Ten things you did not know about me.

  1. I have a phobia called Thalassophobia – which can include fear of being in large bodies of water, fear of the vast emptiness of the sea, of sea waves, and fear of distance from land. I am in short – afraid of water.
  2. I worked in a mental health center to assist adult day patients when I was 16 years old. I left after being physically abused several times daily by patients and was unable to cope with the constant care demands placed on me.
  3. I trained as a Beautician, nail tech, masseuse, relaxation therapist and make up artist when I was in my early 20’s and ran a mobile business for years.
  4. I owned an exotic animal charity which was legally registered and we operated a learning center from a theme park in Ayr. We ran for 6 years taking in hundreds of exotics and giving talks 7 days a week until we almost went bankrupt with the crippling costs. We resigned and handed over all animals we had left to volunteers before returning to normal jobs and family life.
  5. My family history is more dramatic and unbelievable than a plot from Eastenders. It also all happened in one street where some of my family still live.
  6. I have 14 siblings – half, step and real. I only have relationships with half of them.
  7. I wrote my first book aged 6 and won a school competition. It was about the friendship between a dog and  cat who lived next door to one another.
  8. I suffer from severe social anxiety and periods of my life I have been unable to leave my own house for months on end. I am now self managed and force myself to big events several times a year to combat this. I get sick with nerves before each trip.
  9. My birth surname is Ukrainian. (not one I use). My grandfather was a German army POW who came to the UK when he was a young teen and could not go back for fear of being shot.
  10. I am allergic to stings. Wasps and Bee’s have different effects. I have been stung 5 times by wasps and once by a bee in my lifetime. Each required medical attention quickly.

This was a bizarre get to know me post. I hope you learned something about me today and I hope you take the chance to do the same on your own blog x

Leanne xx

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