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Charlotte Shares

  • Blogging Tips

    What I’ve learnt in 4 months of blogging

    I launched Charlotte Shares on May 15th; the day after my 25th birthday! So I’ve now been blogging for pretty much 4 months. I’ve wanting to start a blog for years, but I was always too scared I would be judged. When I turned 25 I sat and thought to myself, “I’m an adult – why do I care if people judge me?” If they want to judge me, then they can quite honestly just f*ck off!

    So here I am 4 months later and Charlotte Shares is still going strong. I’ve posted regularly since my launch and am actually really proud of myself and what I’ve achieved. My blog is by no means successful or big … I don’t get hundreds of views a day. In fact the most views I’ve ever achieved in a day is 70 **I fangirled at this slightly haha**. To most people this is rubbish, but we all have to start somewhere.

    During the past 4 months I’ve learnt a lot and thought I would share this with you.

    1 – Being organised is really really hard! 

    I’m actually a really organised person in my day to day life, but trying to maintain my usual life and organise my blog is hard. I always think to myself ‘I’ll write a blog post tonight’; but then I get home and life gets in the way and it doesn’t happen. I see some people totally stressing over this … Personally I’m not going to have a meltdown over it, but I will openly admit I hugely fail at having lots of posts scheduled and ready to go live.

    2 – Scheduling tweets is really important 

    On a Sunday night I’ll sit down and schedule all of my tweets for the week to promote my posts. I use Tweetdeck and it honestly makes my life so much easier. I keep a word document with all of my blog posts in categories where I write a title, have the link to the post and have the relevant hash tags. This means all I need to do is copy and paste into Tweetdeck and select when I want to schedule it for. It’s so simple and saves me so much time during the day.

    3 – Pinterest is confusing as hell!

    I’ve been doing a lot of research into Pinterest and how you can use it to help with blog traffic. I’m still a bit baffled by the whole thing to be honest. I’ve upgraded my Pinterest account to a business one, I’ve slowly started joining Pinterest groups (trying to find ones to join is a mare), and I’ve also started making posts with hidden Pinterest images in … Fancy right?! … Well it is for me haha. The link to my Pinterest is here and I’ll always follow back 🙂

    4 – The community is awesome

    I have to say the blogging community is awesome. I’ve built up a nice little group of lovely people who always respond to my tweets and comment on my blog posts. A big shout out to Hayley and Brooke who have been so kind and welcoming to me from the start.

    Their links are here: BrookeHayley

    I find it so interesting and exciting to be able to talk to like minded people and be able to share our interests and passions.

    5 – Time is a big problem 

    Having a full time job, making cards to sell to family and friends, writing blog posts, taking photos, scheduling tweets, promoting content, interacting with others and trying to maintain a social life is a massive challenge. I’m trying to come up with ways to make the most out of my time, if anyone has any tips please leave them below!

    It’s been a pretty incredible 4 months and I feel like I’ve learnt a lot and had a lot of fun along the way. I’m always thinking of ways that I can expand Charlotte Shares and I’m excited to see what the future holds for my little space on the internet.

    Charlotte xx

     

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  • Motivation and Goals

    10 things I’m good at

    Have you ever noticed how we’re always really hard on ourselves? I’m terrible for it, I always think I’m not good enough, I’m forever comparing myself to others and always feel like what I achieve isn’t enough.

    Throughout school, university etc; you get told what is bad but never get praised for what’s good. And it’s the same in my job … I’ll get told I’ve done something wrong but NEVER get praised when I do something really well.

    I strive for success, I always have done and always will do. I love challenging myself and I like to be good at what I do.

    Maybe instead of slating ourselves all the time, we should sit and look at what we’re good at. 

    We’re all unique and individual, we have our own talents and this is something we should celebrate.

    Here are 10 things I’m good at:

    1 – I’m super organised 

    Some would say I’m over-organised but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. If I say I’m going to meet someone at 7pm, I’ll be there at 6.50pm … Yeah I’m one of those people, but at least I’m reliable.

    2 – I’m good at making cards 

    I love designing handmade greetings cards, I sell them to family and friends and they all love what I create. I love experimenting with different techniques and just being really creative.

    3 – I’m good at using Photoshop 

    I studied Graphic Design at university and spent most of my days messing around with things on Photoshop. I remember the first time I ever used it and I was SO confused. But now I know what I’m doing, I’m actually good at it.

    4 – I’m good at baking cakes

    My Grandad taught me how to bake. We used to spend hours when I was a child making cakes. Over the years I’ve definitely perfected my baking skills and people love it when I bake a cake for an occasion.

    5 – I’m a good friend 

    This may seem like a strange thing to say, but I’m a damn good friend. I’ve always been someone with a small, close group of friends and thats the way I like it. I’m reliable, caring, look out for others and never go behind anyones back. My friends can come to me at any time of day and I’ll always be there for them.

    6 – I’m good at planning a Disney World trip 

    This is where my organisation skills come in super handy!! I went to Disney World this year with my family and did nearly all of the planning myself. And the trip was fab!! Everything ran smoothly and I even secured every Fastpass that we wanted!

    7 – I’m good with technology 

    When something goes wrong I WILL solve the problem. Whether that be a technical glitch with my website, a problem with Photoshop or a mobile that won’t work as it should do. I will sit for hours to make something work if I have to. Whenever anything technical breaks, my family always come to me for help and I nearly always solve the problem.

    8 – I’m good at cooking

    Lasagne, chilli con carne, spag bol .. you name it… I make it all from scratch and I love doing it. You won’t find me using a jar of spaghetti Bolognese sauce – I’ll make it myself.

    9 – I’m good at saving money 

    Since starting work full time once I graduated, I’ve saved a lot of money. I don’t like wasting my money on rubbish. I buy what I need, and the rest of my money is being saved to buy a house … which is happening very soon! Eeeek!! 🙂

    10 – I’m good at my job

    I work for an insurance company, it’s pretty damn boring but I’m bloody good at my job. We have a lot of processes to follow, I know them inside out and always do well in the work I produce. I give good customer services, am always polite and do my job correctly. I don’t cut corners and make mistakes like some of the people I work with do.

    I would really love if more people would celebrate the things they’re good at. It would be really cool to see other people write posts like this so we can all see the things we’re good at. If you make a post like this link it below as I’d love to read it. 

    Charlotte xx

     

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  • Life Things

    20 things to do on a rainy day | For adults

    It’s that time of year again. You finally reach the weekend and have a couple of days with no work and it rains all day! It’s so easy to just slob around in your PJ’s and not do anything all day because the weather is rubbish. I’ve done this many times myself. But I always feel so much better about myself if I can get to Sunday evening and say I’ve actually done something productive with my weekend.

    These are some of the things that I like to do on a rainy day to keep me entertained: 

    1 – Do some baking

    2 – Meal prep for the week

    3 – Sort out my wardrobe and get rid of all the clothes I no longer wear

    4 – Tidy the house

    5 – Bulk write blog posts

    6 – Take lots of photos for blog posts

    7 – Read a book

    8 – Pamper session

    9 – Go bowling

    10 – Do the food shop for the week

    11 – Go to the cinema

    12 – Complete the ‘list’ of boring chores

    13 – Watch a film

    14 – Make a scrap book with holiday photos / memories

    15 – Go to a cafe for tea and cake

    16 – Play a boardgame

    17 – Go swimming

    18 – Get crafty and make something

    19 – Invite some friends over

    20 – Find a new show on Netflix

    How do you spend your rainy days?! 

    Charlotte xx

     

     

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  • Life Things

    Budget date night ideas

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    Myself and Shaun are big fans of having regular date nights. When we first met; 2 and a half years ago, we used to have date night once a week. This isn’t really realistic anymore, but we still try and have date night at least once a month. We like to try and keep it cheap, we’re about to buy a house and have been busy saving hard for the last couple of years. Cheap and affordable is definitely essential for us.

    Here are some of our favourite date night ideas:

    1 – Home cooked meal and a DVD 

    Eating out can be expensive, don’t get me wrong we still eat out occasionally, but cooking your own food can be just as tasty and fun. We’ll often pop to Tesco on a Friday night after work and grab something to cook. We often buy steak and then make home cooked chips. In total this costs about £6.00 which is much cheaper than going out for a steak dinner. Once we’ve finished eating we love to put our jammies on and curl up on the sofa with a good DVD.

    2 – Games night 

    We love having a games night from time to time. What’s better than re-living your childhood – Monopoly, Payday, The Game of Life, Connect 4, Scrabble, Cards … You get the idea. And what’s best is that it’s free.

    3 – Dinner at Bella Italia

    If you go on the Bella Italia website they nearly always have offers on. The main one we usually find is 40% off main meals. Their food is lovely and is such a bargain when you have a good voucher. We usually end up spending about £35 for both of us for a couple of drinks, a meal and a dessert which is such good value.

    4 – Use the gift cards you get given for Christmas/ birthdays 

    Every year we nearly always get given gift cards for the likes of Vue Cinema, Nando’s, Prezzo, Pizza Express etc. It’s so easy to just chuck the gift cards in your purse and forget they’re there. This year we’ve made a real effort to remember that we have the gift cards and use them. If you can save yourself even £10.00 on a meal out it all helps with keeping the cost down.

    5 – Go for a walk 

    It doesn’t have to just be date night, you can do things in the day as well. Often at the weekend myself and Shaun will go out for a walk and pop into a local cafe for some tea and cake. It’s lovely to spend quality time together without any distractions. We love going to the forrest for a walk. It’s so peaceful and we just stroll along at our own leisure and talk about life.

    These are some of our favourite date ideas. They’e cheap and affordable allowing us to spend quality time together without wasting a tonne of money. What are your favourite date night ideas?

    Charlotte xx

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  • Motivation and Goals

    September goals | 2017 | Treating myself

    August, where did you go? …. I honestly feel like August didn’t happen it went that quickly.

    Every month I try and come up with some goals, this gives me a sense of focus and something to achieve. I’ve been feeling pretty rubbish these last few weeks. After returning from Florida at the end of July it seems like there’s nothing to look forward to and everything has become flat.

    I feel totally stuck in a rut … with this in mind I’ve decided my goals for September are going to be about me. Self care, what I need and lifting my mood.

    Try and read at least 4 times a week

    I love to read, but unless I’m on holiday, I rarely ever pick up a book. Over the last week, I’ve been trying to read each night before I go to bed. This helps me wind down and switch off. I’ve always been one of those people that struggles to fall asleep as I have too much on my mind. I’m hoping that reading most nights will help with my wellbeing and help me get a better nights sleep.

    Have a pamper night

    I feel completely in need of a pamper night. A facemask, hot bubble bath and nail painting is always my go to. I also like to wash my hair and use my Dove hair oil and also slather moisturiser over myself. There’s nothing better than feeling fresh faced, radiant and relaxed.

    Finalise my design ideas for Christmas

    I love making various crafty things. This year I have all sorts of ideas of Christmas crafts that I want to make. I really need to get my head around how much time I realistically have and what I want to do in the time I have. I need to mock up ideas of Christmas cards and pick my final designs to bulk make in preparation for the festive season.

    Date night with Shaun

    Life gets in the way sometimes. We go to work 5 days out of 7, we get tired and when we get home all we want to do is slump around on the sofa and not do a lot else. Myself and Shaun are terrible for this. I want to make a real effort to have date night at least twice during the month of September…. Bowling, dinner out, cinema etc…. just something along these lines. I think it’s so important to have date night every now and then, it gets you away from the regular routine and is also something to look forward to.

    As you can see, these goals are very much around my wellbeing and keeping myself happy. But I think sometimes we have to be selfish and think of our own needs. There’s nothing wrong with taking some time every now and then to look after yourself.

    What are your goals for September?

    Charlotte xx

     

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