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Ouma Hotseat: Getting to Know Chelle

Updated: Aug 16

It's time for the next addition of our Ouma Hotseat Series! Giving you a peek behind the curtain to find out what makes us tick. This month we had to pause the world's orbit to sit down with multi-published author, working mum of three and ex-radio presenter... the one and only Michelle. Picture Sarah Jessica Parker in 'I Don’t Know How She Does It' and you are halfway to understanding the level of organisation, military precision and attention to detail that Michelle bosses her life with... and she does it all in heels! Naturally.

This Bridget Jones knicker wearing, cheese loving, romance queen appreciates the good times and always has a funny anecdote to hand. As with all true writers, Michelle has a rich tapestry of life and professional experience making her a joy to have around the office. Grab a hot cup of something caffeinated and read on folks, here's everything you need to know about Ouma's very own Wonder Woman...

Meet Michelle Smith, Senior Copywriter at Ouma

Have you ever been told you look like someone famous, who was it? Generally, no. Although my other half did use this technique to get my attention and tried telling me I looked like Michelle Keegan once... probably worth noting this was many years ago when I looked much younger and a lot less tired, obviously! Amazingly, it worked - and we've been together ever since!

If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you? Oh, I imagine it would be some kind of rom-com. Think Bridget Jones style - I've had a fair few disastrous relationships before I found the one, and I'm not shy of pulling out the favourite big knickers occasionally! Although, if I ever inspired a film for real, I'd genuinely love to be portrayed by Rachel McAdams - I adore her acting style and haven't found a film of hers I don't love yet.

What is the best advice you have ever been given? Tough question - When I was pregnant with my twin daughters ten years ago, people queued up to dish out advice to me - some of it was nonsense, but I onboarded quite a lot of wisdom too. I think of everything I've ever been told, the best advice I've had is to appreciate the good times. Sometimes, life is hard - work, parenting, maintaining a house and nurturing a relationship can all take its toll at times, but it's important to step back from the chaos and really appreciate how wonderful it all is.

What's your favourite sandwich and why? If I'm opting for a sandwich, I'd probably choose tinned tuna or salmon with plenty of mayo and chopped red onion. Although, I'd sooner ditch the bread and indulge in cheese and cracker board instead!

What would the title of your autobiography be? As a multi-published author, you'd think I might have written one by now, but as the grand old saying goes - you save the best for last 😉! I think if I wrote an autobiography, it would have to be quite humorous and given my unique talent to accidently offend people on occasion, I would call it: "The art of offence - how to do it well!"

What fictional world or place would you like to visit? I'm not usually drawn into the fictional stories - Harry Potter and the likes don’t do much for my imagination at all! But after watching PS: I love you, visiting Dublin is something I've always wanted to do. Just imagine that... being whisked away to the stunning scenery of Ireland, where one of the greatest romance stories of all time was filmed!

What is your perfect Sunday? A day spent well with the children... a gentle walk round a local park or lake, an afternoon movie all cwtched up on the sofa and early evening with a bottle of white and huge giant bar of Dairy Milk to feast on... Splendid.

I think we can all agree that was a touching, yet hilarious, peek into the brilliant mind of Michelle Smith. Someone call Nancy Myers and get this super hero her very own rom-com! Roll the credits on our quick-fire questions with this leading lady and stay tuned to find out who's next in the hotseat!