I started this blog almost 5 months ago now and am so proud of all that I’ve accomplished in such a short time.
But accomplishments aside, my favourite thing about blogging is the community. The community of people I’ve come to know and care about, much more than by just their online personas.
And so the purpose of this article series is to let all my readers get to know me better, in much greater depth than would ever be feasible within the space limitations of an individual blog post.
And without further ado, here are five things you may not already know about me…
I’m a musical theatre nerd
In my early 20s, I joined a theatre group and have been performing (singing and dancing) in musical theatre productions ever since! While they’re only amateur productions, performing is one of my greatest passions in life and I love nothing more than belting out a show tune.
I have a travel blog
Another big passion of mine is travelling. In fact, my first blog is a travel blog which I created in 2020. At the time, I found it so strange putting myself out there, so much so that I didn’t even want to give my real name! I actually went by my middle name on this blog so people don’t really know it’s me – that was until recently. I have completed rebranded my travel blog, using my own name this time and you can check it out here – Snap Happy Spoonie.
I’m a spoonie
What’s a spoonie, you ask? A spoonie is someone who is chronically ill. I have several autoimmune disorders which means that my immune system is attacking my body for no apparent reason, causing inflammation and therefore pain. Because of these conditions, if I push myself too hard, I end up either in pain, exhausted or, from time to time, in hospital. I’m pretty stubborn though, so I don’t let it stop me from doing things. But I do need to know when to take it easy and make time for recovery.
I moved 7000km away from home
In 2016, I moved from Ireland to Dubai on my own, without knowing anyone where I was going. I had one suitcase and my guitar. It was scary, exhilarating, challenging and the best decision I’ve ever made! I’m so grateful for the experiences and opportunities that Dubai has afforded me and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. And I’m not opposed to moving countries again!
I play six musical instruments (not very well!)
When I was younger I learned the violin, piano, tin whistle and guitar. The problem was that I was too lazy to learn how to read music, so I used to just listen to my teachers and play it back from ear (much to my mother’s dismay). I regret doing this, because I never did learn how to read music after that. In college, I played the drums in a girl band! I had never had any lessons but I loved to play the drums.
I do wish I had kept learning all of the above when I was younger. But, as of now, I can still play the guitar and I started learning the ukulele recently too.
I’ve really loved sharing a little more about myself with you. But now I want to know something I don’t already know about you, let me know in the comments! I’m not going to nominate anyone in particular, but please feel free to take this as an open nomination and let me know if you write a post!