Magical New Year Disney Wishlist!

images of every item in the post, numbered.

It’s January, and if you’re feeling like you need a little extra magic in your life, Disney is here for you! One of my favourite ways to unwind is to idly window shop online and Disney things have to be one of the most comforting items to browse. Here’s a look at some of my favourite wishlist items so far this month!

Courage and Kindness, one of my favourite bloggers and all round wonderful human, writes wonderful Disney wishlist posts and this one is inspired by her ❤

Add a little magic to your new year with me!

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A bullet journal page with an envelope and a yearly calendar, a cup of coffee, and some pink flowers

My Wider 2019 Goals (and How I Chose Them)

A bullet journal page with an envelope and a yearly calendar, a cup of coffee, and some pink flowers

This blog is brought to you by the sweet sounds of Lal playing Pokemon Let’s Go so every now and then I just hear “WHAT’S GOOD AGAINST FIGHTING?” and then I helpfully refer to the Pokemon weakness list that I’ve handwritten on Minnie Mouse stationery. I love us.

Anyway! This is not a post about Pokemon; this is another post about 2019 goals.

I’ve written before about the small goal I’ve set myself for 2019 and how I’m trying to see goals as guidelines to move in the direction I want, and, with that in mind, it’s time to look at my wider goals for the year!

I’ve broken these down into smaller categories but they all have one main theme: they’re all things I’d like to let myself spend more time on. “I must do x more,” I think, going merrily through my life, never actually sitting down to do something about it. “I really must make a start on that.” No more!

Or, at least, no more putting off finding ways to do things I want to do. I don’t want to set myself any impossible standards or use these goals as ways to punish myself for not achieving what I think I should be — instead, I’m trying to encourage myself along like a very small snail. You can do it, snail! We believe in you!

Here are the things I want to gently work on in 2019:

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Setting a Small Goal for 2019


Happy new year! I saw in 2019 cuddled up in blankets with Lal and my best friend, playing Pokemon Let’s Go and then watching Chicago to really ring in the new year with the best combination of soft things and rocking ladies possible.

I started thinking about a month ago about what I want to work on in 2019. After 28 years of setting nearly unachievable goals for myself as a kind of punishment, and then beating myself up for not meeting their impossible standards, I’ve learned (slowly) to try and think of goals as more like guidelines. Guidelines, or signposts, maybe, to help point you along the path you want to go. If you work on this, you can help yourself move in this direction. That sort of thing.

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(Thanks, Barbossa)

I’ve got a post coming up about the wider goals I’m working towards this year and how I came up with them, but this post is about something a little smaller.

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A Book Box Club box, the theme card for this month, and a pink rose

unboxing: book box club october 2018!

A Book Box Club box, the theme card for this month, and a pink rose

Is this a super late Book Box Club unboxing? Yes! But we’re doing it anyway! I think this box is my favourite subscription box I’ve ever received, and, even if it’s been more than two months since it was sent out, I still want to yell about how wonderful it is.

ALSO! Book Box Club have just launched their new shop! If you want any of the items in this post, you can take a look here to see if the individual item or the whole box is available 😀

Book Box Club sends you one new YA release each month along with 4 -6 bookish goodies that fit that month’s theme. Every box comes with an invitation to the online Book Box Club book group, which hosts a monthly chat with the author of the selected book. October’s theme was Fantasy Lands – let’s get into it!

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top ten tuesday: priority tbr books for 2019

Top Ten Tuesday!

Recently I moved all my physical tbr books off my bookshelves and into piles on their own so that I could have a clearer idea of what I’ve actually got to read and that pile is… let’s sportingly say sizeable, if by sizeable we mean “five stacks of books impeding my way across the living room”. Next year I want to try and actually make a dent in it! I will get to read stories I’m really looking forward to AND reclaim inches of floor space! A double victory!

This post is also for the Top Ten Tuesday prompt “Winter 2018 TBR” — I’m twisting the prompt a little bit because I’ve already talked about my December reading plans here.

Here are ten books I want to try and prioritise reading in early 2019:

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end of the year book tag 2018!


I can’t believe it’s December! The best month of the year! (I might be a tad biased because my birthday is in December but also I am essentially the spirit of Christmas all year round, so in December my TRUE FORM becomes visible.) And you know another great thing that starts happening in December? BOOK LISTS.

I saw Regan from Peruse Project do this book tag a little while ago and I thought, yes! I can do that too! I think it’s meant to be done in autumn rather than, say, at the beginning of December but WHATEVER THOR I DO WHAT I WANT. Let’s take a look at my reading plans for the end of the year and also start pining for some 2019 releases! This tag was originally created by Ariel Bissett.

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hello november

I haven’t been feeling like myself for a little while and I hadn’t really noticed until I flicked back to look at my october journal spread. There’s nothing wrong with it, exactly, and I like all the elements I’ve used, but nothing quite fits. It looks like I didn’t know what I felt, and I don’t think I did.

October was kind of up and down for me – I had some really great days with people that I love alongside some rockier health moments, and a constant worry about work. I left my full-time job back in July because of an m.e. flare-up (more on that in a different post; I’ve got to do some more ~sitting with my feelings~ about it first) and I’ve recently been doing some part-time temping work to pay the bills. I keep wanting my health to be somewhere it isn’t, and I’ve been trying to balance that with trying to keep working for, you know, money. (Capitalism!!! *shakes fist*) I keep seeing full-time positions open for applications that I think I’d like and knowing that I couldn’t physically do them. I’ve been physically struggling with part-time work, and the reality of that struggle has been getting to me.

But. I’ve wanted to try freelance working for a while now and I finally have the opportunity. I am looking after my body and my mind. I’m not wearing myself out every day in a job that never felt like me; I’m writing more; I’m getting better, even if I can’t see it every single day.

I think that’s why I’ve been sort of absent here. I keep talking myself out of posting, and I think it’s because I have this idea that everything I put up needs to be polished, or perfect. But it doesn’t! It just has to be.

So that’s what I’m taking into November. Stop trying to be perfect, self! Just start letting yourself try.

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unboxing: september book box club – birthday edition!

Book Box Club box with pink flowers to one side and a typed piece of paper saying "into the wild"

Time for another (admittedly late) unboxing of my favourite book box! This is the September Book Box Club box, and the theme was Into the Wild. This month was Book Box Club’s two year anniversary box and it came with two books to celebrate! Happy birthday, Book Box Club ❤

Book Box Club sends you one new YA release each month along with 4 -6 bookish goodies that fit that month’s theme. Every box comes with an invitation to the online Book Box Club book group, which hosts a monthly chat with the author of the selected book.

Let’s get into it!

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hello september


September is here and I am officially calling it autumn. While winter is my actual favourite season, autumn means that summer is finally over! This nicely captures how I feel about summer: namely, that it is a hellscape season that I just have to GET THROUGH and then am rewarded with COOLER WEATHER and JUMPERS and BLANKETS AND HAPPINESS. I have essentially zero heat tolerance anyway, and being too warm exacerbates my m.e. like no-one’s business, and I burn super easily, and I sweat super easily, and summer is just Not For Me. I get through it by being like “this is people’s favourite season! this must be so nice for them!” and then we circle back to autumn and I am like OH THANK GOD THANK GOD I LIVED TO SEE THIS DAY etc. I did my first autumn-themed journal spread this morning and it felt Good.

Here are a few things I want to do this September to really soak up the beginning of autumn:

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