The End, A New Beginning.

After some sleepless nights and careful consideration, I made the decision to move house. This may not seem like the biggest change for some people, but for me it is. In December 2017, I finally moved out of my mothers home and into my first home. In April 2018, I was diagnosed with severe anxiety which eventually left me housebound. I managed to find a safe space in my home and wouldn’t leave the house for weeks at a time and even then I would only travel to the local shops and back.

My severe anxiety left me feeling trapped in this house I once called ‘Home’.

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Being cut off from the outside world eventually started to trigger my depression as I felt like I couldn’t leave my house, see my friends or have any normal human interaction. After a while I began to feel like moving out would help my anxiety get better. This thought began to flood my mind more and more which lead me to hate the place I’d once felt safe in. I began to blame the house for my anxiety which may sound stupid but that just proves how much of a bad place my head was and still is in.

For the first time in my life, I actually have no idea what lies ahead for me and as much as this prospect scares me. I know it’s for the best, this could be the change I really need in my life to help improve my mental health. Part of me is still worried, in case I’m making the worst decision of my life which I will regret later on. But for the first time in a long time, I’m living in the moment. I’m standing on my own two feet and not stumbling through my life. I am in charge of my own future and I’m striving for better. I am taking control of the fear and not letting it consume me.

Whilst I am sad to say goodbye to my first home, I am excited for the new journey ahead. Part of my heart will remain in this leafy lane, my first home. Thank you for being my safe place when I needed it. Thank for protecting my family and giving us room to grow and make beautiful memories that will live with me forever.

Since moving into my new home I have noticed a huge change within myself. I am thriving for a real change in my life and moving forward with my recovery. The absense in my blogging was due to me moving home and then priorotising my mental health and seeking the help I needed. Now that those are ongoing, there is only one part of my life that I am wanting to work on which is bringing this blog back to life. I will be continuing to share my mental health journey and update you on what has happened in my life during my blogging break. I will also be picking up the other aspects of my blog such as book posts and lifestyle posts. Thank you for all of your support and I hope you are looking forward to my new content!

 

What it’s like living with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD).

I was talking to a friend recently when I ended up opening up about this disorder, and I think it was one of the first times in my life where I had actually explained what APD actually is to another person and admitted to having it. It was then that I realised it was probably time I opened up about it and it may even shock some of my close family and friends as it isn’t something I talk openly about usually.

Auditory Processing Disorder or APD is a disorder in which the person struggles to process information that is heard. It is not a hearing problem, it is, in fact, a problem within the brain. It is when the brain is unable to process the information being given verbally and cannot distinguish similar sounds. This makes any audible information difficult to process. Auditory Processing Disorder affects around 5% of school-aged children and is classed as a learning difficulty.

I don’t really recall being badly affected as a child or at least it never really seemed to iritate me back then as much as it does now. It wasn’t until much later in my teens that I was actually diagnosed with APD and I chose to keep it to myself out of embarrassment and being misunderstood. I was always a rather closed person until I started this blog and I feel like I’ve revealed more about myself in almost 2 years of blogging than in 22 years of living.

That doesn’t mean that my APD has gone unnoticed. There are many things that my family and friends pick up on and ask questions about such as:

‘Why do you always wear headphones whilst on the phone?’

‘Why don’t you just phone them up yourself?’

‘Why do you always have the subtitles on your TV?’

‘Were you even listening?’

‘Why do you hate going to the cinema?’

And there have been many times in which I have just lied and said ‘I have a hearing problem’ because that’s easier to explain. But the truth is, I don’t have a hearing problem. I can hear perfectly fine, and it’s time I opened up about it.

I’ll say “I can’t hear” instead of “I can’t understand”.

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This makes having a conversation very difficult at times, and it does create a barrier when I am meeting new people who do not understand or are unaware of my problem. The people close to me don’t seem to mind so much when I ask them to repeat themselves multiple times in one conversation.

Being on the phone has added complications such as not being able to use their mouth to attempt to lip-read if I can’t understand what they are saying. I find wearing headphones can help block out the sounds around me so I can try to really concentrate on the single voice and not any background noises. It can also be made difficult if the other person has a lot of background noise and I find that certain accents can be harder to understand and make out.

I watch TV, YouTube and any other entertainment with the subtitles and if subtitles aren’t available it’s unlikely that I will watch it. I barely go to the cinema despite the fact that they have special subtitle screenings, my earliest memory of actually struggling to a point of frustration with this disorder was when I was 13 trying to watch Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 in cinema. I had to walk out mid-screening because of how hard it was to understand.

I think suffering from APD has definitely contributed to my love for reading. It’s really nice to be able to read and understand the words and not have the complications that I have with watching TV or having a conversation. I recently started listening to Audiobooks which is something I have avoided for a very long time due to this disorder. I have to take a gamble on which books I choose as some of the audiobook narrators are harder to understand than others but I have found a favourite, who happens to be Zachary Webber. He seems to talk slower than most narrators, I found his words were pronounced fine and his voice was generally pleasing to listen to. There is an option to control the speed of the voice but I find that it generally affects the quality of the verbal input. I will be sharing my thoughts on listening to audiobooks in another post so if you are interested in reading more about that please keep your eyes peeled.

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There have been times where it’s provided entertainment in my life such as when I have misinterpreted something I’ve heard whilst I was with a friend of a family member and we have had a laugh about it. I will find out years later that I’ve been saying things wrong or singing a song wrong. But when it is someone I am not as close to or a complete stranger, it is rather embarrassing.

I can say openly that it does affect my social life, despite already suffering from severe anxiety when I am able to tackle that I am faced with not being able to tolerate a loud social setting and finding basic conversation difficult. With my 4-year-old starting school this year, I am finding myself put in more regular social settings which have caused my embarrassment for this disorder to spike as I don’t want it to come between starting a new friendship and stop me from wanting to socialize.

I decided to write this post because I need to be honest with myself, and with those around me. I have opened up about topics that are sensitive to me in the past and it has always made me feel rather liberated and I’m hoping this will be one of those posts. I also hope that this post helps educate some of you about this disorder.

Do you have your own expeirence with APD? Share them with me in the comments as I’d love to speak to someone else who also struggle with this learning difficulty.

 

Anxiety and I: An Update

It’s been a while since I wrote ‘Confronting my feelings about Anxiety‘ and I wanted to write a little bit of an update about my progress since then as that post was written back in March and a lot of things have changed since then. As World Mental Health Day (October 10th) is upon us I felt it would be fitting that I share some more of my own story to help raise awareness and update you all on what has been happening since this post.

In my post ‘Confronting my feelings about Anxiety,’ I spoke about how I felt after being diagnosed with severe anxiety and how it was affecting me at that point in my life. When reading this blog post back to myself I can see how far ‘down the rabbit hole’ I actually was. At the time, it seemed bad but looking back, I can see that I was defiantly at one of my lowest points back in March. I wasn’t getting out at all and I was struggling massively to stop worrying about what other’s felt about my anxiety.

I was very paranoid, depressed and irritable. I never admitted to myself at the time how bad my anxiety was and I think a huge part of me was still very much in denial over my diagnosis and recovery. I feel like I remained very much in this state of mind up until around July when I realised I needed to make a change in my life because I couldn’t carry on the way things where and I realised I was going to have to try harder than I had ever done before and truly believe that my recovery is possible.

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Fast forward, 6 months.

September brought me a lot of new challenges and also a lot of newfound freedom into my life. Amelia started Primary School last month meaning I have had to adapt to the school mum life and if I’m being honest it’s changed my life for the better so much already. I am waking up earlier, I am getting out of my house 5 days a week guaranteed, I even try to get out on the weekends now too. Sometimes it’s just to school and back home, and other times I will venture a little further but this has had a massive impact on me.

I am beginning to socialize with other school mums and even hang out with some of them in my free time. I am beginning to feel the most like ‘myself’ that I have done in two years. I am so pleased with the change in my life and for the first time in a while, I feel really positive for the future. I feel like I am in control and I finally feel as though I am slowly starting to take back my life that was consumed by this horrible deliberating disorder.

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, she became a buttefly.” – Barbara Haines Howett.

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And since, I am sharing the ups. I have to share the downs. It’s not all been great, since September you may have noticed a decrease in my blogging activity and this is because I am absolutely shattered all of the time. As many of you know changes in your lifestyle can severely affect your physical health. My body is just not used to being this active anymore and I am getting horrible migraines as I’m just no longer used to the loud social settings that come with being outside of my home. It’s taking a big toll on my physical health as I try to adapt back into the real world outside my four walls. I am trying to adopt a healthier sleeping pattern for the first time in my life which hasn’t been easy and not always the most successful. It is simply a work in progress and I am proud of the progress I have been making.

I still struggle massively to plan for the future. I live one day at a time now as I still struggle to commit to plans as I don’t know what the future holds and sometimes that prospect still scares me. I know that I will not always feel this way and it is all part of recovery and in time. In MY own time, I will be ready.

I am hoping over time my body will begin the adjust to the changes in my lifestyle and that I can feel less tired and spend less of my time with a migraine. That way I can carry on doing what I love and sharing it all with you. I hope by sharing my experiences that I can show other people who are suffering that there is a light at the end of the tunnel even though the journey to it can be bumpy. I want to share my story and encourage others to do the same.

“You are not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day.”

Where have I been? Knee deep in my to-be-read pile.

 

I actually feel really down about my recent absence from blogging and I feel like I need to clear up a few things in a blog post rather than a small social media post which only a small amount of my followers will see. I’ve decided to write this post to tell you all what’s been happening in my Wonderland.

So as you know the Summer Holidays have started and I am a mum of a 4-year-old who is about to start her first year in school this September, so I’ve been making the most out of our time together. When Amelia does start school and we’ve gotten into a routine, I hope that my blogging will go back to a regular schedule like it was before.

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I carry on telling you all about my coursework and my ‘massive to be read pile’ so I’d like to elaborate on what I mean by that. I enrolled in a Level 2 in Awareness of Mental Health Problems which I passed, and I have now enrolled in another course which is a Level 2 in Counselling Skills. My reason behind doing this is because I am interested to learn more from a medical point of view on Mental Health so I can write more posts and hopefully help others who are suffering from their Mental Health. I want to be able to help not just through sharing my experiences but to be knowledgeable enough to offer advice as well.

And now for the big reason, my massive to be read pile.

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So at the beginning of this year, I aimed to ‘up’ the book category of my blog as it was incredibly bare so I really pushed myself to get books to read and reviewed as quick as I could and didn’t turn down any opportunity I was given. I’ve absolutely loved the amount of book mail and countless great stories I have read but I do feel like it’s beginning to drain me, physically and mentally. I feel like the pile has become never-ending and every time I tick a book off, five more take-up it’s place.

You may be saying, but Georgia that’s only 12 books, that isn’t that hard. This is just the physical copies that I am wanting to read. I have a massive back catalogue on my Kindle to finish to and some of them have deadlines set by the author of the novel. If you want to see what book reviews will be coming up, make sure you keep an eye on my GoodReads account as I always update my want to read and currently reading on there.

Alas, there is a silver lining here guys, I am trying to get as many of these books read, reviewed and published on here before the start of September. I feel like this is my wisest choice rather than procrastinating or worse, crying over spilt milk or should I say a large pile of books. All jokes aside, I’m trying my hardest to read, review and post them all so I can take a book break in September, and then possibly think about of limiting the number of books I accept per month but I’ll talk about that when that time comes.

This means that I’m going to be spending a lot of time reading and this blog may get a bit flooded with book reviews and author interviews. For that, I apologise as I don’t want to drive you all book mad like I am beginning to go. The plus point is though that whilst I am on a reading spree, I am able to continue studying and spend time with my little girl before school starts.

I hope this has helped clear up a few things that have been going on and I would like to wish you all a wonderful summer!

What it’s like living with Dermatophagia?

Dermatophagia is a skin biting disorder which isn’t considered to be rare, it’s just not commonly talked about. Well, I’m going to change that by sharing my experience of living with Dermatophagia. Dermataphagia is actually a mental disorder which is related to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and is a body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB). For me, Dermatophagia means biting and chewing at the skin around my nails, fingers and even part of my palm. Some Dermatophagia sufferer’s chew their arms and/or the inside of their gums.

I can’t remember the exact age I started biting my own skin but I remember how highly embarrassed I have felt about it my whole life.  That is one of the main reason’s behind wanting to write this post, if I am open about my disorder then I am able to take away some of the power it holds over me. I’m not alone in suffering from Dermatophagia, and I’m hoping that I can encourage a few others to open up and admit it. Sometimes it’s hard to be open about something that many people will find strange and possibly joke about.

Biting the skin can cause lasting damage and unfortunately for me, I have permanent damage to my skin around my fingers and on my palm. I hate being put in situations where people may look at my fingers which I think its part of the reason I wear cardigans so I can pull them down and draw less attention to it. Imagine being asked what is wrong with your hands and the repulsive look you’d get if you admitted you bit your own skin. I hate when my hands have been in the water too long as you can see all of the bite marks around my hands so I never stay in water for too long because the sight is one that sickens even me.

I remember biting back in Primary School which is one of the reasons why I cannot pinpoint the start because I was only young. I only within the last 2 years realized that it was a disorder that other people suffer with and that it has a name. I do notice that my Dermatophagia gets worse when I am anxious or when I am stressed, and I feel like it is a coping mechanism for my anxiety. I have always been an anxious person which is why I wasn’t surprised to be diagnosed with Anxiety. When I am nervous, I bite and I chew, as much as I try not to, I can’t stop.

I actually don’t realize I’m doing it anymore, and when it’s brought to my attention, it’s almost impossible to stop. My boyfriend notices me knawing at my palm often and draws it to my attention which then just makes me do it secretly because it’s like my ‘dirty little secret’ so to say. Well not so much now, as I’ve just told all of the internet.

I’ve tried resisting the impulse, many times and nothing seems to work. Even when it starts to hurt, I acknowledge the pain and just move somewhere else or persist regardless. I have tried tactics such as bandaging my fingers and, putting bad-tasting things on my biting places, I’ve also tried getting my nails manicured and hoping that it would stop me from biting. Unfortunately, none of it worked. I am a nail biter aswell but that doesn’t bother me nearly as much as I have been able to resist doing that in the past but having perfectly manicured fingers means nothing when my fingers and red and bloodied from biting.

I actually feel like a bit of weight has been lifted about opening up about my disorder and I hope I have educated a few people who didn’t know this disorder existed. Or maybe this post reaches another skin biter and made them realize you are not alone!

And for the thousandth time, I tell myself, I’m going to quit doing this.

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Author Interview with Emily Priest

Emily Priest is a freelance writer and performance poet, author of her debut poetry book ‘Nicotine and Napalm’ published in 2019. Emily performed her first poetry reading in 2016 in Portsmouth since then she has recited poetry in countless venues.

‘This collection of prose and poetry is one woman’s account of growing up in the modern world and her own discovery of sexuality, strength and weakness.”

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Emily Priest

Let’s start with a brief introduction?

My name is Emily Priest, I’m 22 and I’m, as you guessed it, a writer. I was born in Southampton but now live in Portsmouth and have just graduated University with a first class honors in Creative Writing. I am also a performance poet and have performed my poems globally including destinations such as New York.  I’m outgoing and love to live life to its fullest.

What other hobbies do you do outside of writing?

I’m really into video games and can’t get enough of them whether they are fighting games or RPG’s like Sekiro and Dark Souls which are my favourites at the moment.

What year(s) are your poems from ‘Nicotine and Napalm’ from?

I created the poems from Nicotine and Napalm over about 9 years from ages 13 to 22. So, they range from 2010 to 2019.

Do you read other people’s poetry? If so, who is your favourite?

I read so much poetry! I absolutely love it but some of my favourites (can’t pick one I’m afraid) include Bukowski, Tempest, Lorca, and McNish.

Are you working on another poetry book?

Not at the moment. Writing Nicotine and Napalm took a lot out of me physically and emotionally so I’m working on a few new projects which include a feature film titled ‘Hamartia’ and a travel writing book focusing on Japan.

What other styles of writing do you do?

Alongside poetry, I also write about food and travel which includes recipes, travelogues, and blogs.  I publish them all online at my website emilythewriter.co.uk.

What is your thought process like when you are writing a poem?

I don’t really think when I do the actual writing. Instead, I like to feel and hone in on my emotions. I ask myself “what am I feeling right now?” and I will meditate on that and translate that to the page. I will then refine this in the editing stage but, when I’m writing, I like to just focus on what I want the reader to relate to.

What 3 words would you use to describe your own poetry?

Unforgiving. Unflinching. Unapologetic.

My favourite poem from ‘Nicotine and Napalm’ is ‘I, the shipwreck’, I can relate a lot to it and it’s very beautifully written. What is your favourite poem in your new book?

Thank you! I love that one too but my favourite is ‘Even When the Winter Comes’. It is one of my most recent poems and I find that it is the most professionally crafted in terms of metaphors and similes. It is also a lovely poem for me to read and write because of the happy connotations and sense of hope. I love my other pieces however they can be a bit hard to swallow sometimes and don’t give me the same reading experience.

What advice would you give to other young aspiring writers?

Be true to yourself and stop being afraid. There is nothing worse than unauthentic writing, just made to please people. Do what you want to do and it will be brilliant. It doesn’t matter if people hate it. All that matters is if you like it and that you are following your dreams. That feeling is priceless.

Where would you like to be in 5 years’ time? What would you like to have accomplished?

In the next 5 years, I would like to have published a few other books, one on travel and another on poetry, possibly one about food, and I would like to open my own marketing or publishing company. I haven’t thought too much about the future as I like to see where the road takes me but I do know one thing for sure – I want to make a difference, one way or another.

What is your favourite book and why?

This is the worst question to ask a writer! It is so difficult to pick just one but ONE of my favourites would be Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.  The first time I read this book was the first time I truly felt for a book. I was struck with intense grief and sorrow, just like the characters, and that was the moment I realized the true power of writing. I couldn’t go back after that.

What is your favourite quote and why?

“Find what you love and let it kill you” – It’s a quote by Charles Bukowski and I actually have it tattooed on my arm because I love it so much. It might seem a bit macabre but I interpret it as living life to the full, doing everything out of love even if it may kill you – whether that’s skydiving or something else. Live life out of love, not fear.

If you were stranded on Desert Island, what three things would you take with you?

  1. Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 – Haven’t read it yet and it’s large enough to entertain me for a few days.
  2. Note pad and pen – Technically two items but you can’t have one without the other right? I am sure I would get plenty of inspiration on a desert island and we can’t let that go to waste.
  3. Penknife – Reading and writing are all well and good but I still need to survive.

Read my review of Nicotine and Napalm here!

You can also buy your copy of Emily’s debut poetry book here!

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If you would like me to review your novel or interview you, then don’t hesitate to email me at whatsinmywonderland@gmail.com

 

Vogue Parody – 73 Questions

Naomi from Inching Forwards tagged me to participate in the Vogue Parody: 73 Questions tag. The 73 Questions tag is a parody of the Vogue’s ’73 Questions’ series, which is popular on YouTube, in which they visit a celebrities house and ask them 73 Questions about themselves and their career. Obviously, I cannot show you into my house but I can give you a bit more of an insight on myself by answering the questions below!

This post will be kind of long but also fun and gets you to know me a bit better. I also have way too much time on my hands and thought it would be fun to photoshop myself a Vogue cover.

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1. What is your usual Starbucks order?

I don’t drink at Starbucks and I haven’t for a while now because there is none local to me. Regardless of where I go, there is only 2 possible answers, tea or hot chocolate!

2. What does your workstation look like right now?

A mess? It’s not even my mess either. My partner and I share an office, and for some reason ‘tidying,’ his desk involves dumping things from his desk to mine…

3. All-time favourite food?

Pasta bake? I really love pasta bake!

4. Favourite author?

I feel like I give the same answer’s to these questions all the time and it probably changes slightly. At the moment, I’m loving J.K Rowling as I am re-reading the Harry Potter books.

5. What do you think of open relationships?

It’s not for me but whatever floats your boat.

6. What is your favourite video game?

Do Sims and Zoo Tycoon count? Rather excited to try Lego Forza…

7. Guilty pleasure treat?

The chocolate stash.

8. Favourite movie?

The Breakfast Club. I had Simple Minds as my ringtone for 3 years, and I have proudly just changed it back!

9. Favourite book?

Alice in Wonderland is my all time.

10. Twitter or Instagram?

Twitter. I was never a fan of Twitter until I joined in November 2018. It’s an awesome way to get in contact with likeminded people.

11. Desktop or laptop?

Laptop. I’ve never owned a desktop, but even if I did, I think I like the laptops portability and the fact it doesn’t take up too much space.

12. Best advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I can say I’ve received is the good old trusty ‘be yourself’. I’ll tell you why, because there is no point in pretending to be anybody but yourself. Nobody can be you but you!

13. What project are you working on right now?

I am in the midst of planning a few things which I hope you will all love.

14. Favourite colour?

I really loved the colour yellow when I was little, then I hated it. Yellow is making a comeback, I love yellow.

15. Did you get good grades at school?

Debatable. Very debatable.

16. Dream job?

A job that allows me to live life on my own terms.

17. Played any sports?

I used to enjoy netball but I’ve not played in years.

18. Do you have a degree?

Maybe one day.

19. Nationality?

British.

20. What is your favourite kind of blog post to do?

I enjoy writing all my blog posts but I especially love when I am able to write my thoughts and experiences based around a certain topic.

21. What do you like to collect?

I love to collect cameras, which is dangerous because it’s expensive.

22. Describe yourself in three words

Can I go for ‘down to earth’?

23. If you were a rapper what would your rapper name be?

I don’t even want to answer this question.

24. Who was the last person you DMed?

My dad, he sent me a photo of a stray cat in Cyprus.

25. What’s on the top of your wish list right now?

Physically or Mentally? Mentally I’d really like to get my anxiety under control and physically I’d love to get my laptop fixed.

26. Hogwarts house?

“You might belong in Hufflepuff, Where they are just and loyal, Those patient Hufflepuffs are true, And unafraid of toil.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

27. How many tattoos do you have?

2. I have my daughters handprint, name, and D.O.B in Roman Numerals on my chest by my heart. I have my dog’s name in Russian and her D.O.B in Roman Numerals on my back by my right shoulder.

28. What are you most grateful for this year?

My boyfriend. I’ve had a bad 6 months so far this year and he has had my back and gave me the support I needed and so much more.

29. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?

My mum’s breast cancer surgery went well so that has made my month.

30. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?

Spending time with my boyfriend filming. He’s been working a lot this month and I have barely seen him.

31. What’s the best thing ever?

My daughter, she makes me smile even on the worst days.

32. Favourite season?

Spring and autumn, not too hot, not too cold!

33. Favourite holiday?

I hate to say it but Christmas. It’s such a lovely time when everyone can get together, feel festive, crunch the snow, light the candles, put up the Christmas tree. Spend time with your loved ones. Ahh. You’re making me wish it was Christmas.

34. Which fictional character do you relate to most?

I feel like there are many fictional characters I can relate to, I feel I mostly relate to Cassandra Clare’s Clary Fray.

35. Do you like surprises?

Not really. My anxiety hates them.

36. What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had?

Getting accepted for Uni!

37. What’s a surprise that made you cry?

The only thing that comes to mind at this moment was the other month my best friend who lives in Lincoln surprised me with a trip home. I came back from shopping to find her hiding in my Office. I CRIED.

38. What’s the best surprise you’ve ever given anyone?

I surprise myself every day?

39. Do you like muffins?

Blueberry muffins are life.

40. Do you cook often?

I used to cook every meal but I started to really get drained coming up with new ideas all the time. My boyfriend and I split the cooking now.

41. What’s your favourite dessert?

Chocolate cheesecake.

42. Is there a dessert you don’t like?

I don’t like cake, only chocolate cake which is a problem because I like to bake. I just don’t eat what I bake.

43. Cake or pie?

Cake, but only if it’s chocolate!

44. What’s your least favourite food?

I’m not a huge fan of greens. I like fruit but not vegetables.

45. What’s your favourite condiment?

I do not have one. I gave up Salt & Vinegar like 6 years ago and stopped eating sauces 4 years ago. Does gravy count? I like gravy.

46. It’s 4am on a Saturday night, what would you eat?

4am on a Saturday night? I’m sleeping sorry.

47. If you could teach a college class what would it be called?

Some sort of writing class would be nice.

48. Best animated film?

Big Hero Six, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin.

49. What has a guy done or said to impress you?

I’ve had a fair few people ‘lies’ to impress me, but not small white lies. Big eccentric lies, which I fell for at the time because I was naive. I love to laugh about them now. I would repeat them back to you, but unfortunately, I am unsure if they read my blog and I don’t wish to embarrass them. They’ve already embarrassed themselves enough!

50. The best thing to do on a first date?

Coffee and stroll beside the beach!

51. The worst thing to do on a first date?

Swimming?

52. What’s the funniest pickup line a guy could use on a girl?

I hate pickup lines. I mean let us be honest for a moment; none of them are good!

53. Best comic book character?

Wolverine, I really loved him!

54. What are three things that are always in your purse?

Notebook & Pen, Spare phone charger, and Kindle.

55. Favourite drink?

Dr. Pepper, but I don’t drink it too often.

56. If you could play a historical character who would it be?

I’m not too sure!

57. Kittens or puppies?

How about both?

58. Favourite sushi roll?

I don’t like sushi, which basically means I’ve never tried it. I just don’t like the way it looks.

59. What kind of lipstick do you use?

Anything that’s vegan. I like the lip balms from the body shop.

60. What kind of foundation do you use?

I don’t use foundation. Never have, never will.

61. Blow dry or air dry?

I’m assuming we are talking about hair? Air dry is better but sometimes I will blow dry it depending on the situation.

62. Who is your fashion icon?

Bowie? Gaga? Someone weird. I don’t have a normal sense of fashion. I like what I like and I’m terrible at coordinating which is why I occasionally look a bit crazy. I always get other people to pick for me!

63. Favourite Disney character?

Baymax, Alice, Jasmine or Eeyore.

64. What are you doing tomorrow?

Hopefully, I’ll be working on some blog posts, finishing some coursework and reading!

65. Movie you laughed the hardest through?

I’m not a huge comedy fan. I mostly watch Horror, Romance or Fantasy. The last film I can remember laughing at is I Feel Pretty, you can read my review of that here!

66. A movie that made you cry?

Marley and Me. I used to love this film and cry every damn time but since losing my dog. I can’t even begin to think about watching it.

67. If you could sing a duet with someone who would it be?

My dad. I have always loved singing, especially with my dad. Now that he lives in Cyprus, I wish I could have sung with him more before he moved.

68. If your life was a song what would the title be?

She who dares wins.

69. What’s your favourite animal?

Wolf or Owl.

70. Favourite illustrator?

I don’t really have one but my great uncle was a famous illustrator.

71. The person you want to have coffee with?

Vicky from LeaBellaBlogs, we have been talking since what feels like forever and not officially met. I look forward to that day!

72. What country do you wish to visit?

Cyprus to see my Dad.

73. Best way to decompress?

Reading, writing, and Netflix.

I tag LeaBellaBlogs, BeardedIgorBlogs, Harri Elizabeth, dungareesanddonuts, Pages, Places and Plates, Undercover Superhero and Disney Mummy Abs.