25 Facts About Me

I was reading a friends blog the other day and she was doing a 25 Facts About Me Tag, so I thought I'd give it a go for today's post, so hold on tight here's a whistle stop tour of me;

1. I'm English, born and raised in Sunderland Northeast England, this is on the north sea coast and it can be rather cold!

2. Being from Sunderland I'm classed as a Mackem, but I don't have a strong accent

3. I lived in Bellingham WA when I was at Uni as an exchange student and came home with a strong American accent - go figure!

Visit to Seattle in 1998

4. I hated school, I was bullied from the age of 5 till I was 16, the worst years being between 8 and 12
so School was the worst time of my life.  It's something I still struggle with to this day. At a time when you should be learning to be confident, build relationships and all the social skills you need for life, I was taught the opposite.  I still struggle with confidence in myself and my appearance and I do find it hard to develop relationships.

5. I have a golden retriever named Hero, he is the third Golden I've had in my life time.

Hero at 8 weeks 

6. I started writing when I was young and decided in my late teens that I wanted to write as a carer.

7. When I was little I wanted to be an accountant, but I did a weeks works experience with an accountancy firm and it really put me off.

8. I have a scar on my left hand from a dog bite when I was 11

9. I used to spend every Saturday/Sunday morning at the beach with my grandad watching the boats go out to sea. I didn't know at the time but it was part of his way of dealing with PTSD from WW2.  He was a tail gunner in Lancaster bombers and was taken POW when his plane went down following a bombing raid on Berlin.  Unfortunately he died when I was 16 and studying for my GCSEs, I don't think I've ever got over loosing him.
My Grandad Joe and Me 

10. I work in Fire and Rescue but I'm not a firefighter. However, when I started my job my boss decided since I was working predominantly with operational firefighters I needed to understand what they did, so he put me in a training fire!

Coming out of the fire - with my trainer in full kit and BA 

11. I'm rarely without make-up, it's a hang over from being bullied; when someone tells you your ugly for a long time it's hard not to believe it, so its self confidence thing I've never quite got over.

12.  I have no tear duct in my left eye - I had to have a new one created in 2012

13. I love driving, my dad was a car mechanic and while I don't mind what type of car I just love being behind the wheel.

14. I prefer living in the country to living in the city - I like the quiet.

15.  I don't like football - I much prefer Rugby and was a season ticket holder at Newcastle Falcons for a while.

16. I have an older brother, we didn't get a long as kids and we still sometimes clash now we're older. My mam could never get a photo of us together we refused to be anywhere near each other, so any photo of us together as children was taken under duress.

17. I lost my dad five years ago and grief isn't something you get over it's something you learn to live with.  I now live with my mam who is my best friend and we try and get through life together.

My mam and dad 

18. I can't eat spicy food, I'm not sure whether I'd call it an allergy but my body just doesn't like anything with a hint of spice - I even struggle with pepper!

19.  I self published my first novel in 2012, because I got tired of waiting for a moment and decided to make it happen myself

The First Novel I published 

20. I'm in the middle of a reading challenge and I'm 10 books down this year which is good for me.  It may not sound a lot but reading is a luxury when writing, working etc.

21. I don't like having my photo taken and I don't take selfies - again it's scar from bulling that still itches at the edges.

22. I love watching YouTube videos, I like the escapism and inspiration of make up, beauty, clothing, home design

23. I go to the movies at least once a week with my closest friend and I drink a Starbucks Venti Breakfast tea every time we go.

24. I love Christmas and I'm the annoying person who's Christmas tree is up by December 1st and is taken down just before 12th night!  I love everything about the season, the food, the movies, being with family, the weather, giving presents.  I start planning for Christmas on January 2nd!

25. I have an over active imagination, it never shuts off which can be a blessing and a bit of an issue! I think it's what helps me to be a writer but also it can unnerve me if I stop thinking positively.

SO, this is me, some of these were hard to put down and although they maybe deserve more detail it's not always easy to put in to words what you really think and feel for people to read - even if you are a writer.

If there's anything else you'd like to know - ask....

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