• Getting to know me...

    I have received a few requests to do more personal posts, which I wouldn't say that I am reluctant to do, I just generally think that people don't really want to read about what I like or dislike.  I also always assumed my blog reflects exactly who I am - I'm pretty much a laid back, easy going girl that likes pretty things and pretty much all animals.  So I thought I would complete the questions that many other bloggers are doing at the moment...sorry for those you aren't interested - I'll have some pretty pictures and reviews up after this post!

    1. List 5 random facts about yourself
    • I am a big softy, but I refuse to cry in front of people.
    • I am terrible at small talk.  Pretty much, if I don't know you I will have no idea what to talk about. Some people think that it makes me aloof but I really just have no idea what to say.
    • As if I haven't made this obvious enough, I LOVE dachshunds!
    • I love cooking and hum while I cook.
    • I love giving gifts.  I really love spoiling the people I care about with little presents, even if it's just a box of jelly beans or something small that I know they love.
    2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have.
    • I have a belly button phobia.  I literally cannot control myself if someone comes close to my belly button.  I will punch, bite, kick or stab a person if they try to touch my belly button.  I can't even watch someone touch their own belly button.  Just thinking about someone touching it makes me want to scream...it fills me with so much anxiety that even typing this out is making me anxious.
    • I am very critical about myself and always worry and fear that what I do is not good enough.  It pushes me to always try my best and give all I have to give, but it's not all that healthy to always fear not being good enough. 
    • I feel very deeply when it comes to people and the things I care about, so I live with the fear of being hurt - like most people do.  But because I am so emotional by nature it affects me on a much deeper level than most people.
    3. List 5 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could
    I had a great childhood and my teenage years were good because I didn't go through the stereotypical difficult teenage years.  I spent my weekends differently to most teenagers, with my family and sister.  I didn't really care too much about being popular or hanging out over the weekends in malls.  So there isn't anything really profound or life changing I would say - it's quite simple - you are blessed so savour each moment.

    4. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
    • My blog and interacting with my blog followers.  You all bring a smile to my face with each and every comment and tweet.  It makes blogging so rewarding.
    • My beautiful dogs - coming home to wagging tails makes me smile every time I walk through the door.
    • One thing I have learnt with age is to find happiness in the little things - a flower, tree, painting my nails, hugging my dog....simple, beautiful things :)
    • The people I choose to have in my life - I might not see everyone everyday or speak to them everyday, but I love them all and think of them every day.
    • Knowing that I am on the path to where I want to be in my career.  My job is very challenging and I still have a lot to learn, but I am happy that I am becoming what I always hoped to be - so it makes me happy (beneath all the exhaustion and chaos).
    5. If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?
    • To always have Scamp with me, I can't bare the thought of him not being around one day.  I want to cry just typing this wish out....so I'll move on to my next one. 
    • To truly have true financial freedom so that I don't have to worry about money or my future.  I tend to think very far into the future, so I even stress about how I will manage when I retire.
    • I wish I had the ability to instantly improve the living conditions of people everywhere.  I get very upset when I see how people battle to survive, especially in horrible weather.  Life is very unfair at times.
    6. What is your dream job, and why?
    • My dream job is pretty much what I am building up to.  Even though it is difficult, I know I am good at what I do and that I can become great - I just need to keep building up my experience.
    7. What are 5 passions you have?
    • Blogging
    • Beauty
    • Business Analysis
    • Coffee
    • At the moment...Sleeping :P
    8. Describe your most embarrassing moment.
    • Hmm....I don't really get embarrassed too easily because I am mostly the one laughing the loudest when I do something stupid.  I really can't think of any one thing that I still cringe about.
    9. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
    • Inconsiderate people....I won't even go into this.
    • Long queues caused by shops not having efficient processes.  Being a Business Analyst this irritates me more than the average person because I immediately want to fix things.
    • Smudging my nails when I've spent ages painting them.  Sometimes it makes me want to fly into a violent rage and then cry :P
    • People who don't appreciate what they have and take things forgranted.
    • People who aren't careful with my things.  I was brought up to look after my things and take good care of everything I have.  So if you are purposefully careless I will be irritated immediately.
    • People who aren't punctual.  I am hardly ever late for anything so it drives me mad when people are consistenly late for meetings or get togethers.
    • When I can't do things properly or at a level I expect of myself I get very irritable.  I don't take it out on other people, but I beat myself up and go all quiet.  Sometime I do actually speak to myself about the bad job I did :P
    • Overcrowded shops...like just this evening I was at the Waterfront the day after Topshop had it's official opening.  I walked there, saw the queues outside the store and the crowd inside - just turned and walked away than deal with all of that.
    • People who tell me I am wrong when I know I am right, especially when they raise their voice at me.  I don't generally raise my voice at people so I hate it when people do that to me in situations like this.
    • When people leave dirty containers in the sink with the lid still on - I HATE opening up containers and that awful smells punches me in the face.  Filthy people make me mad :P
    10. Describe a typical day in your current life.
    Wake up and spend some time with my dogs; head to work, get my morning cup of coffee; brace myself for all the emails I have to respond to and possible incidents that I need to resolve...lots of meetings...squeeze work in again...try to remember to eat....work; Head home;  Catch up on blog reading; write some blog posts; prepare supper; watch some food network or watch a series; bath; lie in bed surfing the web a bit then sleep.  Weekends are at least more relaxing and self-indulgent.

    11. What’s the hardest part of growing up?
    The saddest day was probably when I realised that my childhood imagination had almost all but disappeared.

    12. Describe 5 weaknesses & strengths you have.
    A lot of bloggers have refused to answer this...but I'll give it a go.
    • I am too loyal - it is a desirable trait to have in a person, but it sometimes prevents me from moving on when I should.
    • I am too nice - some people take advantage of it.  But I do try to strike a good balance.
    • I empathise too much with people - this is a flaw at times when it comes to my job, because I do need to be firm at times and it can be hard.
    • I care about people with all I have - I think it's a strength and weakness.
    • I know exactly who I am and what I want - I believe this to be a strength because I know what I will and won't do and more importantly, what I want to do.
    13. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
    • My studies - I have worked long and hard to obtain my degrees, so I am proud of them.
    • My career path - I am happy that I am accomplishing what I set out to do.
    • This blog - it has opened up such a wonderful world to me that I love.  It might not be the most popular or biggest blog, but it is something I am proud of.
    • Buying my first car - I saved up for it for ages and I consider it a big accomplishment because I did it all on my own without any help from my parents at the time.
    • Staying true to myself.
    14. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
    Painting or drawing - I have a frustrated "artistic" side to me that can't really be used because I don't have the natural talent to express it :P

    15. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
    Gee Whiskers! These types of questions always leave me with a blank expression - usually I just think I want to be happy and that implies that I have what I need to have in order to live comfortably and I'm surrounded by the people I love.  So it doesn't matter where I am at the time or what I am doing, I just want to be happy.

    16. What’s your favorite holiday and why?
    It would have to be my holiday to Cape Town when I was 13 or 14 years old.  I just fell in love with Cape Town and that holiday I clearly remember a billboard that was outside the entrance to the waterfront that said "Imagine living here".  As we drove past I said out loud "I wish!".  We left with heavy hearts but 2 years later my Dad got a job offer in Cape Town.  I still believe that holiday set the course for my future and it's definitely my favourite.

    17. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be?
    This is easy for me, I would want it to be with the people I love.  As previously mentioned, I can't make small talk with people I don't know so it makes no sense for me to want to spend an awkward evening with someone I won't be able to have a conversation with.

    18. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
    Charity and supporting causes - clicking a like button on facebook or retweeting something does not make you a philamprothist.  I am by no means a saint when it comes to this, but it's about truly trying to quietly help even just one person for one day.  It's obviously a good thing to draw attention to a cause, but I really don't like it when people simply follow the crowd without truly believing or understanding what it is that they are supporting.  It should be a normal thing that comes naturally to people, not something you should consciously have to do and then broadcast it to everyone.

    19. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
    I love my eyes because it's one thing my sister and I have that is almost identical.  My sister is taller than me, her build is completely different, her hands and feet are a different shape (I take after my Dad she takes after my Mom), we have different kind of hair and our faces are different shapes.  We are a real mix between our parents, each getting different characteristics from my Mom and Dad, but our eyes are similar.  So I love that.

    20. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.
    I just want to be remembered as someone who made those around her feel loved, appreciated and happy. 


    1. I love this post - so nice to get to know you a little better.
      You are really the sweetest, kindest and I can imagine loveable lady I have met in ages.

      1. Your comment made me smile the biggest smile today. Thank you so much XXX

    2. Aww I really love this! I can see you put a lot of effort into it and that you are really passionate about everything you do.

      1. Thank you, so glad you enjoyed reading this post :) I am loving your blog!

    3. Awesome post!!! Thank you for sharing! xxx

    4. I enjoyed reading this! I think it's fantastic to share more "behind the blog" facts :) Keep more coming!

      1. Thanks Claire! Will try to do shorter versions more frequently :)

    5. Love this post - you are a very special person and you certainly do make those around you feel loved and happy.

      1. Thank you so very much Nicole, it means a lot to me :)

    6. I love these posts, but I also always feel like nobody wants to read about me. But I love reading about other people. I can't believe how similar we are. I found myself nodding and smiling at so many of your answers. I relate to the small talk thing. I'm so bad at that and people often thing I'm a b**** or I'm rude cause I honestly don't know what to say.

      You are such a sweet and caring person. I might not know you personally, but I can tell from everything you do. I really think we would get along famously if I lived in CT. :)

      1. I know exactly what you mean Chicara! I know we would be great friends :D

    7. Very long post.
      But loved getting to know you better! :)

      1. Yes, it is VERY long but I wanted to put the effort in and do the post properly.

    8. Thank you hun for giving us a lil more about this special and awesome person who writes this blog :-) much love xxxx

    9. I enjoyed reading this Charlene! I could relate to some of the things in here. Especially the small talk, I suck at it and sometimes I think people probably think I'm stuck up but really I'm just shy. I have a small group of friends and they get me ;) I don't mind reading personal posts because I love connecting with the blogger behind the blog. Thanks for sharing more about you.


      1. Thank you so very much, glad you enjoyed the post :)


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