It’s A Family Thing: Richard O’Neill Author Event

Hey Everyone,

A few weeks ago I took my children to an author event at our local bookshop (Guisborough), who may I add had amazing staff. This event was for my almost 4 year old Alexis. The author that was featuring was someone called Richard O’Neill who writes children’s books.

Alexis as always was really excited, she loves readng and anything that involves some form of adventure, which clearly this was.

Richard started by introducing himself and some of his woodcraft before reading them the story of Polonius the Pit Pony, his latest book.

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Alexis was engrossed, she really enjoyed it. Once the story was over we had a chat with the author and it was really nice. Richard is a really friendly person and seems to get real joy from reading and interacting with children. Alexis is usually quite shy but she had a good little conversation with Richard about the Pony.

We bought a copy of the book which Richard generously signed for us. Later that night Alexis requested it to be read again before bed. The illustrations are stunning, such a lovely book.

Your can find out more information about Richard here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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The Little Book of Dread: Journaling with Negative Emotions

Today I’d like to talk to you about the benefits of journaling with Negative Emotions. Quite often we see posts about the positivity of journaling. Mostly memory journals, project life and posts that always end in some sort of positive outcome. 

However, if you are like me sometimes life just feels really unfair, overwhelming or damn right shit. 

I have a little journal which I call my Little Book of Dread. I keep it separately from everything else and don’t write in it daily. When I do write in it though I unleash all my anger, sadness and hate for whatever it is at the time. I scream at the page with my frustrations. Scribble, swear and have tear drops all over. I don’t care. This journal is never going to be seen by anyone else. This is my journal of true and honest feeling. 

I am only human and yes I know it’s great to try and look at every silver lining etc but sometimes I don’t want too. Sometimes I feel like enough is enough and why me?

Everyone feels like that but not many will admit it because we think it makes us selfish, it makes people pity us. It makes us feel weak. At least that’s how I often feel. I’m a pretty strong outgoing person but I can only tolerate so much.

There are benefits to this sort of journaling. 

1) A problem shared is a problem halved. This way it’s shared judgement free.

2) You can be brutal and honest with yourself and about others.

3) It helps you to de-stress and feel less overwhelmed.

4) You can tell it your deepest darkest secret and learn a lot about yourself in the process.

5) It can leave you exhausted but in the best way. 

6) It leaves you feeling much lighter, like you don’t have to carry that burden around with you.

7) You can unleash your inner crazy voice, this is great since as it’s generally not appropriate to do that in public.

If you haven’t tried this yourself I would highly recommend it. The process is very cathartic. I’ve even gone so far as to burn the book when it’s full, and it really does feel good. Like letting good of everything that’s tried to break you.

Give it a go you won’t regret it. Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Writing Prompt #8

Less than 750 words. Flash Fiction. This is unedited and 236 words.

Life. It isn’t as infinite as we are led to believe when we are younger. Carefree, fearfree and living how we see fit. At least that’s how I had lived. Yes that’s right, had lived, meaning that I know longer live. I am here in spirit and consciousness but not in body. No, my body went until the ground little over a week ago.
I watched my friends and family say goodbye, tears flooding their faces. They all kept mumbling about what a waste it was, how senseless an act, how I had so much to live for.

They all thought it, they couldn’t rationalise but then why would they. They hadn’t lived like I had. On the outside I was fun, loved, had friends and most of all, I was happy.
That wasn’t the case on the inside though. I lived with secrets, dark dark secrets. Those secrets ate away at my soul and made my head cloudy with grey thoughts. I had to escape it all. The fear, the regret and the possibility that they would discover the real me.

Now I don’t feel anything. I float among the ethereal clouds with all the other lost souls. I don’t have regret, I don’t have fear and I don’t feel bad. I suppose you are wondering what happened, why am I now this way. Well you shall find out, this is the story of me. 

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

Writing Prompt #4


I think you all know the rules by now. Less than 750 words, flash fiction.

The light fractured into pieces along the wall. The curtains pulled shut allowed little light into the room, but enough to notice every car that passed.

I lay on the bed trying to focus my breathing. To let my subconscious take hold. I was told that meditating will help, easier said than done when you’re stuck in a motel room right on the highway. So much for peace.

I still had the hospital gown on that I’d escaped in. My feet red raw and bleeding. Walking for miles barefoot in this climate wasn’t ideal. The dusty dry roads scattered with pebbles, stones and Sandy grit. 

I’d been here now for 2 hours, I snuck in the room through the bathroom window, I shouldn’t be here and I hoped that no one would rent to room tonight. There was some small snacks in the fridge which I had eaten when I got here but now my stomach groaned in protest at the amount of crap I’d consumed.

I needed to get away from the doctors. They were just doing there job, I get that but I needed space to work through this. I was told it was an accident. I was walking down the road when a car came ploughing into me which had left me in a coma for 13 days. When I awoke I had no idea who I was or where I was from. They had not found any I.D on me and my DNA wasn’t on record. I was a non-dead Jane Doe.

I kept getting flashes of memories but never enough to grasp anything from. I had the feeling that may be this was the universe telling me my life was bad before and I was given a fresh start to reinvent myself. I could be anyone. I could have children or a husband, I could be a serial killer. I had no idea.

The only identifying thing I had were the tattoo’s that were down my arms, shoulders and back. I wondered what my inspiration had been when I got them. I liked them, tomorrow I am going to see if any of the studios in town recognise the work.

I figured if I couldn’t meditate then I should at least try to get some sleep. I blocked the door with the side unit so at least I would have time to get out should someone try and enter.

I got into the bed and it didn’t take long for me to fall into a deep sleep. 

I woke to the sound of a car pulling up. It was just getting light and the wall clock showed it was 5.53am.

I got out of the bed, straightenedthe covers and eat some more snacks, filling my coat pocket with more. I was grateful I had the coat, at least people didn’t stare so blantely when I walked past.

I crawled out of the bathroom window the way I had came and walked around to the main building. It was still and quiet with the exception of a lady dressed in a business suit getting into her car. 

I walked over to her and said hello.

” Oh, hello” she replied

I’m sorry to bother you but I was wondering if you were heading into town? My friends thought it was funny to take my shoes and I’d rather not walk back barefoot again’

She looked down at my feet, glazing over my long coat.

‘Urm, sure. Yes I can take you there. I have a pair of old squash shoes if you would like to wear them?’

‘That would be very kind of you, thank you’

The lady walked to the boot of her car and got some old battered white shoes out and have them to me. I opened the passenger door and slide in. The car smelt like fresh pine and was immaculately clean.

We drove in silence, I didn’t know what to say and she clearly didn’t either. When she pulled up to the road I got out.

‘Thank you for the lift.’ I said poking my head through the window.

‘You’re welcome, sorry I didn’t catch your name’

I thought for second before replying, 

‘My name is Andrea, Andrea Riley’

And with that I turned and walked away. That was my name now, one I had claimed until I could find out who I really was.

Thanks for reading and as always feel free to pop your story in the comments below or link to your blog post.

The Stationery Geekette x

Planner Girls Collective: Inspirational Quotes

Hey Everyone,

This week we are all looking at the quotes which give us inspiration and motivation. Whether they come from book, film, song or elsewhere.

I am a huge fan of quotes. I have them jotted about all over the place, I even have a tattoo quote down my arm.

My favourite quote is

“Life is a moment, there is no hereafter. So make it burn always with the hardest flame” ~ Oscar Wilde

This quote reminds me that no matter what we must live life to the fullest.
Other quotes which I find inspiring are:

I’d love to know your favourite quotes.

Don’t forget to drop by the other ladies taking part:)

Rebecca Project Life 
Planner Montannah 
An Ocean Glimmer 
My Chaotically Eclectic Life 
A Beautiful Plan 
Becster
Pennygate Crafts 
Vintage Planner 
Ugly Bug Plans 
Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Confessions Of A Plannerholic : Top 5 Role Models

When I think about someone who is a role model I think about how inspiring they are, how I am envious of what they can achieve,  accomplish, and how they come across.
Today’s COAP post is an ode to the top 5 role models we have. These could be famous people, family members, bloggers. Anyone you aspire to learn from.

My Top 5 Role Models are;

1) Michelle Mills. Michelle is like superwoman, she runs her own Etsy shop (UglyBugDoes), constantly is looking for ways to improve her business and give back, she has 3 small children and a loving husband and never has a dull moment. Constantly living a hectic and busy life but it’s clear that family are her priority. Everything that she does is to ultimately improve her family life. Michelle is an amazing and loving person. I’m grateful for her presence in my life.

2) Blogger Laura Hutchison from HowToGyst. I find Laura completely inspiring. I have followed HowToGyst for well over a year and it was through winning an giveaway that I discovered the amazing Getting Things Done. Laura is a normal woman living a life with children and work and through her blog she can help anyone be more productive. 

3) Alexis of Strange & Charmed. Alexis is someone who I inspire to in a business sense. There is so much I can learn about running an online business and managing my time better from this lady. Not only does she has her blog but she also has the amazing Miss Trenchcoat YouTube videos.

4) Sandra Bullock, yes this is my first celebrity role model. I love Sandra she has such class about her and she is incredibly dignified. Not only is she an amazing actress but despite many spotlights in the press due to her ex-husband she has always kept calm and dignified.

5) My Gran. I know it probably comes across as a little bit cheesy but this woman is such a role model to me. My grandad died in 1983 and my gran went out and worked full-time while still raising my mum and my uncle. I was 9 months old at the time as my mum had me at 18 and throughout the years she’s helped raise me and my 2 brothers, worked, bought her own home and become fully self dependant. My gran has never been afraid to be herself even when the the era she grew up there were certain expectations of her. I will be quite happy if I grow up to be half the woman she is.

There is my list. I’d love to hear from you who your role models are.

Please do not forget to take a look at all the other beautiful ladies blogs that are taking part.

SkaLovingGeek

UglyBugDoes 

A Beautiful Plan 

The Vintage Planner

A Life Lived In Words

My Chaotically Eclectic Life

Pineapple and Button

Pennygate Crafts

Plan With Hannah

SallyAnnMade

Pennygate Crafts

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

Life Update August + 5 Year Plan

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It’s that time of the month again where I discuss my successions and failures of the last month. In all honesty I can’t say there has been much going on in the way of successes. I managed to read 9 books this month which was a success I guess. I also am writing reviews for two more sites, one of which I now get paid for..yay!

The kids having summer holidays and my hospital trip have pretty much meant that I haven’t got half as much done that I would have liked. I did however have a nice summer with the children which is the most important thing.

My business launched at the beginning on August and is doing well, people have been incredibly generous in their reviews.

The blog fell a little by the wayside due to everything going on and I admittedly have struggled with content, however I have renewed vigour now and determination to get things back on top and better. I will be creating a blog topic schedule which will make things easier as I have been posting a little randomly with content.

I have felt like I have been stuck in a bit of a rut, I mentioned in a previous post my planners don’t seem to be helping much lately, I am not using them as I was which means they are sitting redundantly on my shelf while I figure things out. Once the Ballerina comes though that will easily pick back up. I start college next week which I am really excited about too.

So my new blog schedule will be:

Monday (fortnightly): Confessions of …

Tuesday: Planner / Stationery related

Wednesday: Book Review and TSG Website post

Thursday: Draft, Edit and Admin work

Friday:  TSG Website post

Saturday: Life Update Posts and Book Review

Sunday: My Week/Plan with Me and Picks of the Month

I have also been thinking long and hard about my career and where I want it to go. Thanks to Michelle over at UglyBugDoes I have been inspired to create a 5-year plan.

Where Were You 5 Years Ago?

5 years ago I was living in Guisborough, unemployed and working for Victim Support as a volunteer hoping to gain entry to paid employment within the same sector.

Where Will You Be Living in 5 Years?

In an ideal world I would be living in Canada in a log cabin. Somewhere the kids would love to be. I love the idea of living close to the wilderness, somewhere cold and full of culture. I have wanted to live in Canada for as long as I can remember and for me this would be the ultimate place. However, I know realistically speaking that won’t happen for at least 10 years.

In 5 years I would like to think that I have purchased my own home and am at least part way saving to immigrate. Staying in my local town of Guisborough.

What Job Will You Be Doing?

By then I would have liked to have completed education in Business, Accounting and Copyediting and Proofreading. I would like to hope that my brand is still going and is really strong. I would also like to hope that I am reviewing books for a living, preferably copyediting and proofreading for an income.

What 5 Things are most important to you right now?

  • Family – Getting Alexis sorted into a better routine and getting her settled.
  • Finances – Find employment and to get my business generating an income
  • Career – To complete the Business course I am due to start
  • Finances – To clear debts as soon as possible
  • Health – To lose weight and get fitter

Top 5 Business and Career Goals?

  • Promote TSG Bookclub and increase revenue
  • Learn about analytics and SEO for the blogs
  • Learn How to Proofread and Copyedit
  • Work for a successful publisher reviewing, proof-reading and editing
  • Own my own successful brand and business.

Top 5 Family Goals?

  • Get Alexis settled into a sleep routine again
  • Spend more quality time with Adam and Chloe individually
  • Get a larger house
  • Get a Pet
  • Have a happy household

Top 5 Personal Goals?

  • To be happy in what I do
  • To have more free time
  • To lose at least 3 stone
  • To start running
  • To eat better

Now that it’s all written down I have no excuse not to see things through. I shall as always drop in with updates and if you are interested in following Michelle’s progress then please pop along to www.uglybugdoes.me .

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x