Monday, 15 December 2014

Habits To Break | My Life in Lists

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now playing - bad habit by foals

I'm drowning in a sea of deadlines and despair right now.

Was that melodramatic enough for you? As you can tell from the photograph above, I've got two big writing projects to hand in by midweek that are currently taking up the majority of my time but I thought I'd take a five minute breather to share a little list and listen to some Foals with you. I might even push the boat out and make myself some tea and toast before doing so! Wild. All the glamour at Vivatramp Towers.

Regardless of whether or not I'm ready to acknowledge it yet, we are coming up to the new year. As a result, I've been thinking about goals and, in particular, the things that I wish to achieve and the habits that I don't want to carry through into next year with me. Here are a few of  the said habits that I'm hoping to break and things that I'm hoping to tend to in 2015:

one. terrible sleep schedule
two. using my phone too much
three. not answering emails right away
four. not drinking enough
five.  lack of morning routine
six. not bigging myself up enough
seven. lack of concentration
eight. letting fear stop me from achieving {at times}

Do you have any similar bad habits? What habits are you hoping to break? If you've yet to check out my stationery gift guide from the other week, you should go and do so now! 



Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide 2014: Books & Stationery with Chronicle Books

Just when you thought you had seen every gift guide on God's green earth, I chime in with a bounty of bookish and stationery goods that floors them all. As you can tell, I'm feeling modest today!

Gift inspiration is hard sometimes. I'm sure we have all had those moments of despair rushing around the shops desperately trying to work out what to get our twelve cousin fifty times removed before realising that we've completely lost the meaning of Christmas underneath our baskets of 3 for 2 products. Luckily for you guys, the folks at Abrams & Chronicle Books got in touch and asked my fine self whether or not I'd like to share some things with you and I naturally jumped at the chance. Chronicle Books happen to be one of my favourite publishing houses because they happen to be the stationery Gods to my stationery oracle. Can someone please remember to put the 'stationery oracle' bit in my eulogy, please? That would be grand.

Here's hoping that this post sorts out all your bookish / stationery woes! Failing that, buy yourself some notebooks to soak up the tears! I'm full of ideas, me. 

For the list maker:

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travel & literary listography
You cannot go wrong with the listography books - they're the perfect gift for avid list makers and organisation n00bs alike. If you aren't familiar with them, they're basically themed journals packed with prompts for fun and interesting lists that you can then fill in at your leisure. The Travel Listography, for example, has lists such as: Memorable People and Guides That I've Met, Where I'd Time Travel To and Local Weekend Trip Ideas among more conventional prompts. The one thing that strikes me about the Listography books is the quality - the paper is really thick and the accompanying illustrations are the perfect added touch. There are tons of different themes to choose from such as the Future Listography where you can map out your future plans, to the Film Listography where you can chart everything you've seen and hope to see in the future. An easy gift but a thoughtful one! 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Hello, December | Monthly Goals

How the hell is it December?! Seriously! It's a little ridiculous. This month is set to be quite a busy one for me. Whilst I want to start getting excited about Christmas, there are two important hand ins currently sitting in between the me sat in my armchair typing this blog post and the me passed out on my sofa on Christmas Day. With any luck, they won't be too gruelling #prayforbee. When I first started sharing my monthly goals way back in January, I wasn't sure if I'd stick to them. I'm going to toot my own horn a little and give myself a pat on the back for writing them every single month. I feel like I've done quite a good job and they've kept me focused on the right things. I'll definitely be carrying on into 2015. What do you think of setting monthly goals? Useful or overkill? 

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I headed home for a week and took a few nights off studying to sit around and watch Netflix in my pants so I definitely met this goal. I won't lie - I am still feeling absolutely exhausted. University is taking its toll on my tired little body but I'll get there and, luckily, I've got an excellent support network around me for days when it's all a bit too much. 

Well, this didn't happen! I did take a couple of terrifying instax selfies to pop in some Christmas cards but those don't count. I definitely want to carry this goal over to next month though so watch this space! 

I worked my bum off on my dissertation last month! I'm a little bit proud of how much I got done. Maybe I should share an update at some point?  I've still got around 400 words of that particular hand in to write but it's getting there. 

I have done this and then some! Yes, I have nearly finished my Christmas shopping. Huzzah! I absolutely love gift buying. I've just got a few more bits to buy and then I can rest easy. Well done, me. Don't worry if you're struggling though, because I've got a few gift ideas coming up including books, stationery and jewellery! 

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I  love Christmas but, controversially, I prefer the rest of the month to Christmas Day. Audible gasps! There's just a lot less pressure on all the other days. I'm looking forward to putting the tree up, nosing around festive markets, overplaying Christmas music and heading home for a much needed three week break! 

Monday, 1 December 2014

2014: A Vivatramp Blog Post Recap | Yearly Roundup

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Happy Monday, everyone! I'm snuggled up on my armchair feeling particularly cosy so I thought I'd get a bit nostalgic and look through some of my favourite Vivatramp blog posts from 2014. It has been quite a busy year over here on Vivatramp and I feel like it has been a year of change that has seen me moving this space in the right direction. I began to properly focus on my passions this year introducing a lot more creative content and this is something I really want to expand on going into next year. I want to share some more musings on my creative writing and reading and I really want to share more adventures no matter how big or small. 

Thank you for being so engaging and so supportive towards me and my blog posts in 2014. All of your messages and comments and such have really helped me to turn everything around post-recovery. I owe you all. Let me know whether your favourite post from this year has been featured below! Furthermore, let me know what things you' d like to see on Vivatramp in 2015. I'm open to ideas!


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2014 TBR 

Despite Vivatramp being four years old, I really feel like 2014 was the most important year for this little space. I finally feel like I'm creating a space that is different and creative and accepting and I can't wait to sit down and work out how I can further expand upon these ideas. What posts did you love this year? What would you like to see more of on Vivatramp in 2015? More adventures? More creative updates? You tell me! I hope you're having an awesome December so far and have lots of fun plans!