December Bullet Journal Set-Up | ‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly

It’s the final month of the decade! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. It feels like a few days ago that I was at a new year’s party! The older I get, the faster the years pass. Next year, however, I am making an effort to get out and do stuff so that the year seems longer! For example, in 2018 I travelled to so many places and it made time ‘slow down’. I am the only one who gets that feeling?

This bullet journal set-up is quite minimalistic because I didn’t want to plaster it with all the festive colours. The cover page isn’t exciting at all! Though the further you get into the set-up the more creative it becomes.

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December is a really busy month so I’ve left the calendar without details – to make it as functional as possible. Now I’ve taken photos of it I’ll start writing down all of my dates! It’s going to be hard to fit blogging in around all of the social events but I will try my hardest! I don’t want to hibernate like I did last year 😂Christmas is a prime-time for content 🙃

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‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ is one of my favourite festive songs

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The candle is cinnamon scented though it’s on it’s last burn! 😢

I didn’t have habit trackers for November so I did forget to practise my cello a lot and my reading went down too! This month I am hoping to fill in these trackers as best as I can. Especially the ‘100+ pages a day’ because I really want to reach my Goodreads goal!

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I don’t put Christmas decorations up until much later in the month so I’ve had to use these pinecones instead. They’re still festive, right?

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The mood tracker is one of my favourite spreads! Reflecting on feelings is really important to me. This month is going to be hectic so I doubt I will have as much time for journalling – though I still want to keep track of my moods. I can’t want to see what the end result will be like too!

The last page is my expense tracker. It’s essential for this month because I’ll be buying a lot of presents! I usually make gifts for my closer family though I don’t have the time to do that for everyone. Hopefully I won’t fill the whole page 😬

What theme are you doing for you December bullet journal? If you don’t currently have a bujo, is it something you want to take up in the new year?

Thank you so much for reading today’s post! Have a lovely December,

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The Sunshine Blogger Award | Books, Writing & All That Good Stuff

The Sunshine Blogger Award makes another appearance! Thank you so much Saudade for nominating me to do this award/tag. I really enjoy taking part and getting a chance to answer some interesting questions! Saudade’s blog is full of the most heart-breaking and thought-provoking poetry. You really don’t know what you’re missing! The link to the blog is here.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

This is an award honouring bloggers who inspire creativity, positivity by bringing sunshine in the blogging community. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee and should be extended and awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it.

Rules:

1.Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

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1. What is your favourite thing about being a blogger?

I really enjoy having a hobby that feels a lot like a ‘job’. Every time I write a post I feel just as productive as when I finish a piece of homework (though of course blogging is more enjoyable)

2. Why did you join WordPress?

I set up my blog through WordPress so I’ve been here as long as my blog has. I didn’t really consider any other options – I just wanted to get started!

3. How do you deal with writer’s block?

Forcing yourself to write may be a working method for some people, but for me it just doesn’t. If I don’t feel like writing then I won’t! If you really have a passion for something then motivation will spark again sometime.

4. Name the book(s) that changed or shaped your way of thinking monumently?

There are so many books that have changed me! However ‘Sophie’s World’ has got to be on the top of this list. It developed my love for philosophy and encouraged me to read a lot more. 

 

5. When writing, do you generally start with an outline of the story or simply begin writing?

Novel-writing is something I used to be really passionate about but now I’ve fell out of love with it. I mostly write poems and I never intend for them to tell a story but to express my feelings. However, if I was to write a short story then I would outline it to begin with. Authors say that a good technique is to start with the ending and work backwards. 

6. Three things you wish to have right now?

I would like to have some rest but, at the same time, I need to get some blogging and school preparation done! Some food would be nice so I’ll have lunch in a few minutes. My last wish would be for an extra day in the week so I could have an extended weekend 😂 I don’t really like wishing because I already have what I need. 

7. What is one genre that you really want to read more of this year and why?

Historical fiction is a genre I have got into this year but not read much of. I plan to read The Tattooist of Auchwitz before the year is through! Have you read it? What did you think?

8. How do you deal with anxiety, if you have any?

I’m not diagnosed with anxiety (as in the mental health problem) though when I do get stressed and overwhelmed I like to drink water. I sip on a glass for a minute or two and try to level out my thoughts. If I am at home, however, I will usually sit down with my journal and reflect on the day. Writing out to-do lists is also theraputic. If you have a lot to do then it’s a good idea to write it all down!

9. What are your three all time favourite quotes?

“If you want to live in a world where people are not afraid of mice, then you must give up living in palaces” – E.Lockhart, We Were Liars

This is the first one that comes to mind – I’m not really sure what my other favourites are!

10. What are the two songs on your playlist, right now?

Lights Up – Harry Styles

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People

11. If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be?

I would love to be a Britain’s Got Talent judge and watch all of the auditions! I think that it would be amazing. 


My Questions

I would love to hear your answers to these questions:

  1. Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?
  2. If you could change your name, what would your new name be and why would you change it?
  3. Name a body part you wouldn’t mind losing.
  4. What is something you’ve always wanted to do but are too scared to?
  5. If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would it be?
  6. Who was your role model as a child?
  7. What is the longest word you know? (that isn’t supercalifragilisticexpialadocious)
  8. Would you prefer one wish right now or three wishes over the course of five years?
  9. If money wasn’t a concern what would you really like to buy/where would you like to go to?
  10. Which famous person would you never like to meet (that isn’t a politician)
  11. Do you prefer hot or cold drinks? 

Thank you for reading my Sunshine Blogger Award! If you would like to answer my random questions then feel free to, and tag me in the post. It’ll be really interesting to know what celebrity you would never like to meet!

I hope that you have a really positive week (whether the sun is shining or not)!

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Easy & Yummy Oaty Cookies Recipe | Perfect Alternative To High Calorie Snacks

Happy Friday!

Here’s another baking post for you. Today I’ll be sharing my no-longer secret oaty cookie recipe. They’re really easy to make (similar procedure to flapjack but with a few more ingredients) and taste amazing! An extra five minutes in oven makes them lovely and crisp, whereas ‘under’ baking them gives a lovely doughy texture. They’re not too unhealthy so I would really recommend them as an alternative to the packaged chocolate bars (it reduces your plastic waste as well). On to the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 75g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 75g porridge oats
  • 50g caster sugar 
  • 75g butter 
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup 
  • 2 tbsp milk

Method:

  • Sift flour into a bowl. Mix in baking powder, porridge oats and sugar. You could also use self-raising flour if that’s what you already have at home (saving you a trip to the shops!)

  • Melt the butter, syrup and milk in a small saucepan or in the microwave and stir. It should look like this:

  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined. It should look similar  to flapjack mixture!

  • Now preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. If you do this now then your oven will have heated enough before you have to put them in. Doing it right at the start (as most recipes recommend) is a waste of energy! It saves you money in the long-run too. 

  • Spoon onto a lined baking tray and shape into rounds, leaving space between each biscuit as they will spread whilst cooking. The recipe makes roughly 15 medium sized cookies. 

  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before removing from tray. They taste really amazing when they are straight from the oven – and even better with a cup of tea!


Thank you for reading today’s post! If you do try out this recipe (it’s super easy, you don’t need to be skilled in order to do it) then I would love to see your recreations! Send me photos through Instagram or email me. 

What are your favourite cookies? Rich chocolate or light vanilla?

Stay tuned for my takeover on Neve Franks’s Positivity Blog tomorrow! Over on Instagram I will be doing the stories for the day and sharing my message of positivity. Go and give it a follow!

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