I have been so excited to share this weeks #showtherealyou segment with you. This week I am featuring a dear friend of mine… Chloe Wilson. Chloe and I have created a beautiful friendship all thanks to social media. We met at a Lorna Jane event and have since stayed in touch. We both preached the Move Nourish Believe philosophy. Chloe always keeps it real and has the biggest heart of gold. She seriously spreads kindness around like glitter, leaving a smile on your face after chatting with her or being in her precense. Chloe has recently started a new journey with her amazing all things self love blog @sparkleondarling. I hope you all love getting to know the gorgeous Chloe a little more. I know you will as she is just beautiful.
Chloe Wilson AKA @sparkleondarling
Favourite hot drink?
In the morning most definitely a coffee! Specifically an almond milk Piccolo. At night though I love winding down with a beautiful organic herbal tea.
Can you tell me who the REAL Chloe Wilson is?
I like to believe I'm the girl next door. My journey hasn't been easy, I've worked hard to get to where I am, I'm very much my own person, I laugh a lot (often at myself), I'm can be loud and I’m not afraid to share my struggles throughout my journey towards my best self and life. Being that girl next door, a friendly face, raw and real.. to me is everything. I'm not perfect, I will always be a work in progress, and I'm ok with that.
Tell me about a day in the life of Chloe? (can be a work day or a weekend day)
A typical day for me starts with some 'me time' or self care. I like to begin with a homemade breakfast and a coffee and sit by myself and really enjoy it, no distractions (meaning NO tech). I then like to follow this up with some inspiration and motivation from a Podcast, loving The Slow Home Podcast at the moment. If it's a work day (Monday to Friday for me), I then work from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm, with hopefully a nice lunch time walk on my break. Once home I like to relax for a few minutes with a cup of tea before I cook dinner. My nights are also pretty relaxed, I will either do some writing or just chill and watch some Netflix. On the weekends during the day after my little self care routine and inspo sesh I like to get my washing done and then head out to a wholesome breakfast or some farmers markets. My afternoons and nights on the weekends usually consist of meal prepping for the week ahead, writing and some more relaxing. I use to be very go, go, go and constantly put a lot of pressure on myself to get everything done, but now I’ve let go of that guilt, what gets done gets done, and that's enough.
Congratulations on the launch of your new blog @sparkleondarling. What drove you to just chase your dream?
There has always been a fire burning in my heart to write, it’s like meditation for me when I do. Since starting my account on Instagram I’ve realised that people actually enjoy reading what I write (which still blows me away sometimes!), so blogging for me was a given progression as part of my journey. I’m certain that this is part of my true path, and it’s only just the beginning.
What do you think will attract women to your site?
I hope the fact that I'm your everyday woman chasing her dreams and making her passions a reality. I've worked hard to get to where I am and I've had many falls along the way. I want to inspire others to live their best lives from a place that is relatable, raw and real.
What is your favourite quote or mantra?
'Follow your heart' – Unknown. I love it so much that it was actually my first tattoo, right over my heart (a little something pretty personal about me that I've not shared with my online community before!).
How often do you find the time to move your body?
When it comes to exercise these days I focus on doing what I love and what makes me feel good, I never do anything that feels like a chore. Walking is my main exercise at the moment as it's the easiest for me to incorporate into my day. I like to walk around the city on my lunch breaks and wind down with an afternoon walk on the weekends. I'm am though planning to join a yoga studio again soon which I'm really looking forward to.
I will always be a Lorna Jane girl at heart. Move Nourish Believe is what started my journey, and I will be forever grateful for the philosophy and the opportunities Lorna Jane has given me. Plus LJ tights make me feel amazing.
Go to healthy recipe?
Oh my gosh I have so many! I love Alice's 'Breakfast Loaf', I'm also a big fan of all of Jessica Sepel's (@JSHealth) recipes and create religiously from her beautiful book Living the Healthy Life. I also have in the works some of my own recipes which is really exciting, I will be sharing these on my blog in the future.
What advice would you give to other people out there wanting to start a blog/business/ social media account?
Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can. I put off starting work on my blog for a long time. I think a part of me was constantly pushing it back waiting for a better time, a better me, a better everything to begin. I eventually gave into my perfectionist personality and self doubt earlier this year and just began, I chose LOVE over fear, and a few months later SPARKLE on darling was launched. There's nothing to be scared of, not really in the big scheme of things, I say just go for it. The world needs your SPARKLE.
Want more from the gorgeous Chloe Wilson?
Instagram – http://instagram.com/sparkleondarling
Website – https://sparkleondarling.com/