A few weeks back one of my favourite Instagrammers and Bloggers @blossomingbirds mentioned me in her Follow Friday on her Instagram stories. It was absolutely amazing to think that one of my biggest Insta Inspirations thought that little old me was worth a follow! The result was over 200 new beautiful faces popping up in my followers feed which was incredible.
So with the launch of my blog’s new snazzy face lift, and with so many new people following along I thought it would be fun to introduce myself in the form of an “Ask Me Anything” Blog Post.
Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to send me over your questions. I absolutely loved reading them all.
So without further ado I’m Charlotte, I’m 28 and I’m from sunny Surrey and here’s want you wanted to know. . .
Q. How did you and your Husband meet?
A. Ahh I love answering this question as it brings back so many happy but cringey memories! I met Scott at work ten years ago. I worked on one of the make up counters and Scott was the “box boy” as I’d nicknamed him. I literally fancied the pants off him the minute I met him and it sounds so cheesy but I just knew I would spend the rest of my life with him.
Q. Are you planning on having any more children after this pregnancy?
A. I had a feeling I’d get asked this but the answer is no, not at the moment. Scott and I have always said that we would love two children. My dream was to have two girls and so I feel completely and utterly blessed. Scott had absolutely no preference but loves it that Amelie is a Daddy’s girl, I feel sure that this baby girl will be too!
Q. What’s your favourite Disneyland Memory?
A. This has to be our engagement! Scott proposed to me whilst on our family holiday at Disney World Florida in front of the magic castle. Yup this Husband of mine is amazing! It was absolutely incredible and will always be one of my top lifetime memories.
Q. What’s Amelie’s favourite Disney Movie?
A. Scott and I are the biggest Disney fans (hence the Disney proposal!) so it’s no surprise Amelie is too. Her favourite film changes weekly, at the moment it’s Disney’s Cars 3.
Q. What is Amelie’s routine?
A. I’m a true believer of routines, I even have a daily one myself. I think it’s key to set structure to our days, I also hate change or unexpected, last minute plans. I think it’s to do with being quite an anxious person, but if it’s not on the calendar, it’s not happening!
Amelie wakes at 6.50am where she climbs into our bed for snuggles. Scott then gets up with her at 7am, gives her morning milk and gets out her favourite toys. This is their bonding time and I have to say at 32 weeks pregnant I’m so thankful for the lie in. I then wake up just before 8am when Scott leaves for work and then our day begins.
Most days we have breakfast, playtime,we go and get dressed and have reading time (I call this our morning book club).
We’ll then venture out to whichever playgroup we’ve got planned for that day or to see our friends before getting home around 2.30pm where Amelie then has her nap. This is my time to finish off any draft blogs I’m working on and get the house back to normal which you can read more about here.
Scott then gets in from work at 5pm, we all sit down together for dinner at 6pm (this is one of my favourite parts of the day, telling each other all about our daily adventures) before bath time, story time and bedtime at half seven although it’s more like 8pm at the minute as Amelie takes so long to choose her bedtime teddies! It works so well for us but I’m sure everything will change when baby number two arrives!
Q. Do you have any tips on how to raise a happy child?
A. When I read this question I couldn’t help but feel so proud of myself and Scott. People tell us all the time what a happy, good little girl we have and it always reassures me that we must be doing something right! My biggest tip is to show love at every opportunity. Display kindness to your child and teach them to be kind to you. I kiss, hug and tell Amelie that I love her literally about ten times a day, I just can’t help it!
She sees how truly thankful we are for everything we have every day and although like every child she has her moments we’ve taught her to immediately apologise if she’s done something unkind and make up with a hug.
I believe with all my being that “love is the key to life” and if there’s one thing I want Amelie to always remember it’s that.
Q. How do you manage to keep your anxiety under control?
A. I was diagnosed with “Generalised Anxiety Disorder” in 2015 shortly after giving birth to Amelie. My anxiety stemmed from my overactive thyroid which again was found after I’d given birth and all my worries were centred around Amelie. I’ve always been a worrier by nature but the sheer weight of the responsibility of looking after a tiny human was too much for my mind to handle.
I was put on antidepressant medication and began a course of counselling. The CBT therapy worked really well for me and enabled me to come off the tablets just a short time later, but the worries still overwhelmed me at times.
It wasn’t until November 2016 that I found a way to keep my anxieties truly at bay and that was when I found faith.
Q. How did you find your faith?
A. I’ve always believed in God and known that I was created by something more than just science, but I didn’t really have any understanding other than that. I wasn’t raised a Christian, although my parents are Church of England it wasn’t ever something that was really discussed.
In November’16 Scott and I decided to get Amelie christened, it was here at our weekly Church service that I learnt about The Alpha Course.
The Alpha Course is for absolutely anybody who wants to learn more about the Christian faith. It totally and utterly changed my life.
I discovered a new purpose for my life, heard stories of God at work in people’s life’s that bought me to sobbing tears and experienced that sense of understanding that I’d be searching for for so long.
They say that “God’s timing is perfect” and it really is. I got confirmed in February 2017 and can honestly say that all I have is because of God and I couldn’t be more truly thankful.
Q. What do you do daily to retain your faith?
A. So daily we pray with Amelie before bed and I do my nightly prayer.
Weekly I will read psalms, proverbs and passages from the Bible to help me with whatever I’m facing that week, sometimes I’m just feeling so thankful I’ll just read a prayer of praise.
Now and again when I’m walking to work or on my lunch break I’ll listen to the Bible In One Year App on my phone. This app is so inspiring and somehow always relates to my life at the time of listening.
I say it to everyone I meet who is struggling with anxiety, search for God. Try the Alpha Course, find your faith and watch your life transform.
I can hand on heart say that every time I turn to my bible and pray, I start to forget about what it was I was worrying about. Instead I’m filled with so much joy and the wisdom I asked for to keep me focused on God’s wonderful blessings and this remarkable life he’s created for us.