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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Guest Post : Influence

Today brings a guest post from Jo who blogs over at Single Slummy Mummy.  Once you've finished reading here, why don't you bob on over to her corner of the internet and see what else she's writing about?


Do you ever feel really small? Like you’re just nothing, with an infinite universe swirling around you, oblivious to your existence? Like a tiny krill in a massive swarm?

Actually, krill is a bad example. If you’ve seen Happy Feet 2 (which I would highly recommend), you’ll appreciate that a single krill, through the power of dance, has the potential to change the world. (really, you should see it).


But then that’s true of humans too isn't it? We feel small on our own, but we shouldn't underestimate the power we have to influence not just our own lives, but the lives of those around us.

Sometimes it can feel hopeless. Sometimes you can’t even begin to imagine what possible difference you could make to anything, and bothering to do something as pathetic as recycle your plastic milk cartons feels ridiculous. But then you have to stop and remember that really anything that has ever happened has started with one person.


One of my favourite quotes is from social anthropologist Margaret Mead, whose motto was apparently ‘be lazy, go crazy’. Mead said we should “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

She also said that “You just have to learn not to care about the dust mites under the beds.”

A wise woman indeed.