Why I love Writing Letters (And You Should Too)

There’s something very beautiful about sending a handwritten letter. In a time full of emails, texts and calls, receiving a letter in the post can be rare. Yet nothing can compare to how special it feels to receive a handwritten letter.

So, without further ado, here are some reasons I love handwritten letters.

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The Best Books I’ve Read In 2022

Looking back on everything I’ve read in 2022, I’m pretty happy with this reading year. I’ve discovered some new favourite books and read some others that taught me what I don’t enjoy in a book.

2022 seems to have been the year that I discovered what genres I enjoy most. In the past, I’ve usually just been tempted to grab something light and fluffy from the young adult sections in bookshops. However, this year I branched out and discovered other genres that I love so much more. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with light and fluffy books. But for me personally, I love a dark and mysterious story.

In honour of 2022 coming to an end, here are the best books that I’ve read this year.

1. The Body In The Library by Agatha Christie. This was the very first book I read in 2022 and I started the year very well. I set myself the challenge of reading all of the Miss Marple series in order and I’ve been sticking to that goal pretty well. I managed to read up to A Pocket Full of Rye before I took a mini Agatha Christie break but now I’m reading them again and hope to finish the Miss Marple series in 2023. My goal is to start the Poirot next.

2. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. Something tells me that this book will be making it onto most people’s best reads lists. If wholesome stories are for you then you need to grab yourself a copy of this book. I know I said that light and fluffy wasn’t my thing but I’m pretty sure anyone could be charmed by Heartstopper.

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How To Declutter Without Feeling Guilty

Does decluttering make you feel guilty? If it does, then you’re definitely not alone.

We live in a world where society values stuff and tells us that more is better. We feel pressured to buy all the latest trends and invest in all the life-changing products. We are taught to belive that the more we buy, that happier we will be. But that’s not true at all.

The reality of it is that having too much stuff can feel chaotic and overwhelming. It can lead us to feel anxious and lonely too.

So if society wants us to keep buying things and we are feeling guilty about the idea of decluttering, then how are we supposed to get out of this clutter cycle?

That’s where I can help.

You home is meant to be comfortable and welcoming. If your stuff doesn’t make you feel positive then we need to fight that guilt and get rid.

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30 Before 30

Today I turned 26! I’m now officially closer to 30 than 20.

On my 19th birthday, a relative told me they were turning 30 soon and I laughed at how old they were. I couldn’t even imagine being 30, it seemed so old.

But I’ve come to realise that getting older isn’t a bad thing. It means you got to experience new things and life doesn’t stop just because you hit a certain age.

We should celebrate aging and embrace the new adventures.

Since I have 4 years before I turn 30, I thought it would be fun to create a little list of 30 things I hope to do before I turn 30.

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5 Things To Let Go of During The Holiday Season

Christmas is such a beautiful time of year. Christmas lights, time with family and friends, lovely wrapped gifts, Christmas movies and the perfect excuse to drink hot chocolate every day.

The holidays can be so joyful, but they can also be a time of stress, anxiety and worry. That’s why to fully embrace Christmas, I’ve decided to let go of certain pressures to make the season fully enjoyable.

1. Overspending

Please don’t get into debt trying to buy someone the perfect Christmas gift or planning the best day ever. We’ve all heard the saying “it’s the thought that counts” and it really is true. Instead of breaking the bank trying to buy a fancy gift, spend a bit of time thinking about the person and gift them something meaningful instead. Something that I do with my best friend is set a price limit for gifts. We decide on a price that we can both afford and get a gift within that budget. It works well as there’s no pressure to try to spend more.

2. Pressuring yourself to make everything from scratch

We don’t have time to make everything. This is a season of joy and quality time with our loved ones. It’s not a time to be in a panic about trying to make everything yourself. We seem to put pressure on ourselves to make everything perfect and homemade, but really, there’s no need. Buying cookies instead of baking them is okay. Buying a gift instead of making something is okay. Buying decorations instead of crafting them is okay. Just give yourself a break.

3. Trying to cram everything into your calendar

Christmas is a time of events, meetups, and long to-do lists. But there are only so many hours in the day. With all the local Christmas events being advertised, it can be easy to fill out calendars to the point that we have no time to actually relax. We want to do everything and we burn ourselves out by trying to do so. Instead of filling your calendar, try slowing down and just enjoying the moment. Going to Christmas events is fun but it’s okay to say no if you want to.

4. People pleasing

This doesn’t just apply during the holidays, but it’s definitely worth the reminder this time of year. Whether it’s with family, friends, or anyone. We feel the need to make sure everyone is happy and we put ourselves in uncomfortable positions to please people. Well, stop that. Ask yourself what you want and go for that. You don’t exist to try and make everyone else happy.

5. Stressing yourself out and forgetting to enjoy the moment

As long as you’re surrounded by loved ones and everyone is having a good time, nothing else matters. Christmas is a time for joy and fun. Let go of any pressure that you have and just embrace the Christmas excitement. Be present and merry.

What are you letting go of this holiday season? What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

40 Journal Prompts To Practise Gratitude

One of my favourite ways of expressing gratitude is by journaling. I try to write in my gratitude journal daily and it really helps me to feel like there’s some good in this world even though everything is more challenging these days.

Practising gratitude has such a positive impact on your health and well-being as well as making you happier in general.

What is a gratitude journal?

A gratitude journal is basically just a notebook where you write down what you’re grateful for. You can make it as simple or detailed as you like. It’s completely personal to you.

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Is Decluttering A Waste Of Money?

One of the comments that I often get on my decluttering posts is “throwing things away is a waste of money” or “how do I not feel like I’m wasting money?” and honestly, I get it.

When I first started my decluttering journey, I wanted to keep hold of anything that cost a lot of money because it felt like a waste to get rid of it. If I’d spent money on something, simply throwing it away or donating it felt like a waste.

That was until I remembered one little thing.

The money is already gone.

Whether I kept hold of that item or not, the money that I spent has already gone. It’s no longer in my bank account and it’s not coming back. Now I just have to decide if that item is worth the space and effort of keeping it.

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How to Do a Brain Dump to Declutter Your Mind

Decluttering has become quite the discussed topic here on my blog but something that I don’t talk about as much is decluttering your mind. In my opinion, decluttering your mind and your mental space is just as important as decluttering the physical items in your life.

One of the best ways to declutter your mind is by doing a brain dump.

What is a brain dump?

In its simplest form, a brain dump is simply taking all the thoughts from your mind and writing them down. It’s a quick way to declutter your thoughts and help you focus on what’s important.

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