Welcome to Miss Portmanteau
Food • Travel • Lifestyle
Creating Miss Portmanteau
All my 29 years have led up to this. At the end of summer 2016 I said goodbye to a career in energy research and consulting in order to follow my dreams of becoming a writer.
I started this lifestyle blog as a way to help me make that transition. Years in a corporate environment is not easy to shake off! My entire network and world has changed, not to mention my wardrobe!
In the bizarre world of oil and gas, it’s best not to draw too much attention to ones feminine self, which I took a little too literally, rocking a genderless suit and loafers vibe for way too long. I was probably one step away from taping down my boobs.
While Miss Portmanteau is still a baby, my plans are to experiment, to write about anything and everything that inspires me, that I think will inspire you, that I recommend or want to share. All work and photos are my own.
The three main categories are Food, Travel and Lifestyle, with sub-categories such as London, Culture and Entertainment. My values – honesty, integrity and quality – underpin every post I write.
I probably won’t be making any money this year and that’s because I’m keeping my options open rather than picking a niche while I figure out what I like writing about and what you most like reading. Who am I and who are you is a question I’m still trying to figure out. Yesterday I was an Analyst, today I’m whoever I want to be.
2017 is going to be a huge year for me. I’m getting married to the love of my life in Mykonos and going on an epic honeymoon around Hawaii ending with two nights in Tokyo. And it’s all going into my blog.
Since the day we met, George and I have been really busy making our wildest dreams come true. We found each other, we’ve travelled to many new places, learned about grown-up things like wine and keeping fit, while setting new goals for the future. We’re a solid team with big dreams.
Mr and Mrs Portmanteau
Despite the name, Miss Portmanteau is not a women’s blog. Although it’s not called Mr and Mrs Portmanteau, which sounds long and silly, George is the biggest influence in my life and my number one reader. My lifestyle blog is a reflection of who we are and where we are going.
I grew up moving country often. I’m half Norwegian and half Portuguese. I was top of my class despite having attended eight different schools, danced ballet, ran track, learned MMA, presented my Masters thesis at the European Parliament… These days I’m writing a book, blogging, reading, learning Greek, hitting up the gym and currently on level 2135 in Candy Crush. George is a Greek from Mykonos, surprisingly buff for someone with four math degrees, well-dressed, knows everything about anime, has read all Terry Pratchett, and is great at DIY.
Together, we have an almost exhausting list of interests, hobbies and things we’d love to do if we had the time or money. We are never bored. There is always a book to read, a movie to watch, a recipe to cook, a walk to take, a new place to see, a language to learn, or just something we need from the shop…
Next year I will re-evaluate and probably look for a job as I’ll need to earn money again. If you’d like to offer me one get in touch! Or get in touch anyway at firstname.lastname@example.org. My current position is a temporary luxury but don’t worry, I plan to continue Miss Portmanteau for many years to come! I want to write for big online magazines or run a blog for a hotel or restaurant business. I always wanted to be a writer but I was afraid I wouldn’t make enough money. So I chose a different path and it’s led me right back here.
In my old job I was writing everyday, which made me happy at first. Every week my work would get published to our clients, many of which are really intelligent people, CEOs, top strategy teams… It was an honour, but it wasn’t mine. I also didn’t get much credit as it was only the company’s name and not my own that our clients would see. Still, I have my old job to thank for giving me the confidence to start on this new path.