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Goals for 2018

Hello and welcome to the long over due post – my goals for 2018.  I know it’s already past mid-Feb and therefore we’re already over a month behind but this is actually my first post this year.  I decided to take some time out of blogging and focus on my health.  The hiatus was a little longer than I anticipated but it’s definitely been required.  However, without further ado, I wanted to jump in and start blogging again.  There’s so many exciting things that I’ve wanted to share with you.  I really missed blogging, so hopefully I can start sharing these great things with you again.

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Writing Matters

Writing matters.  No matter how old you are, writing is a skill that matters.  It’s also a skill that seems to be less and less used on a daily basis by more and more people.  Technology advances and thus, things are becoming more digital.  And sadly, less analogue.  Now don’t get me wrong, I do love technology and the digital age.  However, writing is incredibly important.  I wanted to send a moment today to share a bit about that.

I feel like as technology advances, we stop using analogue ways.  So many people have never sent a letter in their lives.  Work colleagues scramble to find scrap paper to write on, as everything is done by email.  I feel like more university students are bringing laptops or iPads into classes – over pens and paper.  A lot of students revise with typed notes.  I’m not saying you should handwrite everything, no.  Typing notes is definitely a lot faster in class.  However, I think people should incorporate more writing into their daily habits.

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100 Truths

The lovely Zoe (better known as “Han Zolo”) nominated me to take part in today’s post.  It’s the 100 truths tag!  I haven’t seen one this long – or detailed – so I thought I’d give it a go!  It’s basically 100 questions about… well your entire life.  Be sure to check out Zoe’s post, which you can find here.  Since this will take a while, let’s just skip the introductions and get straight into it.

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The Harry Potter Tag

Today I’m back with another blog tag.  This time, instead of focusing on Christmas, we’re moving to something I really love – and I’m craving to watch/read again: Harry Potter.   I definitely need a film marathon soon, I think.  In the meantime, I wanted to start by saying thank you to Meggan, over at Between the Pages for tagging me.  It’s perfect for today – where I brought even more Harry Potter merchandise.  I mean, there was an adorable mug in the store that I just had to have.  It was super cute.

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DIY Self-Care Tracker

The past few days have been hard for me.  I woke up yesterday with a reaction on my face.  It was painful and I had no idea how to fix it.  I spent most of the day applying a cold flannel to my face.  As a result, it calmed down a little.  Luckily I had today off work.  My plan was to blog all day.  Yet that obviously didn’t happen.  In fact, I spent most of the day in bed.  With Netflix on.  Being grumpy.  Not only is it causing me pain, it’s really affecting my mental health.  Self-esteem has never been my strong point.  Having burn marks certainly hasn’t helped.  While I could complain about it, this post isn’t about that.  Perhaps if I was a beauty blogger, I’d talk about it.  But I’m definitely not one.

And after spending all day in bed, I decided to get up and do something I could do.  I can’t magically remove burn marks.  They will take their time to heal.  I cannot rush that.  What I can do, however, is play with stationery and practice self-care.  Self-care comes in many forms.  I cannot tell you what it means to you – no one except yourself can.  There’s plenty of non-stationery related ideas, such as having a bath or going for a walk.  I’ve also listed some stationery related ideas in a previous post – my stationery self-care challenge.

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Blogmas Update – Halfway Point!

How is it the 12th of December already?!  We are halfway into Blogmas and I still don’t feel very festive!  I am in a lot of pain today but I’m super pleased with myself for getting halfway through the challenge.  Whilst this post isn’t very stationery related, I wanted to share a few of my thoughts today.

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Christmas Gifts for the Busy B

The other day, I did a blog post featuring a few of my favourite products from Busy B to help you organise your Christmas.  As a result, I spent a lot of time on the website.  And I ended up finding tons of products I think would make great gifts.  So today’s post will look at good Christmas gifts for the Busy B in your life.  I’ve categorised them into small areas, most of which are areas that I love or need in my life.  You don’t have to stick to those categories, they are just the ones that I am personally drawn to.  Essentially most of these gifts are things I personally would love to get (or already own and adore!) so you know…  It’s a selection of things I would like?

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The Christmas Tag

The Christmas Tag is making its way around and it looked like a lot of fun so I wanted to do it today.  As luck would have it, the lovely Natalie nominated me!  Check out her lovely post here.  It’s definitely perfect timing so I had to jump at the chance to do it for today’s post.  I feel like it’s a good way to get into the festive spirit – and I definitely need some of that right now!  Because, for some reason, it doesn’t feel like Christmas yet!

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A Year of Notes to Yourself

Today has been a very “mental health” day for me.  This essentially means that I actually took time to think or talk about mental health problems or wellbeing.  It means, I spent a lot of time focusing on my own mental health today.  “Mental Health” days are really important I think.  You don’t have to go out of your way to do something.  It’s more about pausing for a moment and reflecting.  How’s your mental health recently?  Have you been looking after it?  Is there anything you can do to improve it?  Sometimes I think we forget to do this.  Physical health is usually easier to recognise, simply because if you’re in pain then you’ll know.  Although, it’s a bit like checking for any lumps or bumps or going for regular check ups.  I think mental health is something that’s easily neglected.

So today, upon reflection, I’ve decided to try and write some little notes full of love to myself.  I’m hoping to spend the next year filling a jar with things that matter.  Then, at the end of next year, pull them out and read them.  Alternatively, if I go through a rough period or have a low day, grab a few to read.  It will be full of happy memories, good thoughts, gratitude and lots of love.

I really wanted to address this today because I think we often forget about ourselves in the holidays.  Sometimes we get so busy trying to please others, buying them the perfect gifts or worrying about money that we just forget to pause for a moment.  Christmas is one of my favourite holidays but it’s not always easy.  It comes with financial concerns, stress, a mad rush, pressure and sometimes also loneliness.  It’s definitely not easy – especially when everyone around you might seem like they are having a great time.  I don’t have much advice in how to make Christmas better if you experience any of those things.  However, one thing I can always promote is self-care.  This is one way of helping your future days be a bit happier, I think.

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Would you rather…? The Christmas Edition

On the fourth day of Blogmas, your true love Reema gave to you… A totally different kind of post!  Today’s post isn’t stationery related (shocker, I know).  I actually read a post on Seventeen Wishes and loved the idea so much that I asked her if I could do it too!  Huge thank you to Chips for letting me use her game and give it a go.  She came up with the idea of a “Would you rather…” game featuring various Christmas themed questions.  So, without further ado, let’s play a game of “Would you rather…? The Christmas Edition”!

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