30 Creative uses for your empty notebooks!

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Does anyone else get that super satisfying feeling when you buy a new notebook? its so clean and exciting. I don’t really know how I became so obsessed with notebooks but I really do love buying notebooks!

There really is something exciting about having an empty notebook though. A blank canvas for your creative thoughts, keeping organised and just having fun in. I generally keep a notebook for everything I can.

I have been so excited to work with Old English Company. They kindly offered to send me a personalised notebook over to try out, (How cool is this! Personalised stationery!) When it came to actually choosing a colour and design it was so difficult to choose, they have so many brilliant designs.

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After finally coming to a decision I choose a blush pink ‘My brain has too many tabs open’ Notebook. With ‘AlexaJade’ of course.

So to show off my beautiful Old English Company notebook I thought I would write about what you can do with your empty notebooks.

Things you can do with your empty notebooks…

1. To-do lists

Starting out with quite an obvious idea and something I’m honestly obsessed with, lists. I literally love to keep a book filled with everything that I need to do.

Something I do when I keep my book of lists of what I need to do codes each item with a symbol based on the priority of how important it is, (whether it needs to be done sooner than anything else).

2. Journal

What better to fill up empty notebooks with your personal memos. Documenting your life and expressing your feelings on a daily basis. I love keeping journals, I haven’t actually written in one for a little while, but I go in phases of keeping one and going back to it whenever I have a lot of my mind. Keeping a journal is so good for your mental health as well.

4. Gratitude log

Keep a notebook filled with everything you have been grateful in life. Every time your feeling grateful write the date is and what it is that made you feel this way.
Sometimes we naturally forget the things that we should be grateful for, so reminding ourself to be thankful is such a beautiful thing.

5. Sketches/doodles/art

Grab a notebook and a pen, and just start doodling away. Doodles are such a therapeutic activity for when you are feeling stressed and anxious. I’m always finding myself absent-minded and just filling a page of random doodles and drawings. It’s something that makes me giggle when you look back and you randomly see a doodle of something that makes you smile or laugh.

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6. Bullet journal

If you read my recent post on finding the right planner for you, you will already know how much I think bullet journals are a good idea. And you really can use any empty notebook to do this with!

7. Goal tracker

A book filled with goals and milestones is a great way to stay inspired and on track of what you want to achieve out of life. Keeping goals is a brilliant idea when you are in the middle of a project, especially one that takes a lot of work. Goals help you stay motivated and accomplished as you achieve them. It is always rewarding seeing how your progressing.

8. Meal planner

Having a Meal planner is a brilliant idea for keeping organised when it comes to food shopping and what to have for dinner each week. As well as being a great way of inspiring yourself with different meals, when you can’t think what you want to eat!

9. Letters book

This one is perfect for those soppy couples out there. Even the not so mushy couples might enjoy this. Writing dated letters in a book to each other and then looking back on these in years to come. Writing happy messages of love, memories and feelings. Sometimes you can write down more than you can say, so a letters book is absolutely perfect for this!

10. Positivity

Keeping a book of positivity is a brilliant idea to keep a positive mindset. By writing things such as positive affirmations. Have a look back at your positivity when you are feeling down, and remind yourself of all the lovely things about you, including everything you like, and what makes you happy.

11. Handwriting practice

It took me ages to get my handwriting neat and readable, I found using a spare notebook to practise my penmanship skills, so helpful.
It is a very simple idea however so useful for improving your handwriting skills.

12. Event planning

Planning an event keeping notes, ideas, and plans. I found this so helpful when I was planning surprise parties. I made lists of everything I needed to do, everything I needed to buy and who I was going to invite.

13. Budgeting

A subject I hate, well hate is a strong word. Highly dislike. Budgeting is something that we all need to do to be able to keep on top of our finances. Giving us the ability to enjoy our money as well as being able to afford our monthly bills.

14. Blogging notes

Calling all blogger friends out there! This is one for you. Keeping a blogging notebook is so helpful, in fact, I go through so many notebooks making blogging notes, including post ideas, post planning, specific blog to-do lists, keeping stat records, resources reminders and notes when researching and learning.

Want to know more about blogging, how about checking my post on how to start your own blog, here.

15. Random thoughts

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night thinking something, then it stops you sleeping so you go to add a note on your phone… then your brain starts waking up and getting distracted so your planning on your phone now instead of going back to sleep? Well, I couldn’t tell you how many times I have. Keeping a notebook by you is not only a way of making sure you actually see the note you’ve made yourself (instead of it being hidden on your phone to suddenly remember by the time it’s too late) but it is also a way of ensuring that your not distracted and you can concentrate on getting back to that beauty sleep.

16. Learning a new language

Thinking you need a new hobby? How about grabbing a notebook and writing our words and phrases in a different language so you can become a multilingual pro.

17. Writing a story/Poems or song lyrics

Use a blank notebook to completely get creative and plot and write a novel. Who knows you could be writing the next award-winning story. Or if story writing isn’t quite your thing, a book of poems or song lyrics. Whatever you decide, your definitely fill your notebooks up with these options.

Want to improve your writing skills, read how I’ve been improving mine, here.

18. Travel journal

Are you a lover of travelling? Why not start a journal of where you have been, what you have done whilst travelling and what you loved, disliked about the trip.

19. Recording your progress

Working on projects. You could use this space to record what is going well, what isn’t working so much and how you think you could improve. It’s quite rewarding to keep record of your progress in anything. Since you can look back and see how much you have grown.

20. Christmas planning

This is something that I love to do every year! Christmas is such a hectic time and so having a dedicated place to plan is a must for me. As well as being a brilliant use for an empty notebook, or section of a project book! I honestly end up writing out so many lists, including ideas for Christmas, shopping lists, what we actually brought and for who, as well as the food planning. Honestly one of the best ways to get your Christmas period as organised as possible!

21. Vision board in a book

I love vision boards, they are so much fun to create, and so very useful to keep. One idea for using your empty notebooks is to keep an ongoing vision board in one of your notebooks. Filling the pages with inspiring things that you would like to achieve as well as being a positive source to look through.

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22. Passwords

How many times have you gone to log in somewhere and you have had to reset your password? I know sometimes there are apps and ways to save these digitally, however, it is not always the most reliable way of storing thing, as there is always a risk of losing your saved information.

23. Special memories

Journalling daily is not for everyone. Sometimes life just doesn’t give us the time to sit and write when we would like to, but keeping a book of special memories is a good way to keep down the special things that you want to remember in the years to come. Using your notebook you could spare a page per special day.

24. Shopping lists

Shopping lists are so handy when it comes to shopping. On the times that we haven’t bothered to write a list were left with a mess of buying things we don’t need, and things we don’t use. Wasting more money then we need to. So not only does writing a shopping list make uses for filling up notebooks, it helps you stay organised with the weekly shop.

25. Recording your dreams

Recording dreams is such a cute idea, sometimes our dreams tell us things that we don’t know, but our subconscious is letting us know. Writing our dreams down provides so many benefits to us. Benefits such as Reducing stress, helping us to solve problems, produce amazing ideas and learn from our mistakes.

26. Trackers

Pretty much like bullet journalling but just plain and simple trackers. you could design a tracker for anything. From tracking your habits, periods, to activities you have done. I have a book and a film tracker in my bullet journal.

27. Recipes

I love recipe books, however, I hate clutter. I like to keep all of my favourite recipes in one notebook. It is a much more convenient way, then keeping a recipe book and having to flick for all the recipes you’re never even gonna try to find the one recipe you want.

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28. Health log

Keep track of what’s going on with you. A personal notebook that no one else has to see but is so good for keeping records of things you might need to look back at later. Such as when you have your periods, you can use the record to be able to work out your ovulation as well as notice any changes.
Another good thing about keeping a health record is if you are suffering from any kind of illness, you can keep a pain record or a sickness record, that may be useful to show to the medical professionals.

29. Inspiration journal

Keep track of the things that inspire you, whether it is pictures, words, quotes. Anything that makes you feel motivated and inspired. Almost like keeping a vision board in a book. Which vision boards are really great for keeping yourself positive.

30. Crafts and projects to try.

Another new idea for a craft or project? Jot it down in your notebook, with what equipment you need to complete the project. So it is almost like a craft planner. Which is ideal for when you are stuck for something to do. Brilliant for having an ongoing list for what you are going to make. Which as a crafter myself, I get so many crazy ideas of what I am going to make, so keeping lists of projects is a brilliant thing!

How about finding ways to stay creative with my post ways to stay creative indoors, here.

What do you use your notebooks for?

I would love to hear what it is you use your notebooks for? Do you have any random uses for your favourite notepads? and better yet, do you have notebooks that are just too pretty to use, or maybe you are like me and have a massive pile of notebooks ready to be creative with.

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Finding the perfect career. Keeping open-minded about your work life!

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I’m gonna be straight with you. When it comes to my career path I have not always been consistent. Finding the perfect career has always been a mission of mine. I definitely would not say I have got there yet though. In fact, I still have miles to go to find where I’m truly meant to be in life.

when I was leaving school my dad turned to me and told me there was no way I would get a job straight away. So I started handing a few CVs out and I filled in an application form to the local store about a 3-minute walk from our house. Well, I then got invited to interview at that shop and was offered a position. The day of my prom, I was having my hair and makeup was done at the time. I rang my dad up and said ‘you told me I couldn’t get a job. So I went and did it.’ Oh, the pride in my voice. Honestly, I was over the moon.

I worked at the local store for around 3 years. And I hated it. I never actually wanted to work in a store. But hey. It earns me some money through my college years.

Thinking of starting your own business? read my post on staying motivated whilst starting, here.

I’ve done a variety of things.

Having finished 3 years of college I was ready for my next adventure. A friend of mine suggested an outdoor activity centre. Living on site, Seasonal work, working With children and having fun whilst we’re at it. Hell yes. I wanted in to that. Off my application went and come February I found myself spending my 20th birthday on a 10 day training course In Hindhead Surrey. 2 years later I had completed 2 seasons as an outdoor instructor. AIGL’s we were called.

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EEEE. a rather embarrassing selfie of me as a rope instructor.

After that I decided to continue working with children. I did a year apprenticeship at one nursery before changing to a second nursery to complete my qualification.  I worked in 3 nursery in total over the space of a few years. Working with the children was amazing, I loved playing and teaching the kids new things. The adults were the pain though, I just didn’t like the way the adults were treating each other. 

New opportunities… 

During this time, working at the nursery I was given the summer holidays off. I was invited to work as a steward at Glastonbury Festival with a security company. Best experience ever, at the time. So I decided (After being convinced too) I would take a course to become an SIA door supervisor.  AKA,  a bouncer.

Could I actually see myself as a door supervisor? I’m 5ft nothing and within a year was facing up to 6ft drunk idiots. Um, yep. not something I saw myself doing but it meant I always had an option to find work when I needed. 

I later left the childcare and worked fully as a security guard, with weekend work in town and work as a static security guard. I worked for 6 months for a company and was often put on the reception of a GOV building. One day a friend I had made who worked in the building asked me to hand my CV to his desk by the following Monday. I threatened all bloody weekend, and then late Sunday night I emailed it across. 

I worked for them for 3 years before my health caused me to quit that job. So Instead now, I work for myself, around life and my health.  Which is exactly what I want to continue doing. Ive ran my own selling business for a while and now I am looking to branch out with a few other ideas I am doing including my blog. 

Thinking of finding a career in starting your own blog? check out my post on where to start, here.

So why have I told you my CV pretty much? Well, I never had a Career plan, but its a lot lately I have been thinking of my career. ‘Finding the perfect career’ is a subject that hot for so many of us. And as younger people go through the struggles of picking subjects for college has really got me thinking. Sometimes it isn’t easy to find your dream career. In fact, how can anyone really be expected to know what it is they are going to do in life? 

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Firstly what even is the perfect career?

Before we go any further one thing I did want to say is a perfect career is what’s perfect for you and your personality. so finding the perfect career is finding what makes you happy. No one else can tell you what that is.

Your path might be a different one to what you expect. 

I think one of the main lessons of what I am trying to say is to explore your options. There is so much options in the world for you to explore there is no reason for you to make a decision straight away. Get out there and experiment with what you want to do.  its one of the best pieces of advice I could give when it comes to career. 

When it comes to picking your college subjects its so daunting because its going to build your whole life… if you want to become a nurse your pretty much heading for science and nurse school, right? 

Want to know what I studied at college? Music performance, performing Arts, Graphics, Media Studies and Photography. Photography being my favourite subject and something I am still continuing now. 

Otherwise, I really haven’t done a lot with the rest of those subjects. In fact the only other subject I loved was graphics, and I didn’t pass that at all.  (Thanks life). 

want to know more about me? read my post on 21 random facts about me, here.

You will know when you are truly passionate about something!

The thing about working, and having to have a job is the end goal. Yep that shiny money. We all hate having none of it, and love having it to spend. 

Passion has a massive influence in what we do when it comes to a job. You try to steer close to something that you have further ambitions for. If your not passionate about your job, is it time to ask yourself, what’s next?

You are your only obstacle when it comes to finding your perfect career. 

I used to hate being told this. How can you be your own obstacle? The day that I actually realised I was my worst obstacle allowing my confidence, anxieties and shyness not allow me to head down the paths I wanted to go. Allowing yourself to grow is one of the biggest things you can give yourself. Developing your drive, motivation and succession. 

Don’t be afraid to admit you made a wrong choice. 

How many qualifications I have that I do not even mention, ever. It is ridiculous really. Although I can be proud of each and every one of them, They were pointless subjects. Actually I am not saying I made a mistake. But I didn’t choose the most academic subjects. I was never thinking long term career. So I sometimes wish I had. 

Say yes to new opportunities.

Sometimes there are opportunities to things, and we miss them or don’t take them. We should always make use of the opportunities we are given. There are so many different ways to look for opportunities as well. In the newspaper and online. Lets face it you can find an opportunity anywhere now a’days. Im not saying the same about a full time job mindue. Thats pretty hard right now. 

Just be you.  

Lastly just like anything else in life, Just be you. You do not need to be convinced into doing something that isn’t for you. If it is not for you to be grateful for the opportunity and move on, be passionate and be you. 

Whether you get the buzz from cutting hair, taking photos or even something sciency. There is something out there waiting for you. 

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How I beat writer block as a blogger

Starting a blog feels crazy. It is the minute you became a writer. I bet you any money your mind had been filled with a countless ideas and expectations for your blog. Your enthusiasm at this point was at its very peak. I’m describing myself here that is exactly what I was like. I had a thousand and one ideas for what my space on the web was going to look like! I knew exactly what I was gonna be posting. Well, Kind of. I did make the mistake of not keeping notes in the beginning, but I have learnt from that! believe me!

When it comes to running a blog it definitely brings you new challenges and obstacles to overcome. Honestly Becoming a blogger can be a pretty tough world to Step in to at times. Let’s face it, it is all about being a writer. But no matter what those challenges are it’s an amazing passion that many of us share. However so many things in life it can be pretty difficult to be 100% motivated and engaged at all times, right? For a blogger, we call this writer’s block. I call it a lack of Mojo. It’s not really the most ideal feeling to encounter for yourself or your writing.

So it is really not always easy to have a constant flow of words, and this makes creating decent content extremely hard. I have not met a single blogger or writer yet that has said they have never encountered writer’s block! It seems to be a demon for everyone! and worst yet, you never quite know when that demon is gonna creep up on you.

So what can you do to beat the beast? I have listed my ways of overcoming writer’s block and keeping my content coming!

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Take breaks

It’s so important to know when to take a moment away from the screen, even better get out of the house if you can. The more time you spend living the more you will find things to write about. Seriously! with every experience, you encounter your ideas will blossom naturally.

Jot ideas down

That’s right! Grab a pen, find a notebook and sit and jot down all the ideas for blog posts you can possibly think of. No idea is too small!

It’s adamant that you will come up with ideas when you least expect it. So where possible write it down as soon as possible and if you are out? I find useful is having an electronic notebook on my phone. I use OneNote and then copy it into an actual notebook later.

Read more blogs and do some research.

Connecting with writers, engaging with the blogging community and reading the content that is already out there is honestly such an amazing way of finding inspiration for yourself when you are feeling a bit stuck for blog posts. Do as much research as you can about a subject and be inspired just by visiting you friends pages. It’s such a simple method of finding inspiration.

Oh! And definitely check out Pinterest for ideas. There are so many people out there sharing their blog post ideas that can really help guide you when you completely stuck.

Don’t force it!

This may sound a bit daft but I honestly believe you shouldn’t be forcing your content. Do not get too worried about how long it has been since you last hit publish. It is so much more important to make sure that you are writing about things that make you passionate in life. When you have something you will just know because of how you feel, confident in your work.

Keep positive and never give up.

Struggling for ideas, not feeling motivated, having a little plan can be so disheartening and if you let it can take control, so think about the reason you first started writing, the first-ever blog post that you sent available to the world to see. Why did you do that? It is so useful and inspiring to remember the reason you started doing what you do! You can inspire yourself, even more, to be as amazing as you are.

So…

No matter where you are in the writer slump doesn’t ever give up. Take care of yourself before you continue to work on your blog space.

I would love to hear your ideas about how you keep yourself motivated and inspired as well as how you beat writer’s block. Leave your comments below.

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Sunshine Blogger Award: and what a wonderful award it is

It’s Wednesday so firstly, Happy hump day everyone!. You are now halfway through the week at least!! I am so excited to have been nominated by such a supportive blogger, Latisha with her blog renewinspiration, for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

Rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award

• Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.
• List the Sunshine Blogger Award rules and display the logo on your site.
• Answer the Sunshine Blogger Award questions.
• Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
• Notify the nominees about their nominations by commenting on one of their blog posts.

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Questions asked by Latisha

What do you enjoy about writing and/or blogging?

There is so much that I actually enjoy about blogging. I really enjoy writing content that means things to me, especially when I feel like my creative voice is being heard. Another thing, the blogging community is such a supportive and amazing world, and its a community I am proud to be apart of.

Do you enjoy journaling in your spare time? Why or why not?

Yes! I am a big journal fan, I love keeping a Bujo when I can (Bullet Journal) and I keep a happy planner with My daily activities and memories.

What’s your favourite book you’ve ever read?

Oh, I love reading so much, how could I possibly answer this question… My most recent favourite has to be Lauren graham’s ‘In conclusion, Don’t worry about it’, Its a brilliant read.

What’s your favourite inspirational quote?

‘Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game’ this quote actually comes from the Cinderella story movie and has always spoken out to me. The words have always reminded me that no matter what I should not let fear win, or let confidence get in the way. Just a sweet reminder to keep fighting for what you are trying to achieve.

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What is your favourite social media platform?

It has to be twitter, for conversation and Instagram to get inspiration and keep up to date with photos, I do use Facebook but I am not a massive lover like I used to be.

Have you ever written a book? If so, what is the title of it?

No, I have never written a book, but at the moment, if I could, I would. I am pretty certain I could write a book on my past experiences, even I know that would be hilarious reading.

Do you visit your local zoo? If so, what is your favourite animal?

YES! I love Zoos, All of them! but of course, I have a Marwell Zoo (which is our local one) annual pass, and we go as much as humanly possible! My favourite animal has always been the flamingos, but really I love all animals.

Where would you like to travel if money was not an issue?

America! straight away, do not even need to think about that one! I would have to travel around all of the states though!

What’s your favourite sport to watch and/or play?

EEP, So to be honest. I am not the biggest sports lover or watcher. At a push, I like to watch the Gymnastics but I wouldn’t go out of my way to watch it.

Do you like to volunteer at your local soup kitchen or donate money to local charities?

I try to be charitable where ever I possibly can, A few years ago I abseiled down the Spinikar tower, in Portsmouth, to raise money for Autism Hampshire UK. I also visit local charity shops and donate to whatever I can when I can, but there is always more I could do, I admit that.

Who supports your writing and/or blogging efforts?

My social following is still growing but I would like to think all my friends and family but I would love to know who supports me in my writing and blogging efforts Just as I would support any of them.

I wrote a post here that tells you about my experiences and learning with blogging so far.

Questions for my Nominees

  • What made you start your blog and what do you enjoy most about blogging?
  • where is your workspace?
  • What’s your main goal to achieve in the next 5 years of your life?
  • What is your favourite place to visit?
  • If you could start a course in anything right now, what would it be?
  • What’s your favourite Disney character and why?
  • What’s your favourite social media platform?
  • when you were a child, What would your dream job be?
  • Who inspires you most in life?
  • If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you do?
  • If you could give your life a musical title, what would you call your musical?

My Sunshine Blogger Award Nominees

So if you could please just take a moment to support these wonderful bloggers by visiting their websites and commenting on some of their blog posts that would be just fab! after all, we are all here to support each other!

Thank you again to Latisha for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! it has definitely made my day today. Hopefully, my nominees can have a smile shared also!

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7 must have apps for bloggers

Generally,  we spend so much time using our mobile phones. Phones are not just phones anymore, they are more like mini personal assistants. As a blogger, if we are not tied to the computer the chances are we’re steaming from the iPad or phone, or maybe that is just me?  Whether it is checking social media, reading through a million emails,  which I as a person can be quite bad at doing, It is probable that it is blog related in some form. There are millions of apps out there afterall. 

I have learnt so much from blogging lately I share more here

So what apps are best for blogging? Well, these are my top 7 personal preference, these apps I connect to me promoting and building my blog. 

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Canava

This had to be my first mention because Canava has literally become my favourite app for making blog graphics and logos! I also find it useful for some of my other hobbies (I’ve recently been using Canava to make labels for penpaling) Canava is great and has a wide range of stock photos that you can use and include on your blog, and there is a free version. It is definitely worth checking this one out.

Twitter

Have I mentioned how much I have fallen in love with Twitter recently? I use this a lot more then I do Facebook, and I have met so many friends and learnt so much through the blogging community just by being on twitter. not only the massive community and support that being on twitter has given me though. Twitter is great for promoting your work.

BlogLovin

I am still a new user to Blog Lovin! but I am loving this more and more every day!

Pinterest

I am often saying ‘Pinterest is life’ I am constantly inspired by others. I am able to share my own pins promoting my ideas with links to my blog. Its a social platform heaven. I would suggest to any new blogger to take a look into Pinterest in a heartbeat.

WordPress

Depending on your blogger platform you should definitely have your blogging app installed to your devices. This will keep you up to date with your blog constantly. It does not really need a big explanation for being a top app.

OneNote

When I do not have one of my many note books to score down my thoughts and blog ideas for later, I’m using OneNote? Now Why would someone who owns a million notebooks need a digital one?
I have One Note installed on all devices, I keep digital back ups of most of my notes, and I always try to use One Note when Im out somewhere where I don’t have access to a pen and paper, After all you never know when your gonna have a brain wave. If you are not a massive stationary fan, then you definitely need to consider OneNote for blog planning.

Hoote Suite

Finally Hoote Suite, This is a great app for scheduling content to multiple social media accounts. I’m also a fan of the calendar view that this app had to show when your posts are scheduled for!

What apps do you use to keep your blog on its toes?

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Blogging: What I’ve learnt about blogging… So FAR.

I remember, first creating my blogging journey years ago. It was kinda this thing that I would start, stop, start and stop, and really this never went anywhere. I then started looking at other blogs and then I got so inspired. That was it. I wanted to start my own fully functioning working blog and it would work! … that was the plan and I am still working on it to this day!

When I started this blog, it was a step up from the times I had been blogging before. I don’t actually think I realized how big of a world I was really stepping foot into. (and no I do not mean that negatively!) The addiction to blogging. The social community of bloggers. The world I was entering into, and how amazing having a blog could be. How Having a blog, has changed me, because it has.
Since I started blogging, I have come across new opportunities. I have met new people and really opened up a massive door to enjoying a new aspect of me.

Blogging is not easy, and its not an all bliss world. So I wanted to share with you guys how much I have learnt, and what so far!

The blogging community is massive

There are so many people out there in the world. So many others that you can meet and become friends with, that have the same interests. Each friend I have made from blogging has been amazing and so supportive.

Blogging is hard work

Ok, so if you are thinking about starting off a blog. Please do not get under the impression that its gonna easy. Or a success on day 1. That doesn’t really happen. Your blog is only as successful as you make it. To make your blog really work, you need to put as much time and effort into your work as possible! I wouldn’t give up on the down days though I’ve found that at times it’s so tempting to give up! but if you give up on your dreams, they don’t happen.

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Planning is important

If you are like me keeping a blog plan is important. Planning means you are able to keep up to date, remember important dates and tasks. Planning is a great way of keeping your blog going. especially when it comes to sharing your blog and gaining engagement.

You can end up thinking about your blog 24/7

Literally, Once you start writing a blog you can end up thinking of your work constantly! It is like a full addiction, a massive passion and becomes a massive part of your life.
Now I am not just talking about the next time your gonna get to tap your fingers on the keyboard and make the next post for your readers, the more you get into your blog, the more you begin to put in, money, sweat, and tears. It is not just about the content at all, its the sharing and promoting, preparation and care.

Research is so important

I am a passionate learner! Literally. I love to learn new things, I love to be inspired by others, so that being said it probably goes in my favour when it comes to my blogging life. I’m constantly reading others blogs, pinteresting and reading about blogging, and learning off other bloggers. There is a serious legal side to some things, and I have read about how some have got themselves in trouble by doing certain things. By doing my research into what I am doing and taking interest in other bloggers around the world, I am teaching myself more and more every day.

Images are a pretty big deal

Although words are a massive part of blogging of course! Images are just important, and you wanna have decent images at that. There are hundreds of stock images sites, that allow you to use their images for free.
But taking your own images is fun, gives your blog a unique creative twist, and definitely gives it that personal touch of your personality.

Security and Backups

If you’ve read my previous posts, you may have been reading when I nearly lost my blog. Oh my GOD. My biggest blogging Fail. That day was awful. I had been having downtime and not been checking my dashboard, my site had been attacked and taken over with a virus, I don’t know what it was but I never even knew a website could be attacked with such things till that day, and so straight away I learnt the importance of backing up your work! Every single month!

Read my post on why I blog and why blogging has become so important to me, here.

Scheduling posts is a blogging GOD

When I am feeling particularly creative and inspired one day I am able to write a couple of blog posts in a few hours and schedule them to come out online at different times. which is such a good thing as I can organize my blog better then I can organize myself sometimes?

It’s a competitive world

Have you ever heard the phrase its a dog eat dog world? hmm? I suppose a bloggers world is the same, in some ways! Each blogger has very similar goals to yours! you need to try and remember that! because you should never let a negative hit put you down on your own work!

Thinking about starting your own blog? Check out my post, here.

Is there anything you have learnt since you started a blog? Like I mentioned earlier! I love to learn off others! so leave me a comment below with something you have learnt 🙂

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35 things that make me happy!

So the best thing about the blogging community has to be being inspired by other amazing bloggers. Like Mxrshmarshmellows blog. Who just created a very similar post. It really made me question what makes me happy and got me thinking.

So I thought it would be great to share what makes me happy with you guys.

So what does make me happy?

  1. My Emmy.
  2. Bright colours and lots of pinks.
  3. Coffee (I literally just got some llama love vanilla). I live off coffee.
  4. Makeup. Even when staying in.
  5. Papercraft. Whatever I can get my hands on.
  6. Seeing my friends and family.
  7. Music.
  8. Camembert days. Yes, these are actually a thing with our friends!
  9. Happy planners. (Actually any planners!)
  10. Disney anything. Have I mentioned that I love Disney??? I really do love A bit of Disney. Read about our Disney Trip, here.
  11. Matching socks. Actually cute socks. I mean any socks.
  12. Glitter. A lot of glitters. And it has to be everywhere.
  13. Friends. The tv show. (I have quite a bit of friends merch now)
  14. Going to the zoo. Marwell, as well as around the country.
  15. Flowers around me.
  16. Taking lots of photos.
  17. Unicorns
  18. Primark hauls. Probably shopping in general.
  19. Watching musicals.
  20. Receiving happy mail.
  21. Spending days just watching films.
  22. Writing my blog.
  23. Reading books.
  24. My love for all animals.
  25. Pinterest.
  26. Wearing oversized hoodies.
  27. Adult colouring books.
  28. Giving gifts to my favourite people.
  29. Pretty mugs. I’m addicted to mugs.
  30. Daddy daughter days. These do not happen often enough.
  31. Summer and being in the sun.
  32. Adventures to new places. and planning the adventures to come.
  33. Overspending on stationary and notebooks.
  34. Blossom trees. Seriously they are beautiful!
  35. Making new friends. even when it’s scary!
want to know more about me? how about reading my 21 random things about me post, here.
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I’d love to know what makes you happy? it is important to have these things. So what makes you happy? Leave a comment below telling me.

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