I was asked to share 20 facts about me on instagram. Now this may sound hard to believe since I share so much on stories, but I am full of self-doubt and find this sort of thing really hard to write. I worry what people will think far too much and overanalyse every single instagram post and bit of text I write. I was too nervous to post this on instagram so I decided to publish it here instead. So here goes…
1. I was born a ‘Power’ (Chloe Amanda) in England but we moved to South Africa when I was one and I only returned to the UK when I finished University. My mum is English and the UK has always felt like my home.
2. When I was younger I was ballet obsessed but just like my daughter Milla (who is exceptionally talented, far more than I was) I made a decision very early on that I didn’t want to make it my career.
3. I studied English and Psychology at the University of Cape Town. I didn’t further my Psychology studies because it meant moving to a different town and leaving my boyfriend of 7 years who I’d been with since I was 15. As it turned out, I left him for my husband a few months later, but I don’t believe in regrets.
4. We travelled to the UK together and after a week of being in the country I was offered a permanent role at a big TV production company working in the Human Resources Department which I grabbed with both hands. I had a dance with a very handsome man at the office Xmas party, fell in love and the rest is history. We’ve been together for seventeen years and married for twelve.
5. I always wanted to work in fashion but fell into TV. I loved my job and was very happy for the 17 years I stayed with the company. At the age of 38 I decided it was time to try my hand at something fashion related before it was too late. So I started documenting my daily outfits on Instagram and writing a blog. At first I think some friends thought it was a vanity project, some of them probably still do. But I couldn’t be happier and finally feel like I am doing something I love passionately.
6. It was my dream to have two daughters. Once I had them, I realised that my life wouldn’t be complete without a son, so we decided to try for another baby when the girls were 5 and 7. I thank my lucky stars daily that having children was so easy for me and that I was blessed with both daughters and a son.
7. I have always loved babies and children. I was a part time nanny during my University years and couldn’t wait to have my own children. I had my first, Olivia at 28.
8. Life is full of coincidences. My mum lived next door to Cat Stevens in her 20s and my father-in-law produced his music. ‘The Boy with the Moon and the Stars on his head’ is my husband. Cat Stevens painted a picture when my husband was born and it became the album cover for Tea for the Tillerman. It hangs in our hallway.
9. I love to sing. In fact, we are a singing household. If we ever go on holiday with friends I think they are surprised to find themselves on holiday with the Von Trapps!
10. I am a stickler for good grammar and punctuation and when I see people misspell the word ‘loser’ (looser!) I come out in hives. (Not really 😉 ) The other day I misspelt ‘vein’ on a blog post and was absolutely mortified when a lovely friend/follower alerted me to it. In fact, I haven’t stopped thinking about it. 😂 I’m quite good at Scrabble, but not as good as my mum.
11. My mum is my best friend. I tell her everything. She’s also the kindest person I know. She lives with us for 4-6 months at a time and when she goes back to South Africa I find it very hard. She was in the room when all three of my babies were born.
12. I believe that ‘manners maketh man’ and I’m very proud to say that my children have excellent manners. All three of my children would tell you that I’m strict, but I like to think that ‘firm but fair’ would be a better way of describing me.
13. I love making people feel good about themselves and try to pay a stranger a compliment every day. (It’s usually about something they are wearing!) I have toyed with the idea of taking a course in personal styling, but at the moment life is a little too busy to find the time.
14. When I was 22 I stumbled across a film premiere in Leicester Square. I walked up to see what was going on and Tom Cruise walked over to me and shook my hand. I was a massive fan at the time. (I’m not anymore and think he’s a total weirdo)
15. I hate any form of discrimination – one of the main reasons that I couldn’t live in South Africa.
16. My parents divorced when I was 9. When I married my husband I married for life and would fight tooth and nail to protect my marriage.
17. I turn 40 in October. I think I’m okay with it, but will probably cry on the actual day. 😉
18. I am quite good at massage and have trained both of my girls to massage. Let’s just say they earn their pocket money!
19. I have a deep fear of public speaking. I know this is something I need to overcome but if I am ever asked to speak in front of people I always find an excuse.
20. I once tried my hand at waitressing. The first meal I served was a burger and chips and as I put the plate down the entire meal slid off the plate and landed in the lady’s lap. I resigned and decided I was better at looking after children.
Eek. Hopefully that wasn’t too boring. I am now feeling fairly anxious about any typos I might have made. If you spot any, please let me know. 😉
Thanks for reading.