Who’s behind the blog!
SHARDAE. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM.
KELLY. AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND.
We answered a couple of “get to know me” questions so you know who’s writing the posts there! Check it out…
What’s your number one pick-me-up song?
[SHARDAE] God, that’s hard. I find I get a bit obsessed with songs or bands or albums and I’ll listen to them and only them until something better comes along. Also, I don’t think the kind of music I’m into is always the “pick-me-up” kind of thing; it’s more likely that my favourite music will make me angrier at the world, rather than cheering me up, which is what I love about it, but it makes this question hard to answer. Hmm. How about this as a cop-out of an answer: Give me any song with a strong female singer and playful beat and probably I’ll start dancing.
[KELLY] Khe Sahn by Cold Chisel. My number one. I love this song so much that it was even the first dance at our wedding! Jimmy Barnes makes me happy and this song just reminds me of so many fun times in my life.
If you could eat only one food, what would it be?
[SHARDAE] This question is cruel. Only one food for the rest of my life? How am I supposed to decide that? I guess I’d have to say tofu. It’s so versatile – you can fry it, bake it, scramble it and even make cheesecake out of it. And it’s delicious, obviously. And I love it so much that I have “TOFU” in a love heart tattooed on me so, really, it’d be disloyal for me to pick anything else.
[KELLY] Smoothie bowls. I could eat these for every meal. I love that you can add so much goodness into each bowl. Frozen fruit, green veges + superfood powders are always stocked in my kitchen.
What are 3 things you’ve ticked off your bucket list?
[SHARDAE] I’ve never really been one for bucket lists. There are so many things that I want to do and I also change my mind all the time. But, I guess three things that I’ve done that I’ve always wanted to do: live in a different country (I live in London), travel solo, and see animals in the wild.
[KELLY] I love bucket lists. Mine is a mile long (I’ll share it here soon!) Three things that I’m super happy to have done are travel the world, own an English Bulldog (his name is Rascal and he’s the cutest / craziest dog) and go a major sporting event (we actually happened to do the NRL Grand Final, Rugby World Cup Final + Dubai Sevens all in one year!)
What are you most proud of?
[SHARDAE] Probably making it to the summit of Kilimanjaro earlier this year. When I signed up, I was pretty doubtful that I’d make it, and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, so I’m definitely proud that I made it.
[KELLY] My daughter. I think everything she does is amazing.
What’s your favourite way to spend time alone?
[SHARDAE] Easy. Just give me a good book and a cup of tea.
[KELLY] In a yoga class. I discovered yoga while I was pregnant and I fell in love with it. I don’t do it nearly enough these days but everything I go to a class I leave feeling relaxed, strong and inspired.
What do you love most about the city you live in?
[SHARDAE] There are so many things I love about living here but number one would probably be all of the things to do: gigs, theatre, events… I’ve seen so many great shows here for really reasonable prices and I love how you can always find something fun to do, no matter what day of the week it is.
[KELLY] That all my friends and family are here (bar one sister in London!) We lived in Sydney for 3 years and being close to family was the number one reason for moving home. Also, we live in the most amazing little close-knit community which is perfect for families + I’ve made some amazing friends here and we just love being a part of it.
What is your favourite place you have travelled to?
[SHARDAE] Uganda. I had so many amazing experiences there: seeing chimpanzees and gorillas in the jungle, doing yoga overlooking the Nile, stand-up-paddle-boarding in the Nile, meeting awesome people, crossing the Equator a bunch of times… it was such a beautiful country and I will definitely be back one day.
[KELLY] This is way to hard because I love everywhere I’ve travelled for a different reason. But if I had to get on a plane to somewhere I’d already been tomorrow, I’d be on the first flight to Dubai. I love the Middle East – the weather is amazing, the food is delicious, the shopping is great and there is soo much to do in Dubai.
What’s the best thing you got from your (our) parents?
[SHARDAE] Hmm. Probably the confidence to express my own opinions. Mum and Dad always encouraged us to talk and to stand up for ourselves and I may have taken that lesson to heart a little too well…
[KELLY] The importance of family. We grew up with a super tight-knit family and I have the most amazing, fun memories of our childhood. That’s what I want for my daughter; to grow up always knowing how loved she is and how her family will always be there for her.
What are you most looking forward to in the next five years?
[SHARDAE] In general, just working towards a few things for myself that I’ve never really prioritised or made time for in the past, such as writing.
[KELLY] Watching my daughter grow up and her being more able to do things. Being able to see her develop true friendships, learn to ride a bike, more family travel…
What is the most annoying question that people ask you?
[SHARDAE] God – so many! I’m vegan, so any of the usual questions that people get asked, like “If you were on a desert island, would you eat an animal then?” or “Where do you get your protein”. I’m happy to discuss my beliefs if people are generally interested but the same unoriginal questions get old pretty quick.
[KELLY] Anything that questions the choices that you personally make as a parent.