25 things for 2 years of blogging.

Two years ago today I wrote my first blog post.  I’ve evolved from a Boden wearing Mom to a Mom with piercings and a passion for fashion (who still loves Boden too!).  I have so much fun blogging and I want you all to know more about me, though you may not be interested 😉

Here are my 25 things:

1. I miss the UK everyday, but if I returned, after 15 years in Atlanta, I would miss here just as much.

2. I have a BSc. and PhD in Biochemistry and and MBA – I’m a nerd.

3. I have a constant battle with gaining weight and have tried every diet going – oddly the only thing that works is what I’m doing now – eating less and exercising.

4. I went to an all girls school and hated most of it.  All my best friends were guys.

5. I used to hate tattoos but after getting my piercings last year – I now REALLY want one. Mid-life crisis?

6. I am happier now than I have ever been mainly because I have stopped worrying what people think.  My friends are all people who love me for who I am, warts and all, and I cherish them.

7. I wear my heart on my sleeve – I have no secrets – I’m a typical Leo.

8. I met my Husband at University when I was just 19, we moved in together after 3 months, and thankfully we grew up together and made it through all the ups and downs.  He is my best friend.

9. I wish I had been a Doctor.

10. I hated working in the corporate world – I don’t like to have a boss, I don’t like rules, office attire and behaving ‘appropriately’.  I think it’s all smoke and mirrors.

11. I curse like a sailor.  I love a good swear word.

12. I am a liberal or put another way I believe in human rights like gay marriage, equality and personal choice.

13. I consider my blogging friends some of my best friends. We talk online everyday.  I would never have made it to 2 years without their friendship.  They truly accept me for who I am and provide constructive criticism, support and guidance.  They make me laugh out loud in front of my computer screen.  I love them all more than they know.

14. I miss steak and kidney pudding, fish and chips, curry, Grazia magazine, Tesco Metro, Marks and Spencer, BBC t.v., syrup sponge pudding and Hello magazine.

15. I like spending time on my own.  As loud and outgoing as I am, I can also be very introverted.

16. I wish smoking wasn’t deadly – I’d love to still have a cigarette with a glass of wine.

17. My Nana would have been 104 today.  She lived with us all her life, the kitchen was her domain – so much so that I never learned to cook or how to use the washing machine until I left home! She was born in Sheffield and widowed when my Mum was just 3. I wish I had asked her more while she was alive.

18. I have a sister (39) and a brother (30) – we are all totally different but love, respect and understand each other.  I love spending time with them when I visit the UK.

19. My Mum and Dad have always allowed me to make my own decisions – good and bad – and have supported me always.  As much as I confuse them, I know how much they love me and I love them dearly.

20. I have lived in Bury, St. Andrews, London, Lisbon and Atlanta.  I want to add more places to that list.

21. I want to learn to ski and scuba dive.

22. I grew up in tiny village called Hawkshaw.  At one point there were 6 of us living in a 2 up 2 down terraced house.

23. My first job was as an IT consultant – I can program and LOVE logic.

24. I now work part time for my Husband. I love my job and feel incredibly fortunate that I can work and that I have time for my children.

25. I appreciate and love my readers so much.  I am truly thankful to you for reading and love your feedback – thanks for your support.  I plan to keep doing this for as long as you all keep reading.

Joanna

xoxox

46 thoughts on “25 things for 2 years of blogging.

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      I’ve got to work on the Husband first – he’s dead set against it – maybe another piercing instead while I work on him – I have a pinterest board with some ideas though xx

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    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Oh I’d love a full sleeve – my Mum would freak though and I still want to keep her happy at 42 lol 🙂 xx

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    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Hi Helen – thanks so much – your support means everything. I’m intrigued now which was the most surprising! xx

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    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      I know Martha – and you are one of the great friends I have made – I love you xx WE really need to set a date for a weekend together this year! We’ll see about the tattoo – I have another piercing I want first 🙂 xx

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  1. Diane

    Happy anniversary, your style really has evolved in those two years. I personally would like to thank you (and some other bloggers too), for helping me get out of my style rut, Itoo was a boden fanatic, which was fine but as I had no confidence to style outfits myself, I just put them together as per the catelogue, whereas now I love mixing and matching from different shops, and my eyes have been opened to the wonders of zara, all saints and even m&s lol!!
    By the way what is your husbands business? I’ve always wondered.
    Here’s to the next two years and beyond.

    Diane

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    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Diane thank you so much – you have always been a fabulous supporter and your comments have always meant so much to me. We work in the publishing business – magazines – it’s fun – and I do the marketing for him, it works well 🙂 I hope our paths cross one day xx

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  2. Lauren

    Love this post! Really enjoy your posts and hope hey continue for the a further 2 years and beyond!

    Lauren (belfast)

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    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Thank you so much for commenting Lauren – so glad you enjoyed the post – I could easily have gone past 25 lol 🙂 xx

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  3. Sue Davies

    Hi Joanna, loved what you shared. Congrats on your 2 year blogging anniversary. Love from your Brit/Kenya fan, Sue xx

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    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Thank you Sue! 2 years really have flown by! Who knows what I’ll be wearing next January 🙂 xx

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  4. ja4marti

    happy 2 years! Even though I just found your blog I love the enthusiasm you bring to blogging! People are always surpised when I tell them I have a CPA. I also have a Masters in Accounting and an undergrad in (Bsc) in Science and Business. Nerds love fashion too 🙂

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    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Thank you lovely – I love your blog too!! It’s great finding new blogs to enjoy – there are so many of us out there! Nerds do love fashion too though I was glad to step away from the white lab coat 🙂

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    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Thank you Louise for your lovely comment – it makes me so happy to hear from readers – I’m not sure I could change my blogging style so it is great to know that what I am doing is enjoyed. It means so much to me xx

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  5. Marta

    Interesting how many things we have in common (not smoking though – I’m an avid non-smoker!) I’ve lived in 4 countries in my life time, and speak 4 languages on a daily basis, have a sis and a bro, ‘grew up’ with my husband, and love being alone, even though I’m a classic extravert 🙂 Happy two years to you, and here’s to many many more! *raises a glass of red wine*

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  6. Kate

    Lovely! I’ve never commented on your blog but I read everyone! I couldn’t agree more with the statement about being happy with your self when you stop caring what others think. I too have made this discovery over the last year and am the happiest I’ve ever been! Keep blogging its great to read such a lovely honest blog that makes me smile! Kate xxx

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    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Isn’t it frustrating we didn’t realize it sooner 🙂 I’m so glad I can bring a smile to your face – I really just try to be myself in my writing and I am glad that comes across xx

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  7. avenue57

    Brilliant post!!!! I loved every 25 things about you and I enjoyed reading!
    As for making very good friends through blogging – I totally agree 🙂

    Fiona

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    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      I bet you knew most of them already hey? Like I say there’s not much I keep to myself 🙂 xx

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  8. Sue

    Happy blog birthday Joanna. And I’ve loved meeting you through blogging and now regard you as one of my good and special friends.

    BTW I love a good steak and kidney pudding too. I’ll have to invite you to grandmas!

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    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Oh Sue I love you xx I can’t wait to come and sleep on your sofa one night when we’re both back up North:) xx

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    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Thank you so much!! I can’t believe what an amazing response this post got! I love hearing from readers who haven’t commented before. Thank you again xx

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  10. Treasuresnpleasures

    Great post Joanna, particularly loed number 13!! Love hearing interesting facts about fellow bloggers, it appeals to my nosey side. Keep up the great blogging, here’s to the next 2 years and beyond!! Xxx

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  11. Christine Donakdson

    I love this post! Great hearing more about you. Love your blog, find it very inspirational albeit a bit frustrating as in South Africa we don’t have access to the same range of online stores as you do. Also really like the bangs, they suit you!

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    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Welcome Diana!!! I hope you stick around to read my ramblings:) And yes I’ve heard amazing things about Tracy’s workouts…I’m also considering crossfit – but I do love my running! x

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