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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

How I Bought All Of The Washi Tape But Made A New Friend

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have seen me recently sharing pictures of washi tape.  For those not in the know, washi tape is pretty sticky paper, rolled like sellotape and can be used for many a craft project (check out Pinterest for ideas) and for decorating pages of my bullet journal or Filofax. It's pretty, it's inexpensive and it's unnecessary a must-have. Anyway, I'm going to waffle on for a minute but it's relevant to the story.

I was looking to replenish my stash and found a cheap and cheerful seller on Amazon, clicked to order and awaited the washi goodness.  When it arrived I was pretty chuffed with my order so I 'pinned' a picture of the tape from the order page to one of my Pinterest boards (a) so I wouldn't forget where I'd ordered from and (b) to share the washi love. I wanted to thank the seller for fast delivery and good service but I couldn't find the company on Twitter.

A couple of weeks later I saw there was a comment on the pin and it was from the seller. She'd spotted her product picture on Pinterest and loved that I'd complimented her. We exchanged a few words and she said she was going to sign up to Twitter.

Scroll forward another few weeks and I was enticed in by more washi tape. Anyone who buys washi tape will know the Pull Of The Washi, those who have no idea what washi tape is will probably have switched off by now. So I clicked straight to Carli's page and bought some more.  What happened next is the reason for this blog post (see, I got there in the end).

washi tape in a mason jar
Upon delivery, stuck to the inside of the lid of the box was a note:
"Hi Nickie, 
Thank you for being addicted to washi tape like me and ordering more. [..] 
Thanks also for prompting me to join twitter through your lovely pin and helping me to initiate me (not sure what she means there *innocent face*). I'm making a very slow start on there but I'm happy to follow just a few people I'm genuinely interested in, which tend to be followers of yours! 
Anyway, enjoy your tape. I'm always excited to see what people do with it so if you find the time I'd be happy to see your washi put to good use. 
Many thanks

And that, my friends, is how you become a good enabler a good online business relationship (and friendship) begins.

Find Whimsy Designs on Amazon here 
Find Carli on Twitter here