In all honesty, this will probably turn into a “Draw My Life” YouTube video but for now…
The ‘About’ page isn’t really for rambling so I decided to create this post to give a more thorough overview of who I am. I find it hard following some big bloggers/youtubers/public figures not knowing where they started, anything about them or who they even are apart from their media content. I want to be open and honest from the beginning.
My name is Alexandra Shadbolt (Ally for short) I was born in 1990 and raised in New Zealand. My birth place is Rotorua but I spent the majority of my childhood in Christchurch.
Both of my parents are British and all of my mum’s side of the family live in the UK. In NZ, I have my close family being my Dad & his partner, 2 sisters, 1 brother and my grandmother (Dad’s mum)
I attended Ilam primary which I remember I enjoyed. I was a very sporty child loving athletics, swimming and dance. That all changed when I was hit by a car at 11 and broke my femur. I just never really got back into it, though I do still have a passion for sport.
My parents separated when I was young (I don’t remember what age) and my dad moved to Wellington. I spent a lot of time in wellington including 1 year when I was 13 (ish) for reasons I do not wish to go into.
I completed 1 year of Wellington Girls College (great school!) but soon went back to Christchurch to be with my Mum. Fast forward a few negative years which again, I do not wish to go into… I was out facing the big wide world by myself – well, thats what it felt like at the time.
I lost my mum at 16 but I feel like she is with me everyday and she keeps me going strong.
2006-2011 are years of a lot of drama, back to back issues & just not being cut a break so let’s move on until I am ready to talk about it (Don’t get me wrong, there were good times too!)
At the end of 2011 I moved to Wellington after a TERRIBLE relationship and going through all of the Christchurch earthquakes (honestly guys… I could write a book with all the things I have gone through!)
February 2012 I started my new job and worked hard to get out of debt. I also met my now fiance (Matt) that year and my life has been amazing since.
I don’t know what it was about getting out of Christchurch but I was a whole new person after getting away from how toxic it was for me there and I have never looked back.
In September 2012 we moved to Auckland for the company I was working for and have since travelled to Australia, Singapore, UK & Hong Kong. We got engaged 2014 and had a beautiful baby boy called Jayden.
2015 was a year of discovering how to be a parent, balance work life, a relationship and “Me Time”. 2016, I got pregnant again and am still cooking baby #2 who is due in May 2017.
It has been an absolute rollercoaster the last 5 years but it has all been so fun, so rewarding and I am so grateful I have turned out the way I have.
2017 is our year and I can’t wait to see what else it brings and take you along with me.
This is literally my life in a nutshell (can you believe it?) I hope that gives you some good background info to continue my journey with me.
Thank you for reading & talk soon!
p.s – This type of post is liberating! You should give it a go.