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  • Stepping out from behind the curtain....

    Stepping out from behind the curtain....
    stepping out from behind the curtain
    Photo by Spencer Pugh on Unsplash

    Hellooooooooooo!  

    I'm Maggie - founder of this little business and someone who has always felt far more comfortable hiding behind the scenes, loving the anonymity of an online business. But recently I thought, perhaps it's time to take a wee step from behind the curtain and be brave. Maybe it's not quite so scary as I'd thought, maybe it is... But hell, what harm can it do?! I am me, I can only be me, I am what I am. Maybe it's time to share...

    So here's a little introduction:

    2017 was one crazy personal year for me - I separated from my husband, moved out the family home, two rentals, moved back into the family home, lost my sweet dog Jess, sold the family home, bought a new home (which has had a continual stream of workmen in since) but you know what... I survived! My boys are happy, life is great. So maybe saying hello isn't so bad!

    I'm not a writer (in case you hadn't guessed!), so I'm going to start slowly - baby steps and all that! To ease myself from behind the curtain I thought I'd start by sharing 9 things that I love/have found/have bought/want to share each month - pictures and few words... I think I can handle that!

    Read the first 9 things post here and let me know what you think.

    Maggie xoxo

  • 4 ways to boost someone else's happiness

    4 ways to boost someone else's happiness

    We all have down days or periods of sadness, whether it's through change or circumstance or just the blues we can't seem to shift. And we all have our own processes for getting through these times.

    Receiving support from friends and family can make a huge difference. Small gestures of connection and kindness can boost our sense of self and our sense of happiness - even just for a moment.

    So many items in the XOXO range have been inspired by a friend or family member who needed a pick-me-up. Creating something just for them that would bring a smile to their face - it's something I just love to do!

    Today, I thought I'd share some of the things I like to offer friends and family to boost their happiness, even a little.

    1. Just listen

    We can get really caught up in saying the "right thing" or responding to a friend in need. In this modern world of many distractions, it's easy to lose focus on what's happening right in front of us.

    So if a friend has worries or sadness or is going through something, my first step is to simply listen, and make sure they know they're heard.

    2. Remind them of the things they've done

    When we're in a funk, it's easy to forget the goodness in the world and our lives. Small reminders of their past happiness, their brilliant qualities, and that things will be okay again, can make a huge difference.

    3. Check in a few days later

    If a friend is in crisis, we often dive right in and offer a lot of support up front. But especially for some of the bigger life news (a hard diagnosis, the loss of a loved one), it can be really important to check in after the first wave of sadness.

    Even just a text or a note to say you're thinking of them, or asking how they're doing, can help them to feel cared for and supported.

    4. Send something delightful in the post!

    Popping a gift in the post is just one of my favourite things to do! Flowers, gifts, cards - whatever will delight a friend the most.

    I recently created my happiness box for a friend who needed a little lift. Filled with fun, it's helped her to reclaim her own happiness in some small way, and I'm delighted to have helped with that.

    Full of happiness helpers, like a gratitude notepad, self care stickers, fun confetti and lots more, the happiness box is a gift that will keep on giving!

  • A little more illustration... featuring Louise Wright

    A little more illustration... featuring Louise Wright

    I'm not the biggest fan of having my photo taken (and I'm sure I'm not the only one!). But as a designer and creative, I love quirky and unusual ways to share ideas and inspiration.

    So when Louise Wright recently offered to use her incredible illustration skills to create a drawing off little me, I jumped at the chance!

    Here's what she created:

    Maggie Crosbie illustration by Louise Wright

     

    How gorgeous is that?! And she even got my necklaces and my XOXO colours and hexagons in the background.

    A HUGE thank you to Louise for her generosity and incredible talent. You can check out Louise's work and website, as well as her Etsy shop for lots more illustrated treasures.

  • How to find a reason to smile every day

    How to find a reason to smile every day

    Life has its ups and downs, that's for sure. There are hiccups and changes and grumpy moods. There are rainy days, blah days, and days when everything seems stacked against you.

    But wherever you are, whatever's going on, the things that you can control are your own thoughts, your own perceptions, and your own attitude.

    How to find a reason to smile

    It's not always easy, but finding a reason to smile - or at least a reason to hope a smile may be possible down the road - is an important step to feeling better, happier and more resilient.

    Here are our tips and suggestions for finding a reason to smile every single day:

    • Start with the basics. Did you get out of bed today? High five! Did the sun still rise? Things are going to be okay. Are you breathing? Winner!
    • Watch a go-to film or video. Dogs, cats, comedies, TED talks - the internet is full of belly laughs and inspiration. Or choose a favourite old show. (Friends re-run, anyone?)
    • Go for a walk. Being outdoors, even if it's dark, overcast or raining, can shift a mood and make you feel like you did something good for yourself.
    • Notice your favourite things. Sometimes we overlook the lovely cup of tea we make ourselves, or a favourite photo or picture on the wall. Take a moment to really let the goodness in and bring a smile to your face.
    • Give yourself a break. We can be extra hard on ourselves. If you're in a rut of self-blame or critical talk, try putting your negative thoughts on hold for an hour. Just an hour.
    • Recall a lovely memory. That time your sister made you laugh, or that day you got happy news. Even memories that are a little bittersweet can still give you a little corner of a smile.
    • Think of how you want things to be - how they're going to be. Sometimes, looking ahead to better times is the best way to keep us smiling. Dream that dream. Start feeling the happiness you will feel in the future that you're creating.

    What's making you smile today?