Get To Know Me (2019 Edition)

Since I am new to blogging regularly I thought it would be fun (and shockingly introspective) to do a ‘get to know me’, meet-the-blogger type post.

Here are 50 questions (yes, 50 – I couldn’t quite believe it myself) about me, which I hope will give you a better picture of who I am.

1. Full name

Cara Brander

2. Zodiac sign

Gemini. I’ve just had my 24th birthday – and I’m still coming to terms with it! #quarterlifecrisis

3. 3 Fears

Failure, deep water and public speaking.

4. 3 Things I love

My family, a really good book and autumn.

5. My best friend

I don’t have a best friend, instead, I have a handful of good friends.

To be perfectly honest, I’ve lost a lot of them this year – people who have moved on to pursue their own adventures. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and hopefully making new ones.

6. Last song I listened to

Portugal The Man – Live in the Moment

7. 3 Turn ons

Thoughtfulness, honesty and a good sense of humour. I should probably put beards on here, too.

8. 3 Turn offs

Self-centeredness, arrogance and ignorance.

9. What colour underwear I’m wearing right now

Blue. (I’m sure your day is better for knowing that.)

10. How many tattoos/piercings do I have

Four tattoos: the LotR Evenstar, ‘Ambition’ in Elvish, Tibetan ‘Peace’ symbol and a compass with ‘Sic Parvis Magna’. My ears are pierced, too.

11. The reason I started blogging

I started The Raving Gecko back in 2016 and have been blogging on and off since then. I really just wanted to put my thoughts out there and discuss the things I’m interested in – gaming, film and TV. Now I’m studying gaming, I want to bring my two passions together.

12. How I feel right now

I’m excited for the future. I’ve been working through a lot of this year and feel like it’s finally starting to pay off. I’m looking forward to the many adventures that the future holds, whether that be in my career, spare time or through travel – hopefully a bit of everything!

13. Something I really really want

To make a difference.

14. My current relationship status

Single.

15. Meaning behind my URL

It was a random thought for a bar that I may want to open in the future. Geckos are wonderful little creatures and I like to rave about games, the two work well together… I hope?

16. My favourite movie

This is a hard one. This depends on time of year, genre, mood – I was a film student for four years, so I find this incredibly difficult. My guilty pleasure film is probably White Chicks, though. It’s terrible and clichéd but I can’t help but sing along with Terry Crews Every. Single. Time.

17. My favourite song

Again, another impossible question. Starlight by Muse and Many of Horror by Biffy Clyro are definitely up there, though.

18. My favourite band(s)

Muse, Biffy Clyro, Kasabian, Imagine Dragons… really, the list could go on forever.

19. 3 Things that upset me

Disloyalty, rude people and the self-centeredness of today’s world.

20. 3 Things that make me happy

Achievement, great conversation and travelling.

21. What I find attractive in other people

Good manners, humour and a smile on their faces, in today’s world, a smile can make a real difference.

22. Someone I miss

My grandfather, I didn’t get the chance to meet him as he passed before I was born, but I’m told we’re very much alike and I would give anything to have a chance to meet him.

I do miss the wisdom and love of my late Auntie June, too.

23. Someone I love

My mum (don’t cry while reading this, please).

24. My relationship with my parents

With my mum, awesome. We’re best friends and partners in crime.

25. My favourite holiday

I’ve got to say Christmas. Even though I don’t enjoy winter but on Christmas Eve I always wish there to be snow. I think most importantly I love the concept of Christmas, being together with the family and taking some time to appreciate one and other.

26. My closest blogging friend

At the moment I don’t think I have any close friends who blog, but I sure hope to find some good friends through blogging.

27. Someone famous I’d date

Jason Momoa – his energy is electric, you just know you’d have a fun time, whether that’d be throwing tomahawks or downing Guinness.

28. A confession

I put my guard up too much. I don’t let people in because I know how badly people can hurt one another.

29. 3 Things that annoy me easily

Bad manners, being late and having to repeat myself.

30. My favourite animal

Orangutans – their sweet nature and sad smiles make me want to rescue every single one and live in a sanctuary for the rest of my days.

31. My pets

Oscar, the Shih-Tzu, who lives up to his name, and Patch, the sassiest of cats.

32. One thing I’ve lied about

I try not to lie as I’d rather be honest, but I’ve definitely said I was ‘on my way’ when I have, in fact, been lying in bed. I can get-up-and-out in about 2 minutes so I can’t be called hypocritical for not liking lateness, ha!

33. Something that’s currently worrying me

You can’t help but compare yourself to others, I always feel a step behind everyone, whether than be in careers, life or love.

34. An embarrassing moment

There are too many. My life? (I’m joking, honest.)

35. Where I work

Currently, I am a full-time PhD student at the University of Sunderland. I also work as a pizza chef in my spare time too.

36. Something that’s constantly on my mind

Food. Always. That sounds really bad, doesn’t it?

37. 3 Habits I have

Before I leave the house, I have to make my bed – if you want to change the world, you have to start by making your bed everyday (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sK3wJAxGfs). Secondly, I journal – mainly just to process my thoughts on paper. Finally, I have to have a cup of tea before bed… I’m not sure when this started, but it’s definitely set in stone.

38. My future goals

Career-wise, I want to pursue a meaningful career, maybe creating something myself. For so long I want to graduate school (I am studying Economics at the moment) and keep up with blogging. As for my goals in general, I want to travel as much as I can. I want to see new places, explore new cultures and meet new people. I also want to spend time with the ones I love. I think it is so important to have those people that matters the most around you as much as possible. Love, that’s all.

Mariannelle

(Now this was an entry from Mariannelle where I found the template for this post. It’s such a beautiful sentiment so I’ve decided to include it as my own.)

39. Something I fantasise about

Packing up my life and living in the wilderness of Canada. I truly believe, at this stage in my life, I could survive off grid. Then I remind myself of my love for technology and gaming and wonder how I could bring the two together…

40. My favourite store

Ikea. There’s a wealth of possibilities, new starts and hope in that blue-and-yellow building. I love building things too, so I’m guaranteed to leave with a flat-pack regardless of whether I have to space for more furniture.

41. My favourite food

Chinese food – it is the one cuisine that I find myself craving most often. I’d love to visit China one day and try everything.

42. What I did yesterday

I had a day off work and my mum’s birthday, so I decorated, hosted a little party and ate cake. Then I spent the rest of the day planning the re-launch of The Raving Gecko. My life is inspirational, I know.

43. Something I’m talented at

I’m really good at picking up new languages – I learned Danish a few years ago and started to learn Swedish alongside it – I’d love to learn as many as I can!

I’m also good at listening, too – I’m a true empath that can help sort others’ problems out, while that may be taken advantage of sometimes, I’d like to think I make a difference, however small, whenever people are troubled.

44. My idea of the perfect date

Road trip and a picnic.

45. My celebrity crush

There are plenty. Jason Momoa as already mentioned, Justin Timberlake is a long-standing childhood favourite, and Henry Cavill to name a few.

46. My favourite blog

There are so many beautiful blogs out there, it’s hard to pick just one. I can’t wait to spend more time exploring new blogs and finding new favourites. If you’ve made it this far (god bless you), and would like to make some suggestions, please do below!

47. Number of kids I want

Someday, a boy and a girl would be awesome!

48. Do I smoke/drink

I drink on occasion, but don’t smoke.

49. One word that describes me

Ambitious.

50. My favourite quote

‘None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an after thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.’

– The Breath-taking Keanu Reeves.

There you have it guys, 50 questions about me. If you have any further questions you would like to ask me, just leave a comment.

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Hi, I'm Cara, a PhD Student exploring the video game experience and virtual realities. Enjoys adventure and daydreaming.

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