I don’t tend to make a lot of resolutions, years of me breaking them 3 days into a new year has kind of taken its toll! Instead, as you know if you read this blog regularly, I like to make three new monthly goals every single month, things I want to do or focus on throughout the following weeks. Before we get into January, let’s recap on Decembers goals…

DECEMBER RECAP

Keep calm. Maybe I didn’t do this as much as I wanted to, but then again December is always such a busy month for everyone, but I did have a few really chilled out days in there which felt really good.

Embrace the festivities. Now this one I definitely did do! I watched so many Netflix Christmas films and it was FANTASTIC!!! It’s my favourite month of the year and it probably always will be.

Think about exciting plans for 2020. We are still putting plans in motion about booking a city break, but I have a few summer plans with family that will be super fun. I’d love to go to Paris, back to Edinburgh or visit somewhere new like Bath this year so it’s something I’m really thinking about. We have a holiday booked, a center parcs stay, my sisters 30th and my nephews 1st birthday so it’s set to be a great year I think.

 

JANUARY GOALS

Yoga with Adriene 30 day challenge. I do this every year and I always enjoy it so much. Yoga is one of my favourite things to do and something I’m constantly trying to find more time for, which is exactly why this project is perfect for me right now.

Donate. I have lots of books that I’ve read and didn’t love enough to keep, so I want to donate them to charity and have another look through my wardrobe and other places in the house where we have stuff we don’t use anymore. I’m a de-clutter addict, what can I say!

Re-decorate the bedroom. Ever since I heard that we spend half of our lives in bed, I can’t stop thinking about how much I want to love our bedroom. I’m just not happy with it at the moment how it is, it feels way too cluttered and not calm enough for my liking. I want a new (pink) headboard, I’ve ordered some new sheets which I love and seen a few small styling pieces to get too. Hopefully by the end of this month I will have a bedroom that I ADORE *insert heart eye emojiis*

 

Do you have any goals for January?


I’ve read some gems recently so I wanted to check in on the ol blog and chat to you about them! If you’re a book lover like me, then you might like my book Instagram account HERE.

Before I Go To Sleep

I’ve had this on my TBR for ages, I borrowed it from my sister this summer (and nope, I haven’t seen the film). My mum’s read it and told me that it was really good, and she was totally right! It is completely hooking and I couldn’t not stay up and read more of it every single night. It’s a pyschological thriller and I would highly recommend it.

We Met in December

I can’t resist a festive read at this time of year, and I’d seen this raved about online. I actually loved it so much! It’s still one that I think about now, weeks after finishing it. A super sweet ‘rom-com’ read that makes you feel super festive too. It’s very similar to One Day in December that I read last year, but I think I might of enjoyed it even more!

American Royals

Another book I’d seen hyped up on social media, but I just knew I would love it. It’s got a ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ vibe to it, but american and royal- obviously. It is ridiculously addictive and one of those books you keep sneaking in chapters with ALL DAY. I would love to see a film made out of it, and I’m excited to see the next book in the series in 2020.

My Sister, the Serial Killer

I got this in a book swap a few weeks ago, and decided to take it on holiday with us to read it. I ended up reading this in just one day, it’s a super quick read which I was quite surprised about. It’s definitely a unique story and I’ve not really read anything like it before, but I really enjoyed it and can see why other people like it so much too.

 

Have you read any of these?

I did this post earlier on this year about our inspire and create hashtag on Instagram. Since then, we’ve reached over 5,000 entries which is just wonderful, and we’ve expanded our own communities too. I wanted to check in with my fellow creatives and they were kind enough to answer a few questions I had to ask them!

Ghazal (herdaintydays)

  1. What is your number one app for Instagram? Snapseed is my go to app. There is not a single photo on my grid that didn’t get processed in Snapseed. A quick light fix, adjustments on selected areas only. It all got covered!
  2. Do you have any rules or posting schedules that you follow? Instagram helps you with your ideal posting time. If I’m honest, I’m irregular since I’m a mum but posting at my ‘right’ time makes a lot of difference on reach.
  3. Do you have any Instagram story tips? I like my feed cohesive but my stories are random and unfiltered. Raw and full of life. Basically everything that can’t make it on the feed will come on my stories. Highly recommend to use all Instagram’s features to interact with your followers better.


Amy (imagineamy)

  1. What inspires you and the photos you take for Instagram? For me, other creatives on Instagram inspire me. I also get inspiration from books, films, nature and music.
  2. What is your number one app for Instagram? I use Photoshop the most for my edits. I also like Snapseed, Lightroom and BokehCamFX for added magic.
  3. How do we get over creative block? I regularly have to have a break for posting because I have to fill my creative cup back up. I take the pressure off and take photos for fun not with any images in mind. I watch tutorials online and learn new skills just for fun and have a play! If I’m not in the mood just going for a walk or listening to music and doing fun creative things with Dylan my son gets me back in the creative mood. His imagination inspires me. I also scroll Pinterest for ideas too!

 

Ali (homewiththebuckleys)

  1. How do we get over creative block? I get creative blocks all the time. I find creativity is like a muscle, if I don’t keep using it, it gets weak. The best way to get over the creative fear is to just start. Start small. Take a photo of something simple and see where it takes me. I find that practical doing is better than planning.
  2. Christmas is coming up! Any tips for a creative photo? Christmas is the time for all things sparkle. Fairy lights and bokeh on everything in my opinion. I love adding sparkly layers to even the simplest of photos. Also, the pallet changes and becomes more dark and moody, I love that too!
  3. Do you have any Instagram story tips? Stories can be an intimidating place. And story fear is real! I tend to keep stories as true to me and my real life as possible. For me that’s what works best and resonates with my viewers. So my biggest tips are 1. Do what feels comfortable (you don’t have to talk to camera to do great stories) 2. Mix photos and videos through your day 3. Keep them dynamic with gifs, doodles, music or even use an outside app like ‘Unfold’ to create something that stands out.


    Sarah (sarah.simple.moments)

    1. What inspires you and the photos you take for Instagram? My kids inspire me. I want to create a magical world for them, even if it’s only on my photos. According to recent research, now at an earlier age children cease to believe in miracles. It’s very sad, and I want my kids to believe in magic and miracles for aslong as possible.
    2. Engagement can be up and down on Instagram. How can we not let it bother us? It’s a tough question. It’s hard not to look at those numbers, but if you find your tribe and friends here, you can always ask them to make a shoutout for you or to show some love to a post that gained less likes or comments. The creative community is very kind and supportive, so don’t hesitate to ask for help and support.
    3. Who’s your favourite person to follow on Instagram right now? I thought the second question was hard, this is even harder! I can’t choose one, all the profiles I follow I love! They are all unique and different. One of my rules that I teach and do it too is that you should only follow those people whose work really inspires you and you really love.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and gained a few helpful Instagram tips along the way! If you want to follow me over on Instagram, I’m here and please have a look at the lovely ladies profiles above too.

 

Over the past year, lots of my favourite blogs have stopped publishing. Maybe they’ve lost the passion for it, or they just don’t really want to be ‘online’ anymore. But this post is here to tell you why I’m personally, not giving up on blogging.

Writing has always been my true love. My number one way to express myself. And it still is.

There’s just something so comforting and therapeutic to me about sitting down and typing out my thoughts. It feels calming, heck, it feels like coming home. I started blogging not for anyone else to even read it, I just wanted to put my thoughts and feelings out into the world.

I still think blogs have a massive place in this online world. There’s something immersive you get about reading snapshots into someones thoughts that may not always come across in an Instagram caption. It feels like you’re being let in to a private part of their world. An online diary of sorts.

Plus, as we all know, our blogs are the only thing we have that are actually ours. They can’t be shut down immediately (unless you don’t pay your domain renewal).

More so than ever, I feel like I’ve come back to a good place in my blog. I write what I want to say. I publish what feels good to me, whether anyone is going to pop by and read it or not. (It still blows my mind that people actually read it, so thank you!!!)

So that’s me.

Promise I’m not going anywhere!

 

Would you ever give up on blogging?

 

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog recently. My approach to blogging, the content I want to share, and what I want other people to come on this site for, too.

I think in life it’s easy to overcomplicate things. We give ourselves deadlines and strict schedules, and along the way something that was our joy, gets lost a little. I suppose that’s how I’ve kind of been feeling about blogging too, if I’m being totally honest. It was getting to the point where I was putting out posts I didn’t feel excited about, and feeling like it was something that I had to do, no matter whether I wanted to (or more importantly had the time to do, in a busy week).

Over the last two weeks or so I’ve stripped it back a little. I don’t have a schedule (yes ideally I’d like to post twice a week hopefully, but it’s not the end of the world if that doesn’t happen). I’ve wrote posts that I’ve drafted right here, from the notes app on my iPhone that I’m using now. I’ve spoken about stuff that I’ve been passionate about, and sharing things that have been on my mind. It’s felt freeing. And I want more of that.

I’m taking the pressure off to write in a certain way, or about certain popular topics. From now on, I’m just going to share me. My content won’t change and you might not even notice a difference, but I do already. And it feels great.

 

 

What’s your approach to blogging? Has it evolved over the years?