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 8yr 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 20 types of vegetables in two raised beds, two flower beds, two cold frames, 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 cat and two guinea pigs, my vegetable garden, food, and being outside in the beautiful world.