As I said last year, this isn’t a new year’s resolutions post, it’s just that 2nd January happens to be ATS’s birthday and it’s always nice to reflect on one’s achievements isn’t it. To be honest, when I was planning this post in my head I was going to start by saying:


Which is kind of true, but actually, in looking back on my posts over the last year, I’ve not been quite a rubbish as I thought I had. So I think I’ll start by talking about a few things I’m proud of  from the last year…

I opened my own shop!
I’m sure you’ve heard me blather on about this elsewhere already so I’ll keep it short. I opened The Stationer, an online store selling a small selection of beautiful stationery. The first month has gone well, and after launching only in the UK, as of yesterday I am now shipping all over the world – so that’s exciting!

I travelled for ATS!
The lovely people at Insights-X took me and some other bloggers to Nuremberg, Germany to visit their expo and learn about lots of brands that are still manufacturing in that area. I wrote about the experience here, if you missed it first time around.

I appeared on a podcast!
Myke and Brad invited me to be on the Pen Addict. I was so excited, but so nervous! We talked about lots of things including my stationery map, why I got into this in the first place, and my plans to open the shop.

And the bad stuff…

Well, that can’t be summed up quite so succinctly, but as I’m sure you know by now, I lost my mother very suddenly in August. The shock of that seemed to knock out any desire I had for blogging. It all seemed so pointless after that. And kind of still does a bit, if I’m honest. Once I was slightly more back on my feet I threw my energy into the shop, so not only have I not had much motivation, but no time either. And it’s not that I don’t have ideas – I have about 30 ideas for blog posts, I just have total bloggers’ block. I just can’t write anything. But I’ll get there, I know I will. So please do stick around! I’ve got a big pile of products on my desk for review, and a list of things to write about. Life should (touch wood) be fairly quiet over the next couple of months, so I’ll be getting back on it. Promise!

So that’s what I’m focussing on for 2017 really… Getting my passion back. Quality, not quantity. There’s no point publishing things for the sake of it, you guys won’t be interested in that. And of course, I’ll be hoping to make a success of The Stationer. I want to keep the 2 things connected, but separate, if you know what I mean. I’m not 100% sure how that’ll work out, but that’s one for me to mull over, I think.

I’ve been feeling so negatively about ATS that in my head I thought I’d hardly posted this year, but looking back I’ve actually done loads! Especially in the first half of the year. So here, as I did last year, are some of my favourite photos from posts I’ve done in the last year, each linked to the post they are from.

Thank you so so much for reading ATS in 2016, and I hope you’ll stick around to see what’s next!

Tessa x