1. I can wolf whistle, which might not be typically impressive, but when I went to NYC for the first time I did it as much as I could. I finally felt free to do it an obnoxious amount of times and not feel weird about it.
2. I wouldn’t say it was awkward because I was the most confident 12-year-old in the world, but my “awkward phase” style icons were AnnaSophia Robb in Bridge to Terabithia and Avril Lavigne. I would wear long, crazy-patterned socks with the feet cut off on my elbows, ties and skate shoes or Converse.
3. I didn’t have a nickname growing up. I’ve mostly been called Maddie, which technically is my nickname, as my real name is Madelaine.
4. As soon as I get up, I put on an inspiring podcast or YouTube. It’s essential for me to give myself healthy brain food as soon as I’m awake because I’m so prone to anxiety. I can never eat straight away, so when I’m up, I’ll put the kettle on, go to the bathroom (duh), wash my face and then make myself drink a glass of lemon water. (I cheat and put lemon cordial in it so it tastes better, not sure if that makes ritual redundant but whatever.) Then I’ll make coffee and by that time, I’ll be ready to eat. Right now, I’m obsessed with rice cake sandwiches with vegan turkey bacon, avocado, an insane amount of lettuce, this sweet chili jelly stuff I can’t remember the name of and a soft-boiled egg. It’s big. I feel like I need to mention that I feel really bad for eating eggs. I make sure they’re free-range, but I do try to eat a mostly vegan diet.
5. If this career didn’t happen, I’d probably enjoy traveling around being a freelance writer—maybe an author, journalist or poet. Doing Reiki maybe. Painting. Something creative where I’m not tied down anywhere.