Twenty Questions with Maddy Paget

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 peak into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have very similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.

Maddy Paget

What is your full name?

Madison Ellen Paget, but I’m only ever called Madison if I’m in trouble.

How old are you?


How old do you feel?

Some days I feel 30, most days I feel 20. I’m not ready to be an adult!

Where were you born?

I was born in Auckland and lived there for most of my life, but currently I’m living in Portugal.

What do you do for work?

I’d love to say I have a career, but I’ve been globe-trotting a little too much to settle into one. Most recently I was a Property Coordinator, whatever that means. Currently I’m a full time WAG… The good life.

What do you do for fun?

I try to make sure that my life revolves around fun. I love travelling, late nights out dancing with the girls, food, more food, plus the odd Sunday evening beach sunset and takeaway roast combo with the boyf. Above all that I love being creative, I run my own personal blog too which takes up a lot of my spare time ( – shameless plug).

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

I skipped university and opted for “The University Of Life” instead. My gap year turned into five or six.. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life (still don’t), so I didn’t see the point in spending three or four years studying just for the sake of it.

What is your favourite movie of all time?

If you asked me this when I was a kid I would have said School Of Rock, these days it’s probably Bridesmaids. You can’t ever go wrong with Bridesmaids!

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

Quitting my job to travel..twice. Nothing quite says risky like leaving financial security and buggering off overseas with no game plan.

Hardest moment of your twenties so far?

Being flat out broke and living by myself in Canada. That was stressful. Of course it all worked out in the end but there were some pretty dark and anxious days.

Best moment of your twenties so far?

It’s hard to narrow it down to one moment. I’ve travelled a lot so there’s been some incredible experiences. Living in Canada for a winter season, living in Portugal with my boyfriend, travelling Europe, they’re all pretty up there. The stand out for me is probably watching the sunrise over Cappadoccia in Turkey while hundreds of hot air balloons filled the sky. That was magic.

Who do you miss?

My Dad, my brother and my friends. I’ve been living overseas for a while so I’m way too excited to get back and give them all a huge bear hug.

What do you like the most about yourself?

I like my strength the most. Not that I can lift a million kgs at the gym (I can’t), but I’m a big fan of my personal strength. I like the way that I can overcome hardship and stay positive during difficult times. I actually really like my butt too.

What do you like the least about yourself?

I’m a little too self conscious at times. I think to a degree we all are, but I often wish I could quit comparing myself to others.

 If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get and where would you get it?

I already have five, including a love heart on my butt that says “ME” inside it. Yup, I love myself. I think I should be banned from getting any more tattoos after that one.

How would your friends describe you?

Brutally honest, passionate, caring, loyal, creative and funky! Enthusiastic about life and adventurous. (I was expecting them to say I was a bad influence – stoked that my friends think I’m way cooler than I actually am).

 How would your parents describe you?

“Full of life, always good to have around. Always fills the room when she walks in” I think that’s my Dad’s way of saying I’m loud and I never shut up.

 When was the last time your cried?

Yesterday, watching engagement videos on YouTube. I’m a hopeless romantic/absolute loser.

 What are you afraid of?

Living a boring and ordinary life.

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

If I could start my twenties over again I would make sure that I ALWAYS followed my gut instinct. About friends, relationships, work, everything. I wouldn’t waste any time on people or situations that didn’t add positivity to my world.