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Goodbyes are always hard

Today is the last day of January, and believe it or not, unlike many others, I am a bit sad to see January 2018 go. Goodbyes are always hard for me. January has been a very long month as usual. It has gone on for so long, that at some point, I thought it would never end. I am always a bit reluctant to say goodbye to January because it means the new year has started for real, and I have to get on with it.

 

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January started off slow and quiet. It has been full of ups and downs, with the fever coming around, leaving me feeling horrible. It was my birthday some days ago, and I had a good time celebrating with the family, not letting the sickness take over my special day. I have also been very busy with blog work and my other freelance jobs. Also, I finally got the time to list some items on eBay. I got so many items to get rid of, and I am looking to give many to various charities and sell the rest on eBay this year, so wish me luck.

I am looking forward to February and all what the new month brings. It is the Valentine’s Day month of love, so expect some lovey dovey posts on Fashion and Style Police. I plan to work hard and play even harder in the month of February. Going easy on myself is one thing I am working on this year, so a lot of me time has been scheduled to get some quality TLC.

What was January like for you? Do you have any plans for February? Do sound off in the comments section, let’s chat.

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Don’t Go Broke for Christmas

It is now 9 days to Christmas and everyone is going MAD! The shops are filled up with shoppers that won’t stop shopping. Deliveries are coming on very late and the whole world has gone crazy getting ready for the big day. I am trying not to join in with the craziness of it all. I am done with my Christmas shopping and wrapping. Just waiting on a few deliveries to come in and wrap some last minute gifts, and that is it really.

I am trying to enjoy the countdown to Christmas and not get carried away with the madness. Which brings me to this post. Many of us get carried away with the Christmas cheer and spend a lot more than we planned to, just because Christmas. It is all well and good if you can afford to buy the presents you buy. Christmas is a season of giving and receiving, so good thoughtful gifts are expected. But that doesn’t mean you should rob Peter to pay Paul. Let me explain…

 

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Many of us spend way more than we can afford. We get carried away with the amazing gift ideas around and go way over our planned budget. Then January comes, and we start to panic with the empty bank accounts, maxed credit cards and bills to pay. Does this scenario sound familiar? Here are ways you could ensure you don’t go broke for Christmas.

 

Start buying Christmas Gifts Early

I started buying Christmas gifts in October and that is late. I usually start earlier than that so I have an upper hand. My aim is to target sales and shop around calmly without the Christmas rush. That way I can spread the cost of the Christmas gifts and shop in peace.

 

Have a Budget

This should go without saying but many of us still walk around shopping without a budget. Having a Christmas shopping budget for every person on your list ensures you don’t get carried away with the amazing options out there. And trust me, there are.

 

Buy for those that Matter

I don’t shop for everyone I know and I don’t expect Christmas gifts from everyone either. I only buy gifts for close family members and teachers. If I don’t see you on Christmas Day, there is a high chance I won’t be buying you a Christmas present except we are tight. I don’t think it makes financial sense buying Christmas gifts for every member of my family.

 

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Buy Only What you Can Afford

Many of us result to using credit cards and store cards to shop for Christmas gifts. That was normal for me some years ago but not anymore. I have seen the light and it makes zero sense to buy what you cannot afford. If you must use store cards and credit cards, make sure it is interest-free, and you make repayments before the interest-free period ends.

 

Focus on the Reason for the Season

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, so I like to focus on the reason for the season, with my family and take it all in. As we count down to Christmas, we spend our spare time relaxing with Christmas programmes, singing along to Christmas carols, reading Christmas books and just enjoying the season. My kids are quite contented with staring at the Christmas lights all day if I let them.

 

These are the ways I make sure I don’t go broke for Christmas. Do you do any of these things? Please share your Christmas shopping experience in the comments section below.

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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.

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