You might have noticed that things are looking slightly different around here. Yes, my little slice of the internet has had a refresh! It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now – make my blog slightly more ‘professional’ looking. So, I finally took the plunge and changed my theme. There are still some tweaks to make here and there, but so far I’m happy with it.
Anyway, I thought I’d use this theme refresh, and my One Year Blogging Anniversary a few weeks ago, as an excuse to reintroduce myself.
So, let’s start at the beginning, shall we?
My name’s Evie, short for Evangeline. I’m 20 years old and coming in at a lanky 5’10. I was born and bred in Liverpool, and yes I do have a slight Scouse twang. Although, I have been called ‘posh’ in comparison to fellow staff members and classmates.
I was very much a creative child, and I spent my youth doodling and creating stories. I was also a Girl Guide for six years, something which I kept quiet for whatever reason at the time. Honestly, some of my best memories come from those years, even when we were camping in the rain and cooking over a tiny stove. In school, I was a quiet child who got her head down and cracked on with it. I always had a comfortable close-knit group of friends, and nothing has really changed in that regard.
In 2016 I started my English Literature and Spanish degree at the University of Leeds. As required by my course, I recently spent 9 months in Madrid and if anything, it taught me how much I love and appreciate home. Both Liverpool and Leeds are cities I truly adore. Now I’m back on my home turf I want to make the most of their quirky stores, cafes and architecture more than ever.
That brings me to where I am now; 20 going on 21. My final year of university is approaching and thoughts regarding career plans are niggling in the back of my mind. I’ve always known that I want to do something creative. When I was younger I would create my own magazines. Then, the next day I’d want to become a fashion designer. This phase was much inspired by my Bratz doll obsession and their fashion-forward clothing. Now, I’m not too sure. I’m starting to feel the prevalent millennial pressure of needing to have a solid career plan.
My previous jobs haven’t been too luxurious or fulfilling. I first worked part-time at McDonald’s but I won’t delve into the horrors of working there. A couple of years later I spent my summer in Sports Direct. This way by no means as traumatizing, but it did confirm that customer service and I aren’t meant to be. Finally, my position as a language assistant in a secondary school in Madrid recently came to an end. While I don’t intend on becoming a teacher, I’ll forever be grateful for the experience I have gained. Sometimes, faking it until you make it really does help. So, I guess my work background has only really given me an idea of what I DON’T want to do.
Then there’s reading. It’s always been a passion of mine, I just never thought I could have a career from it. Blogging, however, has opened my eyes to the array of possibilities in the publishing and book industry. So, we’ll see where life takes me I suppose. For now, over summer I intend on honing my writing skills, working on my blog and reconnecting with some of my hobbies I’ve dropped over the course of the past few years.
That covers the big bits, but what else is there to know about me? Well, let’s see.
I am a morning person through and through. I love springing out of bed bright and early, completing a morning workout and tackling the most tedious tasks on my to-do list before lunchtime. My day is then fueled by gallons of water and green tea – tea over coffee any day. Call me an old biddy, but I much prefer nights in than out (I can hear party-infused, first-year-of-university me cackling right now). Give me a night in with Netflix, comfy pyjamas and chocolate (preferably Maltesers and a box of Roses), and you have a happy gal.
New York and Tokyo are two cities that I’ve been itching to hop on a plane to for years. If you scroll through my YouTube history you’ll find a bounty of travel vlogs, clothing hauls, food diaries and mini-docs exploring the two cities. Anyone fancy taking me? On the other hand, I’m partial to country walks thanks to my Girl Guiding and Duke of Edinburgh days. I miss camping, although, I don’t miss doing it in the rain and wind so much. That’s not so fun.
I am a massive foodie. But, I can’t help but laugh thinking about my meals during the first year. Who thinks a tortilla wrap filled with chicken fingers, a potato waffle, frozen peas, cheese and a crumbled up cracker is a substantial meal? Was I hungover or just deranged? Now though, I love cooking. Although, I don’t whether I’m actually any good at it or not since I’m hesitant about cooking for other people. My favourite meals? Hands down mum’s spaghetti bolognese.
The big question though – sweet or savoury? Sweet every single time. If I could have breakfast food for every meal, I would. Porridge will forever have my heart. I could write a trilogy on my love for the stuff, but I won’t bore you.
One of my favourites hobbies is reading and it has been since I flew through the Biff and Chip books in infant school. Jacqueline Wilson was my favourite author and I pretty much owned all of her books up until high school. I owe my love for fiction to that woman and now can’t go a day without reading at least 20 pages of a book.
Furthermore, I was a bit of an all-rounder in school. I was alright with numbers and a part of me wishes I pursued Maths at A Level. I miss the satisfaction of working out elaborate equations. I’d also always seem to glide through Science, purely down to memorising entire chunks of textbooks and writing them down word for word in the exams. Words, though, are my true love. Writing them, reading them, interpreting them, translating them. What a dull place the world would be without them, eh?
Other things I love include binge-worthy TV shows, a roast dinner slathered in gravy, the smug feeling of waking up before my alarm, slow-weekend mornings, listening my to Dad ramble on about some 80s rock band’s entire discography, bickering with my siblings but loving them unconditionally, the unbreakable bond I have with my dressing gown, new notebooks I intend to create something spellbinding with but never do, my Pokémon guilty pleasure, loafing on the sofa with my mum, and being able to spend hours in a bookshop, walk out with nothing, but still have had the best time.
And it is probably obvious that I’m a bit of an over-sharer.
Thanks for reading,
This post was much inspired by Sophie Cliff’s ‘A Reintroduction’ post a few months back! Be sure to check her blog out if you haven’t already!