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    Get to know me – 15 questions

    It dawned on me recently that since I started my blog in May 2017 I’ve never really spoken about myself very much. I write a lot of lifestyle posts that cover my interests, and I also write a lot about Disney but that doesn’t really go into details about me personally. I thought it would be fun to do a ‘Get to know me’ post by answering 15 questions!

    So yeah … This is me! 

    1. What is your middle name? My middle name is Rose. I actually really like my middle name which is surprising as I swear most people hate their middle names!

    2. What is your favourite colour? I don’t really have a favourite colour, it changes all the time! Mint green and coral are probably my favourites though!

    3. Tell us about your best friend – My best friend is called Emma, we’ve been best friends since high school. We’ve been through just about everything together – First boyfriends, breakups, family deaths .. You name it, we’ve been through it together! Emma is honestly the most wonderful person ever, she’s so caring and means the world to me. We’ve been lucky enough to travel to Majorca, New York, San Francisco and Florida together 🙂

    4. How tall are you? I’m a short arse, I’m 5ft 2!

    5. Cats or dogs? CATS, I BLOODY LOVE CATS!

    6. Favourite holiday destination? FLORIDA! Disney World is my favourite place ever – You can see lots of my Disney content here. I’ve been to Disney World 8 times now and it honestly never gets boring 🙂

    7. Do you have a degree? I have a degree in Graphic Arts. I’ve always been very creative so Graphics was an obvious choice for me. I graduated in 2014.

    8. Favourite Restaurant? This is a tough one, I love Frankie and Benny’s and I also really love Bella Italia.

    9. Favourite food? I’m really really fussy when it comes to food so I don’t eat anything adventurous. For me, you can’t beat a roast dinner. Roast beef, Yorkshire puddings and Roast potatoes with lots of gravy!

    10. Are you single or taken? Taken. I’ve been with Shaun for 2 and a half years now and we’re about to buy our first house which is super exciting!

    11. Tea or coffee? Tea, I hate coffee.

    12. What are your favourite TV shows? I’ve watched a lot of TV series over the years but my favourites are: Pretty Little Liars, Prison Break, Luther, How to get away with murder and Bates Motel.

    13. What is your favourite movie? This is really tough, but one of my favourite movies is definitely Apollo 13. I bloody love Tom Hanks.

    14. What do you like to do in your spare time? I’m really creative and I like to make handmade cards. I’m also learning calligraphy … So yeah anything creative!

    15. Who are some of your favourite YouTubers? I used to love watching people like Zoella and Tanya Burr but they just aren’t relatable anymore. I recently unsubscribed to so many of the ‘Big YouTubers’ to make way for more relatable content. My favourites are Sophie and Dave, Charlotte Ruff, Brogan Tate and Beingmommywithstyle.

    I hope you enjoyed reading this, please feel free to use the questions and create your own ‘Get to know me’ post as I would love to read them!

    Charlotte xx

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    The importance of still being your own person when you’re in a relationship

    In the early stages of a relationship, it’s common to spend 99% of your time together. After all, you’re excited to get to know each other and spend time together. Usually, after 6-12 months of living out of each other’s pockets, you start to realise that you’re your own person and you need time to yourself to do what you enjoy. I think being your ‘own person’ when you’re in a relationship is so important.

    Everyone needs their own space, it’s natural to want to be alone or to be spending time with your friends. I strongly believe that the key to a healthy relationship is to make sure you remain true to yourself and have time to yourself to grow and develop.

    When I first met Shaun, we were together all the time … We met at work so were quite literally together 24/7. I found myself in a situation where I never made the time to do things that I enjoyed doing and I rarely ever saw any of my friends. I reached a point where I knew I needed my space and Shaun was the same and needed his space too. Gradually, I started to make more of an effort to spend time developing my hobbies and seeing my friends and I’m 100 times happier now I’m my own person again.

    Of course, for this to work you both need to be on board. I’m very lucky in that Shaun is so supportive of my hobbies (card making, anything creative and my blog). He encourages me to follow my dreams and work towards the future I want to build for myself. He’s also totally chill if I want an evening out with my girlfriends and this works both ways. He occasionally meets up with his friends for games nights and to watch the football etc.

    THESE ARE MY TOP 3 TIPS FOR BEING YOUR OWN PERSON 

    1 – Have some hobbies that differ from your partner – Of course, it’s great to have hobbies that you can enjoy together. But it’s also great to have hobbies that you can do on your own. For me it’s being creative, growing my blog and making handmade cards.

    2 – Make time to see your friends without your partner – Shaun and I will often meet up with my best friend and her boyfriend for a double date night which is great fun! However, I still like to see my girlfriends on my own; I try and meet up with them regularly for some girl time!

    3 – Let your partner have alone time and make sure you do this too – This can be for the most simple things. For example, Shaun likes to watch football on the TV and I’m not that fussed about it. Instead of telling him he can’t watch it, I simply find something else to do with the time. Often he’ll be watching TV and I’m sat on my laptop writing blog posts and watching Youtube videos because that’s what I enjoy doing.

    I hope you found this somewhat useful if you’re in a situation where you feel like you’ve lost yourself slightly. How do you remain your own person in your relationship? I’d love to read in the comments below 🙂

    Charlotte xx

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    What I got for Christmas | 2017

    I love reading peoples posts on what they got for Christmas. Not only am I just nosey, I also find it great inspiration for future present buying. So today I decided I would share what I got for Christmas.

    And just to set the record straight I’m not trying to boast about what I received … If you don’t like posts like this then please don’t read it.

    I feel like I was really spoilt this year. I’ve received so many wonderful gifts, I’m not going to share everything because that would be ridiculous, but I’ve picked out some of the main bits.

    First up I received this wonderful Beauty and the Beat Disney Ornament from Shaun. I absolutely LOVE it and it’s going to look perfect in our new home. Shaun also bought me tickets to see Aladdin on the West End which I can’t wait for. Keeping with the Disney theme I also received Beauty and the Beast on DVD, a Disney Cath Kidston Make up bag, a set of Disney Cath Kidston mugs and ‘The Disney Book’ which my brother has said will be perfect to keep on the coffee table in my new home.

    What I got for Christmas - Disney book and mug

    The main thing I asked for this year was a calligraphy set and some calligraphy books. I’m so excited to learn a new skill next year. I absolutely love arts and crafts and I know I’m going to have so much fun with this. I spend a lot of time making handmade cards and I think adding calligraphy to them will really add to the overall look of the card.

    What I got for Christmas - Calligraphy set

    Other gifts I received included candles, bath bombs, chocolate, gift vouchers and all the classic stocking fillers. Shaun and I also asked for bits for the house so we received a toaster, a kettle, a slow cooker and a saucepan set. I’m honestly so grateful for all of the things for the house as it’s going to save us so much money!

    I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and received lots of lovely gifts!

    See you all in 2018!

    Charlotte xx

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    Things I wish I did differently in 2017

    Now, I don’t want to sit here and write a super negative post about how things could have been different this year. At the end of the day, what has happened has happened and it can’t be changed. With that being said though, I think it’s good to look back and reflect as it may change the way you do things next year. On the whole, this year has been ok-ish, but there are certain things I would love to have done differently.

    Here’s what I wish I did differently 

    I wish I started this blog earlier in the year – I started charlotteshares in May 2017. I had wanted to start writing a blog for ages, but I was always scared of being judged. This blog has made me so happy during the 2nd half of 2017, so I really wish I had started it earlier.

    I regret not making more of an effort to get a new job – I’ve been unhappy in my job for well over a year now. At the start of 2017, I decided I needed a new job. I applied for a couple of things and had interviews but wasn’t successful in getting anything. I felt really disheartened and flat and just sort of gave up. As I’m now in the process of getting a mortgage, I’m pretty much stuck where I am until the mortgage has gone through and it sucks being this unhappy.

    Why did I not make more effort to see my friends? – Over the last couple of months I’ve reconnected with people I went to college with and it’s been great! We’ve been out for meals together and it’s been so lovely. I really wish I had made more of an effort with this through the whole of 2017. It’s definitely something I’m going to take forward to 2018.

    I wish I deleted my Facebook sooner – I was getting harassed on Facebook by someone. She would send me really nasty messages and was trying to break me and Shaun up. She very conveniently sent me a horrible message about 10 minutes after I found out my Nan had passed away. This completely tipped me over the edge. Not only was I trying to grieve the loss of my Nan, I was also trying to deal with her shit! My Nan passed away at the end of April, and in June I decided enough was enough and I deleted my Facebook. I was annoyed at first as I felt like I had cut myself off from my friends … But my god, my life has seriously improved now I don’t have Facebook making me feel shitty. If only I had done this years ago!!

    Is there anything you wish you did differently in 2017? 

    Charlotte xx

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    A look back on 2017

    2017 is coming to an end, so I thought it would be the perfect time to look back on the year and reflect on what has honestly been a very odd year. This year has flown by, as most years do! But I seem to have gone from very high points to very low points and it’s all been a bit strange. I’m definitely glad to see the back of 2017 as I know 2018 is going to be amazing!

    I don’t want to dwell on the rubbish things that have happened this year as I’d like to try and look back on all of the positives! So let’s have a look at the best bits of 2017 🙂

    The best bits of 2017 

    • I went to Florida with my family and Shaun and had the best holiday ever
    • I re-discovered my creative side and have enjoyed making lots of cards and crafts
    • I went on a trip to Wembley Stadium to see my local football team play
    • I Celebrated my 2 year anniversary with Shaun
    • I went to the Harry Potter studio tour
    • Shaun and I spent a week away in Cheddar; we had our own private hot tub which was awesome
    • I raised £900 for Hospiscare Southwest in memory of my wonderful Nan
    • I started this blog which is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made
    • We put an offer in on a house (now we’re just waiting for the mortgage to go through)
    • I’ve re-connected with old friends from school and college
    • This one has only recently happened, but I joined the gym!
    • I’ve binged watched loads of new series on Netflix
    • I’ve learnt to cook new dishes
    • I’ve been on lots of fun day trips with Shaun

    This is just a small snippet of all the fab things of 2017! I’m so excited to get to 2018 as I know it’s going to be amazing. In January our house should hopefully all go through and I’m so excited to start working on it.

    What have been your best moments of 2017?

    Charlotte xx

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