Blogmas Day 12

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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Blogmas Day 12

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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100 Ideas for Blogmas

As I mentioned yesterday, I plan to do Blogmas this year! It might be an alien concept to you if you haven’t heard that term before.  Simply put, Blogmas challenges you to do a daily blog post during the month of December.  There’s variations of the challenge with people doing 12, 24, 25 or 31 posts in the month.  Whilst some people stick to Christmas themed posts only, others include non-Christmas posts.  So there’s plenty of different ways to “do Blogmas”.  It’s all about what works best for you.  Either way, it all kicks off from today – the 1st of December!

Now, a lot of people plan this months in advance and have it all scheduled well before November even started.  I’m not like these people so I imagine that this challenge will be a big struggle for me to keep up with.  However, I thought I’d give it a go and see what happens!

100 Ideas for Blogmas

To help me, I came up with a list of 100 blog posts that I could write during this challenge.  Of course, mine are themed to stationery, crafts and planning.  However, I came up with a few ideas that weren’t suitable for my blog.  I wanted to share those with you too, in case they were of use to you instead!  I’ve broken them down into a few different categories just to make it easier to read.  Don’t feel limited to just one though!  As a big fan of Christmas, I wanted to focus these ideas on the holiday.  I think most people struggle with coming up with good festive blog posts they could write, especially if they plan to do 31 of them.  So I hope this will help those people!  Without further ado, let’s see the list…

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Blogmas and what is it?

It’s the 30th November and the midnight is drawing closer…  Everywhere across the country, if you listen – real carefully – you may be able to hear the sound of people typing.  Frantically.  Coffee being drunk, keyboards being bashed, notes being written…  Or maybe you don’t.  I can hear the sound of my keyboard being bashed but that’s about it.  But either way, as midnight draws closer, two things are happening.

First, it will be the end of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), for those of you who did take part.  Writers attempt to take on a mammoth task of writing 50,000 words in the month of November.  And secondly, it will be the start of Blogmas (and Vlogmas).  This is a challenge that bloggers (and vloggers) take up in December.  When you’re me, you stupidly attempt (and probably fail) both of these.  Now I have no idea what my word count is for NaNoWriMo – I’m very worried about even checking.  I’ll do that later.  For now, however, I wanted to talk a little about Blogmas.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

I normally don’t do tags like this but they look fun so I thought I’d give it a go!  Thank you to Respirare for nominating me.  I love the idea of this as it gives you a little bit more of an insight into the blogger.

So, let’s go with 7 facts about me.  Now you already know that I love stationery and crafting so I figured I’d talk a bit about some of my other likes – or dislikes!  Hope this gives you a little bit of an insight into my life and the what I do outside of blogging – enjoy!  Let me know if you can relate to any of these facts. Continue reading “The Versatile Blogger Award”

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Goals for the rest of 2017

The last few months, in particular, have been pretty hard…  Though, in all honesty, I could easily say it’s been over a year (almost two) of difficulties.  Things that have made life challenging, for the lack of a better word.  Some of you may know about a few of the things I’ve gone through.  I imagine most people don’t.  However, this post isn’t about all of the negative things that have happened in life.  It’s about moving on – and more importantly, moving forward.  I feel like I’ve been stuck in the same place, perhaps even going backwards, in this time.  And that’s not okay.

Don’t get me wrong, there have been plenty of good moments in that time.  It’s just the bad ones are ones I never imagined could or would happen.  Recently, things have been getting better.  A lot better.  The hope that I had lost is starting to return.  The fear that I’ve been harboring is starting to fade.  It’s almost like the fire inside of me has been ignited again.  It’s not completely better, that’s for sure, but I have a lot more hope these days that things will turn out okay.  A lot of this is thanks to someone close to me.  Someone who made me realise how much I had neglected my self-care routine.  The Stationery Self-care challenge I started in September was due to him.

So, to help me get back onto my feet, I wanted to set some goals for the next two months.  These are things I aim to achieve by 2018.  Being productive helps me to feel better.

Blog related goals:
  1. Blog more often – At least 12 posts in November & during Blogmas!  I love Christmas so Blogmas sounds like a lot of fun to me.  I already have tons of ideas for it.  However, due to the issue of time, I feel like I would struggle to keep up with it.  So, as a compromise, I’ve opted to attempt to do it but I won’t be harsh on myself if I struggle.  At the end of the day, my mental health is more important.
  2. Instagram regularly – Post 3 times a week.  I have so many draft images or pictures I’ve taken to Instagram but fail to post regularly.  I would love to reach 1000 followers before the end of the year so posting regularly is definitely the first step to doing that.  If you want to help, please check out my channel and follow me!  (Incentive: I actually post discount codes there sometimes, which don’t make it to my blog or Twitter!)
  3. 2018 Project – There’s a challenge I want to set myself in 2018, so preparing for it before then will be key.  The project is a bit of a secret at the moment but it’s been hinted at a few times.  So you may be able to guess it but let’s see how it turns out!
  4. Twitter Chats – I love Twitter chats but often fail to make time for them… So this goal will be to try and participate in at least one chat a fortnight.  I know that’s not a lot but that’s one more than I’m doing every fortnight right now, no?
Sort of related goals….
  1. Christmas Cards – Make Christmas Cards to send out to friends & family!  I love handmade cards so I want to try and make more this year, enough to send them to everyone.  Perhaps include a letter with them!
  2. Stationery Self-Care – Incorporate self-care into each week and make time to have fun.  I’ll be sharing some of these things on my Instagram or Twitter, using #StationerySelfCare, please do join me if you wish to!  Find out more here.
  3. Set up 2018 Planners – Being a “planner girl” means I have so many planners.  I want to make sure that I set up the ones I plan to use in 2018 now.  This way I’m ready to start the year.
  4. New Year Resolutions – I love setting resolutions but struggle to keep them up.  This year, I want to decide on the resolutions in advance and prepare for them.  Some of them, for example, exercising regularly are ones I could start now.  Hopefully, this will help me to form a habit that will last into January and longer.  This could be art journaling!

So there you have it!  Eight goals that I hope to work on in the next two months to help make me more productive in 2018.  These goals will, hopefully, help my mental health too – especially the ones that require me to get a bit creative.

Do you have any goals for the next two months?  I would love to hear what you’re planning to do and how you get on with them!  We can keep each other accountable!

Blogmas Day 12

Write_On Campaign 2017

Writing letters is making a definite comeback in society.  As technology advances, the art of letterwriting seems to wither away.  It’s understandable in a way – social media has made it easier than ever to contact someone, anywhere in the world.  It’s a lot faster.  But there’s some advantages to writing that cannot be achieved in other methods of written communication.  And there’s a few of us that don’t want to see it wither away.  That few of us that seem to be growing in strength and numbers.  With several months, weeks and days dedicated to writing, letters are becoming popular again – and for good reasons!

In February, we saw InCoWriMo, which stands for International Correspondence Writing Month (run by the organisers of NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month).  But that’s just the beginning.  The start of April marked the start of the Write_On challenge.  This challenge encourages you to write 30 letters in 30 days but since we’re already started, you could aim to write 12 – one of each of the remaining days.  At the very least, aim to write one!

I particularly like that National Stationery Week, here in the UK, also falls in this month.  Two major campaigns to get people writing more.  I found out about the challenge last year, where I shared over 30 letters you could write, in case you didn’t know who to send them to.  This year, I thought I would take a moment to share over 30 reasons why you should write in the first place.

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