Safe Space for Self Love

19/01/2017

Stores You Need To Visit For All Your Stationery Needs

"There was something very comfortable in having plenty of stationery." - Charles Dickens


Remember sitting down at your desk in your first lesson, opening up a brand new 'jotter' and writing down your notes. All of a sudden you became the queen of calligraphy... until you turned over to the next page and you could barely read your own writing. Stationery has always been one of my favourite things to purchase. A stationery hoarder. A guilty pleasure if you will. Granted, I probably don't use it as much as I did in my school days but as I work from home, jotting down orders and keeping track of things is a must. Having cute stationery makes this process a lot more enjoyable. If you're like me and you're always thinking about your next stationery splurge, here's a few tips on where you should be shopping and some of my favourite picks.

Paper Chase

I'm slightly disappointed in myself that it's taken me 3 years of living in Leeds to realise that we have a store here but nonetheless, when I did, I was like a child in a sweet shop. I wanted everything. Paper Chase are now one of my favourite places to shop for new pieces. They sell such a variety of different styles- you're sure to find something that you like in there!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade isn't exactly best known for her stationary but she always creates the most beautiful products, whether she's designing a notebook or a pair of killer heels. My first purchase was actually a magazine holder that is currently sitting on my desk lookin' all pretty!

Paper Source

Another holy grail for stationary is Paper Source. I started shopping here for Thank you cards originally and then, one day, decided to look further into their product range and they sell the dreamiest range of address labels and other must-haves if you work from home!

John Lewis

I want to start off by suggesting that if you don't already follow @johnlewis on Twitter, you need too. Or at least check his page out. He's often mistaken for the retail store when really he's just a dad with an unfortunate name and Twitter handle. It'll provide you hours of chuckles, I promise. Now, onto the stationery that @johnlewis doesn't sell but @johnlewisretail have on point. Their notebooks are possibly my favourite of all and they are 100% stationery goals and a must have in your work space.

Let me know: Where is your favourite place to purchase stationery?

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17/01/2017

I'm Sensitive... But That's Okay

"No. I'm not insulted at all when people call me sensitive. Feeling things deeply is my super power. I'm an empathetic badass." - Unknown


It's been said. I cry at everything. Happy or sad. If there's any type of emotion involved, you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be balling (and by that I do not mean rolling in money). Through life, it's always been reinforced that this is a weakness and one that needs to be hidden, not embraced. In fact, thinking about it... 'successful' people (I apostrphize because I have no idea what the real definition of this even is) are always portrayed as having no emotions. Because, surely, any emotion that reaches the surface is simply getting in the way of our next goal, right?

As Elena Herdieckerhoff so perfectly put it: "Sensitivity clearly has a PR problem".

To have emotions for yourself and your own situation is one thing. It’s natural, it’s inevitable but it’s also just as important as those same feelings we may have towards others and their situations: fictional or not. Can we talk about when Marley & Me came out? I was broken for weeks...

It's easy to assume that we have no control over our feelings or that we are 'fragile' but actually, the qualities of a self confessed sensitive soul are highly sought after. I don't believe that having empathy for other beings can ever be a bad thing. It's rather funny that being sensitive is seen as a weakness and yet the ability to 'put yourself in someone else's shoes' is a characteristic that people look for, not only in the work place, but relationships too. Really, they go hand in hand. You can't put yourself in someone's shoes if you have no empathy for them, can you?
The truth is, being sensitive, for the most part, isn't about tears, being easily offended or overreacting, it's a part of us sensitives that we should be encouraged to embrace! We can notice little details that nobody else can, lend a helping hand or just a shoulder to cry on because we care. Oh boy, do we care.

"Highly sensitive" people actually make up for 15-20% of the population and so the idea that we need to "get a grip" in order to function properly in the real world is ludicrous. Being sensitive is a part of me and a part of so many others and so we're denying ourselves the realness and diversity in human nature by supressing those who feel so deeply. The world needs sensitives.

So hand me the tissues and if you need me, I'll be curled up on the sofa sobbing at The Jeremy Kyle Show and you know what? I'm not even sorry about it.

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