Plan With Me | October Review & November Set Up | Sitting In The Clouds

I’m a creature of habit so when I find bullet journal spreads and a system that works for me, I tend to stick to it. So although these posts tend to be fairly similar, I always like switching it up ever so slightly, even if it’s just with the design or colour scheme for that month. However, I wasn’t blogging when September ended and October graced us so I thought I’d show you how October turned out in my bullet journal as well as planning for November and Christmas…shh I didn’t say that.



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October saw me restart university and start year two of my course. Therefore, I divided my three columns in my monthly spreads differently. Usually, I have an “AM”, “PM” and “All Day” column so I can arrange my events according to the time of day. In October, I chose “Uni”, “Work” and “Personal”, so I could easily see how I’m spending my month activity wise. Having a social life amongst working part-time, and going to university full time can be a struggle sometimes. But I found dividing my columns like this in October really helped manage my time better.

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I’ve been tracking my habits and sleep for a while now but in October I switched up both spreads. I got inspiration from Boho Berry for the sleep tracker, however, I can’t remember who inspired me to try out a portrait habit tracker but I adore it. Both of these spreads worked really well for me and I have continued them into November.

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And surprise surprise my spending log has also stayed the same. One difference though is this month I made it a double page spread. I thought the budget review would work out really well for me but I ended up not really using it. In the end, the second page became redundant.

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At the beginning of October, I started tracking my meals within my weekly spreads but that idea also fell flat by the end of the month. However, this past week I did finally switch up my weekly spread (below) and although I liked it, I will be returning to my classic one (above) next week.

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This month I went to see Goodbye Christopher Robin in the cinema with Tom and I adored it. I cried through-out and it’s easily the best film I’ve seen this year. Therefore I had to dedicate a whole spread to the film.

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In October, I started doing yoga as well as taking time out of my day to meditate. As these habits began after I had created my October spreads I simply made an “October Goals” tracker as well. I laid it out like a calendar for each habit and simply crossed off each day I did the corresponding habit. In November I have included “yoga” into my habit tracker.

As I started university this month, I had to include my university timetable for the first couple of weeks while I got used to the new schedule.

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More uni spreads but they came in very handy. On the left I simply created a spread to jot notes down on the very first day I went back. I now have a whole notebook dedicated to rough notes I make at university so they didn’t “mess” up my bullet journal…eek! On the right is a huge uni to-do list, a section for each teacher and I just write down what I have to do, it’s basically my master to-do list for university.



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Can we just quickly acknowledge the fact that Christmas is quickly approaching. In a few days, I can say Christmas is next month…yay! I went for a pink theme this month and although the spreads kind of seem very Valentine’s Day appropriate I was feeling it. The typeface has also been changed this month and I’m loving the overall feel of the monthly spreads.

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Similar habit tracker in layout and style but a few of my habits have changed. For example, in November I will be tracking yoga, work on blog and publishing post.

I have also created a university tracker. I will simply write down the assignments I have for November to complete and hand in and I will also track the number of hours I’ve studied at home in a line graph.

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Yay for me for being back on my blogging game. But that also means my trusty blog tracker is back.

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As you can see, a simply dutch door is separating the blog tracker and my spending tracker. I have used this technique a few times and I really enjoy it. As you saw in October I used two full pages for my spending and I didn’t really end up using the second page. The Dutch door allows me to have added space without needing two full pages. I find my blog tracker and spending log work really well in this style.

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I really enjoyed tracking my sleep with this spread last month so I carried it on. All I do is mark when I went to sleep and woke up, then colour between the two marks to tracker how many hours I’ve slept.

And yes, that is a Christmas related spread on the right.

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It’s November, Christmas is next month. Before I know it, the Coco-cola advert will be on TV. I’m getting ahead of the game and I have started thinking about present ideas for my nearest and dearest already. I have made a simple table where I can write the person, the present idea and where I saw it so I don’t forget. As well as a budget for that particular person.



And that’s it. I love starting new months in my bullet journal as all the spreads are so clean and ready to go. My November spreads took about 6 hours to complete but I did them across multiple days. I love going all out with my bullet journal and making it really pretty but I know 6 hours is a lot of time to spend setting up a month and some people don’t have that kind of time. Make the bullet journal system yours and keep it as simple or decorative as you need it to be.

I hope you enjoyed it. I know my bullet journal posts have gotten a lot of love in the past, so I knew when I came back to blogging I would be sure to include them.

I hope you all have/had a lovely weekend.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel



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Everything’s Fine |Sitting In The Clouds

This idea for a blog post came to me last week when one of my favourite bands of all time, The Summer Set, announced their indefinite hiatus, aka announced they are splitting up.

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I found them on Spotify, under recommended artists way back in 2012/13, I can’t remember exactly. Their album, Everything’s Fine, connected with me so much, and I remember vividly walking to school, which was about 30 minutes, listening to the entire album and falling in love.

Back then, I was in a very controlling relationship and I wasn’t allowed to listen to opposite genders, aka male vocalists. But I couldn’t live without this album or band, so I listened secretly, deleting my Spotify history in case he ever saw it. After a while, I felt too guilty, so I let the band go.

It wasn’t until 2016 when I met Tom and we were texting back and forth our favourite songs, albums and artists that I came across The Summer Set again and the album Everything’s Fine reentered my life. I had remembered every single lyric of every song off the album, and since that day they have been one of my favourite bands, and Everything’s Fine, has been one of my all-time favourite albums.

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I’m really saddened by the news. Tom and I went to go see them live when they came to the UK for their Stories for Monday tour in May last year. They were the first band we saw live together and it holds a special place in my heart. I remember coming out of the concert, Tom and I faced one another and said, “we need to go see them again”. Unfortunately, that day will never come, and I actually want to cry, I’m tearing up writing this blog post.

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I’m sure other fans have more connections to the band, their songs probably mean more to them, they have probably been following them for their entire journey. But the tiny slither I got to experience of their music, has made them one of my favourite bands of all time and their Everything’s Fine album will always be one of my favourite albums. I don’t think I could ever get bored of any of their songs. Brian’s, the lead vocalist, has such a distinct and incredible voice, I knew instantly last year, they were the band I discovered all those years ago.

I don’t want to be sad about the news, but grateful that I ever had a chance to experience their music, and see them live. I think that concert will always be one of the best I’ve experienced.



I don’t know what gave me the urge to write this blog post but I’m glad I’ve managed to write my feelings down. I’m not going to lie, before their news, they were a band I liked, saw them live, and listened to them more frequently. But since hearing the news, and knowing I will never get new music from them, or see them live again, it showed me how much I do truly love them. They will now be one of my all-time favourite bands. The Summer Set wasn’t a massive band but if you knew them and liked their music, how do you feel about the news?

Please give them a listen as they are truly incredible musicians, all five of them. I wish them all the best for their futures and I know Brian, is already pursuing a solo career so I will be following him on his new journey.

This is much more of a personal post and something quite different for me, so if you enjoyed it, please let me know.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel



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The Do’s & Don’ts of Blogging | Sitting In The Clouds

The blogging community is all about helping each other grow. There’s so much competition out there today as people are making it their jobs and young people are following in the footsteps of their idols. We have to remember though when blogging became a thing, no one started out to make it their career, it just happened that social media and the internet became a part of everyday life and brands took advantage of that. People starting out today, yes the majority are beginning their blogs because they have a passion, but quite a few are only starting them to get free things and become “famous” and earn a living. No one should start out with those intentions.

I’ve been blogging for a fair few years now, I used to have another blog before this one, so I’ve been part of the blogging community for a while now. During that time, I’ve learned what works well when trying to grow your audience and what really puts people off. I hope this blog post can help some of you who are just starting out, or even if you’ve been blogging for years, like me, it’s never too late to learn new tips and tricks in this competitive field.



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Do Interact but Don’t use the automatic Direct Messages or comment on someones else’s blog to check out your blog if it’s not relevant to the blog post. For example,

Do: “I totally agree, long distance relationships are hard. I’m currently in one and some days are just really tough. I’ve done a blog post about how to cope and what to do on those days.
Don’t: Hey, great post. Here’s mine: http://www.example.wordpress.com

For me personally, it feels like they haven’t taken the time to read your blog and they have headed straight to the comments to try and get hits on their own blog. If someone is interested or drawn to your comment, they will go to your blog no matter what, even other bloggers. Interacting, reading other bloggers posts, following them on social media accounts and getting involved in the community is a great way to get your name and your blog out there. However, don’t overdo it. Don’t just post about your blog on your Twitter or Instagram, the reason most people follow you on those accounts is to get to know you on a more personal level. Get the balance right and use social media to your advantage.

Note// Don’t only make interactions on other blogs, allow interaction on yours. Leave people with a question they can answer in the comments. This is a great way to increase comment numbers. 

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Do enjoy hitting those milestones, whatever they may be, and feel proud of yourself once you’ve hit them. But don’t live for the numbers. Numbers and hits aren’t what’s truly important. They will come eventually and it feels great when they do, but don’t worry if it takes time. You should be blogging because you love it no matter what, and I know it’s hard to not think about the numbers but if you only posting to gain a following, it will show through to your content.

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I’m guilty of the spelling or grammar error in my blog posts once in a while, no one is perfect. But if there are tons of mistakes in your blog posts and it doesn’t flow while you are reading it, it puts people off. I have installed the free version of Grammarly that helps me notice the little mistakes I would have overlooked.

Ensure all the links you put within your post direct your reader to the correct place. Use the “preview” button WordPress offers to see how your blog post will look to others once it’s published. And my top tip before hitting publish is ensuring your comments are enabled.  I personally find it rather irritating when I’ve just read a really good blog post and want to make the blogger aware of it and interact with them and then there’s no place to write a comment. I know it seems like an obvious one but it’s always good to double check that your comments are enabled before posting your blog post.

Just triple and double check before publishing, even if that means posting your content a day later.

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Do make use of free tools. You don’t need to spend loads of money to make your blog look good and grow a following. I have never gone out intentionally to buy things for my blog and think “Oh this will be great for my blog”. There are so many free tools out there you can use. If you need help creating eye-catching headers, canva.com is the place to go. If you need help with your pictures, unsplash.com is a great source of royalty free images (all images today are from unsplash). Also using items from around your house as props is a great way to save the pennies. I use natural lighting for all my images, and use the wooden floorboards in my house, or even some white A3 paper as backdrops. You do not need to spend money to make your blog a success.

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and finally…Do have fun. If you’re enjoying writing and producing your content, it will reflect in the people responding to it. Put your own personal touch to your blog posts, yourself is your own unique selling point, so use your personality to your advantage.



Of course, there is no right or wrong way to blog, if you love it, express your personality through your content, and have fun, you are doing it right and the recognition will come.

I’ll allow this blog post to come full circle. Blogging is all about helping each other out. Do you have any tips, tricks, or advice that I haven’t mentioned? Leave them in the comments. Let’s make this blog post full of useful ideas, links, and advice for others.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel

P.S. I’m only 4 followers away from 300 over at Twitter, so if you fancy following me, it would be highly appreciated.



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The Liebster Award 2.0 | Sitting In The Clouds

I’ve been back on my blogging game for under a week and I’ve already been nominated for the Liebster award by the lovely Alexa Ceza, which I’m so grateful for. Please go check out her blog as it’s so stunning and her content is amazing.



the rules.jpg> Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their post.
> Answer the 11 questions they asked you.
> Nominate 11 other bloggers, with your own set of 11 questions. (but if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I can ever think of that many people, so I’ll do as many as I can)
> Tag your chosen 11 bloggers, and don’t forget to tell them as well



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1 | Why did you start blogging?
This is a very typical question but one everyone always seems to want to know. I started Sitting In The Clouds to get back into blogging, yes I did have another blog. I had stopped blogging due to health reasons (find out here) and it didn’t feel right to come back to my old one, so I restarted my hobby by creating a new and WAY better, if I do say so myself, blog. When I was younger I used to want to be a writer, but like all childhood career dreams, they change. I love the path I’m going down now, but I still really enjoy writing, hence the blog. I was writing an essay for university last year and my tutor said, I can tell you are a blogger due to the laid-back, informal and conversational approach I had..haha! I guess it’s hard to switch between blogging and academic writing.
2 | If you could be any animal which one would you be? and why?
I think it would have to be some sort of bird, not because I love birds, in fact, I’m not a very huge fan of them at all, but I would love the ability to fly. But as a complete opposite, being a sloth, I would be living my dream life…haha!!
3 | Favourite place to travel to?
If you’ve been following me for a while, then you’ll know this answer. DISNEYWORLD, hands down my favourite place on this earth.
4 | Pick 2 of your favourite bloggers and why?
I can’t ignore my love for Jess from CopperGarden. I also love Jessica Jade.
5 | What is a one great life lesson you have learned?
Don’t live life through rose-tinted glasses.
6 | Tea or Coffee? and why?
TEA! I hate coffee and to be fair I’m not even a fan of traditional tea anymore, I’ve been turned to a green tea machine…haha!!
7 | What show are you currently watching/into right now?
Strictly Come Dancing. It’s the UK version of Dancing with the Stars if you are American. If you didn’t know, when I was younger I had a HUGE obsession with JLS, Aston, my boy in blue to be exact. He’s on Strictly this year so I’m rooting for him all the way. When Strictly is on in the UK, it takes over your life. It’s on TV every single day, with It Takes Two every weekday, the actual show on Saturday and the results on Sunday.
8 | Pick a great quality about yourself and why?
My optimism and positivity?
9 | What is one blogging tip you would give to other bloggers?
Interact, use hashtags and talk with other bloggers. Get your name out there, there is no harm in promoting yourself and your content, everyone else is.
10| If money wasn’t a factor, what would you be doing right now?
Living in Walt Disney World…next…
11| What is something that makes you really happy? and why?
Just to be different but can I say my workplace? I love designing and being an intern means I learn so much on a daily basis when I’m in the office. I adore everyone I work with, especially my two fellow designers, Kat and Marc, they are like my older siblings.



my questions

1 | Sun or Rain?
2 | Twitter or Instagram?
3 | Single or Double bed?
4 | Paper or Electronic planning?
5 | Your biggest fear?
6 | One thing you want to achieve in the next year?
7 | Morning person or Night owl?
8 | iPhone X (10) too expensive?
9 | Favourite song right now?
10| Do you have a fur friend? Tell me about them.
11| Favourite blog post to read? (lists, tips, beauty, ootds, makeup looks, personal etc)



my nominees

1 | Abi from Abisays.co.uk
2 | Geneva from Genney Darling
3 | Smiling Dreamer
4 | Beth Jones from The Books Are Everywhere
5 | Jess Athorn from Acorn Life and Fitness

I hate that I can ever think of more than like five people, but all five girls have amazing blogs, that you should all go check out…go go go!!



I hope you enjoyed this post and if you did, be sure to give it a like and press that cheeky follow button. Even if I hadn’t nominated you, you are all amazing. Interact with each other in the comments and discover some new blogs to follow.

I love you all and thank you for your everlasting support.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel



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18 Before 2018 | Sitting In The Clouds

I don’t want to scare you all but we only have 74 days until 2018 will be upon us. I’ll let that sink in for a minute. Sunk in yet? Didn’t think so. The new year has a reputation of being a new start, allowing yourself to become a better you and starting the new year off on the right foot. But how can you do that when you leave your to-do incomplete?

I love a good old list. Therefore writing a list of 18 things I want to complete, start and form a habit of or continue with so my 2018 can have the best possible start, is a great way to keep me accountable so the “new year, new you” can hold true.

(I’ve taken inspiration from Lisa Jacobs from Market Your Creativity for this blog post. Boho Berry, my bullet journal main inspiration has also done this)



1 Yoga – I started doing Yoga at the beginning of the month as a form of relaxation before bed, as well as an added exercise in my daily routine. I’ve been really enjoying it and I hope I can keep up my motivation to do it into the new year.

2 Reach my reading goal – Since becoming an avid reader in 2014, I’ve been setting myself yearly goals of how many books I want to read each year with the help of Goodreads. I set my goal at 50 this year. I’ve currently read 44 so I think I can achieve it as long as a reading slump doesn’t hit me.

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3 Take more pictures – I haven’t been taking many pictures this year and it saddens me. “Photos are a return ticket to moments otherwise gone.” I can’t leave 2017 behind without pictures to remember the year by.

4 Stay on top of university work – I would hate the new year to start of stressed because of the amount of work I have to do, especially seeing as my first submission deadline is just after Christmas. I would hate to be thinking about it and be cramming in last minute work over the Christmas holidays.

Keep up with my blog – YAY for me being back after nearly 2 months. I just hope that my motivation stays for the rest of the year.

6 Custom domain – I’ve hit 1,000 followers, and I still can’t believe. I would love to celebrate with finally getting rid of .wordpress.com out of my site address, but it’s not cheap and being at uni every penny is stretched.Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 17.13.01

7 Continue building my savings account – I have a target in mind but don’t want to share…sorry. Out of my sister and I, I’m the saver and she’s the spender.

8 Appreciate the little things – I’m one for looking at the bigger picture, all the time thinking about the future and how what I’m doing at the minute will affect my life in a days time, a months time and even a years time. I want to start noticing and appreciating the little things. I may start a gratitude log in my bullet journal to assist me.

9 Finish my YouToons Project – If you didn’t know, I’m a graphic design, working part-time in a design studio and studying Graphic Design at a university. Over the summer I started my own little project which I titled “YouToons”. Designing my favourite YouTubers as cartoons. I would love to get this completed by the start of the new year.

Here is a sneak peek at what it may look like. This is Adam Hattan, who is a Disney vlogger and also features in my 5 Youtubers You Should Be Watching

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10 Have a Social Media clear out – Only today my boyfriend messaged me saying he had just unfriend over 600 people he had on Facebook he no longer connected with. This got me thinking about the amount of “friends” I have on Facebook that are just there. I now want to go and unfriend people I no longer speak to. As well as declutter Instagram and Twitter.

11 Sort out my wardrobe – I do this a couple of times a year but I always end up keeping things I know I will never wear as I’m quite a sentimental person. This time around, I want to have a proper sort out, get rid of EVERYTHING I won’t wear anymore.

12 Spend more time with Tom – As I’ve started my second year of university and Tom has increased his work hours to save for his upcoming trip to Vegas, we don’t get to see each other too often. When we do see each other it’s just hanging out at each other’s houses, I would love to have more date nights, more cinema trips, more eating out etc.

13 Volunteer at least once more – I started volunteering for my favourite charity this year and I love it. I would love to do it more before the year is out.

14 Drive less, walk more – Ever since passing my driving test I resort to my car way more than I should. Recently I have been driving but parking further away from my destination so I’m forced to walk more often. I am also walking up all escalators and stairs, rather than lifts now.

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15 Have a social life – I’m an introvert, preferring to stay in and read a book than go out. However, I know I need to step out of my comfort zone and say yes to more outings with friends. It’s harder now all my friends have moved out of home for university but I need to be making more of an effort when they are home.

16 Clear up my skin – I had a period recently where my skin was awful, spots and blemishes all over my chin and forehead. I also got into the habit of popping them, I know…gross!! But I think I’ve found my holy grail product. I no longer have many spots but the scarring is still there.

17 Get my Grandmas edit done – Waaaaaay back in May, my entire family, three generations of us, went to the Cotswold for a family weekend break. It was so much fun. I always film events like these and create an edit afterwards for everyone to enjoy and look back on the great times we had. However, I still haven’t even started my edit for this trip. My excuse is that my computer broke but it’s not good enough. I would love to complete it before Christmas so I can share it with all my on Christmas day.

18 Visit my grandparents in Wales again – My grandparents aren’t getting any younger, so as a family, my aunties and uncles included, take it in turns to go up and visit them for a weekend or so. I usually go with my parents when they head down but I haven’t in a while now, so I’ll make sure I go back down once more before the year is up.



Phew, I thought that blog post was never going to end…haha!! I congratulate you if you got to the end. Have you got any goals that you want to achieve by the end of the year? Are you inspired to set some? Let’s chat in the comments.

Thank you for all your kind words recently, they truly mean the world.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel 



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