Twenty Questions with Anna Fitzgerald


Welcome To Twenty Questions!

Every week I’ll be sharing a new twenty-something on the blog and their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions about themselves. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a celebrity or public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all. My hope is that by taking a peek into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.

Anna Fitzgerald, 27

What is your full name?

Anna Paula Fitzgerald.


How old are you?

Nearly 27.


How old do you feel?

Not like 30 is three years away!


Where were you born, and where do you live now?

I was born in Wellington and currently live in London.


What do you do for work?

I’m an Account Manager for a speciality coffee roastery meaning we buy high grade ethically traded coffee beans from farmers all over the world and roast them in a way that brings out their unique flavours (due to variety, origin and process).


What do you do for fun?

Travel, bush walks, try new cafes, explore new neighbourhoods, and at the end of the day a glass of wine or G&T with good friends!


Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?

Economics to learn about why people behave the way they do, Politics to learn about the world, and French because different cultures and forms of communication fascinate me.


What is your favourite movie of all time?

Pretty Woman.


What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?

Moving to London. But I think having regrets is the biggest risk of all, so moving to London didn’t actually feel like one.


Hardest moment of your twenties so far?

Job-hunting in London when I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do! But as always, it all worked out.


Best moment of your twenties so far?

Getting this far with amazing friends and family. And because I can’t pick only one, I would also say studying in Otago and backpacking through the Middle East this year.


Who do you miss?

My girlfriends (that includes my younger sister!).


What do you like the most about yourself?

My sense of adventure, curiosity and loyalty.


What do you like the least about yourself?

It’s cliché – especially among us women – but being overly self-critical is something I don’t like.


If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get and where would you get it? If you already have tattoos, which is your favourite and why?

One of my best friends and I talked about getting lotus tattoos on our ankles when we lived in India (very original). We didn’t, but I’d get that because it would have such good memories attached to it.


How would your friends describe you?

Independent, a feminist and not one to turn down a red wine!


How would your parents describe you?

Driven, hard on myself, and resilient.


When was the last time you cried?

Reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.


What are you afraid of?

Failure. But I’m working on that and making sure my definition of “success” is true to me and ultimately what’s going to make me happy.


If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?

Worry less.