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Valentine’s Day Stationery: Notepads

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Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to do a little mini series on thoughtful gifts  ideas and all of the Valentine’s stationery that you need in your life!  You can read the introduction here before we dive into the first idea.  This one is probably one of my favourites.  It’s so simple and easy to do, you have no reason for not doing it.  It’s inexpensive but thoughtful and you could even turn it into a game…  So let’s jump right in and see how this idea might work for you!

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Valentine’s Day Series: Stationery, gifts and ideas to be more thoughtful than costly

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This week, I wanted to share with you a whole bunch of amazing products and ideas to show people how much you love them…  And I’m not just talking about your partner but also ways to show your parents, siblings, friends – anyone really – that you love and care about them.

Now I don’t think I’m a romantic person, by any account and I don’t really do Valentine’s Day myself so I won’t even pretend to be a master of romance.  But I’m a huge fan of valentine’s stationery – like kind of obsessively so – I don’t know why, I don’t get it either…  I think it’s partly because I don’t like the idea of people doing something for someone they love just once a year so I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day myself but I love the idea of spoiling the person you love and making sure they know that they are loved so the stationery and products associated with it are brilliant for that.  I’m one of those people whose hand will automatically draw hearts when I’m trying to randomly doodle on the page.

I do appreciate that Valentine’s Day can also sometimes give people the excuse they’ve been looking for to pamper themselves and their loved ones – it can give a couple who may not be very romantic the chance to be more romantic without feeling too awkward or out of place.  You definitely don’t need an excuse to pamper yourselves or your loved ones but sometimes, sadly, you feel like you do – and Valentine’s Day could be a perfect opportunity for that.

Honestly, I think a part of me would like to believe in the fairy tale idea of people always declaring their love for the other and showing their loved ones how much they care on a daily basis.  Of course, I’m fully aware that this doesn’t happen often – I know I definitely take my loved ones for granted at times and I’m sure I’m not alone in this either.  But I like to think that you just know your loved ones love you, that they care about you and worry about you no matter what happens.  I like to think that people will show you that love, care and concern spontaneously throughout the year, through their daily actions or small surprises, simply because they want to.  Not because society (and by society, I really mean the commercial industry in this case) has told them they should.  (The same goes for you, by the way – it’s a two way street!).

Personally, I’m a huge fan of the small things people do for you.  Like one gift I loved was a set of rings from my mum when I was younger.  I came home to find them on the pillow, with a handwritten note to say “to my dearest princess”.  They weren’t expensive or anything but the fact that she had written a note and made a little bit of effort to show she cared meant the world to me.  I remember that feeling of happiness and that’s worth more to me than the more expensive gifts I’ve gotten since.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Mary Angelou

So, on that note, I wanted to share a few ideas with you that might help you give that warm fuzzy feeling to your loved ones.  A lot of these you could do for anyone you love, not just your partner or someone you’re romantically interested in.  You could do some of these for your parents, grandparents, children, siblings, any relative or friend! Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Series: Stationery, gifts and ideas to be more thoughtful than costly”

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Business Series: Chroma Stationery

Chroma Stationery (3)This business series is something I love.  It allows me to feature companies that I adore and people I look up to as role models.  Today’s post is with a very inspiring lady, who envisioned beautiful stationery and has worked incredibly hard to make it happen.  I’m thrilled to be able to share today’s Q&A with you as I first found the business when it was relatively new and since then, have seen it grow immensely (and at such a rapid pace!).  So, without further ado, let me present to you: Gabi, founder and Girl Boss of Chroma Stationery!

P.S.  If you haven’t heard of Chroma Stationery before, you’ll need to check out my previous post on it – I shared two notebooks that I purchased back when the store was quite new.  I fell in love with Chroma Stationery when I first came across it and I love seeing how successful it is now.

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How to find motivation to read more

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Last week, I shared 35 resolutions that will help you to become a better you.  It wasn’t just for you, it was for me too.  One of those was to “read more” and it’s one that I really need to do.  So I thought I’d make that resolution one of mine for this year, making it apt to share how I plan to do that this year.  I don’t read enough, in my opinion and I’ve always said that “one day, I’ll be a read more”.  Of course, one day never really comes, does it?  So with resolution 14 in mind, I’ve decided to actually pick up some books that I’ve been meaning to read but never got around to it.  And let’s be fair, the best way to achieve a target you probably wouldn’t have planned to achieve is to set up something to motivate you to do it – and that’s where this post comes in handy!

In my searches, I came across a few things that I’ve started to do or am planning to use – in the hopes that they’ll help me to achieve my goal & in turn, also help you to do the same.  I thought I’d share a few of my favourites here today.

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35 Resolutions to becoming a better you

Since deciding last week that I should work towards hitting my focus in life, I thought I’d think about some resolutions that would help me to achieve that goal.  It’s a simple goal but one that can apply to anyone, which is to simply be the best me that I can be.  Resolutions work timely with the new year and also my birthday, which marks my personal new year (as yours would for you).  I thought of a bunch of resolutions that may be applicable to you so check out the list and see what you think!

If you haven’t found the perfect resolutions for you then this ideas list is a great place to start.  Whether you just haven’t made some yet or you want to try another one, hopefully you’ll find an idea to inspire you from this list!

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The old school “new year, new you”

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Oh wow, I’ve missed blogging.  I just don’t feel the same when I’m not able to call myself a blogger – so what better day to relaunch my blog than my birthday?  It’s been a hectic few months – what with volunteering abroad for 2.5 months, the run up to Christmas and my travel plans for NYE – and I came back to find that I couldn’t access any of my 32 WordPress drafts!  (Yes 32…  I don’t even know why I have so many.  They may need a little bit of a clear out, to be quite honest). For some reason, none of the drafts seemed to appear – which caused a little state of panic in me.  I thought I had lost all of my drafts – which was only made worse by the fact that my phone randomly died in October!  After losing all of my photos and data, I’m a little weary of technology failing me.  Has this taught me to back up things?  No.  But that’s another story entirely.

What I wanted to do was quickly update you all and just get back into blogging, now that I have figured how to finally get my drafts to reappear.  And what better time to get back into blogging than the new year, on my birthday?  Because a birthday is like another year – instead of saying “I will achieve this in 2017”, you could easily use your birthdays to say “I will achieve this at the age of 26”.  I know that January will be fairly busy for me as I have just returned from Bali and have to catch up with all I missed from Christmas, especially all of the work that’s mounted up at the office for me.  So it may be unrealistic to even pretend that I’ll start blogging regularly straight away.  However, that is definitely a goal for 2017 – something I am determined to stick to, as I absolutely adore blogging and I miss it every time I stop.  There are a lot of ideas that I have, perhaps too many, which will take way too much time to complete and it’s incredibly easy to get overwhelmed by that – which I believe is a reason for my inconsistency in the past.  That is something I am trying to work on and my plan is simple. It’s literally just to start doing it by taking one step at a time.

Speaking of goals, I feel like that is a very apt topic for this time of the year.  Everyone’s been busy preparing for Christmas and the start of 2017, which brings us to resolutions.  I normally don’t set resolutions as I don’t think you should wait until the new year to do something you want to do.  If you think you should stop smoking or lose weight, there’s no better time than right now, right this minute to make that decision.  You don’t have to wait until the 1st January to do that.  I also don’t like that most resolutions are broken faster than they are set.  I know plenty of people who talk about how they’ve broken their resolutions – some within weeks but others within only hours or days.  Yet not many people who talk about how they’ve managed to keep it.

All that being said, I love the idea that everyone sets resolutions together and attempts to achieve them together.  Whatever your resolution is, having someone keeping you accountable can certainly help you to feel more motivated to do it.  So although we shouldn’t wait for the new year to make the changes we want to make, we can definitely take advantage of the opportunity when it arises and set our resolutions!

I haven’t really thought of specific resolutions yet – I’ve only just decided that I should set some and make changes that will help me to achieve my goals.  For a while, I have been aiming to do one thing: to simply be the best me I can be.  This involves improving myself wherever I think I need to – from changing bad habits to developing my skills.  This is definitely a goal that anyone could have.  What it means for you depends solely on yourself.  To help me to become the best version of myself, it’s important to sit down and have a think about what I want to improve or change.  This is where the specific resolutions come in.  They’ll be some of the things that I want to change or improve upon – so, it’s now time to start thinking what they could be!

Whilst I think of mine, I’d love to know what are your resolutions?

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Travelling the world – I’m in India

On Holiday [India]Hello!  It’s been a while since I last checked in so I wanted to quickly pop in to update you all.  In fact, it’s been a while since I got some time to myself at all.  It’s been a busy few weeks as I finished up at work whilst doing a huge spring clean of my house.  I also had to make time to as prepare for a long trip abroad.  If you follow my Instagram, you may already know this…  However, for those that don’t, I am currently writing to you from India.

I am really excited about this trip because it’s far longer than my usual travels.  Instead of briefly visiting a country for a long weekend break or a week or two, I have the opportunity to stay in India for 75 days.  Yes, 75 whole days…  Aka two and a half months.  During this time, I will be volunteering at a charity I used to fundraise for and donate to (which is really exciting as I get to see where the money has gone and see firsthand what the charity does) and I’ll also be able to spend time with my relatives that live over here.  I’ve just spent a few days at the charity and have been introduced to a few of the projects they do.  They do amazing work – I may have to share some of it with you after I’ve gotten to experience it more.  This is something that I have not had the chance to do before so I’m really excited to have such an opportunity.  There’s no doubt that this will be a busy holiday for me, rather than a relaxing one but that’s how you truly discover a country and feel satisfied right?  Plus I prefer it this way as I get bored easily if there’s nothing to do.  Of course, I will try to stay on top of the blogging too.  I have tons of amazing things to share with you, including some product reviews, new card designs and a travel related collaboration that’s coming up soon.  I am hoping to stumble across a few stationery stores whilst I’m in India and find some treasures to add to my collection too.  The biggest hindrance to my blog activity, however, will be access to the Internet, as I’m pretty dependent on that!

The internet is iffy here, to say the least, which has prevented me from posting sooner than now…  Furthermore, I have been travelling around to different houses or cities as I visit different people in the area, which has definitely not helped with internet access.  Being out and about has meant my blog has, unfortunately, had to take a little bit of a backseat during this time.  This should settle down over the next few days, giving me a little bit of a structure to plan my weeks in advance…  Hopefully.  That’s the plan, at least!

So I just wanted to quickly check in to update you all about the irregular activity recently and warn you that I might not be able to get a post up weekly, as I usually aim to do.  Let’s see how this works out…

For now, this is Reema over and out.  See you soon!

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Why do I volunteer

I recently shared a post on why people volunteer.  Before you read this, I highly recommend checking that out.  I spoke about the many reasons people volunteer, myself included.  However, I did not go into depth on the reason why I personally started volunteering then, so I thought I would take the opportunity now to talk about this now..

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Business Series: Pau and Ari Designs

logoI’m really excited to kick off this Business Series with one of my favourite stores for beautiful stickers and that’s Pau and Ari Designs.  If you’re into stickers or decorating your planner then this one is definitely for you.  I especially love that the products are unique, handmade creations that help to support a small business!  I’m honoured to be a part of the PR team, sharing the amazing goodies they create over on my Instagram account.  The store is named after two awesome ladies – Pau & Ari, of course.  Pau (or Paula) runs the Etsy store – doing everything from admin to designing to packaging the items – whilst Ari helps out by designing some of the stickers.  The store is based in Spain but her postage is very reasonable (it’s cheaper than some local stores!) so I’m forevering spending money over there.

Today, Pau is sharing a little about her etsy store and how it came around.  There’s even a discount code – and I’ve decided to hold a giveaway too – at the end so be sure to check that out!

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