So… this is hard… for anyone who’s met me in real life, you know there’s times when I can talk for Scotland and times when I can be pretty quiet… this past year or so I’ve spent much of it in hiding due to life being difficult and only spent time with a few close friends and family so I’ve definitely been on the quieter side, but lately I’ve been feeling more like the old Gill (which is part of the reason for launching this blog)… so the once chatty girl is back!
1. I have not one but two middle names… my parents had two grandmothers to keep happy… as a kid, I hated having two middle names, it was a hassle filling in forms for university or job applications, but now I love the fact that I get to have my gran’s (on my mum’s side) name: Isabel and my grannie’s (on my dad’s side) name: Anne. My gran (Isabel) I saw most often growing up, she lived fairly close by while my grannie (Anne or Nan as she was known by my grandpa and friends) lived in Spain most of my life. They were both incredible women in their own way and I get to share something of that by having their names.
2. On the note of names… I still have to decide what to do about my last name, this may come as a shock to some of you… It’s not something I’ve been hiding, but, I’ve just not made a big deal about it on social media… but I am divorced!… there, I said it. It’s not something I’m ashamed of (I was at first) but thankfully I’ve realised that it doesn’t define me, it’s just something that happened. It’s not how I thought my life would turn out at almost 34 but here we are. I told people who needed to know at the time and more as time has gone on. It been a horrible year and a half (which has a lot to do with me spending a lot of it in hiding – chronic migraines and a broken ankle and other injuries also played their part) but anyway, it’s all finalised, so now I just have to decide whether to keep my married name or go back to my maiden name (although I’m not the person I was before getting married)… I guess there’s no rush with these things! My passport still has 8 or 9 years left on it and I really don’t want to pay another £80 or whatever it is for a new one right now, but there may come a time when that changes.
3. I have a Theology degree and no that doesn’t mean I want to be a minister, but I do love working with young people, students and maybe one day will end up working for a church again in some capacity or doing school or hospital chaplaincy… I guess mainly focussing on Practical Theology, the possibilities are endless. I would love to go back to uni at some point though.
4. Music is my passion… whether it’s singing, playing the piano (although I don’t have one at the moment, I will always love it, my mum played it and I watched her and learned some things from her and taught myself), playing guitar, listening to music or going to gigs… I would love to go to more gigs, that’s definitely on my list of things to do this year.
5. I’ve broken lots of bones: as a kid most broken bones were on my right hand I broke my thumb on a trampoline (I didn’t want to land on a three year old who ran underneath me so landed badly on my thumb) I broke my wrist (the first time roller skating in a supermarket) the second time was as an adult on a night out but was more serious (it was twice in two places and chipped a bone), I broke my pinky five times (netball injuries), I have a stress fracture in left knee (it gave way at a ceilidh), the most ridiculous injury – I broke my left ankle getting up from a chair… I think my knee gave way… I had some wine though (both sides of the ankle joint – apparently if I’d broken one more part of it I’d have needed surgery), falling out of the bath/shower getting a towel managed to break my nose, my toe (didn’t realise I’d broken my toe until I was x-rayed for my broken ankle months later) and my ribs but I’ve broken them too many times to count. Hopefully I won’t have any more injuries for a while!
6. I love to travel (I just wish I got to do more of it)… Here’s a few favourite places I’ve been to: Romania (twice on mission trips), India (on a mission trip but got some time to travel and see the Taj Mahal in Agra and Delhi), Dubai (to see family), Thailand, Australia, Spain, France, Isle of Skye, London.
7. My faith is what’s got me through the good and the bad, but that doesn’t mean being a Christian is easy. I try my best to live with integrity and be authentic but don’t always get it right. I’m not perfect, I’m human. Created perfectly imperfect.
8. I have one regret in life (and I’m sure some people would think I would have more)… I regret not learning to drive and passing my test at 17 before I went to university. It would have been so much easier and less expensive then.
9. I had braces for 5 years for almost all the way through high school (from a couple of days after leaving primary school until 5th year). It was awful. I initially had to have four teeth out to make space for my wisdom teeth (turns out there’s still not enough room for them and I’ve since had two taken out and will need the other two out) then they fitted a removable top brace with a metal guard (until *embarrassing admission* I stopped sucking my thumb) and a bottom train track, then I had two train tracks and they eventually attached elastic band type things from top to bottom to try and align my jaw. I was one of the first of my friends to have braces, so it wasn’t cool and I got teased for a while until everyone else started getting braces in 3rd and 4th year.
10. I’ve never been business minded, I’d never wanted to work in business or run my own business until I fell in love with Stella & Dot jewellery and their mission to empower women, to give them the means to design a life they love. On the surface it may seem like just wearing and selling jewellery/accessories (and now amazing clothes) and sharing on social media, but it’s so much more than that… Stella & Dot’s vision is about empowering women to live bold, joyful lives where passion and friendship are their greatest assets.
Anyways, I’m sure I could bore you with a lot more random chat about me, but I’ll leave it there for now.