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The Power of Journal Writing

I have always had a journal for as long as I can remember. There is so much power in journal writing, and as a lover of reading and writing, I can’t be without a journal. The power of journal writing can be so tricky to explain, but to do so in a few words, I would say, journal writing is the process of discovering your true self.

If you are stuck in a limbo or trying to find out who you really are, I would advise you to keep a journal for a few months. Those months would be all you need to discover yourself and what you are really on about. And you will be stuck journal writing for life too! It is that addictive.

 

 

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I recently came across an amazing stylish stationery brand – Pen Heaven. This brand offers a range of pens and journals from luxury brands, which can be engraved with a personalised message of your choice. I got the opportunity to have my blog initials engraved on this beautiful red Chianti Large Leather Journal. And I also got the same initials on this Cross Bailey Medalist Fountain Pen. They have both motivated me to journal write even more. The personalised touch makes them even more special. These 2 would be going everywhere with me for sure.

 

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These items would make great personalised gifts this Christmas. There are various pens and journals available, in different designs. So there should be 1 for everyone. If you in need of a truly unique gift for a special someone this Christmas or whenever, pop over to the Pen Heaven website. I am sure you would be spoilt for choice. I know I was!

 

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Why is Journal Writing so powerful?

Journal writing is the most effective way to capture our thoughts and dreams, which fuels our creative juice. That is what makes it so powerful. I would be lost without a journal or notebook. I prefer to have the pages of my journal lined, just like the one here. It keeps my hand writing neat, and helps the writing flow.

 

What do you think of my new journal and fountain pen? Are you a fan of journal writing? Please share your thoughts.

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. Have a great day!

 

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Instaworthy Autumn Posts!

Autumn is arguably the most fascinating time in fashion, and it’s finally here! I am super excited! From  rich colours and cosy jumpers to tasty coffees and frosty mornings, the season is fabulous for Instagrammers—but just what photos should you be snapping this year? We find out:

 

A trip to Starbucks

 

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With Halloween on the rise, we’re guessing that the pumpkin spice latte will be making a return. Be prepared to post this all-time Starbucks favourite and watch the likes flood in! A good shot of a cup of coffee is sure to get the likes.

 

An autumn nature post

Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons to photograph and everyone loves a good leaf post. Especially with the beautiful bold browns and reds. You can post your nature photos individually or as a pile to add some colour to your Instagram account.

 

Snap a selfie

 

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I love uploading selfies every now and again. I enjoy taking them and I think it is great  to take a few selfies wearing autumn hats, gloves and scarves! Have a look at designer womenswear brand Ralph Lauren’s online style guide for more ideas on the pieces and accessories you should be wearing and sharing for autumn 2017.

 

A bright night sky

Make the most of upcoming seasonal events. You could attend a firework display on the 5th of November! You could also get some great Halloween decoration shots! Capture all of the action on your phone and upload to your feed.

 

Picture pumpkin

Pumpkins make great shots! You can either carve them or stack them up to create a beautiful post. So make the most of the season, and get those pumpkin photos uploaded on Instagram.

 

Wear then share

 

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When it comes to fashion, Instagram is the place to be. I get a lot of daily fashion inspiration on Instagram, and I enjoy sharing my outfit posts too.  This autumn, why not share some outfit posts? Just make sure you pick the picture perfect outfit!

 

A touch of frost

Instagram is a great platform to show off your photography skills. Capturing the perfect shot of glistening, pretty frost will put your skills to the test, but the end result is well worth the effort!

 

The top trick

We all know cute animals can guilt trip people into liking a post. From pups in piles of leaves to robins on fences, who can scroll past those little faces? So if you have a pet, get those shots taken!

 

Muddy wellies

Autumn and rain go hand in hand, so get your wellies out and make the most of the muddy puddles. Remember to get your cameras ready to get some puddles shots!

 

Extravagant hot chocolates

 

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Posting a picture of hot chocolate in summer might be a little weird, but with the cold weather coming in, you have the perfect opportunity for snapping that shot. Pile them high with cream and marshmallows for an envy-inducing autumn drink.

 

Do you have plans for Instaworthy autumn post? Please share in the comments section below.

 

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How to Save Money as a Freelancer/Self-Employed

How to save money as a freelancer/self-employed is 1 question asked by many. The uncertainty in the freelance/self-employed world makes it even more difficult to even think of saving or pension, and this is the main reason why we must grow our savings – because of the uncertainty.

There is a lot of potential in the freelance business. You can get a good income working from home and doing what you love. The main problem is that some freelancers fail to grow their savings and instead spend more money than they earn. If you are self-employed and have caught yourself overspending without keeping anything on the side, then don’t worry you can start to make amends.

Saving is a habit that you can cultivate. If you’re committed, consistent and dedicated, you will be very surprised with what you can save in a year.

 

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Saving doesn’t have to be difficult. It doesn’t have to be something that you exert a lot of strain on. It’s something that you can achieve and it is so much easier than it looks or what other people make it to be.

Here are some tips on how you can get started in your journey to saving money as a freelancer/self-employed.

 

Start with saving smaller sums of money

Some people find saving a drag because they feel that a lot of money is leaving the sphere of how much money they can spend during the month. The truth is that the idea behind saving is not exactly about how much to keep aside, it’s about keeping something aside.

The best way to deal with this is to start off small and grow into larger sums as time goes by. For example, instead of fixing a particular sum like £200 a month, you can start with a smaller sum like £2 a day. This makes saving less burdensome and then when you’re comfortable with going a little higher you can raise the amount you want to save.

 

Get help from automatic money-saving apps

I love how technology helps save money. There are a lot of nifty apps out there that automatically withdraw money from your bank account and save it in another account where you can have access to it in the future.

With such apps you don’t have to worry about missing the days you set aside to save money. It’s pretty convenient and always on time. I use one with my bank and it has been very helpful.

 

Set a challenge for yourself to save money

Saving money can be fun when you treat it in a creative way. Challenge yourself to save on incremental basis. For example, challenge yourself to save something within 7 days no matter how little. Once you are able to complete the first week, challenge yourself to do the same the next week and then the next until you are able to complete a full month. This will keep you in the frame of mind of saving. So instead of just jumping into making savings, you are growing into it until it becomes a lasting habit.

 

Are you a freelancer or as a self employed person? How do you stay on top of your savings? Please share your tips in the comments section below.

 

Thanks for reading. Have a lovely weekend.

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