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Five Inspirational Quotes to Encourage Reading

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books9Lately I’ve had such a desire to read more often. As a teenager I could happily spend entire days lost in a book and I feel so sad to have grown out of that habit. I think sometimes the commitments of everyday life can be sort of overwhelming and were not left with the time to read. There are so many benefits to reading more often and thousands of amazing books out there just waiting for us to pick them up. So I have decided to make a conscious effort in 2017 to make reading one of my priorities. I’ve heard whispers all over the internet of the 50 book challenge which works out as roughly 1 book per week. Although I think that may be  a little ambitious for me!

So if you’re looking for a little inspiration, I’ve scoured Google for my top five motivational quotes which should give you plenty of encouragement. Because after all who doesn’t love a good motivational quote?

A house without books is like a room without windows. – Heinrich Mann

A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe. – Madeleine L’Engle

We read to know we’re not alone. –William Nicholson

The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame. – Oscar Wilde

And my personal favourite…

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.  – Author Unknownbooks7

Do you like to read?  Please let me know your thoughts.

PS Yes that is a Christmas jumper I am wearing already, no I’m not even a little ashamed…

Love Eleanor x

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Six Easy Ideas for Saving More

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You don’t need to spend a long time looking at my blog to get the distinct impression that I’m a bit of a hoarder. Yes I’m definitely guilty of spending a bit too much of  my disposable and OK sometimes not so disposable cash on vast amounts of material goods. My main issue is (shockingly) clothing but everyone has their own vice. I have piles and piles of things I’m never gonna wear again or have never worn in the first place. And its an ever growing collection. So a few weeks ago I decided to make the rather uncertain decision that enough was enough. That experiences are way more important than things…. That the minimalist lifestyle is the way forward…. Right?

Anyway here are a few of my kinda unrefined saving tips. Any other clever ideas would be mucho appreciated too!

1. Set a Goal

My personal goal that I am saving towards is to see more of the world. I want to spend the next year travelling more- Japan here I come!  Of course we all have different things we want to save for  but the point is set a goal and stick to it. I am saving an undisclosed amount by March next year in order to make my dreams come true. If you know what you’re working for it’s always going to be easier to get there.

2. Cut Out your Worst Spending habit (temporarily)

Today marks two very long months since I gave up spending money on clothes. For someone who was starting to lose control just a little (OK maybe a big) bit I think that’s a pretty proud achievement. It hasn’t been easy but I haven’t felt any real loss. If you want to be super good at life you could try doing this for 6 months/ a year/ forever. I’m not that good unfortunately.

3. Say No to Coffee

Or no to (your favourite snack here)… I use coffee as it’s probably the most popular and pricey everyday habit. But that’s gotta be an extra at least like a tenner a week. Plus it’ll probably be healthy for you too.

4. Become Obsessed with £2 Coins

I totally stole this one- probably from another blogger. It seems like a really clever idea which simply involves saving every single £2 coin that comes into your possession.  Genius and a little bit obsessive which is right up my street. NB this would work just as well with £1 coins!

5. Sell your Excess Goods

I say goods, I don’t actually have any goods. What I do have is loads of stuff I no longer wear. If you do make anything particularly awesome though this will potentially work for you too. My platform of choice is Depop but there’s loads of others out there. I was recently recommend an App called Carousell which has no sellers fees. You could even sell your stuff in pop up shops or events if you’re like good with people and stuff…

6. Avoid the Sales

Many a time I’ve walked into a retail outlet all like Oooo look this is only £5 I can at least afford to buy 10 of these and I’m definitely still saving money.  To state the obvious to myself mostly: spending money is not the same as saving money and spending money on things that you don’t need or want is especially not saving money. That’s why sales are best avoided.

Thoughts ect?

Love Eleanor x

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Changing Direction In Your Twenties

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I wanted to do something a little different today and write about what’s going on with me. Some of you may know that I recently moved back to Newcastle and completely walked away from the career I’ve had since I graduated from university nearly 3 years ago (wow that’s gone fast!). Let’s talk about why changing direction in your twenties or anytime in your adult life may not necessarily be a bad thing.

So let’s go way back to when I started my degree. I’ve never been sure about what I wanted from a career or life but I was one of those young people who was talked in to picking a degree and going to university anyway. I’m not going to dwell on my uni experience because it would be a very depressing blog post (I quit… twice) needless to say university wasn’t for me and I still wish I’d spent those years working. After I graduated like so many others, retail was always supposed to be a temporary choice for me. So as I approached 3 years working full time in the industry you can see why I started to worry.

OK my job wasn’t as boring as working on a till all day, I did all of the creative jobs around the store and gained more responsibility as time rolled on. And don’t get me wrong I’ve met some amazing people through my job. It just got to a point where all the bad things about working in retail felt amplified every day. So I decided to walk away and move back home. Obviously I didn’t just walk out one day and obviously I found myself an alternative job before giving it all up. I guess that’s not a necessity if you’re brave enough though!

I understand that some people might think that quitting and moving home is a step backwards. Could it not be seen as a new opportunity to try whatever you want? For me it feels like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders and a new sense of freedom. I’m not 100% sure what I’d like to do now. I have a few ideas but I’d like to try them out before jumping into anything. My main plan is to spend some time saving for anything I might want to take on in the future. Travel plans? Moving elsewhere? Training for a career I’m sure of? It’s all possible.

I just want to encourage anybody who feels like a change of direction in their twenties or at any age for that matter to just take the chance. After all aren’t we likely to be a lot happier later in life if we try out a few different options first?

Sorry its been a long one but I’d love to know your thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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Last Minute Valentine’s Gift Ideas

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  1. Calvin Klein Underwear HERE. Because Calvin Klein undies are always a good gift idea- I like the girl’s ones, he likes the boy’s ones. It’s pretty self explanatory.
  2. Tom Dixon Candle HERE. It’s a universally recognised fact that men like scented candles even more than we do. I thought this one looked pretty masculine for a scented candle AND it’s called Fire.
  3. Adidas Gazelle Trainers HERE. Trainers can be a tricky gift as everyone likes something different. However, I think that these cater to most tastes and are a lovely Valentine’s burgundy colour.
  4. Adidas Originals Sweatshirt HERE. I chose this sweatshirt mainly because it’s the sort of thing I’d like to ‘borrow’ if James owned it, so it’s a present for both parties really.
  5. Casio Watch HERE. A watch seems to be a really popular gift idea for your significant other. This one caught my eye because it’s affordable, stylish and I just happen to own the lady version….
  6. Knomo Knomad Air Tablet Case HERE. I recently discovered that Ipad/ Tablet cases make an excellent present. In-keeping with the Valentine’s spirit, this one is red and a little bit fancy.
  7.  Tattoo Book HERE. Something for those sort of guys who like a)tattoos and b)coffee table books.
  8. Creed Aventus Aftershave HERE. Aftershave is always a winner- Creed is probably the tastiest one around.  I’m no good at describing scents but I can say that this is totally worth the hefty price tag!

Love Eleanor x

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