I have not done a post wrapping up the month in ages now! So I am back with a July 2020 wrapping up of the month. The whole Lockdown really threw me and I wasn’t really sure how to wrap up the months that had all been the same. So although I’ve had the new house to talk about, alongside our lockdown mayhem.
Things are slowly returning to normal life, well the ‘new normal’ life we have had to come to terms with. This year really has not been what we expected it to be. I mean with postponing our wedding until next year, we have been refocusing our minds on different things whilst we sort out our new wedding plans for next year.
July 2020 for us, has been a month of business for us. Between seeing so much more of our friends and family, small celebrations and looking after my little cousin. Dealing with 3-year-old tantrums was definitely an eye-opener this month.
We did a lot of walking!
July has honestly been the month for walking. This month a group of us did a 7.5 mile walk in the New forest, Brockenhurst. The day before we also did a 2.5 mile walk around Manor farm. Oh, it has been challenging. Neither myself or Emma ever complain to be fit, and we find some long walks a challenge. I am so proud of us for the amount of walking we achieved, and it was so nice to be out in the wildlife. We have such beautiful places around us, so it is so nice to explore them whilst getting steps in!
Speaking of beautiful places. this month was my parents 30th anniversary and my Dads birthday, so we did a joint celebration with family BBQ (Social distancing of course). We have the BBQ at Emma’s dad’s new farm around his beautiful lake… It was lovely and we found a maize field on the farm. Which we enjoyed posing in for pictures. As well as running around making each other jump. It was a busy day for us as we headed from one farm to another for parties.
July has got me setting even more goals. Ultimately I would like to take my blog full time, So I am going to start using a bit of space in my monthly round ups to update with you what I have been up too towards my blog. This month has involved a lot of using Canva to make Pinterest pins… A lot of them, but my traffic to the blog has definitely grown since I started this!
Also! I am starting a news letter! so if you would like to have regular updates from me to your inbox! Use my side bar and subscribe! Can’t wait for you to join me there.
Even the most competent writer will be someone continuously looking to improve their writing skills. All those aspiring writers out there, whether they are creating stories, bloggers, journalists or anything else. They all started somewhere. Anyone can be a writer as long as they have a passion for writing, but I think it’s quite fair to say that not everybody has the ability to be confident in their own writing straight away.
My downfall has always been my spelling and grammar. Through school, I was terrible at including grammar, punctuations and spelling. I hated it at one point. My passion had always been being creative. I had all the ideas of what words I would want to use, but It was just the formalities I couldn’t get on with.
Whilst there are so many different styles of writing and skills to be gained. You don’t need to have glowing qualifications to be able to get your content noticed.
there are so many things that you can be doing on a day to day basis that will naturally improve your writing abilities without having to attend a course. (a writing class is always an option but not always convenient)
Looking for something to do? read my creative things to do when in lockdown post, here.
An excuse to read more…
If you are a book lover already then this really shouldn’t take much persuading anyway. I absolutely love to sit and chill out with a hot drink (or a cheeky glass of Wine) in the evening with a book in my hand.
The more you read the more you will gain in your own writing. You will discover so many different new styles and the inspiration that you gain is amazing.
It doesn’t matter if it isn’t a book or story either. blogs, newspaper articles, magazines, poems. Whatever it is, as long as your enjoying it, your reading experiences will be valuable.
Get playing Scrabble and other word games…
I am not kidding! Whether you are addicted to board games. Or enjoy playing on your phone word games get you thinking, can subconsciously improve your spelling and increase your own mental dictionary. My spelling has improved massively since I started playing scrabble with friends. It worth a go.
Practice your writing skills with Journaling…
Journaling may seem like an obvious writing style. However, with a journal you have a personal and private place where you can continue to practice your writing skills, whilst also having a creative outlet to enjoy.
Thinking of starting your own blog? check out my post on how to start your own blog, here.
Join others in writing groups…
Facebook and Twitter have some amazing groups circulating where others are sharing ideas, asking for help, and connecting with others that have the passion for writing, whatever your writing style is there is a group online somewhere where you will be able to connect with others and grow your experiences.
I’ve also noticed that some of these groups create challenges and competitions for writers to join in with. Which is another great way of increasing your writing skills and experience.
Focusing on writing skills and Spend time content planning…
So many ideas. So little time, right?
Keep a notebook by your side and jot down your random writing ideas. This was you won’t forget the brilliant idea you had and can use this later.
I’ve found that sometimes I will have an idea for a new blog post or a few phrases of the book I am working on, and just by writing it down for later, or jotting it down on my notes in my phone has made such a difference to my writing skills.
Having trouble staying organised? check out my post on staying organised, here.
Ask for as much feedback as possible…
One of my biggest pieces of advice to anyone would be to stop seeing feedback as threatening. All feedback is so useful for growing and improving your writing. Constructive criticism is the most valuable tool you can be given on a plate. Use the criticism to acknowledge any possible flaws in your writing. We’re all human and even the greatest writers and bloggers, make mistakes, have writer’s block and has a bad day.
Finally Download Grammarly,
Grammarly has been a massive help for me when proofreading my writing and editing my blogging work, and everything else. It is a plugin that I highly recommend, as not only does Grammarly check your grammar, but it also highlights any clarity enhancements that suggests removing unnessisary words and phrases from your writing.
I would love to hear your ideas on improving your confidence within your writing and your writing skills? let me know in the comments below.
Good morning everyone and a very happy Monday to you! Hope you are all staying positive and well. Today’s blog post is a subject that really means something to me. Supporting small businesses. This is something that we can all do! and as some who is running their own small business…es. The support I receive from other people is something as amazing and important as a fully stocked craft room for me. (And that ain’t no joke!)
Times have been pretty hard with the impact that the Coronavirus has had on our working lives. As if things weren’t hard enough when your stepping foot into the big world of working for yourself! and as More and more of us are setting up and running our own small businesses to get by in life we should really take a minute to think about how we can support others as well as grow ourselves.
So today I am talking, what can we do to support small business owners? and yes I do mean without spending money! I love purchasing from other small businesses rather then big chains, but we can’t always afford to buy from them, especially if its a want and not a need. Just because we can’t put our hands in our pockets though there are plenty of other ways that you can show your support and appreciation to your small business owning friends.
How to start supporting small businesses…
Share and engage with their social media.
A lot of work goes into the posts put online by business owners. Personally I have to spend a lot of time putting effort into creating jazzy posts, and thinking about what I am posting onto my social medias, Including my blog. It is so frustrating to feel like your putting all this work in to have no body engage with your posts. But you can help!
By sharing the content of your friends small business or social media too your friends actually help their business grow further. Think of it like the posts you see on your Facebook timeline that have gone viral because they have been shared so much! you are helping them get their name out there. Which isn’t that the biggest thing for any business? Can you imagine just like anything else online how far something can get if 2 or 3 people sharing the content? I would also think about it on a ‘well if this was me’ basis. How much further your business would grow just by gaining a few more customers, etc.
On top of this, engagement is so important when it comes to running small businesses now. Your friends business page needs to be active, and full of engagement. So if you see no one replying to their posts, be kind and leave a little comment to get the ball rolling!
Want to read something different from supporting small businesses? How about why Self-care is so important, here.
Suggest them to your friends!
Ok, So I admit that this is slightly similar to what I have just been saying! fair enough. but although it is similar I just wanted to expand on what I was saying to the offline world.
Not everything has to be suggested and engaged on through social media. Although of course social media and online content is a massive part of running a business in this day and age, word of mouth really does do a lot! For example, I am in the process of starting my own photography business. (AlexaJadeSnaps if you are interested) I really appreciate when my friends have recommended me to someone who is looking for a photographer! So when you are having conversations with friends and family suggest your local small businesses instead! You could be supporting someone’s dreams come true, as well as supporting small businesses generally.
Tag them in opportunities! In case they miss them.
Let’s be completely honest. Facebook is like the god of opportunities. there are so many opportunities that randomly come upon all sorts of Facebook feeds. Whether it is a group or someone’s status. Show your support to your friends small business and tag them in opportunities that are suited to them.
Im not gonna lie I have found that Facebook is one of the best places for all sorts of opportunities but it also very fast paced! They’re our thousands of people all looking for similar opportunities. These can be so easily missed and not even seen so your almost finding yourself in a race! (Not everyone can be on social media 24/7 and I wouldn’t suggest trying to be!)
Thinking about making a blog for a business? check out my post on how to start your blog here.
Supporting small businesses by being their masterpiece!
Ok, so this applies to the businesses needing models mainly. whether it is being beautified by a friend. Having your hair cut by them, makeup done or whatever else! Offering to help them in their hour of need could really help build up their portfolio and give them a headstart in their business.
Give them a shoutout.
Shout outs and sharing pictures of services you have had of your small friends business is an amazing way of spreading the word, and supporting a small business. Just by sharing these to your own socials is a massive way of supporting small businesses.
Random tip: Supporting small businesses with photos on your social media gets you recognition! and is a lot of fun.
Give them constructive feedback.
Feedback is something that I find golden! I don’t mind if it is positive or negative feedback as long as it is constructive! When you are starting a new journey into the business world it can be pretty daunting and there is a feeling of am I doing ok? what If I am not? so when someone is asking you for some feedback! I genuinely feel that they are asking because they really need it!
Leave them reviews on their pages.
Just like feedback reviews are so important for any business. The more positive these reviews are the better!
It is so frustrating when you offer a service to someone, and they say they will leave you a review or feedback and it doesn’t happen a lot of customers relly on feedback from others before using a service.
Ask for their affiliate links to use.
If you don’t know what an affiliate link is, don’t worry! I am here to explain! Of course!
An affiliate link is a link provided by companies to bloggers and influences that will earn them a small commission for suggesting their products. The link will include the Affiliates ID or username and is used varies affiliate programs, advertisers use these links to record the traffic that is sent to the advertiser’s website.
Hey guys! and again Happy April!.. not that these last few weeks have been happy for many of us. It feels pretty strange to be doing a round-up this month because it is just such a strange time right now, especially as I have been sharing so much with everyone about the move and coronavirus already. But I am wanting to stick to a routine as much as possible this year! especially when it comes to my blog. So what has been happening in March 2020?
What has been happening in March 2020?
Coronavirus & Lockdown.
Obviously The coronavirus, AKA Covid-19 has been affecting the world in such a dark way this month. A worldwide Pandemic, leaving many countries including the UK in a state of lockdown. So we are all now confined to our homes and should be avoiding all social situations, only leaving the house for essentials. The world is a scary place to be in right now. As our key workers battle to keep us safe and alive.
We are really grateful in this house for our electronic devices where we can video call and virtually see our families and friends. I’ve been calling all my family every day and keeping in touch with them via video call.
If you are feeling bored or lonely and you need support, you can always reach out to me on one of my socials or send me an email!
We moved into our first home!
The biggest thing to happen to us in our relationship yet. We knew the move was coming as the farm we were living on was sadly being sold. I absolutely love our new house! we got the keys to our house on the 20th March 2020. Which will always remain a special date now. Of course, I miss the farm as well. As we have been in lockdown since moving into the house, we have had plenty of time to make it from a house to home.
Unpacking and putting things away didn’t take us too long, we spent long days in the first week searching for all our belongings and giving them homes. We had to be fair had are stuff packed up for so long that we were pretty excited to get our belongings back out of storage.
Bella is settling in really well with the house move as well. She loves lying in the sun in her new garden. She loves it, but definitely missing her grandad and Millie dog. We can tell.
The Craft room.
So Im pretty much guessing that this room is gonna be where I spend a lot of my time! Crafting and using it as an office.
Today I actually spent most of the day painting the frames of our notice boards pink so that they look pretty in the room. The craft room is full of colour, unlike the rest of the house. I can’t wait to show everyone the room when it is complete.
With the coronavirus making it impossible for me to work on my business plans and development right now, I am planning to be spending a lot more time on my blog and its contents in the next few weeks. Including a bit of a blog makeover. As well as beginning to release a completely new project. So watch this space for that one! ♡
Our wedding plans
So obviously with everything that is going on in the world right now, and with no clear idea on how long we will be in lockdown, and social events are cancelled until further notice. We do still have small hope that this will have calmed down by our wedding. We are unable to make a decision on what to do about our date at the moment. We are already missing out on special events that have already been cancelled. such as hen doos. So I am trying to remain positive, and plan ahead with a plan B. If that makes sense. Hopefully we will know more soon.
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