Teaching myself to see and appreciate the small things in life. There is beauty and art in everything you do and see. We need to learn to step out of our hectic lives and open our eyes.
It may not be a deep or dark secret, it is however something that gives me the biggest smile and brings me happiness. To me there is no better feeling than opening up a clean, white, crisp, beautiful notebook. Turning that first page, and folding the crease is exciting. Then the nerves hit, “Don’t screw up the first page” “Write in your best handwriting”. And then the fulfillment of having a new notebook or journal to scribble in.
I really do hope I don’t sound like an obsessed person to you, but honestly you should give it a go!
On my first day in Australia, in an attempt to fight my jetlag we went to the shopping centre and spent some time walking around. One of the first shops my eye fell on was Kikki.K, a shop with a bright shop window and lots of stationary and paper. When walking in, I found myself in heaven. Not only does Kikki.K sell notepads and journals, they sell diaries, calendars, stationary, bags, folders, boxes, gifts and homeware. If this isn’t heaven, I don’t know what is.
Kikki.K is a company that started through, surprise surprise, love for stationary. It’s products are all based on Swedish design principles, the form and function being very important. We are all in need of more hours in a day, so why not organise your life with beautiful papers, and set your mind at ease? Use your energy for more important things in life!
This coral red diary is a must have for 2013. I’m still contemplating on buying it, yes even though it’s already february! It comes in a daily version or a weekly, pending on how much writing space you need (ie how busy you think you are!)
If you’re anything like me and you’re a sucker for To Do lists and checking off your jobs with big ticks, you need to get yourself on to the Kikki.K website. Finishing your chores was never this much fun!
Because there is more to life than keeping track of our busy schedules and our many chores to do, Kikki.K also has a wide range of notebooks and journals for other fun uses! You can find journals for your travels, journals to keep track of what your kids get up too, notebooks for your recipes, and of course birthday and address books. What makes Kikki.K special is that they have also got a line of inspirational journals; Gratitude, Happiness, Goals and Wellbeing to name a few. Journals to write in, get you thinking and bring a smile to your face.
Now you can’t tell me that after reading this you aren’t itching to start scribbling down your thoughts and ideas in a brand new book? And with so many patterns, materials and designs to choose from, there has to be one that tickles your fancy. Because let’s be honest, there’s nothing wrong with being organised in style.
With that I leave you with a question, What does your stationary say about you?
They say “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”.
The path that leads you there is more important than the final destination. I’d like to think that there’s more to it than just the path. Who you travel that path with, is the most significant thing. Let’s face it reaching your destinations and goals, is just that much more fun when you do it together.
After being in Australia for over three weeks and with life back to normal, it’s back to blogging. The last few weeks have been busy, catching up on sleep, visiting family and friends, celebrating the holidays and going down to the Gold Coast for a mini holiday. So far, Australia is treating me very well indeed!
Before I left Holland I spent some time looking at restaurants, cafés, coffee corners, shops and basically anything else that is designed well. Looking at interior, but also typography, lay-out, marketing and product design. Now that I’m here – the fun can begin!
We’ve been meeting up with a lot of Andrew’s friends since I got here. We met up with a friend of his from New Zealand and his fiance. The location of the catch up was to be “Baby“ in Richmond, a suburb of Melbourne. A hip and well thought of Italian concept in one of the main shopping streets of Melbourne.
Test run suitcase closing: Check.
Hooray! My first test run for closing my suitcase was successful (That’s a first!). Happily surprised about that, but don’t get me started on the weight. That might just be my downfall. Can’t blame a girl for wanting lots of clothes, can you?
Everything seems te be sorted, packed or thrown out. All that remains is to take the “unwanted” stuff to my storage box.. Strange idea that today is my last day in Holland for awhile. However with the current weather I’m not all too sad about that.
It’s been a long and emotional week with lots of tears. But also a week in which I’ve been spoiled rotten with Christmas presents and farewell gifts. It’s nice to know I have such a strong support of people standing behind me wishing me all the best. Makes it all just a tiny bit easier to leave.
But for now – I need an afternoon nap. Exhausted!
After a great weekend with my family and an emotional goodbye, all I can think of is that we aren’t grateful enough in life. We need to be more grateful for our friends and family and grateful for the time we get to spend with our loved ones.
The past week has been a week full of festive celebrations and preparations. Last weekend saw my first Christmas tree being put up and decorated. Crystel and Jim had decided on a very original and most definitely fun theme for their Christmas: Efteling. The Efteling is a Dutch theme park which is based on (Dutch) fairytales. I myself have never been, but after seeing all these decorations and hearing the stories, I feel the need to go.
Although tomorrow is the first day of December, today certainly felt like a December day. Thinking I was well on time for work, I left the house with a smile. Only to find that actually I would have to spend the next 15 minutes scraping the ice off my car windows. Just my luck, as I left my gloves in the house .. Finally I managed to de-ice my windows and escaped my street with blue and purple fingers. But now I am prepared and ready for my dear friend Mr. Winter. I shall not hide nor fear him, I welcome him with my arms wide open and my jacket tightly closed. Hello Mr. Winter – I’ve missed you![Image via GlamorousBride]