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July probably isn’t the most obvious time for setting a new blog goal, but hey – if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing now!

I’ve talked about embracing all things local previously on Joli House, but now I’d really like to make it a focus.  I’m just as susceptible to wanderlust as the next person (girl gets it badddd sometimes), but I do like to think that you should appreciate the good stuff nearer to home too.  Just last weekend I stumbled upon previously undiscovered public footpaths very near to my home.  I like to get outdoors and run (well, jog, I’ll be honest), yet clearly I’m not done exploring just beyond my doorstep.  That’s part 1 of my goal.  To really see what’s around me.  I’m going to fully explore this PR postcode and record it here.  We’ll see how that goes.

Part 2 of my goal is people related.  I’m a people person.  Nothing interests me more than a personal success story (talking ‘success’ in terms of personal happiness here, btw), and if it’s local all the better.  I’ve written before about what success means to me and I’d really like to explore it here.  Whether your success has been academic, sporting, business or whatever, if you’re local to me and are happy to chat, I would love to interview you about your goals, strategies and general outlook.

And Part 3?  Well let’s be honest now – working with brands sure is one of the perks of blogging.  Nobody’s gonna deny that one.  The last couple of years have brought me many an opportunity and I’ve been very lucky to have had nothing but positive experiences with all my collaborations.  What’s not to like about working with those big names?  I’m certainly hoping to continue as long as they are interested in Joli House as a place to showcase their items.  What I’d like to add to this, is a focus on featuring local businesses.  I’ve recently been given the chance to work with someone fantastic who I met through a blogging workshop and who is located relatively near to me.  There’s nothing quite like working with someone you’ve already met, on a joint project and I’d love to show off the hard work of more fellow Prestonians or Lancastrians.  As a blogger it’s very easy to be attracted to those slick campaigns run by big names but I’d love to make connections with start-ups too.  I’d really like to encourage other bloggers to do the same, and any feedback on this idea would be appreciated.  Blog button or slogan maybe?  ‘Bloggers Do It Local’ haha.  Let me know what you think!

**photo from a month or so ago, playing around with long exposures on my local M55 bridge**

lily kate x

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  • Reply
    7th July 2015 at 9:29 pm

    It’s so lovely to see that you’re willing to support local/smaller brands, they’re the ones who need the exposure and support the most. These are great goals to set yourself, I think I might start exploring more in my town, there’s so much that I haven’t seen yet. Really enjoyed reading this, great post! Hope you’re having the best day!!

    -Nabeela x

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      lily kate
      8th July 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks for commenting Nabeela! I agree – the smaller brands are the ones who’d benefit most from support, rather than huge household names that probably don’t need as much exposure.
      Exploring your own town is so fun! Are you planning to blog about your adventures?
      Have a lovely day!

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    8th July 2015 at 3:13 am

    I am looking forward to seeing more of your part of the world in your blog soon. Now is as good a time to start something new, as good as any.

    • Reply
      lily kate
      8th July 2015 at 5:43 pm

      I’ll gladly take you on a virtual tour, via the blog!
      Who needs January to make goals eh?

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