Hello, I’m Charlemagne! Welcome to Love Charlemagne! I’m a self-confessed British multipotentialite entrepreneur and lover of sparkle living in Germany and writing about my life’s adventures, dreams and interests! It’s my dream to be a writer, whether book, newspaper column or at a magazine but I want to inspire, entertain and share my experiences with the world. Building up my blog and perfecting my writing is my passion and my day job is well, bank clerk, slash retail slave slash English teacher slash proofreader / translator! Come join me!
A British girl in an international world!
Once upon a time there was an English girl who grew up in a small seaside village named Rustington which is situated on the south coast of England, not far from Brighton, in West Sussex. (I bet you’re Google Mapping that as you read this!) She lived there for over 20 years and was a coastal gal at heart. She loved the sea and all things nautical and marine from nautical fashion trends, the colours blue and green, swimming, beaches and of course, the Navy and Marines! *swoon* She was an Aquarius; it might have had something to do with it too. However, in the UK she never really felt she fitted in. She felt her mentality was perhaps more European. She decided to explore the world and try to find where ‘home’ was. Well, fast forward through a few turbulent years, she ended up finding herself in Chemnitz, East Germany in 2011. A cold, concrete former communist city with a huge statue of Karl Marx’s head in the city centre (you know, just to reinforce the nostalgia for all things DDR), she married her Ukrainian boyfriend and started working as a proofreader and copy editor for non-native English speakers. It wasn’t her intention to work in that field but she kind of fell into it. She does that a lot. Fall into things. She also bumps into lampposts and spills chocolate down her tops but anyways, Charlie is the kind of girl that if you give her a straight easy path, she’ll think you’re tricking her so she’ll take the long winded, challenging, Dorothy-through-the-woods kind of trail instead just because it might be more fun and she’ll learn a few more things. An inquisitive mind (a.k.a. nosy cow) that always asks, “what if?”, “what’s that?” and “why?” she often finds herself in amusing situations or stressful predicaments. Alongside two crazy house bunnies who keep her highly entertained, she enjoys keeping fit, dancing, singing off key in the shower, baking and cooking (although successful bakes are rare!), following a paleo / gluten free lifestyle, travelling, learning languages and loves to read and write! She’s also a proud supporter of the UK and US military and loves people! On the academic front, she has an Associate’s Degree in German from Bristol University (graduated 2006) and a BTEC National Diploma with Triple Distinction in Graphic Design from Northbrook College (graduated 2010) and in 2015 she completed a Master’s TEFL course. Her adventures are far from over and her ultimate goal is to head over the pond to the US to experience life and culture there. She is still trying to find ‘home’.
Love Charlemagne is a blog, community and a kind of scrapbook of all my favourite things. I write about things from my perspectives. I believe that there isn’t really right or wrong in life but more choice and consequence, cause and effect and that mostly what we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. In my articles I hope to open people’s hearts and minds a little to think outside the box, look at the other side of the coin and maybe to learn a few things too! And if you’re like me, think like me and share the same values, then maybe you’ll love hanging out here with me too!
You’ll find I write about things I love like fashion trends, travel and culture, health and beauty, food, languages, relationships and seasonal things! I love Autumn and Christmas! I also write about my experiences and roller coaster life and the things I’ve learned along the way! I’m still learning! I’m a glass half full if not overflowing type of girl, strong and determined and always positive and just love to laugh and love! We need more love in this world and to share it! ♥
Regarding the recipes and info in the food chapter, well, they are all gluten-free & paleo based with health information, advice and tips for coeliac and gluten-sensitive people as I’m gluten intolerant and a huge FOODIE! You can read all about my health adventures under the section “health and beauty”.
I hope you’ll enjoy popping by and reading what I have to say. Do say hello and leave comments! It always makes my day to hear from you! As much as I love comments and hearing from you though, please make sure that comments are always respectful and loving, they can still be critical and you may disagree with things I or others say, but please don’t use nasty language or insult people because my tolerance for that is pretty near to zero and I will delete any negative, mean comments! And at the end of the day, this is my blog! 😛 Thank you!