I was recently tagged on Instagram by @susiehawes and @thestentedpapa to complete the #20factsaboutme challenge and thought I’d post it on here as well. So here you go, 20 things you may not know about little old me:

Pictures of me as a child, getting married, travelling Asia and at the F1 to accompany 20 facts about me

  1. My husband and I went to school together from 11, although we didn’t get together till we were 18.
  2. We’ve been married 14 years today, together almost 19 years.
  3. I have a Masters degree in Management and Marketing.
  4. I learnt Japanese in college but now can only remember a handful of words.
  5. I have lived in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Essex as well as where I live now in the North East, which is 10 minutes from where I grew up.
  6. In 2005 my husband and I both quit our jobs and sold our flat with the intention of traveling the world. A few weeks before leaving we were visiting my mother-in-law and spotted a house for sale somewhere we’d both wanted to live. We had a look and fell in love with it and spent all our money on buying that instead.
  7. That house needed a lot of work and as well as hacking plaster from walls and chiselling chasers for the electrics, I’m pretty good at plastering.
  8. I have written two and a half books in draft form, but never got round to editing them.
  9. I have a sister who has lived in Canada since I was 7.
  10. I’d never been on a plane till I was 18, me and a friend saved up and went to visit my sister. I ended up staying for 7 weeks.
  11. My husband and I are huge F1 fans and have been to Silverstone 3 times and to Monaco once.
  12. My husband works in the Merchant Navy and works away for 10 weeks at a time.
  13. I have travelled on the ship with him twice (before we had kids) and sailed between Japan and Australia.
  14. To make up for not travelling the world, in 2007 I met hubby in Singapore when he got off his ship and we travelled around Asia. We only had three weeks before having to be back for a family wedding so we booked our return flights and just played the rest by ear. We ended up traveling to Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Bangkok, Phuket, Siem Reap in Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam, before heading back to Singapore for our flight home. It was the most amazing three weeks and I’ll treasure it forever.
  15. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 13 years old.
  16. I grew up in a haunted house.
  17. When I was around 8 or 9 I used to collect the apples from the tree in our back garden and take them to the old lady who ran the village pub and she would make me one of her delicious homemade apple pies.
  18. I hate coffee
  19. I recently rode in the back of a monster truck.
  20. I’ve flown over Silverstone in a helicopter.


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29 thoughts on “20 Facts About Me

  1. Wow oh wow! You and your husband are so sweet, so many awesome memories! #familyfun
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    Posted on 17 May, 2017 at 5:16 pm
  2. Love learning more about you lovlies!
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    Posted on 17 May, 2017 at 9:43 pm
  3. I love these. I also did the Instagram one. I hate coffee too – bleghhh! I’ve also been with my other half for 19 years but only married for 2! Sarah #sharingthebloglove
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    Posted on 18 May, 2017 at 8:53 am
    1. Thank you. Finally, someone else who hates coffee, most people think I’m weird x

      Posted on 19 May, 2017 at 6:02 am
  4. Some interesting things, sound like you really got to travel in the end. It’s hard when the other half is away isn’t it? Hope you continue to have amazing adventures. #sharingthebloglove

    Posted on 18 May, 2017 at 8:56 am
    1. We did and I got the travelling bug. I’d love to do some more once the kids are older x

      Posted on 19 May, 2017 at 6:00 am
  5. Great facts! You are lucky to have seen so much of the world. Plastering is the one DIY skill I have not mastered (and would be sooo useful!). #SharingtheBlogLove
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    Posted on 18 May, 2017 at 9:55 am
  6. Love that you travelled around Asia for 3 weeks and just ended up winging it, totally the best way to travel IMHO. I’ve travelled abit, to Australia for a year on a working visa in my twenties and to Malaysia for 3 weeks with work. Malaysia certainly gave me the travel bug. I play it quite safe these days in Cornwall, when the kids are older we’ll definitely be more adventurous #SharingtheBlogLove
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    Posted on 18 May, 2017 at 10:32 am
  7. Oh wonderful to read this! Where in Essex?! Love the fact that you have 2 draft books. I’m working on a novel I wrote a few years back – has been so good to lose myself in the characters again. Wow to the Navy too – how exciting to have sailed with him – though not the 10 weeks away obviously! And I don’t understand about the coffee!! #FamilyFun
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    Posted on 18 May, 2017 at 11:36 am
  8. You sound like you have lead a rich and varied life and have had some great adventures. Great to find out a bit more about you. #sharingthebloglove

    Posted on 18 May, 2017 at 12:49 pm
    1. Aww, thank you x

      Posted on 19 May, 2017 at 5:58 am
  9. Wow ! These are great fun. I love a good random fact about a person! 🙂

    Posted on 18 May, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    1. Back again from #FabFridayPost. You hate coffee?!

      Posted on 19 May, 2017 at 11:38 am
  10. I love reading these! My uncle was in the navy and I think you are incredible strong to manage for 10 weeks at a time. Ha Ha you hate coffee and I hate tea! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    Posted on 18 May, 2017 at 4:11 pm
  11. Wow – I loved finding out a bit more about you Alana. You grew up in a haunted house – woahhhh – that would freak me out! #familyfun xx
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    Posted on 18 May, 2017 at 9:09 pm
  12. Ahh Alana you and your hubster have known each other such a long time!! That’s truly beautifully brilliant! Love the abandoned travel story in favour of the dream home. I’m not sure I could come up with a more interesting list of 20 things about me than what you’ve got!!

    ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬
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    Posted on 18 May, 2017 at 10:13 pm
  13. WOW! You have had some amazing experiences to write about and share! #TheListLinky

    Posted on 19 May, 2017 at 8:27 am
  14. I love these kinds of post and getting to know the people behind the blogs! I’m glad you got to do a bit of travelling I spent a few Months in SE Asia and LOVED it!!

    Posted on 19 May, 2017 at 8:30 am
  15. Aww, I went to school with my husband too and we got together when I was 15. Had our uni years apart and then got back together afterwards 🙂 Very jealous of your F1 trips, and also your Asia travel – I’ve always wanted to visit Cambodia, it looks absolutely spectacular! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    Posted on 19 May, 2017 at 10:55 am
  16. Oh wow! What a fabulous life with many great experiences. I’m so glad you got the opportunity to travel. Love these type of tags as you find out so much. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

    Posted on 19 May, 2017 at 12:06 pm
  17. Cool facts. I hate coffee too and didn’t go abroad til I was 18 (in preparation for my french A level) #sharingthebloglove

    Posted on 19 May, 2017 at 4:39 pm
  18. Im very jealous of your travels. Having never left Europe I’m hoping that I’ll get to explore the world a little more when I’m older #sharingthebloglove
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    Posted on 20 May, 2017 at 9:31 am
  19. How fab that you still got to travel a little. My Grandad was Malaysian so I really want to go there #sharingthebloglove
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    Posted on 20 May, 2017 at 3:57 pm
  20. I love this post and have learned a ton! Thank you, Alana! Great idea for a post too! Know the hubster since you were 11! <3
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    Posted on 20 May, 2017 at 6:15 pm
  21. Wow you went to school together that’s amazing! What interesting facts, its great to get to know more about it. I’d love to see the house you traded travelling for. I would LOVE to go to Monoco, although perhaps not for the F1 lol. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun
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    Posted on 22 May, 2017 at 8:08 pm
  22. So fun to find out more about you! How fantastic that you got to travel to all of those places together. I’m so happy that you did that as well as buying the house! So sweet that you were at the same school. I’ve been tagged in this too, must have a go! xx #thelistlinky
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    Posted on 23 May, 2017 at 11:05 pm
  23. Wow. Sounds like life really has been a great adventure. Thanks for sharing on the #FabFridayPost

    Posted on 24 May, 2017 at 5:45 pm
  24. Wow! These are awesome facts! I must say I take my hat off to you on #14. Incredible! Thank you so much for sharing your facts with us on #FabFridayPost
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    Posted on 25 May, 2017 at 9:58 am
  25. I used to live in Japan but can only remember a handful of words too! #ablogginggoodtime
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    Posted on 25 May, 2017 at 10:11 am