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I’ve been asked to do this a lot on Instagram, and I thought I’d do it here instead. What? You’re calling me lazy for not wanting to type it all out on a teeny little phone keyboard. Ok, you got me. Lazy I am.

1. I actually hate typing on the phone. So text messages, Facebook messages etc all get ignored until I get to my computer… and then sometimes I still forget. I am that friend.

2. I don’t like change, but I also get bored with things being the same and crave change. Yeah, you figure that one out because I can’t.

3. I never want to stop learning and growing. Ever.

4. I’m also very fickle. I am addicted to every single Real Housewives of whatever town. I like Beverly Hills best, because yes… I play favourites.

5. I would make a really crappy nurse. I hate when anyone in my family is sick, mostly because it means I have to look after them. Like right now.

6. I wish I was a better swimmer. I can swim well, but I have no style. I’m all splashing and no style. I also don’t know how to dive. {I’m also seriously considering getting a few lessons to tweak it so I can do laps at the pool without embarrassing myself}.

7. I love swimming at the beach, but I’m shit-scared of sharks, jellyfish and any other fish-type creatures touching me underwater.

8. I take everyone’s baggage on as my own. Like, even if I overhear someone talking about troubles their having, I carry it on my shoulders and try and think of ways to help them. I wish I could process it better.

9. I like to help people as much as I can. At the supermarket last week a young mum was struggling to pay for her groceries so I paid for the rest. She wasn’t grateful, and more annoyed at me for some reason.

10. I’m a pretty lousy friend. I don’t love talking on the phone, so unless I’m seeing someone all the time… I’m probably letting people down. I think about people all the time, but I need to start liking the phone more.

11. I often wish that Australia wasn’t so vast so that I could have everyone I love in the same town. That would be awesome.

12. I have some really awesome friends where we live now. I couldn’t have imagined that I would have found such amazing people so quickly. I do feel like moving here was meant to be for us.

13. We hadn’t heard of or seen our suburb where we live before we decided we wanted to move here. I can’t remember what went through our heads, but we just decided from afar, flew up, picked a house and it was done.

14. My family is the most important thing to me in the world. My husband and kids are my world, and my mum and siblings are too. I feel lucky to have been born into this family.

15. My taste-buds are changing as I mature {does that mean I’m old?}. I used to be all about sweets, but I am changing to love savoury more.

16. I hate speaking in public. I did it a few times last year to force myself to grow, and I hated it. I’d happily never do it again.

17. I love Oprah and I know that I’ll meet her in this lifetime. I also know that I’ll win lotto. I’ll report back when either or both have happened.

18. I kill every plant I own. My mum bought me a plant for my birthday last year {maybe it was a test} and each time she comes over she asks, “Have you watered that?” I always lie and say, “Yep, yesterday.” Truth is, I’ve only watered it, like, 5 times. It’s a miracle it’s alive. I’ll water it today… I promise.

19. I love my neighbours. My favourite neighbour is arriving home in a week {from traveling around Australia} and I’m so excited. She leaves again to go traveling a few weeks after that. I think I want to be like her when I grow up.

20. I never had any desire to travel at all in life, until I was kinda thrown into it with blogging. Now I get itchy feet if I haven’t traveled in a while. Like now. I’m keen for an adventure or two.

Tell me one thing about you. Please!

P.S. If you have a blog and do a post, come back and leave a link in the comments so I {we!} can have a read.

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  • I am ridiculously scared of heights. I can look out and enjoy the view, but not down. Forget that. That little gap between the airport and the plane or the platform and the train? Nope. Can’t do it.
    So yesterday’s decision to fulfil a stupid promise to my 6yr old son that I’d take him along this bridge, high in the air through a forest – where you can completely see through the bridge waaaaaaayyyyy down below. Let’s just say it was a punishment like no other, a lot of tourists heard me swearing and I’ve probably bruised my child’s hand from squeezing the bajeezus out of it. That kid owes me for the rest of his life…..

  • Bec

    I’m afraid of spiders. I can deal with the little ones , but the huge scary ones? Nup .


    I have finally learnt how to live in and enjoy the present since my son was born. Babies are a bit magical like that!

    • Hey Justine – I just went to your blog to read your 20 things but didn’t see it. Were you just linking to promote your blog or to share the post? Either is fine, just didn’t want to miss it. πŸ™‚

  • Courtney

    I am absolutely hopeless at motivating myself. Procrastination Queen! I love Oprah. Met her at the Opera House in Sydney … well she held my hand as she walked through the crowd to the stage. yep I had ugly tears. yep I may have not washed my hand for a few days!

  • Jen

    I write ampersands (&) backwards. I didn’t even know I did it until I write something up on the board at work. Have tried writing them the write way and can’t do it!

    • Leanne

      Haha. That’s funny! Are you left handed? My friend does ticks bacowards. When I asked her why, she told me they were left handed ticks as left handers always miss out…

      • I just did one and realised I do it backwards too and have ALL MY LIFE.

        No I have to re-teach myself Jen. MIND BLOWN.

        • Kate

          Reading the comments I just learnt I too write the ampersand symbol backwards too!

          • Carol

            I just don’t write ampersands. Lol

      • Jen

        Wrote that last comment really quickly on my phone (while trying to steady myself outside on the ferry to work!) and just noticed all the typos! *wrote something *right way ! Not left-handed, must have just been taught that way (I blame Dad- he gets quite a few things jumbled!).

        Fatmumslim- you can’t re-teach yourself. Pretty much impossible. You and I will be taking our backwards ampersands to our grave.

      • It seems that I also write them backwards- but I’m right handed? Maybe none of us just know how to write ampersands.

    • Niki

      I apparently write them backwards as well, i started writing them when I read that comment, and I realize that I do write them backwards as well. Oh well! πŸ™‚

  • Carla

    I iron everything – except socks and underwear. I wish I didn’t and always imagine the time it would save. I’ve tried being me if those ‘don’t iron’ people but it stresses me out – like really!

  • Adrian Munro

    I wanted a sibling so bad when I was little that I used to imagine that my Mum had twins and the other twin was adopted out to a family overseas and I was going to look her up and have a magical meet up and a new best friend. Still an only child πŸ™

  • Leanne

    I love to stay in my pjs all day – like all day, every day – but I work, have kids and a life etc so have to dress in real clothes most days but when I get back home, I’m back in my pjs in like 2.0 seconds xx

  • I have met Oprah – I love her too. I was living in Texas for a couple of years and while I was there Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Houston, my temporary home town, was a major base for evacuees of that terrible natural disaster and I took part in the charity programme to help the displaced. Many well known people came to see and support our efforts. Nobody, including the President, was more welcomed, appreciated and loved more than Oprah. She is a very special person. I hope that your dream of meeting her comes true! xx

  • I’m afraid of storms (thunder mostly!). And I have double jointed elbows!

  • Natalie

    Get those swimming lessons! I felt the same way, I couldn’t swim properly at all! (My six year old could beat me in a race!) But I had adult swimming lessons, I was so nervous, but now swimming is my favourite way to exercise. And it’s relaxing too!!

  • … I am an obsessive tee shirt buyer at the moment. I like a style and I buy one in every colour….. not all at the same time, that’s no fun. I buy a new one every time I go shopping … $6 tees in K mart.. looking good..xxxx
    Last year it was $20 lipsticks .. OCD is me….. xxx <3

  • Oh I just loved learning a few things about you Chantelle! You inspired me to write a post of 20 things about me….wow it was way hard to do!!

    • I tried to comment on yours but your site’s comments seem to be broken? A message popped up…

      • Thanks for letting me know…though I have no idea how to fix it if it is broken lol!!!!!

  • This is such a great idea! I’m totally going to do a 20 things post because FFS (Fat Fingers Syndrome) and teeny tiny keyboards are my nemesis. I’m exactly the same as you about swimming at the beach, a pool with sand at the side is my dream scenario. I’ll come back and leave you a link when I’ve spilled my beans. All 20 of them πŸ™‚

  • Monica McKittrick

    I can’t walk bare foot on grass. When I was young, I stood on a lawn grub and it exploded! I ended up with grub guts in a long, gooey line up my leg. Gross!

  • What a great post! It’s the little things in life that show us how we are all the same and help us feel connected. You’ve inspired me to write down my own 20 things – which was both confronting but freeing. And by the way, 20 things is a lot!

  • Anna Austin

    A very interesting and delightful read!! Thank you for sharing! I too have been tagged for the 20…and I’m going to do it as soon as I quit procrastinating (there’s number one)

  • My list of 20 took far longer than I’d anticipated it would!

  • I swear like a trooper. It’s hilarious to watch people’s reactions when they first meet me. Out of the mouth of this sweet, high-pitched Minnie Mouse type voice comes all of these profanities. I blame my Eastern European heritage where the F word is used in place of “um” or “like”!

  • Carol

    I’m afraid of heights. Even in a third floor hotel, I couldn’t look down. But I really want to go on a hot air balloon ride or paragliding.

  • I have become so addicted to quilting that I ended up opening my own online shop

  • I owned a pair of Spice Girl white platform sneakers when I was 16. (you know the ones that Baby Spice always wore). They were the coolest shoes!!!

    I shared ’10 Random Facts About Me’ this week:

  • I used to write a blog about What I Learned from Watching Oprah which got me started on my blogging journey. I didn’t have a lot of followers or really promote it, but it got me in the habit of writing again. I no longer add to it, but if you want to have a peak here is the link My current blog is

  • Oh this was fun. Thanks! Here’s mine:

  • I’ve just been inspired to do my 20 things and it was bloomin hard – but here you go

  • I think we must have been twins in a previous life of maybe even this one and just got separated πŸ˜€

  • 8, 10, & 18-Me Too!

    I totally hate talking on the phone. It’s like my least favorite thing on the planet. Just text me or visit me in person, please and thank you.

    #8 got me and my fiance into a huge fight a couple weeks ago. Whatever. I’m tenderhearted and it’s a blessing and a curse.

    #18. If it’s not telling me to feed it, I forget. All. The. Time. I can only keep humans and furry things alive. Sorry not sorry. Humans and furry things are enough work yet i’m giving gardening another try this year. Mostly b/c my fiance knows what he’s doing and my neighbor has the greenest thumbs ever!

  • I’m homesick for Australia all the time (Have lived in the USA since 2002)

  • Hey Chantelle!
    I found you first on Instagram and then decided to follow you here, as well!

    Your list made me smile, there are some things that remind me of myself.
    I also hate talking on the phone, besides to my family, that’s fine. But I prefer to go somewhere and talk to people face to face than making a call.
    And I’m also terrible with plants. It’s getting better, but still, they seem to hate me and die… the other day, I killed a cactus and all my friends were like “It’s impossible to kill it!”… obviously it’s not. O.O

    I fact about myself:
    I don’t feel 100% comfortable if I don’t wear nail polish. At times, I don’t have time to put any or just wear clear polish but then it feels weird and I’m only really happy and complete, when I wear some colour on my nails. πŸ™‚

    Greetings from Germany,

  • iamlindsay86

    I loved reading your list! I actually wrote a 10 Random Fun Fact about Me post in October 2014, when I was prego. I was motivated by your post to write another one, for present day. My how much has changed in the 6 months since I last wrote! Baby girl has shook our world, in such a lovely way:) :

  • Oh I’m totally a terrible friend too! I am really bad at replying to messages and I hate talking on the phone. It’s super bad because I moved interstate 3 years ago so loads of my friends are still in Sydney and I am in Canberra so I see them maybe twice a year! Bad friend!

    I totally need to do one of these 20 things posts, they’re so much fun.

  • 1 2 and 3… YES YES AND YES!! But totally disagree with 20. I have always wanted to travel

  • Cheriezel

    I can’t bring myself to have a cowhide rug on the floor because they remind me too much of my uncle’s beautiful Brahmin bull that loved to be scratched behind the ears and patted… No problems with leather shoes and belts or sheepskin rugs… Totally illogical!!!

  • I was so inspired by this I wrote my own too, thanks Chantelle. I wish I could swim better too, maybe one day I’ll take lessons.
    Here’s my link

  • Shannon Kedwell

    I read number 8 and instantly paused and started listing ways to help your situation! I’ve attempted to change this ‘character floor’ but it seems like its here to stay πŸ™‚

  • i love these posts… i’m scared if i had my way my whole entire blog would be lists. ha.

  • I’ve got this weird obsession with office supplies- I love the feeling of an empty notebook, ready to write in, or a pack of sticky notes in every color. Or some new pens, and a brand new pack of 12 yellow legal pads. Doesn’t anyone else love these things?? πŸ˜‰

  • I also wish I was a better swimmer. I’m good at not drowning, but if I try lap swimming I repeatedly rebound off the lane ropes. I still enjoy it, and one day I hope to take a few lessons to improve.

  • I am afraid of sharks too. I hate going to the beach for that reason. I don’t like spiders or thunderstorms and I am very good at remembering birthdays.

  • I don’t like writing things on my little iPhone screen so I do it on my iPad and share back to myself.