What were my childhood dreams, career-wise? What did I want to be when I grew up? Good question! I am not really sure I ever had an answer to that question, I think I had ideas of the kind of thing I might like but never anything specific.
As mentioned before, I used to dream of being in a band but I knew this would never be achievable! More realistically, I was absolutely obsessed with animals and wanted to run some kind of shelter.
One thing I do remember is how my cousin was absolutely adament that she wanted to be a flight attendent so she could travel the world. She now does exactly that. I guess some people have that level of direction from a very young age whilst others take longer. And that’s ok.
Ooh, I almost feel we should all pull up a chair and make a circle. Today we are sharing our inner most secrets. Well ok, so maybe not quite our inner most secrets, but a secret, or something loosely related to one will do. So I’ll start…
And actually, to be perfectly honest, this is quite easy for me. I have a very silly, embarrasing secret that I am (sort of!) happy to share publicly. It is a fear, and I am well aware of how ridiculous it is but I just cannot bring myself to take the plunge…
…I seriously SERIOUSLY cannot use escalators! If I even look at one I go dizzy and shaky, and feel like I will fall over. It really is that intense. I just cannot do it.
It makes getting around London via the underground rather challenging at times but the tfl accessibility maps are useful for this and, as a friend said recently, it is an eye-opener too; it demonstrates how much of a challenge it is for others who can’t use escalators for different reasons!
Interesting question, as I have genuinely not really thought about it! Of course it crosses my mind sometimes (often!) “ooh if I had the money I would go here, or do that” type of thing but never really thought about it more deeply than that. So after some thinking here is what I came up with…
If it was a small win, it would go towards paying our bills!
Medium win- As above but also I would take Squiggle on a short holiday somewhere.
Big win- hmmm, now it gets harder. I guess it would depend how much exactly because various things spring to mind and I’m not sure what would be the priority. On the one hand, it would be nice to own our home, and we would love some land to grow more food etc… But on the otherhand, I would also love to travel properly at our own pace, and in particular having an eco friendly camper van would be amazing! But then again, if I owned our home then I could rent it out on air bnb while we travelled so that would be useful. Tough one!
Jackpot- all of the above, with lots of (eco!) travelling to different countries and spending plenty of time really immersing ourselves in each place.
Last but not least, as cliché as it may sound, I would definitely also make donations to various charities, and/ or set up my own.
Hmmm, I don’t actually have many old photos of me. Certainly not pre-digital ones, so prior to my mid twenties. I don’t have any from my childhood here at all and only a couple from my teenage years that I found and scanned in. I’m pretty sure my dad probably has a million printed pictures of my younger years but I have never got round to getting any from him!
So I have found one from exactly 20 years ago from the small collection I do have…
I’m taking part in #Blogtober16 (at the 11th hour I might add!) so today is all about ME!!! For those who don’t know, blogtober 2016 is 31 days of posts with a different set theme each day, hosted by www.hexmumblog.com
I am also doing the Project Green Challenge too this month so October is a busy month for me, and I am really just hoping to at least sort of keep up with both… eek! #PGC2016 is an inspiring (and life- changing) intiative set up by Turning Green. Each challenge starts at 6am PT (2pm here in UK) so I am hoping the time difference will work in my favour. (Of course I could also schedule some of my Blogtober posts, but I am not that organised!)
So anyway, about me…
My about us page probably sums me up quite well, so I will begin by cheating abit and sending you off to look there…
Ok, so aside from that, here are 3 random facts about me…
1. As soon as I finished my A Levels, I moved to Tenerife to work as a club PR for a season. It was hard work 7 nights per week and I barely made enough for basic food rations but had the time of my life! I find it IMPOSSIBLE to believe that was almost 20 years ago now.
2. I have a scar across my forehead from an accident aged 4 years old, when I tripped over my own feet, smashing my head open on our coffee table. I also fractured my arm by falling off the top of a toddler slide when I was 10 and landing badly. These are possibly two of the most cringy-worthy ways of sustaining an injury; when people ask about my scar I would at least like a cool Harry Potter style story to tell lol!
3. I LOVE music, absolutely love it. But sadly don’t actually have a musical note in my entire body; I can’t play an instrument and am totally tone deaf. This somewhat shattered my childhood dream of being in a band!
What else do you want to know? If you have a specific question then please post in comments and I will answer you.
I would also love for you to share a random fact about yourself too, leave in comments or tweet me @followourpath
Squiggle had a lovely day enjoying the festivities at Willows Farm in St Albans. The main downside was that even during school hours it was alot busier than we would have hoped as it seems a popular destination for school trips at this time of year. That aside, we really enjoyed the range of Christmas activities on offer as well as the usual Willows fun.
It was not possible to take full advantage of the developments they have made recently to the sand area, that now includes additional features for water play, but it looked brilliant. Also looking forward to the future developments planned for the adventure playground, on the theme of Peter Rabbit.
From an SEN point of view, we appreciated the fact that disabled tickets did not have the same restrictions as other ticket types on the internet advanced booking system. Such a simple thing made a big difference and says alot about their attitude I feel. So big thumbs up for that! The staff generally seem understanding towards SEN families and have a positive attitude, based upon our experiences there anyway.
Father Christmas was very accepting of Squiggle’s additional needs too, and he interacted with her beautifully. The only issue was the difficulty with waiting in the queue, especially when other customers unfortunately lack the same understanding, but thankfully it wasn’t as long to wait as it can be at times so we were fairly lucky with that. The larger toy shop was a big improvement, a far less claustrophobic experience than previous years!
Overall, really pleased with our visit, fantastic day out. Feeling very festive now!