Better late than never?

Happy New Year everybody! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

It’s been absolutely ages since I sat down to write a blog post, so I thought I’d put a bit of effort in to making sure that something goes up today.

By way of an update:

  • My Christmas was chaotic but on the whole pretty good. I got some absolutely beautiful gifts from my family and friends and had such a wonderful period of celebration. It was very busy and I didn’t really get a chance to sit down. Now that it’s  over, it feels like it was ages ago. I kind of miss it and I’m secretly looking forward to Christmas 2017.
  • I spent New Year at Ben’s parents’ house in Aylesbury. Unfortunately, I was pretty ill for the entire time I was there.
  • I went back to work last week and since I’ve been back there’s been lots going on. It’s nice to have a lot to do. I like keeping busy.
  • I got a brand new book shelf, and I’m really tempted to do a sort of book shelf tour so you can see all that I’ve got. Might be quite a good way of logging what I haven’t read and what I haven’t got yet, as well.

All in all, this busy spell has been a bit of a whirlwind, and I’ve made some pretty big decisions over the past few weeks which I’ll share with you in the future, perhaps.

For now, my only piece of advice is this: make 2017 your year.

That’s what I’m doing.

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Decorating!

This weekend, Ben and I spent a lot of time preparing my parents’ house for Christmas. Wandering around Fenwick, Paperchase and Wilko, we managed to pick up a gorgeous range of baubles. From bargain pieces to slightly more expensive gems, I was thrilled with everything we picked up.

Given that Christmas is my favourite holiday, and given that it’s less than 20 days away, today I thought I’d share a few pictures that we took over the weekend.

And yes… I am wearing a dragon onesie.

Christmas advertising

With the recent release of the 2016 John Lewis Christmas advert, which (after one week of being live) has over 16 million views on YouTube, it is evident that advertising can have a huge impact, particularly in the lead up to Christmas.

Companies spend millions of pounds on their advertising campaigns, and it’s clear that this has paid off for John Lewis, whose advert has become one of the most highly anticipated, and is almost a signifier to people that ‘Christmas is coming’ – not that we didn’t know that already, but it’s always nice to be reminded.

Today, another beautiful Christmas advert has been released that I wanted to share with you. You might have already seen it, or you might not have had the opportunity yet, but this, I feel, is one of the most well thought out ad campaigns I’ve seen. For me, it ticks all the boxes and really conveys a wonderful message. Christmas is a time to think of others, after all, and with that in mind I present to you the Alzheimer’s Research UK advert, Santa Forgot…

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common cause of dementia. It can affect anyone but everyone can play a part in fighting back this Christmas.

Having experienced the devastating effects that Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia can have on the lives of people left behind, this advert really spoke to me.

I’m not going to ask you to donate to the charity, although it would be delightful if you could. Instead, I urge you to think about the impact of diseases (both of the mind and the physical body) on the lives of individuals and their families this Christmas.

When you’re traipsing through aisles and aisles of Buster the Boxer merchandise, spare a thought for those who are alone or those who are grieving or those who are here in body but not completely in mind.