A Delightful Person: Emily Martin


I met Emily right after I moved to England and it took me about five minutes of talking with her to know that this girl was going to be a forever friend. She was the life of the party the first night I met her and has continued to give life, laughter, and light to every moment I've spent with her since. She and her sister Naomi became my British sisters and are some of the people I miss most in the UK. Emily works in London's TV industry (so cool, right?) and has BIG things ahead of her. Watch out, world. 

I am from London and I love it because it's the most magical, multicultural, historical, versatile, excitingly cool city in the world. In my humble opinion...

My current phase of life looks like the most exciting thing to happen for me. Love living every moment. 

My physical trademark: I'm tall. 

My purpose is to be remembered, to show love to all and to achieve my goals and dreams.

I love Sundays, rain, cities, public transport, parks in London, shopping for other people (and myself), organizing and cleaning.

I hate cats and any other animals, really.

I am inspired by motivated people. Being motivated and driven is a choice and some people just get things done and are involved in so much. I am inspired daily to be more like that.

The words I live by are "Aim high and shoot straight". My mum always said it to me for years and I never understood it until recently. To me it means to keep your goals high and don't waver. 

I admire confidence in other people.

My favorite color is gold because it is joyful and stands out, it is so versatile as it can be sparkly and glamorous or really subtle and warm.

Your favorite songs of all time are "Resolution" by Matt Corby, "Don’t Stop Me Now" by Queen, "Down South" by Jeremy Loops.

The films I could watch on replay are Safety Not Guaranteed, Miss Congeniality, She’s the Man, 500 Days of Summer, The Intern.

My favorite meal is buffalo hot wings (have to be in America) with bleu cheese.

I wish I could have dinner with Kate Middleton, Prince William and the children. I want to be friends with them so bad. So. Bad. 

My celebrity crush is Zac Efron. 

My fondest memory is my parents surprising me at an awards show I was presenting at my college. They were hiding near the lockers outside the auditorium and didn't want to miss it as it was my first time presenting. I obviously didn't want them to come but I am so glad they did. Cheering me on. 

My biggest challenge is doing. It is so easy to ‘say’ what we want to do or achieve in life but the biggest challenge is to ‘do’ it. 

My proudest moments was presenting a show with Sir David Attenborough in front of 900 people. 

My most embarrassing moment: I was 13, doing a dance show. I was wearing borrowed leggings (which were too small and see-through) and doing a terrible dance which lasted forever. None of us wanted to be on that stage dancing. We were so self-conscious and embarrassed. At the end when I looked into the audience and saw my family, my dad raised his hand and went from a thumbs up to a firm thumbs down. It was mortifying, but that is the moment I learnt to laugh at myself. It was hilariously embarrassing. 

My wildest dream is to actually own a house in London. These prices are bananas. 

Anne Hathaway would star as me in a movie about my life.   

If I could get on a plane right now, I would travel to Peru. 

My bucket list includes climbing Machu Picchu in Peru. Stroking a giraffe from the top of its head all the way to its back. Riding an elephant (which I did in India!). 

Anything. The Olympics highlights. A proposal. Soldiers coming home. Weddings. Birthdays. Adverts. Anything to do with the royal family makes me cry.

People falling over (I know it's bad), lame jokes and my friends and family make me laugh.

My guilty pleasures are Kesha. I just play her music when I'm feeling sassy. 

My childhood ambition was to be a TV presenter  

My most recent purchase was flights to Prague! 

I like my personality.

I am gregarious.

Em, your brilliant spirit sparkles brighter than Kesha's body glitter ever will! You meet each new day of life with arms wide open, ready to experience every joy and tackle every challenge. You are clever, capable, confident, and really darn likable. I am often astounded at the amount of wisdom stuffed into that 20-year-old brain and could listen to you talk all day. You make everybody feel like a somebody, Em, and that reminds me a lot of Jesus. Your courage, wit, beauty, and curiosity (mixed with a lot of God's grace) will propel you to some spectacular places. It is a true and deep joy to call you friend and sister. Keep shining, my brilliant girl!