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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

Sunflowers definitely give me the "Flower Effect"

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You may have seen on my Instagram that I received a surprise bouquet of flowers today. I had absolutely no idea who they were from. Then, checking my email, I found a lovely note from The Flower Council of Holland explaining "The Flower Effect" - a way to spread happiness through a random act of kindness (and we all know how I adore that). This bunch of flowers has definitely brightened my day up especially as sunflowers are my favourite!


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Sticking with the theme, I requested that two bunches of flowers be passed on to two great people [1 | 2] who I know deserve them this week. Just my little way of continuing to spread happiness. Hopefully they've received them by now or I've just ruined a great surprise... 

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To see more about The Flower Effect, here is a short film produced by Basha de Bruijn for the Flower Council of Holland. Only the two main characters are actors - all the reactions from passers-by are genuine. The idea behind it is that seeing someone carry a bunch of flowers cheers us all up and leaves us pondering who the flowers are for and why they deserve to receive them.


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