I was sat on the sofa, book in hand, staring outside into my garden the other day and thinking about blogging. I was thinking about how long I’ve been doing it (on and off for 10+ years) and about how I’ve changed as a person in that time. I think the essence of me remains the same, but the passing of time and the events within it have shaped and moulded me, and I would say Penny Of Today is totally different to Penny Of Then.
And that got me thinking; perhaps now would be a good time to re-introduce myself. To say hi to any newbies reading this and to update the golden oldies who have been here with me for the past however-many-years of me writing about life. So, let me re-introduce myself – who knows, you might find out some things about me you didn’t already know…
Hi, I’m Penny. Not Penelope, just Penny. I’m 34 (at the moment) and live in Essex in the UK with my boyfriend, Ben. Actually he’s my fiance but I hate that word, it makes me cringe! We got engaged in 2018 but haven’t set a date yet. In fact, we haven’t started saving yet – that’s on the To Do list.
We have three pets – a dog and two cats. You’ll see a lot of them on this blog and my social media (Twitter | Instagram)because I’m obsessed with their little furry faces. I’ve had the cats since they were kittens, but our dog is a rescue and has very slight brain damage which makes her just that little bit more special.
My star sign is Leo but I don’t think I’m entirely typical of it – I hate being the centre of attention and I can’t stand any kind of confrontation or drama; I’m all about living a quiet, happy life! That said, I definitely think I have the Leo head-strong determination and stubbornness, and I hope people would agree that I have the loyalty and big heart too.
I have three siblings (I’m third in line) but we sadly lost my sister when she was a toddler. I wrote a blog post once about what a huge impact her death had on our lives and the positives I feel came from the heartbreak. I’m a big believer in there always being a silver lining to every cloud; sometimes you just need to look harder for it.
I work full-time in London as an Office Manager, but my dream job would be either a Criminologist or something to do with animals. Maybe a Criminologist with a doggy side-kick like you see on TV – me and my furry friend solving crimes, that would be ideal!
My favourite animals are cows. I’ve been obsessed with them since I was a little girl. They’re so intelligent and sweet, and really loyal. Did you know cows have best friends and that they grieve when they lose one of their herd?
I have pretty mixed taste when it comes to music – my Spotify play list has everything from rock to classical – but you’ll generally find me bopping around my house to tunes from the 60s. Either that or some 90’s cheese. Elvis Presley is my number one of all time though; I sometimes think I was born in the wrong decade.
Last year I rediscovered my love for reading and I make time to lose myself in a book on my commute to and from work every day. I tend to read thrillers and true crime but have been trying to branch out this year and have read a few rom-com’s and self-improvement titles too. I’ll be honest, I’ve enjoyed trying something new but my heart still lies with thrillers.
My favourite place in the world is a little village in Crete called Elounda. A close second place is London and I count my blessings every day that I get to work there and that I can hop on a train to spend a day or night out there whenever I like. Our ultimate life plan is to one day move to Elounda, get ourselves a little villa and maybe open a bar during the summer months. I keep promising that I’ll learn Greek so that we can speak to the locals in their own language a little whenever we visit, but it’s just so hard to learn! I’m determined to get there with it one day though.
My favourite drinks are Sauvignon Blanc (Chilean, preferably), whisky or a good old cup of tea.
I prefer nights in over nights out and love nothing more than pottering around indoors – I’m a real homebody. Speaking of home, we bought our own house last year and I still feel like pinching myself a thousand times a day when I realise it belongs to us. I’ll be doing something totally normal and non-descript – like walking down the stairs or closing the fridge door – and I’ll suddenly become hyper aware of my surroundings and think, “I can’t believe this is ours”. It’s nothing fancy, just a little 2-bedroom semi-detached, but to me it’s my castle and the most beautiful house in the world.
I’m obsessed with the sky. Sunrises, sunsets, blue skies, clouds, storms, a blanket of stars in the velvety blackness, the moon and distant planets – I could spend forever just watching it all. When the evenings are warmer you’ll often find me in the garden, eyes turned skywards, just marvelling at how incredible this world and our universe are. We are so incredibly lucky to be here.
My favourite colour is white, but I’m always drawn to shades of bronze and copper too.
I’m a bit of a petrol-head. My number one car of all time is the Bugatti Veyron, but they’re so rare I’ve only ever seen one in real life twice. The first time was as I was walking along the street in London and one drive past me – I literally screamed with excitement- and the other was at a car show I went to specifically because I knew there would be one there. They’re incredible.
If you want to make me happy, serve me a big bowl of roast potatoes – crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle – with either sticky toffee pudding or a white Magnum ice cream to follow. Food of the gods!
I dropped out of school at the age of 13 as I was being really badly bullied, so I don’t have any GCSE’s. I did manage to persuade a college to let me join them when I was 16 though (I phoned them every day until they agreed to let me visit for an interview) and I left there with a GNVQ in Media, a Diploma in Print and Publishing, and an A-Level in English Language and Literature. I’ve signed up to some online courses this year as I want to start learning things and challenging my brain again.
I live with a chronic migraine condition (which presents itself with the symptoms of a stroke) and I’m on daily medication for the rest of my life to control it. 99% of the time it works but there’s the odd occasion throughout the year where it doesn’t and it knocks me for six. I’m incredibly lucky that my doctors found a medication to help me because if I’m not on these tablets then I can’t even get out of bed. They literally allow me to have a life. I’ve also had cancer, am deaf in one ear, need a knee replacement, and have a rare condition which means I can’t have children. I’m not exactly a fine specimen of the species, but I’m so appreciative of my body for what it does for me and I’m determined to try and love it more and to stop being so hard on it for not being the size and shape I wish it was.
I’m scared of water, flying and spiders. I love horror films. I watch endless cooking programmes on TV but still can’t cook. I love blogging but don’t do it enough because I suffer with imposter syndrome when I do and second-guess myself constantly.
I’ve had plastic surgery but don’t recommend it as a quick-fix to try to resolve any feelings of low self-worth. Surgery isn’t the answer for that.
Sleep is my favourite and I can nod off pretty much anywhere, anytime.
I have 7 tattoos and quite a few more planned. There’s no theme to them but they all have a meaning – they’re the story of my life, written forever on my skin.
I’m not religious and don’t believe in a God, but I do believe in fate and the universe. I believe in the power of gratitude. I’m fascinated by spiritual things like crystals and want to learn more about how to live a life more connected to the Earth. There are so many facets to it but I’m slowly working to expand my knowledge and live a more mindful life.
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