getting personal #2

When Zoe from the lovely foodie blog Love and Limoncello tagged me for the One Lovely Blogger Award (thanks Zoe!), I thought it was a good opportunity to do a “get to know me better” post, as it asks you to state 7 facts about yourself. So here goes!

1 :: I don’t work a 9-5. I’m a self-employed/freelance kid and for the most part, I love it. Although I have a regular weekly routine, my schedule is different day-to-day and I really appreciate the flexibility and change. It’s just the nature of my work and it fits in well with the lifestyle that I want for myself, and I enjoy the challenge of being my own boss (though obviously I’m technically employed by others). Plus, the majority of my work doesn’t require a computer, which allows me to blog without getting burnt out on screen time overdose! A nice bonus is that E’s also self-employed, so we get to have lunch together often and generally get snippets of time with each other throughout the day.

2 :: I love children. A lot of my work involves young kids, and although there are many challenges that go along with it, it’s something that I’m very passionate about. I remember certain people in my life who made special impressions on me and guided me when I was very young, and in my own small way, it’s something I want to pay forward. I also just love the funny side of kids – they just come out with the most hilarious stuff sometimes! We definitely want to have our own one day, but I’m absolutely not ready yet.

3 :: At the ripe old age of 26 (soon to be 27), I still get IDed every time I try to buy booze. Last year for my birthday dinner with friends, I wanted to buy a can of Guinness to bake Guinness chocolate cake, and I had to beg them to let me buy it without my ID which I’d left at home – “Please let me buy it, I really need it to make this cake, I don’t even like beer and never drink it!!”. A few years ago I was at the supermarket with my mum, who was in her late 40s at the time, and she was asked for ID to buy a bottle of wine. I can only hope I have her ageing genes!

4 :: Parent Trap will always be one of my all time favourite movies. My sister and I watched the DVD over and over when we were younger, and I think of it as “our” movie. She used one of the songs from the soundtrack for a surprise wedding video she made for us and it was the best gift ever.

5 :: I passed my driving test on my first go, but I’ve barely driven since. I don’t think I’m a naturally good driver, so I’m quite shocked that I even have a licence – when I told my mum that I’d passed, she said, “It’s because they pass people like you that the roads out there are dangerous!” – but I think I got lucky. We will most likely get a car sometime in the next couple of years, so I need to take a few lessons again!

6 :: People often tell me that I usually look smart and well put-together in my appearance and general presentation. And then they’re shocked to discover that I am, in fact, extremely messy! When I was in boarding school, my housemother would generously award me with the messiest room prize term after term. My poor ex-roommate, who is still one of my best friends, unfortunately may have caught a bit of the messy bug, and now her boyfriend blames me for it! Sorry guys.

7 :: Just in case you’re curious, I may not look or be British, but I speak with a completely English accent. If you heard me without looking at me, you’d probably not realise that I’m Japanese. I always find that when I read people’s writing, I read it in my own voice and accent in my head, until I hear what the writer actually sounds like – and then I hear it in their voice. Well now you know!

I’d like these ladies to share their 7 facts and tag others:
Elizabeth from A Dash of Wanderlust
Marla from A Weekend Crossing
Setarra from Quaintrelle
Jennie from Sailboat
Mei from Ice Pandora

All photos from my Instagram

You can read my first “Getting Personal” post here.

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  • Reply Angie SilverSpoon

    It's great to find out more about you! I really enjoyed writing my lovely blog award post 🙂 Lots of love,Angie SilverSpoon London

    September 30, 2014 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Michelle Outside London

    I'm so super nosy, I love these 'getting to know you' posts and yours is no different. I tend to read posts in the voice of their author too once I know what they sound like so thanks for the heads up! M x Life Outside London

    September 30, 2014 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth Georgian

    Thanks for tagging me! This sounds fun.

    September 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply jennie

    This is a lovely idea – thank you for tagging me!! I'm incredibly messy too, it makes me feel better knowing I'm not alone hehe! xx

    September 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    I love these posts, it's so nice to learn a bit more about the bloggers whose posts I read so often.

    September 30, 2014 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply Jane

    You must do a video blog so we can hear your voice! 🙂 And I love the Parent Trap. That scene when Haley Mills sings Let's Get Together is one of my favorites. My mom loved this movie too so she made all of us watch it. And driving! I passed on the first go too but I am terrrrrified of driving – I hardly drive but I know the further we go out into the burbs I am going to have to!

    October 1, 2014 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Tamsin Lim

    I love reading personal posts like this! It's so nice to create a fuller picture about bloggers whose sites I love to spend time on – and empathise with personality quirks like messiness (guilty) and constantly being IDed (ugh!) People also always think I'm Caucasian over the phone because of my accent, and in person often tell me that my English is amazingly good because they think I'm foreign…ha! Little do they know that I was born and bred in London…x

    October 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Lulu

    Loved getting to know you more, Miho 🙂 I empathise with a lot of these…especially loving children and being mistaken for one, ha! I got IDed buying a can of compressed air to clean my laptop with the other week. For goodness sake! They take it too far sometimes, don't they?! Hope you are having a good week! xxx

    October 1, 2014 at 10:57 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    I wanna hear your accent (I bet it'll be lovely!)Goodness, I am awfully messy myself (I probably shouldn't have revealed my secret!)

    October 2, 2014 at 4:24 am
  • Reply

    Lovely to learn more about you. Great 7 facts, envious that you are not a 9-5 person, I think it must allow for a great life. We are similar in the fact I am super presentable but my poor cleaner would tell you I am pretty messy esp my wardrobe. X

    October 2, 2014 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Marla Rogers

    Thank you for the tag dear :]1. Not only is it amazing that you don't have to work a regular 9-5, but it's QUITE the perk that you and E get to spend that extra time together. So lucky and so cute!2. I love kids too. I adore what you said about "paying it forward"…I never really thought about it that way, but it's really true and I feel the same way.3. LOL I FEEL YOU GIRL. I still get asked what high school I go to…I'm 24…what is happening haha.4. Omg which Parent Trap? The Haley Mills one or the Lindsay Lohan one? I love them both heheh. 5. Hahahaha that's hilarious that your mom said that! I am really envious that you've gone this long without needing a car. Here where I am you can't get along without one, it's frustrating.6. Omg this literally makes me so so so happy, that's exactly me too!!!! My freshman year room was hilarious because my roommate was super super tidy and I throw everything on the floor haha. There was basically a line down the middle between our halves, marked by where my things ended lol. I'm glad you're with me!!7. It's super hard for me to not read in my own voice, even when I know what the writer's voice sounds like…although I really do try to read your blog in a British accent!!

    October 2, 2014 at 6:53 pm
  • Reply Emma

    Lovely post.I am surprised, when I met you I assumed you were British! Amazing accent by the way ;-)Loved all these facts – although I'm sure you're better at driving than you think! You must have good eye-hand coordination for your job surely?!

    October 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Setarra

    Oh snap, thanks for tagging me girl! Completely unexpected but greatly appreciated Miho! I loved getting to know you better in this post 🙂 I would've definitely assume that you are uber organized and clean in your personal life from how you present yourself haha. I love that you don't work a 9-5 and have found a way to make a career out of your passions. It's really inspiring and is a lifestyle I hope to acquire in the future once I complete my masters program.

    October 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Monika

    I just came across Your blog. It's lovely 🙂

    October 5, 2014 at 6:28 pm
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