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Love, Support & Vlogmas, Coming Up

It’s officially November. After starting Blogtober late, I was originally planning to continue right up until I’d posted 31 days of content. However I’ve now changed my mind. I mean, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, blogging is hard, especially when attempting to post content everyday.


I just wanted to thank you all for all the love, support, amazing comments and sharing of posts throughout October. It truely means more than I can put into words. I’m sorry I haven’t replied to comments, I haven’t worked out how to using the WordPress phone app, but I promise I’ve read every single one.

Going forward I’m hoping to be uploading new posts twice a week most likely on a Sunday and Wednesday/Thursday. I’ll also be setting up bloglovin as another way for people to follow along with the blog. Oh and of course I’ll continue to Livestream daily. Let me know if you’re interested in seeing blogmas in the run up to Christmas, it’s definitely a possibility.

In the meantime, why not follow me on my social media? Or maybe go back and read my top 3 blog posts from the last month, as voted by you.

  1. New Beauty Goodies 
  2. Gym Twats
  3. You Have The Power

Remember to hit the follow button 😉

Charlotte

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The Opiate Crisis, My Thoughts – Blogtober – #20

So this post my not be the most interesting or relavent to the majority of blogtober readers, however it’s something I’ve wanted to share my thoughts on for a while.


The opiate crisis is a BIG deal, especially for chronic pain patients. News articles are pumped out daily, it’s not a subject you can easily ignore. The majority of stories seem to be originating from the states, but from personal experience I can tell you lives world wide are being affected.  

Doctors and government agencies seem to have designed the narrative that opiates / narcotics are practically the devil. Endless statistics are being pushed onto the public about addiction, the fact that they aren’t effective, doctor shopping, overdose etc. A lot of the information out there seems biased. Nobodies speaking about the lives these drugs have saved.

Yes opiates save lives!

But Charlotte people don’t die from pain alone.. Don’t they?

As doctors face losing their licenses and patients are having their medication cut down or stopped completely, more and more chronic pain patients are committing suicide. I genuinely don’t understand how cutting access to vital pain relief, to those who need it, is helping keep drugs off the street and preventing addiction.

Chronic pain patients have always had to fight to be believed, for decent treatment and care. Now the hoops we have to jump through are getting rediculous. Drug tests are regularly forced upon patients. Doctor / patient relationships have fallen apart all because of strict rules and opiate contracts. Break a rule, sometimes unavoidable, and risk having your meds cut off without warning. Drug hoarding is a punishable offence. Why would I not hoard meds when there’s a risk you could cut me off suddenly?

Opiate contracts are statistically shown to have little affect in identifying drug abusers.

Statistics on suicide or the number of previously law abiding citizens having to resort to the streets for meds don’t seem to be out there right now. These aren’t the statistics that support the idea that opiates are evil. These aren’t the figures the government wants us to see.

This may seem a little all over the place. That’s cool, they’re  my own thoughts and sometimes rambling on is the best way of sharing them. 

Ultimately I believe the real opiate crisis is that pain is so poorly treated in the first place. 

Charlotte 

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Becky With The Good Hair – Blogtober #19

I’m not Becky, but I do love, when I can be bothered, to have my hair looking good. My hair is something I’ve always prided myself on always making an effort with, even when I’m feeling at my worst.

There’s a few products I see as absolute essentials in making that happen. Today I’m going to share them with you.



Dry Shampoo. This is my number one must have product. It’s honestly hard to imagine how I coped in the days before its existence. Pictured are two of my favourites from completely different ends of the price scale. One from Morroccan Oil and the other is Schwartzkopf Got2Be that I bought from Primark for around £2. Both are amazing. Another of my favourites (and everybody else’s) that unfortunately I couldn’t find for a pic is Batiste. Dry shampoo is great for adding volume and texture, as well as being a life saver on days where you just couldn’t be bothered to actually wash your hair.


The Moroccan Oil Root Boost  is another of my favourite high end products. Perfect for adding that extra volume quickly, without a ton of product.


Shampoo & Conditioner. Now these are the products that I tend to switch up in my routine the most. I just can’t seem to find a tried and true. Pictured is what I’m currently using, the Mark Hill MiracOILous Duo.


Olaplex. This is truely gods gift to coloured / bleached hair. Definitely worth splurging for when at your salon and if you can buy some for use at home then even better. I like to use as a hair mask once a week.


A Blow dry spray / heat protectant. This one from KMS California is an absolute must if you have super thick hair like myself. It claims to cut blow drying time by almost 50% !! From personal experience I can vouch that it certainly makes a massive difference. Anything that speeds up the time spent battling with a hair dryer, is a win in my books.

I plan to do a separate post on hair tools and electrical items. Is it just me that’s not a fan of super long blog posts? I just don’t have the attention span to read or write them.

What’s your must have hair product?

Charlotte

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Interviewing A Fellow Chronic Illness Fighter – Blogtober #18

Earlier in the month I shared a little bit of my blogging background including the how and why I started. I mentioned how most people have a personal reason for starting to share their life online, and I was really interested in finding out other peoples stories.

So I thought I’d reach out to some of my blogger / social media chronic illness friends and perform a little interview. Hopefully posts like this will introduce you to some awesome new people to follow online, as well as offer some advice / tips / new points of view on chronic illness.

So with out further adieu. Meet my first interviewee.


 

Introduce yourself


My name is Roy George I’m 28 years old. I am a vocal coach, Vocal arranger and Music director. I also travel and speak on behalf of patient advocacy speaking at The Association for Vascular Access conferences and Short Bowel Syndrome conferences…

 
Can you tell us your diagnosis and the age you became ill?

I don’t remember a time i wasn’t “ill” I had this since birth. Its short Bowel Syndrome and massive malnutrition. 

What made you want to share your own chronic illness story and experiences?

 I spent a lot of time growing up without having people there to speak with about my journey and the dos and don’ts of life. It was really a trial and error experience. So with that being said, i really worked hard to allow myself to be open. Being open is a process and is truly something I struggle with and get nervous about. There’s a sense of vulnerability that comes with being open and sharing your journey. On the outside, i look incredible “Normal”. I’ve learned how to wear clothes that make me look “normal” and are stylish and look great. However, there comes a struggle thats deeper than the surface that people don’t get to see. We have the ability to make our social media accounts look like we live and lead extravagant lives but in reality we struggle. I wanted to be able to bust through the social media stigma and speak straight to people who were having a hard time and connect with people on levels that not everyone would understand. Trust me its STILL not easy but it really does give me great joy to be able to help in a small way if I’m able. 

How do you feel about the chronic illness community online?

I think like in any community you have AMAZING people and you have people that i will call positive suckers. Now, let me explain that phrase- that phrase means, I’m a glass half full kind of person. There’s always going to be people who ALWAYS see it half empty and that life is rough and theres a struggle. There is CERTAINLY validity to that. However, we all need to find the positives or else we won’t stand to be around for long. There will always be people who suck the life out of you and just want to take everything you give. You have to know your boundaries. What are you willing to talk about? What are you willing to share? How are you willing to share? What platforms make you most comfortable? Are you comfortable with social media contact or emails calls and texts. The community is hurting because there’s not a lot of outlets or want to discuss these intimate details. I mean you have all these Hollywood celebrities speaking out on cancer, and dry eye, alopecia and many other things and good for them. But what celebrity wants to talk about their bowel movements on national and international television? Its a natural thing. we all do it. But who wants to be KNOWN for that? Find the humor. find the joy. Don’t be afraid to be positive in a community that can sometimes be negative. I’m in no way saying the SBS community is negative as a whole. Negativity happens in any and every community no matter what. 

Do you have any advice or tips you’d like to share with someone newly diagnosed?

 Find the humor. Find where you can laugh at yourself. Find how you can look at yourself and see the glass half full. Oddly enough, someone ALWAYS has it worse than you. Parents have lost their children. Kids have lost their parents. Lets use our voice to get change. -Easier said than done but at least we can try. 

Do you have any advice or tip for friends and family of those diagnosed with a chronic illness?

DO NOT PUSH THEM. Don’t push them to share. Don’t push them to go out. Don’t push them to be happy. Don’t push them to be positive. Let them be mean and nasty. Meet them. Find ways to be effective and get what you want while not trying to change someone. As hard as it is on you to have a negative person in your life, try living with the condition and daily hangups that are normal for them. 

What’s the most irritating thing you’ve heard people say regarding your condition?

 “Just get some sleep you’ll be fine.” “You’ll feel better when you go out.” “You’re fine. It can’t be that bad.” “Are you really that sick.” “But you dont look sick.” 

How do you feel about the opiate crisis and how it’s affecting those with chronic illnesses?

I’m not familiar with it unfortunately. I know its getting more difficult to get pain killers because of this crisis. Unfortunately I’m uneducated in this department and for that I’m sorry. 

Tell us something positive you’ve achieved despite you illness.

 I’ve traveled around the country as a musician and singer and speaker. I’ve always performed off broadway at the age of 18 and have done some commercials and television as well. I’m pretty blessed that despite my condition, I’ve managed to not let it define me.

Where can we find more of you ?

 Please reach out on all the social media accounts twitter and instagram are Roysamuelgeorge and Facebook is Roy George and my Facebook page is Roy S. George You can also find me online at www.roygeorge.net and i host a podcast on iTunes called Triple Threats & Beyond and we’re also on twitter and instagram. Please reach out!!!! 

I hope you guys enjoyed getting to know Roy. Definitely go stalk him on social media. If you want to be a part of this series yourself, reach out on social media and maybe we’ll see your face here soon.

Love Charlotte

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Livestreaming Tips – Blogtober #17

I’ve already spoken about my love of Livestreaming on plenty of occasions. Whilst I don’t have tons of followers I seem to regularly get asked if I have any tips for those who may just be starting out. 


Let me jump right in…

Be yourself. It’s fairly easy to spot those who are putting on an act. I’d much rather watch someone genuine over someone fake.

Enjoy yourself. Again it’s pretty easy to spot the broadcasters who really can’t be asked. If you aren’t enjoying it, chances are I won’t enjoy watching.

Gift. Gifting / tips show support for the broadcaster. I’m more likely to follow back or check out those who regularly support my own broadcasts.

Be consistent. Stream regularly. Let the audience get to know you, know roughly when to expect you online etc

Have patience. Just like blogging, YouTube, Instagram etc followers don’t magically appear over night. Have patience and give it time.

Engage. It drives me up the wall when streamers ignore their audience. Especially bigger broadcasters that do this. These people have made the effort to come in and hang out with you, the least you can do is say hi when they talk to you.

Be careful. Not everyone online is who they say they are and not everyone has good intentions. Be smart about what personal info you give out, be careful who you trust.

I hope this helps some of you who may be interested in starting to livestream. If you fancy following my broadcasts, scan the code below. I tend to broadcast at night, around midnight ish. (Insomniac problems)

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Halloween – Blogtober #16

Wanna know what I plan on being for Halloween? Sleeping Beauty ! Tucked up in bed, wearing my PJs, not giving a single fuck. Zero fucks given over here ya’ll.
I’m gonna be totally honest and admit I just don’t get the Halloween hype. #sorrynotsorry. Maybe it’s because I’ve never been a fan of the horror genre, or maybe I’m just slow to the trend and I’ll eventually catch up to it all. Saying that though, the nightmare before Christmas is one of my favourite films soooooo, make of that what you will. Maybe it’s just sheer laziness that I’m not into it.
Halloween has only really taken off over here in the last couple of years. I went trick or treating in my younger years, but as I get older the idea of it all seems kinda messed up. I mean, we tell kids all year round not to talk to or accept things from strangers, but one night of the year we’re all fuck it, go knock on strangers doors and ask for sweets / candy.

I’m 100% over it !! Can we just skip to bonfire night and Christmas please?? 

Admitidly I do love dressing up, and being the one handing out the sweets is more my thing, but still… All year round I jump at unexpected knocks on the door and to be happy about it one day a year seems kinda messed up.

I realise I sound a total spoil sport. It’s just not for me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want others to enjoy it. Young kids in fancy dress… eeek the cuteness of it all. Yeah one day when I have my own children I just know I’m gonna have a change of heart on this kinda stuff.

This year though? Don’t ask me what I’m dressing up as or what my plans are. I just don’t care.

A short post? Yes but one I’ve wanted to write for like, the last week.

Charlotte

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Saving Money – Blogtober #15

Managing your money is hard. It’s even harder when you don’t have any. When you’ve got more outgoings than you do money coming in. It’s a really shitty situation to be in. 

I truely believe budgeting and money management should be taught in schools. The amount of young people getting themselves into debt or having to declare themselves bankrupt, is just shocking.

Debt can really get you down. The anxiety and worry of Baliffs turning up at the door is something no one should have to deal with. Even if you manage to avoid getting yourself into debt, saving seems impossible for so many. I mean, the property ladder seems a distant dream for so many, and it shouldn’t be that way.


So how do you go about saving money? There’s a million tips and articles online but here I’m going to share a couple that have worked for me personally

A change jar – I’m sure so any homes up and down the country / world wide have a jar they fill up with loose change. 2p’s etc. Why not start filling it with more than coppers? I put all pound coins in a jar. It adds up fast and to a good amount. Just £1 a day adds up to over £350 in a year.


Set up a standing order – Set up a transfer from your main bank account to a savings account / ISA. You won’t need to think or worry about it then, as it’s all done automatically. Would you notice if a tenner a week dissapeared ? That’s over £500 a year.

Cut down – This seems pretty obvious, but take a look at your outgoings and ask yourself if they’re all essential. Do you really watch all those TV channels? Can you cut your package down? Magazine / website subscriptions etc. Can you share and split the cost of your Netflix account?

Shopping – Got an online clothes or makeup shopping habit? Put things in your cart and leave it a couple of days. I can’t tell you how much I’ve saved doing this. It really helps cut down the impulse buys. 70% of the time when you re check your cart you decide you don’t actually need / want that lipstick or those shoes after all.


Get Cashback – I’ve mentioned Quidco a couple of times in blog posts and it’s because I genuinely love and use it. Not only does it work for shopping online but you can activate your debit / credit card so that it works on the high street too. I’ve heard a few people say it doesn’t seem worth it as the cashback rates are often below 10%, but that adds up ya’ll !! Especially if you’re using it on your daily coffee. The rates often go up, and there’s extra ways of earning rewards. I’ve personally made over £250. Go sign up here and you won’t regret it.

Rewards cards – Boots, Tesco, Nectar etc are all worth signing up for. I like to save my points up all year for Christmas shopping and it definitely helps. I know at times in can seem like they aren’t worth having but keep with it and the rewards will show. Many stores have bonus points offers throughout the year so if you can try and stock up during these times

Money Management Services – These are increasing with popularity all the time, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s like having a friend that messages you when you’re getting close to your budget / running out of money. It lets you see how much you’ve spent at individual stores and is 100% personal to you. It essentially does all the work for you. Including saving money away for a rainy day.

I hope you’ve managed to take something away from this post. Saving doesn’t have to be impossible.


What’s your top money saving tip? What are you saving for? Let me know 🙂

Charlotte

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