Zabby Allen

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Creator of @theprocrastinationpaper πŸ’™
πŸ’– SE London πŸ’–
Rainbow Hunter @incolourfulcompany 🌈
Editor @thehappynewspaper πŸ“°
Crafts Editor @caboodlemagazine βœ‚

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Networking. I can't think of many things that are more terrifying for an awkward bean like me. Unless that is, you're at an @indie_roller event. Leona hosted an indie biz meet up for our membership group at @dreamlandmargate on what we've all been told is Blue Monday. It's safe to say that ours was more of a Rainbow Monday... @totemandarrow was even wearing the 🌈 @luckydipclub socks I designed and they matched her amazing skates! Watch my latest IGTV for a 50 second snapshot of our day (Link in stories) #OfficialRainbowHunter #luckydipclub #indierollercoaster #indieroller #dreamlandmargate #forthedreamers #handmadefilmmaking
I'm gradually getting better at saying no and at learning I can't do EVERYTHING! This month is the last month I'm working as an illustrators' agent, and while saying goodbye to the financial security of that weekly work scares the crap outta me, I know it's time to move on and start putting my own business first for the first time ever πŸ’– #youcantdoallofthethingsallofthetime #wishmeluck
Back in 2016, my most liked Instagram picture was a photo of this house... And @kurtisparker9 took it. It's safe to say he was pretty pleased with himself πŸ˜‚ I went and found it myself on my birthday... So let's see if we can beat Kurtis' 758 likes shall we? πŸ˜‰ #OfficialRainbowHunter #prettycitylondon #doortraits #abmlifeiscolorful #acolorstory #colourinmysquare #incolourfulcompany
Summoning all my Girl Power to get through January... πŸ™ˆ Obviously I have a soft spot for this month because it's my birthday month, but that also makes it even harder to get into the swing of things!

I'm trying to be a bit more consistent with scheduling my time this year, but so far have completely failed. I guess with all the changes to my work life that are happening at the moment that's to be expected and it'll take a little while to get into the swing of things. February is just around the corner eh? πŸ˜… #SpreadTheGirlPower (πŸ“· by @kaytipeschke)
Instead of forcing myself to get back to my desk and back to the work I knew I needed to be doing, I decided to take some time last week (and this morning) to organise, get prepared and set some goals for the year ahead. I feel so much better for it.

2018 was the first year since setting up my business in 2015 that I stopped to think about the work I was doing and what I actually wanted. It's easy to get stuck in the moment, in the stresses of everyday life, without stopping to take stock of what you've achieved and all you want to achieve. It's just as important to be aware of the things that aren't making you happy, as it is your hopes and dreams. I know it's not always easy to put changes into action, but being aware of how you feel is the first step. 
If you have any interest in my goals for 2019 (and what I achieved last year) you can read my latest blog post πŸ’– I realised today that this is the first year that all the goals I set were focused around ME, rather than the business. This is the year of putting myself first, because my business can't run without me can it? πŸ™ˆ One of my goals is to be more organised, further in advance, to stop myself getting overwhelmed and taking on too much. So, the patch wall has become the patch wardrobe doors, to make way for this giant whiteboard. Along with that, my @thehappycolourshop wall planner and my trusty bullet journals, I feel pretty organised for the year ahead. Now let's see how this lasts πŸ˜‚

Honestly where did 2018 go? πŸ‘€ Here's my annual NYE poem, inspired by @emilycoxhead! Thanks to @jacquelinecolley for the illustrations, they're from a printable you can download on her website. Go and write down the things that you are proud of from 2018, you won't regret it! πŸ’– Happy New Year everyone, thank you SO much for your support this year, it's quite literally kept me going!

#incolourfulcompany #luckydipclub #thehappynewspaper #caboodlemagazine #officialrainbowhunter #WasteSomeTimeOffline #DungareeAppreciationSociety #dungareesanddoughnotts
It's the final day to subscribe to @theprocrastinationpaper if you wanna get your hands on Issue 1 and #WasteSomeTimeOffline in 2019!

Big thanks to @xantheb for making this wonderful animation of the Welcome Pack you receive when you sign up πŸ’Œ

Thank you so much for all of your subscriptions so far, this is a proper passion project for me (and also a steep learning curve) so your support means the world!! πŸ’–
We drove for 8 hours today to Scotland for a very special reason. My Grandma, Tobygran, will be celebrating her 90th birthday! She is one of the kindest and most interesting people I know, so here are just a few TG facts for you:
- She was born in India on the 1st January, 5 minutes after midnight NYE!
- Growing up, TG had her own tiny zoo and one of her best friends was a mongoose called Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.
- In 1954 her and her mum were part of the first all female crew to win the Round the Island Yacht Race.
- She's the original Editor in the family and edited her Parish Magazine, Grapevine, for years (I used to love finding clip art for her).
- She has conducted over 300 funerals as a lay preacher and has made many friends along the way.
- In the 60s TG compiled a sailing dictionary in 8 languages and as far as I'm aware she only speaks 3 and only one fluently...
- She built a boat in her living room. The door to the room had to be removed as it was too big to get out!

What a woman. Happy New Year everyone! πŸŽ‰ I'll share my annual New Year's Eve poem on New Year's Day instead, bet you can't wait πŸ˜‚
I have always been a good procrastinator, I blame my Dad. Don't say yes to a cup of tea if he asks you, you could be waiting some time πŸ˜‚ I loved reading all about how my self employed colleagues cope at this time of year, so thanks for commenting on my last post! Although I've had to work a bit this year (due to the launch of @theprocrastinationpaper), I've also been sure to do a lot of procrastinating! There's still lots of work to do... But for now I'm going to go and #WasteSomeTimeOffline
As a self-employed person I always struggle a bit with this time of year. All the work I know I still have to do lingers at the back of mind and I find it difficult to fully switch off. Then on days like today, as I slowly start going back to work, I feel guilty for not just ignoring it and spending time with loved ones. Plus I'm constantly distracted by all the leftover food and all the classic films on TV! Anyone found a happy balance? I think I'll always be a workaholic who is excellent at procrastinating tbh!
(πŸŽ„ This beautiful tree belongs to @judithinwonderland and it graced an old Girl Planet cover... You should check Judith's account for 2018's tree! 😍) #incolourfulcompany #luckydipclub #judithinwonderland #officialrainbowhunter #christmaslimbo
If you told me at the beginning of 2018 that by the end of the year I would have launched my own mini monthly magazine I'm not sure I would have believed you. A lot has happened in the past 12 months and I'm going to spend some time over the next few days looking back at all I've achieved and figuring out how to make 2019 work for me. I'm just making this all up as I go along tbh... but so far it's going OK 🀞 THANK YOU for all your subscriptions to @theprocrastinationpaper so far, we're very close to 100 subscribers, which was my target for issue 1! πŸŽ‰ #WasteSomeTimeOffline #MakingItUpAsIGoAlong
Well taking it easy hasn't exactly gone to plan so far, but you lot have kept me busy with all your @theprocrastinationpaper subscriptions, so THANK YOU πŸ’™πŸ’› I've been working from the sofa office at least (mainly because my studio was so messy I couldn't face it), cutting out lots of bits for the Paper and packing pins for a big @lucyandyak wholesale order. 
NEXT WEEK will be all about relaxing... Though let's face it, I can't seem to stay away from work for too long. Are you still at work or are you winding down for Christmas? πŸŽ„πŸ’– #OfficialRainbowHunter #prettycitylondon #doortraits