Saturday, 27 April 2013

National Stationery Week give aways

I'm a bit later with this post than I meant to be, but this week is National Stationery Week which is a celebration of the written word and all things stationery.

I think my love of stationery started when I was a child, and I could easily while away time scribbling in different coloured pens in a notebook. I love gadgets too, but my trusty Filofax holds all my thoughts, to-dos and plans for world domination. Recently I've also started to learn calligraphy (post to follow), so all of this just made sense to help celebrate the week with some give aways!

Up for grabs...



  • Postcards by Kim Smith


  • A Pilot FriXion light erasable highlighter (kindly provided by Cult Pens and reviewed here).


Please leave a comment to enter and winners will be picked using random.org Entry is open worldwide and will close on Monday 6th May at midnight GMT.
Good luck!

This give away is now closed.    

Monday, 15 April 2013

Up and coming posts

Hello! I feel that I've been a bit neglectful of my blog of late, so I thought it's about time I convert some of my unfinished drafts into proper posts.

Coming up...
  • A couple of give aways to celebrate National Stationery Week (22nd-28th April)
  • Some thoughts about minimalism
  • Some Filofax posts, which I might share between here and Philofaxy
  • A series of posts talking about the tools that I use to help me focus
  • And more about shiatsu and aikido...
And on another subject, I've realised that one of my FriXion pen winners never got in contact. Please could Tracey Coates get in contact by this Friday the 19th? Otherwise the pen will be included in the give aways next week :) 

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Monday, 8 April 2013

G is for gratitude

Since getting back from a wonderful holiday to Malaysia, I've been a bit slow at getting back to blogging. And then in the back of my mind I had a vague recollection that I'd meant to do something in April. Hmm, I looked through my filofax and then found a little scribble... ah, the A to Z Challenge which I did last year! Ooops, bit too late to join in this time, but I've realised that I have lots of unfinished draft posts and ideas scribbled down. Therefore, I've decided that I will join in the challenge next year and explore some of the thoughts I've already started.

I feel very blessed by so many things in my life. Some years ago, I used to keep a gratitude journal to help me through the tougher times, but nowadays I don't generally feel the need to write it down. On a fairly regular basis, before I go to sleep I think about the day and choose 3 things that I am grateful for. It helps me consider if I spent the day in a way I wanted to, and I like that my last thoughts before dozing off are positive ones.

What am I grateful for?
  • My wonderful, thoughtful and supportive husband
  • My lovely family
  • Good health - I sometimes catch colds and stuff more often than I'd like, but a mixture of shiatsu and the occasional chiropractic session keep me in shape
  • Finding my way to aikido, such an amazing and subtle martial art
  • Being able to follow my interest in shiatsu, and move from full to part-time work to enable me to study and practice
  • Working for a great company with fab people
  • And so much more...
'Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom' - Marcel Proust

'Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can' - HH the Dalai Lama

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