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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

PositiveParcel : The Perfect Gift For Mental Wellbeing

Finding gifts for family and friends this year is proving difficult due to the limited opportunities for browsing in shopping centres, so I'm turning to finding unusual and useful gifts online instead. 




One of the nicest gifts I've found is a "hug in a box" that brings positivity to people's lives from PositiveParcel, especially as a survey has found that 40% of adults in the UK are concerned about their mental wellbeing


The parcel is full of handpicked treats to put a smile on your face, to encourage self-care and to spread positivity as we cope with the current lockdown and restrictions and very little sunny weather in these winter months. My box included a luxury candle, some Belgian chocolate, organic tea, some post-it notes, an adult colouring sheet, and a "Happy News" newspaper. This would be a perfect gift for a loved one, a friend or a neighbour - or anyone who needs their day brightening up. 


PositiveParcel is donating a percentage of the profits from the sale of every box to the NHS and a selection of mental health charities. Find out more, and order your box, from their website.