For someone who loves to dream, to write and to plan, there's few things nicer than a new notepad. It's not just paper. It's hope. It's possibility. It's the start of an adventure. It's the gap between the here and now and the future. It's the time to ask yourself what you want to do and who do you want to be. And how you're going to get there. It's a place to write your story.
I'm currently asking myself all those questions and more. Next year is a pivotal year for me. I turn forty in the summer and then a few weeks later, my littlest will start nursery, his first tentative steps to beginning school in 2017, which will leave me with time to myself for the first time in six years. Six years!! And so I have a new notepad open, but I'm staring at that very first blank page and am yet to make a single mark on it. I feel as though I'm on the cusp of so many ideas and so many possibilities and so many possible directions but almost too many to make a clear plan.
The thought of having a couple of hours a day to work on things of my choosing is an exciting prospect. It feels like a luxury. It is a luxury. I'd love to do more and do better with this blog. I call it my '70 percent project'. I'm offered so many exciting opportunities and experiences through it but have to turn down 70 percent because I simply don't have the time or can't leave the boys. And then on the opposite side, when I look at the photographs that I take and the posts that I write, I'm only 70 percent happy with them because, again, I simply don't have the time, or won't trade a walk in the woods for an hour retaking images.
That time will soon come though, and in preparation, I've been making headway in to clearing more space for myself (and less for my husband, Paul) in our home office. It's turning more pink by the purchase. Continuing with the theme, I'd say it's 70 percent mine now. However, with a little help from my lovely friends at HomeSense, that figure's about to get a whole lot higher. They recently sent me off to my local store to look for some ideas for Christmas gifts. Now, I normally pop to HomeSense for items to do with the home (obviously) but did you know that they have the most amazing stationery selection too?!
I decided to put together the most perfectly pink Christmas hamper for people sweet on stationery. With the discounted prices at HomeSense, you can get so much for your money. Products that I'd spotted in other stores or online shops were half the price, and I even found some cards that I'd been coveting, heavily reduced from £14 to £2. I picked up notepads, a book on craft techniques, a Filofax folder and matching 2016 diary, and the cutest pins and paperclips that I've come across (check out the arrows and bows in the picture below and swoon). Spotty pencils, striped pencils and a wonderfully sparkly garland. Love, love and love! And then the most beautiful, bright pink box to package them all up in. All for £70. And all to go in a home office soon to be 100 percent mine.
Thank you, HomeSense.
Disclaimer: HomeSense kindly sent me a gift card to go towards my purchases.