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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Five Hundred and Eleven Days Later… | Sitting In The Clouds

On the 22nd of May 2016, I sat down at my desk, tapped along my keyboard, wrote a few hundred odd words and hit publish, not knowing where my blogging journey would take me. 511 days later I’ve reached 1,000 followers. 1,000 people have come across my blog, read my posts about god knows what, liked, commented, shared my passions, followed me, and I’ve even had some shares.

I know I’ve been off my blogging game recently but life gets in the way sometimes and I will have a life update blog post coming soon because I don’t want to get distracted as to why I’m writing this specific blog post, which is to THANK you! To thank each and every one of you who have followed me via WordPress, subscribed by email or hit follow on my Twitter, where I tend to just fangirl about silly obsessions of mine, (just to note, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Negan from The Walking Dead, liked my tweet today, like OMFG!!) 

I never started my blog for the numbers, gain a following, or get messages from people saying they miss my blog posts. I started it to share my passions and write about what I love and although my blog direction has changed over the last year and a half, people have continued to support my content, no matter what I post, which I’m so grateful for. I have met some amazing people along the way who I now consider friends, and reaching this milestone has given me the motivation to get my blog back up and running.

Sitting In The Clouds is officially reopen for business.

Thank you for your continued support and here’s to another 511 days, even if 500 of those days I’m on a hiatus…haha!!



until next time,

xoxo, rachel 

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September Plan With Me | My Bujo | Sitting In The Clouds

How are we in September already? Do you realise it will be Christmas in 114 days. I’ll just let that sink in a for a minute. But with a new month means brand new bullet journal spreads and reflection on how the past month has gone.



August Review

August was the first month in my brand new bullet jounral (my brand new bullet jounraland it went so well. I really started to use my journal as a memory keep sake, including daily doodles as well as a “scrapbook style” page.

What Went Well?
> tracking seperate sleep related habits as part of my sleep tracker. I tracked habits such as, reading before bed, wearing my retainer and if I used my phone/laptop before sleeping.
> the stats section on my blog tracker page allowed me, at a glance to see how well my blog has been developing. Unfortuntely August was down in everything compared to July.
> my daily doodles
> tracking my water intake daily

What Could Have Worked Better?
> my mood tracker, although so pretty to look at, it’s not very pratical. I can’t easily see what mood I was feeling each day.
> I didn’t end up liking using a seperate colour each day for my habit tracker. It ended up being a bit too distracting and in September I have really simpified it.



Weekly Spreads

I really loved how my weekly spreads were coming out each week so I kept them all similar, just with sublte details changing. I love flipping through these spreads even after the week has passed just to admire my doodles and remember what the week entailed.



Scrapbooking

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This was my first ever attempt at scrapbooking in my bullet journal. I had one of the best weekends in August, not only because I got an interview for the Disney Cultural Exchange Program (I got the email) but I also went to Friendsfest, an event I look forward to each year and Tylan, a youtuber I mentioned in my 5 Youtubers You Should Be Watching blog post, noticed me and replied. He actually thanked me for feauting his wife and him in my blog post. I was truly in fan girling mode. Therefore with all that exciting stuff happening to me within the space of 72 hours, I had to remember it in all it’s glory.

I simply printed some pictures and wrote some text to go along with the images. It’s not the most perfect spread I’ve done but I’m happy I’ve started scrapbooking in my bullet journal and I definitely want to do more in the future.



September Spreads

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Septembers colour is purple but I find the Steadler fineliner in the dark purple is too dark so I decided to use both of the purples and I really like how the colour combo came out.

I’m using the same spread style as usual for my monthly spread. I’m a creature of habit so once I find something I love and works well for me, I tend to stick to it.

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I decided to switch up the overall font for this month and I absoutely love it. As you can see my spending tracker is exactly the same. This style works so well for me and I’m hestiate to try new ways of tracking my money. I’m also loving the ombre style my headers have.

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A new spread for me, the time log style spread. I have tried using a similar spread before but found I didn’t stick with it. I just found it too much effort. I’m trying something slighty different to see if I can stick with it this time but I still have a gut feeling that this spread just isn’t for me, but we’ll see.

My sleep tracker is fairly similar but with my new sleeping schedue of sleeping by 10 and up at 6, I feel like this spread will be really helpful this month. I have some new bed time related habits to track, ie up in the middle of the night and if tom is staying round. This month I also did little doodles to symbolize each habit and I love it.

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My final double page spread is my habit and mood tracker. I decided to put these two on the same page to see if there is any correlation between what habits I’m doing daily and my overal mood for that day. I also mentioned that last month I found my habit tracker too distracting with all the colours, so in September I made a grid and I will simply dot  the boxes of the habits I complete each day. I’m excited to see how it will turn out.

The mood tracker is the same style. I will simply place a dot next to a mood I was feeling that day. I have roughly done it from the best mood to the lowest mood as I want to then join the dots to make a line graph. My moods consist of, hyper, excited, happy, content, okay, meh, sad, cried, productive, stressed, annoyed and tired.

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And finally, next weeks weekly spread. I’ve continued with the monthly colour theme for this week but I do like switching up the colours each week. It looks really plain at the beginning of the week but at the end of the week, it’s so busy and colourful due to all my doodles.



So that’s it. August is over and September has offically begun. I’m excited to play around with my new time log spread and to see whether it will work for me this time round. And just generally start a fresh month.

Do you have a bullet journal? What spreads are you using this month? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel

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August Reading | 2017 | Sitting In The Clouds

This month I fell in love all over again with the “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” trilogy by Jenny Han. I knew I loved it but having never reread it, I always hestitated when saying it was one of my favourite series of all time. I decided to re-read the first two books so I could dive straight into the third and final book with everything fresh in my mind and OMG I utterly adore this series. I can now say with confidence that this series is one of my all time favourites.



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What I Read

> The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I finally decided to pick this book up after it having collected dust on my bookshelf since Christmas 2014 and I throughly enjoyed it. I’m now trapped in another series but luckily this is only one is only a trilogy. I’m excited to move on with the series and see where it goes. 
> Armada by Ernest Cline – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.75
I LOVED Ready Player One by Earnest Cline when I read it a few months ago so decided to try his other novel. Although not as good, I still enjoyed it. I just found Ready Player One to be near perfect so I kind of dissapointed that Armada wasn’t as strong as RPO. 
> To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (reread) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
What can I say? Lara Jean, the Song sisters, Peter. It’s a pefect combo and nothing is wrong with this novel. I utterly adore this series. 
> P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han (reread) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
More and more gush about this series. AHHHHH!!! *heart eye emoji* 
> Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I just didn’t want this series to end. I cried my eyes out to the point of no return. This is the first EVER book I’ve full on cried at. I’ve welled up, maybe shed one tear but never full on crying. I can’t believe I won’t ever get to relive Lara Jean and Peters story for the first time. I can confidently now say it is one of my favourite series of all time. I was skeptical when Jenny Han announced a third book in the series but she wrapped up every character and the overall story perfectly. I couldn’t of asked for a better ending. 

Monthly Reading Stats

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5 books, 1,823 pages…not too shamby for me. Each month I aim to read four books, one book a week so I’ve succeeded my monthly target, and I’ve reread one of my favourite series so I call this month a success.

September, however, is my last full month I have to read before I start back at university for year 2 so fingers crossed for another great reading month. What did you read this month? Do we share a love of Lara Jean, Peter and the Song sisters? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel

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FriendsFest 2017 (+OOTD)| Sitting In The Clouds

It’s that time of the year again….FRIENDSFEST! I’m a huge fan of Friends and although I don’t watch it as much as I used to or want to anymore, I still love it and everytime I do watch it, I fall in love with it all over again. Friends has gotten me through a lot in my life and I truly take Friends quotes, sayings, lessons on board and use them in my own life. Therefore when Friendsfest was annouced for a third year, I didn’t even hesitate in buying tickets.



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Denim Jacket – H&M
Jeans – Primark
T-shirt – Topshop
Shoes – Custom Converse

I wanted to be comfy yet stylish with this outfit. I didn’t wear any Friends merch but brought the exclusive Friendsfest hoodie and t-shirt while I was there. I’m always most confident in a pair of really nice jeans but to give this outfit a twist I went with my pink jeans with rips at the knees. I simply tied a plain grey t-shirt into a front knot to add a little detail to a basic t-shirt and then threw on my go-to denim jacket. It’s a really simply outfit when you think about it, but it looks super cute and stylish when all the pieces are paired together.



Now time to enjoy all the snaps Tom and I got through-out the day. You will also be able to see how my outfit looks from different angles.



My parents ask if there’s any point going each year, surely it’s the same? Although the main sets and props are there, i.e. Monicas apartment, Phoebes taxi, Central Perk and the famous orange couch, it does differ each year. I believe it’s truly worth my time and my money each year as they add new things to the line up. This years new feature was a fully fledged set for Joey and Chandlers apartment, as well as the hallway between the two apartments. Huggies also hasn’t been there in previous years…it’s the little things. To my dissapointment though, the binoculars to stalk Ugly Naked Guy where attached to the the table this year, meaning I couldn’t get my picture. They also added a photo op where you could dress up as the characters from “the one with the Prom video”. Of course me and Tom did Ross and Rachel.

Overall it was another amazing experience and I will continue to go each year as long as it runs for. I can’t stop my streak now….3 years and counting.

Did you go to Friendsfest this year? Did you enjoy it? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel