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  • Wellness

    Take care of YOU this Autumn

    I’ve noticed this week as I’ve been getting into my car at 7am to drive to work that it’s dark. Thankfully, when I leave work at 5.30pm it’s still daylight, but that won’t be the case for many more weeks. The clocks will go back and we’ll find ourselves going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. Often, I find the lack of sunlight in the Autumn and Winter months pretty depressing. There’s always something nice about the summer months; you get home from work and still have hours of sunshine left to enjoy.

    I don’t know about you, but I always find myself focusing more on myself during the Autumn and Winter months. There’s something about dark nights that always screams hot baths, warming meals and candles. I’ve decided this Autumn I’m going to focus on myself and my wellbeing.

    Here are some ideas on how you can take care of yourself this Autumn

    • Make your house cosy – I’m talking fairy lights, candles, blankets etc. A cosy home makes getting home from work after a long day seem so inviting.
    • Eat well – There’s nothing I love more in the colder months than coming home from work to a yummy casserole that’s been in the slow cooker all day. Some of my favourite winter meals include: chilli, casseroles, cottage pie and roast dinners.
    • Find a hobby you enjoy – During the summer months we tend to be out a lot more but the colder weather can see us stuck inside more. Having a hobby will give you something to focus on. I personally enjoy making cards, writing my blog and lately I’ve been really enjoying reading.
    • Make plans – It’s easy to come home from work and put your PJ’s on and spend the evening infront of the TV. Although there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s still good to get out. Book a meal at one of your favourite restaurants, go bowling with some friends or go to the cinema to see that movie you’ve been wanting to watch.

    How do you plan to take care of yourself this Autumn?

    Charlotte xx

    Photo by Ksenia Makagonova on Unsplash

  • Wellness

    Stress free holiday packing

    I get stressed out easily, but my way of dealing with that is by being an organised freak. I love to be organised and if I’m not then I get stressed and anxious. Going away on holiday should be something fun, but there’s always that stress in the build-up to going away. What if I’ve forgotten something important? What if I lose my passport? What if I miss my flight? … You get the idea.

    Packing is one of the things I hate doing before going away. I don’t even know why I get so worried about forgetting things; there will obviously be shops where I’m going! Over the years I’ve developed a very simple and easy way to make packing stress free and I’m going to share that with you today.

    Create an ultimate packing list and save it to your computer

    Yeah, it’s as simple as that! I know most people jot down a list of things they need to take in the build-up to going away, but that list usually ends up in the bin once you’ve finished packing. I created a holiday packing list when I was about 17 years old (I’m now 27). I’ve kept that same list saved on my laptop for 10 years and I’ve added bits to it over the years. This list covers all types of holiday from sun holidays to winter city breaks, Disney World and weekends away. When I’m packing I just go through my list and anything I don’t need I just cross off. For example, if I’m going on a sun holiday; I won’t be needing a winter coat.

    Make it detailed

    Don’t just write down ‘underwear’ – be specific: Pants, socks, bras, tights. This stops you from forgetting certain things. I remember going to Majorca one year as a child and my mum forgot to pack her shorts! So my list is broken down into shorts, skirts, jeans, dresses etc.

    I’m not going to share my list as it’s personal to me. This list has built up over years but it’s something I definitely recommend doing. It’s made my packing life so much easier.

    My list is broken down into categories so here’s an example:

    Documents –

    Passport, travel insurance, booking confirmation, money, credit card, boarding passes etc

    Clothes – 

    Well, this one is fairly self-explanatory. I also include shoes in this section.

    Accessories – 

    Bags, sunglasses, sunhat, glasses, watch etc

    Medical – 

    Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, any medication you take, plasters, travel tablets etc

    Toiletries – 

    Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, moisturisers, body cream, hair bands, hairbrush, deodorant, make up etc

    Electronics – 

    Plug adaptors, mobile phone, iPod, chargers, hair straighteners etc

    Miscellaneous – 

    Books, travel games, note pad, magazines etc

    Having my list has literally made packing for holidays much less stressful. I always print out my list and work my way through, crossing things off as I’ve packed them. I can honestly say I haven’t forgotten to take something on holiday with me for years as this list has me totally covered. The list gets updated occasionally. For example a few years ago I started wearing glasses so I had to add them to my list.

    So if you’re like me and find holiday packing stressful, then I 100% recommend creating yourself an ultimate holiday packing list! 

    Thanks for reading,

    Charlotte xx

  • Wellness

    Self-care Sundays

    I don’t know about you but I like to take some time on a Sunday to recharge for the week ahead. Working long days start to take its toll after a while and I find it really necessary to recharge and prepare myself for a new week. Self-care is something that we all practice in different ways. Some like to binge watch Netflix, whilst others like to go for a long walk. That’s the beauty of self-care; there is no right or wrong. It’s just about finding what works for you.

    I like to make sure that all of the boring chores such as doing the laundry and cleaning the house are done on a Saturday. This means I have all day Sunday to do whatever I please. Each week my Sunday will vary with what I do but I have certain things that I do most weeks. These are a few of my favourite things to do for some self-care on a Sunday.

    Go for a walk

    I like my Sunday’s to be pretty relaxed at home but I do always enjoy going for a short walk. It’s a good way to blow the cobwebs away; get some fresh air and enjoy some peaceful time. With the Autumn coming, I love going to the forest for a walk. There’s something so satisfying about walking through the crunchy leaves.

    Watch a film

    I mean who doesn’t enjoy laying on the sofa and watching a good film? It’s the perfect way to switch off for a few hours and enjoy some time relaxing. In the winter I always light a candle to make it extra cosy and make sure I have a blanket on hand.

    Pamper myself

    Sunday evenings will usually include a face mask and a hot bath. I put the fairy lights on in my bedroom and relax with a face mask and often paint my nails. Then I go and have a hot relaxing bath.

    Comfy clothes

    I feel most relaxed when I’m wearing comfortable clothes. For me, that’ll usually be some leggings and a cosy jumper. If I’m relaxing at home you’ll definitely never find me sat in a pair of jeans!

    Roast dinner

    In true British fashion, I LOVE to have a roast dinner on a Sunday. There’s something about eating a yummy roast dinner that leaves me feeling really content and happy.

    What do you like to do on a Sunday for a bit of self-care? Leave me a comment below.

    Thanks for reading.


    Photo by Maddi Bazzocco on Unsplash

  • Wellness

    Feeling Happy & Inspired

    I guess it seems kind of cheesy to sit and write about feeling happy. But it’s the truth. I feel very happy at the moment. In fact, probably the happiest I’ve ever felt. I recently wrote a blog post about Building a Life I love and the response I received was amazing. The fact that people I don’t even know are genuinely happy for me honestly means so much!

    I wrote in my previous post about how I walked away from a job that made me miserable and now I work a totally stress free job and it’s the best feeling ever. It’s amazing how our mindset can really have an impact on so many areas of our lives. I’ve always been a creative person … I have a degree in Graphic Design and I love to make things. I’m feeling really inspired at the moment and I’m really enjoying spending my spare time making handmade crafts. Above is a watercolour card that I made today. I had so much fun just sat messing around with watercolours and stamps and seeing what I could create. I honestly feel so blessed to be in a place at the moment where everything just seems to be working out.

    For years I’ve wanted to open an Etsy shop and really focus on creating and doing what I love and at the moment I feel like I’m in a place where I can actually make this happen. I’m doing a lot of planning behind the scenes and really thinking about which direction I want to go. In the meantime I’ve created a 2nd Instagram account for all of my creative adventures. If you want to follow along then you’ll find me at CharlotteShares_Handmade .

    I have so many ideas and I can’t wait to start working on the next chapter of Charlotte Shares!

    Thanks for reading!

    Charlotte xx

  • Creativity Wellness

    Feeling inspired & getting things organised

    Do you ever get those phases where you just feel really inspired to create? That’s me right now and I’m living for it! Christmas is quickly approaching; before you know it it’ll be here and I’m really trying to get myself organised. As a lot of you know I handmake cards. I’ve been working on bulk making Christmas cards and it’s making me feel so festive and inspired. I’ve been using a lot of watercolour paints recently and I’ve been having so much fun experimenting with them. I’m really trying to push my self out of my comfort zone and try new creative techniques. Above is my latest card design, it’s super easy to make and also really quick to make which is a bonus for bulk making!

    Getting organised for 2019

    At the start of the year, I wrote out my goals for the year and one of them was to open my own Etsy shop. Unfortunately, this hasn’t happened yet as I spent the first 6 months of the year renovating a house so I just didn’t have time. It’s been on my mind a lot recently and I really really want to make it happen next year. With that being said I’ve started coming up with ideas of what I want. Obviously, I want my shop to have handmade cards; but I’m also thinking possibly some prints and stickers etc as well. If you have any ideas of the sort of things you’d like to see then please let me know!

    I’m starting to work on the branding. I’ve spent the last week or so brainstorming name ideas and boy is it hard! I want a shop name that is catchy and short and I also don’t want it to relate to my name. I’m currently toying with the idea of Studio Five because I live at number 5 and work from the spare room in our house…. But I’m sure this will change a thousand times haha.

    I feel like this post is slightly random and all over the place but I’m just feeling inspired to create and achieve my goals and wanted to share it with you all!

    Hope you’re all doing well!

    Charlotte xx