In March, just before Coronavirus affected the UK enough to enjoy 'usual' life, we met with Haleigh, a keen supporter of our brand for some time. We treated Haleigh over lunch in the picturesque grounds of Regent's Park.
It was truly so special to meet Haleigh and hear about her story and background. We spoke all matters of things from Mental Health, moving to London in your 20's and puppy yoga!
I hope you just love hearing Haleigh's wise words on what she wishes she could tell her younger self, I especially love her words on creating a healthier headspace with social media and kindness. Thank you Haleigh for gifting us the most beautiful afternoon of loveliness.
How did you first find/hear about Charlotte Elizabeth?
I think I read about CE around 3 years ago, followed the brand on Instagram and became an instant fan. Charlotte’s story really resonated with me and I love what the brand stands for – it’s so much more than the gorgeous handbags – so since then I’ve always felt like part of the CE family. When Meghan Markle stepped out with the Chestnut Bloomsbury I had second-hand pride!
What makes Charlotte Elizabeth different to other brands?
The messages that support the brand – especially of female empowerment and a bag that appeals to Grandmothers, Mothers, Daughters, Aunts, you name it. The design of the bag transcends generations.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Kent originally but have been living in London for over 5 years now.
What are your little moments of happiness throughout the day?
There are so many to choose from! I would pick out three mains one though. The first one has to be early morning when I manage not to pick up my phone for hours and scroll and instead wake up gently, have a cup of tea in bed with the window open with fresh air coming through and write in my journal. Next up is playing music loudly and having a dance around the house or a sing in the shower – good for the soul! And lastly, the end of the day curled up under a blanket with the lights low and a candle burning.
What’s your happy place?
Having friends and family come to stay with me – making them nice meals and spending quality time together, especially if that means we get out on some long walks in the countryside or around London’s beautiful parks. These walks are made even better when our family dog Mila comes along!
When did you last feel brave? How do you define bravery?
I think bravery doesn’t have to be a huge act, it can be as simple and being yourself. And standing up for yourself and your wants and needs. It takes a lot of courage to set boundaries and say no to things that aren’t right for you.
What do you wish to see more of in the world?
Kindness. We speak about this a lot, especially in the context of social media, but being kind is hard work and in criticising others (often in defense of someone else, so the intention is good).
What makes you feel fulfilled?
Helping others. I think we humans are social creatures and we’re kind of wired to build communities and help each other out. Especially in London, a little chat with a stranger or a small act of kindness goes a really long way.
Favourite adventure you’ve ever had?
I decided to book a solo trip to Peru (having never travelled alone before) so that I could hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The people I met and the experiences we had along the way made it one of the best times of my life.
How can we improve social media?
Cultivate your feed wisely. It took me a long time to realise that I had control over what I was seeing so if something made me compare or feel bad, I could unfollow and stop exposing myself to content that could be harmful to my mental health and wellbeing. And take regular breaks – know your limits!
What do you wish you’d known when you were young?
A few things that I’ve learnt along the way – firstly, not to take things personally. People’s reactions aren’t a reflection on you – emotions are just information that indicate what might be going on internally for you or for the person you’re talking to. Secondly, and linked to this, is not to compare myself to anyone else. We’re all different and comparing ourselves to others just sets us up for failure. And not to worry about things you can’t control – so much easier said than done!
You are where you’re meant to be right now.
Ride the wave – life is a series of ups and downs and the sooner you learner to surf the better things become.
Thanks Haleigh for taking part in our #FriendsofCE campaign!
You can follow Haleigh's adventures on her Instagram @halesshone.