Recently I’ve seen a few bloggers create these personal fact-based posts and it’s reminded me that I’ve never done one myself!
Sometimes we get so bogged down writing about news, trends and products and as personal bloggers it’s nice to take a step back and share something so seemingly pointless and boring – ourselves! It’s also sometimes really good to get to know the individual behind a website or blog that you follow or love.
So, without further ado, here are 10 (some interesting and some a bit random!) facts about me.
I’ve tried to pick things that I’m sure you guys don’t know about me already, and tried hard to not talk about my usual subject of tattoos!
1. I grew up in a haunted house
When I was 7 years old, my parents split up and met new partners. My (then) new step-dad owned a really old hotel on the outskirts of Blackpool (the town I grew up in). We slept in it a lot and when I was 15 my mum and him decided we should all just move in permanently.
We weren’t rolling in money by any means, but ended up occupying this Grade II listed manor that was built in the sixteenth century. Me and my brother had 11 bedrooms and 4 acres to roam around… and a few ghosts to converse with, too.
Guests had been telling my stepdad for decades that the hotel was haunted. We hosted regular seance evenings and ghost-hunting events and years later we were on an episode of the TV show Most Haunted (I refused to go on camera as I was a moody teenager!).
I remember spooky occurrences as a kid – lights switching on and off, and my mum says when I was really little I claimed to keep seeing a man sat in the entrance hallway. I sort of remember this, but I’m not sure if it’s genuine memory or imaginary friends!
Now I’m older and much more In touch with my spiritual side, I have no doubt that I would see and feel a lot more than I did back then.
2. My mum is a witch
My mum has practiced witchcraft for nearly all of her adult life. She writes books about the house we lived in, as well as her other spiritual experiences.
She’s now a professional tarot card reader and runs her own business.
Friends used to love coming round when I was little as she’d whip the Ouija board out when we got bored and I’d consequently sulk (“God, you’re so embarrassing, mum, put it away!”) – ha ha!
3. I used to be a fitness fanatic and ambassador for a protein brand
About 10 years ago I decided I was tired of being unhealthy and overweight. I put crap in my body and had literally never done exercise in my entire life (I skived P.E. at school every single week).
I started running, going to the gym and eating better. I felt amazing. I started to take protein shakes as a pre-gym supplement and ended up sharing my story with fitness brand Maximuscle.
I went on to win their Body of the Year competition in 2009. I was an ambassador for them for years – attending events and photoshoots, testing products, creating fitness videos and meeting some amazing people.
Don’t hear from them much now. Probably all those pancakes I’ve eaten.
4. I’ve always had a thing for philosophy
I studied English as my degree and I learnt a ton. Some topics I was good at (dissecting the origins of English surnames) and some I stunk at (I walked out of the Medieval literature exam without writing a word).
As a bit of a last resort, one year I swapped one of the modules I hated for a philosophy one. It only lasted one semester but I was right at home – anyone that reads my philosophical blog posts will understand why! I scored 100% in one test. Maybe I missed my calling…?
5. I love running
Over the years I’ve ditched the gym and fallen in love with running, walking, hiking and just being outside.
I ran my third marathon in 2014 (albeit very, very slowly). I don’t try to beat P.B.s or lose weight – it’s about the journey more so than the destination for me.
6. I’ve had some of the most random jobs ever
My mum and dad taught me from a young age that nothing comes for free and you have to work hard if you want to achieve anything worth having – they never threw money at us.
I think this is why I actually struggled to ‘keep at it’ when it came to the structured systems of higher education. I often missed lectures to do various jobs – I hated sitting still and reading knowing that I should be doing something more practical and productive in the short-term. No wonder I walked out of exams, eh?
Anyway, I may have grown up in a mansion, but from the age of 12 I was cleaning the toilets and making beds once guests had checked out. When I wasn’t doing that, or studying, I’d jump to do whatever job I could locally…
Me and a friend made (rude) rock lollies in her dad’s factory. I worked as a security officer guarding empty properties at night. I made (and ate) muffins as a baker’s assistant. I was an extra in a few BBC dramas. I planned couples’ big days as a wedding planner in the hotel throughout summer-time.
Eh, the streets are paved with gold in Blackpool, don’t you know?!
7. Marty McFly is my cat
I’m obsessed with Back to the Future. I have an adorable cat. His name is Marty McFly.
That’s all there is to say about that.
8. My dad tours the world
I take after my dad who works 24-7 and has also had every single job under the sun in his lifetime (no, really). At the moment he works in production for large-scale concerts and tours internationally with some of the world’s biggest bands and artists.
He had no idea who “Jiffy Clyro, or something or other” were but managed to sneak me backstage so I’ll let him off.
9. I grew up learning about Spanish culture
My dad also re-married, and my step-mum spent a huge chunk of her life beforehand living in Spain. I grew up learning Spanish from a young age and being fed the most amazing, exotic snacks. She may tell me off when I don’t pronounce it correctly, but she makes most EPIC paella! 🙂
10. I love staying at home
I’d always rather have a cosy night-in than a crazy night-out. I love home comforts, lie-ins, fresh bedding and a bubble bath with a nice glass of wine. I hate hang-overs and spending money in over-priced clubs. Give me a sofa snuggle, all day, every day.
So, there you have it. I didn’t really know how this blog would turn out when I started it, but it’s been a fun and reflective ride – looking at old photos and laughing at ridiculous memories. It’s also made me realise how lucky and grateful I am for my upbringing from the two amazing people that created and raised me. Despite not being together, I have taken so much from them separately and owe them the world in return.
I’m normally looking to the future with my blogging but it’s actually pretty nice to look back every once in a while to remember how far you’ve come.
Words and Photos: Beccy Rimmer / Inkluded