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CHARLOTTE

Charlotte | Creative Director/ Brand strategist | Africa-Nerd | Zimbabwean in London, UK


Instagram: @tres_carter

1) THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS?

I’ve always been an over thinker to the point that I was living in my head and too paralysingly shy to do act upont those internal ambitions. Despite, 'apparently',  I come across as confident and expressive. In the last 12 months, there has been this intrinsic yet somewhat easy click. I found myself participating in those thoughts more, making them a reality and bringing them to flourish. It’s as though someone had turned on a mechanical switch during my slumber. It wasn’t as quick as a catnap. It began to manifest itself, when I replaced no's with a yes. Starting with nods to smaller day to day stuff that would normally cause silly anxiety or uncomfort. Especially when from my view, everyone else would get on with such tasks, without batting an eyelid. 

I set about writing down and steadily putting into practice my ideas, eventually going back to those that truly resonated with me. Quite simply, I DECIDED and then took an ACTION. Nothing in life can grow without a thought, but then YOUR decision ignites an action. Action leads to momentum, momentum will carry you to next part. So conclusively - my happiest thing : My thoughts and actions signed a peace treaty! TBC ;)

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2) THE WORST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS?

Well, it’s never the worst thing. Only a very uncomfortable overwhelming feeling of fear and discomfort for a certain amount of space and time :) And even if unfavourable in the moment, these incidences allow for new space to be created as well as  fresh growth and possibility. However, the most uncomfortable of events was deciding to dive into my own business. It’s been horrible, just as it rewarding.

2nd thing would be - realising how much time, moments with my mother, friends, creative projects and straight up FUN! Have been lost to depression over the years. But the brilliant part is - I now truly value the significant consequence of any moment in all forms or relationship and grabbing them (-ish). The power of having a thought, then going on to owning a decision and mustering up to take that action. However big or small. It'll change your life ;)

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3) YOUR BIGGEST WISH FOR THE NEAR FUTURE?

To always continue to be interested in others and their stories, to observe, to feel, to take honest actions and with that creating a PRESENT life. All being seeds for a rich flourishing future - whatever that may mean to you and the next person.

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4) YOUR BIGGEST WORRY FOR THE NEAR FUTURE?

Not being able to translate the things that I want to do. But I’ll continue to try.

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5) A CONTEMPORARY WOMAN YOU CURRENTLY ADMIRE?

My mother 

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6) A ONE-SENTENCE MESSAGE TO OTHER WOMEN?

Life is to be lived. Life does not stand still. Nor do the comings and going of people, potential businesses, inventions, paintings, that holiday or party you should have just said, fuck it, and gone on.

You can live in your head all you like, but then don't be mad if someone rides your wave. So why not just do it and save yourself the frown lines.

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