50 Questions Stolen From A 2005 Hotmail Email, Answered in 2015
Why do you go on the Internet?
Honestly, I just find it quite therapeutic to write down my thoughts on this blog whether or not I have anyone reading it. I like writing, but most of all I like connecting with people, hence why this blog isn’t private or just a bunch of Word Documents on my desktop.
Favourite social network?
I’d say Twitter for the endless amounts of chats and conversations that can lead to new opportunities, interesting conversations and wonderful meet-ups. Instagram for documenting the good times.
Which celeb do you wish you were related to?
I’d be happy with Taylor Swift being my cousin. I think she’d be fun to have a Christmas party with.
Do you hoard stuff?
I chuck away most things after a while except for old letters and books.
Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?
TOUGH ONE. Titanic I think, because I remember watching it aged 8, crying and realising the power of cinema.
Favourite place to eat?
An Italian in Stoke Newington that holds VERY good memories. Also: pizza.
What do you do in your spare time?
Write, travel, see friends, watch films, read books, attend talks and events. Is “drinking beer in the sun” a hobby?
Last compliment you got?
Someone enjoyed something I wrote.
Last insult you got?
My boyfriend said my new jeans made me look like Avril Lavigne.
Who inspires you?
My ambitious friends, my happy parents, my bf, great colleagues, creative and interesting people like Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Oprah Winfrey, JK Rowling, random people on Twitter, Zoe Sugg for making a career out of something so new, oh god the list goes on and on and on.
What do you feel is your greatest achievement?
Finally figuring out what makes me happy and really 100% going for it.
What do you value most in life?
Honest relationships and health.
What is your dream job, when you grow up?
Anything that involves the Internet, writing, travelling and meeting new people. Right now I feel exceptionally lucky to have that.
Do you have any phobias?
Not really. I really wouldn’t like to get stuck in a lift or lose my teeth though.
Have you ever had a near death experience?
Luckily no, but isn’t every day a near death experience?
Do you get pissed off easily?
Not as much anymore. I’ve definitely learned to just not care too much about things I can’t control.
Hmm that is tricky. I re-read Othello a lot. And Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. And most recently “Opposite of Loneliness” by Marina Keegan which makes me feel different things every time I read it.
Favourite place in the world?
My flat. But Venice for it’s beauty. South Africa for it’s nature. New York for the buzz.
The screen adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Atonement.
Do you remember your dreams?
I remember them quite regularly. When I do, however weird they are I’ll write them down because I always think a dream always means something important and worth analysing. Normally an irrational fear I wasn’t aware of.
Have you ever been starstruck?
When I was in loos with Victoria Beckham.
Who knows you the best?
Probably my sisters.
Ah I have loads. But one that never leaves me: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Favourite online article?
I’ve re-read this one a lot “Seeing Nora Everywhere” by Lena Dunham and also “No you can’t pick my brain for free” published on Forbes. I have loads more favourites, but these two stuck in my head.
If you could have a dinner party with 5 celebrities, dead or alive, who would you invite?
Iris Apfel, Obama, Marilyn Monroe, Maya Angelou, Nina Simone.
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Are We Nearly There Yet? And Other Stories Of An Impatient Gemini
When did you last cry?
The other day, for no reason at all. Time of the month.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
Being really hurt, and then getting well and truly over it.
What do you miss most about being a kid?
Having someone take you everywhere. Not having to make decisions.
Name a time where you felt really excited?
In 2010, moving to London with my best friend. I still feel that excitement but now in different ways.
When was the last time you were nervous?
10 minutes ago.
What is something you learned in the last week?
The importance of spending time by myself, and occasionally taking a break from London.
Have you surprised yourself recently?
Yes. That thing that I was thought was impossible is not impossible.
What is one thing you will never do again?
Eat wasabi peas.
What is your pet peeve?
Unnecessary rudeness. When people won’t stop sniffing.
What’s been your favourite age so far?
This year has been the best year.
What is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?
You know yourself the best.
Four things you don’t like/understand?
Football. Mean people. Racism. Violence.
What is the ideal number of people to have over on a Friday night?
What was the worst age you’ve been so far?
I remember fourteen being a cripplingly insecure age.
What fictional character reminds you most of yourself?
Emma Woodhouse from Jane Austen’s Emma. She was a bit of a dick, then sorts herself out.
Do you believe in karma?
Yes. I believe that what you do comes back around. Sometimes on purpose.
Would you give up one of your fingers if it meant you’d have free Internet wherever you go, for the rest of your life?
Omg, I think I would.
Favourite trait in a person?
Someone that will always listen to the full story, without judgement.
Staying in, or going out?
Both in equal measures.
First thing you notice about other people?
Whether they are laughing or smiling.
If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?
Yellow. How you ever feel sad if you were always bright yellow?
Last people you spoke to on the phone?
What do you do when you’re stressed?
Have a cup of tea – or go and have a word with myself in the toilets.
When are you happiest?
The “taking off your bra” moment; getting home after being away. Working on a project I’m passionate about. Being away in the sunshine. Meeting new people. Writing. When the pizza arrives. When I am learning something new.
How I Grew Up Online
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