About Me — Alexandra Walker-Jones

Where are the peer-reviewed research papers when I need them the most?!

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Hiya! My name is Alexandra Walker-Jones.

You know, people aren’t half kidding when they say it’s ridiculously difficult to write about oneself! Where to begin? What to include? And how to be first and foremost authentic when my job is usually to be creative?

“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.” — Gustave Flaubert

And then comes the question of the deeper stuff, like who I am? What do I value most in life? How did I get here? And what even is authentic? I swear, I can’t be the only one who feels as though the second they try to exact these answers, the more surreal and unfamiliar they become!

To help myself out a little bit (and trust me I do need it), I’m going to cheat and borrow some bits and pieces here and there from my own previous work. After all — and as every other writer could confirm — the best way to get to know me is to get to know my writing.

Alright, here we go…

Bio

“I am a very messy person by all accounts. My handwriting is a mess, my bedroom floor is a mess, and my hair — curly and with a considerable amount of frizz to it — is a mess.”

— Excerpt from 7 Lessons From an Organized Messy Person to You

To most of my friends, I go by Alex.

I am 21 years old — a February baby and a fellow Aquarian for those of you who might be into astrology — and I was born in Hendersonville, Tennessee, but have spent most of my life moving back and forth between the UK and The United States.

Growing up between the English countryside and the American country (hello 7 years of education in Alabama!) has played such a fundamental role in shaping who I am as a person that to ask me to choose between the two sides of me, would be impossible. In case you were wondering, my accent is somewhere in between RP and General American English — but this all depends on who exactly I’m speaking to, you see.

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Currently, I reside in London, with December 2020 officially marking the completion of the university degree that I originally moved here three years ago for. I have always been a writer, but the decision to study Psychology and Political Science was made with the pursuit of forming connections in mind. These are the areas that connect us all (at least in my mind), after all.

I’m very pleased to report that life in London is everything you could imagine it to be. For starters, you won’t find two people alike; the richness of cultural diversity that exists within this magical city is unmatched. Everything you do is tinged with the excitement of being so small among the tall buildings and the tens of thousands of people living their own lives, and although Londoners are notorious for being hostile, my experience thus far has only lent itself to a conclusion on the contrary.

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I, myself, am mostly known for being happy, independent, sociable, and passionate. I can talk for hours about anything theoretical, complexly scientific, or ever so slightly mystical in nature. I love to learn and I am rather easily excitable in this way.

“A good friend once described me as being peculiarly down-to-earth for someone with their head so perpetually up in the clouds. I remember laughing, feeling both amused at his creative thought, as well as rather delightedly taken aback by the feeling of being so well summed-up in so few words.”

— Excerpt from 7 Mental-Heath Preserving Tips from an Introverted Extrovert Living in One of the Busiest Cities in the World

I’ve been an ethical vegan for nearly 5 years, and out of the necessity to better understand the mechanisms that drive positive social change, I have committed myself to becoming a relative expert in related areas such as health, nutrition, cognitive psychology, the environment, plant-based business, sociology, consumer ethics, and the joys of a vegan lifestyle. Subsequently, these are the most common themes of my writing (see below!)

As far as my career goes, I have been lucky enough to always combine my skills as a writer with my areas of explicit interest. I have created content for Vegan Fashion Week, in LA. I’ve helped restaurants and international health and wellness corporations take on a plant-based approach to nutrition. I’ve also been freelance writing for over three years for a range of companies in the health and psychology sectors, and have only just begun to explore what this amazing innovative community on Medium has to offer — so watch this space!

P.S. if you know anyone who might like to hire me for a writing/editing/plant-based consulting/researching role, I’m accustomed to wearing multiple different hats, and am currently accepting all offers of post-undergrad employment ;)

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With that said, I’m very much just simply trying to do my best and learn as I go! I am acutely aware of my flaws and genuinely do my best to make peace with them. I am clumsy, and forgetful, and perpetually 30 minutes early to every event I attend out of stark fear of arriving late. I can be bossy, and a bit of a control freak, and although I can give excellent life advice to others, I’m not always the best at taking it, in return.

“Half of the time I’m pretending to know what I’m doing, and the other half I’m not even bothered enough to pretend. At no point whatsoever do I actually know what I’m supposed to be doing.”

— Excerpt from No-One Ever Told Me Beetroot Was Sweet

In my free time (i.e. when I tell myself I’m supposed to be writing), I love to read all sorts of books, watch thriller movies (but never alone!), cook new vegan recipes, rock climb, meet new people, and do absolutely anything that involves quality time with the people I cherish.

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What I Write About

I was recently awarded Top Writer in the topics “Food” and “Health” which was a very cool moment for me.

Ultimately, I write about any subject that sparks my interest, whether that comes as an intrinsic result of my personality, or just a passing phase of curiosity — so don’t be surprised if there are a few a little out of left field!

The topics I write about most commonly include:

Nutrition/Health

Psychology

Veganism

Philosophy

Lifestyle

Marketing

Get In Touch!

I love making new friends and connections and would love to hear from you in any capacity of your choice:

Check out my website for additional information about what I do, follow me on Instagram for vegan recipes and the curated highlight reel of my life, and feel free to add me on Linkedin for the more professional side of things.

Please email business inquiries to: alexandra (at) awalkerjones.com

Please email any personal inquiries to: awalkerjones (at) gmail.com

Thanks for taking the time to read all about me!

Alexandra Walker-Jones — December 2020

Writer and published author with an international background in psychology, nutrition, and creative writing. I’m just here to learn ;) awalkerjones.com

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