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    Let’s get ready for Spring

    Surely the snow has gone?! Let’s all cross our fingers and hope it doesn’t return any time soon.

    We’ve finally made it to Spring after what has felt like the longest Winter ever… I always get this feeling at this time of year that I need to make some changes, have a big clear out and sort my life out. There’s something about warmer weather that makes me feel so much more motivated.

    Here’s how I like to get ready for the springtime: 

    Sort out my wardrobe

    This is on my to-do list over the next couple of weeks. I like to get rid of all the clothes that no longer fit me or that I no longer wear. I always try to be pretty harsh on myself as well and I don’t keep things for the sake of it. Once I’ve sorted everything out I always donate the bits that are in good condition to a local charity shop.

    Change up my haircare

    I find over time my hair gets used to the shampoo that I’m using and it never feels like it cleans my hair so well. I’ve recently started using the Garnier Ulitmate Blends Coconut Water & Aloe Vera shampoo. OH MY GOODNESS, it smells freakin amazing! The smell honestly just reminds me of summer and holidays and it makes me so damn happy. Also, it does an amazing job of washing my hair and keeping the moisture locked in.

    Exercise a little more 

    I bloody hate exercise. Well actually I like swimming but there was a fire at my local pool around 15 months ago and it still hasn’t re-opened!! So I had to get a gym membership instead 🙁 I’m not going to lie, I hate the gym. But I’m really trying to push myself to exercise a little more during the springtime. I have a holiday coming up in about 90 days and right now I ain’t really looking my best haha. If anyone can recommend an enjoyable exercise then please do?!

    Reflect 

    I think that spring is the perfect time to sit and reflect and maybe make some goals going forward. I’ve been looking back over my Goals for 2018 and it’s good to see how I’m getting along. In fact, I may do an update post soon as to how my goals are going so far. By looking back and reflecting I’m then able to see what to do moving forward.

    How are you preparing for Spring this year? 

    Charlotte xx

     

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  • Motivation and Goals

    My experience with Hypnotherapy to help with anxiety

    I’ve never really spoken about this on my blog before but anxiety is something I’ve suffered with for years now. I get easily anxious and stressed and recently it’s been particularly bad. The guy I sit next to at work is a trained hypnotherapist and we had been speaking about the idea of me having a session to see if it helped. For ages I put it off as I was scared, I guess it’s a fear of the unknown! Eventually, I decided that enough was enough and I would book in for a session…. and I’m so glad I did!

    What is hypnotherapy? 

    The best way that I can describe hypnotherapy (and I’m no expert!) is that it’s a way of making suggestions that your subconscious mind can act upon. You’re in a state of relaxation but you’re still 100% in control of what you’re doing. One thing to note if you’re considering hypnosis is that it’s not a magic cure and will really only work if you believe it will and you want it to work.

    I want to give a brief breakdown of how the session went so if anyone is considering hypnosis they have some idea of what to expect. I’m sure all sessions differ, but this is the mains points from my session.

    The session went a little something like this:

    • We started by talking about me and how I was feeling
    • We brainstormed words around how my anxiety made me feel and then we did a second brainstorm of what words I would like to use to replace the negative ones.
    • We then moved onto some fun activities so that I could see how the subconscious mind really works … I ended up with my hand stuck to a surface and also managed to move a pendulum around in circles whilst I thought I was holding it still! I really enjoyed these activities as it’s a great way to see how hypnosis actually works and it was a brilliant way to ease me into the session as I was very nervous.
    • Next up we started to focus on my anxiety. I took myself back to when I last felt really anxious and I could feel the tightness in my chest. We then did activities where I would give the feeling a colour and we ‘took it out’ of me (all by talking to my subconscious mind) and threw it across the room. The weirdest thing is that I could actually feel the tightness leave my chest! It actually felt kind of like magic.
    • Lastly, I was put into a relaxed state but I was still very in control of what I was doing. We went back and started to use the words that were brainstormed at the beginning of the session. My subconscious mind was being spoken to and I could actually feel the negative feelings being replaced with much more positive feelings. The feeling is honestly so strange but it’s so worth it.

    My thoughts on hypnotherapy: 

    I was really scared at first but I’m so glad I took the plunge and did it. I’m not saying that I’m 100% cured of anxiety because I’m not but I can definitely feel a difference in myself. The silly little things that I used to worry about don’t cause me anywhere near as much worry anymore. I feel genuinely more positive and it also feels like a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I still get anxious from time to time but during the session, I was also taught ways to help deal with these anxieties and it’s such helpful tools to have. If you’re considering hypnotherapy I 100% recommend giving it a go. The worst that can happen is that it won’t work, but if it does work you’ll wish you had done it sooner.

    The hypnotherapist that my session was with: 

    Obviously, this is only helpful if you live in the same area as me. I’m based in Exeter, Devon and I saw Stuart Heale. He’s very professional and has a very calming manner which made the session relaxed and enjoyable. His website is here. You can also check out the testimonial page here and read about some of the success stories! The session lasted for an hour and I’m thinking of booking another session in. Now I know what to expect, I won’t feel so anxious so think I could really benefit from a second session.

    I hope you enjoyed this post, it’s very different to my usual content but I wanted to share my experience with you. If you have any questions please leave them below (or email me if you’d rather).

    Charlotte xx

     

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  • Life Things

    The childhood tag!

    I thought I would do something a little different and fun today! Let’s be honest, our childhoods are definitely the best days of our lives. Our parents look after us, we didn’t have to pay for things, there was no boring work to go to every day and the list goes on. I stumbled across ‘The Childhood Tag’ and thought it would be super fun to do.

    Where did you grow up? 

    I’ve lived in Devon, England my whole life. In fact, I’ve actually lived in the same house for the whole 25 years and 10 months that I’ve been alive.

    Were you a good child? 

    Hahaha – Well I was ok I guess. I used to moan quite a lot and when I was very young my parents could never shut me up. But on the whole, I was a good child.

    What did you use to do in the summer? 

    My Grandparents had a Caravan on a site in Cornwall and we used to spend a lot of our summer at the caravan. We used to have so much fun. There was a swimming pool onsite so I spent most of my days swimming, and we use to go out to the beach and eat fish n chips.

    What is your happiest childhood memory? 

    Definitely all of the holidays that we did to Disney World. The first time I went I was 9 and then we’ve been multiple times since. Our grandparents also came with us and it was so magical and fun.

    What Job did you want to do when you got older?

    There were a few! I wanted to be a teacher, a dancer, a fashion designer and I think at one point I also wanted to be a nurse.

    Do you still have contact with your childhood friends? 

    Yes! I’m actually still really good friends with all of my childhood friends which is really cool.

    Favourite toy?

    I can’t really remember – but I did use to have a lot of dolls. Specifically Baby Born and Baby Annabel were my favourites!

    Favourite book? 

    I had a collection of Disney stories that I loved, I also had a book that had lots of bedtime stories. But my ultimate favourite was called Bernie Drives A Truck … I actually still have the book! (Featured in the picture above) 😀

    Favourite film? 

    101 Dalmations! I would watch it ALL the time.

    A favourite TV show?

    I had a lot haha. The main ones were Playdays, Fireman Sam, Brum and The Rugrats.

    Favourite subject at school? 

    I’ve always been very creative so loved Art and I’ve also always really enjoyed Maths… Weird I know!

    Hope you’ve all enjoyed reading and I would love to see other peoples answers to these questions! 

    Charlotte xx

     

     

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  • Motivation and Goals

    My happy places

    I’m having a pretty bad time at the moment – Work is awful, I’m drowning in house renovations, I’m exhausted … and the list goes on. Don’t worry this post isn’t about boring you with all of my problems as I want this to be a positive post. I think it’s fair to say that we all have our ‘Happy places’ and things that make us smile when things are tough. Recently I’ve been really trying to focus on my happy places as it’s a way to escape and unwind.

    I thought I would share my Happy places with you today!

    My bed 

    I think everyone’s happy place probably consists of a bed. There’s nothing better than sinking into a cosy bed after a long day. Also, lots of blankets and pillows are always a winner!

    My craft table 

    I have a ‘craft table’ in my bedroom that I use for all my creative things. I sit at this table to make cards, write blog posts, practice calligraphy and make anything and everything. Being creative really is ‘my happy place’. I find it relaxing and therapeutic and it gives me a lot of enjoyment.

    The swimming pool 

    I really enjoy going swimming. I find it the perfect stress reliever, and not only that, it’s good for my health. I will happily swim up and down a pool for an hour or so. I find it really peaceful (apart from when there are screaming kids haha).

    Disney World

    Ok, so this one is a bit extreme and isn’t somewhere I can pop whenever I want. But Disney World is my true happy place! The sheer magic and happiness make my heart melt. The second you step foot on Disney soil everything is different. All of your problems fade away and you’re surrounded by pure joy. If I could live at Disney World I would! haha.

    The seaside 

    I live in Devon and I’m surrounded by the gorgeous coastline. I love to go to the seaside for a walk with Shaun. We get chips and ice cream and enjoy the fresh air. I especially love to do this after work in the summer.

    Where are your happy places? Let me know below!

    Charlotte xx

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  • All things Disney Handmade Crafts

    Turn your Disney Pins into Disney Prints!

    I LOVE being creative. It’s my absolute favourite thing to do. I also LOVE Disney, so if I can combine creativity and Disney then that’s pretty cool.

    I’ve visited Disney World 8 times now and throughout these trips, I’ve built up quite the collection of Disney Pins. I keep all of my pins on a pinboard, but I wanted to think of something else I could do with them.

    And then came my idea of turning my Disney Pins into Disney prints….

    I have a bit of an obsession with buying prints to put on my wall. I love prints with quotes, Disney prints and anything inspirational. I decided to see if I could turn my pins into prints and it actually worked pretty well.

    I have a degree in Graphics so I still have Photoshop and all the fancy editing software which was very much needed to do this. I started off by taking a photo of the pin and ensuring to use a white background. I then used photoshop to cut around the edges of the pin and then I began to edit it. I’ve created the print so it has a slightly grainy effect to make it look more authentic and handmade. I then added ‘Hakuna Matata’ to tie everything together.

    I’m super happy with how this turned out and I’m definitely going to try it with some of my other pins. It still needs some work to improve it, but what I have so far is definitely a start.

    Hope you enjoyed!

    Charlotte xx

     

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