Getting To Know Me – Behind The Blogger Challenge!

It’s been an awful long time since I’ve been involved in a blogger challenge or “tag”, so when the lovely Olivia nominated me and a few others to take part, I couldn’t turn it down!

If you were face-to-face with me and asked me to describe myself, I might have a bit of a difficult time doing so. However, I’m fortunate that this “getting to know me” post doesn’t ask me specific questions and instead invites me to bring you 4 crazy things about me that probably not a lot of you know!

DISCLAIMER: I don’t really do a lot of “crazy”, therefore the likelihood is that they’ll just be well……things.

I’d like to thank Olivia for throwing my hat in the ring – you can check out her post here!

At the end of getting to know me, I’ll be inviting 4 other bloggers to come up with their own ideas so we can get to know them too!

Let’s begin getting to know me….

I have NEVER consumed tea or coffee in my life….and I NEVER will!

This might not seem like such a big thing, but judging by the reactions I sometimes get when I tell people I’ve never had tea or coffee, it seems like a bigger deal than I thought.

What? NEVER? What do you drink in the morning?!

Truthfully, I only drink water. It’s never really occurred to me to have a hot drink and I’ve not been drinking them for long enough in my life that I don’t feel I need to start now. It seems massively un-British of me to deny myself the caffeine boost of coffee or a relaxing cuppa, but it’s just me.

I have Dyspraxia

Despite having Dyspraxia for as long as I can remember, I didn’t really pay any attention to it until later on in life. I’ve written before about the way Dyspraxia affects me as a parent, but like most neurodiversity conditions, it’s not something that’s obvious or apparent when you look at me.

I’ve had moments where I haven’t been as open about Dyspraxia as I am now; I’ve often felt embarrassed and it’s knocked my self-esteem. However, I’m now in a place where I’m totally owning it.

Dyspraxia affects me in different ways to the ways it affects others in the same condition, which is somewhat odd. I struggle with my speech, some aspects of day-to-day coordination and my memory is going a little too as I get older. It’s something I’ve been more open to communicating to others in recent times and I hope my honesty and transparency on the subject can help others!

I considered training as a Zumba Fitness instructor

This is a talking point. To look at me, you wouldn’t have ever thought I would have been in this position, but I was genuinely close to taking this route in my life. I’m 6″3, a little gangly and a little awkward, but for a long time Zumba classes took over my week.

It started out as something I was roped into but a little intrigued by and it progressed into something I absolutely loved.

For those of you not aware, Zumba combines a number of different dance styles and is designed to keep you fit. I’ve always enjoyed dancing, without really being very good at it, but I do admit it was a little daunting being such a novice around so many strangers. Fast forward a few months and I was heavily involved and very much into it. Going to one local class after work on a Friday evening eventually turned into going to 6 classes a week.

I’ve never enjoyed keeping fit so much!

Monday night. Twice on Tuesday night. Thursday night. Friday night. Saturday morning. Every single week, for about 18 months.

This love of what I was doing led to a genuine opportunity to consider taking an instructor’s course. Looking back at things now, it seems utterly ridiculous; I’m nowhere near fit enough and I definitely feel like I’ve lost co-ordination. I decided to take the option of a steady, 9-5 job (that I’m still in today) but it’s amazing to think how different things could have been!

I’m going to write a book one day

Unfortunately, I’m really good at telling both myself and others about stuff I want to do one day, but never getting around to it.

I’ve been intrigued about the idea of writing a book for a long time, which is ironic as I’m a terrible reader. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book from start to finish as an adult as I have a terrible attention span most of the time. However, writing a book sounds like such an exciting project and I’m determined to do it one day, whether it’s in the next 5 years or the next 35.

What kind of book? I’m not sure yet. I like the idea of writing books specifically for children but I’m also fascinated at the idea of writing decidedly “adult” material too.

One thing’s for sure, I definitely shouldn’t mix the two together.

I follow a few people online who are established authors or are currently writing their first; I can only imagine how much hard work, planning and dedication goes into publishing something you’ve written, but I’d also like to feel the pride and the buzz of getting something out into the world that’s originated in your own brain.

So there you go, that’s my “Getting to know me” post laid out for you all to read! Now it’s time to nominate SIX more bloggers to get them to take part if they wish to do so – and here they are!

Not So Modern Girl

Claire Mac

The Yorkshire Dreamer

Echoes of Em

Mummy Conquering Anxiety

Boomer Eco Crusader

So here you are, I’ve challenged these brilliant bloggers to carry the baton and take on the “getting to know mechallenge for themselvesI look forward to seeing what they come up with!

What do you think of my answers? Let me know in the comments!

17 Comments

  1. Love this post.

    It’s great you only drink water. I wish I could!

    Sorry to hear about your difficulties, but you know what, these are the things that make us individual and in my experience, pretty brilliant.

    I also want to write a book. Maybe we could motivate each other.

    This weekend I will put together my post. Thanks for the nomination.

  2. Wow! You have never tried tea or coffee! I don’t like coffee but I do like tea, I am drinking a cup of tea as I read this blog post ha ha! Writing a book is such an awesome goal, I wanted to write a book but I didn’t think I was good enough. Thank you for sharing more about yourself it is always interesting to learn more about the person behind the blog.

    Lauren

  3. Loved getting to you know you Tom. Start that book! I for one will be looking forward to reading it. And zumba… I love it too. Dancing is one of my hobbies

  4. This was fun to read! I only drank water for so long, but now I can’t wake up much without tea. I’m not a big coffee lover tho – it’s for the caffeine, I have always have to add some chocolate ahah

  5. Hi my name is Catherine. I am the owner and author of holdingarrows.com.
    I would love for you to read my new book. Switching Lanes. Parenting Slow in a Fast World. Available on Amazon and Audible.
    I am happy to send you a free kindle copy if you would be so kind as to review for me just let me know by DM to holdingarrows@gmail.com.
    I would also encourage you to write your own book it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.
    Also how have you avoided coffee your whole life. I can’t live without.
    Take care Catherine

  6. I love a good blogger challenge that shares a deeper insight about the blogger behind the blog.

    I am the same; I have no idea how to describe myself. I applaud you for only drinking water. I am in a similar boat. I have tried tea and coffee, but I hate both, and people are shocked, mouth agape, completely baffled, kind of shocked. I do, however, drink way too much pop. 😅

    It is great that you reached a point where you are totally owning having Dyspraxia. I am sure your honesty will help others and encourage them to talk about their experience as well.

    I, for one, can’t wait until you write a book one day! Good luck!

    Thank you for challenging me and for even considering me! I don’t think I can express how much I appreciate when amazing bloggers like yourself think of including me.

    Now I just have to think of some questions for myself. 🤔😅 Thank you for sharing.

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