getting personal #2

When Zoe from the lovely foodie blog Love and Limoncello tagged me for the One Lovely Blogger Award (thanks Zoe!), I thought it was a good opportunity to do a "get to know me better" post, as it asks you to state 7 facts about yourself. So here goes!

1 :: I don't work a 9-5. I'm a self-employed/freelance kid and for the most part, I love it. Although I have a regular weekly routine, my schedule is different day-to-day and I really appreciate the flexibility and change. It's just the nature of my work and it fits in well with the lifestyle that I want for myself, and I enjoy the challenge of being my own boss (though obviously I'm technically employed by others). Plus, the majority of my work doesn't require a computer, which allows me to blog without getting burnt out on screen time overdose! A nice bonus is that E's also self-employed, so we get to have lunch together often and generally get snippets of time with each other throughout the day.

2 :: I love children. A lot of my work involves young kids, and although there are many challenges that go along with it, it's something that I'm very passionate about. I remember certain people in my life who made special impressions on me and guided me when I was very young, and in my own small way, it's something I want to pay forward. I also just love the funny side of kids - they just come out with the most hilarious stuff sometimes! We definitely want to have our own one day, but I'm absolutely not ready yet.

3 :: At the ripe old age of 26 (soon to be 27), I still get IDed every time I try to buy booze. Last year for my birthday dinner with friends, I wanted to buy a can of Guinness to bake Guinness chocolate cake, and I had to beg them to let me buy it without my ID which I'd left at home - "Please let me buy it, I really need it to make this cake, I don't even like beer and never drink it!!". A few years ago I was at the supermarket with my mum, who was in her late 40s at the time, and she was asked for ID to buy a bottle of wine. I can only hope I have her ageing genes!

4 :: Parent Trap will always be one of my all time favourite movies. My sister and I watched the DVD over and over when we were younger, and I think of it as "our" movie. She used one of the songs from the soundtrack for a surprise wedding video she made for us and it was the best gift ever.

5 :: I passed my driving test on my first go, but I've barely driven since. I don't think I'm a naturally good driver, so I'm quite shocked that I even have a licence - when I told my mum that I'd passed, she said, "It's because they pass people like you that the roads out there are dangerous!" - but I think I got lucky. We will most likely get a car sometime in the next couple of years, so I need to take a few lessons again!

6 :: People often tell me that I usually look smart and well put-together in my appearance and general presentation. And then they're shocked to discover that I am, in fact, extremely messy! When I was in boarding school, my housemother would generously award me with the messiest room prize term after term. My poor ex-roommate, who is still one of my best friends, unfortunately may have caught a bit of the messy bug, and now her boyfriend blames me for it! Sorry guys.

7 :: Just in case you're curious, I may not look or be British, but I speak with a completely English accent. If you heard me without looking at me, you'd probably not realise that I'm Japanese. I always find that when I read people's writing, I read it in my own voice and accent in my head, until I hear what the writer actually sounds like - and then I hear it in their voice. Well now you know!

I'd like these ladies to share their 7 facts and tag others:
Elizabeth from A Dash of Wanderlust
Marla from A Weekend Crossing
Setarra from Quaintrelle
Jennie from Sailboat
Mei from Ice Pandora

All photos from my Instagram

You can read my first "Getting Personal" post here.