Shades of Me

portrait of girl with brown hair, wearing purple top

So I’ve had Tralisty for a while now and I’m not the type of girl to take 100 selfies and plaster them on Instagram. It’s actually been really hard to find photos of myself for this piece!

But here are a few things I’d like you to know about me!

I’m a bit of a nerd

And because I’m a bit of a nerd, I’ve never really fitted in.

I got my first ‘boyfriend’ when I was 15. I had my first real boyfriend when I was 20. And yes, I lied about losing my virginity, like almost every 15-year-old girl.

Because I knew what it felt like to never fit in, I wear my heart on my sleeve. I know what it feels like when people don’t listen to me, so I always listen to the people who need to talk.

I won a tv game show

Yep, that’s me with Ben Shepherd after winning £10,000 on Tipping Point.

That money was spent before it even reached my bank account (figuratively of course!). It went on starting law school and moving to London for 3 months.


kinky boots programme and ice cream

Whilst in London, I went to the theatre because, y’know, I’m a nerd.

I saw Kinky Boots, Wicked and Red Velvet and I have never been more in love with the theatre. I even got Kenneth Brannagh’s autograph on my birthday (such a fangirl moment!). I can’t tell you what my favourite is but I would love to see Kinky Boots again.

When I feel a bit sad, I sing Defying Gravity from Wicked because it reminds me that I’m awesome, and if you want to fly, sometimes you have to fly alone (and that’s ok).


My cheer team Twist Xtreme are my (super) extended family.

I started cheering when I was 18 at university (Go Saints!) and officially retired when I was 23 due to injury. But whenever I go back to Twist, they always welcome me as if I’d never left. You should try it; you’ll never look back.

I’ve had the opportunity to coach some incredible young athletes to top 3 trophies at National level and I’d love to be able to go back to cheer. It’s my heartbeat and I feel emotional when I see my teams pull off a routine that they’re proud of.

Fancy Dress

Killer Granny fancy dress

I love fancy dress.

An insane amount.

If someone comes up to me and says “hey, we’re having a fancy dress party…” I will bite their head off for details and spend an insane amount of time planning my outfit, then I’ll just end up changing my mind 100 times and go with something silly.

That picture was for Halloween 2016. There were girls dressed as skeletons and Poison Ivy, and I spray painted my hair grey and was a killer granny all night. And when I say granny, I mean the dancing, the walking with a stoop, the whole she-bang.

So who’s inviting me to their fancy dress party next?

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