I always think being versatile is a great quality. It smacks of flexibility and being open minded and able to react to change. That’s something that all parents need! After all, consider how many roles you fulfil (cook, nurse, teacher, carer…) and how quickly things can change as soon as you have a “routine” nailed. I almost spat my tea out over the routine point!
But I’m not writing about parenting today, but me. Yep, another opportunity to find out more about me thanks to a nomination for The Versatile Blogger Award by Kerry at Don’t Drop the Baby
In a nutshell this is an opportunity to tag some other bloggers to post 7 facts about themselves. You post your 7 facts and then tag another 15 bloggers to do the same. It’s a great way of finding out more about the people behind the blog.
So, here are my 7 facts.
1. I’ve had a LOT of different jobs and roles over the years. I’ve been a recruitment consultant, head hunter, communications manager, employment coach, bingo hall worker, shop assistant, enforcement officer, internal auditor and building materials estimator. I’ve been made redundant twice so that’s prompted me to think about what I do and my career choices a lot. I also bore easily.
2. The weirdest thing I’ve ever done as part of a job was sing “We’ll keep a welcome in the hillside” with Barbara Knox who played Rita Fairclough in Coronation Street. I was working for a bingo club at the time and it was part of a stint to get people to join a new venue. I didn’t intend to sing, she just roped me and another girl into it.
3. I’ve written a few books. In 2013 I thought I’d like to try if I could write a book. Everyone says they have one right? Well I ended up writing three. The Sophie Morgan Vampire Series is all about a twenty something woman from South Wales who lives in the West Midlands and discovers vampires exist on a city break. She’s slightly inept and weirdly organised at the same time. Someone described it as “Sunnydale with tea and biscuits” which I’ll take! I was offered a three book deal three days before my son was born so I spent a lot of my maternity leave trying to squeeze in rewrites and edits. Less than a year later, the publisher closed their doors and I self-published them all. It was quite a ride.
4. I’m a geriatric mum. I was 40 when I became pregnant and 41 when I had my son and according to the NHS that means I’m seriously old. Stuff that! I’m climbing up and down soft play like nobody’s business. It surprises a lot of people when I tell them my age. I can probably attribute that to having the sense of humour of a ten year old boy, rather than my skin care regime.
5. I won a trip to Los Angeles for myself and a friend in Empire Magazine as part of an international competition to promote the release of Psycho (the Vince Vaughan version… I’m not that old). I was the only UK winner and went with a small group of winners from around the world for a privately organised tour of Universal Studios and the Graveline Tour of LA. It was amazing and my first trip to the US. I took my mum and she had a whale of a time.
6. I can’t say caffetiere. I have no idea why but there is something about that pesky word that I just can’t get my head around.
7. I’m an INFJ personality type. I learned about this doing careers coaching, but basically I’m an introverted personality type and it’s rate. Quiet, alone time is very important for me. It is easy for me to become overwhelmed and therefore anxious. I’m an endurance athlete when it comes to managing stress and taking on others’ problems but I need everyone to sometimes just shut the F* !k up and stop talking.
So, how am I going to nominate? This is hard but here goes…
Learned something new about me? Post in the comments if there’s anything you were surprised by.