Saturday, October 19, 2019

Happy Saturday

Happy Saturday!

I'm feeling a bit under the weather today, but I'm getting some rest in the hope that I'll feel better sooner rather than later. I should be fine in a couple of days.

I'm hoping to get back here to blog more regularly soon.

In the meantime, please enjoy this lovely view that I saw earlier πŸ™‚

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Rest in Peace Ms Diahann Carroll

I  am eight days late, but I wanted to make sure I shared a tribute to this incredible woman here on my blog. I've had to sit with my thoughts a while in order to think of what to say. I admired Ms. Carroll so much, for as long as I can remember. When I was a little girl, I wanted to grow into an elegant, sophisticated lady just like her. That didn't happen, but I'm grateful that she was here in the world while I was here. She inspired me...she still does and she always will. What an extraordinary life she lived! Well done Ms. Carroll.

I shared the paragraph below about her on my Instagram account...

She was the epitome of a legend...a ground-breaking performer. From Julia to Claudine to Dominique Devereaux and through so many roles, she gave us characters who made such a trailblazing impact in the world of entertainment. Her work still lights the way now. I loved her in the movies 'Carmen Jones', and 'Claudine' and 'Paris Blues'. She was a sophisticated, beautiful woman who gave so much as an entertainer. I will always admire her immense creativity and style ❤

Rest in Peace Ms. Carroll and thank you...

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

R.I.P. Ms Jessye Norman

R.I.P. Ms Jessye Norman πŸ‘‘πŸ™πŸΎπŸ’–

Her extraordinary voice always brought tears to my eyes because of its beauty. She shared her magnificent gifts with the world and our lives were all richer because of this πŸ’–

Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Last Sunday of September

I took this photo a year ago today. It doesn't look like this this year yet, because the leaves haven't changed this much, but I know it's coming. πŸπŸ‚

Happy Last Sunday of September!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Happy Fall

Happy Fall! 
Happy Autumn!

This is one of my favorite seasons. I like all of the seasons because they each bring something unique.  However, I have a special love for spring and fall. Nature really turns things up a notch especially during these seasons and I relish all that Mother Nature shows us. The colors in both seasons are extraordinary!

I love tbe crispness of the air when fall comes. It's just enough...not too cold if we're lucky and we get to pull out the scarves  boots and all of the layered fashion choices. The best thing of all though is all of the color. The leaves look as if they've been painted by an artist. It's a glorious time of the year!

If you're in the northern hemisphere, happy autumn/fall !!! πŸπŸ‚πŸAnd if you're in the southern hemisphere,  happy spring!!! πŸŒΈπŸ’πŸŒ·

Monday, September 09, 2019

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Hello September 2019

Happy new month!

I like September. It's a month that always makes me think of getting back on track with things in my life after the more relaxed vibe of summer. Sometimes my summers aren't very eventful, but I enjoy the beautiful summer days as much as I can. Having lots of sunny days in England is usually a rarity, but this year the weather treated us well. My hubby and I did a lot more outdoor stuff this year and we were pleasantly surprised that the weather cooperated. So I've really enjoyed this summer. I know that Fall/Autumn is still about three weeks away, but I feel the shift towards that new season coming. Maybe it's because this is going back to school time, even though I've been out of school for a long while, but that feeling never leaves I guess. Whatever it is, I'm looking forward to reorganizing myself a bit in order to do a bit better with things in this last third of 2019 :)

It's a beautiful sunny day today and there's a bit of a breeze blowing outside. It's the perfect time for me to be inside scribbling away on my lists that I love to compile. This time, I'll be using my previously mentioned new planner to help me along with this. I do love notebooks, planners and things of that nature. They help me sketch out what's in my head.

Well, back to my planning and scribbling :)

I wish you well wherever you are and....Happy September!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Nakin Skincare Review

Disclosure: I was gifted these products in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

For a little over three weeks, I’ve been trying out a couple of products from Nakin Skincare. Nakin sent them to me as a gift and below I will give my honest opinion of how the products worked for me.

Nakin Skincare offers a range of natural anti-ageing products, which are cruelty-free and made in England. The complete award-winning range offers innovation in holistic beauty, using the finest plant ingredients for stunning facial products that defend, enhance and rejuvenate. All formulated to be paraben free and without unnecessary ingredients like synthetic colours and fragrance. Nakin’s natural skincare products assist skin by protecting against damage and providing cellular recovery through active biological compounds.

This was my first time trying Nakin Skincare products and I must say that I was pleased. I have been using the Nakin Natural Anti-Ageing Advanced Cleansing Milk and the Nakin Natural Anti-Ageing Revitalising Face Oil. I have always been dedicated to making sure that I take care of my skin, so I’m always intrigued to come across products which I can add to my skincare routine.

The Advanced Cleansing Milk is formulated with an advanced active blend of oils, hyaluronic acid, pomegranate and seaweed extract to even out skin tone and assist cell renewal. It has a light, creamy texture and didn’t feel sticky or anything. I love the consistency. It glided onto my skin nicely and made my face feel soft and clean. It was refreshing and not drying at all. Using the Advanced Cleansing Milk is easy…you simply apply it to your face and neck in circular motions and I found it easy to wipe away with cotton pads. I felt as if I got a good, deep cleansing without feeling like I was being harsh to my skin. I really liked the Advanced Cleansing Milk and I will be adding this to my regular routine going forward. It is reasonably priced at £15. You can learn more about this product here.

The Anti-Ageing Revitalising Face Oil contains peach kernel oil, baobab oil, argan kernel oil and jojoba oil which soothes and renews skin as it moisturises. Even though it’s an oil, I didn’t find it to be greasy or heavy. I found that it left my skin feeling very soft and hydrated. My skin tends to get really dry during the winter months, so I will definitely be relying on this fantastic product to help keep my skin looking and feeling good. It sells for £22 and is worth every penny I think, as it goes a long way. You can learn more about the face oil here.

I have really enjoyed experiencing both products. Both the cleansing milk and the face oil performed way above my expectations. They are both reasonably priced, natural and give great results. I will definitely be trying the other products in this line in the near future, as I am intrigued by Nakin Skincare now.

If you’d like to try the products for yourself, you can find out about the whole line at their website here.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Mal Paper Daily Goal Setter Planner Review

Disclosure: I was gifted a planner in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Recently, the lovely people at MΓ₯l Paper sent me their Daily Goal Setter Planner and invited me to share my thoughts on it. I was excited to do so because I love stationery and I love planners. I’m forever making lists or writing things down, so this was right up my alley!

The word MΓ₯l, pronounced 'mo-l', means goal in Swedish. This is a very appropriate name because this wonderfully designed planner gives you tools to point you towards your goals. I love that the planner is undated, which puts the power into your hands. The world is your oyster!

The other features that I love are:

• Information on how to set goals, become more productive and practice gratitude

• Space to write down affirmations and to express my gratitude

• An area to write down my long-term, medium-term and short-term goals

• Daily, weekly, monthly views to create my to do lists

• And last, but not least, it’s lovely to look at and it feels good in my hands…it’s substantial and durable

Some other details:

PU Faux Leather Softback Cover

142x205mm - 5.6x8.25"

256 pages

Lasts for 6 months

100 gsm ivory paper

2 Ribbon dividers

Document holder

Elastic fastening

The Daily Goal Setter Planner is one of my new favourite things. I especially love the gratitude section, because it helps me focus on the things that matter in my life. I love that this is at the top of the page where I can set the tone for my day by thinking of what I’m grateful for. This is a good grounding practice as it gets me in the right frame of mind as I go forward with my day.

To purchase your own Daily Goal Setter Planner, please visit MΓ₯l Paper.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Late Summer Spring Cleaning

I took the photo above a couple of months ago and I've shared it here at that time, but it fits well in partially describing what the weather was like today. It's been very windy...very windy and rainy...and there's even been some sunshine as the evening set in. It's been varied. Still, I've enjoyed the day. 

I've done a bit of sorting through my pile of books on the floor and the spot has now been cleared, so I feel accomplished. Things are in their rightful place. For a few weeks I've stepped around this pile of books and I've told myself that I'll tidy it up over the weekend and yet it seems to never get done. Today I finally attacked it and I must say that it felt good. This was only a small spot on the bedroom floor, but it dramatically shifted the energy immediately! Now I'm ready to tackle more. I know that I don't have the luxury of a lot of time to declutter the house from top to bottom in a weekend, but I'm going to take it bit by bit over the next few weeks. Our house isn't a mess, filled with wall-to-wall clutter at all. It's just that I feel the need to clear the energy I guess. It's like a spring cleaning that I didn't get around to so it's happening in the late summer :) 

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Rest in Peace Ms. Toni Morrison

I never had the pleasure of meeting this amazing woman, but I will be forever grateful for having been on Earth while she was here. Her books have had such a profound effect upon my life. She was a TRUE WRITER and a TRUTH-TELLER. She gave voice to the Black American experience, especially that of Black women, in a way that was so authentic. She was definitely given a Divine assignment while she was here. Her her books and as she spoke in that elegantly-toned voice of hers, were from somewhere special and so was she. Her words always rang with a clarity that just cut through all of the crap of life. I have admired her for as long as I can remember, as a writer and as a woman. I will miss knowing that she is somewhere in this world, but I take comfort in knowing that she is now with the ancestors and has most definitely taken her rightful place as an ancestor. She has left her words and wisdom here for us to learn from and to cherish for all time. Thank you Ms. Morrison for giving us more than I could ever describe in words. Farewell...

"If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it."

"If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet,
 you must be the one to write it."

"Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all."

- Toni Morrison

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Letting Go and Light

Last week was a trying week in so many ways.

There was a lot on my plate and some of those things are still piled high on my plate, but I'm really trying to get into the frame of mind to just dump that plate and start fresh. Spinning my wheels has gotten me nowhere.

Quite often, life hands us things which are completely out of our control, so the thing that we have left is how we react. I know that life can be very complicated and very unfair, but sometimes you just have to let go for your own sanity.

In this new week ahead, I'm just going to do my best to roll with things and trust that things will work out. I'm gonna let the sunshine into the shadowy places wherever I can and do the best I can.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Checking In

It's been two weeks since I've written here. It's mostly because I haven't been well and also work has kept me very busy. I've been spending time close to bed for the last couple of days as I've been recuperating. I hate not feeling well, but actually it's a blessing in disguise because it's given me a couple of days at home and a bit of time to center myself. 

I just wanted to check in to say hi, so if anyone is out there...HELLO :)

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Thursday Night Check-In

I thought that I'd just stop by for a quick hello post since it's been ten days since I've written here. It's after 11pm. I need to be in bed, because I have to get up early for work tomorrow morning, but I'm in need of something to break the monotony of every week day. Taking a moment to check in with something I love will sustain me as I go about my workday tomorrow. The plus is that tomorrow is Friday and that's one of my favorites since it leads into the weekend...and I'm sure that I'm not the only one :) Also by the way, I was born on a Friday, so I'm partial to Fridays.

I've posted the photo above before, but I like to use it as a tool for peacefulness. When I look at this photo, I can easily imagine that I'm sitting right there :) 

Well, enough of my rambling...I guess that I'll head to bed. 

Wherever you are, I hope that you have a lovely weekend!

Monday, July 01, 2019

Hello July

One of the beautiful peonies
that I bought recently in town

It's a new month...a new beginning...a fresh start...a time of new opportunities. It's also the second half of 2019 and that always inspires me to take stock for a moment, as I move forward into the second half of each year.

Today is also the first weekday of my vacation from work and I am truly overjoyed about that! I'm grateful to have a job, but we all need a break every once in a while. It's been a tough time at work lately, so I'm long overdue for a break in order to get myself together again. I'm truly grateful for this break.

I hope that whomever is reading this...if anyone is anymore πŸ™‚, that July brings good things into your life. Here's to a fresh now month!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tips To Keep Those Money Worries At Bay

*collaborative post

It’s not unusual to worry about money. It’s something that a lot of us rely on to live our lives, and we want to live our life ideally as comfortable as possible. So with that in mind, here are some tips to keep those money worries at bay.

Make The Most Of Your Income

Your income is what gets you by each month, and so it’s important to make the most of your income where possible. When it comes to your bill providers, try to find cheaper alternatives, and cut down on any subscriptions or bills that aren’t necessary. It can help to note these expenditures so that if times get tough, you know you’ve got elements of your lifestyle that you can cut out if needed. Paying taxes is a part of life, but you can always look at H&R Block online if you’re self-employed and want to save more money on your taxes through expenses.

Take Your Mind Off The Stress

You can stress about money even if it’s not really causing any problems at the moment. There can often be this fear of running out of money, but you can let this fear, stress you out constantly. If you find yourself thinking about money or stressing yourself out, try taking your mind off it. Do something to distract yourself whether that’s spending some quality time with the household or watching your favourite television show. Stress is an emotion that can put a lot of pressure on your body if it’s something that’s happening a lot, and your well-being should always be focused on. Find things that help you distract your thoughts.

Be Realistic With Your Budgeting

Budgeting is certainly handy to do throughout your life, and the better you become at budgeting, the more you can save in regards to your household income. However, it’s also good to be realistic with your budgeting because it will hinder your efforts if you’re not calculating them right. You know from previous months gone by, what you spend your money on. So when it comes to budgeting, be realistic, and give yourself a bit of wiggle room with every aspect of the budget. Each month is never the same, and you may end up spending a lot more during the summer than you do during the winter, or vice versa.

Don’t Feel Guilty When Indulging

Money worries tend to crop up a lot when you’re indulging and actually spending your hard earned money on yourself or others you love. Money is a material thing, and it’ll always be available, so don’t feel guilty when giving yourself a treat every now and then. If you do feel guilty, tell yourself immediately that you deserve it. You don’t want to get yourself into a habit where you hate going shopping because you make yourself feel bad. If it’s something you want and will make you happy, then treat yourself!

These tips will hopefully keep you feeling more positive when it comes to your finances.

Saturday, June 15, 2019


I took the photo above through the window of the car while we were out doing Saturday errands this morning. No need to worry. I wasn't driving :) This photo is indicative of how the weather has been nearly every day for the past two weeks or so....constantly rainy and cool. I know that some rain is needed, but it's become absolutely water-logged out there. I did like catching this image of the two trees against the grey sky through the raindrops on the car window. It looks like a black and white picture but it was actually taken in color, as you can see from the red in the bottom left hand corner.

Besides wanting a bit of sunshine from a practical-needing-to-dry-out-a-bit stance, it would also help my mood a bit. The lack of vitamin D is real :) Things have been a bit challenging lately on many fronts, but as I try to remind myself regularly, physically and can't rain forever. That is what I hold onto.

Take care wherever you are...blessings.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Weekend Pursuits

I hope that you're having a wonderful weekend wherever you are!

I like weekends like this. It's a three day weekend here and back home...the bank holiday weekend here and Memorial Day weekend back home, so no work on Monday. Yay! :)

I've been out doing a bit of gardening earlier today. I re-potted my two ferns that had totally outgrown their pots. I have a standard fern and then a maidenhair fern which I've mentioned here.  They both have come back from the dead almost and now they're thriving. So today my ferns got their own new "apartments" aka new pots :) Once they've settled in I'll have to share photos.

The photo above is one of the beautiful pink roses that grows in our back yard. I took this a year or so ago, but I thought that I'd share it again because it's so beautiful and it reminds me that summer is right around the corner.

Happy weekend!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Finding My Way

I found this photo above's from my early days of blogging. It's well over a decade old. It's a bit blurry, but there's something about it for me personally. I didn't go looking for this photo specifically, but I stumbled across it and it spoke to me. It reminds me of seemingly "simpler times"...or maybe not that simple, but it was taken during a time when I felt a bit more at peace. I love this photo because it prominently features nature...especially the beauty of a spring day. That bench looks so inviting. I remember the day when I took this. It's a visual representation of where I go in my mind or at least try to when things get tough. 

Here's to finding my way back to this bench in my mind's eye more and more. I'm working on it. Today was better than yesterday :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rest in Peace Doris Day

As many already know, yesterday, Doris Day passed away at the age of 97. I was a big fan of her work as many were. She lived a long life and left behind such a glorious body of work.

I became a fan when I was a little girl. As I've mentioned here before, I used to spend many Saturday and Sunday afternoons especially, watching classic movies from Hollywood's golden era. I loved musicals especially and Doris Day's beautiful voice was front and center in so much that I loved.

I liked all of her films, but my favorite is Young at Heart, which also starred Frank Sinatra. It was beautifully shot and I love to catch it every time it's on television. If you'd like, please check out this clip from the end of the film here. It features Doris Day and Frank Sinatra singing together. It's a lovely end to a wonderful film.

Rest in peace to both of them...they left great contributions to film and to music behind for us to enjoy always.

Sunday, May 05, 2019


Happy Sunday!

The photo above features my beautiful maidenhair fern. She's a bit of a resurrection and renewal story for real. Half of her had gone all brown and yellow only a couple of months ago. She was in a sad state. I'm not as green thumbed as my mother was, but I'm working on becoming a better gardener. I love the peace that it brings.

I realized that I was overwatering her and perhaps the bone-chilling ongoing cold of our Wiltshire weather was not helping. Before, I tried to think of what my mom would do and then after thinking it through, I realized that I was overwatering my fern. I thought that I was doing what was right, but I realized that I was suffocating her...drowning I took a step back. And guess what? She's been flourishing :) It's been a lesson for me to relax a bit more in growing as a gardener, but also in my life. The lessons are there and I'm listening.

Have a good Sunday wherever you are :)

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Early Morning, Late Night Rambling

It's 2am-ish on Saturday morning and I'm still up.Well, I did fall asleep earlier in the evening and then woke up again at about twenty minutes to midnight. So I guess this is understandable :) I'll probably fall asleep again in a bit, but I thought that I'd come here and check in. I'm trying to get back to regularly blogging because I miss it and I need to get back to regularly writing. I need to get some momentum going. I've been really off in so many areas of my life lately, so this is me trying to pull the figurative car back on the road of life again. So excuse me if I ramble a bit.

I took the photo above today on the way home from work as I rode along on the bus. The sky looked so ominous and yet it was dramatic and beautiful. It was my favorite shade of blue :) If you've been here before, you know that I LOVE BLUE!

This has been a bit of an odd week. I'm going through some challenges. I'm at that point when you begin to realize that there's nothing to be done in a situation, so you have to just wait it out. It's a pain in the backside, but it is what it is. Both situations could be easily fixed really, but I'm sadly at the mercy of bureaucracy with a side portion of ridiculousness thrown in, so I'm in waiting mode. (sigh) Oh well. Things will work out eventually.

Back to my photo...nature is beautiful, even when it's about to throw down :)

Anyway, I guess that I'd better try to get some sleep. This tiny bit of rambling has helped me.

Good night or good morning....

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Today has been a tough day, but I take comfort in the quote below. I love a good quote :)

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, April 22, 2019

Nostalgic Cartoons That Will Remind You Of Your Childhood

*collaborative post

It is always precious to look back on your childhood - those moments of innocence and pure bliss. Childhood represents a period of no worry and absolute enjoyment. It is always nice to reminisce about these days and even share part of them with your own children.
One part of your childhood you can let your children experience is cartoons. After all the cartoons may have changed, but there is no denying that as a whole, cartoons as a concept are still extremely enjoyable and popular amongst children. What cartoons did you watch as a child? Read on to discover the top eight cartoons likely to provide you with some nostalgia.

1.    Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo is a cartoon that has been entertaining children for many, many years. You can download video from website options online. It is likely that you watched this programme whilst growing up and that your children probably watch it now as well. Scooby Doo was originally produced in 1969 and it featured on CBS for seven years. Now you will find Scooby Doo most commonly on Cartoon Network. Your child won’t ever run out of Scooby Doo programmes to watch as there are a colossal 424 available.

2.    Tom and Jerry

Just like Scooby Doo, Tom and Jerry has acquired an almost timeless quality. So much so that there has been a wealth of Tom and Jerry games, films, and toys produced. Tom and Jerry first came on the scene in 1940 in the form of shorts. Still, it was not until 1965 that Tom and Jerry cartoons surfaced on television in a form similar to today.

3.    Dexter’s Laboratory

Dexter’s Laboratory is likely to be nostalgic for all of the young moms and dads around today. The show was first broadcasted in 1995 and whilst the original run ended in 2003, it is a programme that is very much featured on television today.

4.    Ed, Edd n Eddy

Ed, Edd n Eddy may not be a replication of your childhood. However, what the show is based on will very much be. The animated comedy has been designed in order to be a resemblance of the classic cartoons that were featured between 1940 and 1970. Consequently, you may see cartoons from then represented in this popular show.

5.     Star Wars

Star Wars to parents represents the iconic films that have graced the big screen for many years. In fact, the very first film was released in 1977. Do you remember it? There have been eight Star Wars films ever since. The second last film released was ‘The Clone Wars’ and this has been turned into an animated series for children today.

6.    The Powerpuff Girls

You may be shocked to learn that The Powerpuff Girls first existed as ‘Whoopass Stew!’ This is a cartoon short from 1992. The name change commenced and The Powerpuff Girls as we know them today first featured in 1995. The final episode of The Powerpuff Girls aired in 2005. Nevertheless, as is the case for all of the cartoons mentioned in this article, you will be able to find the popular show still on television today. The Powerpuff Girls is definitely a favourite amongst many girls at present.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Thursday Sunset

I took the picture above on Thursday evening.

The sunset was so beautiful.

It made me feel like I was gazing at something special.

I was.

The words 'divine' and 'sublime' kept coming to my mind.

What a beautiful planet and what a spectacular view of the sun we have!

Be well πŸ™‚

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Revisiting - The Guy They Call Sir!

I haven't had the chance to write here lately, because either one thing or another has gotten in the way. I hate when that happens. They say that's life, but I don't know if I believe that fully anymore. I think that at least in my case that it's a case of being in a bit of a whirlwind and not being able to get my bearings fully. As always, time is flying. I feel like a dog trying to catch its own tail sometimes. I've got to reclaim my time and get back to my blog and writing in general. That is where some of my peace lies.

Since I've been missing my blog, I thought that I'd go way, way back into the history of this site and pull out a post from 2008, the year that I began blogging. It sounds clichΓ©, but it was all so simple then. (smile) Or so it seems through the lens of nostalgia. Oh well, anyway, please come along and time travel with me back to the very early days of From a Yellow House...on this very day eleven years ago. You can read the original post entitled 'The Guy They Call Sir!' here. Enjoy!

Monday, April 01, 2019

April 2019

This photo was taken a few year ago and it's a bit fuzzy, but I love the retro feeling I get when I see it and I love blue! :)

Happy April

Happy new month! 

I hope that this new month brings you joy and great new opportunities.

Lots of love!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Looking Up

A couple of days ago, as I was walking home from work, I happened to look up and see this beautiful red hot air balloon in the sky. It was an amazing sight to see. There's something of the whimsical involved in imagining floating across the sky like that. I loved that the color was so vibrant and easily identifiable against that clear blue sky. It was a wonderful treat for my eyes that took me away from the routine of a normal weekday. I really needed it that day too.

Thinking back about it now, it's a reminder to try to not to let the day-to-day heaviness weigh me down so much, to the point where I don't remember to look up from time to time. There are sometimes undiscovered treasures there :-)

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019


Happy Spring!

Ahh, I love spring...also known as the vernal equinox. Today is the beginning. Spring is one of my two favorite seasons . My other favorite season is fall/autumn. I mean, what's not to love? Both of these seasons absolutely show out when it comes to displaying color. 

Back to spring specifically though...I love that it's a season of renewal in so many ways. Everything seems to be in bloom. Spring also brings many memories to my mind.  

Here's to an amazing new season...filled with renewal and opportunities to do better in a variety of ways!

Happy Spring! 

“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.” 

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Could You Turn Your Passion Into a Business?

*collaborative post

If you have time on your hands, need or want to boost your income, and have the willpower to start and stick with a business, then your answer might be a resounding yes! After all, if you already have a hobby or passion that you really enjoy, then why not make some money from what you already love doing? 

If we have triggered an interest in you thus far, then take the following steps to turn your passion into a business.

Step 1: Work out what your passion is, and think about money-making possibilities. So, if you enjoy writing, you could become a freelance writer. If you create your own fashion, you might want to start your own clothing brand. If you have craft skills, you could sell your produce online. Do your research into business ideas associated with your passion, and consider the options available to you.

Step 2: Create a business plan. You will need this to secure funding if you plan on approaching a bank or an investor for a business loan, but it's also useful to you, as it will give you clear targets to aim for. Use the template provided by and start to put something together. By getting something down on paper, you will be in a better position to move your business idea into a reality.

Step 3: Consider where you are going to secure funding. You might not need any money at all to set up your business, but chances are, you will need equipment, be that something specific to your passion, or office furniture and computer tech. You might also need money to see you through the first few months of your business, as you are unlikely to turn a profit straight away. Banks offer business loans, so shop around for the best interest rates. If you get turned down because of a bad credit score, don't despair. Companies such as Buddy Loans might still accept a loan application, so use the Buddy Loans guarantor calculator to see how much you could borrow. And consider asking friends and family members for financial support, perhaps with the promise to pay them back once you start making a profit.

Step 4: When you have money in place, you can start to turn your passion into a reality. If you are still working 'for the man,' start small, and do what you can around your main job. Market your business, perhaps using these cheap marketing ideas if your budget is low. When money comes in, put some of it into a savings fund for any future needs or emergencies. And remember to sign up for self-assessment with the HMRC, as by working for yourself, you will need to pay your own taxes.

Step 5: Finally, have fun! This is your passion, after all, so while running a business can be stressful, you should still enjoy what you are doing. If it ever becomes less fun, perhaps because you are bogged down with the pressures of running a business, consider hiring other people to help you, be that on a voluntary or a paid basis. You can outsource certain tasks too, so if your finances bog you down, for example, hire an accountant, and if you don't have the time or ability to work on your business website, consider hiring a web designer to put something together for you.

So, could you turn your passion into a business? If the above steps haven't put you off the idea, and you think you might be up for the challenge, then consider doing so. It could be the best thing you do this year, so start to research the steps we suggested, and start to get the ball rolling on your business.

We wish you every success with your plans!

Monday, March 04, 2019

11th Blogiversary

Today is my 11th blogiversary! I've been blogging since March 4th, 2008. It's been quite a journey and I hope to keep blogging for years to come. I haven't been able to blog consistently in the past year or so for a variety of reasons, but hopefully I'm getting to the place where I can be more present here again like I want. I'm getting some things rearranged in my life and in my mind in order to do more of what I want in this life. It's a process like these things are, but I'm up for the challenge :)

I like the number eleven. In numerology, it is seen as a master number. I don't know a whole lot about numerology, but it's very intriguing.

I'm just grateful that I've been able to keep blogging for this long, no matter how sporadically I've done it lately. Here's to going forward with more posts again :) As I've said on past blogiversaries, the date of my blog's birth always reminds me keep going forward in march forth! So that is what I'll do in life and here at my blog.

Until next time...

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Book Spotlight: I Can't Tell You Why

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine. 

I Can’t Tell You Why by Elaine Robertson North, is an intriguing new novel. There is Dani – the agent, Alex Cambridge – the married star client whose career is on the rise, and Sean – the paparazzi photographer. The story is told against the backdrop of the entertainment industry. The novel gets right to the point straight out of the gate as Alex lets Dani know in no uncertain terms that he wants to get involved with her. This takes Dani by surprise and she hesitates, but it does dangle the carrot of temptation before her.

I found this novel quite intriguing. It makes you think. Many people believe that affairs are wrong...including me. Yet people still have affairs and it often makes me wonder what goes through a person’s mind when they decide to go forward with it. I’m fascinated by human nature and I wonder in each situation just what is the turning point. That’s why I found it fascinating to read I Can’t Tell You Why. It’s an intriguing look at what could happen perhaps.

For Dani, besides the moral argument against having an affair, she is cautious about crossing the professional line between agent and actor.  As Dani wrestles with the whole Alex situation, Sean the paparazzi photographer comes along. Dani has to watch herself around Sean as she knows that his profession is fed by stories just like the one between her and Alex.

I Can’t Tell You Why is a very interesting novel and it delves deep into human emotions. I liked that the characters weren’t perfect. The author is excellent at making the characters seem real. I kept reading because I wanted to see how it all turned out in the end. It's quite a page turner.

I enjoyed reading I Can’t Tell You Why. It’s enthralling and the realism shines throughout. It leaves you with something to think about long after you turn the last page.

About the Author
Elaine Robertson North spent a fast and furious 25 years working in entertainment marketing and communications. She spent seven years marketing national newspapers, ran the publicity campaign for three Red Nose Days, spent a couple of years working in entertainment PR and was the Unit Publicist on Four Weddings and a Funeral. She was also the Press & Promotions Manager at Capital Radio and the Head of Communications at UKTV. It was a fantastically  rich source of material.

I Can't Tell You Why is available from all good bookshops and online booksellers.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

My Six Favorite Authors

A couple of weeks ago, I was set a challenge on Twitter to post the covers of seven books that I love, with no explanations or reviews...just covers. I had to post a cover a day for a week. I was supposed to nominate someone else, but I couldn't think of anyone to nominate really, so I decided to bend the rules a bit and simply share the books that I love. It worked for me and the person who nominated me for the challenge didn't seem to mind that I bent the rules a bit. I love books, so I figured that even with bending the rules, I was still putting good energy out there in support of books, so all was well :)

Therefore, what follows is my list of my favorite books. It's always tough for me to compile lists like this, because like many people, I love a lot of books and love them for a variety of reasons. In this post I have also bent the rules a bit again and narrowed my list down to six books instead of seven. The six books that I have listed below are by my favorite authors of all time...Alice Walker, Tina McElroy Ansa, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Dorothy West and Zora Neale Hurston. 

I wanted to highlight these six very extraordinary women and to highlight one of their works each which have inspired me, even though I love numerous works by them. This is in no particular order. I am continually inspired by these novels. One day I may or may not go deeper and tell why I am so inspired by these books, but this isn't that post :) Besides, I don't know if I have the words within me currently to express my feelings fully on this subject, so I'll just leave these extraordinary six books here to speak for themselves. Sometimes it's good to just let things be what they are and all six are amazing. No explanations needed :)

*Note: This is not a sponsored post. I'm just here to celebrate these amazing writers :)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day

Sending lots of love out to everyone.


Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wednesday Sunrise

I saw this beautiful sunrise this morning, so I thought that I'd share the view.πŸŒ„

When I saw this sunrise this morning, it brought a smile to my face.

I had a rough day today, but I'm going to go to sleep tonight and start over again tomorrow πŸ™‚ No matter how lousy my day was, I'm still here and hey...nothing can take away from the beauty of this sunrise. Blessings to all πŸ’–

Friday, February 08, 2019

Valentine's Day Product Round-up

*content courtesy of The Vegan Society - no compensation received

What if Valentine’s Day was celebrated this year to not just show love to your partner, but also to everyone else, including animals? Here are some of our favourite Vegan Trademarked products that show love to both people and animals.

Chocolate and Love’s dark chocolate tin 

This beautiful tin of all vegan Chocolate and Love napolitains contains 30 x 5.5g individually-wrapped dark chocolate napolitains in a mix of Panama 80% single origin, Rich Dark 71% and Madagascar 70% single origin ideal for romantic dark chocolate lovers.

RRP £11.99
Available at and from independent retailers throughout the UK