I’ve also signed myself up to take part in Rosalilium’s Blog Every Day In November challenge, so I need to get a start on it in this post – eek! And today is ‘Introduction’. So for those of you that have been around here for a while, you probably know a lot about me, but here goes for those who are just turning up! I’m Sian, 23 (eeps, old now!) and I live in North Yorkshire with my boyfriend Ben.
I’m currently working as at a digital marketing company as an SEO, blogger outreach, social media consultant and content writer, and on the side I write for the Thomas the Baker blog which is my family’s business, as well as this blog, and I’m currently setting up a dedicated lingerie blog with my friend Charley. I also occasionally freelance write for other places and I’m starting to embark upon some freelance social media consultation too, yay! I feel like I’m really lucky to have found a job doing something I love on a daily basis – I work with clients in all sectors, including fashion, which is amazing. Before I worked here, I taught Classics and Latin at a private boarding school for 11 to 18 year olds. Unfortunately I suffered very badly with illness while there and ended up having my gallbladder removed. During that time I continued to send work into school, and didn’t stop working at all, even during the recovery from my operation, and started back again way too early. It only meant that I was putting stress on myself and wasn’t getting better, and I felt like I was jeopardizing my students’ educations. I also decided during this time that I wasn’t ready to be doing a job like that, even though I did enjoy what I was doing, so after 8 months, I decided to leave.
So that’s almost turned into a CV there! So I’ll list you some other facts about me that you probably already know, but hey ho, here goes:
1. I am ridiculously clumsy and tend to destroy something (or myself…) every day. For example, today I have broken my watch. I’ve started up an Awkward Awesome feature where I’ll occasionally list these things, but here are a few short stories from my school days for your amusement to illustrate my point: on my first day at secondary school (we started ours at 13), I had a football hit me on the head and a bucket of water tipped over me within the space of one hour. Later in my school days, I managed to get the heel of my shoe stuck in a grate while my friends walked off and left me there. The whole school then proceeded to empty itself out of the building and parade past me, including my teacher who just shook his head at me. I managed to free my foot from the grate by lifting the whole metre long thing out of the ground eventually, before stumbling backwards and getting the other heel stuck.
2. I am quite obsessed with Disney. Luckily I also have a group of friends who are too, so we have embarked on one Disney trip together, and hope to do another in future. Yes, we even dressed as Princesses and Minnie Mouse on that trip, obviously. I have also been to Disney World (Florida) with my family more times than I should admit….only because I can’t admit it because I actually can’t count how many times we’ve been.
3. Before meeting Ben, I couldn’t cook a single thing, except maybe toast. I once tried to make cheese on toast, except on a cracker, in a microwave and nearly blew it up. I now love cooking and will concoct recipes on a daily basis. This is why Ben forces me to plan recipes beforehand because sometimes they’re quite interesting to say the least.
4. Um, this is difficult. I like…fashion?! No, I don’t really, I just like clothes. I’m not into all the Fashion Week, catwalks and designer type stuff – I just like to wear nice things and not be boring with what I wear. Of course, sometimes I do wear boring things, but generally I’m overdressed for every occasion (and I like it that way thank you very much). I like pretty clothes, things like tutus, unusual heels and floaty dresses that I can spin in. (The dress above is by Jones and Jones and they are sold at Topshop here)
5. Clearly I like to write (have you seen how long this post is?!), but I am not disciplined enough to write something properly. My childhood ambition was to write a novel, and yes, I once write a ‘100 page story’ which was my pride and joy, but I would hardly call it a novel. I’m probably not good enough to do it, and I would forget half way through what the story was and go off on some major tangent, but I might still try and do it one day. Speaking of major tangents, this point was supposed to be about how I like to read a lot (check out my monthly book posts – there’s another coming tonight too), but there you go, I went off on a typical Sian tangent. Oh, and clearly I like to talk a lot too.