I remember having to write about myself at school for various projects. It sounded like such a simple task, but in reality, I found it really difficult to describe myself. I’m the kind of person that doesn’t find it easy to compliment myself. Even now, I still struggle when asked to write a personal bio. However, when the lovely Gem Turner tagged me to participate in the #WhatMakesMe series she created I knew I wanted to give it a bash. Gem created the hashtag in order to share all the things that make up our identities and the things that make us who we are other than our disabilities. A big thank you to Holly who also tagged me.
I have written a post on my identity and how it defines me, but other than my obvious disability and wheelchair, there is so much more to me. Here are a few things that make me who I am.
As you can tell, one of the main topics on my blog is travel. I love planning trips, but I love going on them even more. It doesn’t have to be somewhere far away as I love visiting places in Scotland and the rest of the UK just as much as abroad. Okay, okay, maybe not as much as my beloved Barcelona though ha!
I’ve been told that I’m very family orientated and I must admit, I would definitely agree with that. Even though I live with Allan, I still see my close family almost every day. A big part of me is being an auntie and its something I’m extremely proud of. My nephew means the absolute world to me and I’d literally do anything for him. At the risk of sounding cheesy, the last five years have been the best watching him grow up. However, I wouldn’t mind if time slowed down a bit though because he is growing up so fast.
Cacti & Plant Obsessed
I’m a big lover of plants and cacti. I’ve lost count of how many we have dotted around our house (both real and fake). Some would say there are too many, but in my opinion, you can never have too much greenery. I’ve also got cacti ornaments, socks, scarves, notebooks etc. Some of these things have been gifted to me by family because they know it is something I will love. Thankfully I’m not the only one with a cacti obsession as my friend Ross also loves those prickly beauties (check out Ross describing his cacti obsession in his #WhatMakesMe post).
Cosy Nights In
I’ve never been the partying type. I’d much rather have a cosy night in than go out. Some of my favourite kind of nights are the ones snuggled up on the sofa with fluffy blankets watching my favourite TV shows or movies. Recently I’ve been making a point of ‘switching off’ from the online/TV/movie world and opting to read a book in the comfort of my bed instead. We call our bed ‘the mallow’ as it’s the comfiest bed in all the land so why would I choose a night out in a crowded club over my home comforts.
When I do go out at night it’s usually to a gig. I do love a gig or two or three. You get my point. We usually have at least one gig each month and often travel to England to see our favourite bands. I’m known to work colleagues, family and friends as always going to gigs so its fair to say live music is a big part of me.
I often spend way too many hours scrolling through Pinterest looking and pinning all the pretty hairstyles. I promise myself that I’ll be brave and go for something different the next time I get my hair cut, but I never do. I’m known for my dark features and have never had the guts to change the colour of my hair. I really wish I was more adventurous with my hair though. I remember getting my hair cut really short about 10 years ago and loving it to begin with then I couldn’t wait for it to grow back long again. Since then I’ve kept my hair long and its pretty much what I’m known for having now. Mostly I wear it down and straight but I love it when I have a slight wave in it. I’m currently on the lookout for a new curling tong as my old ones are broken, so if you have any suggestions let me know, please.
I wouldn’t say I’m fashion conscious, but I know what I like and choose comfort over fashion any day. When I’m not at work, you will most likely find me wearing skinny jeans and a cosy jumper with trainers/converse type shoes or boots. It’s very rare to see me wearing bright colours as I probably own more black or grey clothes than any other colour. I would definitely say I’m more of a casual and smart casual dresser. The last time I properly ‘dressed’ up was to attend a friends wedding a few years ago and wore an actual dress (shown in the image below).