Monday, 11 January 2016


Back in my New Year Hopes and Goals post, I mentioned a recent purchase of mine to help get me back in the blogging spirit and to hopefully make 2016 a more productive and creative year: The Blogger Journal. I came across the journal on a post in a blogger Facebook group by Steph from Cocohic. As soon as I saw the post, I knew I needed to get my hands on it. As these journals were created by Steph, I knew it would do everything I needed it to to help me improve amyjanealice, as Steph is a blogger herself! I received the journal only a couple of days after ordering which I was very impressed about and it was packaged nice and securely.

The first page has a quote on that encompasses everything I want from this journal: "2016. A year of internet ass-kicking and better blogging". Yes please! The journal kicks off with a blogging tips section, including blogging terminology which explains all those pesky internet terms, optimum posting times, useful websites and apps, fail safe blog post ideas, SEO tips, Google Analytics FAQ, Twitter chat times and popular Instagram tags. Phew! I've found this section to be super helpful; despite working in marketing and having blogged (sporadically) for a couple of years, it's really useful to be able to brush up on your knowledge of blogging. The journal then moves on to the calendar. Each month is started with a quote with a cute illustation before launching into the yearly planner. This isn't something I tend to use a lot but it's quite useful to look at for quick dates and days. Each month has a small box for each day to keep track of any appointments, events or post deadlines and at the bottom of the page there is a section for monthly goals and "don't forget" which is nice to keep any important dates noted down! There is also a small notes section and a monthly checklist including tasks such as reply to comments, clear out inboxes, update social sites and brainstorm content among many more. I really like this idea and I do often forget to do a couple of those things!

For each day of the month there is a generous sized lined section with a small checklist to help you with blog promotion: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+. Super organised! Steph has even provided a blog tip for each month along with a notes and ideas section - perfect for planning! At the end of each monthly section there is a sort of "review". The monthly statistics table is so helpful to keep track of followers on the various socia media sites, traffic to your blog, ranking and even your top keywords! You can keep an eye on your income and expenses at the end of each month too, and make some monthly goals.

Overall I am so impressed with The Blogger Jounal; it has absolutely everything in there you need to smash blogging in 2016! You can get your hands on one of them on Steph's website for only £15.99! Compared to a couple of others I've been looking at online, I'm so glad I invested in this one.

Friday, 1 January 2016


Hello everyone and Happy New Year, I hope you all had a lovely night welcoming in 2016 whatever you did. With the start of a New Year, I like to take some time to reflect on all of the things I am grateful for from 2015. While we did lose somebody very special last year, and though there have been some ups and downs, 2015 brought some great things: owning my own first car, another year of happiness and health among family and friends, starting my first full time job in marketing, all of the amazing memories made with my boyfriend including celebrating my 21st birthday in London just to name a few. Around this time of year we see all of the old cliches coming out of the woodwork, including the old favourite "New Year, New Me". Don't get me wrong, I don't think that with a new year you suddenly become a completely different person, but I don't see the harm in people taking advantage of this time to better themselves or to work on things they want to change. There is something completely refreshing and calming about the fact that we can use 2016 as a clean slate to pursue our hopes and goals - which is what this post is all about. I've decided to stop calling them resolutions; that sounds very final and scary. Goals sounds much more achievable and exciting.

Drink at least two litres of water a day

I recently bought myself a one litre Bobble water bottle that filters the water as you drink, which makes it perfect to keep track on how much water you are actually drinking and ensures that it stays nice and fresh! I'm the first person to hold my hands up and admit that I drink nowhere near enough water, and this shows through the fact that I'm always tired, my skin is dull and dehydrated and I seem to have next to no energy. I hope to make this one of the biggest changes to 2016.

Create a budget and stick to it

The fact that I actually get a little scared to check my bank balance should explain this one easily... I think it's time for me to act like a bit more of a responsible adult and stop spending my money like it's never ending. It's just, contactless payment makes me feel like I'm not spending real money! Am I right?

Make healthier choices

Over the past year, I'm a little ashamed to say that I have put on a considerable-ish amount of weight and while I make a similar goal every year, I know that this has to be the year that I actually do it. I'm hoping to cut out excess salt from my diet, decrease the amount of sugar I consume, eliminate fizzy drinks from my diet and try and eat a more balanced range of food. I've recently got my hands on Lean in 15 which is a cookbook of 15 minute healthy meals and workouts by Joe Wicks, who created the 90 DAYSSS meal plan and exercise guide. The results of this programme look amazing, but at £150 to join, I'm taking it one step at a time and working from his book first.

Be grateful

I love the idea of taking time to appreciate the things around you and what's going on in your life right now, even the little things you might easily miss! I'm hoping to keep a 'gratitude journal' in which I'll write down one thing I'm grateful for every day. It might be the fact that I have the ability and means to own and drive my own car, or even the fact that if I get thirsty I can take 20 steps and have a fresh glass of water from my own home, which sadly is nowhere near possible for a lot of people. At the end of the year I think it will be great to be able to read through the journal and remember all of the things you are thankful for.

Dedicate more time to writing and creating

In a nutshell, I want to work a lot harder on amyjanealice. I'm so proud of my little space on the internet - I know it might not have that many followes compared to some blogs, and I know that posts have been few and far between over the year, but this is something I really want to change. I recently purchased The Blogger Journal from Cocochic and I plan to use it to it's full potential to help me plan, promote and improve my blog posts. Keep an eye out for a full review coming soon!

Practice yoga

Did you know that yoga not only improves posture and flexibility, protects your spine, drops your blood pressure, helps you sleep and boosts your immune system, but it's also proven to make you happier! I've been meaning to get into yoga for a while (meaning I bought a yoga mat around a year ago and it has remained in my wardrobe ever since) but after doing some reading on it and understanding the benefits, I can't wait to get started!

Read more

Reading has always been my thing. Even when I was really young, my grandad would take me to the local library where I would spend what felt like hours wandering around, pulling books off shelves and adding them to my pile which I would devour after school and during holidays. I truly believe that the huge amount of reading I've done over the years has greatly attributed to my love for writing. I've been really disappointed in the fact that I've let my reading habits slip lately; I've got a huge bookcase overflowing with books I haven't read yet, I really need to make a start! I'm going to dedicate at least 15 minutes a night to catch up on my reading, which will help with getting a better night's sleep too! Find out why here.

Learn a language

I've always admired people who can speak more than one language, and would love to be able to do it myself. I've had a passion for Spanish since secondary school (high school) where it was a compulsory subject, and ever since I've found myself picking up more and more but never enough to have a full length conversation comfortably. I've got plenty of embarrasing tales of my attemps on holidays, but that's how you learn right? I'm going to be using some mobile apps like Duolingo to help me along!

Curate an 'essentials only' capsule wardrobe

I've got that many clothes that I've  probably completely forgotten about most, and that's something I'm definitely going to change this year. As I get fitter and healthier, I'm going to be buying new clotes (hopefully!) and I want to make sure that these are classic and versatile pieces that can be worn with lots of different outfits. This helps to minimise the amount I have stuffed into my wardrobe, and also makes it easier to piece together outfits if you're in a rush. I've had a huge purge of my wardrobe this week to mimise it as part of my journey towards minimalism - let me know if this is something you'd be interested in reading about!

So these are just some of the goals I want to achieve this year, and fingers crossed I do! There are plenty more but I didn't want to bore you all on only the first day of this New Year, so I just thought I'd share a select few. What are your goals for 2016?
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