New year, new me

It’s hard to believe I’m scheduling this way early in December and it’s going to be published in 2020. The past year has been quite a ride, but I finally feel I’m heading in the right direction again. Hopefully next year will be sort of a new start, where I can start new routines that will keep me where I’m best.

This year will be full of new things, there will be a new series on my blog! I’ve been buying bookish merch for years. I have 5 binders full of bookmarks and artprints, I have over 15 booksleeves, over 100 candles and a lΓ³t of pins. Most of them from small businesses. I want to shine a light on those, I want to find out why they started their business, what inspires them and show you all the amazing products they sell. Because if you support a small business, you help someone live their dream.

Of course I will be back with my queer books series, the day after tomorrow I will show all of you the amazing queer books that will be published in January. And then later all the non-queer books. I have so many new ideas and I can’t wait to share it will you all!


When it comes to challenges, I’m going to retry the Popsugar, goodreads and a-z challenge. And today, January 1st, I’m starting a bulletjournal. I’m going to try to use it to keep the routine in my life. To make lists and jot down ideas. It will never be an artsy, creative journal, but I figured I would just make it my own. I’m not sure if I will ever show you guys, but I’m okay with not sharing everything in my life ;).


As for the rest of my life. I’m looking for a house, I work my ass off – but doing something I love so that’s not bad. I have awesome friends and colleagues that I hang out with. 2020 doesn’t look that bad. I’m not writing down any resolutions because I don’t want to force myself to do something and then be sad if it doesn’t work out.

What I do want to do (not a resolution) is go to YALC this year. I’m already restricted when it comes to vacation, as I can’t leave when it’s bat season (half may-half july and half august-half september). YALC is between those seasons and I really want to go! Hopefully I’ll go with Anniek and her sister.

And then just take better care of myself. I’ve been feeling better and it’s showing in the way I take care of myself, I’ve been sleeping longer and eating better. Hopefully I can go back to swimming every week and I want to try new things with cooking (if you know of an awesome recipe that’s not too fatty (ever since my gal bladder was removed I can’t handle fatty food), please let me know! I’ll definitely share how it worked out).

Are you planning on participating in any challenges? Or do you have any other plans for 2020? Let me know πŸ™‚

21 thoughts on “New year, new me

  1. Sam || Fictionally Sam says:

    You are going to kick so much butt in 2020 I can feel it! So happy you are finding yourself in a better spot and seeing you in my feedly feed as made me super ultra happy!! I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for you!


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  2. Olivia-Savannah says:

    I hope this will be such a good year for you, and that you will be able to find the perfect house for you. I like the sound of spotlighting small businesses, reading books you love and possibly being able to go to YALC. I am never in the UK at the time and I am not sure I will be again, but if I can go I will go.

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  3. Clo @ Cuppa Clo says:

    Aaaah I’m excited for your small business blog feature as I’ve recently fallen down a whole of enamel pins. Ahem. Good luck with your bujo and aaaah I really wanna go to YALC this year but I just don’t know if I’ll be able to 😦 I hope you have the best time if you are able to go! Enjoy bullet journalling, I love making mine arsty but in the beginning it was very plain and not at all arsty but it worked. As long as it works for you, that’s all that matters!

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  4. danielle says:

    I dont know what had happened to you but I’m glad you’re doing better and are back! Good luck on buying your house. Is YALC the same as YALLFEST? I feel like I’ve heard that before.

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  5. Kristina says:

    I’m happy to see you back, and also that you’re feeling better xx
    May 2020 bring out all the best for you, and that you’d continue to feel even better!❀️
    *aherm* I’m absolutely like that.. I could’ve went for having a goal of exercicing more BUT I would hate myself so much if I don’t stick with it – basically all but one is reading related xD the only one that isn’t is passing my driving test – which I shall come around to do around May ithink?

    So exciting !! My bullet journal isn’t the most artsy either xD as long as it works for you, that’s all that matters. Goodluck with your reading challenges!

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  6. northernplunder says:

    ill definitely be at yalc so if you go make sure to say hi!! πŸ™‚ or message me if you need any help with planning.

    v excited to see your small business series! hopefully itll introduce me to some too. ive only covered 4 or so on my blog atm!!!

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    • Michelle says:

      Ooh that would be awesome! I know people who plan months in advance and I definitely want to make the most of YALC, so I will definitely ask you questions!

      Haha I already found one awesome shop through a post of yours. I have some big ones prepared so far, so you’ll probably already know those, but I’m hoping to bear back from some smaller ones soon. I’ll make sure to link your posts too, every boost towards small businesses help, right 😊


  7. Kal @ Reader Voracious says:

    Welcome back, Michelle! I know I am the worst when it comes to blog hopping these days but seeing you on my feed made me very happy! Happy 2020!

    I am looking forward to your small business series, which will be so much fun to learn more about (and probably bad for my bank account)! I am still laughing at the photo you sent of the box full of candles. lmao

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