First of all – HOW AM I TWENTY?!? Some of my friends will be reading this and thinking: you’re a baby, I’m turning 21 next month. But still. 20 seems so old! But also so young if that makes sense… I feel like there’s a lot of pressure to have everything sorted in your 20s – job/ house/ family – when in reality it’s still super young. I’ll try to remind myself of this if and when I have the 20y/o quarter life crisis.
Anyway, I thought I’d share a more personal “20 question” Q&A to celebrate my 20th birthday. Hopefully you’ll learn a bit more about me too! I’ll try not to ramble… but no promises there.
P.S. I’ve kept it pretty PG here (for obvious reasons) – so sorry to those of you that wanted to know my deepest darkest secrets xo
1) What inspired you to do your blog?
This seemed like an apt one to start with! I can’t really pinpoint it on one singular thing. I guess I’ve always loved writing, and when I discovered a passion for running and nutritious, delicious food I thought it was the perfect excuse to start a blog. However, it has also really helped me grow as a person and get through some tough personal times. It’s kept me accountable through the rough patches and enabled me to share my journey, which I think are pretty great things.
2) How many hours do you work each week between your 2 social media jobs?
Good question! I work freelance, meaning I liaise my hours every month with my bosses rather than having a fixed monthly contract. At the moment, I’m working about 14 hours total per week, which I know isn’t loads but it’s enough for me. When I’m busy at uni this usually decreases to about 5-7hrs/week.
3) All time favourite book?
Ahhh I don’t know if I can answer this question. Where the Crawdads Sing was honestly incredible – gorgeous story and beautiful prose. I also adored Memoirs of a Geisha. My brain can’t think that far back, so I’ll go with those two. (I can’t choose)
4) If you could only eat one snack for the rest of your life… what would it be?
Probably a toasted (multigrain because I’m boujie) crumpet topped with deep-roast crunchy peanut butter and strawberries. It just hits different.
5) Are you in a relationship/ have you been?
I’ve never actually been in a “proper” relationship. When I was 16/17 and quite a few of my closest friends got boyfriends, I definitely found it hard and it upset me. I always assumed there was something wrong with me – that I was the issue, rather than it just being because I hadn’t met the right person. Now it doesn’t bother me so much. I enjoy clubbing and meeting people that way, but not for anything serious (if you get what I mean 😉).
6) What are your dreams for the future?
My absolute *dream* job would be to be work as an investigative journalist. And I’d also love to live in Paris for 6months- a year after uni, but I’m not sure both dreams are compatible because my french isn’t good enough for me to be a french journalist. I also want to adopt a cat and call her marmite 🙂
7) Any advice on how to start a food/ lifestyle blog?
To be honest, just do it. Get a WordPress site (it’s free unless you upgrade), create an Instagram account and you’re all set. Make sure you have a vision/ rough idea of what you want to focus on and then just follow that. There are no rules here, just find what you enjoy and try to keep consistent with the content you post (type/ frequency etc).
8) Plans for after uni?
This is a bit similar to number 6 but I thought it was a slightly more realistic question. I’ll try to get onto a journalism traineeship scheme and hopefully, from there, get a job in journalism. Then I’ll probably try to work my way up into investigative journalism 🙂
9) What’s your favourite place in the world?
Tough question! When I went to South Africa (age 11 and age 16 I think), I fell in love with the people I met and the places I visited. However I don’t think I could live there. It’s going to sound really cliché but I do love Paris…
10) Do you have a “biggest regret”?
Definitely. I wish I hadn’t chased after people who never gave me the time of day. Up until university, I always tried so hard in friendships. I was always the one to message/ organise meet-ups/ check in, and hardly ever received the same in return. In all honesty I believed there was something wrong with me! Now I realise that they just weren’t good friends to me, and I’ve stopped chasing after people. If they don’t give me the energy that I give them, I address it with them, give them a second chance and then cut them out if they don’t take it. Life’s too short for bad friends!
11) How did you grow your self-confidence?
Let me tell you – it took a lot of time, tears, self-discovery, learning and growth. It wasn’t easy, and I only truly became entirely confident in myself in the past few months. I had to look all the things that were holding me back in the eye and address them before I could move on. This meant stopping sport, embracing myself for who I am (without running etc), and surrounding myself by amazing people. I also just stopped allowing myself to care what others think. If I’m not their cup of tea, they can move on.
12) Will you ever run competitively again?
I hope so! I’ve been doing sessions for about a month now and am starting to notice some progress. It’s definitely been a long process, but I’m hoping to stay injury free and gradually build up my fitness until I’m stronger than before. With the Covid situation and several races being cancelled anyway, I’m not in any rush… but the comeback is pending 😉 (as long as it’s sustainable)
13) What’s an item you couldn’t live without?
I’m going to try and be original and not say my phone…. so let’s go with my blender. I eat nicecream several times a week and breakfast wouldn’t be the same without it.
14) What is the hardest moment you have had in the middle of a race/ while running?
This is such a fun question! In my *only* cross country race this season, it was a really tactical race and I wasn’t used to that. I was leading with another girl, and she was forcing me to set the pace. Every time I tried to slow down to force her in front, she’d slow right down too. And since I don’t have much of a sprint finish, this forced me to push on with the pace. Ultimately she jut pipped me – but it was still a great experience.
Oh and I also came 2nd to LAST in my first ever county race. I just pasted a smile on my face, but mentally and physically I was defeated. I probably learnt the most from these two tough races though!
15) CHocolate or nut butter?
If I *had* to choose… nut butter. I feel like I could swap out my evening chocolate for something else, but nothing replaces peanut butter!
16) One thing you want to achieve this year?
I’m not sure if “achieve” is the right word, but nailing my year/ semester abroad would be great. I really want to immerse myself in Madrid, join a local running club there, get to know people and improve my Spanish.
17) What’s your go-to easy meal?
I love a lentil dhal. It sounds complicated but it’s so quick, cheap and easy! Literally just lentils and coconut milk with any spices you want = done.
18) Do your parents know about your blog?
Yes they do – they were actually the first to find out. I told them I was thinking of starting one and they just urged me to do it and stop hesitating. I did keep it secret from my friends for a while though… what can I say, I was embarrassed and cared way too much what people thought.
19) What’s the best way we can support you?
Thank you so much for asking this question 🙂 Other than regularly reading my blog posts, following me and engaging with my content on Instagram, you could buy my e-book here or use any of my discount codes.
20) Are you still obsessed with marmite?
Anyway, I hope that wasn’t too boring and you learned something new about me. Until next time,