I was wanting to blog but could not bring together a coherent theme, so thought I’d “cheat” and answer some of those typical blog interviews (as if you don’t know ALL about me already, but anyway, here goes):
Are you named after anyone?
My middle name is Rae, after my maternal grandmother. I asked my parents where they got the idea for my first name from, but they were suitably vague and kept saying that they thought I was going to be a boy and then my name would have been Bruce. So ja.
When was the last time you cried?
About five minutes ago, commenting on another blog about losing my mother. I cry quite a lot.
If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
Hmmm…maybe not? I am quite a bad communicator in terms of picking up the phone and chatting, but I hope my friends always know how much I love them, because I show them this love in other ways.
Do you use sarcasm a lot?
I say “it’s a pleasure!” a lot in traffic when I let people into the traffic queue and then they don’t acknowledge that. My eldest has caught onto the fact that this is sarcasm and now she’s saying it too.
What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Normally how comfortable they are in themselves. Are they slouching, smiling, making eye contact, on their phones? You can tell a lot about people by watching them just standing waiting for something (does that sound creepy or what)
What is your eye colour?
Greeny yellow. I’ve been told they’re my best feature and they’re from my Dad’s side of the family. My aunts and cousins all have them, and I think my kids have them too.
What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
Hawaii is pretty far.
Where were you born?
The little Eastern Cape town of Grahamstown. I was five weeks premature and apparently they said it was a bit “touch and go” in terms of me surviving (again, my parents were a bit vague). But I think that early experience has given me a certain tenacity.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A fashion designer – I drew books and books of my own designs. I think this has expressed itself in my love of fashion as an interest or hobby, even though I never made it my career.
Who was your first best friend?
My pocket rocket friend Angie: we met when we were five years old on the side of the rugby field, because our older brothers were on tour together. She was my bridesmaid and is still one of my closest friends today, even though she lives in London.
How tall are you?
I’m 1.73 metres. I like being this height actually.
How many countries have you visited?
I’ve never really counted but I just Googled a list of all the countries in the world and it looks like I’ve been to about 25? Living in Europe in my 20s certainly helped with my ability to travel. But I’ve seen a lot of Southern Africa too, although I’m very keen to see more of this unforgettable continent.
What was your favourite subject in High School?
English (obvs) was my favourite, although History was a close second.
Tell us one of your bad habits.
I tear off my hangnails with my teeth when I’ve very anxious about something. Then they bleed:(
I also interrupt people if they’re taking a while to get to the point, which is VERY VERY rude. I’m trying to get better at this.
Do you eat breakfast every morning?
Yes. Otherwise I get hangry by 10am which helps no one. It’s either a smoothie in our Nutribullet, a boiled egg or two or some avocado on toast.
What’s the last compliment you got?
A blog reader sent me this the other day + it got me all teary: Thank you for always sharing such inspirational posts and being a positive influence. Your words always captivate my heart and inspire me to change and be better.
What is one food that you used to hate but now you love?
Olives. Used to avoid them like the plague but now I love those salty circles!
What movie could you watch over and over again and still love?
Pitch Perfect. I am OBSESSED. Could watch number 2 and 3 over and over too (I secretly wish to be part of an acapella group you see). Like this.
Favourite current song?
GoodLuck’s new song ‘Be Yourself’ is Genius (PROPER South African talent). You can’t not smile when you hear it.
Here it is – enjoy!
(new photo of me by Robyn Rose).