Ten Things You Did Not Know About Claudia Amy Salador

Let’s start at the very beginning, according to Julie Andrews, it’s a very good place to start.

Who is Claudia Amy Salador?

Other than being a 23 year old entreprenuer — I’m going to spend this first ’10 Things’ post telling you a few things you did not know about me. In the world we live in today, we tend to be depicted by the egos or alter egos we post online. Who or what is real and who or what is made up? It’s a never ending cycle of the unknown. This Medium allows me to give you a little more of an insight into who I am, the truth behind Claudia Amy Salador, ten bite size chunks or idiosyncrasies I have that you may or may not have known. And of course, this post is in list form…

So here we go…

  1. I Write Lists. A lot of them…

The first and most obvious that I must start with are Lists. Lists keep me sane. Lists keep me calm.

Being a slight control freak, lists make me feel in control about what I’m doing, they keep me accountable, ensure I don’t forget the small things AND it’s scientifically proven that our brains like them!

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2. Certified Personal Trainer

I am a certified personal trainer, who would have thought! Definitely not me! Five years ago, if someone would have told me that in 2018 I would be a personal trainer, I would’ve probably laughed, hysterically. But 5 years on from 2013, I am certified with a fully kitted out studio at home. This was a hobby I had for a few years whilst at university that has now turned into a job and the longer I do it the more I love it. It’s a great feeling to be able to love what you do. To be able to motivate someone and have them trust me to make them feel better not just on the outside but on the inside is priceless. Watching someone become a more confident version of themselves is incredible.

3. Studied Abroad in USA

(South Carolina to be specific — Go Gamecocks!)

From 2015–2016 I studied at the University of South Carolina as part of my degree. I’d always watch American films about school and college when I was younger and wished that one day I could be a part of that. USC did not disappoint. I made friends for life, experienced a whole other culture and ticked something off my bucket list by studying abroad and living the American Dream.

4. Pic n Mix Obsessed

What’s there not to like about sweets and pic n mix?

*** Fun Fact: I’ve spent over £8 on sweets at the cinema…

5. Grade 5 Piano and Flute

Something not that many people know about me, unless they knew me when I was aged between 5–14. I used to play both flute and piano and reached Grade 5 with both. I love music and if I do say so myself I was good. Unfortunately, I gave both of them up, not without a fight, but I couldn’t seem to find teachers who were in it for fun, to just play whatever we wanted rather than focusing on the same monotonous scales and grades. I can’t see myself getting back into it any time soon but I do still love music. I have a bit of a guilty pleasure in scores and soundtracks to films too.

6. Alarm OCD

This one is bizarre. Another ‘Claudism’ my mum would say. I don’t know where this came from, but I won’t/can’t set my alarm on the 5’s of the clock. So, if I wanted to wake up at 8.45am, I’d set my alarm for either 8.46am, 8.44am, 8.47am and so on. Or, if I wanted to set an alarm for 4pm, I’d set the alarm for 3.59pm, 4.02pm, 4.01pm, 3.48pm etc. Yes I know, extremely bizarre. I’ve also only found one person who shares this habit with me (they’ll know who are they are when they read this). I did actually read once that using this technique makes you less tired, but I’m not so sure… It has now become too much of a habit to change, and I cannot now set alarms for o’clocks, quarter pasts, half pasts, quarter to’s and any 5’s in between. At least it makes me unique!

7. I do at least one new thing a month

This is my New Years Resolution as of this year and something I think I’m going to continue to do every year from now onwards. There are so many things to do and places I haven’t been, sometimes you get so carried away in your own routine you forget to mix things up and make an effort to do something different. By employing my ‘one new thing’ a month rule for this year, I’ve been to new cities, done new things that I hadn’t ever done and had wanted to do for so long. Even the silly things, like the cereal cafe, or afternoon tea or riding a Santander Bike around London. It’s all about the small things, and sometimes those small things are on your doorstep.

8. No watches!

I do not wear a watch. They freak me out. Having time on your wrist and watching time tick away, for me, is pretty terrifying. I like to make the most of the time I have without any restraint, so the constant weight on the wrist of a watch is a reminder of time moving so uncontrollably quickly.

9. Dream Job = Dolphin Trainer

I have always loved animals and even at a young age would sit in front of the TV watching National Geographic. Since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a dolphin trainer. Perhaps an impossible feat considering that myself and biology do not go together too well. They are one of favourite animals (elephants are up there too). I find them mesmerising, smart and rewarding. I’d particulary like to be involved the rehabilitation and re-release of dolphins back into the wild.

I’d never say never, so who knows what will happen…

10. Triple C (Colour Coded Calendar)

As number one stated… I am a slight control freak. This even goes as far as my calendar on my laptop. I was still on the colour coded diary (CCD), but it got a little too stressful when plans changed and lots of crossing out occured. Switching to the laptop made this easily correctable. It’s colour coded with 7 sub categories ranging from errands, to work, to clients and arrangements and tells me exactly what I’m doing when I’m doing it. It keeps me organised, accountable, breaks down my weeks into more manageable chunks AND it looks pretty. What’s there not to like?

Try this yourself and pick a few things that not many people know about you, whether they are your hobbies, your strengths, your weaknesses, your idiosyncrasies or whatever makes you YOU! Surprisingly, it’s harder than you think to think of ten things! I was struggling at 4!

But, in a nutshell, you now know ten more things about Claudia Amy Salador than you did a few minutes ago.