Amii @ Thirty

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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Selfless

Regardless of who we are, what we do, where we come from and what we own, the one thing we all possess is time.

I think it’s safe to say that most of us are a little selfish with our time – myself included. We use our time for ourselves; our first thought in allocating our time is ourself. But what about deciding to allocate your time to someone else? Why not decide, this year, to make someone or something else your priority and allocate some of your time differently? Continue reading…


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Navigating Schiphol

A few months ago, I wrote a post called Navigating BHX which gave my top tips on travelling through Birmingham Airport. We’re two weeks into the new year and I’ve already visited another frequent destination of mine – Amsterdam. Although, to be more precise, Schiphol Airport, so I thought I’d give my top tips and share my advice for this massive transport hub.

The company I work for is owned by a Dutch company and we also have Dutch customers and work in partnership with a Dutch charity. As such, I travel to the Netherlands fairly frequently (in the past 13 months, I’ve visited 7 times). Before my work obligations, I had only travelled through Schiphol Airport once – on a short stopover between the UK and New York. I hadn’t therefore spent much time at all at the airport and definitely hadn’t appreciated how huge it is. Continue reading…


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My favourite cafés in Birmingham

The food and drink scene in Birmingham really is outstanding. From restaurants and bars to coffee shops and street food vendors, Birmingham has so much to offer no matter what your tastes.

In particular, Birmingham has no end of highly-rated and recommended cafés, with an ever-emerging number of independents keen to provide great coffee, cakes and more in comfortable surroundings. Today, I’m sharing my favourites with you. Continue reading…

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New year, clearer direction

Having written my blog from August 2014 to July 2015 as a UCBlogger, I picked it back up in July 2016 to share my life and thoughts with you. After 6 months, I’ve learnt a lot more about blogging and about what people like about my blog and what resonates with them the most when they read my posts.

As we start a new year, I want to create a bit more focus on the blog and I’m therefore taking a clearer direction with what I write about. Don’t worry, I’m not turning into an obsessive healthfood blogger and I’m not going to spam you with daily craft patterns or fitness regimes; after all, I did write in November about why I love not having a niche blog. I’m still going to be me and be true to who I am, what I like, and what my life is about (the biggest compliment I get about my blog from people who know me in real life is that my writing really does sound like me). Continue reading…


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Change Your Life in 48 Hours

I’m not someone who sets New Year’s resolutions although I do have goals (some in my head and some I write down) which I work towards. Some of these goals are short-term and some are more long-term. Some of them are very specific and measurable (build my blog to x number of followers by x date) and some are much more general (aim to be positive in all that I do).

Above all else, I’ve learnt over the years that it is important to choose the kind of life you want. Decide what you want from your life, be realistic about what it will take to obtain it and, most of all, work hard to achieve it. Continue reading…


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My top 5 posts from 2016

Having re-started this blog in July, I have since written 42 posts and received nearly 3000 views. Now for some bloggers, this probably isn’t very much but I haven’t really put much work into growing and promoting my blog so I’d have been pretty chuffed to end the year with 10 views!

I love to write and to share little parts of my world with you all. Work- and life-permitting, I would like to do more with my blog in 2017 – that isn’t a New Year’s Resolution though (I’ve never been one to make resolutions).

Blogmas saw me set and complete a new challenge and I saw a lot more traffic on the blog throughout December (thanks!) so when I started looking through my stats to pull together my top 5 posts from 2016, I definitely thought it’d be all about Christmas. It really isn’t though…. Continue reading…