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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

World Calligraphy Day 2017

Today marks the first ever World Calligraphy Day and, as National Stationery Blogger of the Year, I wanted to share a couple of ways for you to get involved.

World Calligraphy Day 2017 - Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash
Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

Over at the Pen Museum in the heart of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, the Manuscript Pen Company are hosting world renowned creative artists to celebrate calligraphy and hand lettering trends - many of which you've probably seen on quotes on Pinterest or in videos on Instagram.  It's a perfect opportunity to explore the Pen Museum too, learning about the history of the trade, starting with quills and working your way through to the modern day fountain pen.

If you can't get over to the event then the Manuscript Pen Company have provided a practice sheet which you can download by clicking on the image below!  You can find lots of calligraphy tutorials on YouTube both for beginners and for using different styles of pens and you can get started with any angled pen. There's lots of lovely starter kits in the Manuscript Pen Company shop and there's even a number of apps for your tablet to help you master the basics.  If you're looking to brighten up your bullet journal with headers and doodles then this could be the just the hobby for you. 

Keep an eye on social media too. There's going to be artists and calligraphers sharing their work and lots of competitions and activities to get involved with.  Hashtags to follow throughout the day are #WorldCalligraphyDay and #ManuscriptWCD

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World Calligraphy Day 2017 - free download