About Me

Here goes!

I wasn’t sure how much personal information to share at first – mostly because I don’t know how much I’m comfortable with you all finding out about me in one go ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is me:

oh hi!

This summer, after four incredible years, I graduate from the University of Warwick, England. This is all great news, exceptย that I don’t have a Plan of Action for my life as a fully fledged graduate. Details, details.

So far, my two main ideas are either to train as a journalist (I LOVE to read and write), or to become an English teacher, both of which require masses of work experience…which I don’t have at present. So this coming year looks like it will be geared towards getting this experience, and fingers crossed I’ll have accumulated enough to apply to postgrad courses next September! Hold me to it, OK ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now, a bit of personal stuff – I was born in Munich, Germany to an English daddy and a French/Vietnamese mama, then when I was four years old we moved to the Netherlands – and that’s where my family have been based ever since. My brother, sister and I all have a British passport, so that’s what I tell people if they ask where I’m from. Far quicker!

I’ve always been a very active and athletic person, and played field hockey and swam competitively until I left home for university a few years ago. When I got to uni, I pretty much stopped participating in organised team sports and started using the campus gym instead, mainly so that I could work out on my own time (and not have to train in the cold, rainy English weather!).ย 

Somewhere along the line I fell in love with running, hard. I’m not a ‘proper’ runner by any stretch of the imagination – the longest I’ve ever run for is just over an hour, and I haven’t participated in any races. I run for myself, and I love the peace of mind it gives me. Now that I’ve left university though, and don’t have such easy access to brilliant classes like Spinning and Body Pump (LOVE), I want to enter myself in a couple of events so that I stay motivated to work out… like most people, I get lazy unless I have something to hold myself accountable for ๐Ÿ™‚ My dream would be to complete a half marathon or a triathlon, and fingers crossed I will have ticked one of those bad boys off my list this time next year.

On a slightly more serious note, I’m also hoping that blogging will help me recover from a pervasive pattern of disordered eating that first began just before I arrived at uni almost five years ago. I’m not sure yet how much of this side of me I’ll be sharing on the blog – it’s pretty scary even putting it out there that I’m going through this particular struggle – but it’s definitely something that makes me ‘me’, so I figure honesty is the best policy!

Thanks for reading – I’m impressed if you’re still here at the end of that essay!



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lisaou11
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 17:10:20

    Blogging helped me so much with disordered eating. Mainly b/c it was great to see you so many beautiful women role models showing how me how they live their healthy balanced lives.


  2. Lara (Thinspired)
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 21:37:58

    Hi Karen! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. I hope that blogging will be as positive of a support system for you that it has been for me! Oh, and I would definitely consider you a “proper” runner by your description! Running for over an hour is hard work ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • karrieanne5
      Jul 16, 2010 @ 18:09:25

      Hi ladies! Lisa, seeing how so many great women lead healthy – and balanced – lives has been so inspirational to me. Reading about how others have gone through the same struggles that I am dealing with at the moment makes me determined to get to that point myself ๐Ÿ™‚
      Lara – thanks! lately I’ve been trying to build myself back up slowly, because I’d let running fall by the wayside in the last few months, but hopefully when my family goes to France in a couple of weeks I’ll be clocking up some serious kms again ๐Ÿ™‚ Once I know for sure where in the UK I’m going to base myself after the summer, I’m going to look into entering a couple of races. My first!


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