Thursday, 28 April 2016

31 for 31


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Today is my Birthday! The big Three One. Woohooo!!

(Mmhmm, yes, glitter in my hands there)

Last year turning 30 was big and dramatic and glitzy and wild. The whole year was a roller coaster of ups and downs and twists and turns and so this birthday, I have toned it all down and I hope the year ahead reflects this more chilled out vibe!

I'll make another post on how I'm celebrating but for today, I wanted to talk about some of the things I hope to achieve this year. Also, I wanna make a list. I bloomin' love a good list, you know that right? 

Since I'm turning 31, I figured it made sense to aim for 31 things and then next year I can look back and see how I got on. I don't expect to tick everything off the list but there's no harm in trying!

31 for 31

1. Blog at least twice a week. I love the documentation and routine of life that a blog brings.

2. Write a new book. Idea is already in my head, just need to put it on paper. 

3. Rebrand. I need a change. I'm in the mood for change. 

4. Organise my office into workable systems instead of confused piles of mess. 

5. Set up a creative station for Darcy so that she can enjoy all our craft materials properly. 

6. Each weekend that I have Darcy (Matt and I alternate them), do a proper activity. Don't let the weekends slip by. 

7. Continue to deepen my relationship with the bf and have regular date nights to keep things fresh. Pretty excited to come up with some fun ideas for this! 

8. Use my health club membership twice a week to maintain some level of fitness and justify the slightly extortionate fees. 

9. Keep my wardrobe tidy and usable. I recently had a HUGE sort out and I need to keep it that way!

10. Make the everyday more fun. I have lots of creative ideas that I'd like to start applying to life so that Darcy and I enjoy even the mundane things a lot more. Small things like water balloons in the bath and crazy straws in our drinks. 

11. Take a trip with the girls! As I grow older I'm making more and more friends and I want to make time to enjoy them all. I'd love to have a trip with my uni girls, my local mummy friends, my youtube ladies (Zoe and Maddie I'm looking at you!) and my sisters. I don't think it's feasible to do all of that together so looks like I'll be busy!

12. Travel. A bit. I'm a homebird and love to be in familiar surroundings so wanderlust is never something I experience but I do know that growth comes from stepping outside your comfort zone so I'm going to try. Just a little bit. The bf and I are looking at European city breaks so we'll see how that goes. 

13. Disney, Disney, Disney!!! I am obsessed. To me, there is no happier place on earth than Walt Disney World. I'd like a trip there with Darcy but also I would like to experience a Disney Cruise and take a trip to DisneyLand Paris. 

14. Redecorate. Eventually I'll move out of my tiny house but for now, do I want to change up the lounge? Yes, yes I do. 

15. Hydrate. My insides are like the desert and this needs to stop. Pass me the water! 

16. Bit boring - clean out my car. Need to remind myself that it is not a vessel for every half empty bottle of water or screwed up receipt I've ever had. It's a vehicle. Jeez. 

17. Style more outfits and document them. I love seeing what other people have put together and when I take the time, I think I'm pretty good and styling outfits for myself so I'd like to spend a bit more time on that. 

18. Share more with my bf. I think previously I have fallen into the trap of keeping things to myself and not talking about what excites me. I get really, reaaalllly excited for my job or for ideas or for collaborating with people and brands on new projects but then sometimes I feel a bit embarrassed to share that buzz with people who aren't in my industry because I worry they won't 'get it'. I think I need to give more credit and share more because I've noticed that when I do, he's really on board and that shouldn't be wasted. 

19. Spend time outdoors more. Summer is fast approaching and after been cooped up all winter I want to make sure Darcy and I are getting our vitamin D! I need to find a little repertoire of places we can visit regularly that keep us outdoors. Last Summer I spent so so so much time at a reservoir near my house that now I'm completely sick of it, so I need to keep things varied. 

20. Waste less food/meal plan. It pains me to through so much good food out just because I didn't organise myself enough to use it up so I'm going to try and curb that. 

21. Frame all my art. I buy art, I don't frame it or hang it. This needs to change. 

22. Watch more TV. Whhhaaaa?? Is that a real goal??? Yes. I never watch any TV programmes any more but they're a really good way to switch off and chill out so I'm going to have a looksie at what drama's or documentaries are on and make a little schedule. 

23. Become a planner! I already use my own diary each week but I really love the look of the Erin Conran Life Planners, more for their scrapbook-esque value than anything else. I've seen stickers galore for those bad boys and I'd like to try my hand at doing one. I think they run Summer-Summer so it might be my time to shine soon!

24. Congratulate more. So many people I know are achieving so many incredible things and all too often I miss the moment to clap and cheer for them. Bad Louise. 

25. Open my post. You know that person who has a stack of mail on their desk, unopened? That's me. Need to change that. 

26. Visit more special places in the UK. Our tiny island is packed with amazing things that I would like to take the time to see and enjoy. I'd particularly like to visit the Cotswolds and St Ives again. 

27. Throw some great parties. Nothing thrills me more than a party!!

28. Be on time for people's birthday cards and presents. I'm pretty sh*t at that so I've got minimal hope but it doesn't hurt to try eh?

29. Love on Darcy continually. I don't actually know how I could love this child anymore but I do know that I'll enjoy the challenge of trying. I want to make sure she always feels loved and stable and secure. 

30. Say yes to more events and opportunities. Exciting things come of them. 

31. Have more face to face interactions with Glitterbugs like you <3.


You know what? It was REALLY hard to come up with 31 things I wanted to achieve or do this year and I think that goes to show that actually, I'm pretty happy with my life. If none of those things get ticked off the list and life continues to tick over the way it has this past few months, I'll be a happy camper. 

Thirty, you were a year of learning and growing and accepting. Thirty One, I hope you're just as good to me. 

Toodlepip!

xx



66 comments:

  1. Happy birthday Louise!
    I loved to read your 31 goals for the next year!

    awkward-overload.blogspot.com

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  2. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day 🌸

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  3. Happy Birthday!!!! That's a great post to have to celebrate turning 31!

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  4. Happy birthday! x

    jess x | wellwellgirls.blogspot.com

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  5. Happy Birthday Louise! Have a great day & an awesome year of happiness :) x

    Jess | Jess in Retrospect

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  6. Happy Birthday beautiful lady, I hope 31 brings you all the happiness you deserve and is just as fabulous as you are xx
    http://art-love-fashion.blogspot.com.au

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  7. Happy Birthday Louise! Hope you get to achieve all your goals!x

    - Eternalleigh.blogspot.com

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  8. Happy Birthday Louise! I love your list of goals for the year - especially making the everyday more fun. Everyday life can be so boring and it truly is a challenge to make it as fun and interesting as possible.

    Erin | beingerin.com

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  9. Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a fab day whatever you're doing and a great rest of the week too!!

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  10. Love these goals! I just turned 29 and feel the same. I definitely want to start saying yes to more things x

    Wonky Lauren

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  12. Happy Birthday Louise, thank you for the years you've shared with all of us online, I look forward to continuing to be inspired and delighted by you in your 31st year! I hope your day is marvellous and I wish all the very best things for you x

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  13. Happy Birthday,Louise! Interesting to see what you mean by re-branding. And also, a tip for your wardrobe, I go through mine at least every 3 months and give to charity anything I haven't worn since I last went through it, that way it always stays usable and I don't end up holding onto things I don't wear. But you may already do this, just thought I'd share.

    Take care. x

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  14. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day, I really enjoyed this post.

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  16. Happy Birthday Louise! I'm planning on starting a blog and had the same idea to do 26 goals for my 26th year of life as my birthday is on the 30th of April, YAY TAURUSES!..or is it Tauri?...anywho...I love the idea of setting goals rather than doing a "26 life lessons I've learnt blah blah.." post as I feel that if I have learnt anything in 26 years it's that I don't know as much as I thought I did lol

    I really do hope you have the best birthday Louise, I am a Mum to a 10 month old daughter and lost my own Mum to cancer 2 months ago so you actually have no idea how much your blog posts and youtube videos have meant to me at this point in my life; knowing that you have been through similar experiences to me and seeing you lead such an exciting, fulfilling and happy life makes me feel like everything might actually be ok in the end, even if it doesn't seem that way now.

    I hope you achieve everything on your list and more! :)

    Centean | indierecordsnz.wordpress.com

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  17. Happy Birthday Doll!!!

    *Erin Condren Life Planners, release date is in early june for the 18-month planner. there A-mazing you will love it.

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  18. Happy birthday Louise! This was such a lovely post to read, I definitely need to take on board some of these things too! :) xo

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  19. Happy birthday Louise!!! I hope you're having the most wonderful and glitter-filled day!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  20. Happy Birthday Louise! I love this idea for a post, and I definitely need to work on some of these too haha! x

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  21. Happy birthday...lovely goals to achieve and work towards. I am sure you can do it.

    All the very best wishes.
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    Keep Calm & Start Writing ...
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  22. Happy birthday Louise! You have made a lovely list! Hopefully you can bring us with you, with some of your achievements from your list :)

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  23. Happy Birthday, Louise! It's nice to see some of the little things in live pop into the list too, I think we forget about them way too much!:)

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  24. Happy birthday, Louise! Hope you have a lovely, lovely day!

    Since you mentioned you were looking at European city breaks, I thought I'd share with you a blog post I wrote about Berlin. It's a travel guide written with the solo traveller in mind, inspired by a friend who's off there by himself in the summer, but most if not all of the places I've mentioned would be ideal for coupley romantic retreats, too! It's from the point of view of a former student in Berlin, so it's hopefully a little bit more interesting than your standard guide book! Feel free to check it out. It's maybe not as obvious a destination as Paris, Barcelona, or Rome, but Berlin is a fantastic quirky city with loads to see and do!

    All the best, Aisling x

    http://siularaisling.blogspot.ie/2016/04/go-your-own-way-berlin.html

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  25. Happy Birthday Louise! I hope you'll have a lovely day, you deserve it. Also really cool list :D

    - LS
    http://www.sephira.dk

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  26. Happy Birthday Louise!! I also want to do some of the things in your list haha loved the post darling x

    Zoel Hernández | zoelhernandez.wordpress.com

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  27. Happy Birthday Louise- I hope your day is as special as you <3 Good luck with your list too! x

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  28. Happy Birthday Louise, I hope you have a super sparkly day - You're amazing! xx

    Danielle - Miss Sunshine & Sparkle

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  29. Happy Birthday Louise! Hope you have a fab day :) x

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  30. Happy Birthday Louise, enjoy your day! I love your 31 things to do list - I hope you can achieve them all :) xxx
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  31. Happpy Birthday Louise! I hope today is fantastic and that you have the best 31st year ever. :) x Kenzie // Kenzieblogslife.blogspot.com

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  32. Happy birthday Louise! Hope you feel better soon.
    Love, Katie x
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  33. Happy birthday Louise! I hope you have a fabulous Day! X.

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  34. Hi please can everyone go check out my blog emweebrown.blogspot.co.UK

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  35. Happy Birthday Louise! This is a wonderful post of things to achieve xo

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  36. Happy birthday Louise.
    Have a good day xxxx 🍰🍷🍺🎂

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  37. Happy Birthday! Love this list! The Erin Condren planners are AWESOME!

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  38. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOUISE! i am sure you can achieve everything on your list! you are soon talented and an amazing person. I did a review of your book on my blog if you'd like to take a look <3

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  39. What a great idea! I often use birthdays as a time to reflect backwards, but I like the idea of looking more forwards and being optimistic! I'll be turning 31 in June and may need to make a similar list. Thank you and Happy Birthday!

    Amber
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  40. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I wish you a great year where all your dreams come true :)

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  41. This looks like a lovely list of things to do :) I'd really like to see more of the UK as well and sharing with your BF can only be a good thing. Happy birthday and best of luck this year! x

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  42. Hi Louise! Hope you've had a fab birthday! Since you mentioned visiting places in the UK and perhaps a little city break, I would totally recommend Edinburgh! It has beautiful history, lovely scenery and a little it of a buzz but not as busy as your massive cities like London or NYC! Plus, you can literally hop on a train and be at a beach or somewhere outdoors super quickly! I know you can get a little bitty frazzled so it's always nice to have the option to some peace and quiet as well as lovely city streets etc! x
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  43. hi, louise. hope you had a fabulous birthday you really deserve it. thanks for always making me happier and cheering me up when i'm down xx p.s sorry about the vocab in this im rubbish at spelling and grammar :)

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  44. Happy happy HAPPIEST of birthdays to you Louise! Have a wonderful day! Also, love your goals for this year - I might take up a few of these as well! Thanks for being a wonderful woman to look up to! <3

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  45. Happy Birthday Louise, I hope you had a fantastic day! I loved this post, it motivates me to continue working towards my goals! Plus I do love a good list :) xxx
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  46. Aww a lovely blog Louise happy birthday I hope you feel better soon 😀 I loved reading your 31 things I hope you achieve as many as those things I hope you have a lovely day 🐶 xx

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  47. I love love love my Erin Condren planner! The vertical layout is actually great for meal planning! You can designate one box every day to meal planning if you're doing all three meals or the note lines along the bottom each day if you're just doing dinner. Then the other boxes are open for to-dos, to-sees, whatever! I think you'll love how pretty the colors are inside and the interchangeable covers that you can customize to the season or your mood or your outfit!

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  48. Happy birthday Louise! I hope you had the most glittery birthday, and that you achieve all of these things in the coming year! :) This is such a great way to celebrate and think about your birthday, by trying to better yourself even more as you get older!

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    Kendra | Stnkrbug

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  49. Happpyyyyyyyy birthdaaaaaay xxxxxx

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  50. Happy birthday! I loved reading this, and I hope you have an amazing year & achieve everything on your list. Keep up the amazing blog posts/videos xx

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  51. Belated happy birthday Louise. This is a great blog post idea. Thanks for sharing :)

    Golden Rim

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  52. Happy BIrthday! The best part of being 31 is being able to say that you are 30-W(one)DERFUL!!! Ha ha!
    I love your list. I'll be 33 in a couple of weeks so it might be fun to make my own list, although 33 seems like a lot of things to come up with!
    :) Alice
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  53. Happy Birthday!

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  54. I want you to write another book so bad!! I love "Life with a Sprinkle of Glitter"!! (PS happy birthday even though it was yesterday :) xxx

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  55. It seems like 2016 is your year Louise, and it's really nice to see you coming back into your own. I can't wait to see what the rest of this year brings you - and good luck writing your book [I know how hard it can be]. Looking forward to more blog posts x x

    Jamie-Leigh x x
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  56. I'm SO excited for all of these things you're talking about here! Especially can't wait for what the rebrand has in store. I'd also love a post about the craft station you're making for Darcy, I need to make one for myself!

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  58. I completely relate to a few of things, like number 9 and 16 I need a really good clear out, my car is a tip and my room/wardobe is, I'm planning to make the most of the bank holiday and have the biggest clearout. And I'd love to go back to disneyworld, I've never been to disneyland so I would love to do that and 19 as well I work from home alot so I need to get the balance right of getting outdoors even if its only for an hour or so :)
    Anyway enough of my rambling! Happy belated birthday! I hope you had an amazing day :)

    VioletDaffodils
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  59. I just love how positive and sweet she is!

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  60. Happy birthday Louise! I wish you well and more blessings to come. Stay positive and sweet as you are. I can't wait to read how well these 31 things pan out. :)

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  61. Congratulations on coming up with 31 things, I enjoyed them all. Also congratulations on the birthday. I hope you feel spoiled.

    xxoBeka | www.bekaellen.com

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  62. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOUISE (A SPRINKLEOFGLITTER) YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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  63. Such a lovely idea. Happy birthday and good luck in meeting all your goals x

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  64. Happy Belated Birthday! I love a good list and I particularly love this list. It's well balances and has many high hopes for the future. It's inspired me to make my own. I've been loving your blogs, it makes you more relatable to me, and I feel like we have been going through similar things in life as of late. Keep up your positive attitude and thank you for spreading joy to those that cross your path!

    XOXO

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  65. Aww Louise, have you thought about doing those alphabet dates, so each date follows the next letter?! Ive always wanted to do that! Also St Ives is beautiful in the summer, I live in Cornwall, so can give you any tips :) love this post, I will have to do one when it comes around to my birthday xx

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