As it was my 24th birthday on Monday (July 16th), I thought I would tell you 24 facts that you might not know about me. I never really introduced myself properly on this blog so I thought this would be a good way of doing that. I love reading these types of posts about other bloggers – it helps to make you become more than just a person behind a screen.
I HAVE AN OLDER SISTER AND BROTHER
Let’s start off with a basic one. I have an older sister and brother, who are seven and six years older than me respectively. Like them, I was unplanned and came as a huge shock to my parents because they thought they were over having kids when I came along. My birth was tinged with sadness as I was a twin, who sadly died early into my mum’s pregnancy with us.
MY MIDDLE NAME IS ANNE
My parents chose it as they thought it flowed nicely with Kelly. My mum wanted it to be part of my first name, but my dad thought I should have a middle name like my sister and brother do, as well as have the choice of deciding if I wanted to be called Kelly or Anne. The problem is, aside from my dad, no one knows my name. My sister thought my name was Kellyanne and only discovered a few months ago that I do, in fact, have a middle name. My name also gets misspelled by family constantly. There’s no malice there from any of them – they genuinely think they’re right.
I AM BILINGUAL
I’m from Wales, UK, and I grew up speaking Welsh. My mum’s side of the family are first language speaking Welsh. I went to Welsh schools, but Welsh has always been my second language – English being the first. I’m a bit sad to say that I’ve forgotten quite a lot of my Welsh having not used it frequently after leaving school eight years ago (how in the world has it been eight years already?!)
I HAVE SOCIAL ANXIETY AND OCD
I was diagnosed with social anxiety with OCD tendencies, in particular checking and contamination OCD (with intrusive thoughts the older I’ve gotten). I’ve lived with anxiety for most of my life. There was never anything that triggered it off. I don’t actually recall a time without my anxiety. I don’t think it’s something that’s ever going to go away, but I’ve got a pretty good grasp on it, for the most part. It’s taken almost five years of hard work, countless panic attacks and sleepless nights, and thousands of tears, but I’m getting there.
I NEVER SAW THE DISNEY MOVIES GROWING UP
The only Disney films I’ve watched are Frozen, Tangled, Moana, Brave, and Beauty and the Beast (live action version), all of which were watched as an adult. The looks I get when I say I’ve never seen The Lion King or Cinderella or any iconic Disney movie is kinda hilarious to me. I don’t know why I never watched them because we had the entire collection at home while I was growing up, and I’ve been to Disney three times before as a child and absolutely loved it. I’m making up for lost time now, though!
I LOVE ROCK MUSIC
Most people assume I’m quite girly, which I can be, but I’m not a top 40’s kinda girl. I was introduced to it while I was still in primary school and have never looked back. I remember the first album I ever bought was when I was ten, all the way back in 2004, and it was American Idiot by Green Day. From then, I started listening to more bands, such as My Chemical Romance (still my ultimate favourite to this day despite their break up), Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Hollywood Undead, Avenged Sevenfold, and Linkin Park. That being said, I do still enjoy a good Ed Sheeran song and the occasional Adele tune.
I’M PRETTY SHORT
I’m 5’1″. At least I was a couple of years back. Before that I was 5’2″. While everyone else is getting taller, even in their 20’s, I’m just here shrinking away. My height has earned me the nickname ‘Little Legs’, which was given to me by my boyfriend, Dave, and adopted by all our friends, as well as my dad.
DAVE AND I HAVE BEEN TOGETHER FOUR YEARS
We met while working together back in 2013. He was the one who trained me when I joined the company. A couple of months later and we officially became a couple. We haven’t looked back since. In December we’ll be celebrating our fifth anniversary.
I LOVE TO BAKE
Cooking is not my forte. In fact, I really suck at it. However, I can bake, and I think I do it quite well, too! I have such a sweet tooth so I love to make anything sweet, from cupcakes, to cheesecakes, to brownies. If it’s sweet, I’ll bake it and eat it. I even did a couple of cake stalls over Christmas last year. How cute were these?
I’M AN IDEALIST
I have strong beliefs about how I think the world should be and how people should treat each other. I cannot begin to comprehend how other people can be so cruel to others. I do have a very black and white view of the world, which annoys Dave because he’s a staunch shades of grey kinda guy, but, while I am an idealist, I’m also a realist and know that the world isn’t going to ever be this way, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to make it better if we can.
I’ve been lied to a lot in the past, especially by people who I’m supposed to love and trust the most. Not small lies either. It’s because of these lies, and the crippling anxiety (do you sense a pattern here?), that I simply cannot lie to people. I’d rather be hurt by the truth than pacified with a lie, and I try to treat others the way I want to be treated. Yes, I tell white lies. For instance: ‘No, I’ve not bought you that for your birthday,’ or ‘Yes, Santa is real.’ There’s a difference between the type of lie. Honesty is one of the most important things to me.
I HAVE A SCAR ON MY HEAD FROM A BATTLESHIP
I went on holiday to Hawaii with my parents when I was eleven and we visited Pearl Harbor. It was incredibly fascinating to me. We got to see the USS Arizona still leaking oil all these years later, then we visited the USS Missouri, where we took a tour around it, getting to see where they signed the Instrument of Surrender. It was on this ship that I hit my head. Luckily this scar has faded somewhat in the last thirteen years, but there’s still a line on my forehead from where I made contact with the ship!
I HAVE AN EXTRA BONE IN MY FOOT
I discovered this when I sprained my ankle as a teenager and needed to have an x-ray. They told me it’s not common but not extremely rare either.
I’M A DOG PERSON
I absolutely love dogs. Not so much a fan of cats. I grew up surrounded by dogs. My grandmother has always had three dogs at once. My parents got a dog, the most adorable border collie and cocker spaniel cross, when I was nine. His name was Ike and he was my absolute world. I was attacked by three Alsatian (German Shepherd) dogs when I was twelve, which did leave me with a fear of dogs, especially ones off the lead and ones without owners in public, but I’ve gotten much better with this and I’m generally only afraid of Alsatians. It hasn’t put me off having another dog, which is something that I really want to do when Dave and I buy our own house, although that’s a while off yet.
MY DREAM WOULD BE TO WRITE A BOOK
This may come as a surprise to you (not) but I’ve always wanted to write a book, all thanks to my love of reading. I would love to write a book and have someone devour the pages the way I do with a book I love. I would love to have someone write fan fiction of my book. I would love to have people queuing up at midnight for its release. That is my biggest dream in the world. I’m just not sure if I’m creative enough to do it. That and the crippling self-doubt I live with. Thanks, anxiety!
I DON’T DREAM OF GETTING MARRIED
I’ve been to two weddings in my life – my uncle’s when I was really little, like five, and then my sister’s wedding five years ago where I was a bridesmaid. My parents were married for nearly twenty five years before getting divorced. It was a very bitter divorce that’s left me feeling pretty anti-marriage. Dave and I are on the same level when it comes to marriage, thankfully. We’ve both agreed that if we do get married it won’t be a big event. In fact, we’re more likely to elope, with only the obligatory two witnesses there. To us, marriage is a piece of paper and a ring. My parents eloped so at least no one could complain about it!
I’M GOING BACK TO COLLEGE
I first went to college at sixteen but lasted a month before quitting due to severe anxiety and panic attacks. I wasn’t ready then. I didn’t have an idea of what I wanted to do. I didn’t know who I was. After spending the last six years working, I’ve now got a better idea of what I want to do. I feel more confident. I feel like I’ll be able to handle the college experience better now, so, in September, I go back to college and pursue my dream of obtaining a joint degree in psychology and criminology.
I HAVEN’T SEEN MY NATURAL HAIR COLOUR IN YEARS
I dyed my hair dark purple as soon as I left a shitty job where the manager said I wasn’t allowed to dye my hair in case it ‘upset the older customers’. It then faded into red, which is the colour I stayed for four years. Then, last year, I got fed up of the red (it required a lot of maintenance), so I went from red to bleached blonde, to purple, pink, indigo, blue, and green, finally to blonde again, and then my hair started to become unhealthy from all the dye so I dyed it a dark brown around Christmas, just to give it a break. I’m actually planning on going blonde again any day now.
THE FIRST CONCERT I WENT TO WAS WESTLIFE
It was for my sister’s twelfth birthday, which meant I was four. I went with my sister, our mum, and one of our aunts. I remember my dad dropping us off at the train station and me crying because I didn’t understand why he wasn’t coming with us. I didn’t even like Westlife, but, at that age, I pretended to because my sister did and I looked up to her so much (still do, if I’m being honest). I ended up falling asleep in the concert. Don’t ask me how I managed that with all the screaming and singing, but I did. My sister woke me up for my, at the time, favourite song from them at the end. For anyone who doesn’t know, they were an Irish boyband back in the 90’s and early 2000’s.
I PREFER WATCHING TV SHOWS OVER MOVIES
I love the longevity of a TV show. Movies are two hours and then they’re over. When I like something, I need more. Most of my favourite shows have been going for years. Currently, I watch: Supernatural (probably my absolute fave), Grey’s Anatomy, Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Criminal Minds, Lucifer, and iZombie. I also really love anime and cartoons (no, they’re not just for children) and some of my fave’s there include Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, One Punch Man, Rick and Morty, Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, and Avatar: The Last Airbender and Avatar: The Legend of Korra. Call me weird, call me a nerd, call me whatever you want. We all have things we enjoy.
I DON’T KNOW HOW TO RIDE A BIKE OR SWIM
Well I know how to ride a bike and swim, I just can’t do it. My dad attempted to teach me as a child but I knew the old trick of him holding on at first and then letting go. I’d be constantly checking to see if he had let go because I didn’t trust that he would hold on. As soon as I noticed, I’d start to panic, which would result in me falling off the bike or practically drowning. From then on, I just felt safer with my feet firmly on the ground. I’m not a fan of bikes now, so I doubt I’ll ever learn, but I’m going to try and figure out the whole swimming thing ready for visiting Florida next May with my family. My little niece, who is six, is learning to swim so I figured she could give me some pointers, ha!
WITHOUT MY GLASSES I’M PRACTICALLY BLIND
My eyesight is shockingly poor. I was born with two lazy eyes (thanks, mum and dad!) and they’ve been progressively getting worse over the years. When my glasses are off I can only see up to an arms length away before struggling.
I LOVE TO TRAVEL
I’ve been extremely fortunate to have been to America several times, having visited Florida, Los Angeles, and Hawaii. Next on my list of places to visit is Japan, Netherlands (my great grandfather was dutch so I’d love to see where my heritage comes from), Italy, Iceland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. I’m hoping I’ll be fortunate enough to visit all these places in my lifetime – and hopefully convince Dave to be brave and get on a plane with me!
I LIVE BY THIS ONE QUOTE
Give up, give in, or give it your all. It’s my all time favourite quote and I do my best to live by it. Dave said it to me one day very early into our relationship – and we have it hanging up in our home together. Whenever I feel extremely anxious and incapable, I look at it and it reminds me that I have a choice as to how I deal with this anxiety. I can give up and stop trying to fight it every day. I can give in to it and revert back into the agoraphobic, lonely girl I used to be. Or I can give everything I have to fight it and challenge the anxious thoughts and grow stronger as a result.
I hope this gave you a bit of an insight into me. It was a pretty fun list to write, albeit I struggled a lot to come up with interesting facts, it was like my brain decided to forget about everything interesting about me or that had happened to me, but I got there in the end!
I’d love to know if we’re similar in any way or even a random fact about you.