Love to love you

#320: What do you love most about yourself? What do you love most about your favorite person? Are the two connected?

Love is such a strong word… Does anyone really ‘love’ something about themselves?! When I really think about it however, I guess the thing I most like is my ability to hold myself in every situation I am in. Whether it’s at a networking event, an event in which I am representing the magazine by myself, taking office phone calls or even in any of the junkets I’ve done. I’ve always been told that I come across extremely well (albeit slightly posh!).

To now be asked about my favourite person is a bit tough – my family are my favourite people and I couldn’t possibly decide. So, what I most love about these people are that they are always there for me and never fail to cheer me up.

Is there a link… I would have to say yes. I know people say it all the time, but these people really have made me who I am today. My confidence and desire to succeed in this world stems from these guys – I will only ever want to make them proud of me.

A bend in time

#270: When you’re giddy with excitement, does time speed up? Slow down? Tell us about the experience of anticipation.

I can’t say that this happens often, but the only times I can recall feeling giddy is in the few moments before going into a junket interview, working on the red carpet at the NTAs or a similar event. It’s weird because in those few minutes before these things happen, I panic (internally of course). My palms get sweaty, I get a dry mouth, my legs jitter up and down, and time generally tends to just freeze. That’s my nervous stage. But as soon as I am in that moment, in that chair, I somehow switch persona and exude confidence. That’s when the time rushes by – all the hours spent preparing, disappears in (what feels like) the blink of an eye. And then comes the adrenaline rush of ‘did that really just happen?!’… I honesty can’t deny it, I really love that feeling of being thrown into those situations – I somehow seem to thrive!

FYI this still counts as my 27th September post as I started writing it at 11:55pm hehe.

Naked, with black socks

#261: Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why?

I’ve always hated giving presentations… ever since sixth form. Just the thought of having to be the only person standing in front of a large number of people, being the sole focus for a certain length of time, I get clammy palms! Saying that, I am still willing to give anything a go… since uni I have successfully completed two on camera junket interviews and a singular on camera piece, with just myself in the shot talking to camera. So my confidence has definitely grown and now I’m addicted to a good challenge!

For anyone who read my post, ‘You can’t escape’… I truly couldn’t escape. Yesterday the cold finally got me – I’ve managed to avoid it for two weeks but what with it being at work and at home, it’s really no surprise that it got me. So, shamefully I missed yesterday’s post (I’m not going to count it as a fail… extenuating circumstances and all that!) – but here it is…

The cat says meow

#260: Write a story about yourself from the perspective of an object, thing, animal or another person.

I’ve chosen my cousins dog, who joins us on pretty much every family occasion since he is part of the family! Channelling…

Oooo, people! Must count everyone… 4, 8, 12, 17… yep, we’re all here! Right, who’s making the biggest fuss of me… Ahh Chloe! You’re so warm… that’s it, right behind the ear! Hmm… I wonder if anyone has anything to eat! Nanny usually has something for me… I’ll go to her instead.

Mirror, mirror

#186: Finish this sentence: “When I look in the mirror, I . . .”

Honestly… wince. As I’m sure many other women my age do on a regular basis. Although, as I’m getting older it’s thankfully becoming a lesser occurrence – I’m not sure if that’s because my appearance is changing or it’s more that my perception and outlook on life is changing. That said, I’m planning some really exciting changes, which will hopefully boost my confidence even more. I’ll be unstoppable!

We can be taught

#179: Tell us a moment or an incident that you treasure — not necessarily because it brought you happiness, but because it taught you something about yourself.

A few weeks ago I had a work experience type of day as a Content Intern, at an Internal Communications Agency company in Milton Keynes, called Headlines. It was an absolute eye opener! Not only was it a huge office with lots of different departments, but everyone seemed to have such fantastic relationships with everyone… and they had a kitchen/lounge area so people didn’t have to eat their lunch at their desks!

I was first asked to write a news story for APM’s website titled ‘Crossrail 2 could open four years ahead of schedule‘. Amazingly, within half an hour it had been read and handed back to me with only THREE minor changes. Since my background in journalism is mostly to do with the kids market, they were really impressed that I’d picked up their house style so quickly.

After I had made these changes and re-submitted my copy, I was asked to write a variety of sections across two double page spreads for Amazons internal magazine, Outside The Box. Using a very brief outline and some investigation into the various global departments, I was able to turn around multiple stories fairly quickly.

Finally, I was asked to research suitable Internal Communications stories that Headlines could rewrite for their own website. I found this extremely interesting, so it ended up being a pretty difficult task to only find five stories!

At the end of the day, I was invited to a conference room and was delighted to hear that they wished they had me for longer than one day as everything I had written, was exactly the way that Headlines staff would have written them.

This was a huge turning point for me as for quite a while people have been telling me what they thought I was capable of and apparently copy writing wasn’t one of them. Well HA! I’m absolutely delighted to have proven them wrong with more than just my word! I knew all along that I could write effectively and this day provided me with a HUGE confidence boost. Since then, I’ve successfully written three double page spreads and taken on more responsibility at the mag 😀

GO ME!

Four stars

#157: Write a review of your life — or the life of someone close to you — as if it were a movie or a book.

With her strong desire to progress further in the journalism industry, it is evident throughout the story that Chloe always gives 110%, regardless of the task at hand. Her highly organised nature pays dividends on multiple occasions, especially when faced with juggling three incredibly varied job titles in the one role, with exciting freelance work thrown on top! Her energy and enthusiasm shines brightest when managing events and networking, which inevitably boils down to her raw passion for sharing fascinating stories. Who would have known that this quiet, country girl would evolve into such a strong, independent, knows-what-she-wants kinda girl within the short space of two years?! Who knows where she’ll end up…

FYI: this was quite a challenge, as us Brits are never able to give ourselves compliments, but I really enjoyed writing it. Hopefully people would be interested in investing their time in my story…