I came across a really cool post a while ago written by Aycan where she described herself from A-Z using each letter of the alphabet. I don’t do many personal posts nowadays so I thought it would make a welcome change to do something just for fun. I’m not going to lie, this was pretty tricky for a couple of reasons; there aren’t many relevant words to fit me that begin with ‘X’ for example, but it was also pretty hard to only stick to one word for other letters. How can you expect me to choose between Pancakes, Pizza and Puppies? Here’s the words I chose!
A is for Alice
Perhaps the most obvious one – my name. I’m lucky in that I do really love my first name, despite the never-ending “how’s Wonderland?” comments and recitals of Smokie’s “Living Next Door to Alice.” My parents did actually get my name inspiration from the Alice in Wonderland books, coincidentally a story that I’ve always really loved growing up. I was the only Alice I knew of during Primary and Junior school, but going into Secondary school there were around four other Alice’s I knew of. Two of my closest friends now are both called Alice – I didn’t pick them out purposely, I swear. Aside from my birth name, I have a few spin-off nicknames; “Crystal” by some family members (Alice rhymes with a football team called Crystal Palace), “Smell-ice” (charming, I know) and “Phallice” (a more unfortunate rhyme – I’d say Google it if you don’t know what it means, but perhaps that’s not the best idea).
B is for Blogging
This is probably another quite obvious one considering you’re reading from my blog now, but blogging is probably my number one passion so I just had to include it. It’s a little bit crazy to think that just a couple of years ago, I created my own little WordPress website and posted a review on the Morphe 35O palette. Sometimes I feel as though I haven’t grown much as a blogger but when I look back at older posts like this, I can definitely see a difference in my writing as well as my photography. I’m so glad that I took the plunge to start up blogging. Although I have days where I’m stressing because I’m not happy with a set of products photos I’ve taken or I can’t seem to muster up inspiration for new posts, I have something that I do generally enjoy doing and can project my creative streak into.
C is for Camera
I’ve always had a fascination with taking photos. I remember going camping years and years ago and borrowing my stepdad’s camera to take photos of sea shells on the beach. I had no idea what I was doing but I was happily snapping away for the whole trip. Fast forward to current year and I’ve dabbled in things such as wedding photography and created a music video for a friend’s band. Although I’m nowhere near a professional and don’t use my camera nearly as much as I should, I think it’s something I will always enjoy doing. I definitely rekindled my love for photography when I went to Japan last year, I was so snap happy and wanted to take photos of absolutely everything. I just love the idea of capturing moments and being able to look back on them for years to come.
D is for Disney
Ever since I was little, I’ve always been a huge Disney fan so it was only right to include it in my list. I was named after a Disney character, I grew up wanting to be Snow White (and still do, honestly) and even now, they’re my go-to movies when I need cheering up. I even have two Disney themed tattoos, one being a sketch of Tinkerbell on my ankle and the other being ‘wildflower’ written on my arm (a reference to Alice in Wonderland). I went to Tokyo Disneysea last year and I was absolutely in my element, if I could live in the Disney parks I definitely would. When I was younger, I remember watching various Disney films on video and then rewinding them and watching them through constantly on repeat. Although I don’t watch them quite as religiously as I used to, when I do sit down and watch a Disney film it always brings me so much happiness.
E is for Emotional
I guess you could say I’m very in touch with my emotions. Sometimes I cry over the tiniest things, whether it’s because I’ve watched a video of a really cute dog or because I’m watching The Notebook for the 100th time (and my god, do I sob at that movie). On the other hand, I also laugh a lot over the dumbest things as my sense of humour is really silly. I’m one of those people that are still laughing after everyone else has stopped because I can’t get the joke out of my head. Although it can be considered a negative thing to be so over-emotional, I can’t imagine myself any other way and I’m proud to say that I love and laugh in huge amounts (even if it is the same for crying).
F is for Friends & Family
There are a select few people that I can really trust and confide in with my whole heart but I’m so grateful for those people. One very important thing I’ve learnt about friendship is that quality is definitely superior to quantity. At school, I always worried about being left out and missing out on things because I couldn’t seem to maintain close friendships. As I’ve grown up, I’ve realised that a lot of people will let you down and leave you out but it’s the ones who stick around that are worth investing your time in. The same goes for family, just because you’re related by blood it doesn’t mean that you have to take crap from people. Keep the people that genuinely love and care for you close and try not to waste your time worrying about anyone else.
G is for Grateful
This sort of follows on from the previous word but I’m forever grateful for the people and things I have in my life. From the biggest to the smallest things, I’m so thankful for all of them. Whenever I feel anxious or sad, this is something I always try to focus on to pick myself back up. I actually recently downloaded an app on my phone called Daylio; at the end of each day, I write about the highlights of my day and it’s really nice to look back on, especially when I’m down. I also recently wrote a blog post of 50 simple things that make me happy because I find it really grounding to remind myself of the seemingly small yet incredibly uplifting things in life.
H is for Horror Movies
Fifteen year old me would be so confused at this one after being scarred for life from watching The Ring too young. I had to put a blanket over the TV in my bedroom for months after watching that film as I thought the girl with long black hair was going to crawl out of it. Luckily, I got over this fear and now I can sit and watch any horror movie with no problems. In fact, I probably watch them more than any other genre along with crime documentaries and thriller series’. Some of my favourite horrors are The Shining, Creep 1 & 2 and Dread; I’m particularly into the low budget B-movie type films, some of them being quite twisted as I find those the most interesting. My dad and I are always sending each other recommendations of the creepiest and sickest movies we can find. If you have any suggestions of your own, let me know in the comments at the end!
I is for Italy
Travelling to Italy has been at the top of my bucket list for the longest time. Although there are many different places I would like to visit, Italy has always been number one for me. I don’t even have a particular city in mind, I’d love to spend a month or so travelling around the whole country and experiencing its culture. There are so many stunning places I would love to see in person. Of course, there’s the Italian food too which I just know would be incredible. I was sent an Italian food hamper a couple of months back with some brands sourced directly from Italy and everything was extremely tasty so I definitely need to go and try some more authentic dishes.
J is for Jesse
Although my boyfriend really fits in with the ‘Family & Friends’ category, he definitely deserves his own little mention. He’s such a huge part of my life; he’s my absolute best friend and constantly makes me laugh, motivates me and supports me. I will forever be thankful to have him in my life and appreciate everything he does for me. I mean, I suppose you have got to be pretty great to put up with me! I’ll stop with the cheese now.
K is for Keepsakes
I have a couple of small boxes under my bed that are stored full of random things such as key rings, cards and tickets that all remind me of memories and people. I really love looking back through these boxes every so often, particularly as I’m rubbish at remembering stuff so it jogs my memory. I can see me carrying on this little collection I have throughout the rest of my life as there’s a lot of things in there with huge sentimental value that I hope to keep adding more special things to.
L is for Lists
I’m definitely a list maker in so many situations. If I’m travelling somewhere, I’ll need to make a list of everything I’m packing so that I definitely don’t forget anything. If I’ve got quite a few things I need to get done, I’ll make a list in the order I’m going to complete them in so that I don’t feel as overwhelmed. The ‘Notes’ app on my phone quickly gets full of so many random lists but I find it such a useful way to keep my brain in order (sort of). I know I’ll only forget if I don’t!
M is for Musical Theatre
Musical soundtracks are my absolute favourite thing to listen to and I especially love going to see shows in the theatre. My favourite musicals are Les Miserables, Hamilton and Legally Blonde, all of which I listen to the soundtrack of constantly. If I was rich, I’d definitely be going to see different shows every week as it’s such an amazing experience. There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of a live show. I also used to perform in the musicals that my school did every year which was by far the highlight of my school years. I absolutely loved when it came around to performance time each year, the feeling of performing was just amazing. If you’re a musical lover like me, let me know what your favourite one is at the end!
N is for Natural Beauty
As much as I absolutely love make-up, from talking about it on my blog to applying loads of different products, I also think it’s really important to embrace your natural beauty. Although I really like going all out with my make-up every now and then, my favourite type of make-up is a little more natural. I love the idea of enhancing your features rather than covering them, something that I’m happy to see a lot more of within the beauty community lately. One of the best examples of this comes from one of my favourite YouTubers, Samantha Ravndahl. She has recently done a few make-up videos where she promotes the ‘less is more’ idea in applying products, something I definitely like to take on board when doing my daily face of make-up. I think it’s so important to embrace your natural beauty and feel comfortable stepping outside of the house without a full face of products.
O is for Outdoors
Although one of my favourite ways to spend my time is in a duvet burrito in bed with my pyjamas on, eating snacks and watching Netflix, believe it or not I do like venturing outdoors sometimes. I actually really enjoy going camping, enjoying nature and not being on my phone for a while as it makes me feel really grounded and relaxed. I’m much more of a nature type of girl rather than a city girl, even when I visited Japan last year I was much more into the zen gardens rather than the hustle and bustle of the main cities. I definitely want to stay in somewhere like a log cabin or a tree-house in the woods in the future, I love the idea of being secluded and away from all the stress.
P is for Pink
When I was little, I remember my mom letting me choose a paint colour to have my bedroom and I chose the shade ‘Sexy Pink’ – tiny Alice found the name hilarious. It’s hard to believe that in my teenage years, I grew to hate anything pink as now it’s one of my favourite colours along with purple. I especially love them as pastel shades and when it comes to shopping, anything in these colours are my weakness. My love of pink extends into my home decor as well, I can only decorate my bedroom as I live in shared housing but my bedrooms’ colour scheme is neutral with a splash of baby pink. When I do have my own home, I definitely want to try and sneak little bits of pink around even if it takes some convincing to my partner.
Q is for Quizzes
I have no idea why but I really love taking completely pointless quizzes. You know the kind on Buzzfeed like ‘we can guess your dominant personality trait based on your food choices’ or ‘what disney character are you?’ – I have a slight addiction them. Once I take one, I find myself sat there for way too long taking dozens. I also really love playing trivia type games such as Trivial Pursuit and Scene It, even though I seem to get the majority of answers wrong.
R is for Restaurants
It’s no secret that I’m a big lover of food so it comes as no surprise that I love going out to eat. My favourite restaurant is Gourmet Burger Kitchen, my boyfriend and I love eating there and it’s always such a nice treat – their truffle fries are incredible. One thing I definitely want start doing is trying out a range of different food places, I always go for the same few places as I know I love it. However, Birmingham has loads of eateries around and I should really experiment just in case I’m missing out on somewhere amazing. Plus, it’s always great to support smaller, non-chain businesses as well.
S is for Sausage Dogs
Dachshunds are my absolute favourite dog breed in the world. Of course, I love all cute dogs but I definitely have a soft spot for little sausages. My adoration is to the extent that I have bedding covered in dachshunds and a Pinterest board full of sausage dog photos. All that’s missing is an actual dachshund in my life but unfortunately, I’m not allowed pets in the place I currently live. Hopefully one day I will get to own one and give it all my love, I even have a name picked out already.
T is for Tortoises
After dachshunds, I also really adore tortoises and have done for as long as I can remember. Back at school, I remember going round to someone’s house for a party and she had a pet tortoise that was just strolling around the garden. I was so amazed, I just find them completely fascinating. I would love to have one as a pet, however I know they typically live up to 100 years old so I wouldn’t want to give one a home without knowing someone else would be around after I’ve passed to keep loving and caring for them (slightly morbid).
U is for Understanding
I would like to think that one of my dominant personality traits is that I’m very understanding. I try to always be around to listen to people if they need someone to talk to and I’m a very empathetic person. Sometimes this is a little bit of a disadvantage as if my loved ones are going through a bad time and I can’t help, I feel very helpless but I do my best to provide as much support as I can. I think a large part of this is because I know what it’s like to feel like nobody is there for you or thinking that no one will care. I would never want anyone to feel like this, even if we’ve never spoken I will happily be there for you if you’re going through a rough time and need somebody to talk to.
V is for Vines
I know Vine is long dead and gone and to be honest, when it was actually around I didn’t really use it. However, there are tons of compilations of Vine clips on YouTube and for some reason, I really enjoy watching them. It’s one of my go-to ways to cheer up as there’s so many hilarious ones, some of them have me laughing so hard that tears start streaming down my face. If you’re a Vine lover too, let me know what your favourite one is.
W is for Worrier
I’ve had anxiety for as long as I can remember and although there’s a lot more to anxiety than just worrying, it does still make me the biggest worrier going. I worry about everything from the tiniest things to the biggest, even things you think could never spark worry will probably trigger some sort of anxious feeling in my head. I definitely overthink constantly which can be such a huge downfall but it’s all a part of who I am. As I grow older, I’m start to accept more things for what they are rather than over analysing everything so I’m hoping I will continue to grow and chill out a little bit more.
X is for Xenophile
The definition of a xenophile is someone that has a love for foreign cultures and celebrates people’s differences. I would definitely consider myself a xenophile as I have such a fascination for learning about how other cultures and countries live. I was particularly in touch with this side of myself when I went to Japan as I was constantly in awe of how different everything was, it was like being in a different world. When we visited places like temples and shrines, I found it so fascinating to learn about their beliefs and superstitions. I definitely want to travel to lots of other countries in the future to keep on learning.
Y is for Young
Something I like to remind myself of when I’m having a bit of a panic about life is that I am still young. Although my boyfriend calls me an old woman because I’m three months older than him, being 24 is still young in the grand scheme of things. Sometimes I feel like I haven’t really achieved much or I’m at a bit of a standstill. Then I remember that there are so many ‘late bloomer’ success stories out there; Colonel Sanders, the founder of KFC became bankrupt at the age of 65 but then went on to create the massive franchise and become hugely successful.
Z is for Zzz
Anyone who knows me will know I absolutely love a good nap. Wherever I can cram one in, I’ll definitely take the opportunity. In fact, I propose the idea that workplaces should all have napping stations so that you can have a quick refresh at lunch time. Okay, maybe I’m not so young after all – at least not at heart.
Let me know if you decide to write your own A-Z post, I would love to read it!