Clipart Birthday Cake

A year ago, this week my website was born and the first article posted. Some of you may remember that it was originally called Unclutter My World. Which was changed to Unclutter Your Universe in June of this year when I decided to expand and include a lifestyle mentoring/coaching business, to compliment the blog. Those of you who are long time members of the #everydaystyle community on Instagram. May remember my first outfit pic that was posted in February 2016, from my personal account. Back then I was on a mission to build my self confidence and rediscover my own style. I had been watching from the side lines for a while, before taking the plunge and posting my first pics to the page. The support from this amazing network of women changed my life for ever. I now have the confidence to be my own stylist and choose clothing that makes me sparkle every day. This wonderful community is a mixture of bloggers, social media pro’s and everyday women who love clothes and that come together and inspire each other to make the effort to get dressed in something they love every single day. The more I engaged with the blogging community, the more I wanted to be part of it and have my own address in the blogosphere. Which eventually did happen and my first blog post was published on 9 October 2016.

First Instagram Post


This first year has been a very steep learning curve for me as I struggled to come to grips with the world of social media and get my head around the technology that drives it. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that I would have mastered the things that I have and be able complete technical tasks without relying on the step by step instruction book with diagrams, written by the Teen Techie. Yes, there is still so much that I need to master to be able to publish the blog and newsletter by myself. But for a 48yr old who grew up in an era where computers were not part of your everyday learning at school, I think I’ve done amazingly well and am super proud of myself for getting this far.


On the website “Why I post to Instagram” & “Mid season wardrobe unclutter” were the first year’s articles that received the most views. “Is your SS17 Read for Action” & “Is your Master Bedroom a Luxurious Retreat?” were the first year’s articles with the most comments.


Out of all the pics that I’ve posted to Instagram since October 2016 this one has had the most post likes and “It’s My Birthday” was the pic with the most comments.

Highest Instagram likes and comments


Deciding to launch the mentor/coaching business has meant that I needed to return to the classroom to gain the necessary small business management skills which partnered with my social work qualifications would give me the confidence and know how to get this next venture off the ground. The business side of things is something that is very foreign to me and is really challenging a different side of my brain that is now having to work overtime to master and retain this new knowledge. The legislation that relates to taxation and government levies is very complex, and one that I would rather not have to become involved in. But as any small business owner knows, this is something that cannot be ignored and needs to be incorporated into daily business activities. It’s a box that needs to be ticked, so that I can get out and start working with clients. If you’ve ever engaged the services of a mentor/coach, I ‘d love to know your thoughts on the process?


To enable me to keep providing a space and content that you love and want to connect with, I’ve compiled a quick survey that I hope you will complete. This is a confidential survey that is completed on an independent platform, that enables you to provide answers without me knowing who has said what, while still allowing me to get to know you that much better.

Complete Survey


Thank you so much for being part of the Unclutter Your Universe community.

Jenni XXX

  • Happy 1st birthday! I love these back in time pics – you can see how your confidence has grown. I’ve jumped on to complete the survey.

    • Jo, Thanks so much for noticing the gain in my self confidence and for completing the survey, it’s much appreciated.

      • You’re very welcome. I just love how your head is up and straight at the camera. I can’t believe I haven’t been following you on instagram. That has just been rectified.

  • Happy blogoversary!

  • Happy blog birthday! There’s a lot to learn in blogging but it’s surprising how fast we can all pick it up!

    • Thanks Ness, what has really been an amazing discovery is my keenness to learn the tech stuff.

  • Happy first bloggiversary! I love this post! I’ve been clicking on all your links to catch up on the posts I haven’t previously read!

    One year of blogging is a huge achievement definitely worth celebrating!


  • Woo! Happy bloggerversary! I have to agree with you that it’s a steep learning curve. I’m still learning after year two 🙂

    • Thanks Kat, I’m sure that being part of something that’s home is on the world wide web we will always be learning to keep abreast of the changes in technology.

  • Congrats on your first anniversary Jenni! So much hard work has definitely paid off, and you look so confident in your everydaystyle photos, it’s awesome. Well done!

  • Happy Anniversary! Sounds like your hard work is starting to pay off.

  • sydneyshopgirl

    Happy blog anniversary, Jenni!

    SSG xxx

  • Big congrats on this worthy milestone!! I filled out your survey too. I am glad you join in over at my blog each Monday. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 39/52. Next week: Letter to My 20 year old Self.

    • Denyse, Thanks so much for participating in the survey and also for hosting the Monday link up. I had never seen the blog linkups before until coming across yours when I joined the blog exchange. Since joining the linkup my blog audience has increased a great deal.

  • Kerrie Wallace

    Congrats on your first year!!!! And keep up the good work!

  • Alicia-OneMotherHen

    Happy blog birthday! There is so much to learn about blogging that just writing posts! Well done to you for getting this far! x

  • Yay for reaching a year!

  • I’m doing the survey as we speak (I type!). Happy anniversary and congratulations on how much you’ve learned in such a short time. I’ve been blogging since 2009 and sometimes feel there’s a lot of stuff I don’t know! #teamlovinlife

  • Kathy Marris

    I’ve already completed your survey Jenni. Happy blog birthday and keep up the good work. #TeamLovinLife

    • Thanks so much Kathy, I really appreciate your participation in the survey and also subscribing to the weekly newsletter.

  • Min Gillespie

    Happy 1st Blogiversary! Congratulations for creating such a wonderful blog and overcoming all the technical and social media obstacles! I know how it is. There’s so much to learn and take on board. It can be overwhelming. I’ve been blogging for 5 years and I still have much to learn. xo

  • writeofthemiddle

    Happy 1st Blogiversary! Congratulations for creating such a wonderful blog and overcoming all the technical and social media obstacles! I know how it is. There’s so much to learn and take on board. It can be overwhelming. I’ve been blogging for 5 years and I still have much to learn. xo

    • Thanks Min, Every time I think i’m on top of the social media stuff, instagram or facebook change something and I’m back to square one all over again.

  • Congrats on reaching a new milestone – I remember how pleased I was to achieve a whole year of blogging and to see how far I’d come – nice that you can too. Hope you get to achieve many more x