Versatile Blogger Award

Conservationist Krissy has been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award!

It was a real pleasure to wake up on Friday morning and find that I had been given the Versatile Blogger Award; even more so to find that I had been nominated by @dr.ofwhat – Bri consistently posts great content with genuinely helpful tips and information for fellow students 🙂 She’s a real source of inspiration.

The Versatile Blogger Award provides bloggers the opportunity to promote and celebrate fellow bloggers whom inspire them.  It is also an opportunity for us to highlight bloggers who maybe don’t get the recognition they deserve (most likely due to the fickle nature of Instagram and the complexity of its algorithms!).

So, with that being said, it is time I fulfilled my duty as a winner and share with you 7 random facts about myself:

1 – I am a big, fat, proud, and geeky POTTERHEAD 😉

Being a 90s baby I am part of the Potter generation; I grew up with Harry Potter and I will always love Harry Potter.  It does not bother me that many people find this lame, or even nerdy, because I love everything about the wizarding world and I am quite happy to obsess over it!  I frequently imagine what my life would be like as a Hogwarts student…roll on my next visit to Warner Bros studios!

Me looking at the Hogwarts model at Warner Bros Studio in London

2 – I am a second hand / antiques shopping freak!

Vintage excites me!  I absolutely love getting lost in antique shops and often have to be dragged away by my fiance who fears that one day I will return home from the shops with a lorry load of vintage furniture and homeware items.

I really love giving furniture a second lease of life!

3 – I originally hail from the luscious island of Guernsey

Being the second largest channel island, Guernsey is a really popular tourist destination and of course I can see why – am I bias?  Maybe, but I’m sure you’d all agree with me.

I was born and bred on this idyllic little island and, whilst I moved away in order to seek more opportunity, I am forever grateful that I can call Guernsey home – us islanders are very lucky people.

Guernsey beach

4 – Nutella was one of the true loves of my life but I gave it up for the good of the rainforests.

Enough said really.  I adore Nutella – on a spoon, on bread, on bananas, on porridge, on strawberries, on EVERYTHING!  But nothing could be more important than reducing our impact on the environment and the vital habitats that endangered species such as Orangutans and Rhinos depend on.

5 – Staying active is my life.

I grew up in a relatively sporty family so I tried nearly every sport under the sun.  I can’t imagine living a life in which I am not active.

My fiance and I both love Crossfit and touch rugby – I have been very lucky to have played at the European Championships and various NTS tournaments.  Most of all though, I just LOVE hiking.  Hiking makes me feel alive and I could just wander for days on end given a chance.

Me climbing Sugar Loaf Mountain in the Brecon Beacons, Wales
Sugar Loaf Mountain in the Brecon Beacons, Wales.

6 – I am an SSI qualified Scuba diving assistant instructor

I was first introduced to Scuba diving in Australia in 2013.  I was backpacking up the east coast and did the typical 2/3 day boat trip round the Whitsundays – it had been a dream of mine since I was young, so I loved it!

However, I was useless at first!  But, I went on to obtain my PADI advanced open water qualification in Gili Trawangan (the diving is stunning in the Gilis!).  I then worked for a scuba diving company based in Airlie Beach for three months during which I obtained my qualifications, diving on the Great Barrier Reef.

Me scuba diving on the GBR

7 – I am a twin

Not identical.  My brother and I definitely do not look exactly alike (believe it or not I have been asked that question far too many times :P).

My superhero of a mother raised my brother and I alone and I have to say, she did a spiffing job.  David was one of my best friends growing up and, despite having typical arguments over the shower and the tv, we got on incredibly well – still do.

My Nominees

Charlotte Chivers (@charlotteanne_chivers / ‘A Flailing Biologist‘)

Charlotte is soon to be embarking on a PhD where she will be specialising in water pollution with the University of Exeter.  Charlotte’s writing is really engaging, so whether you’re a scientist/conservationist or not you will enjoy reading her articles.  One of my favourites is her recent blog about bats (we have a mutual love for these wonderful critters).

Fee (@feethewildlifewanderer / The Wildlife Wanderer)

Fee has travelled extensively, having visited over 30 countries.  Along the way she has worked for various wildlife/conservation organisations, including zoological parks, wildlife rehabilitation centres, and veterinary clinics.  Fee has a lot of experience volunteering abroad and her blog is full of her experiences, advice, and information for all of us wishing to do the same.  I know I could have done with her advice when I was embarking on my volunteer expeditions!

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5 thoughts on “Versatile Blogger Award

  1. Thank you so very much for the nomination. I feel incredibly overwhelmed that you have chosen me for this award. I will continue volunteering whilst I travel and will spread awareness about the animals I encounter to hopefully help their plight in the wild! Thank you once again.
    Great learning more about you in this post too. Great facts!

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