Getting to know you – when Cloudy met Raffi

Getting to know the bloggers I interact with on a daily basis has been fun and I have met new and interesting people along the way.

I have the privileged of getting to know one of my favourite bloggers this time and her answers were more than I can of asked for.

Please take the time to read the latest addition to Getting to know You featuring TL Wright @infofromcloud.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’ve never been the full loaf, but rather than except that and wave my freak flag I kept the lid on the pressure cooker and tried to fit in where I don’t; a square trying to fit in a round peg. Working in the legal industry the majority of my life did nothing to help this situation. Whilst everyone around me rocked their pinstripes and braces I entered the meetings with bird cage hoop earrings  and Spiderman rings.

On the outside I was ticking the boxes. I worked for a managing partner and I associate solicitor, I was three years into a legal degree but on the inside I was deflating quicker than a souffle.

It’s strange how the worst things are the making of us, I had a breakdown, I ended up in A&E and most shockingly of all I asked for help. I had counselling, a lot of support and little by little I rebuilt myself.

As Craig David himself advised I walked away.  I took a just over a year out from the rat race and then something clicked as I attempted the ironing and cursed the amount of washing. I realised how useless it was trying to deny who I am and decided to stop.

Now I accept I am Khaleesi, chaser of children and first to the toilet.

Since then I resumed my love of writing, I wrote Little Black Cloud which is just a collection of ramblings and feelings as I went through my journey of recovery which I hoped might help someone else and my fingers haven’t stopped treading the keyboard since.

What made you take up blogging?

Full disclosure, I didn’t really know what blogging was or WordPress (which I thought was an upgraded version of Microsoft Word).  It was more of a happy accident, not too dissimilar to when I discovered I was pregnant for the first time but minus the toothpaste drool as I stared in wonder at the violated plastic stick.  Whilst I enjoy the freefall of writing longer novels and fiction, I enjoy the ‘bite size’ fun blogging provides and the freedom to talk about a variety of topics.

What would you say your profile picture say about you?

That my hair is prone to frizz. 

Do you prefer day time or night time?

I would have to say twilight – I’m a night owl.  Whilst I enjoy early mornings, when the roads are quiet and the sun is just beginning to raise its head, I get most of my ideas in half light. 

If your friends could describe you in one word what do you think it would be?

I dread to think, plus I’m a billy no mates (begins to sing All By Myself and waves lighter in the air).

Whats your fondest memory?

Probably a family holiday to America when I was 10.  Were talking bowl cuts, matching outfits and bum bags (or as the yanks prefer to call them ‘fanny packs’ *giggles*) but it was such an amazing trip.

Do you have any hobbies?

Does the husband count?  Mainly writing/swimming/drinking.

What annoys you?

Mashed up words like ‘prinks’ and ‘flanter’ and people who are unnecessarily mean.

What makes you happy?

Books

BBQ Pringles

Rainbows

Ink

Peaky Blinders

Stranger Things

Game of Thrones

Writing

Oh and I better throw in the family for good measure as well

If you were stranded on a desert island with 3 things what would they be? 

Bacardi, wet wipes and a Walkman

Can you tell us something that nobody would know about you?

I tattooed a half sleeve on my husband with a set we bought online.  To be fair once I got the hang of it I didn’t do a bad job although I wish I’d have waited for the pig skins for practice before attempting the first bash on my thigh – thank god I used light green ink instead of black.

OK now some quick fire questions…..

Night or Day?

Night

Sweet or Sour?

Sweet

Summer or Winter?

Summer every time – my joints can’t take the winter anymore, my dances with wolves name this season has been #KeeperOfBlankets

Hot or Cold?

Hot

Leader or Follower?

Can I go with a bit of both #HalfwayHappy

Cat or Dog?

Dog

Wealthy & Sad or Poor & Happy?

Again, I’d have to say #HalfwayHappy – don’t get me wrong I’m a firm believer that  money doesn’t make you happy.  As the prisoner of Shawshank wisely counselled, salvation lies within, but a little wonga in the bank does make life a lot easier.  There’s nothing worse than getting ripped off selling half your worldly possessions just to be able to treat the kids at Christmas.  Although I would say above all else I put more value on happiness than financial gain.  Some of my happiest memories are with my husband, back in our tiny flat, when we’d only just moved in and were sleeping on air beds and making a cup of tea out of an empty pot noodle pot.

And Finally can you please tell us something you like about yourself?

This is something I try to work on, as I always had a very healthy distaste of myself for a long time.  I could point out my flaws quicker than McGraw.  I will say I’m fond of my freckles and I possess the enthusiasm of a puppy, and I’m incredibly loyal to those I love.

 

Thank you very much for being part of my getting to know you series, I wish you all the best in the future with whatever you’re doing.

If you want to read more from from this blogger you can by following the following links:

http://www.cloudblogramblings.com

https://twitter.com/infofromcloud

Daddy Giraffe x

 

 

 

 

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