Have I ever told you…
This post was inspired by Freya’s post of the same name. I thought it was such a nice way to share something a bit more personal. So… here are a few things you might not know about me. I would love to hear a bit more about you in the comments!
Have I ever told you…
‘Where exactly are you from?’
I get that question a lot. I have an American accent, but I’m not American. I did live there, but for only 5 years, which is 1/3 of the time I’ve lived in the UK. Technically, I am English and England is now the country I have lived in for the longest amount of time. But I’m from all over the place, really. My American accent is actually the ‘international accent’, which a lot of people who have been to international schools with a lot of American expats eventually pick up. I was born in Trinidad, where my father is from (my mother is English). Then I moved to Mexico when I was 9, where we lived for 5 years. Then I moved to New York, where I went to high school. And then I moved to the UK (after a brief spell living in India) and I’ve been here ever since. My mum’s family and some of my dad’s family are here, and my parents live here, too, now, so even though I didn’t grow up here, London is definitely ‘home’ now.
I am not very good at sticking to things. I must have driven my parents crazy when I was younger. I did one ballet class, then decided I wanted to do gymnastics, then went back to a different ballet class, then got really into yo-yoing (it was the 80s, stop laughing), then did jazz dance… We got a dog when we lived in Mexico, who I loved so much, but my mum definitely did the lion’s share of feeding and walking him, despite all my assurances that I would do everything to take care of him… You get the picture. Now, as an adult, I’m just as bad. I get completely obsessed with something, do it all the time, and then quickly get bored and pack everything up and forget about it. Sometimes, the skills I pick up during my brief obsessions are very useful (eg: learning how to sew has served me very well, even though I’m no longer spending every weekend making skirts and attempting to make dresses), so although it’s probably quite a negative quality, overall, I’m not too bothered about it!
Apparently, two of my colleagues at work have started saying ‘What would Katie do’ when they are feeling demotivated because I’m “like a machine” at getting shit done when I’m in productive mode at work. My friend/colleague told me this at the weekend and it made me laugh because although I do consider myself to be pretty organised, in fact, I’m a terrible multi-tasker. I hate when people have to watch me do something on screen, as my attention span is so short! I flit from one thing to another and do a lot of going back and forth between tabs. Sometimes I feel like I’m a bit obsessive-compulsive about it. Like, I have to check updates on Twitter, then check if we’ve had any comments on our Facebook page, then check my email, then I can do 10 minutes work, then the cycle repeats itself. I do get quite a lot done that way, but think I would get way more achieved if I could actually focus. So, I think maternity leave has them seeing me through rose-tinted glasses!
This probably won’t surprise you if you read my summer reading list, but to switch off, I like to read. I read a lot. I also love watching box sets – at the minute we’re watching Veep. Have you ever watched it? It has me almost crying in laughter during some episodes. It’s so funny. But my all time favourite way to unwind is to literally switch off – turn the mobile off and go out to the countryside and go for a long walk, preferably somewhere very pretty and reasonably flat (although I have been known to enjoy a hill walk too, it’s generally once we’ve reached the top and it’s time to go downhill again). It’s been a bit trickier to be spontaneous since Theo was born, but I’m hoping that August will see us heading off into the wild at least once!
I want to believe…
This is incredibly woo-woo of me, but I believe that what you put out into the world will come back to you. Which is ridiculous, actually, because I know all sorts of situations where amazing people have ended up having awful things happen to them. Or amazing people who just don’t get anything in return. So maybe it’s something I WANT to be true. But I try to live my life with that in mind as much as I can. Everything you do causes the world around you to change, so if you can put out positivity, then hopefully it will come back around to you in the end. Sadly that doesn’t mean that I am always upbeat and never angry or sweary or haven’t wanted to occasionally push mean people over on the tube when they elbowed me during my old commute. But it’s something to work toward, right?
How about you? How do you switch off? Do you believe in instant karma? What’s a little fact about you that you’d like to share? I would love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter!