Do you ever find yourself in a panic when you’re asked at one of those ice-breaking sessions or an interview to share a fun fact or your greatest personal achievement? Well I do, possibly because I often think I haven’t really done anything all that interesting! But in an effort to get better at this and be more positive about my achievements I thought I’d put a list of 10 facts about me out there. I’ll perhaps let you decide how fun they are! If you’ve got your own fun facts, do share them in the comments as it would be great to know a bit more about you!
1. I’m known to most people as Laura. I didn’t have a nickname at school but in my first full-time job after returning from travelling I got called Pritch and the nickname has stuck. Most of my good friends call me by this name and even at 30 I can’t see it disappearing for a while.
2. I was born in Birmingham and I lived there until I went to the University of Leicester to study English. Most people say I don’t really have a Brummie accent and ask when I lost it, my answer is usually that I honestly don’t know!
3. I don’t have any phobias but I do have a bit of a fear of falling down stairs. This is possibly a result of falling down them with a toy pram as a toddler, tripping up and landing face-forward on to a chair at nursery (leading to hospital stitches), and permanently scaring my knee at junior school. You might say I’m a bit unsteadily footed (or a clutz as James affectionately calls me).
4. You might know this already as I’ve mentioned it before, but I hate eggs. I’ve tried but I just don’t like the taste or texture. My sister is the same and we’re convinced that we were scarred at the dinner table as children. It does means that when it comes to breakfast and brunch places I’m still waiting for some kind of avocado-themed cafe to pop up instead of the endless egg-themed ones.
5. My first trip to London was aged about 5/6. I mainly remember the long coach journey down, Buckingham Palace and McDonald’s for lunch!
6. I made several trips since but the one I remember most was with a school friend where we were approached by Jeff Brazier outside Oxford Street Topshop. He interviewed us for a program called Dirty Laundry and asked us what we thought were the signs your boyfriend was cheating on you. Being only 15 at the time I answered with “he buys you flowers and chocolates?”. I’m pretty sure it never got aired!
7. My favourite celebrity spotting in London so far was seeing Jude Law in a kebab shop after a night out in Angel. (He really didn’t want a picture taken at 2am). The next day my housemate spotted an article in the Daily Mail with a picture of the same blonde model we’d seen him only a few hours before.
8. I met James via Match.com and whilst I spent two years reluctant to join the online dating scene, I would obviously recommend anyone looking to meet someone to give it a go. If one site doesn’t work out for you definitely try another and don’t be disheartened by some of the crazy (and persistent) people on there.
9. I did a 10 Peak Challenge for charity in 2011, raising a total of about £10,000 with my team. I then proved to myself I could actually run more than a mile by doing the British 10K run in London last year and raised over £1,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
10. The bravest thing I’ve ever done is jump out of a plane at 14,000 ft above Mission Beach in Australia. Then surprising myself by really enjoying it. Here’s the evidence (spot the cringe statement!).
Those last two are probably the best ones I could use in a work environment!
Do you have any fun facts to share?
p.s. If you fancy more behind the scenes stuff, I’ve recently joined Snapchat band wagon @thiscitylifeldn! I wasn’t sure about adding another social media app to the addictive collection but it’s much less serious than other platforms and quite fun!