Reverse Reader Q&A

This blog is a great way to connect with people and I want the chance to engage with you more and get to know you a little better. Feel f...

Reverse Reader Q&A

This blog is a great way to connect with people and I want the chance to engage with you more and get to know you a little better. Feel free to answer these questions in as much or as little detail as you want and throw in anything else you feel you'd like me to know.


Tell me who you are:
- what is your name?
- how old are you?
- where do you live?
- what is your job?

What have you done done this year that has made you proud?

Tell me what you dream about:
- what do you want to learn?
- what do you hope to achieve?
- where do you want to go in life?

What is your definition of success?

Tell me what you think of this blog:
- how long have you been reading?
- what do you like & dislike?
- what do you want more or less of?
- is there anything you want to ask?

What is one book everyone should read?


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  1. Oooh, this sounds like so much fun! Love this idea!

    Tell me who you are:
    I’m Erika, I am 28, I’m a grad student who is sort of living in California and Michigan right now. And I blog for enjoyment. :)

    What have you done this year that has made you proud?
    Just sticking with grad school after going through a lot of health stuff and doing my best to be more and more positive each day.

    ,Tell me what you dream about:
    I love learning about people’s personal narratives -- that’s why I love blogs! I just love individual experiences. So, I really want to do work that is about self-awareness, people finding themselves, and doing it in a fun way. I think people are so afraid to be who they are authentically, but I think what they'll find is that it's more beautiful and amazing than they imagined. I think that the experience of being comfortable in your own skin is something everyone deserves, but it's a journey. :)

    Also: I want to start my own small business in the next year and I want to travel to all 7 continents (I've got a couple down so far), I want to publish books, I want to own my own home and LOVE the place I live and I want to help people. :)

    What is your definition of success?
    Happiness. Authenticity. Freedom. Feeling how I WANT to feel.

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    Just found it about a week ago but loving it! It’s becoming one that I check all the time. What are your answers to these questions? :)

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  2. Hello, I'm Isabel & I'm 24. I'm currently an expat livingin Slovenia (I'm originally from Mexico). At this point, I'm just studying my master in International Business Administration.

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud? Moving abroad, marrying the love of my life, uniting both of our families, and pursuing my masters definetly!

    What is your definition of success? To surround myself with loving, positive, caring and adventurous people. Life is too short for dull friends.

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    I think I have been reading your blog for the last 3-4 months maybe. I love your book, entrepreneur and motivational posts! I would definitely love more photography posts like you mentioned before, like from the places you've been and about your beautiful city.

    What is one book everyone should read? The Little Price, so simple, sweet and profound.

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  3. Ooooh, this is such a cool idea! :)


    Hello! My name is Kendel and I'm twenty years old. I live in New Zealand and I'm currently studying to be a public relations professional :D


    I applied to study abroad this year, BUT turned it down so I could 'come into my own' and find a degree that I love and challenged me in the right ways. I'm so proud that I was able to get into one of the best universities in the world, but I was glad that I was able to turn it down and do 'the harder thing'. I'm transferring to a new university in a new city next year :D Hooray!


    I want to learn how to have a fluent conversation in Italian. I started learning it this year and I am absolutely smitten with the language. It just rolls off the tongue. I want to go and study abroad in California or England and complete an internship while I'm over there. Where I want to go-literally-I don't really know. I just want to have adventures. Lots of adventures.


    Personally, I think success is doing something that you love. I have heard a lot of people say: "If you find something you love, then you will never have to work a day in your life". Success is saying that YES, I did that and I did it to the best of my ability. I never gave up, even when the going got tough. If you manage to push past just one of your boundaries and do something you thought to be impossible, then you have been successful.

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  4. Tell me who you are:
    - what is your name? - Tolly
    - how old are you? - 14
    - where do you live? - UK & France (I'm all over the place!)
    - what is your job? - 'Fashion blogger'/Student

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud?
    I signed a contract with a dutch brand and I'm designing a collection of socks and tights for them!

    Tell me what you dream about:
    - what do you want to learn? - How to be the best I can be
    - what do you hope to achieve? - I want to become a fashion designer
    - where do you want to go in life? - Wherever my life takes me!

    What is your definition of success?
    Being happy :)

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    - how long have you been reading? - 6 months?
    - what do you like & dislike? - I like the fact that there are well thought out posts, but some can be a little repetitive (Hope you don't mind the honesty!)
    - what do you want more or less of? - More of your favourite type posts... when I started reading you did like favourite products, and fashion/style posts more often :)
    - is there anything you want to ask? - Nope!

    What is one book everyone should read?

    I personally adore the Hunger Games... and I'm not just some crazed fan! It is really genuinely good :)


    Xx

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  5. Hi, my name is Melissa and I'm turning 18 at the end of the month. I live in Sydney, and I'll be starting university in March.


    Joining the Salvos Youth Ambassador Movement, overcoming some of my mental illnesses and finishing high school would be on the list of things I've done this year that has made me proud.


    For me, success is defined by that moment you look back after completing something you thought was impossible.


    I've been reading your blog for around 6 months now. I love the minimalistic, no-fuss photography, content and web design. I'd definitely love to see some more personal posts from you, but I absolutely love your advice for blogs and small businesses - keep up the amazing work!


    And lastly, I think everyone should read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It's a classroom classic, but it's definitely that for a reason. I'd also recommend Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards :)

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  6. Rebecca12/04/2014

    Im 21 years, from Norway!

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  7. Fatema Ali12/04/2014

    Tell me who you are:
    - Fatema Ali
    - 23
    - Bahrain, it's in the middle east. A tiny island which you can barely spot on the map of the world, it literally looks like a dot.
    - Designing kitchen spaces, and I'm also involved in marketing & business development in a company called Lightex. Check it out at www.lightex.com.bh

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud?
    It is the realization of what makes me happy and ultimately what I want to achieve. More like I found my goal. Now I finally don't feel like i'm worthless without any goal in life (always blaming it on the environment that I live in). Also, I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and this book has reinforced the fact that I should strive to achieve my goal and live a happier life. The realization that I can increase my happiness and it's in fact by choice as well as the realization of my goal made me proud. 2015 will be a year where I will work towards these two things. I'm very much looking forward to this new year and new start!

    Tell me what you dream about:
    - I want to learn the art of blogging, different arts and crafts (all sorts of DIYs, quilting techniques, painting skills and sculpting).
    - I hope to make my passion for arts something I do everyday where I blog about it and hopefully make a business out of it where it will be my full time job
    - I want to be someone with impact. I want not only to learn techniques and designs instead I want to reach to a point where I come up with new techniques and designs and share them with the world. I want to be a moment of impact on others.

    What is your definition of success?
    I don't think I ever thought about 'my' definition of success. Now that you ask I had to think about it. I think success is achieving what you initially thought of as impossible or as a 'dream' and getting there. As well, success is when others are impacted by your achievement.



    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    - I'm a new comer to your blog; in fact to all blogs. I rarely read blogs but since I realized what it is I want to do in life I grew more interested in reading blogs and getting inspired from them!
    - I wrote to you once about your tone and you replied saying that you are really passionate. I think as I've mentioned before if someone does not know you and they just start following you as I did you might come across as a bit cold. However, I do see your passion in your topics and the way you address things. I love how you take your comments seriously and reply. It feels awful to write a comment and never get a reply or to get it very late.
    - Why don't you blog about the art of jewelry making? That will be very interesting. I understand you don't want your blog to interfere with your business or become the marketing tool for your business; however, take it just as an art as part of your 'private life'.
    - Maybe more of your life in which I mean a more well-rounded blog (you did write a blog a few days ago where you intend to blog more about lifestyle etc- that would be nice).

    What is one book everyone should read?

    Ummm that is a hard one. The Happiness Project for sure. The Fault in our Stars.


    Thank you so much for wanting to know us better. Have a great day xoxo

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  8. Alright. : )

    My name is Jana and I turned 25 a couple of weeks ago. I live in Germany and I currently work self-employed (since I started my blog in october).

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud?

    Oh two things made me proud this year. First: I finished my studies in Fashion Design this year and had a beautiful fashion show of a small collection of extravagant, handmade dresses called "
    Rebelle". Secondly: I started my own self-hosted blog janatoldme.com.

    What I dream about...

    I want to learn another language (I speak German, English, French (not fluent) and a little bit Polish). I look up to people who can speak 3 or 4 languages fluently.
    I want to work in fashion journalism, because creating something with my own words makes me absolute happy. I wanna do this every day (and I do it almost every day when I'm working on my blog).
    I would love to travel europe. I've never been to Rome, Milan and Vienna before and I need to go to Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Warsaw again (oh I could go on and on).

    What is my definition of success...

    Success is for me achieving the things you dreamt about. These could be small dreams or big dreams - it doesn't matter. What matters is the fact that you hold on to your dreams, even if you stumble and fall. The important fact is that you stand up again and keep on chasing your dreams.

    What I think of this blog...

    I started reading this blog just a couple of weeks ago, so it's pretty new for me. I like the post-photos and post-themes. I think they're very helpful and the photos are beautiful. What I do not like so much is your "big" grey navigation. I think it would be great if it could turn a little bit transparent when I slide down. I would like to ask you: 1. Are you happy and satisfied with your blog? 2. Where did you buy this beautiful pen?

    One book everyone should read...
    That's "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho.

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to introduce ourselfes.
    Jana

    Janatoldme.com

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  9. Cool idea! My name is Lizzy. I'm a newly British expat living in Australia and i'm currently a university tutor before starting my PhD in a year. The thing i've done this year that's made me proud is move halfway across the world! I'd probably define success as finding a lifestyle where you're content but challenged at the same time.


    I've been reading your blog for a few months now and enjoy your content- although I like how you're including more photos and 'lifestyle' type posts now :)


    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

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  10. Tell me who you are:

    My name is Erin, I'm 25, and I live with my boyfriend, two kittens in Hastings, East Sussex, UK. It's pretty at times and has a lot going for it. I work with people with learning disabilities and Autism spectrum disorders.
    Tell me what you dream about:

    My actual dreams are weird, I dream about real life and conversations that I've never had, which translates into a bizarre reality at time. In terms of what I want to achieve in life though, sometimes I don't know, but I know I enjoy learning and exploring, and art. I love art.
    What is your definition of success?
    Being able to lay my head down at night and feel accomplished and happy

    Tell me what you think of this blog:

    I've been reading about 6 months or so. I enjoy your blog, it's got that kind of 'look' I like and your voice is great. I prefer the more lifestyle posts, but that is because I'm really nosy.
    What is one book everyone should read?
    The Rules of Attraction, Bret Easton Ellis (this could be because I've just read it for the up-teenth time)

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  11. My name is Beth. I'm 24. I live in New York City. This year I moved to the city without knowing anyone or having a job lined up, but it worked out anyway and I'm quite proud of that. I want to learn French. I've been reading your blog for about a week now. :)

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  12. Right! Here we go ...



    Tell me who you are:

    - what is your name? Vanessa

    - how old are you? Thirty-two

    - where do you live? Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    - what is your job? Office Manager and Freelance Writer (oh, and full-time book lover)



    What have you done done this year that has made you proud?
    I've said 'yes' to more things than I could have ever imagined.



    Tell me what you dream about:

    - what do you want to learn? I want to learn a second language.

    - what do you hope to achieve? I want to earn enough money to be able to buy a flat in London and live there for the rest of my life.

    - where do you want to go in life? London, England, UK.



    What is your definition of success?
    Simply being happy. Like, REALLY happy.



    Tell me what you think of this blog:

    - how long have you been reading? For about a year now.

    - what do you like & dislike? I like the direction it's taking and I love all of your book posts. There is honestly nothing I don't like about it. It's creative, it's engaging, and it's written by a lovely woman (you!).

    - what do you want more or less of? More books!

    - is there anything you want to ask? Where in Canada would you like to visit the most?



    What is one book everyone should read?
    The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy OR The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill.

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  13. christina12/04/2014

    Tell me who you are:
    - what is your name? Christina
    - how old are you? 28
    - where do you live? France/Switzerland but I'm original from the UK
    - what is your job? Atmospheric Physicist

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud? I ran experiments for 3 months off the top of switzerland's highest mountain

    Tell me what you dream about:
    - what do you want to learn? Everything about aerosols and clouds in the atmosphere, at least 8 languages
    - what do you hope to achieve? A meaningful contribution to our understanding of climate change
    - where do you want to go in life?

    What is your definition of success? doing something of worth and meaning to yourself that improves the world

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    - how long have you been reading? a month or so
    - what do you like & dislike? I like the book suggestions, bits on life organisation and minimal wardrobes
    - what do you want more or less of? reading about how to blog, on a blog gets a bit meta for me, but i'm sure it's popular with many people
    - is there anything you want to ask?

    What is one book everyone should read? The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck

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  14. Carla Genovesio12/04/2014

    Tell me who you are:
    - what is your name? Carla
    - how old are you? 27
    - where do you live? Buenos Aires, Argentina
    - what is your job? Illustrator & Graphic Designer

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud? A T-shirt and a pattern for a local fashion brand that I love.

    Tell me what you dream about:
    - what do you want to learn? To be the best illustrator I can be. To be a good traveler.
    - what do you hope to achieve? To be a freelance illustrator and travel a lot.
    - where do you want to go in life? To be more present in my daily life.

    What is your definition of success? To be present in the moment.

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    - how long have you been reading? A couple of months.
    - what do you like & dislike? I like minimalism advice posts.
    - what do you want more or less of? More minimalism posts. More about how is life in England.
    - is there anything you want to ask? How is life in England? I'm really curious about your culture.

    What is one book everyone should read? The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami.

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  15. Tell me who you are:

    - what is your name? Natalia

    - how old are you? 34

    - where do you live? Santiago de Chile

    - what is your job? Translator/Journalist



    What have you done done this year that has made you proud? I took my mom to Europe for her birthday. She'd never been anywhere. I saved and organized and took her.



    Tell me what you dream about:

    - what do you want to learn? to play the piano.

    - what do you hope to achieve? constant tranquility (inside, I'm a very nervous person)

    - where do you want to go in life? wherever I feel comfortable. Also, Scotland.



    What is your definition of success? Being happy with whatever you set to achieve. Setting a goal and getting there, not taking advantage of other people.



    Tell me what you think of this blog:

    - how long have you been reading? A couple of months!

    - what do you like & dislike? I love the photography and the style. Sometimes I wished the posts were longer, maybe that's just me.

    - what do you want more or less of? Oh, I dunno. More about you, I guess.

    - is there anything you want to ask? what equipment do you use for creating everything on the blog?



    What is one book everyone should read? Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Because it's my favorite book of all time. It's fun and a fast read, entertaining, with amazing characters, a great story and you end up with the most wonderful feeling inside, one that makes you want to start the book all over again.

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  16. Brilliant idea, Sophie!


    Tell me who you are:
    - what is your name? Ann
    - how old are you? Old enough :)
    - where do you live? East Coast, United States
    - what is your job? Lifestyle Educator

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud? Taken sloth to a whole new level.

    Tell me what you dream about: Old boyfriends
    - what do you want to learn? Business, real estate (laws)
    - what do you hope to achieve? Independent wealth
    - where do you want to go in life? Onward, upward, forward

    What is your definition of success? Living a life filled with happiness and integrity.

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    - how long have you been reading? On and off for a few years now.
    - what do you like & dislike? Like: I love your blog designs! Honestly, I enjoy all of your posts, they are informative and the photography is always clean (you have very good eye). Dislike: I only have one - sometimes you come across as a bit of a know it all on subjects that are strictly opinion based. Perhaps you should note (on certain blog entries) that these are your opinions and this is what has worked for -you-.
    - what do you want more or less of? Keep doing what you do, your content is quite good.
    - is there anything you want to ask? Who has been your biggest source of inspiration in regards to blogging?

    What is one book everyone should read? Anything by Bukowski. With that being said, he is definitely not for everyone.

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  17. Tell me who you are:
    - what is your name? Saoirse T. E. Sterling (everyone calls me Sterling though. Awkward Irish name in England is awkward.)
    - how old are you? 20s.
    - where do you live? In the North-East of England.
    - what is your job? Writer.

    What have you done this year that has made you proud?
    Starting my blog? I'm not really sure. I put a book I wrote on e-book platforms. I've just sold my first item on Folksy. I am proud but I wish I'd done more this year.

    Tell me what you dream about:
    - what do you want to learn? Everything. At the moment I really want to learn the piano (keyboard) but I find myself with little motivation. I love learning, but only when it isn't overly forced.
    - what do you hope to achieve? Published works and something I've written on TV.
    - where do you want to go in life? Everywhere I want? I aim big but don't know where to start. I have big dreams, I just need to organise my thoughts on how to get them.

    What is your definition of success?
    I think just having a lot of little things that you want, but realising that what you want might not be what you need. Being good at what you do, obviously, but it doesn't matter if you're the best or not.

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    - how long have you been reading? Uhhh... I'm not sure on duration, to be honest. About a year or so? I only discovered blogs (like this) existed about a year ago.
    - what do you like & dislike? I love your photographs. Sometimes I wish you'd expand on your posts a little.
    - what do you want more or less of? Maybe a bit more text with some photos. I love seeing the items you make, so a lot more of those.
    - is there anything you want to ask?

    What is one book everyone should read?

    The History Boys. It's a play buut it still counts, right? Or Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment.

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  18. Tell me who you are:
    - what is your name? Tanya!
    - how old are you? ALMOST 22 my birthday is in less than a week!!!
    - where do you live? Buffalo, NY
    - what is your job? Salon Coordinator, which is basically a receptionist but MORE. I always feel like "salon coordinator" sounds too ~lofty~ for what I think I do, but receptionist is too little. Middle ground, please!

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud?
    I officially graduated, started working, and now support myself fully! I pay my own rent, pay for my own food, all my bills, etc. It's deeply satisfying.

    Tell me what you dream about:
    - what do you want to learn? To speak a different language! French has been on my mind, recently.
    - what do you hope to achieve? To be known as a creative.
    - where do you want to go in life? Everywhere!

    What is your definition of success?
    Being able to look back on your life and be happy with the people you've met, the choices you've made, and the direction you took.

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    - how long have you been reading? About a year, I think?? A little less, maybe.
    - what do you like & dislike? I like how down to earth you are. I enjoy reading your posts because your voice is nice and you're a good writer. Sometimes the same old same old gets boring, but I always am interested in your posts.
    - what do you want more or less of? I LOVE your wardrobe posts, but that's also because I'm super in to my wardrobe right now. To be honest, I don't ever really read your book posts, because I don't have time currently to read more than one book, and I have one I'm already reading. But I may end up browsing them in the future for ideas!
    - is there anything you want to ask? How did you like NYC??? :D

    What is one book everyone should read? The Odyssey! Haha, I don't know! It's like choosing your favorite, which I don't have. I recently read Mogworld by Yahtzee Chroshaw (i think thats how you spell his name) and it was really good, but I already like his voice, comedic timing, and video games, so.



    :)

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  19. Ah I love this!

    Tell me who you are:
    I'm Sarah, I'm 24 and live in a far-too-expensive-for-me part of Cheshire. This year I moved from copywriting to the travel industry, got made redundant and am starting a new job as a Business Travel Consultant in January.

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud?
    I realised that I'm a pretty good person and learned to be a bit more comfortable with myself.

    Tell me what you dream about:

    - what do you want to learn? I'm starting Russian language classes in January :)

    - what do you hope to achieve? I'd like to publish my own travel guide. One day!

    - where do you want to go in life? Everywhere!

    What is your definition of success?
    I wrote an entire blog post about this a few weeks ago. I'm not really sure, all I ask for is a reason to get out of bed in the morning, good people around me and to experience as much of the world as possible.

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    I've been reading since the beginning. I actually don't read many blogs these days, but I always come back here. Your travel posts are my favourite and I guess the beauty posts are my least favourite, but that's just a personal thing.

    What is one book everyone should read?

    The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle or I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.

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  20. AdelaJ.12/04/2014

    Tell me who you are:
    - what is your name?
    - My name is Adela

    - how old are you?

    - I turned 25 this October (urgh)

    - where do you live?
    - Norway

    - what is your job?
    - Graduated this year, unemployed ;.;

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud?
    - Graduated

    Tell me what you dream about:

    - what do you want to learn?
    - A fifth language

    - what do you hope to achieve?
    - Get a job. Starting a blog so i have something to do while I´m unemployed. Traveling, buying a Chanel bag, nothing really fancy.

    - where do you want to go in life?
    - Earning enough money so I do not need to sacrifice things just to buy food. A bit superficial but living in a rather poor family in a wealthy country is not fun. It is not nice to see your parent both mentally and physically worn out all the time. My parents total income is a monthly average income for just one person for the Uk.....

    What is your definition of success?
    - Having enough money for food, necessities, things you need and want.

    Tell me what you think of this blog:

    - how long have you been reading?
    - 8 or 9 months? I have a terrible memory...

    - what do you like & dislike?
    - I like the layout and the the content. It looks professional, chic and the pictures are fab. There is nothing really I do not like.

    - what do you want more or less of?
    - Behind the scenes, what you use for photographing and editing your pictures, technology/apps that are useful for bloggers. More outfit posts, random recommendations ( food, drinks, tv shows etc). Nothing really that I want less of.

    - is there anything you want to ask?
    - What is your favorite animal, it can be real or fictional.

    What is one book everyone should read?

    - Good Omen by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

    - The Hobbit by J.J.R. Tolkien
    - Stardust by Neil Gaiman

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  21. Tell me who you are: I'm Jana and I'm in the USA on the California Coast. I love sunshine and a good pair of jeans and white Chuck Taylors. I'm an illustrator.

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud? I took a last minute vacation to Italy without much planning; spontaneous and totally magical :)

    I dream of more travel, more drawing and meeting more interesting people!

    Success is being financially free enough to choose your days, doing work I'm proud of and having a few solid relationships


    I'm a long time reader-I love your clean organized aesthetic and your perfect mix of your life, your business and of course books :)
    What is one book everyone should read?A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. It starts slow and then you won't want it to end. I promise it will change you. And anything by Austin Kleon.

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  22. Name: Autumn.
    Age: 29 (gross)
    I live with my two cats (a one-eyed cat a and a three-legged cat) in Wisconsin, USA.
    I work in digital marketing (not quite as cool a job as other people who have commented).


    The thing that made me proud this year is I started training Krav Maga. Turns out I'm a bad ass :)


    More than anything I want to go to Iceland - it seems like the most magical place.


    Been reading your blog for a few months now. Love the cleanness and simplicity and how unpretentious it is.


    Even though most people have already read 'The Fault in Our Stars' I still say it's a must. Any book that makes me bawl my eyes out has got to be good.

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  23. Hannah Richards12/04/2014

    Hello! I'm Hannah, I'm 28 and live in not so sunny Wales, UK. I work part
    time as a Jeweller for what used to be a lovely independent company but
    not so much anymore. My full time job is as a busy mum to my little
    girl who is 17 months old. I'm also expecting my 2nd baby next summer.

    I want to learn Spanish, I know enough to badly get by, but it'd be really cool to be fluent. One day!

    I'm proud of what I've achieved so far, i just hope to raise happy, healthy
    children and give them the best memories of their childhoods! As for
    where i want to go in life - everywhere! I have a major travel bug, I
    often fantasise about renting my house out for a year or two and taking
    my family on a backpacking adventure across the globe. My definition of
    success is being happy with what I have.

    I've only been reading your blog a few weeks. (Thanks Bloglovin popular page!)
    But already I think I've been through the majority of your posts! I love
    your behind the scenes - so familiar to my working day!

    The one book everyone should read is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I've
    read it countless times and find something new in it each time.

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  24. My name is Lily
    I am 18 Years old
    I live just outside of London
    I am currently a student


    I have become more confident within myself and have achieved so many thing I never thought I would


    I am currently learning how to drive. I need to pass because I need to drive for Uni
    Over the next year, I hope to pass my A Levels and be accepted into Uni
    I want to be able to live a life that I love. I plan to be a freelance photographer, with a big family. I'd love the blog full time too. But that's just a dream


    I think success is when you are extremely happy with your life and the way you live it


    I have been reading your blog for the past 2 weeks. I am new to blogging (well taking it seriously).
    I love your layout and basically all of your posts.

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  25. Joanna Muñoz12/04/2014

    This is a really fun and great idea!

    Tell me who you are:
    - My name's Joanna.
    - I'm 31 (32 on December 11th... Eee!).
    - I live in Los Angeles, CA.
    - I'm a web/graphic designer for a production agency by day and freelance under "Wink & Wonder" in my spare time.


    Proud moment of the year:
    This year my husband and I got married and I created all of the printed materials and signage myself. It was a huge task but all worth it!

    Dreams:
    I want to keep working on lettering and refining those skills. I also want to dive into the stationery world to be able to set up a (small) online shop where I can share my doodles.

    Success:
    Success for me is not just monetary - it's being in a great place emotionally, mentally, physically, financially. It's doing what you love and continually pushing yourself forward so that one day you can look back and realize how far you've come.

    The blog:
    - I stumbled across your blog 3 weeks ago.
    - I like your brevity and honesty in your posts. Your thoughts are clearly organized and you break them out in a way that makes it easier to consume. You discuss really good topics and I often refrain from constantly wanting to tweet everything you write. :) ... No dislikes yet as I'm a new follower.
    - Would love to see more of the creative advice series. As a designer, the insight is valuable! Your photos are wonderful and I'd love to see a behind-the-scenes post on product/prop setup for your imagery.

    Book recommendation:
    Ready Player One. It's sci-fi, so I don't think it's for everyone (I'm not even a fan of the genre), but the book has tons of 80s references which made it super fun to read.

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  26. My name is Rose.
    I'm 28 and live in Brussels (Belgium).I've finally launched my blog and succeed to stay more than 6 months in a job. That's what made me proud this year! :)
    I want to learn ballet and I hope to find a career that fulfill my expectations. I also want to always follow my intuition.
    My definition of success is succeed to love and accept myself and achieve my dreams.


    I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and I love it. The pictures, your posts. I don't know exactly why but it makes me happy and calm me down to read your blog. :)

    Everyone should read The man who wanted to be happy by Laurent Gounelle. A beautiful book that tells you that everything you can imagine can be real. I love the message.

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  27. Kristine M.12/04/2014

    Tell me who you are:
    - what is your name?
    My name is Kristine

    - how old are you?
    I'm 25 years old

    - where do you live?
    I live in Los Angeles, California

    - what is your job?
    I am an Arts and Entertainment editor for my school paper. I also write for my blog, Glitch&Glitter.

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud?
    I've gotten a job at my school paper. That is a pretty big accomplishment for me.

    Tell me what you dream about:
    - what do you want to learn?
    I want to learn more about graphic design, refine my writing, fashion trends, and psychology.

    - what do you hope to achieve?
    I want to write for a publication or start my own online magazine.

    - where do you want to go in life?
    I want to stay in Los Angeles or move to New York to pursue my career in journalism.

    What is your definition of success?
    Doing something you love and not feel obligated or feel dragged down by calling it a career. Also, having a positive influence and surrounding one with a great support system is what I consider success.

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    - how long have you been reading?
    I recently discovered it and I am in love with it!

    - what do you like & dislike?
    I like the general layout and the photos. I haven't found anything I dislike.

    - what do you want more or less of?
    I definitely want more advice posts because they are very helpful for someone like me who is starting out.

    - is there anything you want to ask?
    Where do you get your ideas for photos and what do you use to edit your photos?

    What is one book everyone should read?
    Amy Poehler's Yes Please. It's a book filled with humor, advice, and it's motivating.

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  28. My name is Grace. I'm 22 years old. I live in Orange County, California but I'm originally from Chicago. I'm a freelance graphic designer, but I also work part-time as a hostess at a local restaurant.


    This year I finished university and booked my first freelance jobs (with more lined up in the wings for next year). I also started working out on a weekly basis, which was something I never thought I'd have time for.


    I want to learn more about languages (specifically American Sign Language), art history, and marketing. In terms of short term achievements, I want to take a project I worked on for about three months and start uploading those designs to Society6 to sell. For long-term achievements, I want to be able to move abroad (preferably to Europe) and continue to make work that is creatively fulfilling.


    My definition of success is being happy with where I am personally (self-esteem, friendships), physically, financially, etc. Success is being able to do what you want with what you have.


    I have been reading your blog for a few months now and I love it. I particularly enjoy your posts about small business and online presence. But I also really enjoy your book posts--I've got a lot of new books on my "to-read" list thanks to you.


    One book that I think everyone should read is Submarine by Joe Dunthorne. I love the sense of humor in that book.

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  29. This is such a nice idea for a post :)


    I'm Mimmi, I'm 19, I live in Glasgow and I'm a student at the University of Glasgow.

    Going abroad to study at university is probably the one thing that I'm most proud about doing this year.

    I want to learn how to play the guitar and how to be the best version of me. I hope to graduate knowing that those four years have been really valuable, and I'd also love to write a book. I honestly just want to be happy with my life, wherever I go and whatever I do.


    My definition of success is being proud and happy with what you achieve.


    I can't really remember how long I've been reading your blog for, but it's been quite a few months I think! I love how original and diverse your blog is.


    One book I think everyone should read (this question is incredibly difficult!) is Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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  30. I'm Clara, 20 years old and I'm a student living in Barcelona.
    I am having trouble figuring out something I'm proud of this year (I have had a pretty rough time lately).
    I dream of becoming an engineer and never stop learning, in my field and basic law and general culture, lettering and calligraphy (is what I'm trying to learn lately), cooking, art, informatic skills and adapting to every new technology or anything new that appears in our lives. If you're asking literally where, as in physically I would like to travel a lot and live in different places and philosophically speaking I would love to spread ethics and moral.
    Success to me is being proud of yourself and what you're doing.
    I have been reading this blog for a few months now and I love the simplicity of the layout and the posts, the pictures and your jewelry. I specially like your how to's or guidelines.
    I am still looking for THAT book but as a child I couldn't stop reading Matilda by Roald Dahl and I still have a great memory of it. Lately, I liked The Great Gatsby by F. S. Fitzgerald (which I read before the movie by Baz Luhrmann premiered and it might make a difference reading it after, I don't know) and as for a guide or "fun" book, Very Classy by Derek Blasberg was hilarious and awesome for my delayed flight.

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  31. First time commenting, but long-time reader!

    Me: Monica || 31 yrs old || New Mexico, U.S. || Nurse Practitioner Student + Registered Nurse.
    This year: survived another year of grad school
    Dreams: how to be a more loving + selfless person || become a family nurse practitioner || travel the world with my husband
    Success: being in a place where you are content with who you are
    Blog: about 1 yr || love the photography + subjects you write about
    Book: The Book Thief.

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  32. Aleah Khavari12/05/2014

    First time reader!
    Who: Aleah Douglas Khavari, a 20-something DC resident, writer, reader, and professional tea-drinker
    Proud moment: I'm proud to do theater work with talented, strong women who have been incarcerated at a Women's Correctional Facility. I facilitate a workshop with them every week, and I'm humbled by their stories and their grace and proud to get to share the stage with them.
    Dreams: To continue writing--and to get to share that writing with others. To make space for, give attention to, and learn from those who have been silenced. To raise children that value kindness, learning and curiosity about the world around them. To learn many new languages and travel to all ends of the earth to practice them. To laugh....a lot. And to start a blog!
    Success, to me, is....finding meaning and joy in life's ups and downs, and to keep pushing onward, even when it hurts and is no fun at all.
    Tell me what you think of this blog: I'm a new reader! I stumbled across your page in bloglovin'. I love already the focus on creativity, the posts about books, and the travel articles. I was so struck by the integrity of your "disclaimer" and your decision not to use advertising. The transparency was refreshing and made me smile!
    What is one book everyone should read? Oh goodness.....how to pick? You know, I think everyone should read Matilda by Roald Dahl because it's a book that encourages reading more books. Plus, there are no characters in literature more delightful than Matilda and Miss Honey.

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  33. Savannah Kate12/05/2014

    My name is Savannah, I'm 23, live in Seattle, Washington and am a software engineer. I am proud of graduating college, moving across the country and starting my first full time job this year. I dream of being continuously happy. Not saying that I am not happy now, but my entire goal is life is to just be happy and stay that way so my goals generate around things that make me happy.
    I've been reading this blog for a month or two now and I enjoy every post. I love how you consistently have book suggestions to check out, I am constantly on the search for new books even though I have so many to read. One thing I really like about your blog, is how you do it 100% for you and your readers. You outright say that you don't do any sponsored content because you aren't trying to make money off of this, which is refreshing to see. I do enjoy some sponsored posts from other bloggers, but I feel like it has almost gotten to a point that that is all I see and I know I won't on your blog.
    One book everyone should read is A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. I read this in high school and it traveled with me to college and beyond. I haven't read it in awhile, but I keep it around because I love reading it and it brings that homey comfort to me when I am homesick.

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  34. Claudia//20//Singapore but currently back to my home, Indonesia//a design student

    I've been improving my grades at school and gave more effort than last year which I am very proud because I can't believe that I really did it!

    how to socialize more//a very impressive portfolio with my dream job as I am graduating next year//Santorini!

    Success is when you realize you already achieve what you want to achieve

    a new reader for only a month//love the photography and layout of your blog

    one book that everyone should read is definetely The Alchemist by Paul Coelho :) - http://visualcure.blogspot.com/

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  35. Hello Claudia. Thank you for introducing yourself :)) I wish you all the best with school and I'm super pleased you improved your grades. Good luck with your graduation and I'm sure you'll achieve that dream job! I'll be sure to check out 'The Alchemist' :))

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  36. Hello Savannah - thank you so much for introducing yourself. Congratulations on graduating! Thank you for your kind comments about the blog, I'm so pleased you've found some new books to read. I also really appreciate your comments about sponsored content. I'll definitely be checking out 'A Northern Light' :))

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  37. Hello Aleah - your job sounds awesome, working in a theater group. Was this something you always wanted to do? Or just a happy accident? I'd love to hear more about it. I really appreciate you introducing yourself and I'm so pleased you're enjoying the blog. Matilda is one of my absolute favourite books - I love it so much!

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  38. Hello Monica! It's so awesome to hear from you; I'm so pleased you left a comment. I really love your outlook on becoming a more loving and selfless person, and to travel the world - that's a huge passion of mine too. The Book Thief is an amazing book, it brings me to tears every time I read it.

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  39. Hello Clara - you mention you have had a pretty rough time lately, I hope nothing too bad and I hope everything improves soon for you. I love your outlook: to keep learning, you seem to be such a creative person. I love that you're passionate about engineering and you also want to learn cooking, calligraphy, and law. I definitely agree with your meaning of success. Thank you for your suggestions on improving the blog - I definitely want to start including more jewellery related posts. Thanks for commenting :))

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  40. Hello Joanna - it's awesome to get to know you better. Congratulations on getting married, that must have been such an amazing and beautiful day for you both. I wish you all the best in setting up an online shop.


    Thank you for your suggestions on what you'd like to see more of. I will definitely be sharing more behind the scenes shots, this is something I have been planning for a while now and loads more creative advice!


    Ready Player One sounds awesome - I'll definitely be checking it out.

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  41. Hello Lily - thank you for introducing yourself. I'm super pleased to hear you've become more confident in yourself, I think it's a really important thing for everyone to become happier and more content with themselves. I'm certain you'll pass your riving test - I wish you all the best with that :))

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  42. Hello Hannah - it's awesome to hear from someone who works with an independent company, especially a jeweller :)) Congratulations on the second baby! I wish you all the best.. sounds like you're going to be even busier with two little babies on your hands but I'm sure you'll do amazing :)) I love the idea of taking your family backpacking on adventures - it sounds amazing.

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  43. Hello Autumn!

    This might be weird but.. I love pets with "things missing" so I'd love to hear more about your two cats! Are they rescued?

    I used to work in social media management and I absolutely love anything to do with that side of businesses so digital marketing sounds like a pretty awesome job to me.



    I really want to visit Iceland too! I'm hoping to within the next couple of years, it just sounds so dreamy.

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  44. Hello Jana - thank you for answering my Q&A, it's awesome to get to know you better.


    Your spontaneous vacation sounds AMAZING. I love doing things like that and I don't do it often enough - maybe that should be a new goal of mine?


    Thank you for your book suggestion, I definitely need to read it.. and I'm with you on the Austin Kleon recommendations. 'Steal Like An Artist' changed my life.

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  45. I'm Alexandra, I'm 24 and I live in the south of France. I've finished my studies in june, I studied English speaking world literature and history, and then I did a master's degree to become a teacher. In 2015 i've planned to move to England with my boyfriend, I really hope to find a job as a French teacher there, and I also wish we'll be able to stay there for a long time, maybe forever, who knows. I just want to live a simple and happy life, with him by my side.

    I think I've been reading your blog for almost 6 months now, maybe more, I don't remember. I truly love how your photographs and posts look so clean and you always go right to the point, I hate blogs where there's so much to read that you end up only looking at the pictures. But if I have to be honest, I liked your old layout better, that thick grey navigation bar just makes the actual blog area very small and narrow, but maybe that's also because my computer screen is small!

    I don't really have ONE BOOK everyone should read, because no one has the same taste, but one of my favorite book ever is Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. And when I was in high school I also loved working on Planet of the Apes, written by Pierre Boulle (which is French, and no one usually knows that!)

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  46. Hello Adella - thanks for introducing yourself. I'd love to hear more about life in Norway, it's somewhere I really want to visit. Congratulations on graduating.. and knowing four languages?? Amazing.


    Thank you for your suggestions on what you'd like to see more of on the blog :)) To answer your question.. although I'm a HUGE animal lover, if I had to pick just one.. I'd say guinea pigs. They are just so adorable and ridiculous and I have two of them :))

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  47. Before I say anything I just need to say this:
    THE LAST UNICORN IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE BOOKS.
    It makes me cry every time and the animation is just as amazing.


    So, uh, HI SARAH. Thank you for introducing yourself. I love the idea of publishing your own travel guide, I've become really obsessed with travelling lately.


    I hear you when you say the beauty posts aren't your favourite - they're not my favourite any more either! I'm really into sharing travel posts and more creative ideas.

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  48. Hello Tanya - not quite sure when your birthday is but.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY :)) I hope you have a fantastic day. Thank you for introducing yourself, it's lovely to get to know you better. I wish I'd kept practicing French, I used to be pretty good at it and now I'm lucky if I can remember how to introduce myself.. I really appreciate your suggestions on how to improve the blog and what you like/dislike about it.


    I loved NYC! It was amazing, thank you for asking! :))

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  49. Hello! Even though your name isn't really Sterling, Sterling is an AWESOME name. My father's employee is named Sterling and I just love it.


    Congratulations on writing an e-book - I hope to do this next year too! - and selling your first item on Folksy.


    Thank you for your suggestions on how to improve the blog; I think the way I write is very.. compact. I edit and edit and edit; my mind works best as a series of short sentences so I think that's why my posts come across as short. I don't like to ramble, I like to be quite clear and brief. I know that doesn't really work for everyone :))

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  50. Hello Ann - thank you for introducing yourself :))


    Could you tell me more about your job as a Lifestyle Educator, it sounds so interesting and I don't think I know much about what it entails. I'd love to learn more.


    I really appreciate your honesty with your likes and dislikes about the blog. I completely take on board what you say about coming across as a know-it-all. I honestly don't think I know everything and I know I can come across as very arrogant sometimes; I'm very headstrong and I have a lot of opinions, so I know that can come across as quite.. assertive? and overpowering for some people. Although I have strong opinions and I'm very self-assured, I'm also very open to being corrected or challenged or even told I'm wrong. I'm very open to having my mind changed; I love discussing things and seeing situations from other people's points of view. I'm never afraid to say I'm sorry or to change my mind and admit when I am wrong; I think it's important we are confident with our opinions and express them with an assertive voice but also know when to let people have their say and to share their opinions.


    I will definitely take on board what you've said and consciously make more of an effort to not come across so bossy in the future ;))

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  51. Hello Natalia. Such an awesome job - I'd love to hear more about it :)) and what an amazing birthday surprise to do for your mother, I bet she was so surprised.


    Thank you for your suggestions on how to improve the blog :)) I definitely want to share more personal aspects and I totally understand the "longer posts" issue. Unfortunately that's the way my mind works; I really edit things down. I think it comes from my time at university, I worked best when everything was written down in bulletpoints.. which is why I think I try to make everything as brief and succinct as possible - I don't like to ramble!

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  52. Hello Carla - thank you for introducing yourself. Do you have a website or portfolio online? I'd love to see your illustration and graphic design work :)) Congratulations on creating for a fashion brand - that must have been amazing, such a proud achievement.


    In regards to your questions - what exactly would you like to know more about life in England? :))

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  53. Hello Christina - thank you so much for introducing yourself, it's awesome to get to know you better. I'd love to hear more about living in Switzerland (although I know you live in the UK now!), your job and your experiments on the mountain - that sounds amazing!


    I totally hear you about "blogging about blogging." I definitely want to drop this from the blog; I have a couple of posts coming up (skip those, ha!) but I think it's boring and tedious and unnecessary, you're totally right. I will definitely be sharing more on life organisation and minimal living, etc. - thank you for the suggestions :))

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  54. HELLO YOU :)) It's awesome to get to know you better!


    Where would I like to go in Canada.. I honestly don't know! Canada is SO BIG.. and a little scary. Can you suggest anywhere you'd think I'd like to go? I'd like to avoid bears, if possible ;)) Also: it's cold there, right? I am TERRIBLE with hot or cold countries. I'm such a wuss, I like to be somewhere in the middle, which is why UK weather is perfect for me. I'm not really answering your question, am I? Toronto sounds nice ;))

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  55. Hello Beth! :)) Thank you for introducing yourself, congratulations on moving to NYC without knowing anyone or having a job - that's so brave and awesome, I really admire you!

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  56. Hello Erin, it's awesome to get to know you better. I really admire your job - it must be pretty rewarding? I'll definitely be posting more lifestyle posts, I'm totally like you - I love nosing in people's lives ;)) Also: I love Bret Easton Ellis!

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  57. Hello Lizzy - thank you for introducing yourself. I'd love to hear more about moving to Australia and how you're enjoying it there? It's such an awesome, inspiring thing to have done :))

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  58. Hello Jana. It's awesome to get to know you better.
    I'd love to learn another language (you speak so many!!) and to travel the world more. I love Europe, so many beautiful countries. Congratulations on all your amazing achievements so far, you must be so proud of yourself. I wish you all the best in the future.


    Sorry you dislike the navigation bar at the top.. I kind of like it and think it fits with the rest of the blog, sorry!


    In answer to your questions: the pen was a gift. It was made by a man who is blind, he finds wood in the park and then carves it into a pen - it really is beautiful. I'm definitely satisfied with my blog; I think it's moving in the right direction and while I'm always trying to improve it, I'm happy with what I've achieved so far :))

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  59. Hello Fatema - it's awesome to get to know you better and I'd love to hear more about Bahrain! I love your passion and drive to succeed, it really is empowering.


    Thank you for your suggestions on how to improve the blog, I definitely want to write more about jewellery making as a lot of people have mentioned they would love to see thing along with 'behind the scenes.'

    Thank you so much for introducing yourself and letting me get to know you better.. and I hope I don't seem as cold as first impressions implied :))

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  60. Hello Mellia. Congratulations on improving your health, I'm certain it was a huge step and I'm sure you'll go on to grow stronger and stronger. That really is something to be proud about.


    Thank you so much for your lovely comments about the blog, I'm glad you're enjoying the content.

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  61. Hello Tolly :)) Congratulations on signing a contract and designing a collection, that's such an awesome, inspiring achievement! I wish you all the best.


    Thank you super loads for your honest response to improving the blog :)) Can I ask, what posts in particular are repetitive?

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  62. Hello Kendel - thank you for taking the time to introduce yourself, it's awesome to get to know you better.


    I think it's inspiring to make such a huge decision, I wish you all the best with transferring to a new university.

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  63. Hello Ellya. I love The Netherlands - it has fond childhood memories for me :)) Congratulations on your first internship, I wish you all the best with your future - I'm sure it will be amazing. Web development is something I am super passionate about too.


    Matilda is one of my all time favourite books - it's just amazing :))


    In response to your question - I am amazing, thank you! I've had a busy week and I've really had to push myself. I can't wait to have a sneaky day off ;))

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  64. Hello Isabel - thank you for taking the time out to introduce yourself. I'd love to hear more about Slovenia and also Mexico! Two places I have never visited but would love to learn more about.


    The Little Prince is a beautiful book - I love it so much.


    Thank you for the suggestions on how to improve my blog :))

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  65. Hello Erika - thank you for introducing yourself :)) I love your passion - it really shines through. I really connect with your aspirations to experience everything.

    I share my answers to these questions in my latest newsletter - you can read that here :)) http://eepurl.com/-cy-j

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  66. christina12/05/2014

    Hi Sophie,
    I'm still living in Switzerland at the moment. It's great, when I have time off at the weekends I go skiing and hiking, and in the summer we swim in the lakes. It's so pretty here. As for the mountain experiments, I measure aerosols - the small particles in the air you see when it looks hazy. These are essential for the formation of clouds, and pretty important for climate. I do lots of lab experiments, but for the mountain ones we measured directly the air around the Jungfraujoch (a mountain near Interlaken) to see what was happening there.
    This is a very cool idea of yours to get to know your readers a bit - I've also enjoyed looking at the range of replies to this post and seeing who is reading the same things as me!
    Also forgot to mention, I love your stationary posts - I keep everything organised in a moleskin notebook and carry it everywhere and I have to have log books for my experimental work, so I love getting ideas on that.
    Christina

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  67. Ah, sorry, my mistake! I misread your comment - I thought you were from Switzerland and moved to the UK.


    I don't think I have ever visited Switzerland but I'd love to, it sounds and looks beautiful. Your work is so interesting; I'm sure I wouldn't fully understand any of it but I love to hear about jobs like this. It's so different to the kind of work I usually encounter :))


    I'm really enjoying getting to know people who read the blog. It's a really important part of blogging, for me; I don't just want to talk and not listen, you know? I blog to connect with other people and I rarely get to learn more about the people reading because the comments usually are just about whatever I've blogged about. It's so interesting and exciting to hear how diverse everyone is - also: I'm very nosy! ;))


    I think I want to write a few blog posts about organisation - I'm such a sucker for reading about other people's scheduling processes, the stationary they use, and filofaxes - I'm addicted to looking at other people's pretty filofaxes! (Is that weird? Maybe!)

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  68. Laura Bareham12/05/2014

    Hi! My name is Laura, I'm 22 and I live in Liverpool. I've just secured my first graduate job as a Schools Liaison Admissions Tutor, which is one thing I've done this year that has made me really proud, along with achieving first class honours in my History degree.
    In terms of my dreams, I'm always looking to learn new things and seize opportunities, and I suppose my ultimate dream is to be the happiest, most fulfilled, best person that I can be. On a practical level, I'd love to work my way up the education sector inspiring young people to engage with learning, and also love the idea of undertaking work surrounding mental health.
    My definition of success is feeling like you have accomplished things that make you happy and satisfy your soul.
    I've only been reading this blog for a few days as I'm very much a newbie to the world of blogging, but it caught my eye as I felt like it had something a little more interesting about it and lots of things that I can relate to.
    As for one book that everyone should read, it's difficult to decide on just one, but for me it would have to be Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. Whilst it is technically a children's book, there's something so magical and inspiring about it that it should be read by everybody!

    Nice to meet you :)

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  69. Oh, I'm the same. Journalism butchered the way I used to write because I had to learn to just throw facts into paper. I have a hard time writing longer things, so that's why I started blogging years ago, to get back my groove or something :D



    She was! Surprised, I mean. And scared, planes are scary, but we had a good time so yay.

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  70. Sophie, I know from reading you that you are a strong, passionate, talented woman. I also know that you can civilly agree to disagree as we have debated before. If anything, after reading over my comments, I could have re-worded how I approached the dislike portion. I apologize if I came across as arrogant myself.


    As a Lifestyle Educator I work with doctors and practitioners to teach people facing the onset of chronic disease how to holistically change their habits (eating, physical activity, handling stress) so they can avoid getting ill, slow down the progression of an existing illness and in some cases get off of their medication completely.

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  71. I thought I'd introduce myself, too :)

    Tell me who you are:
    - what is your name?

    Elina
    - how old are you?

    18, turning 19 in March. :)
    - where do you live?

    St. Poelten, Austria
    - what is your job?

    I'm currently part-timing at a theatre but I'm looking to get a full time job in retail soon.

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud?
    I graduated from school and started blogging more frequently.

    Tell me what you dream about:
    - what do you want to learn?

    I want to learn how to live a well-regulated life.

    - what do you hope to achieve?

    I'm not too sure. I think it's quite early to be thinking really big. Let's see where my education will lead me.- where do you want to go in life?

    Not too far, honestly. I'd be happy with a nice 9-5 job, a small apartment and a pet.

    What is your definition of success?
    Being happy with what you do for a living.

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    - how long have you been reading?

    I can't remember but I think since summer.
    - what do you like & dislike?

    I love your photography and your writing. I can't think of anything I dislike, to be honest. You're definitely one of my favourite bloggers!
    - what do you want more or less of?

    I'd love to see more fashion-related posts.
    - is there anything you want to ask?

    Did you know what you wanted to do for a living at my age or is it okay to be absolutely clueless at this point?

    What is one book everyone should read?

    That depends. I highly recommend reading classic literature of your first language. For me, that'd be Faust by Goethe. A book, which I absolutely loved reading.

    Elina Miss Blue Eyes

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  72. I think this is such a unique idea for a blog post!
    -What is your name?
    Jordan.
    - How old are you?
    Twenty-two. (start the taylor swift song)
    -Where do you live?
    North Carolina, USA.
    - What is your job?
    I'm a graphic designer for a women's clothing catalog. Plus I do watercolor commissions for clients.
    - What do you want to learn?
    I'm currently taking several coding classes and teaching myself Japanese. I want to always learn, always exposing my brain to any knowledge I can get my hands on.
    - What do you hope to achieve?
    To find a design job that gets me excited to go to work in the morning.
    To travel internationally before I turn thirty.
    - What is your definition of success?
    When you look at your final outcome, whether it be a item or event, and it gives you this elated feeling of "see, you can do it. You can prove others (or yourself) wrong and go above and beyond." That feeling that brings a smile to your face and a sense of giddiness you might have had when you were young.
    - What do you like and dislike? (of this blog)
    The aesthetics of your page is minimalistic and so pleasing to the eye. I love the drop menu you've added to the top of your page. Your photography makes me swoon (always organized, always gorgeous). I want to know more about you ( that you are willing to share). You've shared your favorite books ( which I've had to find a new place to store all my new books that I've picked up thanks to your posts). What are your favorite movies, or what would you recommend? Is there a show you can seem to pull your eyes away from? Where do you go out to to get away from your business and blog sometimes? You seem like you close off yourself sometimes, which is understandable.
    What is one book everyone should read?
    Any book by JoJo Moyes. If you wanted my opinion of which, Me before You. A book that spoke down to the very core of my being. It told me to get out, to live, to enjoy, to fall in love, and to be proud of the life I have.



    http://thealternare.blogspot.com

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  73. My name is Jordyn. I'm 22. I currently live in Jerusalem and am a journalist at the Jerusalem Post. Getting this job at the Post has made me pretty proud. I want to learn to be a better writer, and I'm thinking about getting a masters in creative writing. I really hope to one day be a successful author and be able to live off that. I'm not 100% sure where I want to go in life. I just know I want to have friends and family who love me and a job I love doing, and right now I have that, so I'm feeling pretty good. I think my definition of success is pretty similar to the sentence I just wrote about where I to go in life. I think as long as I'm happy I'm successful. I've only been reader your blog for a couple weeks now, but I love it. I really like that your blog is a little peek into who you are as well as a place for tips and tricks on running your own business. It balances personal and professional well. I haven't really been reading long enough to say what I don't like or want more of. If I think of things later on, though, I'll let you know. One book everyone should read is anything by Haruki Murakami. I've been on a Murakami kick lately, and I'm a little in love with his words.

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  74. horrorparties12/05/2014

    Hi!
    -my name is Daniela

    -I'm 23 (but I always feel like I'm 17...ha, I wish!)

    -I live in Italy, near Milan

    -no job right now, I'm just a student

    -I haven't really done anything I'm proud of but I'm almost done with school (I'm writing my thesis), so there's that

    -the next few questions are a bit tricky for me, I STILL don't know what I want to do with my life. Sometimes I want to get a simple job, get money and then travel for a while. Sometimes I want to start studying human resource management and sometimes I dream about opening a restaurant. Who know what I'll do with my life (I certainly don't lol)

    -success is being happy with your choices and being able to pick yourself up when things don't go your way

    -I started following your blog in March 2014

    -I love your pictures and your content in general but sometimes I wish your posts were a bit longer

    -since you do book posts maybe you could try to do a few posts about movies and music and also food

    -my favourite book is The Secret History but I don't know if everyone should read it. If really had to mention one book I'd probably pick The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.

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  75. Aww, thanks Sophie! :) This made me smile! I appreciate you taking the time to read this comment and I also subscribed! :)

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  76. This is such a fun post and I'm enjoying reading through the comments! I'm Catherine, 36, and I live outside Austin, Texas with my husband and two young boys. I'm an English teacher by training, but these days I'm taking care of my children. My husband got a new job last year that requires him to travel (sometimes internationally), and I'm proud of myself for holding down the fort and handling any crisis that comes up while he is away. When he was in France, we had to have our car towed, our microwave broke, and I got bronchitis, but we all survived. :) When my boys are older, I'd love to travel with him.


    These days, my life is pretty quiet and I'm focused on my boys, but I like to read and write about things I enjoy. I found your blog through your store and it's a great form of daily escape for me. I visited Birmingham in 2005, so I know a little about the city, and it's fun to get a glimpse of your life there, which seems very glamorous to me. I also enjoy reading about your work and blogging process. Jack seems like quite a character, too, and I love the adventures the two of you have together.


    One of my favorite books is _A Tree Grows in Brooklyn_, which is very American, but so good. I'm also a big fan of Elizabeth Jane Howard, a British writer, and her Cazalet Chronicles (4 books total) are very favorite reads of mine. I love British history and the WWII era is very interesting to me. I don't know if everyone should read those books, but they are among my favorites.


    And totally weird question, but I'm dying to ask. We are watching "Peaky Blinders" and I'm wondering what people from Birmingham think about it.

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  77. Fabulous post sophie!! Please do post here your answers too!
    I'm Holly, 28, Northwich, Cheshire. I own a cafe with my wife to be, we're getting hitched in may next year ... Most proud moment this year has to be buying out our business partner who we set up the business with so the business is purely ours now!
    Learn; latte art. Achieve; one day selling our business for our next investment!
    Where do I want to go in life... Too long an answer...
    Success; being happy and not just living for the Weekend, & balance!
    I've been reading your blog since July maybe? I love it, it's in my top three fave blogs.self employment, and beauty tips especially . (I'm now a lush product user; I had a splurge there on Monday just gone !)
    I think I have lots of questions, but I'll just keep asking them as I go along!

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  78. Tell me who you are:
    - what is your name? Claire
    - how old are you? 25
    - where do you live? Malta, but I'm moving to Luxembourg in January!
    - what is your job? Lawyer and proofreader, but delving into the unknown in January when I move.

    What have you done this year that has made you proud? Graduated with a Doctor of Laws degree.

    Tell me what you dream about:
    - what do you want to learn? How to take graceful, enviable command of a discussion
    - what do you hope to achieve? A comfortable, beautiful life filled with smiling
    - where do you want to go in life? Towards challenging adventures, always

    What is your definition of success? Being at peace with myself and feeling a pat on the back from the universe

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    - how long have you been reading? Very soon after you started it!
    - what do you like & dislike? I love everything, but sometimes you come across a little... dry, I guess? I love that you're often very concise, but sometimes (e.g. when you curtly + negatively review a book I've adored) I'm left a little disappointed.
    - what do you want more or less of? Always more books, and lifestyle tips (whatever the latter may mean...)
    - is there anything you want to ask? An even closer look at how you work + live and how you divide your days is ALWAYS beautifully interesting

    What is one book everyone should read? Perfume by Patrick Süskind (or practically anything by Ian McEwan)

    <3

    www.clairebonello.com

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  79. I adore this - this is my answers :)
    Tell me who you are:
    - what is your name?
    Amy
    - how old are you?
    24
    - where do you live?
    UK
    - what is your job?
    Customer Service Manager and Freelance Writer

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud?
    Finally getting over the past and all of that baggage.

    Tell me what you dream about:
    - what do you want to learn?
    Everything!
    - what do you hope to achieve?
    To be a full time writer
    - where do you want to go in life?
    London, LA for places and in general to be happy

    What is your definition of success?
    Waking up every morning and the first thought not being 'ahhhh I have to go to work I hate my job' and that of a happy home environment.

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    - how long have you been reading?
    A year
    - what do you like & dislike?
    Photographs and nothing!
    - what do you want more or less of?
    That's up to you - the writer!
    - is there anything you want to ask?
    What are your goals for 2015? :)

    What is one book everyone should read?
    The Fabulous Girls Guide by Ceri Marsh and Kim Izzo
    Amy x

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  80. Tell me who you are:

    - what is your name? NOOR

    - how old are you? 34

    - where do you live? American expat in Saudi Arabia :(

    - what is your job? Graphic Designer



    What have you done done this year that has made you proud? NOT much :/



    Tell me what you dream about:

    - what do you want to learn? hand lettering

    - what do you hope to achieve? To make the world a better in place in some small way.

    - where do you want to go in life? I just want to be happy and do something that matters.



    What is your definition of success? HAPPINESS



    Tell me what you think of this blog:

    - how long have you been reading? I am new just this past month

    - what do you like & dislike? I like it all, the new look even makes me like it more.





    What is one book everyone should read? The Virgin Suicides

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  81. So original for a post. My name is Laila, I'm 20 yo and I'm from Spain. My job? I'm a university student in the third year of a degree in architecture. Something I've done this year that made me proud is being able to reach to this point of my degree, passing all the subjects at once, also, being able to be there when someone needed me, listening to them and helping them even if I wasn't in my best day. I want to learn as many languages as I can, I hope I achieve balance among my social, personal and professional life. And I want to travel the world, know that what I'm studying and in which I would like to work will someday make someone's life better. My definition of success is when after giving all from yourself in a proyect, you feell satisfied and proud of the work you have produced as it was all what you could have done and even more.

    I've been reading the blog since this September, and I really like, the way it is a lifestyle blog that has been so useful for me so many times. Specially loving those 'list-posts' All I would like to ask is that you keep going with this wonderful work you are doing.

    One book I really recoment is 'Twice Born' by Margaret Mazzantini, loved the story of the woman, based in Sarajevo.

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  82. Tell me who you are:

    - what is your name? jessica
    - how old are you? 26 (*screaming emoji*)
    - where do you live? sydney
    - what is your job? i used to work for a booking agency in the music industry, and then as you know i quit & went overseas for 5 months and now i've just started working in a business development role at my mum's business which is a real estate agency. definitely not as fun but it's time to grow up and try and earn some real money (not gonna happen in the music industry) and move out of home, etc.

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud? i'd say my holiday was the highlight, haha.

    Tell me what you dream about:
    - what do you want to learn? i want to keep learning about theoretical physics and cosmology and astrophysics and everything to do with the origins of the unvierse, particle physics & space as scientists work on new projects and we learn more about the world around us and how it all came to be. and i also want to learn more about hinduism because spiritually that & buddhism are what resonate with me the most strongly and ultimately my beliefs are a mixture of hinduism, buddhism and science and some ancient astronaut theory thrown in there too and i want to keep learning until i find a way to bring all of that together more clearly for myself.


    - what do you hope to achieve? originally all i wanted was to work in the music industry, and i lived my dream for a while and then realised it was holding me back from living out my other dreams of owning my own apartment one day and being able to travel without having to stay in hostels and budget accommodation, etc. money isn't everything but it sure would be nice to have some more of it and i just reached a point in my life where i knew it was time to move on and work on saving up for a deposit and moving out of home, because that's not going to happen if i don't do what it takes to make it happen.

    - where do you want to go in life? ha, well it may seem a bit depressing to have given up on my dream/super fun job, but i think it's entirely possible to be a fun/cool/interesting person and still have a more boring job because what you do for a living doesn't define you. at the moment i'm just taking life as it comes and i don't know where i'm going to end up but i'm going to work towards the goals i have for now and see where that takes me.

    What is your definition of success? setting yourself goals and working until you achieve them. whatever they may be, if it's important to you and it's something you want and you take the steps and make the sacrifices and do the work it takes to get there then that's a success.

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    - how long have you been reading? i think i started reading your blog not long after you'd first started.
    - what do you like & dislike? i really like your clean aesthetic and the variety of content and that you never waffle on with the same regurgitated content as so many other bloggers. you're not afraid to have your own opinions on products even if they go against what everyone else says about them. i feel like your blog is very genuine and minimal (in a good way) with no extra padding in the content just to fill it out and it's really refreshing. oh, and i like that you're very clear about your feelings on sponsored content/PR samples, etc and it's not all alluded to and hidden away.
    - what do you want more or less of? whatever you like to blog about i'm happy to see
    - is there anything you want to ask? who is your all time favourite writer?

    What is one book everyone should read? i know it's his most well known one but everyone has to read on the road because kerouac means the world to me. but apart from that the dharma bums and big sur are probably my next favourites. and if you have any interest in theoretical physics a beefy but amazing and super informative one that i love is the fabric of the cosmos by brian greene. :)

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  83. Tell me who you are:
    - what is your name? Inez
    - how old are you? 18
    - where do you live? Sweden
    - what is your job? Student, waitress, and secret writer

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud? I have gotten through an eating disorder, I have learned how to do the handstand, I have started doing yoga every week, I have become a vegetarian - and now I'm transitioning to vegan (!!)

    Tell me what you dream about:
    - what do you want to learn? How to be the best version of myself possible
    - what do you hope to achieve? Creating a website full of all the things that I love, such as: great photography, interviews with inspiring people, fine jewellery, books that everyone should read, beauty products, and articles about life in general. Like a lifestyle magazine online.
    - where do you want to go in life? I wanna travel the world, experience everyday life in different cities, & go to India

    What is your definition of success? Doing what makes you happy & enjoy every single day

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    - how long have you been reading? For about a month
    - what do you like & dislike? I love your way of writing, all lists, and the whole clean and organised layout
    - what do you want more or less of? More lists!
    - is there anything you want to ask? How did you get started on this website?

    What is one book everyone should read? "Vänner för livet" by Per Hagman

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  84. I do love the way you write, it's just me being a bit greedy. Sometimes you say something and it makes me think "ahh, expand please!" just because I know you'd have so much more to say. Sometimes a small sentence you say makes me really want to grow it in to a conversation. But the compactness is nice, as well. You don't often get that.

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  85. Leila F.12/06/2014

    Tell me who you are:
    - what is your name? Leila
    - how old are you? 30 this year
    - where do you live? Japan
    - what is your job? English as a Second Language Instructor some days, Tattoo shop owner everyday

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud?
    Opened our shop this year.

    Tell me what you dream about:
    - what do you want to learn? Better time management, I feel there aren't enough hours in the day!
    - what do you hope to achieve? Working at the shop and from home full-time.
    - where do you want to go in life? I just want to be happy.

    What is your definition of success?
    When you do what you love and love what you do. Realistically, financial stability from doing what you love is great. But if you enjoy what you do, that might not really matter. As long as you're happy.

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    - how long have you been reading? About 3 months
    - what do you like & dislike? I love the design and how easy everything is to find and see. The content is interesting, often with bits of advice I keep in mind. No complaints about this blog at this point.
    - what do you want more or less of? Photos, maybe.
    - is there anything you want to ask? Recently you've posted on your daily routine and how you approach our work which has all been helpful. I suppose I'd like to ask how you stay caught up on work. Personally, my to-do list keeps growing and, like I mentioned earlier, there just aren't enough hours in the day!

    What is one book everyone should read?

    It's a children's book but I hold it dearly: A Color His Own by Leo Lionni.

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  86. Sophie, I have no idea how you're going to tackle all of these comments! This is awesome! Haha! And super cool to see where all of your readers are in the world, and to see how far across the globe your words reach!

    - what is your name? Gemma

    - how old are you? 28 years old (it saddens me a little to see how many people freak out about their age, or getting older in general. You're you, age won't make a difference! Anyways... )

    - where do you live? The Netherlands

    - what is your job? I'm trained in costume design for theatre and film and left a long standing job at Birmingham Royal Ballet last year in preparation for moving. Right now I have a zero hour contract in a pretty naff job BUT it's a start. I'm trying to see it as part of the integration process, it gets me out of the house, funds my hobbies and most importantly is massively helpful to me learning this darn language.

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud? Supporting my boyfriend as he graduated, then into his first job (interview processes etc) and trying to be there as much as possible throughout. Maintaining my close relationship with my parents despite moving countries, making sure they know I think about them and keeping in touch with my peoples out of Holland. Mostly though I'm kind of proud that I held my shit together, during this super different year. Massive changes in my life and ultimately starting from square one in pretty much all areas, I am genuinely amazed I'm still on two feet ; )

    Tell me what you dream about:
    - what do you want to learn? Everything, anything. You never stop learning do you really. Oh, Dutch would be top of my list I suppose!

    - what do you hope to achieve? Happiness

    - where do you want to go in life? I'm looking forward to stability, I think I see it on the horizon so I'm focussing on that. Adventure, rather contrasting but I hope to hold onto my current perspective of seeing each new step as an adventure. I hope to find my way back to a creative path, to really give it a shot and prove that I can.

    What is your definition of success? Loving what you do. Being happy. Getting a great balance in all areas of your life. Continuing to learn. Development.

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    - how long have you been reading? Gosh, a while now. I'm definitely a regular.

    - what do you like & dislike? I love your diverse content. I think although we are very different characters (I'd love an ounce of your confidence and business mind...) our tastes are rather similar. I devour your posts and always look forward to the next. I also like your paired down simplicity. It appeals to my inner sophistication (it's tucked way down, pretty deep). I also love that you have included so many posts about your business lately, I really enjoy those.

    - what do you want more or less of? Business posts, general blog advice, literary reviews/ posts, getting to know the blogger posts, such as this!

    - is there anything you want to ask? Your last few posts have allowed me as a reader to learn much more about you, which is really fascinating, so you've covered quite a few questions I had. I'm happy to go read your news letter response and to continue getting to know you through your blog : )

    What is one book everyone should read? Yikes, that's a lot of responsibility ; ) I'd say something by Chuck Palahniuk to shake up their reading list.

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  87. Hello, I’m Lee Crutchley. I’m almost 34, and I live in Staffordshire at the moment. I’m trying to work out what my job is, but “author” feels the most appropriate right now, weirdly.

    This year I finished my next book, How To Be Happy (Or At Least Less Sad).

    I’d like to learn how to be more business minded, and how to play piano. There's plenty more I'd like to learn too, I feel constantly eager to learn new things. I hate that money is always on my mind, but I’d like to finally make enough money from freelancing and books to live like an actual human adult. I’d like to visit as many places as I can. But in life terms I’d just like to be OK. I’d like to make a few people’s lives a little brighter, to be able to help out my family and friends if they need it, and to keep evolving as a person and feel like I’m getting “better” — based on my definition of the word better.

    Success is “everything you need and a little of what you want.”

    I can’t remember how long I’ve been reading the blog, since the start I guess. I first started following your work years ago on Flickr. It’s not that I dislike them, but being a boy I can’t really relate to the makeup and fashion posts. I really like the posts about your process, thinking, and planning for your business and blog, so I’d like more of those.

    I would like to ask about your transition from wanting to be an illustrator to making jewellery. I think when I started following your work you wanted to “be an illustrator”. So how definite was your decision to stop that and start making jewellery? Was it a definite, ok this isn’t going where I want so I’m going to try something else, or more of a blurred and natural progression? And was it a “business decision” in those early stages?

    One book everyone should read is Naive. Super. by Erlend Loe.

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  88. AdelaJ.12/06/2014

    Thanks for replying.
    I am originally from Bosnia, but have been living in Norway since I was tree years old. So I have two native languages, kind of. I learned german and some english thru the tv. Most of my childhood consist of me and my brothers watching cartoons on german television and playing games.


    Generally towns in Norway are not as big as other countries. Bergen and Trondheim are two of the biggest cities and have been residence for medieval kings before the danish came and declared Oslo as something important. So there are some old buildings to visit. The capital Oslo is supposed to be interesting, but I am not really sure since I only have been to the airport. Things tend to be quite expensive, I have read about people renting out apartment to travelers. I think it was Essie Button that went to Rome and rented a apartment, but I can not remember the site. Things are usually 30-50% more expensive here, so I would recommend to buy stuff in the airport on the way back.

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  89. I do have a website (but it's under construction right now), but my portfolio is here: http://www.behance.net/gracelah. If you have any feedback, I'd love to hear it. Your aesthetic is fantastic.

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  90. Vanessa Banks12/06/2014

    Hi! My name is Vanessa, I'm 24, and I live in Glasgow. I'm currently just out of university and not working full-time as I'm still looking for a job, but I'm currently working in hospitality at the SSE Hydro.


    This year, the thing I've done that makes me proud is getting through my incredibly intensive Masters course in Information Technology. It was one year, and a complete change from my undergrad in English Literature and Language, but I decided to take the leap so it's definitely paid off!





    I really want to learn how to knit, but I'm terrible at it, and I'd love to get back into learning Spanish in the new year! I'd like to achieve happiness in life above all else. Hopefully in the future I will work freelance as a web developer.


    My definition of success? Being happy and satisfied with life, surrounded by friends and family that I love.




    I've been reading your blog for about 4 months now I would say, if I had to estimate. I love the design of it, and the simplicity of the posts. In particular I love the articles on the minimalist wardrobe, and the book reviews, and would love more of those! I don't really dislike anything to be honest! I would like to ask though how you think up the ideas for your posts? I've just started blogging again and I want to get into a regular routine but am finding it hard to be imaginative.


    I think one book that everyone should read is 'Lolita' by Vladimir Nabokov.

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  91. Oh hai!! You're right: Canada is freaking HUGE! I've lived here all my life and I've only seen bits of Ontario and a smidgen of Quebec. I've always wanted to do a road trip on the East Coast because I've heard that it's beautiful there in the summer months. Speaking of the weather ... it's only really cold (where I am) in the wintertime. In the summer, it's a scorcher! So, if you plan on visiting, it's best to do it from July to September. Niagara Falls and old Montreal are really nice places to start with ... oh, and Toronto 'cause that's where you'll find me :P

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  92. Hello Vanessa. Congratulations on completing your Masters course - that's amazing. I would definitely like to knit too, my grandmother was an amazing knitter but I never learned and I think it's an awesome skill to learn.


    Thank you so much for you comments on the blog - I really appreciate them. In answer to your question, I get my ideas from my blog posts from general day-to-day life. If I'm doing something in the workshop it makes me think, "this could be an interesting topic to write about." Generally I'm always thinking in terms of "could I write about this?" I write everything down too, even if it's a tiny or silly idea, I write it down. I have a book full of blog post ideas and I just dip in and out of it when I need content :))

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  93. HELLO LEE. I was super excited when I saw your comment. I really like your outlook: "everything you need and a little of what you want." I also always try to remember that I've got it good and I shouldn't complain too much.


    I totally get your points about the blog. I am definitely moving more away from beauty/fashion content but it will still stick around so.. maybe just skip those posts ;)) I want to write a lot more creative/small business advice, it's really important to me to share what I've learned and to talk about things that maybe not everyone talks about in the creative world.


    I really like your question about my move from illustration to jewellery. I was thinking about this yesterday and all I can really say is, I realised, while I enjoy drawing, it isn't a passion. I don't wake up and really want to draw and I found that I hit brick walls with how far I could take it. I never thought of ways I could grow in that field of creativity, I just didn't know what to do with it so I never improved. Words come to me more naturally than drawing, and as I grew happier, I stopped writing. I don't know, I think I just played around with mediums and found one that fit - making jewellery - and then I started writing the blog, which filled the passion for writing.. and now I guess, I just don't love drawing enough to make time for it. There are other things I enjoy more: making jewellery, reading, writing, photography, and drawing is way down on the list.


    It definitely wasn't a business decision to begin with.. I don't know, maybe subconsciously? But I never saw the jewellery-making as a business until I started making good money from it and then thought, "yeah, this could work." I'm incredibly business minded about the whole thing now though. And I think it was a gradual progression from drawing to making things, I just couldn't do anything with it. I felt frustrated by it.


    Thank you so much for commenting, Lee!

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  94. Hello Gemma! The comments are taking me HOURS to read through and respond to but I am so happy I posted this Q&A, I love getting to know everyone better. It's made me feel so passionate about blogging again. I totally agree with the age thing - why are so many people bothered by it? I'm so interested about people who move countries, how easy/difficult that is and how it worked out for them.


    Thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment, Gemma :))

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  95. Hello Leila. I'm so interested in life in Japan - how are you finding it?


    In answer to your question: I have become very organised! I am make sure I know exactly what I am doing every day but also, and I think this is the key, don't overload yourself. You say your to-do list gets longer every day.. you're never going to get it all done so just pick one thing you MUST get completed and two other minor tasks. Focus on completing those and ignore the rest. There is no point getting bogged down with things to do when you definitely won't get them all done in one day :))

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  96. Hello Inez. Congratulations on your recovery, from personal experience I know that's an incredibly tough thing to do and I wish you all the best with your brighter future.


    Thank you so much for commenting and in answer to your question: I suggested the idea of a blog to friends and they encourage me to do it - so I did! :))

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  97. Hello Jessica.


    I totally agree with you: your job doesn't define you, it's just one part of you. I worked for six years in retail - I hated that job SO MUCH. But I did it because it gave me the time and money to start my business, without it I would never have achieved those goals. I don't think there is anything wrong with doing a job you don't necessarily like, because it allows you the life you want to live. Too many people are hung up on what job they have.


    Thank you so much for your awesome comment :))
    In answer to your question.. I think I would say.. ugh, this is tough! Maybe Jonathan Safran Foer. Because he always makes me laugh and cry and feel amazing whenever I read his books.

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  98. Hello Laila - thank you so much for leaving a comment. It's awesome to get to know you better :)) I feel the same: I want to travel the world and maybe try to learn another language.

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  99. Hello Noor. Thank you for commenting.


    Why are you sad about living in Saudi Arabia? Would you prefer to be back in America? Do you have a portfolio of your work online - I'd love to see your graphic design productions.

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  100. Hello Amy.


    I wish you all the best in becoming a full time writer. What do you write? And how do you find juggling your customer service job alongside writing?


    I have a post coming up in January about my 2015 goals - mostly I'd like to travel more and explore Birmingham more :))

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  101. Hello Claire.

    I'm so excited to hear more about moving to Luxembourg! Is it for work or personal life..? I'm so interested in hearing more about people moving countries. Congratulations on graduating - you must be incredibly proud of yourself.

    I totally get you about me coming across as dry.. I think I can be quite cold in my posts but I think that's, unfortunately, how I sound online. I don't mean it! And I'm going to work hard on being a little warmer :)) I think my personality comes across more in comments; I get quite enthusiastic when talking to people one-on-one so feel free to leave me a comment whenever you think I've been too harsh about your favourite book! Oh and I LOVE Perfume by Patrick Süskind.

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  102. Hello Holly - it's always lovely to see your comments :))


    Oh wow - you want to sell your business? I'm really interested in this. Do you enjoy it but want to move on to "bigger things"? or do you not enjoy the business? I'm really nosy so tell me if I'm asking too many questions!


    Also: what did you buy in LUSH??

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  103. Hello Catherine - it's awesome to get to know you better.


    I'm so amazed you managed to keep it together when everything went wrong - I would have crumbled, I think! Is it tough when your husband is away travelling for a long time?


    Wow, I didn't think of my life as glamorous! I do really enjoy my life though and I do appreciate how privileged I am to have such a happy, comfortable life - I never take it for granted for a second. I'm so happy I have Jack to share it with - thank you so much for reading the blog and watching the vlogs!


    I asked Jack about your "Peaky Blinders" question and he said, people were excited to see "old Birmingham" because they could reminisce about how things used to be but the series has had a mixed reception. Some of the accents on the show are AWFUL and it's not a very nice series, it doesn't really depict Birmingham as it is now (obviously) so I think people would like to see more positive depictions of the city :))

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  104. Hello Daniela. Thank you for answering the questions and for reading the blog.


    I think it's really important not to feel like you HAVE to know what you want to do with your life - not everyone knows, and that's OK.


    I really appreciate your suggestions on how to improve my posts - a few people have mentioned longer posts so I think I need to work on that a little bit.

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  105. Hello Jordyn.


    I wish you all the best in becoming a writer. I think it's important to remember to keep working at our goals and aspirations, and not to get frustrated with the journey - it's all part of that progression.

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  106. Hello Jordan - thank you for answering my Q&A.


    Do you have an online portfolio? I'd love to see your design work. How do you enjoy working for a women's clothing catalog?


    I tried to learn Japanese a few years back.. I gave up because I think I need to learn a language I would use regularly in order to retain the information! How are you finding the learning process?


    I think you're right, sometimes I do close myself off.. I used to be VERY private and not even share pictures of my face online and I kept everything quite quiet. But I've opened up a lot since then but I think I still have a way to go. I definitely want to share more about my life but I'm always open to questions about it :)) I will definitely be sharing the types of content you asked for - music, films, what I do to get away, etc.

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  107. Hello Elina. Thank you for answering the Q&A.


    You mentioned you wanted to get a nice apartment, a 9-to-5 job, and apet.. what pet? I love animals. :))


    Thank you so much for your comments about the blog - I really appreciate it. In response to your question: it is 100% OK to be totally clueless at this point in your life. I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life until I was 21? 22? But life is about living not about deciding what you want to do with it. Be happy, do good things, and be kind to people - that's all that really matters.

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  108. Hello Laura. Congratulations on achieving your History degree - what do you hope to do with your degree? Are you hoping to go on and learn more with a Masters? Or use your degree to get a job within the History "industry"?

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  109. Hello Alexandra. Congratulations on finishing your studies and I wish you the best in your Masters. Thank you so much for your blog comments; I love my new layout but I do understand a couple of people dislike it and prefer the old one better. Maybe I need to consider tweaking it for smaller screens :))


    John Steinbeck is one of my favourite authors, and 'Of Mice and Men' is an amazing read.

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  110. Hi Sophie, I'm Kat, 22. I live between Manchester and Slovakia. I'm currently trying to finish up my dissertation - the hand in is this week and there's still SO much work... So after this comment I'm signing off and powering through it. I have a key lime pie in the fridge that should make things easier ;)
    I'm hoping this massive piece of work will be something I can be proud of, we'll see. I've got a blog that I'm pretty proud of, even in hardly anybody reads it :).
    I'm not sure where exactly I want to go in life. I'm ready to have a real job, but I don't really know what I'd like to do. I would quite like to try my hand at copywriting. I've done some translation jobs here and there but not sure I'd enjoy that as a career. I clearly have some decisions to make.
    I want to learn so many things. Calligraphy, Adobe Illustrator, I want to make my own magazine, I want to learn French, Spanish, I want to learn more about graphic design and about starting a business. I'd love to go and live in America for a few years - or at least travel there. I've never been!
    I think as long as I make enough money to support myself (and to repay my student loan) and I enjoy what I do, I will be happy. That's not to say I don't have ambition, but first I want to start small and see how life goes.
    I'm still working on my definition of success :)
    I've been reading The Private Life of a Girl for perhaps a year, a year and a half now. I like the style of the posts and your consistent images. Actually, I really liked your minimalist blog design but I can't get comfortable with this new header. One thing I love is your new archives. I've been trying to find some sort of tutorial on how to make your posts appear as those little squares- both in the archives and also in the categories pages. It's so much more intuitive and user friendly. So perhaps a pretty technical question for you, but how did you do it? Is there some sort of "instructions manual" you could link me to? I'd be forever grateful :)
    A book everyone should read changes every few months or so, but right now I'm totally in love with Yates and all his fiction. I've started watching Mad Men and it feels like it was taken out of one of his stories. It keeps confusing me, haha.
    Hope you have a lovely day and may you always feel inspired.
    Kat

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  111. I'd love to study a Masters, but the cost is a massive hindrance. For now, I'm going to stick at my education-based work and dabble a little in the history sector in my free time! :)

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  112. Hello Sophie! My name is Carla, I'm 31 and I live in Cork (Ireland), though I'm originally Spanish (from Vigo, a cute city in the Northwest coast). I work in a customer support related environment, closely related to social media and with a bit of localisation thrown in the mix!


    This year I finally took the step of creating my blog after months of hesitation and being scared about it, and I'm very proud of my little dream. I still have a lot of stuff to learn, and I would specially like to improve my photography and writing skills. So that's something to work on 2015! I also used to be very crafty when I was a little kid, actually I was like a grandma trapped in a child's body. My grandma taught me the basics of knitting and crochet, and I also had a (very) basic knowledge of sewing. I used to do my own jewelry all the time. Somehow that got lost through the years, and I would really love to go back to it.


    Success for me is just being happy and proud of what you've achieved. Nothing else. It's vera different for each person.


    I've been reading your blog for around a month, not so long but I really like it. I specially love the minimalistic design and your photography; it never ceases to impress me. I like the balance you have with your content, so honestly I can't really tell you what I would like more or less. Maybe some of your photography tips for us newbies? :)


    I'm ashamed to say I don't read a lot these days. I used to devour books when I was small (I read how to read quite early thanks to my curiosity and the help of my mum!), but again... the habit got lost through the years. Honestly, kid Carla was a much better version of me now that I'm reading myself, haha. I really have to start reading again. It also helps with vocabulary and writing, so double score.

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  113. Hello Carla - thank you for answering my Q&A, it's awesome to get to know you better :))


    I think the thing with anything creative is it's always a learning process and I think that's really exciting, to see how something grows and develops - so I wish you all the best with your blog :))

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  114. Hello Kat - I hope your dissertation is going well and my Q&A didn't distract you too much :))


    Thank you for your input about the blog - I think the issue with the top navigation bar for someone people is screen size. My computer screen is pretty BIG so maybe that's an issue and I need to have a think about it? I'm not sure I would do a tutorial on how to create the archive page simply because I don't really feel tutorial posts like that suit the blog.. but I'd never say never to it so thanks for the suggestion :))

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  115. Awww thanks Sophie!
    No, I don't want to sell our business, I do love what we have and what we do, but it's not the end game in any way (mainly due to the location of the cafe and the limitations that that brings). It's not so much move on to bigger things, but one day I'd rather our business be in a more desired location, with bigger scope of customers wanting different things... Or I'd love LOVE LOVE a B and B, but that's for the older me.
    It's just now that it's mine and Gemma's alone, with no external business partner, the "when we do sell" phase will be much more interesting and hopefully profitable! But we're a good few years off yet. We're getting hitched in May, so main focus is wedding right now!
    I'm nosey too, so ask away I love chatting!
    LUSH - amazing. I basically walked in and said, I thought Lush was gimmicky, and from things I've read on the internet apparantly it's not :)
    I'm a cleasing OBSESSIVE right now. Using Ultrabland and Breath of Fresh air. ALso bought the mask you recommended, and had a couple of sample pots given of the cleanser that require water/making a paste... I'm loving them!

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  116. HI Sophie :) It's Monica here. I'm an antipodean (aka Sydney, Australia) and about to reach a quarter century. I daylight as a analytics consultant (but don't hold that against me!).


    Sometimes I feel like time and years and dates bleed together a little - but from what I can distinguish, the one thing this year I'm super proud of is starting a new blogging project with a friend - extensiontwo.tumblr.com. She lives literally half a country away (and if Australia were Europe, it'd be no doubt several countries away) but I've known her for so long. Having the joint project has really kept our bond, and a really nice peak into her life. I always say my life is not super interesting as I just live in a big city... but apparently wearing heels daily to work is very interesting! Go figure.


    I dream about one day being able to live in Amsterdam and live off my creativity (maybe simultaneously, though either will be fine). It's been difficult with the way I've been brought up to pursue the latter as I've always had a very set idea in mind of what success should look like. This is why your blog has been a refreshing breath of fresh air, to know that you can work on your passion. I haven't been reading it for long, but I have been super glued to each of the new posts you've written.


    The only question I want to ask is, how do you stay super focused and come up with great blogging ideas?


    Everyone should definitely read the Unbearable Feeling of Lightness. That or Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban.


    (This was a great idea - I've had a lot of fun! Thanks for asking, and I hope to get to know you better too)

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  117. Chime! I love Cork! I visited maybe a year ago now during winter and it was the sweetest little town ever. I really would love to go back to Ireland and do a roadtrip in the spring/summer

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  118. Cork is very cool indeed. Small and calm, yet it has almost everything you can possibly need!

    Roadtrip in Ireland is an amazing idea, you can see impressive landscapes when driving around. Beautiful.

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  119. Yes, I did it during the winter trip. It was just a completely different landscape to Australia. Rolling green hills and misty horizons - you can imagine, this is almost the antithesis to the harsh, stark and muted colours we have here.

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  120. Yes, I'm so excited about Luxembourg! It's for personal life at the moment (my boyfriend got a fancy job there and moved there a few weeks ago), but I'm hoping to get my own fancy job. Hopefully. And build upon my little proofreading business on the side :) It's all most exciting.
    Oh my, yes. You do come across lots warmer in comments - I'm definitely going to be commenting more from now on. :)
    Thanks for replying to my comment! Big fan. Also a big fan of your boyfriend's videos! Great stuff.

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  121. Hello Monica! It's awesome to get to know you better - thank you so much for answering my Q&A. You mention living off your creativity - do you want to write/blog professionally? I'd love to hear more about those aspirations of yours.


    In answer to your questions; over time I've built a really solid habit for creativity. I never used to be organised AT ALL, I was terrible at it, but then I realised you HAVE to prioritise your passion or else you "won't have time" for it. So now I have a routine, which although it's flexible, helps me stay focused on the creative work I have to do. I have a notebook I write down every single idea I have, it doesn't matter whether it sounds small or silly, I write it all down and dip in and out of it for inspiration on what to write next. I also have an editorial calendar and I plan up to three months in advance.. sounds scary, but it isn't! I usually have a month's worth of content written up and schedule, a month's worth of content in drafts, and a third month that is potential content ideas but no written words yet. I make sure I write every single day and try to schedule or draft at least one or two pieces. Once you get into a habit, it doesn't become hard work or difficult to find the time anymore, you just do it :))

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  122. I'm super pleased I sound much warmer in the comments! :)) I'm really not a cold person at all, I love talking to people and it's been awesome getting to know you better. I think maybe my posts just come across that way because I do better one-on-one with people :))


    I wish you all the best with finding a new job and with your proofreading business - please keep me updated, I want to hear all about it! :))

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  123. Oh, that totally makes sense; better location, more opportunities :))


    Congratulations on your wedding - I'm so excited for you both! :)) Do you have everything planned.. or do you still have lots to do?


    I kind of feel the same about LUSH.. half the shop is lovely but the other half makes me cringe. It's all bright colours and gross smells.. I think it would be much nicer if it ditched the glitter bath bombs and stuck with making awesome face masks and cleansers, etc.

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  124. That's totally understandable; I wish you all the best with your current work :))

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  125. I feel like I really need to visit - it's just one of those places I find super interesting.. hopefully one day ;))

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  126. Thanks ever so much! :) :) I will definitely be commenting more now to keep the conversation goin' :)

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  127. I totally get where you're coming from.. I think it's just the way I write, I don't really like to ramble so I edit, edit, edit and maybe that's not always to my advantage.


    I'll try to bear it in mind in future! :))

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  128. You have no reason to apologise! I really appreciate your constructive criticism and I really did agree with you. I feel like it's an area I need to work on; I don't intend to come across that way but I think my assertiveness can translate in a negative way online.


    Your job sounds incredibly interesting.. although perhaps a really tough job to do? Do you enjoy your work? Is there anything you really love/hate about it?

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  129. Wow.. that's a lot of questions! Perhaps I can consider writing a bit more about England in my posts; I definitely want to show more of the country I live in :))

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  130. I will be sure to let you know if I'm ever in the area ;))

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  131. Well hello! I'm Chelsea, and I'm 23 years old. I had to think about that for a second, which is probably bad news. I live in Somerset - not quite close enough to Bristol, but we're hoping to move there in the summer. I'm currently in my final year at uni, studying Publishing. Other than that, I'm a Sunday girl at Boots.


    My greatest achievement this year has been "keeping my head above the water" so to speak. I've had to deal with some family issues, as well as juggling my degree and looking after my three year old. Oh, I should have probably mentioned that a bit earlier. I've been taking on a lot of interning, as you do, so just finding ways to juggle those dwindling hours in the day has been my big achievement.


    As for hopes and dreams, I'd like to be working in publishing in the not so distant future. Either children's publishing, or lifestyle/craft would be nice. I'd like to learn how to knit, as I have recently taken up cross-stitch again, and would like to try some more fun things out. My definition of success is waking up and going to bed happy. I think if you can go away and thing, "yeah, I did good today" then that's a success in my book.


    I have been reading this blog for around a year and a half, I think. It's so hard to keep tabs on these things. I don't think I dislike anything, it'd definitely got a mixed bag of content, and I always find myself coming back to read the latest post.


    One book everyone should read is The Elegance of a Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. It is the most exquisite novel which follows to main inconspicuous characters as they triumph in their daily lives. :)

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  132. Hello! This Q&A is a lovely idea.

    I'm Ashlee, 25, from Perth, Australia - but recently relocated to Canberra for work. I work in creating legal policies and programmes for the Australian government.

    This year, I was proud to be awarded Fairtrade Australia's runner-up Fairtrade Supporter of the Year. I was proud to be admitted as a lawyer after seven long years study. I'm also proud to be connecting with more and more likeminded people every week through my blog. And 'making it' in a new city.

    My dream is for slow/ethical/Fairtrade fashion to become mainstream. My aim is to have a role - big or small - in that change; that is my definition of success. I can't wait to live in a world where we all think about who made the things we buy, and how our purchase might impact the producer/artisan in a positive or negative way.

    I've been reading this blog for about four months. I love the variety of posts and the simple and concise writing style/photography. I especially like the book posts which inspire me to read more.

    My favourite book is To Kill a Mockingbird.
    For a broader world view, I think everyone should read the development trifecta - The End of Poverty by Jeff Sachs, The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier and White Man's Burden by William Easterly... I'll also add Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn for good measure.



    Thanks for getting to know us! :-)

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  133. Leila F.12/17/2014

    Thank you for the advice, Sophie.
    I apologize for the late response. I guess that connects to the "growing to-do list" I was talking about.
    Better time management is one of my goals for 2015 and on. And your advice is my launching point. I'm gonna need it if I want to work from home smoothly.


    PS: Life in Japan is good. I've spent most of my childhood and adulthood, so it's hard to compare it to elsewhere. If you have a chance, you should definitely give it a visit!

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  134. I love this idea! I may have to steal it?

    Tell me who you are: My name is Carina, I am 26 years old and am from Manila, Philippines. I am an artist and a writer. :)



    What have you done done this year that has made you proud? I don't have any specific big goals that I ticked off my "bucket list" or anything like that, but I'm nearing my fourth year of freelancing! I've also made it a point to eat better, which had been a big struggle, so I suppose I'm proud of that.



    Tell me what you dream about:

    - what do you want to learn? I want to learn how to be a better person. So vague, but you know.

    - what do you hope to achieve? I just want to make good things.

    - where do you want to go in life? ^^



    What is your definition of success? Being happy and comfortable with the work you put out, despite the possible bad opinions of others. I think not caring about what other people think + being at peace with what you do and who you are is a success in itself.



    Tell me what you think of this blog:

    - how long have you been reading? A few months, close to a year if not that.

    - what do you like & dislike? I love the content, the book posts, the overall look, but it sometimes gets repetitive.

    - what do you want more or less of? More photos/BTS stories/studio work/daily life. I know that might not be something you want to really get into, and I understand, but the personal posts + peeks into other people's daily lives is what I think sets blogs apart from others.

    - is there anything you want to ask? Was this your first blog? Haha I just wonder because it's so distinct and kind of super-focused, which is kind of hard to do when you are starting out.



    What is one book everyone should read? The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon!

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  135. Hello Carina. I totally share your wish you "make good things," that's all I have ever wanted to do. I really enjoy reading your blog :)) Thank you for opinions on my own; can I ask, what do you find repetitive about it? Is the photography or the written content? I feel there is a good mix of content but I definitely want to include more personal lifestyle posts, more behind the scenes work, etc.


    The Private Life of a Girl certainly wasn't my first blog, you're right :)) I've been blogging since the 1990s! I switched back and forth between several platforms but I never really blogged with any consistency until The Private Life, and I definitely approached it knowing exactly how I want it to look and feel. It's changed in almost two years but I think the same premise remains :))

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  136. Hello Ashlee, thank you for answering my Q&A :))


    Congratulations on being admitted as a lawyer - that's so amazing! I really admire your passion for Fairtrade/ethical fashion. I'm not perfect but I do try to consider buying ethically and I'm very ethical minded when it comes to my food.


    Thank you for your book suggestions :))

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  137. Hello Chelsea! I'm certain it's a huge challenge to deal with all the things you have going on in your life, I applaud you :)) I definitely agree with your idea of success - if you can say "yeah, I did good today" I think that's awesome.


    I'm glad you're enjoying the blog and think the content is varied. I'm not sure if it's TOO varied? Maybe I should ditch some topics.. but to be honest, I think I want to keep it that way, at least for now.


    I have read The Elegance of a Hedgehog.. and I have to say.. I really didn't like it! Although perhaps I could have done with discussing it with someone at the time because sometimes we miss important opinions when we read alone.

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  138. Thank you! I really enjoy your approach to minimalist/thrifting in fashion. These are both great ethical options and part of the reason I love your blog so much! I would love to learn more about your approach to buying food ethically.

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  139. Love this so much!!


    Tell me who you are:
    - what is your name? Isabella
    - how old are you? I'm 19 years old!
    - where do you live? I live in Hertfordshire in the UK.
    - what is your job? I currently work part-time in marketing, but am applying for university to do 'Fashion Marketing'.

    What have you done done this year that has made you proud? Following my own dream and not what someone else wants me to do.

    Tell me what you dream about:
    - what do you want to learn? I want to learn how to be the best person I can be and achieve everything to the best of my ability and not give up.
    - what do you hope to achieve? Everlasting Happiness.
    - where do you want to go in life? Far. Just very far and hopefully achieve everything I wanted, to make sure I'm happy and everyone around me is too.

    What is your definition of success? Being content with where you are in life, at that moment.

    Tell me what you think of this blog:
    - how long have you been reading? Literally, stumbled across it today and am in love! I even tweeted to you about it!
    - what do you like & dislike? I love the useful posts you have written about marketing, blogging, organisation - all! As I've only just discovered it today, I can't think of anything I dislike.
    - what do you want more or less of? Would love to know more about you and your business, your overall journey!
    - is there anything you want to ask? How do you manage to come up with your post ideas? I'm so stuck in a rut with where I want my blog to go, I'm a bit tired of doing beauty posts and I want to change the look of my blog etc. I feel very de-motivated currently and need some inspiration/advice.

    What is one book everyone should read?
    People must read '#GIRLBOSS' by Sophia Amoruso! But, I do love 'Achilles Song' or 'To Kill A Mockingbird'! <3.

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  140. Kristine M.12/31/2014

    Creativity advice posts would be great! Or maybe how to take better photos for the blog or just more blogging advice for the beginners like me!
    I have yet to read Bossypants! I will during this break!

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