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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

Soundtrack To My Life - Lynn

Soundtrack To My LIfe
Soundtrack To My Life visits another of my friends from "that parenting forum I used to frequent back in the day" that I keep mentioning. Thanks to Facebook we manage to keep in touch but I have watched her journey through marriage break-up, to single woman and then into a new and better relationship.  Lynn's Soundtrack to My Life tells that story really well - and I just knew that Mr Brightside would be in there somewhere!


REM - Man On The Moon

This takes me to a trip to Alton Towers with youth club, on a minibus smoking out of the window.
Oh, how grown up we thought we were. If only we knew back then how easy life was being 15!

Robbie Williams - Angels 

This song was my first dance to a man I married at 19.
I knew on the morning of my wedding it wasn't right, I sat on the step at my mum's at 6am with £100 in my purse, I should have ran when I had the chance!
It was our first dance and our last dance together.  Every time I hear it I don't feel sad.I feel relieved I'm not in that relationship anymore!

The Killers - Mr Brightside 

When I was newly single, my best friend Karen was always there for me.  We relived our youth going out when we had the chance watching live bands - our best song was Mr Brightside.
One of my best memories is going to Manchester to see The Killers live.  It was a day that will stick with me forever!
Karen now lives in Oz, but that song will always remind me of her. She is, and always will be, my best friend.  After all, we know too much about each other not to be!

Paloma Faith - New York 

This is the song that made me realise I was a strong woman who could make it on her own. I got myself a job I enjoyed and made so many new friends, was happy in life and met a very special man.
Our first weekend away we went to see Paloma and I stood and smiled when this song came on.  I knew that I had come a long way on my own bringing up two girls and now I could do it with my best friend and husband-to-be by my side.

Etta James - At Last 

Ste and I danced to this when we got blessed. It was the most amazing day with the people that matter the most.
The words to the song were so true.  At last, my love has come along and lonely days are over....


Soundtrack To My LIfe
Thanks to Lynn for sharing her Soundtrack To My Life journey.  You can find her as @LynnBScott on Twitter.  If you want to join in with this series you can complete this form and I'll be in touch when your feature is due to go live.  

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