celebrating love and commitment. My husband wasn’t too keen on having a photo of him on here, so here’s one of my favourites of getting ready with mum fixing my veil.