10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

Since it’s the new year and it’s the time of year where I get to meet lots of awesome newly engaged couples who are starting out on their wedding planning journey, I thought I’d do a fun little post to tell you more about me. You might have read my bio or watched my little branding film, but today I’m going to tell you some things that you probably didn’t already know.

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

Me pulling odd faces in the Dolomites

1. When I Was A Teenager I Wanted To Be A Fighter Pilot

I’ve always been a bit of an adrenaline seeker, and a love of planes runs in my family. My Grandfather was an aircraft designer/engineer and my father had been in the air cadets as a kid, and when I was old enough I had my first flying lesson and I joined the ATC. I had notebooks where I used to draw sketches of planes and I had posters of the Eurofighter Typhoon on my bedroom wall. For a few years, my goal was to become a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force, but my dislike for A-Level physics and maths put a stop to that. I still get pretty excited when I see fighter jets but I’m not such a fan of war, so I’m not too disappointed about that decision.

2. I Have A Music Degree

I started playing the flute at the age of 10 and soon realised I was quite good at it. By the age of 15 I passed grade 8 with distinction and by 18 I had a diploma in performance. I also learned to play soprano saxophone. I went to Leeds University to study music and while I was there I realised that I didn’t like being in the limelight, so I moved away from solo performance and majored in composition instead. One of the biggest things I miss from my “music days” is playing in an orchestra with other amazing musicians.

3. I Went Skiing Twice As A Child And Hated It

Ok, hate is a bit of a strong word. When I was younger I went on one skiing holiday with my family and one with my school. I was so terrible at it and really nervous, that I really didn’t enjoy it that much at all. I tried to learn snowboarding when I was 15 on my local dry slope but I couldn’t make turns or ride the lift, so that didn’t last long either. It wasn’t until after university when I was living and working in Birmingham that I decided to give snowboarding another try, in the snowdome in Tamworth. Second time around was sooo much easier and I guess in some ways that’s what got me to where I am now.

4. I’m A Nightmare To Feed

I’ve been a vegetarian since I was around 12 years old and four years ago I found out I have coeliac disease. That means I can’t eat anything with meat, fish, seafood or gluten in it. Thank goodness for potatoes, vegetables and Indian food!

5. I Pick Up Accents Really Easily

When I spend a bit of time with people who have a different accent to me, I often start to sound more and more like them. My family have never said anything but my friends are more than happy to point out that sometimes I sound Australian. All I know is that when I hear myself talking on videos, even I’m sometimes confused about where I’m supposed to be from!

6. I Only Buy Cruelty-Free Beauty & Skincare Products

A couple of years ago I made the decision to only purchase products that are not tested on animals. At first, it was a bit of a challenge to find products I loved, but now I have my staple favourite products that I couldn’t live without.

7. I’m Qualified To Teach Adaptive Snowsports

You might know that I’m a certified ski and snowboard instructor, but did you know that I also have my BASI level 2 adaptive certificate. This means I know how to tailor my ski and snowboard teaching techniques for athletes with various disabilities, teach sit-skiing and three-track, and guide blind or visually impaired skiers and snowboarders.

8. Broadway Musicals Are My Guilty Pleasure

Yes, I’ve come out of the jazz-hands closet. I absolutely love Broadway musicals. It’s one of the things I miss most about living in the Alps. But every now and then I throw on my Phantom of the Opera or Hairspray DVD and sing along. I just wish they would make a Wicked movie so I could watch that one from home too.

9. I  Sometimes Spontaneously Start Dancing To Music on TV

Don’t ask me why, but if any kind of RnB music starts playing in the background of a TV show or advert, I just have to get up and start dancing. But not in a cool way. Think Chandler from Friends and you’ve got the idea 😉

10. I Can Lick My Own Elbow

Ok, this one is totally not true but I’d love to know if anyone else tried to do it after they read this!

Cat Ekkelboom-White, Suffolk Wedding Photographer

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Haven’t seen my “about me” film yet?

You can find it HERE.

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