Tattoo…you?

#334: Do you have a tattoo? If so, what’s the story behind your ink? If you don’t have a tattoo, what might you consider getting emblazoned on you skin?

I’ve always been in two minds about tattoos – I’d like to get one as the right designs can look really nice but on the other hand, not only do I face the dilemma of where it would go but ultimately will I regret it later when I’m old and wrinkly?!

That said, I was close to getting one last year after my Great Nan passed away. She’d been the head of the family for my entire life and at the amazingly grand age of 104, she was still an incredibly tough cookie who refused to give up her independence. Putting it simply, she was an inspiration to all of us who has very much been missed each and every day. In remembrance and as my own way of honouring her, I was looking to get a small ivy based design since her name was Ivy. One of the reasons I didn’t go through with it however, was because I couldn’t decide where to place it – I wanted to be able to see it, so that took my back out of the equation; I didn’t want to get it somewhere that would be affected by growth/child birth, which then excluded my middle; and then I also felt I couldn’t have it on any part of my wrist/arms as it may look unprofessional… this all just gave me a headache!

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Humble pie

#333: Tell us about a time you found out after the fact that you’d been mistaken and you had to eat a serving of humble pie.

I honestly can’t think of a time where this has happened so much so that it has scarred me. Of course it must happen but I guess only in smaller, more insignificant ways.

Keeping up with the Jones’

#332: Tell us about the one luxury item you wish you could afford, in as much detail as you can. Paint a picture for us.

I wish I could afford my own place – a house would be ideal but at the moment I’d settle for a newly refurbished flat looking over the glorious London skyline. Not that I’ve looked at properties near Buckingham Palace but around that way would be perfect, as whenever I’ve been there it’s been gloriously sunny and felt really fresh (well, aside from the day after Prince George was born… it was raining but I was determined to get a peek at the golden royal announcement!). It would have a master bedroom (double of course… it did say luxury!) with its own ensuite; it would be nice to have a guest bedroom, a separate bathroom and toilet (which I’ve always found handy over the years – infection separation and all that!); of course it wouldn’t be complete without a kitchen and a living room! The rest I wouldn’t really mind – they’d be happy extras!

Decor wise, I’d prefer a more minimalist vibe; white walls, wooden floors with cosy rugs, duck egg blue accessories here and there, hidden storage space and the odd canvas family photo hanging up in every room (or if good enough – a favourite holiday snap!). I’d have a giant desk lamp in my living room… and, believe it or not, such a thing does exist! I saw it at a Christmas in July PR event and I wanted it instantly – think life-sized Pixar opening credit desk lamp!

Oh and I’d really like a top notch smoothie maker… whilst I’m at it 😀

Fear factor

#331: People are afraid of all kinds of things: spiders, the dark, or being enclosed in small spaces. Tell us about your greatest fear — rational or irrational.

I guess my greatest fear, bigger than any other, is the terrifying thought of being attacked/dying. And I know it sounds super dramatic, but when I think about it – my fear of spiders is more of an annoyance than anything else, as I’m perfectly capable to use the cup and paper method to put it outside (unless of course, it’s so big that it doesn’t actually fit in the cup!); my fear of

To boldly go…

#330: An impending new year gives rise to reflection and goal setting. What will your goals for 2015 be? It’s never to early to start thinking about self improvement!

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Good question! Last year, one of my resolutions was to complete WordPress’ 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge, which I think (minus the odd missed days – thanks Norway press trip!) I’ve managed to achieve.

Since I love self improvement, I’ll no doubt set a quite few various resolutions. Amongst them will probably be – to travel abroad at least twice (I’ve never had two holidays in one year); to finally move into London (it’s been a dream ever since I started working in central back in 2012); to progress in my career – whether it be in magazines/publishing, video editing/presenting/producing or even PR; to take part in more video interview/junkets and video projects; and no doubt to learn something new – whether it be mastering photography, finally learning British Sign Language through official tuition or even taking classes on a particular video editing software… I just love being a sponge!

Image of myself with Head of Character Animation for How To Train Your Dragon 2, Simon Otto: Kjersti Veel Krauss

Simply irresistable

#329: Tell us about the favourite dish or food that you simply cannot turn down.

I was really struggling to think of something because I’m fairly temperamental when it comes to food – I can be in a sweet mood, I can be in a savoury mood. But it’s something I’ll never know until I’ve sat down in the restaurant and soaked up the atmosphere. For example, one of my favourite Mexican restaurants is Las Iguanas and I absolutely love their gooey, chocolate orange Aztec cake. However, after gorging on Totopos (nacho chips with freshly made salsa) and a huge burrito, I can very really fit it in!

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And then, I had a magnificent lightbulb moment – Choccywoccydoodah! Of course! Shamefully, in the past I have been known to already be full before heading to this incredible establishment and STILL ordering a wedge of cake or a delicious dipping pot! I will never be able to say no to their delights.

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P.s – photographs to come (they’re on my iPhone, which I forgot to pick up this morning as I left for work – doh!)

Close call

#328: Tell us about a bullet you’re glad you dodged — when something awful almost happened, but didn’t.

I genuinely am struggling to think of a specific situation where I have managed to avoid something “awful”. I mean, there are always those little phew moments where something could have gone wrong and potentially ended badly, but I wouldn’t say that I’ve swerved anything “awful” recently. It’s just so dramatic!

I have confidence in me

#327: Are you good at what you do? What would you like to be better at?

Yes, I believe I am the best at what I do! I’ve managed to teach myself so many things in order to complete my job, as I haven’t received any official training, thus needing to educate myself. For example, I’ve never been taught how to edit video junkets (or just video footage in general), but I had to teach myself how to do it – especially for my most recent Norway/How To train Your Dragon 2 project!

Check out my cool junket interview with the Head of Character Animation for this amazing film, Simon Otto!

Doing this project has made me realise just how much I want to become a full time Video Editor – if possible with both Producer and Presenter responsibilities, as I absolutely love it! And so if anyone has any tips for me on how I can make this dream into a reality, please do get in touch!

Playtime

#326: Do you play in your daily life? What says “playtime” to you?

Kicking back and watching The Good Wife. Or playing some video games with my brother – most recently LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (such a good game!). Another form of my playtime is meeting up with my friends for dinner, drinks or the odd pub quiz. There are simply too many options to choose from!

Graduation!!!

It’s a late one tonight but it’s for a very, very good reason! I’ve spent the whole day bursting with pride as my little brother graduated uni 😀

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