Week 1 is 20 facts about me. Prepared to be ... hopefully not bored!
1. Hardly anybody knows how to pronounce my name.
Lou - ah- na.
Dad wanted to spell it Luarna. But mum wanted to keep to the traditional aboriginal spelling—as it is an aboriginal name—of Lo-Arna. Thanks Mum. You doomed me to a fate of being called "Lorna" or "Lawana."
My name means the sunset.
2. I'm a mum to two boys. I had my first, Josh at 22 and my second, Lucas at 24.
3. I do tend to (on occasion) stress over small things that really don't matter in the grand scheme. Over analyse. Obsess over tiny details. Yet, when faced with the really hard ones, I'm really kind of chill. I still can't figure that one out.
4. I left my hometown almost 11 years ago and moved to Far North QLD from NSW. I then moved interstate every 2(ish) years and settled in Perth almost 6 years ago.
5. I'm outgoing and shy all at once.
6. I’m a people person but need space to recharge.
7. I'd do almost anything to make people I care for smile.
8. I'm sensitive and it was a trait I disliked until recently. I was always taught wearing your heart on your sleeve is foolish. Now I know it makes me strong. It's a courage thing. After each knock down, there my little heart is—hoping for the right care by friends, lovers, whatever. And to see others cared for right too.
9. Following on from the sensitivity, I've hidden from the empath side of myself but I'm now fully embracing it.
10. I've thought I've know who I truly am on more than one occasion and was wrong almost every time. Apart from the last. I hope?
11. I don't like small talk.
12. More on the small talk, I don't enjoy surface interactions or relationships. Romantically or otherwise. I want to dig in further to the essence of people.
13. I don't do a Tim Tam slam correct every time. Sometimes it's a big old chocolate mess but it still tastes delish.
15. And chocolate
16. I get incredibly cranky when I haven't written for a few days, and if I also haven't exercised in a few days—ouch, look out!
17. I know when people are lying and it's super awkward.
18. I'm just a farm girl at heart.
19. I have endometriosis which you've probably never heard of. Or, if you follow me anywhere on social media, you might have. It's real and it's common. An estimated 176 million women (and possibly then some) suffer from this insidious, never ending disease. When I was first diagnosed and leading up to my diagnosis, it was rough but now I don't allow endo to define me.
20. I have moments of serious doubt with my writing.
Sometimes I wonder, why do I do this? And then I remember, because I don't know how not to do this.
Plus, it's a bonus when people tell me they enjoyed my book/s.
Next week is 'Most Embarrassing Moment' eeek.