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Very Important Notes
Very Important Notes

Don’t Count The Days, Make The Days Count

Author: Miranda Eason

We’re more than half way through October, November is in sight and then, well, it’s not long until You Know What (shh, nobody mention the C word). How the heck did that happen? I’m determined to the make the most of the rest of the year, planning, streamlining and, horse riding, yep, my way towards 2016…

Set Goals & Send Cards

As we get increasingly dependent on tech my love for stationery just gets deeper. Not much beats the thrilling possibility of cracking open a new notebook (just me?!) because this might be the one in which I write the outline for my best selling novel, jot down the plan for a brilliant business venture, or maybe just write some really great to do lists. And what is lovelier than receiving a handwritten note through the post? Exactly. Having missed several birthdays this year, I’m aiming to keep a stack of cards to hand ready for every eventuality. The lovely stationery above is mostly from Berin Made (check out the Christmas cards, just, wow), with the exception of the Desktop Quotes cards, which are from the Indigo range by textile designer Lena Corwin at Abrams & Chronicle books.

Kondo The Crap Out Of My Life

My default mode has always tended towards the last minute, but thanks to Marie Kondo I’m embracing being organised. After streamlining my wardrobe I’ve started on my inboxes (yep, I have multiple inboxes, a personal one that gets used for work too, one for Rock My Style, another one for the freelance day job, and another one, just, you know, as a spare – all four receive many, many emails every day). Between them there are over 3500 emails just sitting there. Some read. Some not read. Some important. Some couldn’t be less important. How did I get here? I’ve been busy deleting, filing and unsubscribing. I’ve still got a way to go, but inboxes, consider yourself owned. Books, magazines, papers, kitchenalia, I’m coming for you next.

Get Out Of Town

I love London but everyone needs a break from the places/people/things they love every now and again and I haven’t left London nearly enough this year, heck, I’ve only made it to West London a couple of times and as for South London, I’m not even sure if it’s still there. I’m yet to make it to Hastings to visit my friend who moved there this summer (Susie, if you’re reading, I’ll be in touch shortly to book myself in for a visit!). My passport expired in mid July so I’ve been unable to leave the country but, with a Boxing Day flight to Goa and two weeks of yoga booked, this needs sorting out ASAP. I’ve made an appointment at the passport office, there’s just the minor matter of getting a passport picture that looks less mugshot, more, well, like me. Any tips?!

Do All Those Niggly Jobs Around The House

Having spent more time than usual in my flat this past week I’ve really noticed all the things that need doing, you know the kind of things that often don’t get done until you’re getting your house ready to sell. There are pictures that need hanging, walls that need a fresh coat of paint, flooring that needs replacing, and so it goes. I’ve got someone coming around about the flooring this week, so that’s a start (I’m not gifted when it comes to DIY, get someone in is more my style).

Do More Of The Stuff I Love

On Friday I went horseriding, a present that my sister bought me for my birthday that has taken me nearly a year to use. I’ll admit I gulped when I was shown my horse, Guinness, because he was so tall I couldn’t imagine how I would get on him, let alone stay there. But as my teacher took me through all the saddle and bridle checks and then had me walk, trot (sitting AND rising) and, finally, canter, my body and brain slowly started to remember what to do and it wasn’t long before I was thoroughly enjoying myself. It’s so important to make time to do the things you love, learn new things, or relearn old things, because after all, if you loved them before, you probably will again. Taking time out is something I haven’t done enough of this year, especially as I’ve swapped several yoga classes a week for cardio classes, often involving punching or kicking things, brilliant exercise but not exactly relaxing. I promise to treat myself to a massage before the end of the year, as a birthday gift to self!

I’m going to be writing less frequently for Rock My Style from today. Thank you for reading, commenting, and for all the brilliant advice! As the card above says, you rock and, instead of goodbye, I’ll just say see you soon. xxx

Born in Yorkshire. Lives in East London. California girl at heart.
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26 thoughts on “Don’t Count The Days, Make The Days Count

  1. Hi Miranda, I’ll miss your posts!! But I hope you manage to find the time to trim down your inboxes, spend more time in the saddle and I’m well jell of your post Christmas holiday. When everyone else goes back to work, you’ll be doing the downward dog in the sunshine ?.
    One tip for those niggly jobs around the house though, is just pay a handy man (or woman, naturally!) for a day and get them all done and dusted. I don’t know about you but those little things drive me nuts, they annoy me every time I’m in the room, but just like you say, we put them off until we move out. Isn’t that crazy?! Someone once told me they clean their house as if someone is visiting every week, and I couldn’t understand why any one would bother with such effort, but her reply really struck a chord. She said that you are just as worthy of visitors as having somewhere clean, tidy and pretty to live in, and why spend all the money on rent/mortgage, furniture, etc if you don’t make it pretty for yourself to live in. I’m still not very good at this and getting my husband on board is even more of a task (!) but I do try.
    See you soon too, take care xx

    1. Thank you Faye! Such a good tip on paying a handy person to do all those niggly jobs that need doing around the house. It really is crazy that we don’t make our spaces as lovely as possible when we actually live there. I remember a friend telling me that her flat was finally exactly how she’d always wanted it just as she put it on the market. And a regular pre-visitor standard clean is no more than what we deserve, I reckon. xxx

  2. Oh Miranda! I’mwriting my first comment…I’m so sad to see you go! I love rock my style and the whole team, however your posts resonate the most. Your ‘make the most of life’ attitude and focus on wellness and travel is really inspiring. Good luck with your other ventures!! X

  3. I’ll be missing your posts too! How you manage to fit in everything does baffle me slightly! I hope you manage a bit of me time soon. Looking forward to your next post x

  4. I’ve just ordered the Marie Kondo book, you’ve inspired me Miranda! (In more ways than one!)
    Such exciting times ahead for you x

  5. I echo Daphne’s comment – you truly do inspire everyone to make the most out of life, including me. I too am going to Marie Kondo the crap out of everything….I did my lingerie today – it took ages but I feel so much better!

    Make sure you book that massage 🙂

    See you soon xx

    1. Isn’t amazing the difference it makes?! It really is magical! I will definitely book that massage, although it’s such a long time since I’ve had one I really have no idea where to go, need to do some research! See you soon. xx

  6. Aww I will be sad to see you go Miranda! I also love your attitude to life… Always brightens my day & inspires me! Good luck in your next adventure xx

  7. Hey Miranda – I hope we do see you again really soon! And even though you won’t be writing for us as often your legacy will very much remain on and off the blog – there is a lot of “Kondo” action happening in my household at the moment!

    Take care now and stop by RMS and update us on everything x

  8. Nooooooooooooooo Miranda you’re my favourite! I love all the posts but you always seemed to write just what I needed at any given time! I will definitely miss your posts x

  9. Aw Miranda!! I am going to lean quite heavily on the term ‘less frequently’ in the hope that you actually will continue to write from time to time. I really enjoy reading your posts and will definitely miss your face popping up in my email inbox each time there’s a new one.

    But by the sounds of things, you need some time to step back and attend to life. Very understandable and smart. Look after yourself lady 🙂

    1. Thank you Naomi and for all your lovely comments. Yep, looking forward to attending to life, as you put it, and starting 2016 strong, totally Kondo-ed and on a beach in Goa! x

  10. I can only repeat what the others wrote above! I thoroughly enjoyed your posts and will look forward to still reading some of them from time to time! Take care of yourself!

  11. Miranda! I have never written on a blog before, not ever….doing it now feels very strange actually – like i’ve been a secret reader for years and now I’m exposed or soemthing! Anyway, I just had to write and say how sad I was to read that you’re not going to be writting as much on RMS. I always get excited when i see that it’s you that’s written the post and read it immediately. Can you say where else we can keep up with you? All the best for the future!x

    1. Hi Michelle! I’m exactly the same, have never written on a blog before, except this one, of course! Thank you for your lovely comment, so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed reading! I’m mostly writing for ASOS magazine and a local east London site at the moment. I’ll definitely be doing more online writing in the not too distant future, will post links on my Twitter and/or Instagram (both Miranda_Eason). x

  12. Oh Miranda, so sad that you won’t be around here as often. As repeated so many times above I love reading your posts on fitness and making the most of life which always seem to come just at the perfect time.
    My copy of the Flow Mindfulness magazine just arrived today and I can’t wait to settle in with that. Will keep looking out for your stuff online and all the best!xx

    1. Thank you Victoria, it’s so very lovely to hear that you enjoyed the posts and that they came along at just the right moment in your life – great minds! x

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