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GIRL ABOUT SHEFFIELD

Vicky

Hi there, I’m Vicky!

Born and bred Yorkshire, I’m 35 years old and live in Sheffield with my husband Warren, four-year-old Emily and baby twins Erin and Leah.

I fell in love with Sheffield when I moved from York in 2002 to undertake a business and marketing degree at Hallam University and my heart has never left the city. I thought I was destined for London. But after a 15-month stint during my degree, where I was so skint I had to loiter around supermarkets at closing time to raid the whoopsie shelves and was rationed to one Weetabix for breakfast, I gratefully returned to Sheff where people openly talk to strangers and it’s ok to eat chips with gravy.

I met Warren on my very last night living in Sheffield after finishing my degree through my passionate hate for RnB music. We got married in Sheffield in 2013, and Emily crashed into our lives a year later.

Emily is energetic, opinionated, bossy, and NEVER stops talking. She is incredibly funny and I love hanging out with her. She is my excuse for unleashing my love of crafts again and baking with lots of sugar.

The Twins descended upon us in August 2018 and life has been a little more intense since then. Having twins had never crossed my mind beforehand, but now we have two little extra people in our family and I can’t imagine it to be any other way. Although, I do now spend my daily life smiling sweetly at the comments such as “Double trouble” and “you’ve got your hands full” …… my patience is wearing thin already.

I’ve always been active and outdoorsy. I’ve been lucky enough to climb Kilimanjaro, run the London marathon and cycle across France into Paris all for a charity close to my heart. I used to do triathlons and open water swimming, but this has gone by the wayside of late….

Other things I love: eating, music, arty stuff and talking. My years of going to Glasto are completely numbered, but I do try to get out to see bands and DJ’s… there is literally nothing better than dancing to live music with a beer in hand.

So I’m now Girl about Sheffield. I’ve never blogged before, but have loved my Girl About journey so far, so I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with you.

 

10 Facts About Me:

1. I didn’t discover my curls until I was 17 when I decided to not brush my hair one day.
2. I met my husband on my very last day living in Sheffield after finishing my degree through my passionate hate for RnB music.
3. I lost my brother when he was 23 and serving in Afghanistan. It turned our worlds upside down.
4. In honour of him, me and my family have raised over £100,000 for Help For Heroes. We climbed Kilimanjaro cycled across France and I also did a half ironman…. none of which I ever want to do again. 
5. On a whim I entered the London Marathon and got a ballot space. I couldn’t even run 1k when I found out. 
6. I’ve worked for Arup Group for over 11 years and without a doubt, we have the best office in Sheffield.
7. I somehow ended up being Deputy Head Girl at school, despite being a rogue at times.
8. I love Japan. I used to be able to speak and read a bit of katakana, and it’s absolutely top of my list of places to go.
9. I hate packaged egg sandwiches. I like eggs but no amount of money would ever let a premade sarnie pass my lips.
10. I’m half kiwi! My dad is a kiwi and when he was a kid, travelled on a boat to England which took 6 weeks!.

Vicky Xx

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