Hi, I’m Charlotte Riley and I’m a Creative Content Writer and Blog Writer.
I’m also a stay-at-home mum to our son, and married to Al. I have an insane appetite for books, whether that’s buying, sharing or reading them. I love to be super organised and I live for harmony, happiness and an uncomplicated life (not a big ask really!)
And finally, I love to bake – anything really, but generally, incredibly yummy treats for my family.
A little bit of background
I haven’t always been a writer, up until a few years ago, I was a Registered Nurse and worked part-time after having my son. The whole working, keeping the house in order, managing my health and supporting my family just wasn’t working for us. I say us, because we are most definitely a team at home. A team I love being part of, it’s crazy, but a lot of fun!
Stepping out of the workplace to become a stay at home mum from a well-respected and recognised profession, I lost a huge part of who I was. I remember my husband saying to me “just take some time out for you, focus on getting well!” But I was always there scouring the internet for jobs, or projects I could do. I felt guilty being at home; there was a void I needed to fill. In terms of getting well, I have a chronic inflammatory condition, which I thought I had never let define me in any way, but it’s reared its ugly head a few times, and been very inconvenient. Relapsing into flare ups, having unpleasant symptoms, being dosed up on steroids, and experiencing overwhelming fatigue become par for the course.
Besides all of this, within a few months of leaving my part-time job, I had set up my own network marketing business with a well-known UK children’s publisher. Selling beautiful children’s books in people’s homes, at every fete, fair and event I could get to, I was back out there. I had given myself a title again, and I had filled that void.
For 2 years, I pursued my business, I recruited a team. Although I wasn’t setting the world on fire, I was earning enough money to pay for those little luxuries, like manicures, or a new outfit or pair of shoes. Throughout all of this though my health wasn’t really getting any better. I was fatigued, I was symptomatic, I was de-motivated, I was gaining weight from being on and off steroids and not exercising. I was going to bed at 8pm, as I was done-in! Although my contribution to the “team” at home never faltered (as I would never let it,) I felt like I was just treading water, something had to change.
Whilst working in my business, I had started attending networking meetings, trying to get myself out there as a credible woman in business, telling others about my opportunity with the intention of growing my customer base, and my team. What I hadn’t planned for, was to meet such a welcoming community of women. Who given time would help me to stop treading water, and throw me a lifeline. Who would help me to peel back the layers of my life, to re-connect with myself, and encourage me to pursue my true passions, and most importantly champion me to be truly me.
We’ve all got a story to tell
…..and this is my story.
My blog came about through journaling, and re-connecting with writing again. It’s my personal journey along the road to healing, health and finding inspiration. How in the year I turned 40 I made a conscious decision to find out what I needed to let go of, what I should embrace, and how I have accepted some much-needed help along the way.
All roads lead to home for me; it’s my haven of harmony and happiness. On this journey I’ve been exploring what’s out there for me, and what truly lights me up!
“Was I having a midlife crisis?” I asked my husband, and he truthfully answered “no, more of an awakening.”
Writing has now become a part of every day life for me, and writing for other entrepreneurs and business owners is now my work.
To learn more about how I found myself on this road to wanting to achieve a better balance of health, to heal my soul, and learn to live unapologetically and be truly me, why not follow my blog. There’s everything from getting fit, embracing my true colours and personality style, to my crazy passion for books – lots of them!
If you are a business owner struggling to create compelling content for your blog, newsletter or website, please get in touch with me here.