20 Quirky Things You May Not Know About Me

20 Quirky Things You May Not Know About Me

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20 Quirky Things About Simone Samuels

I have had this article in my drafts for months now, but have been a bit nervous to share it.

This week I am part of a blogging challenge, and wouldn’t you know it, writing a post like this is one of the challenges.

So I am just going to put it out there and share these 20 quirky things about me! You might see a slightly different side to me- I have definitely come a long way these past years since health coaching. You can find out more about my journey to becoming a health coach on my About page. In the meantime, enjoy these little stories!

  • 1. When I was at university, I had a part-time job at Pizza Hut. I worked there for 3.5 years, and worked my way up from dish pig, to make-table pizza prepper, then to shift manager where I had to learn how to make the pizza dough and also had to do delivery driving. I was asked if I wanted to be a manager, but decided I wanted to use my degree for bigger and better things than a life entrenched in Pizza Hut 🙂 And I still can no longer STAND the smell or taste of Pizza Hut pizza to this day!!
  • 2. While talking about jobs, my first ever job was at McDonald’s when I was 15 years old. I lasted a summer, but couldn’t stand making fries and being told to smile more (ME! Smile more?!). That job is what turned me into a vegetarian. I haven’t eaten meat since the end of the summer (now more than half my life!)
  • 3. My first ever car was a turquoise 1976 VW Beetle named Lucy. These days, I don’t drive anything. Jakarta’s traffic scares me too much and it has been 7 years since I last got behind the wheel so I am totally not confident anymore!
  • 4. I studied my Masters degree in Education so I could teach English in other countries. I ended up staying in Australia and teaching other people how to teach English so they could go overseas…until I got jealous hearing all the tales from my English-teacher protege and ended up going to Vietnam.
  • 5. My pre-teen crush was Joey Macintyre from NKOTB. I had posters plastered, literally, on every inch of wall and ceiling space in my bedroom. I’d spend my $2 pocket money every week buying Smash Hits Magazine, or any magazine that even mentioned the New Kids or had a pic of Joey. I really wanted to marry him. (My sisters and I must have watched the VCR documentary of an NKOTB tour at least 100 times, no joke).
  • 6. The closest I ever got to meeting any members of my beloved NKOTB was interviewing Mark Whalberg when I worked as a writer for Brisbane street press.
  • 7. I can read tarot cards. Dragonflies are my good omens. Sunflowers give me guidance.
  • 8. I have been to Burning Man Festival and Glastonbury Festival. One was a dust fest, the other a mud fest. Both were mind altering.

Simone Samuels Burning Man

  • 9. I have had an entrepreneurial mind since I was a kid. I would pay my sisters a paltry sum to help me fold junk mail that I would deliver around the neighbourhood. I also worked as an Avon Lady while I was still in high school. I also saved heaps of cash by babysitting and nanny-ing while in my senior high school years. I ran my first proper business at age 19 when I ran a photography business, taking family portraits and cute kid photos all over South-East QLD. Yep, I have had quite a few career trajectories getting me to where I am now!
  • 10. My first time overseas was when I was 17 and I went on a P&O School-leavers cruise to Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. I had to use travellers cheques for the first and last time (no credit card at that age) and loved that on international waters it was “ok” to drink alcohol from the bars 🙂
  • 11. I have no middle name and I love my two names so much that I will never change them.
  • 12. I feel the greatest sense of peace and calm when I am scuba diving.

Simone Samuels Scuba Diving

  • 13. I once lived in a house, in London, with 18 other people. I shared a room with 3 of my housemates, and I almost accidentally set fire to our room one night from burning a candle (well, a fire did start, but it didn’t spread, thank god).
  • 14. I got my first email address in 1996 (ah, hotmail!), first used a computer mouse and Windows that same year, and started my first ever blog in 2001.
  • 15. The only continent I have not yet travelled to is South America. Despite living in Asia for most of the last decade, I still haven’t been to the Philippines, Japan, Korea or Taiwan. I’ve lived for long periods in London, China, Vietnam, and now Indonesia. This means I have friends all over the world, which I LOVE.
  • 16. I never really achieved my childhood dream of being an investigative journalist. But I did achieve my dream of travelling the world, meeting awesome people and learning new languages (which is what I think appealed to me about journalism in the first place!). I’m also a life-long learner and I am always studying something or teaching myself how to do something new. I think they call this being multi-passionate or a multipotentialite.
  • 17. I first tried yoga when I was 18 years old and started a regular yoga practice when I was 21 years old and living in London. Yoga has always played a part in my life since then (I do go through stages though where I am really into it, and other times, not so much). I was even going to train as a yoga teacher in 2009 before I took my job in Jakarta!
  • 18. I LOVE raw, dark, 75%+ chocolate. I have at least one piece of dark chocolate a day (usually more!)
  • 19. The first healthy habit I started regularly enjoying when I started to change my lifestyle was having a green smoothie every day, and I still keep this up! I also started collecting raw food and vegan cooking books and now have a growing collection that fills an entire bookshelf!

Simone Samuels Green Smoothies

  • 20. I identify myself as a high-raw vegan, but prefer to think of myself as a plant-based whole foods lover because labels tend to have bad connotations and basically suck.
  • Now it’s your turn! Share some fun facts about you 🙂 What did you find most surprising or interesting to learn?
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