About Challenge Clare…
Essentially Challenge Clare is all about successfully manage life’s challenges. Sharing a range of ideas, strategies, hints, tips and inspiration for tackling the most pressing challenges head on so that we can all live the charmed life we deserve! If you are looking for hints, tips and life hacks for dealing with the latest challenge you are determined to crack, then you are in the right place!
About Challenge Clare and My Life…
Now I am the first to admit I live a charmed life, (as my lovely sister describes it). I live in rural Gloucestershire with my partner, sons and our cocker spaniel Trigger. My day job is Head of English for an on-line alternative education provision and I love it! We own our own home, have a comfortable lifestyle and in my spare time I get to socialise, write, travel, try new things and generally chill out…
Often, I pinch myself, because it hasn’t always been this way. Starting with leaving home aged 16 I have faced significant challenges over the years; teen mum, parenting children with significant additional needs, separation, university, surviving on a low income, building a career, step-parenting, redundancy, relocation, debt, bereavement… The past 20 years of my life have been at times a massive roller coaster, one challenging situation after another. Seriously, Eastenders has nothing on me!
But, and this is the key, it genuinely didn’t faze me. Yes. sometimes I hit lows, who doesn’t? I would think seriously?! Really?! Again?!!
However, the simple fact of the matter is that I am pretty good at handling whatever crap life throws at me and turning it to my advantage. A friend of mine once said ‘I don’t know how you do it… You keep on falling into the shit but you manage to come out of it smelling of roses!!’ and to be fair it’s a pretty accurate description of my late teens and twenties! Mostly, these were challenges forced on me. But, I nailed them!
Reflecting, I wondered… How exactly had I managed to achieve this ‘charmed life’ that I have? Pretty well-adjusted, happy kids, a successful relationship, good career, homeowner, great lifestyle, in the face of some pretty difficult circumstances? Was there something in my ability to manage difficult experiences and circumstances? Could I share my experiences and use my ability to handle a challenge in a more structured and focused way in order to achieve more in my life? Then share these strategies with others to help them manage their personal challenges more effectively so that they can get to live the life they want to.
Personally, I believe that ‘Challenge’ is the reason for my charmed life.
I am passionate about the idea that actually ‘Challenge’ can and will make you happy. But only if you ‘own it’ and are challenged on your own terms and through your own choices.
The challenge that faces us as women in today’s society is how to be the women we want to be. Choosing only the aspects of modern womanhood that suit us individually. Living life the way we want to, on our terms, and no one else’s. Choosing our own challenges, not the challenges that societies’ expectations imposes on us.
Sound Good to You?
Challenge Clare launched late November 2017, so it is really in it’s infancy, as the blog grows I will be creating a platform for people to support each other as they share their challenges and progress. I will also be developing all sorts of guides, templates and lists to help you tackle your personal challenges.
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