Amii @ Thirty

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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Top Tips for Event Planning

In the job I currently have, this time of year is always hectic because I deliver our annual client event for 65+ people. Although I’m a Marketing Manager, I’ve loved events and event planning for as long as I can remember. Even a simple dinner for friends is so much more to me than that.

I think the first ‘big’ event I organised was for my 18th birthday. I planned and hosted a black-tie, masquerade party complete with awesome home catering (thanks Mum and Grammie!) and a live band. The bug caught me from there and whilst I’ve only spent 6 months in a direct event management role, I’ve used the same skills and experiences in other roles over the years too.top tips for event planning, event management, amii at thirty, gala dinner, conferenceFor anyone looking to plan and manage an event – no matter how big or small, at home or at a venue, personal or business – these are my top tips for event planning… Continue reading…


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6 TED Talks to inspire you

I have enjoyed watching and listening to TED Talks for many years now. Whenever I have a spare 15-20 minutes in my week and want to fill it with something interesting. inspiring and entertaining, I head over to the TED podcasts, website or YouTube channel and either re-visit some of my favourite talks or look for new ones. With more than 2000 talks available in more than 100 languages and covering topics from social issues to business to science to technology and everything in between, you’ll always find something you can relate to and that sticks with you.

Today, I share my pick of 6 TED Talks to inspire you. Continue reading…


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The one resource I use everyday

It’s no secret that I am organised. Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m uncomfortable with a lack of structure, planning and processes. This is particularly so in my professional life but also pretty evident in my personal life too.

I carry a hardback day-to-page diary as well as a notebook (who am I kidding, I’m usually found with 2 or 3 notebooks – 1 for general notes, 1 for my blog, 1 for work), I also use the Notes apps on my phone and iPad and I use my work Outlook calendar (which is also synched to my phone). I like lists and mindmaps, scribbled notes and meticulously colour-coded notes. Basically, anything that contributes to maintaining a level of organisation also gives a level of calm and comfort to my world.

Around 2 years ago, I came across Trello and I’ve never looked back. 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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Christmas Jumper Day

Today is my favourite working day of the year – it’s Christmas Jumper Day! For the last 5 years, ITV’s Text Santa has been the driver for the day with them choosing a range of charities to give the collected money to. This year, though, there’s no Text Santa but a number of charities are still using Christmas Jumper Day as a fundraising opportunity. Continue reading…

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My dread of a work Christmas party

I have to admit that I am not a fan of work Christmas parties. I did go to mine this year but drove (so no drinking) and stayed for only about 2 hours. Don’t get me wrong, I like my colleagues very much. They’re a good bunch to work with, we get along well and are a great team. My opinion on work parties definitely says more about me than it does my colleagues and reaches back much further than my current employment but I’m just not comfortable in that kind of social situation. Sure, I’ve been on nights out with some of my workmates but Christmas parties are just a different situation entirely and I find them so awkward.  Continue reading…