Hey! Welcome to the first post of the Bloggers Like Us circle. BLU came together as a group of bloggers who thought it might be nice to work together to bring you some new and interesting posts on a variety of topics. The BLU circle consists of the wonderful Kelly over at http://thescrapbookgirl.co.uk, Kerry over at https://www.kerrymaymakes.com and Sam over at https://www.samalderson.co.uk/. I hope you enjoy reading our posts as much as we enjoy putting them together. Our first post is a little intro to who we are so please pop over and visit the others for their intro’s.
1. A little bit about you and why you chose to write in this circle.
I am Emma-Louise and if you follow my blog you will already know a little about me. I am a total and utter bookworm, I live for books and I work with authors to help promote their books as well as with their writing. I have 3 children who keep me busy and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease last year.
I chose to write in this circle because I wanted to do something a little differently. I use to run a circle called The Planner Collective but had to give it up when I got unwell. I have known each of the ladies taking part for a few years now and have great respect for each of them.
2. Name a person or topic that interests/inspires you right now?
This question proved to be a lot harder than I anticipated. I am currently in a state of hibernation and liking my life to be as underwhelming and uncluttered as possible. Sam who is also taking part in this circle is an inspiration, I love to read her blog and chat to her. I love the way she has gone minimal and it helps to remind me what is and what is not important.
I also love Laura from How To GYST – She is always so real with us and shows her ups and her downs and offers some sgae advice on a plethora of subjects.
Another inspiration is Jennifer Gilmour. This lady has overcome so much and is growing strength to strength with her cause. Not only is she spreading advice, knowledge and awareness she is one of the most lovely people on the planet.
3, What planner has been the most successful for you?
I have tried so so many planner and spent so much money but do you know what has worked for me best? A £6 hobonichi weeks wannabe from Aliexpress.Ihave been in it almost a year and it is perfect. I also use a random notebook/planner alongside it to use as a more BuJo style daily planner but that’s it.
4, What book are you reading right now and would you recommend it?
As a book blogger I am always reading 2/3 books at one time. My current reads are Witchery by Juliet Diaz, Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sunshine over Bluebell Castle by Sarah Bennett. I would recommend all of these books if they are the sort of thing you like .
5, What’s your weekday morning routine?
This is pretty easy. I wake up when my 4yr old wakes me up, usually between 5.30am and 6.30am. I have a cuppa tea, toast and then get us both ready for the school run. I then come home read/work for 2 hours then go pick my daughter back up.
6, What about Music of the moment? TV show?
Music of the moment currently is The Hunna – I was recommended them by a friend and absolutely love them.
TV – I have just discovered Prison Break so I am in the middle of a binge
7, Hobbies beside Planning and crafts?
I love to read, if you hadn’t figured that out already. I also really enjoy watercolour painting, crafting, knitting, baking and gardening. I also write a lot and recently won a writing competition which gave me the prize of a writing retreat place.
8, Who in the planning world would you love to meet?
There isn’t anyone I am dying to meet other than friends I have made throughout the community such as Kerry and Kelly. I am lucky enough to have met Sam previously.
9, Digital or paper planning. Which do you perfer?
Both. I use my google calender and trello all the time, just as much as I use my paper planner. My life wouldn’t work without either of these things.
10, If you could tell past you something about planning what would it be?
You do NOT need a pretty planner and a million stickers. Those washi tapes you are thinking of buying will sit in a basket for years untouched. Keep it simple and effective. Plan for you not social media.
Thank you for reading.