Happy Holidays & Positive Thinking

Happy Belated Christmas to you all, and an early Happy New Year!

DSC_0370I’ve had a couple of days off work, and aside from spending time with my loved ones, I’ve also spent a lot of time watching back to back Dexter on Netflix (yes, I’m late to the show on this one but now I’m officially hooked.)
I just wanted to talk (type?) a little about 2015. I’m not usually one for New Year’s Resolutions, I’m usually of the mind set that a new year really doesn’t change much. This year it’s a little different, I’m facing a lot of changes and with this brings a new eagerness for life. I’ll be starting a new job in January, which I’m both nervous and excited about. I currently work with the best group of people, and it’ll be sad that we’re all parting ways but I feel like I really have made friends for life. I’ll be closing the chapter on a few things and I’ll be approaching what I like to think of as a new lease of life.
I have a few practical goals for 2015; find my own home, be successful in my new job, release a new book, perhaps get back to learning to drive. More so than these, I feel the importance to strip back to basics of what’s important to me.
Over the past year or so I’ve been dealing with anxiety and panic attacks, and so have people who are very close to me. This is a sentiment that I’d like them to apply to themselves, and for you to do so as well.

Life can be so fast-paced, days blur into one and it’s easy to fall into habits. It’s easy to get weighed down by daily stresses and stresses that you create in your own head (guilty!) There’s a lot to be said about simply taking time out of your day to be kind to yourself, and this is my main goal for 2015. For me, being kind to myself can simply mean allowing myself to sit down with a book, quiet music in the background and a relaxing candle. I’ve been doing more of this over the past month or so, and it really helps with my anxiety. A lot of people feel as though they don’t deserve to take this time for themselves, simply don’t need to, or the idea of which just isn’t on their radar. I’ve found myself preaching the importance of this to a close friend of mine, and we’ve spent nights going through guided meditation techniques in order to take a step back from our stress and anxiety.
I’m not saying we should all go join a meditation group, but it’s so important to do what makes you feel good, something positive for yourself. Treat yourself in a way you would treat a loved one. It’s a small step to self-acceptance.
With this in mind, I also want to take the time to re-discover the things I was once passionate about, things that I’ve allowed my troubles to interfere with; be it education, creativity and anything else in between.

I don’t know if this really makes an awful lot of sense, but I feel like I lost myself for a while and I want to start the journey towards finding myself again. If any of you have found yourself feeling the same way in recent times, I implore you to do the same. Kindness towards yourself really will go a long way.

– E
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14 day countdown.

Hi Guys!

Apologies for my silence over the past few days, I’ve been incredibly busy and it’s suddenly hit me that despite spending the past 2/3 weeks thinking I’m ready for the book to be out NOW, I have since since decided that actually I would like another year or so to prepare. Still, you know what they say, the show must go on! Everything is ready to go, it’s just nerves creeping in.
Although (the small amount of) feedback has been positive so far, far more positive than I could have expected, I’m now constantly plagued by thoughts of things I think I should have done, things I’d change and an overwhelming dislike for the entire book. I’m taking this as a positive thing, I think if I were too happy with it then it leaves very little room for improvement and no drive to continue with the next book. Hopefully, when the nerves disappear, I’ll grow to have a small fondness for “I Haven’t Lived At All,” maybe.

In other news, response to my offer of reviews has been overwhelming. I have a brilliant pile of books next to my bed ready to get started on and I can’t wait to begin posting regular reviews. Of course, this relies heavily on having spare time- of which I have very little at the moment! It’s been great to return to reading though, I’ve allowed myself to become too caught up in the release of this book and many of my simple enjoyments in life have been neglected and this is helping me change that!

My 200 ‘like’ give away is still running, don’t forget to enter and share!

If you want to receive “I Haven’t Lived At All” by the release date, be sure to place your order soon!

Click here to go to the store!
Ebooks are also now available for pre-order!

Don’t forget to come say hi over on Facebook and Twitter (company and kind words would be most appreciated right now!)

I’m going to go hide in bed for a short while now to get over the feeling of being completely overwhelmed (I’m officially a fish out of water!)
Speak soon 🙂

-E
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‘200 like’ Giveaway!

Hi!

I did keep saying that once my facebook page hits 200 likes I would launch a give away, of course I’m keeping to my word; here we have it!

To be in the chance to win a complete package of:

1 x Paperback “I Haven’t Lived At All”
1 x ‘Beat’ Poster
2 x Quote Postcards

Just follow the instructions below!
The winner will be selected at random by Rafflecopter.
Open internationally!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

Don’t forget to tell everyone about this giveaway too, the more the merrier! 🙂
(Unfortunately wordpress doesn’t support embed codes so I can’t add the widget to this post- sorry!)

THANK YOU for all of your support,
and good luck!

-E
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25 days!

Hi All!

Saturday updates seem to be becoming a bit more of a regular thing (can we guess what my day off from the full time job is?!)
I’ve had a bit of a busy morning, and you may or may not notice that I’ve had a bit of an update of this blog! I wanted to add more content but keep it as user friendly as possible, I hope I’ve achieved this, what do you think?
You may also notice that a new section has been added, titled ‘Reviews.’ I’ve been debating this for a while, and the idea of it has been really appealing but I’ve had to weigh up if I physically have the time. I’ve decided I will make time, so I am now offering reviews for books! As a writer, I’ve discovered just how hard the whole process of getting your book out there can be so I can think of nothing better than helping other writers in any way I can.
If you’re interested in having me review your book, take a look in the review section for details!

I’ve also made a few changes to my main website; evelynknightley.co.uk I just wanted to simplify it even further and hopefully it’s more visually pleasing as a result!

If you’ve visited my store, you’ll know that I’m offering handwritten & framed poems, the other day I worked on creating the first one and though it’s not perfect and some things will be slightly changed (such as the type of wax seal used) here is the finished result!
You can order this here
Use code FREESHIPPING

A few more little updates;

  • I’m nearly at 200 likes on my facebook page, don’t forget I’ll be hosting a giveaway when I reach that mark, so get liking!
  • I did something pretty exciting this week, and I can’t wait to share this with you!
  • You can now follow this blog on bloglovin’ 
  • 25 days until “I Haven’t Lived At All” is officially released, oh my!!!

-E
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Show your support!

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Helloooo Saturday!
After a long week of work, I’m now back in my favourite place; in front of my iMac in my pyjamas (…at 3pm, oops!)
I wanted to compile a list of ideas of ways YOU can all support me; because for this to book to mean anything to anyone people need to know about, and I need your help to make that happen. There are so many ways that are free, quick and easy to do this.

Want to know how you can support “I Haven’t Lived At All,” keep on reading!

  • Like my page on Facebook– did I mention I’ll be holding a giveaway of my book when the page hits 200 likes, so share the link with your friends too!
  • Follow me on twitter- Come say hi, let’s have a chat 🙂 Tell people to follow me as well, the more the merrier!
  • Add my book on Goodreads- You can let your friends know that you want to read this book, and once you have, you can rate it and leave a review so I know (and your friends know) if you liked it!
  • My book is on amazon too- This means you can rate it and review it there too!
  • You can pre-order my book- I’ve created a store so you can pre-order my book and other little bits of merchandise! You can also tweet the links or add them to pinterest 🙂
  • If you run a blog or website, you can post a review or promotion for the book. Just email me a link and I can post it on my blog too!
  • Oh, you can follow me on wordpress too! If you like 🙂
  • Make some graphics with quotes from the book on! Everybody loves to see something visually pleasing- I know I do!

If you have any other ideas, just let me know! I’m working hard, but I still need your help and support!

If you’re interested in reviewing the book or interviewing me, just send an email to contact@evelynknightley.co.uk

Here’s some that have already been posted!

I hope you’re all having a lovely day 🙂

– E
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