Newcastle Photographer and Content Creator, Mandy Charlton, Always on a quest for adventure, often seen on buses, trains and planes. On a quest to be happier and healthier. Lives in Newcastle with her 3 cats, Iris, Maggie and Arthur. Loves good vibes, musicals and cakes. Full time professional wedding photographer in the north east of england alongside content creator on Tiktok, Instagram and Facebook

Saturday, July 30, 2016

I finally learnt how to be single...

It finally happened, the summer holidays have hit and as happens every year the reader numbers drop, it's not that I write for anyone else but me really and I very much understand, after all, this week I haven't exactly been the most consistent in my blogging because very much like many if not all of you I am also here, there and proverbially everywhere at the moment.  The pace of life hasn't so much slowed down as it's massively taken off. 

I'm sitting here writing this from bed this morning, I have 2 pre-wedding shoots with meetings to go to this morning and should be home by lunch time, both meetings are in different coffee shops, I guess that means that technically I could do double cake, oh if only my waistline wasn't already asking me what the hell I've been doing for the last week.  Yes, my healthy lifestyle seems to have already left for it's summer break although I did do 15k yesterday as well as walking up many hills at the Northumberland national park with my girls.

I feel like I should do a roundup post of what we've been up to each week, each place and event of course deserves it's own post but at the same time as being out and shooting a lot is happening, the admin and the editing, well who has enough hours in the day at the moment, I'm squeezing it in at every spare moment but thankfully I have amazing patient clients who know that their images are worth waiting for.  What I could do with is some little power mice to come and do it all for me.  I'm sure every working parent feels the same right now and we're only a week in!!  I'm going to Perth on Monday for a couple of nights with Looby, it's her favourite place, mostly due to the trampolines in the park.  There's actually not very much at all to do in Perth so I'm imagining a pretty restful couple of days and maybe switching off for 48 hours, I have the biggest pile of books next to my bed that really deserve to be read and I don't think it's going to happen when I go to Stratford Upon Avon with Abigail, she tells me there are 3 museums dedicated to William Shakespeare and she wants to go to them all, I did ask if all of the foodie places might be Shakespeare themed too, like "Much Ado About Muffins" and "A Midsummer Nights Bean Burger!"

Something extraordinary has happened of late, I think I'm actually starting to become more relaxed and laid back again, I keep bursting into hilarious laughter, my girls seem to have become a hilarious double act and they literally crack me up, Looby seems to have learned sarcasm and she's just the funniest 12 year old on the planet whilst Abigail has a very mature and cutting sense of humour, it seems I have taught them well and this week I have laughed so much I gave myself an asthma attack and I've laughed more than I've laughed in years, in fact it's happened so frequently that they keep asking me if I've remembered to take my medication.  That's got to be a good thing!

Harriet, Li and I watched "How To Be Single" again last night, I think we appreciate it because we're all exactly that and none of us mind one bit really, it's pretty awesome being single when your friendship group is all in the same position, it's fun to be single in your 30's and 40's, I never really appreciated that until lately, I think I might have learnt how to be single over the last few months and for the first time in my life I'm truly embracing it, I have no wish to be with anyone other than enjoying fun and laughter with my friends and my children, all of whom get along famously, I have the best life now and I am not giving that up for anyone!

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