Turning 26

On May 14th I turned 26! I kinda feel old but at the same time, for the first time in a long time, I feel as though I have my life together! I remember when I was about 16 and I had my life mapped out… I would be married by the age of 22 and have kids by the age of 24. How wrong was I?! Haha.

I had the day off of work for my birthday and I actually spent it tile and floor shopping. What a way to spend your birthday! My life in honestly so busy at the moment and any spare moment I have is spent sorting things out for the house.

LET’S CELEBRATE 

I did still spend some time celebrating my birthday though. On 12th May myself and Shaun caught the train to London for the day to see Aladdin. We arrived at lunch time and went for a meal at TGI Friday’s which was amazing and then we headed over to the theatre to watch Aladdin. I absolutely love going to the West End and Aladdin was incredible! I especially loved the bit with the magic carpet. I’m sure you’re all well aware of my love for Disney, so this was the perfect way to spend my birthday!

Aladdin at the West End

WHAT GIFTS I RECEIVED 

I always love being nosey and hearing what other people received for their birthday so I thought I would add this to the post. My main present this year was a new camera. I wanted a camera that’s smaller than my DSLR but still takes great quality pictures. I opted for the Canon EOS M10 and I LOVE it. It’s the perfect size to carry around and I’m really pleased with the quality of the images. I also received some money which I’ll be spending on the house and a voucher to a local spa which I can’t wait to use. Of course, I also got The Greatest Showman on DVD as it’s basically the best film ever 😀

 PLANS FOR 26-YEAR-OLD ME 

I’m really excited for the next year and it really feels like I’m starting a new chapter of my life. I’ve just started a new job which I’m really enjoying and I’m about to move into my first home with Shaun. There are so many exciting things happening at the moment. I’m jetting off to Majorca on 30th June for a week of relaxation and then I’m excited about the little things like my first Christmas with Shaun in our own home! Also, let’s not forget that I also have a trip to Disney World booked for next year and I’m SO EXCITED for it.

Thank you to everyone that wished me a happy birthday and a big thank you to Shaun, my friends and my family for making my birthday a good one!

Charlotte xx

 

 

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2018 goals and plans revisited

Somehow we’re already halfway through May?! I’m not really sure what has happened to this year but it’s absolutely flown by. We’re approaching the middle of the year so I thought it would be a good idea to look back at the goals that I set for the year and see how I’m getting on. You can read the full post here of my goals and plans for 2018.

MOVE INTO MY OWN HOUSE 

I’m almost there!! We’re still renovating the place but we’re due to be moving in on June 14th. We still have a lot of work to do in the few weeks we have left though. June 14th will also be mine and Shaun’s 3 year anniversary so it’ll be pretty cool to move in on that date.

CONTINUE CRAFTING AND DOING WHAT I LOVE 

To be honest this has taken a bit of a back seat the last few months. All of my spare time is spent at the house doing work so I haven’t had any spare time. However, with that being said, I’m having a ‘craft room’ in our house so once I’m all settled in I’ll have all the time in the world to do craft projects.

OPEN AN ETSY SHOP

This kind of follows on from the above comments. It’s taken a back seat because of the house but it’s still something I really want to do. This may have to wait until 2019 though so I have more time to plan and create things.

GET A NEW JOB 

I’m so happy to say that I finally have a new job. I absolutely hated the job that I’ve been doing for the last 3 years. I actually only started my new job a couple of weeks ago so it’s all fairly new but I’m getting on really well. I’m still working for the same company as before but I’ve moved to a new department which is a lot less stressful than my old role.

BE HAPPIER 

This has come hand in hand with me starting my new job. I honestly feel like the biggest weight has been lifted off of my shoulders and I feel a million times happier. It’s so nice being able to wake up and not dread going into work… And it’s nice to get home from work and not feel completely drained.

I feel like 2018 has been a very good year for me so far and I honestly think it’s going to keep getting better. I’m so excited to move into our house in a few weeks and then I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings.

How are your plans and goals going so far in 2018? 

Charlotte xx

 

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I’ve always had a love of Pins … Well maybe not always, but ever since my first trip to Disney World when I was 9 I’ve loved collecting pins. I remember being so excited to get my lanyard and collect different pins as I walked around the Disney parks… My collection is ever growing and I currently display all of my pins on a pinboard. I’ve even worked on projects recently where I’ve been turning my pins into prints which you can read about here.

Turning Disney pins into prints

I’ve noticed recently that pins are becoming more and more popular. You can get all sorts of pins from food, to words, to animals etc. I’ve recently been contacted by the Old English Company about their new range of enamel pins that they’re releasing. You can view the range here. I can’t get over how cute these pins are. Below are some of my favourites from their collection.

Enamel Pins from the Old English Company

Please note these images are taken from the English Company Website and are not my own images. 

I particularly love the ‘Believe in Magic’ enamel pin. Of course, with my love of Disney, I love anything magical so this one definitely stood out to me… And who doesn’t love a good pizza?!

The Old English Company are currently running a competition to win a set of Enamel Pins. The details of the competition can be found by clicking here. I’ve seen a lot of the Old English Company on my Twitter feed recently and they honestly have some of the nicest products on their website, so I’d definitely recommend entering the competition.

Charlotte xx

 

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The tree of life - animal kingdom

Eeeeek! I’m so excited. I’ve only gone and booked myself a trip to Walt Disney World for May 2019.

For years and years, I’ve been saying that I’d love to go to Disney World for my birthday. I know that May is a good time of year to visit as the crowds are usually smaller and the weather isn’t too bad. We’ve always visited before in April, July or October and it’s always crazy busy. This is mainly because my brother is a teacher so can only go away during the school holidays.

I’ve pretty much always done Disney World with my family in the past, but next year it’ll just be myself and Shaun. I’m so excited to share my favourite place on earth with Shaun. I know it’s going to be such a magical trip and I’m honestly so grateful and excited that I’m able to do this.

Where we’re staying

I’ve always stayed offsite in either a villa or on International Drive as it’s usually much cheaper… But thanks to the free Disney Dining plan that’s just been released I’m going to be staying onsite for the first time! We’re heading to Port Orleans Riverside and we’ve opted for a preferred room as I’ve read it’s a pretty big resort. We’re going to be on the quick service dining plan. I probably wouldn’t usually worry about a dining plan too much as I eat quite small portions … but it was free so it was a no-brainer really! I’m so excited to try lots of Disney snacks that I’ve never had before.

The rough plan 

We’ve made the decision to only do the Disney Parks. When I’ve been previous years we’ve also been to Universal/ Islands of Adventure, Kennedy Space Centre etc… I decided I wanted to just do Disney as it means the holiday doesn’t have to be so full on. I really want to be able to make the most of everything that Disney has to offer and be able to chill out a bit and take things a little slower. It’ll be nice to have an afternoon or two that we can just chill out by the pool!

Obviously, we have lots of time to plan. I’m a very organised person and I love Disney so as you can imagine I’ve already started thinking about what I want to do. I’m especially enjoying planning out where I’d like to go on my birthday!

Booking the holiday 

I just wanted to add this bit in; in case anyone else is thinking of booking a trip for a similar time next year. We’ve booked the hotel and park tickets directly through the Disney World website. Most flights aren’t available for May next year but I managed to find a really good deal with Thomas Cook. I flew with them last year to Florida and they were fab. On the return flight, we’re actually flying Premium as it was the same price as economy!!

If you have any tips for staying onsite, the quick service dining plan or any recommendations then please leave them below!

Charlotte xx

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Light at the end of the tunnel

I feel like my life has been a big spiral of craziness recently… and I finally feel like there’s light at the end of the tunnel and it’s honestly the best feeling in the world.

I just want you to all know that if you’re struggling and things seem hard they WILL get better. It might seem like you’re stuck in a black hole and you’re never going to get out of it but you will. 

For the past 12-18 months, I’ve been struggling so much! I’ve been suffering horrendously with anxiety and my mental health has been all over the place. I’ve mentioned before that my job was making me really anxious and miserable but now I finally have a new job which you can read about here. Since finding out I’ve secured myself a job in a less stressful department I’ve felt like a different person. I can feel the old Charlotte coming back and it’s such a good feeling.

The number of times that I’ve sat with Shaun with tears streaming down my face and I’ve said ‘I feel like this is all my life is now and I’m never going to be happy again’.

He kept telling me I was being silly and things would eventually get better, but I felt so trapped in my black hole that I couldn’t see it for myself…. and being stuck in that place is such an awful feeling.

What I’m looking forward to 

It’s weird that I’ve gone from feeling so unhappy and upset to being on top of the world. I kind of forgot what it felt like to feel happy and content… But now I have SO much to look forward to!

  • It’s my birthday in May and Me and Shaun are heading to London to watch Aladdin on the West End
  • I’m getting a new camera for my birthday which I can use for blogging and I can’t wait for it!
  • We’re still renovating our house and we’re hoping to move in during June 😀
  • I’m jetting off to Majorca on 30th June with Shaun for a week of pure relaxation
  • I’M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD IN 2019!!! A lot of you probably know the free Disney Dining plan has been released for 2019. Me and Shaun very spontaneously decided we’re going to go May next year for my birthday 😀 We’ve booked to stay in Port Orleans Riverside and it’s going to be such a magical trip.

I guess the point of this post really is to let you all know that things will eventually get better even if you don’t think they will. Remember you are never alone, there are always people that will listen and help.

Charlotte xx

 

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