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  • 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

  • Wellness

    Exercise that is actually suitable for beginners

    It’s no lie that since being in a long-term relationship I’ve put on a lot of weight. We like to go out for meals, have movie nights in and eat unhealthy snacks. Exercise seems to have been a thing of the past for me for quite some time now. When I first met Shaun I used to swim 2/3 times a week and I never really snacked in between meals. I actually miss swimming a lot but there was a fire at my local pool and it’s been closed for about a year and a half now. Fingers crossed it’ll re-open soon!

    I’ve never really had an issue with my body, I’ve always been a size 10/12 and I was always happy with this. I’m not saying I loved how I looked because I didn’t. But I also wasn’t unhappy.

    More recently, I feel repulsed by myself and my body. I’ve put on almost 2 stone of weight in three years and I can really notice it. I’m now a size 14 and I feel really unhappy and sluggish and I know I need to do something about it. I’m not saying a size 14 is big because it isn’t, but everyone has their own circumstances and I feel unhappy at this size as I used to be smaller.

    Exercise for ‘beginners’ 

    I’m unfit and I haven’t properly worked out in ages! I don’t know if anyone else gets this problem, but over the last couple of months, I’ve tried various workout videos and routines that claim to be for ‘beginners’. If someone would like to tell me what ‘beginner’ can hold a plank for 1 minute and do a high-intensity workout for 45 minutes then please share?! I’m a beginner and I can hold a plank for a grand total of about 10 seconds!

    I started to get really frustrated at the number of things claiming to be for beginners that wasn’t really aimed at beginners. It made me feel even more crap about myself as I couldn’t even manage the basic moves and this, in turn, made me want to sit and eat pizza as opposed to exercising.

    Exercise that’s actually for beginners! 

    Recently I asked on twitter if anyone could recommend any good YouTube channels for exercise for beginners and someone suggested JessicaSmithTV. All I can say is THANK YOU JESSICA for actually understanding the ability of a beginner. Jessica does a lot of videos that are a walking series which I love as we all know how to walk. This morning (22nd July 2018) I completed my first video of hers which was the HIIT for Beginners: Walking Interval Cardio Workout, Low Impact, Fat BurningIt was honestly the nicest feeling ever to be able to complete 25 minutes of exercise and actually be able to do ALL of it. It pushed me, made me sweat, made my heart race and it was hard at times but I did it and I felt so good afterwards.

    I really wish more people would understand and cater for beginners. But in the meantime, if anyone else wants to get back into exercise and are struggling then I definitely recommend you try out JessicaSmithTV. I’m going to keep trying more of her videos over the next few weeks and I’ll keep you updated with how I get on.

    Happy exercising everyone!

    Charlotte xx


  • Wellness

    When there’s finally 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


  • Wellness

    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