#295: Tell us about the harshest, most difficult to hear — but accurate — criticism you’ve ever gotten. Does it still apply?
I can’t say I’ve ever been scarred by someones comments but I vaguely remember an ex telling me that I’m too controlling (as they always tend to fall back on), but I guess their assumption stems from my OCD tendencies to organise and simply wanting to make things (that are of course influenceable) as perfect as possible. I guess it still applies today because if there’s a way of making something easier in the future by planning/organising now, I will of course do it – it makes perfect sense to me! And if I think this could benefit someone else, I would encourage them to do so – it’s up to them whether they take my advice, I wouldn’t force people into things. I do remember consciously thinking about everything I said or did after receiving that comment, but this was over three/four years ago now so I’ve learnt not to let it bother me – plus every group needs an organiser right?
#239: You are receiving an award – either one that already exists, or a new one created just for you. What would the award be, why are you being honored, and what would you say in your acceptance speech?
Argh! Just realised I have missed yesterday’s deadline by 37 minutes! However, I do have a very good reason for it… I was wrapping up a couple of last minute birthday presents for my brother (whose birthday is now today… HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) and didn’t realise the time!
The award would be The Most Organised award… ask anyone I work with, I am THE most organised (borderline obsessive compulsive) individual they have ever come across. But, this of course regularly comes in handy when I’m in charge of organising and managing promotional events & festivals 🙂
I’ve never had to make a speech before as such… tonnes of educational presentations throughout sixth form and uni, but never a speech. So, I’d of course keep it incredibly short – I’d do the typical thing by thanking my family and everyone who has contributed to creating the person I am today, but I’d then thank the person who recognised just how much effort I put into my work, striving to make it as perfect as possible.
#193: If one experience or life change results from you writing your blog, what would you like it to be?
To become an Editor. I absolutely love writing and have realised just how organised I am in the workplace (which in my eyes is key to being a successful Editor), so it would be incredible if my blog were to take me to that next step in my career.
It’s as simple as that…
#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…
#129: When you gaze out your window — real or figurative — do you see the forest first, or the trees?
After a bit of research into the (honestly fascinating) meaning behind this prompt, I’ve come to realise that I sway more towards seeing the trees first. It’s just in my borderline OCD nature. This is visibly evident when I’m in charge of organising an event… I am the only one in the office who will read (and have ever read) through the entire A-Z guides provided by the event hosts! That’s how thorough I am! I’ve always been a firm believer of the phrase ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’, thanks to several GCSE teachers, as it was one of those cringey sayings that was repeated constantly. However, that said, I do have the ability to take a step back from the trees and admire the forest in its entirety!
#74: What are you more comfortable with — routine and planning, or laissez-faire spontaneity?
Hands down… routine and planning. Ask anyone from the office and they’ll tell you that my need to be organised is borderline OCD, but I guess that’s why I’ve been appointed the role of Events Manager for the last two events we’ve exhibited at! It’s safe to say that thanks to my meticulous planning and organisational skills, each one ran smoothly from set up to pack down.
#49: Many of us think of our lives as boringly normal, while others live the high life. Take a step back, and take a look at your life as an outsider might. Now, tell us at least six unique, exciting, or just plain odd things about yourself.
1. I have an unhealthy relationship with being organised. I can’t stand bad planning so I will always make sure that if I have any say or control in something, I will ensure that everything has been thought of and meticulously planned.
2. My love for reading and writing. If I’m not found writing my blog posts, you’ll find me reading. Whether it be a book, an email or various news stories – I’m forever learning through reading!
3. The world really is my oyster. Working for a kids magazine, I’ve been able to gain experience in being the Editorial Assistant, Marketing Assistant, Events Manager and the Manager of NG Kids Alive all at once! I hadn’t quite realised just how good I am at multi-tasking, so it’s certainly given me a confidence boost and shown me that if I put my mind to it, I can do anything.
4. My thirst for knowledge. I always want to learn more about everything. As an example, on the weekend that’s just gone, I was managing the company’s stand at The Telegraph’s Outdoor Travel and Adventure Show at the ExCeL in London and Nick Spellman the AnimalMan joined us. I was forever asking him about his animals as I just wanted to know as much as I possibly could.
5. My slight obsession with watching The Big Bang Theory. I couldn’t write six things without including this one! I’ll happily watch seasons 1-6 back to back as they’re always so funny no matter how many times I’ve seen them. Plus they’re only 25 or so minutes long, so can be playing in the background so to speak whilst completing other tasks.
6. Finally, I guess an outsider would comment on my close knit family. I know it’s not exactly unique, exciting or odd but I’ve always known how lucky I was to have a close and supportive family.