October 11, 2017

I write a lot about my experience with chronic illness, my diet and my faith, but there are many things about me that you probably don't know. This is a fun post I wrote over on Instagram, but I wanted to share it with my readers here too. You might be familiar with the #20FunFacts tag that's been going around on social media - this is my response to that.

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My Life Story In 20 Sentences

1. I was born and raised in South Africa, on the East Coast, in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province, also known as The Zulu Kingdom.

2. I remember the first black girl that came to our all-white school after apartheid was abolished and the transition began - I was about 12 years old - and that's when I started noticing the inequality and separateness around me.

3. We didn't have lions roaming the streets, but we had visiting vervet monkeys, peacocks, a variety of snakes and there'd be a chorus of frogs and toads to sing us to sleep at night!

4. I speak 3 languages fluently: English, Afrikaans and Italian, but I also know a few words in Zulu, Spanish and French.

5. My favourite subjects at school were geography, science, biology, art and religious education, but I really disliked physical education and history back then! 

6. My first job, which I loved, was working as a cashier in a supermarket in South Africa, I was quickly promoted to the cigarette counter and then the deli.

7. After leaving high school, I studied Beauty Therapy and ran one of our tutor's salons while studying, but after my studies I never worked in that sector again.

8. My family moved from South Africa to Italy in 2000 and I lived there for 10 years before I moved to England at the end of 2010.

9. I have moved house 28 times in my 39 years - I love the excitement of moving to a new place and decorating a new space!

10. I studied to become an English teacher in Italy, teaching English as a second language to children and adults, a mixture of individuals and groups everyday, and I loved it!

11. I have never had a drivers license for a car, but I rode a scooter in South Africa and in Italy - so much fun!

12. I moved to London with no job or accommodation lined up, my friend and I each had just a carry-on bag and dreams of finding better job opportunities - and praise God we both did!

13. In London, I worked as a teaching assistant helping children with various disabilities and I loved this job even more than all the others!

14. I started going to church for the first time when I was 30 - although I'd always considered myself a Christian, and prayer and Bible reading were huge for me throughout my whole life, I just never attended a church apart from an odd Easter service as somebody's guest.

15. I find it very hard to pray for myself, so I hardly ever do, which I think is strange, but maybe there are others out there like me?

16. I love being around water - the ocean is definitely my happy place, but rivers and streams are almost as good, so calming and refreshing!

17. I love gardening and being out in nature, but am allergic to dust and pollen, so it doesn't really work.

18. I love being creative - drawing, painting, lettering, calligraphy, crochet, knitting, decoupage - and when I was a teen I even sewed myself some clothes!

19. As much as I enjoy technology and social media, I absolutely love paper and pens and prefer to write things down the old way.

20. I am extremely shy in person, I don't feel comfortable in social situations unless it's with people I know intimately - family and very close friends - one of the reasons I have always loved writing, I find it much easier to express my thoughts and opinions in writing.

a 6-year-old Char sitting on the rocks at the beach, her dad is seated behind her

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If you've just read this, then: Tag - it's your turn! I'd love to read your 20 fun facts - let me know if you've posted yours on social media, leave a link in the comments below of just share them directly in the comment section!

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  • Just found your blog yesterday–what a joy! Inspired by your wonderful outlook. So much there inspires me and are things we have in common–faith, love of crafts, working in special education, more.
    I am 75 , have had CFS, brought on by Lyme Disease, for 25 years. (I have just finished 96 antibiotic infusions and am much better but CFS symptoms hang on.) Finding a doctor who would address all this is a story of its own!
    The structure of your yearly plan is just what I need–I also have ADD in all it’s glory and never finish anything!

    I have been seriously contemplating Keto and intermittant fasting–seems this may be another inspiration you have nudged!

    Char, God sent me to your blog. I have strayed from consistent–
    anything really–but yesterday read a meditation on Job 13:15.
    I always benefit from encouragment, need it really. So–thank you, really, really!
    I am getting out my watercolors today!

    • Oh Harriet, your comment has blessed me so much! Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I am glad you have been inspired. So happy to hear you’re doing better after your treatment. That’s amazing. Have a lovely afternoon with your watercolours!

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