5 Things You Might Not Know About Me

I’ve been tagged by the lovely Nicole Navigates to complete The Beauty Type‘s tag – “5 things you might not know about me”.

In the intro of Nicole’s post she talks about the good old days of blogging, where you share anything you wish on your blog, without having to put a million gallons of effort into it to ensure it’s a perfected piece of content. Whether that’s simply sharing what you did that day, completing a fun tag like this or sharing a little thought that passed your mind… I’m completely with her in wanting to bring back the more pared back blog posts to go alongside the beautifully curated and well thought out posts and collaborations. It’s definitely making me want to post more posts like this in 2019!

Right… what can I tell you about me?

1 – I love dancing…

If my home was like Big Brother you’d see me dancing round my flat quite often. I just love to boogie!

When I was younger I used to attend modern dance classes, which also lead to me being taught jazz dancing by a dancer from hit West End show Cats and appearing in one of the opening shows at Milton Keynes Theatre (showing my age there!). I loved it! ..and I wish I never gave up on dance.

I’m super pleased to say that I’m now going back to dance lessons. I’m not in my greatest shape or at my best level of strength right now, but I’m looking forward to working on that at my new class, which I’m attending each week with one of my best friends. It’s a whole lot of fun and definitely a good workout too.

2 – I’m a fan of cars and racing…

It’s all my dad’s fault. I grew up watching Formula 1 and I still follow it today… I’m even going to this year’s F1 British Grand Prix! You might remember me attending an F1 Pit Stop Challenge event with LV Insurance, where we timed ourselves changing the wheel on a real Mclaren F1 car (so much fun!).

By day I drive a Toyota GT86, which I’ve had for 3 years now and I still absolutely love it. I feel so grateful every day to be the owner of that car. I won’t ever pretend that I know everything about cars, because I really don’t. I’m forever learning about them. I just know that I love the look, power and sound of cars, and the feeling of having a little extra BHP underfoot.

3 – I studied Fashion Marketing at Uni…

I graduated from The University of Northampton in 2010… eek! That sounds so long ago now. I studied BA Hons Fashion Marketing and have worked in marketing ever since for a variety of different companies.

When I was at sixth form I had no idea what I wanted to do career wise, so I started looking at the brochures for nearby universities. I also considered a degree in Fashion Design at the time, but ended up applying for Fashion Marketing instead as I felt this was a better option for me. It had a great balance of creative and academic modules and I really enjoyed the course. I even got to stay at home during university, which meant I saved a lot on fees!

4 – Besides writing here on my blog…

I also write for AboutMiltonKeynes.co.uk. I usually write theatre reviews for them, but I have written other content too.

If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you’ve possibly seen my posts across the year about the shows I review. So feel free to follow me if you’re from the Milton Keynes area and fancy keeping up to date with the shows I see. As a heads up, I usually go on the first evening the show is on and the shows usually run for about a week or so at the theatre (sometimes longer).

5 – I once took control of a glider…

Probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever done! I got the chance to fly in a glider thanks to an opportunity I got via my old workplace. Luckily I was able to bring Ian along, so he got the chance to go up in one too.

We each headed up into the skies in a glider with an instructor (who sits behind you). A plane had to fly in front of each glider and tow us up into the sky, as (like most gliders) they didn’t have engines, they simply use the thermals in the sky to climb higher when needed.

It was so peaceful being flown around without the sound of a plane engine. Quite surreal really. But it’s so incredible to see for miles and look at the ground below you. I got the chance to take control of the plane, which was absolutely amazing. You use the stick to go left and right, then forwards for down – which I did a little bit too much and the instructor had to pull us up a little bit again! Oops! Ian absolutely loved taking control of the plane he went up in too.

Ta da!

There you go. 5 mildly interesting things you may not have known about me. I tag Coffee with Meg, The Life of a Social Butterfly, Lisahh-Jayne, Keri – Try Everything Once and Bonvoychar to complete the “5 things you might not know about me” tag. If you complete this tag, be sure to tag The Beauty Type (who kick started this tag) in your post. I look forward to seeing them!

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  1. Louise Bostock
    February 19, 2019 / 3:42 pm

    I love your dress! Where did you get it? Lou xxx

    • amandaalston
      February 19, 2019 / 8:38 pm

      Thank you! It was a dress I was gifted by BooHoo… so pretty isn’t it! Xx

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