Get To Know Me! (Answering 20 Personal Questions)
November 25, 2019
Since it’s taking me ages to write something decent and eloquent under the ‘about me’ category (is there anything more difficult than describing yourself? I don’t think so), I thought I’d do a little Q&A for the 10 people that will read this and the 5 that will care (omg stop whining). Enjoy!
1. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small suburban town in Antwerp, Belgium. We lived in a quiet neighbourhood where I spent the most stereotypical 90s childhood you can imagine. I’m glad I can remember a time before technology took over the world.
2. Where do you currently live?
I’m currently living in Costa Rica and I’m still getting used to the change of pace (check out my travel diary if you want to follow my adventures). I’ll be here until April 2020. Before I left for Costa Rica, I put my entire life in boxes, because my parents are planning to move to Germany! In other words, when this trip is over, I will no longer have a home in Belgium (if everything goes according to plan). Long story short, I have no idea yet where I’ll be over the summer or by the end of 2020… Uncertain lifestyle, love it *inhales sharply*.
3. Who is your best friend?
My best friend is also my second cousin and we’ve known each other since we were 8! We pretty much grew up together and witnessed all of each other’s awkward teenage phases.
4. Tea or coffee?
Tea, 100%! Coffee makes me anxious and I don’t like the taste.
5. How tall are you?
I’m 1m70 or 5’6. Average, but I like it.
6. Funniest moment throughout high school?
Probably the time I tried to scare off a wasp and ended up hitting my friend in the face with my German textbook. We were all studying in silence and my friends hadn’t seen the wasp so me hitting her seemed like a random aggressive act that came out of nowhere. Coordination was just slightly off… Whoops.
7. Are you in/have you gone to college?
Yes, I studied English and Spanish Literature & Linguistics at the University of Antwerp but I still haven’t graduated and I don’t know if I ever will. I absolutely loved my first year of uni though, most carefree time of my life!
8. What’s your favourite alcoholic beverage?
Strawberry mojito, passionfruit mojito, normal mojito… Also, cosmopolitan. And sangria. I’ll stop now.
9. Dogs or cats?
Both! I used to be afraid of dogs (got chased by one as a kid), but ever since we got one, I love them. We also have a cat named Toulouse, who has a bit of an attitude problem, but which cat doesn’t!
10. What are your life goals?
Okay, broad question. I’d like to be healthy and happy (shocker), pursue all the things that I’m passionate about and somehow make the world better, even if it’s just on a small scale.
11. Have any books changed your life?
I think books can only change your life if you’re ready to receive the message. A lot of books have made me reflect on things, but the ones that may have changed my life are some psychology books I read on emotional manipulation and other toxic behaviour. The biggest lesson I learned through these books is that I wasn’t helping people like I thought I was, I was actually encouraging and enabling their toxic behaviour by being co-dependent and putting my own needs second. Realising this, I was finally able to step away and make healthier decisions.
12. Do you speak any languages and how well?
Dutch is my mother tongue and I’m fluent in English. I could never write in Dutch btw, it has to be in English. I’m still learning Spanish, but I can hold a conversation if the person speaks clearly and not too fast (so usually it’s challenging lol). I can understand French pretty well, but I’ve never really practiced speaking, so I can only convey the basics. I might learn German someday, but I want to become fluent in Spanish first.
13. Are you single or taken?
I’m single but I’m still dealing with the turmoil that comes from ending my first long-term relationship. My goal is to find happiness within myself before I even think about getting involved in anything serious again.
14. What is your idea of your dream date?
Honestly just interesting conversation. It can be sitting on the floor in my bedroom, as long as we’re talking and laughing (wow, cheesy). Anything can be fun with the right person.
15. How would you describe your fashion sense?
I would describe it as I used to put in effort but now I just wear whatever’s comfortable.
16. Do you have any siblings?
I have a younger sister (there’s a 10-year age gap) and she’s my favourite person in the world.
17. Favourite tv-shows?
Way too many. The most recent one I watched and loved was Euphoria. I love anything real, raw, dark and psychological.
18. Describe your first crush.
Mysterious fuckboi with too many issues.
19. What is the biggest struggle you overcame?
Tackling the physical and mental consequences of being ill for an extended period of time. Getting rid of panic attacks. Dealing with toxic relationships.
20. What are your favourite values in friends?
I like people who are empathic, trustworthy, openminded and unafraid to take the initiative.
Okay, that’s it! You don’t know my biggest secrets yet, but at least you’ve got some general info now. If you’ve read this far, feel free to introduce yourself in the comment section!!
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