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2013 was a pivotal year in my life for a lot of reasons. I feel like I finally made my way to a better emotional place after a very tough 2012, I started my business, developed my dreams, ambitions and goals, finalised my divorce and started a new chapter in my life. One of the things I really love about keeping a scrapbook or smashbook or something similar is how all of those memories and thoughts can be kept safe and sound.

Last week I was feeling uninspired so I decided to take a trip down memory lane and revisit a year that brought with it a lot of positivity, inspiration and all round goodness. This is what happened…


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So another year is almost over and I found myself having trouble thinking of what my word for December should be. Insightful is one of those things that just happens rather than something you can make happen. I spent a lot of time looking over my tags for the year in my smash book and I decided there was really only one thing left to add to the year’s lessons and that was to take away all of my insightful moments, remember them, learn from them and LIVE.

Sometimes, particularly when living with depression, that is one of the hardest things to do. Life is painful, hard and full of challenges but it’s important to live through them and learn from them. This is a reflection I often have at this time of the year when I look back at the twelve months that have just passed and all of the experiences I have had both good and bad. I keep going, I live through it, I’ll keep doing so and I’ll be stronger for it.

So whatever life throws at you keep going… be inspired, make connections, take the time to recharge and dream, be called to action, find beauty in what you deem ‘ugly’, play, love, change for the better, accept what you experience, listen to yourself and LIVE!

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I accept the good with the bad

I accept my abilities and my faults

I accept my depression

I accept my fear

I accept my anxiety

I accept my imperfections

I accept me.

Sometimes, accepting ourselves entirely is hard. We have this knack of being mean, critical and judgemental towards ourselves but it’s important to accept all the facets to our personality to find happiness. Each one of us is a beautiful individual who has to carve our own path through life.

My word for October is accept, not only for my self acceptance but as a reminder of how important it is to accept the things around us as well. My work often doesn’t go according to plan, sometimes i make things I don’t like and I have to accept it, sometimes situations are out of our control and all we can do is wait and ride it out. Sometimes the people we love make choices that we don’t want them to make, sometimes it rains when we need sun. Rather than stress out the best thing we can do is accept what is happening and move alongside it on the path of least resistance.

You don’t have to like it but sometimes you just have to accept it.

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There was really only one word I could choose for September given the amount of change that is coming my way. From the start of the school term on Wednesday to the fact that my little man will be starting school next week. He’s doing half days for the first two weeks but then he’s there full time and suddenly I’m not going to be looking after him everyday anymore. It’s oddly heart wrenching to think about despite knowing that I’m still his mum and he’s still my little boy.

With both of the children at school I will be suddenly left with an influx of time and, I expect, a feeling of not being needed anymore. My baby is growing up, everything is changing and though I know it’s all necessary and for the best it is unsettling, more so for me than the children I think.

There are other changes happening too, the big one being my delving into starting my own business which is due to kick off this week with the coming new moon. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared but it’s exciting also. I’m due to register my business with the start of the school term and as of Thursday I officially go self employed.

There are changes everywhere this month and I can only hope that they will benefit us all positively and bring us new and happy times of growth and development.

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The last couple of days I have been in a smash booking kinda mood and have finally cracked on with my big ‘eco – style’ smash book. This evening I finished the page for my birthday and I’ll share that one once I have done the corresponding day out spread as well but for today it’s the introduction/new years page.


In the green envelope is a card I’ve had for quite a while on display in my bedroom and now houses my list of goals for the year, the rest of the page is pretty self explanatory, covered in bits and bobs I’ve been holding onto as well as a new years card from my neighbour and a good few glittery pretty embellishments.



I wanted it to be simple and since I didn’t go out for new year or anything there wasn’t much to actually put in about the actual evening. I debated putting in copies of the cards I drew for my reading that night but decided against it in the end as something unnecessary. The reading itself was spot on as they always are with my faery oracle deck but it just didn’t feel right including it visually. I’m pleased with the pages and it felt good to finally get on with it and do a proper spread in there. It’s no longer waiting for the first bit to be done so that ‘new book’ fear has gone (I suffer from new book fear quite a bit), it’s a relief and one of those things that once I get started with it I’m enthused to carry on, in fact at times I have to rein myself in a bit so as not to overdo it particularly with all the sparkly things I have to add!

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I seem to be on a roll this evening, two posts so far. It could be because it’s my birthday and I’ve had an awesome day, or maybe I’m just in the blogging mood, who knows for sure? What I do know is I’m not going to question it!


When I bought my big eco style smash book for documenting this year I also purchased one of the mini smash books, I had no idea what I was going to do in it and for a few weeks after I got it it just sat there waiting for a point to it. In the end it became my little book of big events where I started smashing memorable events, in no particular order, that I had stashed away bits from such as the birth of my children, family events and firsts (my first family holiday with the kids, my first holiday on my own etc). You see I’m a terrible horder, like a magpie only I don’t just keep shinies and it was about time I sorted out the big box of all my treasures into something more manageable, birthing the little book of big events.

So here they are, all the pages I have smashed so far. It’s been a whole lot of fun though there is still a whole way to go before the book is full 😉


My Nan’s 80th birthday tea party, November 2012.


My Nan and Grandad’s Golden Wedding Anniversary, January 2004.

I didn’t even realise I still had the invitation for this one in the big box…


The birth of my first baby, my daughter, December 2004.


My first holiday alone, a four night trip to Devon at Retreats For You, March/April 2012.


School photos of the kids over the years. 2012 was the first time Ethan, my youngest, had one done at nursery.

The green page is ready and waiting for the next ones where the kids will be having them together as Ethan starts school this September.


Taking Beth to see The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, December 2012.

It was her first trip to both London and the theatre.


Beth’s birthday surprise, a trip to build-a-bear, something she has wanted to do for ages, December 2012.



The birth of my youngest, my son, January 2009.




Momentos from the births of the kids, they have both been strung and hung like bookmarks from the spine into the two birth pages.

That’s it so far, I have more pages to add a couple already planned but not yet smashed, one I’m not really looking forward to but know I need to include, not doing so would be doing myself a disservice. My big smash book is still somewhat empty though I now have three pages in my mind ready and waiting for the smashing bug to bite gain.

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