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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  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 new a career path or additional income stre

My Friend Actually OWNS A Notebook Shop!

Sometimes a notebook is so special you just have to take your time deciding what you want to use it for.




When my friend, Liz, told me that she had undertaken a new venture - Hope House Press - I squealed with delight even thought I felt slightly jealous that she now owned a stationery-related company. It's a huge leap of faith for her and the family and they are working day and night to make this a success. Whilst it is a learning curve for them all, it's also wonderful (and a bit nervewracking) to hear all the behind-the-scenes news.

Essentially, Hope House Press make personalised and bespoke leather notebooks which can be used as diaries or journals to document those important (and not so important) moments in your life. It's also probably the best present you can gift to any stationery lover or someone starting a new venture that needs documenting to look back over at a later date! My own leather notebook is caramel in colour (although I am also drooling over the British racing green) with black inking. 

My B.O.A.T. (Book Of All Things) is an important part of my life as it acts as a diary, a bullet journal, a brain dump, a mind map, an ongoing bucket list... it's literally my life wrapped in a leather cover. I've not written in this notebook yet though, simply because I'm haven't found planner happiness this year.  It's April and I've already attempted four systems!!! I'm a one-notebook kinda girl and when I settle in to something then that's IT! Once I do find that happy place (and I seriously think there isn't a printed planner out there to suit my needs, hence my obsession with notebooks and journals) then I will use this notebook. I know... I'm fussy but if you had a notebook this lovely, you'd want to make sure that it was fit for purpose, wouldn't you?

Anyway, I'm all about supporting small UK businesses and products from the Hope House Press shop are at the top of my shopping list for at least three or four people for their birthday or Christmas this year.  If you've got something specific in mind for a friend, why don't you have a chat with them to see if they can help out?

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*Hope House Press did send me this notebook as a gift as they were trying out new techniques for the journals and their cover printing but I wanted to show them some support too.  I truly believe in supporting home-grown small businesses, especially with stationery. The fact that I've got a glorious new leather notebook is a bonus*