I’ve left this little blog of mine terribly unloved since October 2017. I had every intention of writing more content for Decade Thirty but life has been considerably busy. So what’s changed?
For starters, I had another baby in May, which has not only added to our already busy lives, but Dumpling (her nickname) has given the three of us nothing but joy and sheer delight. I’ve also started running public workshops for handlettering, instead of small private ones I’ve done sporadically in the past. Along with this, I’ve also completed some handlettering/chalkboard commissions for local businesses here in Brisbane. Not to mention, also taken on a number of collaborations with some beautiful stationery brands, such as Ferris Wheel Press, Paperang, Mossery, Fox and Fallow, and Pebble Stationery Co, to name a few. I collaborated with my dear friend, Kim, from Tiny Ray of Sunshine on an online book club for the Bullet Journal Method book. I also finally sold my handwriting font as a limited release in my Etsy shop. That was a huge leap for me, sharing something as personal as my own handwriting with the world. It was heartwarming to see that everyone who purchased it, loved it, and I’m currently putting the finishing touches to a similar handwriting font due to be released at the end of this month.
As for my personal life, Mr Decade Thirty has also started his own business after working for a private company the last six+ years, and has its own challenges along with it. Squish is now three and a half years old, and she has certainly grown in personality – reserved at times, but definitely strong-willed and a keen negotiator. She’s equally perceptive, and asks many questions about life. For all the wonderful things that she’s achieved, there is inevitably some challenges, which we’re all working together to help her get through each day.
So why have I started writing this blog again? There are a few reasons… I started this blog way back in 2011, with the intention of chronicling my 30s. (Incidentally, I also started a blog in my twenties, and only had about 5 followers – Hi Lisa!) This blog, though, turned into a resource for mainly bullet journalling, when Ryder Carroll first shared his wonderful system with the world. I happily rode that wave, gaining heaps of traction with this blog and Instagram. I also had the chance to write some articles for Ryder’s Bullet Journal blog, and get a small feature in his book The Bullet Journal Method. I am tremendously grateful for these opportunities, and for the bullet journal and planning communities.
Whilst I still post bullet journal/planner pages on my Instagram account, I wanted to go back to my roots, which is writing. Writing about what I love – stationery, books, sketching and parenthood – and sharing it with those who still love long form posts (i.e. blogs), as opposed to the instant gratification often shared on social media. This is a way for me to truly connect with my audience (cue *crickets* haha), to know them as much as they know me. Writing has always been my way to form community, and I feel that, as much as Instagram connects us through visuals, it can oftentimes be fleeting, and that written prose can make a deeper impact with people, and opens doors to communication with others. I also want to get away from the ‘likes’ mentality, which has done nothing but play havoc on my mental health, especially when ‘comment cowboys’ don’t necessarily tone down their ‘arsehole mode’. (Oh yeah, did I mention, I tend to swear a lot? I promise they are there for descriptive effect *wink*). You can say that blogging for me is a form of mindfulness practice among the social media world.
As a thank you for all who are following me on this blog and social media accounts (and also because today is my birthday =)), here is a simple minimal 2020 calendar freebie that you can print and use to your heart’s desire. It was designed using my handwriting font, and is free for personal use only. I’ve been part of this crazy ride on the internet long enough to know that people can take advantage of some of the designs/printables that I’ve made readily available here and elsewhere, so I trust that the honest few will indeed use this for good rather than ‘imitation evil’. If you do want to share these calendars with others, please give them the link to my blog instead of sharing the PDF =)
Also please let me know if you run into any problems downloading the PDF files.
So what’s next for me? Here’s a sneak peak:
- I’m in the process of giving this blog a bit of a facelift, so please be patient if there are missing pages here or things are a bit glitchy. I do this in my own time, so I can keep costs down.
- In saying that, I’ve also decided to create a (frequently requested) newsletter. Go to the bottom of the page and subscribe if you’d like to receive some monthly musings, freebies, and general updates
- I’m re-opening my Etsy shop – opening date TBC – with an assortment of digital products, from stationery goods to illustrations
- I’m in the process of creating my first online course for handwriting (due to popular demand) – hopefully with an April launch date
- I’m hoping to create another face-to-face workshop on creative journalling processes in the second half of 2020
- I’ll continue to run my handlettering workshops here in Brisbane throughout 2020. Make sure to turn on notifications on your social media to receive updates from me.
- I’ll also be posting some guidelines for brands/businesses who wish to collaborate with me. In the past, I have done this for free, taking time away from my family to promote brands/companies. This year, there will be a fee for collaboration/promotion, and all funds will be put towards creating more free content for this blog for you to enjoy.
There are more goals for me to achieve, but not sure if they will be for 2020. I start back at my part-time job as a speech language pathologist in mid-January, so I will definitely be playing it by ear, in terms of what I can achieve.
I’d love to know in the comments below, what are your big goals in 2020? What are you taking up next year that you’ve let go on the wayside? Why?
In terms of my blog, what content would you like to see here? Planner/bullet journal posts? Handlettering posts? Handwriting posts? Parenthood posts? Book/Notebook reviews?
Again, thank you for your ongoing support, and hello to any new subscribers/followers on my social media channels. Here’s to wonderful things for 2020 =)