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The launch of the self-hosted blog

I cannot contain my excitement right now.  Going self-hosted is something I have wanted to do since I first started blogging.  In fact, I even brought this URL almost a year ago.  However, the original web host I used caused me endless problems and I struggled to see my dream turn into reality.  So I’m incredibly please to say that this right here is the very first blog post to go live on my brand spanking new domain: www.aumsome.co.uk.  And with a new domain you also need a new layout and design, right?  Let me know what you think of the new look!

I think it’s only apt that I start with a massive shoutout to thank a company that I don’t think I could have done this without – JollyLeaf.  They are an amazing UK based web hosting company that’s incredibly affordable and just outright awesome!  Frank from JollyLeaf replied to all of my long emails – which were full of stupid questions – with a lot of patience.  He made the entire progress to move from wordpress to a self-hosted domain easy, without making me feel stupid at all.  I was so fed up with my old host that I almost gave up with the whole thing but he helped make the transition a whole lot nicer and easier.  And most importantly, he helped make it happen – which is not something I thought would happen a few months ago.  So I cannot recommend them enough if you are thinking about going self-hosted, they are amazing.

But they aren’t the only ones who’ve supported me in this journey.  I also cannot thank all of you enough.  To each and every single person who has supported me in my blogging journey – from everyone who silently reads the posts to the amazing commenters to those who I talk to on social media to businesses I’ve had the pleasure of working with to once strangers who’ve become friends…  All of you make me love what I do – and I can’t even begin to try and convey how excited I am.  My fingers are literally trembling with excitement as they hit the keyboard right now…  Thank you, for being you.

To thank all of you properly, I am super excited to announce that I’ll be holding several giveaways throughout the month.  All of the giveaways will be stationery or planning related but I won’t tell you too much about them right now, as I am currently finalising them.  I am hoping there will be at least four different prizes to win – which is four chances to win!  And each prize will be a little stationery or planner “bundle” to get you started and allow you to use your prize straight away.  A few of the prizes have been donated by some amazing people or businesses – which just emphasises how much support I get and I’m grateful for every single bit of it.  That’s all I’ll say about that right now but watch this space.  Be sure to sign up to the newsletter so I can let you know when the giveaways are open as they won’t be open for long!

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My email account is up and running once more too.  Drop me an email to hello@aumsome.co.uk – I would love to hear from you, even if it’s just to chat!  I would love to know what you think about the new layout of the blog.  If you have any suggestions for the layout or find any old links, please let me know!  I’ll also be happy to hear any suggestions you have for prizes for the giveaways, I am currently on the look out for more!

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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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Update – tons of exciting news!

Instagram Profile PicI am really excited and I just HAD to share this with you.  I have tons of new updates to share with you, and they are all so exciting that I don’t even know where to start…  But there’s a discount code to one of my favourite shops for stickers at the end!  There’s just so many things to work on right now (yay for being able to multitask!) that I wanted to take a moment to just share them all with you…  Right, let’s do this.  Sneak peek of what I’m talking about today includes:

  • 3 Blog Series
  • 1 Blogging Team
  • 1 PR team
    • & 1 Giveaway
    • & 1 Discount Code
  • many exciting posts coming up.

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Let’s Get Organised – Introduction

I’m very excited today!  My planner addiction is something that everyone who knows me knows about…  It’s never been good for my bank balance or for the storage space in my room but today, that addiction is coming into a lot of use.  I’ve decided to revisit some aspects of my life to redefine them, make them better and quite specifically, make them more organised.  This organisation is the first stage to bettering myself in these ways and I have decided to share my journey with you, in the hopes that something will be useful to you and might help you to organise any aspects of your life that you wish to organise!  So let’s get started, let’s get organised!

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USA – Can I just come back please?

I love England, I love England to bits in fact.  I could never imagine living anywhere else without comparing it to England.  We have our faults, no doubt – every country does.  But I was born and brought up here, it’s home and I’ve fallen in love with all of the good in the country.  I was never sure how well I’d adjust to living in another country.  I’m sure I would eventually – human beings are pretty good at adjusting – but that doesn’t mean I want to.  Recently, however, I’ve started to travel more and go to places I haven’t been to before.  The more I travel, the more I realise how amazing and beautiful this world is – and the more positives I see in living in other countries and experiencing them.

img_20160516_235116.jpgUSA is one of those countries that is quickly winning my heart.  Does the fact that a lot of my favourite companies are also based in USA help to win my heart?  Yeah, probably.  The stationery and craft industry is huge over there – and I love that.  It’s very much a community and there’s always tons of events that look amazing to go to.  I couldn’t help but spend tons of money whilst I was over there.  If you’re interested in seeing what I’ve brought, head on over to my Instagram channel as I’ll be showing all of it over there, especially when I start using it.  However, if you’re not on Instagram then don’t worry, I’ll be sharing reviews of some of the products on here too.

img_20160518_013013.jpgWhilst I was in New York, I managed to pop into two craft stores that I have heard a lot about but never been to before.  Unfortunately, I only had 5-20 minutes in each store so I couldn’t take lots of photos (or do lots of shopping… but that’s good for my bank balance, right?).  But wow, inside both of these is my idea of heaven.  Hobby Lobby and Michaels…  I was surprised at how big both of these stores were – full of stationery, craft and planning supplies.  There was so much that I wanted to buy and I couldn’t even get around the whole shop in time (that didn’t stop me from spending a lot though!).

I’m already planning my return, I’ll be honest.  There are so many states and I would love to be able to visit, even just, a quarter of them.  That’s still a lot…  Nonetheless, I’ve now done a couple more now… so getting there, right?!  Time to get back to planning the next one!

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Travelling the world – I’m in USA

On HolidayHey lovelies!  Just a quick post from me today as I’m currently on holiday and slowly achieving my dream of travelling across the world!  And I’m currently in the craft and planner heaven: America!  (Can you tell how excited I am by all of the !s?!)

Ahem – anyway, I’ve been here for a few days now so I thought I’d just quickly check in with you all and update you.  I’ll be travelling around the state of New York (and a few other nearby states too) so I definitely have the song “New York” by Alicia Keys in my head.  I spent yesterday in Manhattan, visiting some amazing shops as I had a free few hours away whilst I was waiting for someone.  Follow my Instagram account to see what I get up to but I’ve totally brought tons of stuff already so I cannot wait to share it all with you.  For starters, I got to visit some of the amazing American shops that I hear people talk about in the planner / craft community but have never gotten to visit (sadly, they aren’t available in the UK yet – I’m holding onto hope that they will be soon!) and I’m lucky enough to have been able to order a few goodies in advance so that I can bring them home with me!

But for now, I just wanted to stop by and say that there’s definitely a lot of hauls I need to show you all so be prepared for an Instagram spam of pictures and perhaps a haul post (if I somehow manage to fit it all into one).

Since I’ve been busy with National Stationery Week and blogged daily for the whole of the week, I thought a little break was justified.  So I’ll be taking next week off and I’ll be back on 28th May with another blog post for you all!

As I really enjoy travelling too and have been to 6 countries in the past year alone, I thought I’d do a little series about travelling and how I get organised for it.  What do you think?  Is this something you would want to see?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions about it so please comment away or drop me an email on hello@aumsome.co.uk – thank you!