I’m Tanya, I’m 40 (but that still feels like a typo) and I live in England, having grown up in London and moved to West Yorkshire as a teenager. I have a slightly unusual hybrid accent that passes as northern to your average Southerner, but which all Northerners can detect as not being quite right.
I am married to my teenage love, who I met at a party in 1996, aged 16. I knew he was a keeper when I threw up on his new shirt and he still called me. (From a phone box, because 1996.)
I’m a mum to an 11yr old boy and 7yr old girl. I often look at them and wonder where on earth the time went, and how they got so grown-up.
I’ve recently discovered a love of growing vegetables. It started in April 2019 when I became really conscious of environmental issues and sustainability. I started a a compost bin, and really just wanted to find a use for my compost. Somewhere along the way, I became captivated by the process and realised that it makes me happy! I am currently growing 19 types of vegetables in two raised beds, two flower beds, two very mini greenhouses, a multitude of troughs and containers, and on windowsills.
Since as far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to do two things: run my own business, and write.
Having grown up with two self-employed parents I knew the knife-edge reality of working for yourself. I wanted more stability than that, so I pursued a sensible career in market research. But I always had the nagging feeling that I hadn’t found my calling.
The trouble was, I was scared my writing wasn’t good enough. As a child, I poured my heart into letters and diaries and poems. I loved English at school, but fear stopped me taking it past A-Level.
Life and circumstances eventually lead to me quitting my career, and I built my own business as a self-employed Virtual Assistant. It’s a great fit for me as an organised planaholic who loves helping people. But this blog is my way of picking up the pen I put down all those years ago.
Five facts about me…
I have no sense of direction. It’s like dyslexia but spatial. One day this condition will be discovered and named, and I’ll feel vindicated.
I will happily read the most lengthy, deep, thoughtful books, but if I watch so much as a Disney film – I need the plot to be explained to me.
I’m a lifelong vegetarian but my husband and children eat meat. I’m fine with it, and I don’t want to impose my choices on them. However, I get very squeamish about handling meat and have to pick up ham slices with a pair of tongs.
I’m an introvert who loves people. I’ll happily chat to anyone about anything… as long as they make it 100% clear they want my company. Ask me to introduce myself to a strangers and you’ll find me hiding by a pot plant pretending to read my phone.
Things that make me happy include my family, our guinea pigs, my vegetable garden, food, and being outside in the beautiful world.