Charlotte Walton

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Facing my fear with a little help from my friend

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Franklin D Roosevelt

I don’t generally like to talk about fears, and to be honest I don’t really have many of them. Fears to me are always conveyed as a negative, a weakness that I wouldn’t want to expose for ‘fear’ of it being used against me. But I never realised until recently how your fears can bring positive energy to life.

This weekend was a particularly tough one for me. To explain I must rewind a little bit.

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Is Country music dying out?

This is quite a random topic for a Sunday evening I know. But it’s one that has been on my mind for quite a few weeks now.

The Top 40 chart in the UK is made up of pop these days, with a bit of Indie and R&B mixed in to the loop. The last time we heard anything ‘country’ would have to be back in the early Taylor Swift days of ‘Love Story’ and ‘Mine’. But even those have to be labelled as glorified ‘Country Pop’.

Country

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I don’t know about you…

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…but I’m feeling 22!!

I’ve refrained from singing that all day but I feel that I’m allowed the guilty pleasure at least once, right?!

Yes, today marks the 22nd year that I have graced this planet. It’s a strange one, because it’s one of the first years of the none ‘special’ Birthday. Not that all Birthday’s aren’t special, but it’s not a milestone year like 16, 18 or 21 where something specific happened or changed (the latter only really in the US). If you get my meaning.

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Mental Health Awareness Week: Don’t Suffer in Silence!

So I’m going to go ahead and do something that I try not to normally; talk about myself. This week has been Mental Health Awareness Week and I feel it only courteous to talk to you all about my personal struggles over the years, and try and shed some light on what we can all do to help.

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Another door closes.

“On completion of my degree I would like to advance towards taking a PGCE in IT for Primary or Secondary school pupils.  I have a passion for the subject and feel that I could introduce a new generation in to the creative field of IT and inspire them to further their studies in the subject the way I have done.”

An actual quote, written by me, over 3 years ago. How times do change a person.

The question floating around everyone’s mind these days is this; What comes next? Do I further my education? Get a job? Take a gap year? There are endless choices. Something that I didn’t fully realise until recently.

The quote above was set in stone for me. 3 years of University followed by a PGCE and I could teach. I could have a classroom full of bright eyed children looking to me to inspire and educate them. To prepare them for their future. That was what I was going to do. No other options.

But there are thousands of options. Things my brain just didn’t click on to until a little later. So there I was. Spending weeks sat in the back of a classroom, shadowing teachers, making notes, preparing for my future. And I have to admit it; I was bored. No disrespect for teachers at all (they are absolute miracle workers doing what they do), but this is when I started to second guess myself. And it took one trip and a whole lot of research to snap my brain in to gear.

I recently took a trip to London with my parents to watch the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena. No, I’m not going to become a world famous WTA tennis player, calm down!

It was the buzz, the electricity, the never ending noise. London. The capital of our great United Kingdom, full of hope, opportunity and promise. It filled me with energy. Energy I’d been lacking for quite some time now. That is exactly what I need.

So I made my decision. Teaching isn’t for me. At least not right now. But there are passions of mine that give me that same buzz I felt in good ole London town. Things that I’m already doing in everyday life. These are the things I need right now. So it’s back to the grindstone. Trolling the thousands of graduate websites, filling in countless applications and hoping there’s something out there with my name on it.

And who knows. Maybe one day I’ll be answering to the cries of “Miss!” once again.

It’s an Instagram moment.

Tuesday 22nd October 2013, a sigh of relief is heard from the mouths of the thousands of Windows Phone users around the globe.

For exactly a year I have owned the beauty below (Nokia Lumia 800). Deciding not to conform to the ‘social norm’ that todays teenagers, and my Mum, believe to be right I chose not to buy an iPhone. Windows was going to be the next big thing. I could feel it. But there was always one thing letting me down.

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Time Flies.

A phrase I’ve found myself repeating numerous times these past few days. And with good reason.

This week, 4 of my very best friends turned the grand old age of 21. Not ‘old’ by any feat, but a milestone in itself. With this I have found myself throwing this phrase at a number of parents, “Doesn’t time fly?”

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All the time in the world…

Well…that’s what we like to think. But then we realise just how busy our lives actually are. I have finished all of my exams, finally. Phew! And have now been thrust in to the face of reality. Full-time work, 9-4 (lucky for me), 5 days a week. No, I haven’t graduated quite yet. We have begun our 5 week placements for our Work Based Learning module.

Now 5 weeks doesn’t seem so bad does it? No I didn’t think so too. Until mine turned in to 6!

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Hard work. The secret to success.

So it’s over. And no, I haven’t broken up with my long term boyfriend, or witnessed the cancellation of my favourite TV show. No. At 3.53pm I walked out of computer room, slung my bag over my shoulders and felt the lightest I have been all year. I have finished my 2nd year exams.

To some this may sound underwhelming. But believe me, when you spend 3 weeks non-stop revising, it comes as such a relief. Now I can only hope that it pays off!

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I’m dreaming of a white…

….Easter?

That’s right. It’s back. Once again I have awoken to a fluffy white blanket covering my garden. It has snowed once again.

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