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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

Buying My Stationery On TikTok

Today is "Blue Monday" but I'm going to help you beat the blues by telling you about my friend's stationery shop.

I've known Jules for about 20 years. We met on an online forum where mothers supported other mothers, and many a friendship blossomed from there. Thanks to the internet, most of us have managed to keep in touch even though the forum shut down many years ago. Side note : if you listened to the WTF Strictly podcast last year, it's the same forum that I met my co-host, Violet, on.

She does have a website - FluterbyHT - but the main action is on TikTok @flutterbyht where she 'goes live' most days, chatting to existing and potential customers, showing new products, promoting special offers and providing that unique behind-the-scenes view where she packs orders as they are received.

What started out as a little side-hustle just over a year ago has grown into a multi-faceted business. Jules' husband started out helping to pack orders but has now opened his own TikTok shop selling sweets!  Jules has even spoken at a TikTok conference, talking about building up a business using their social platform.



I've purchased a couple of times from Jules (try and stop me purchasing stationery.., GO ON, I DARE YOU) but just had to buy some metallic coloured pencils to go with a stress-busting colouring book that I received as a Christmas present from my son. I also bought some highlighter pens that are now locked in my desk drawer at work along with 2023 Hobonichi Cousin.


I'm so proud of Jules for following a dream and turning it into a business that she loves and is growing. Take a look at her shop and support this small business where you can.  There are some hidden gems in amongst the pens, pencils and planners.