The end of an era

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It’s official, I have finished my law degree. I am now a law graduate. Y’know what makes it that little bit better? Well I can now confirm that after three long years (which included literal blood, sweat and tears) I am pleased to say that I have achieved a 2:1 in my law degree. I blooming did it. I have an actual law degree and the world is mine to conquer! I never thought I’d see this day and to have it confirmed that I did pretty darn well despite all the panicking, mass hysteria and making myself poorly due to stress. Flossie, CMEW, Char, Charlotte, Charby, Hammie has flipping done it! I never have to sit another law exam ever again (unless I choose to at a later date but who knows what I’ll do!)

I cannot quite believe that this is the end of an era! I am no longer in full time education and I’m about to embark in the world of work! Exciting and scary times ahead! I am so thankful for my nearest and dearest who kept me afloat during the last 3 years and kept reminding me of the end goal.

Here I am, living with the love of my life in Bristol, I have a decent degree in law under my belt, I have a job, the most wonderful and supportive family and friends ever and lots and lots of passion for life! The house is also coming together and I think it’s starting to look like a rather delightful little home! It is all coming together rather nicely! My foot might still be giving me jip and I’ve given in and got in a wheelchair at any given opportunity but this will NOT stop me.

I am so blooming proud of all that I have achieved.

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Thank you all for sticking by me ❤

Here is to the next chapter!

It’s been two years!

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Today is my TWO-YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!

I cannot believe it has been two years…

So much has happened in those two years! I feel like life has done one massive 180 degree turn. First of all thank you to all of you that still continue to follow and support my little bit of the webosphere! I really do appreciate it! You are wonderful webblings! When I first started this blog I think I had literally just finished my first year of my law degree and me and Will has decided to give things a go (as a couple). I was still living in student halls when I wrote several of my first posts and I remember I was sat on my sofa back at home when I transferred my mass posts from blogger to here!

I think one thing that has definitely changed is that I am 100% me. I am most definitely the breton stripe and dungaree wearing girl I was always meant to be! I feel completely myself where as looking back roughly two years I was just a shell of a girl. I think when I started to blog my outer shell has already started to crack but let’s just say it’s well and truly cracked now! I can guarantee you would not have found that me singing Beauty and the Beast songs in the car with Will! In fact he told me the other day I didn’t even hug him when he visited me… which is just blooming terrible!

Oh so much has changed! Some for the good, some things have not been so good! I feel like I have found my soul mate, the one who just gets me and knows me inside out and back to front. The one who embraces all my quirks (believe me there are many) and just loves me unconditionally despite my body resembling someone in their 70’s….

I never envisaged that this man would make me feel so comfortable within my skin and that he would turn out to be my very best friend. It’s funny how life goes isn’t it?

I was just a bit hard, I just wanted to have a laugh and blimey I barely phoned my parents in first year (which is unheard of because I am so incredibly close with them and like to speak to them very regularly).

I have lived in so many different places throughout the last two years:

  • Student Halls in Sheffield
  • The grim flat in Sheffield
  • The studio apartment in Sheffield
  • My home back in Guernsey
  • The latest being in Will’s house in Bristol (which we are making into a home!)

I cannot believe that I have actually finished my law degree! I cannot believe that we have taken the rather big step to move in together after dreaming about living with my bestie since the moment I met him! I still cannot believe that I have a job and that I start work in a few weeks time!

I love to look back at the dreamy memories that I/we’ve made over those last two years and think about the wonderful things we have seen and the places we have been to! In some ways I am so so thankful that I chose to document these precious moments because they will always remain on here for me to read back when I am grey and old.

I’m looking forward to sharing my new life here in Bristol with you all and showing the house as it evolves and develops into a little home! There are a lot of things to look forward to!

Some things to look forward to in the upcoming months?

  • Starting work
  • Housie things
  • Learning to drive and getting my dream mini cooper!
  • Our holiday to Turkey
  • Me turning 23
  • Will’s sister having her baby
  • Will’s Birthday

One chapter of Charzweb may have closed (i.e. being an undergrad) but there is so much more to look forward to! I hope you’ll stick around for some serious adulting as I like to put it!

Here’s to the third blogiversary! I might be a working woman now but I still plan to document my life here!

Thank you for sticking with me!

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Let’s raise a metaphorical glass to many more years of documenting this dreamy life!

It’s been a while!

Hello my loves! It has been a while!

Quite a lot has happened since my last post! I’d like to think this girl has been doing some serious adulting since we last spoke! So let’s try and rewind… last time we spoke properly I had just left the North and was heading to Bristol! The only thing I knew for absolute certain was where I was going to live (obvs with Will). That was it. I had somewhere to live but not a lot else!

I was feeling pretty crappy because I’d hurt my foot (no idea how but it turns out it was quite badly hurt which resulted in a 5hr round trip from the doctors surgery to A&E several weeks later) We popped over to France to see Will’s family last weekend! We managed to nab a sofa which was excellent! Overall it’s been quite hectic. On a plus note I’ve pimped by crutches so to speak…

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Oh and I might have failed to mention that I have got a job in central bristol as a legal recruiter and I couldn’t be any happier?

I mean I’ve been one lucky girl because I had been told by Will and my Mum to not be disheartened until I have at least applied for 30+ jobs. You can imagine their faces when I get an interview for the first job I applied for 30 mins after applying, get a call back and secure a job to start in just under a months time!

Yes, I’m blooming proud of myself!

In other news the house is coming together rather nicely! the floor is down, furniture has been bought and the sofa is arriving on Wednesday! It’s looking so much more homely downstairs and soon we will not be confined to spending our time in the bedroom! I’m really looking forward to watching OITNB on that dreamy sofa come Wednesday night!

I also popped back home to Guernsey for a week a little while back! I had an absolutely lovely time and we had the nicest afternoon tea (it was served on a mini picnic bench!!!)

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see! wasn’t it adorable! I basically just spent the whole week eating…

On a much sadder note my beloved Fizzy finally went to Kitty-Cat heaven, it was awfully upsetting as she has been a part of my life for over 17 years! Everyone was devastated. In some ways I still cannot quite believe she has gone!

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There’s definitely been some ups and well as downs as of late! However it’s on to a new chapter! I just had to include the amazing Banksy EU piece that we saw on our way to France whilst driving through Dover! I have no idea how he get away with that!!!

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So yeah that’s a brief update! I’m rather hungry and need to now hobble down the stairs! Until next time ❤

Stick and stones can break your bones, but words can surely kill.

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I was watching a video on Facebook about a fourteen your old girl that was driven to commit suicide after relentless bullying on social media platforms. It has been a long time since I was 14 but I could still relate. Your teenage years are already challenging enough, your body is changing and to some extent I believe you already feel vulnerable. Nearly a decade ago I could relate. I don’t know why but for the entirety of school I was a target. I was an easy target for bullying. Back in those days Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram didn’t exist! My bullying took place over school email and my home phone. The girl who decided to torment me over every little aspect of my life probably wasn’t aware of the damage her words caused. The girl would send photos of morbidly obese women to my school email and would caption the image ‘this will be you soon if you carry on’. The irony was that the girl sending these messages and images was 4x my size, but I couldn’t see it. I remember waking up some mornings absolutely dreading going to school. I despised secondary school with a passion. I was one of the few that were there because they wanted to learn. It appeared that the other 80% were not all that bothered. At times the bullying escalated and the girl would phone up my house number and say cruel things down the phone, she’d tell me that no one liked me and that I was ugly and fat. The phonecalls happened a few times, until my mum overheard and had some stern words with the girl over the telephone. In those dark moments I questioned my self worth, my purpose of being alive and couldn’t see an end to this torment.

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15 year old me.

The point of this post is bullying can kill. Megan Evans was just fourteen when she took her own life. I most definitely did not escape unscathed from that period of bullying and I spent many many years loathing my body. The girl responsible is probably completely unaware of the damage she caused by her words and actions. A few years ago I received friend requests from the perpetrator. She now wanted to be ‘my friend’. I of course declined the request.

I am now 22, I am well educated, I am loved, I have a wonderful family, a handsome chappy and a bright future ahead of me. I did not let that girl ruin my dreams. Perhaps I was one of the lucky ones, I had enough resilience to get through school (in just about one piece).

The moral of the story is that once words are out they cannot be taken back, you might not actively think about the consequences of those words. You might find it ‘funny’ to target vulnerable people. Please be aware that sometimes those words can have deadly consequences. Sometimes those words are what tip already vulnerable people over the edge.

P.S. always remember…

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