Welcome to Life in Notions!  

My name is Christine Meerman-Cooper, and I am a part-time blogger and YouTuber.  I live in Scotland with my wonderful husband, Tim (who built this amazing website), our two beautiful Alaskan Malamutes, Lila and Rumo, and our adorable cat, Milo (who is actually a girl, despite having a boy’s name).  

Life in Notions is the realisation of my dream to work for myself, doing what I love.  Most of my working life, I have been employed in the legal sector; I have also run my own retail business, worked as a marketing consultant, and done a lot of fundraising for causes close to my heart.  In 2014, I trained for months, and undertook an Arctic expedition through unexplored territory in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, with a team of 22 Alaskan Malamutes. I even got to name a mountain!

The idea for this site grew out of a spontaneous New Year’s resolution I made back in 2015: to do a new thing a day.  Each day, I attempted to try out something I had never done before; it did not have to be big or difficult, just something new.  By the end of 2015 I had learned a lot of new skills, recipes, crafts, been to new places, met new people, and had some amazing experiences.  The most notable (and completely unexpected) result of putting myself through these daily challenges was that my self-confidence grew exponentially.  And somehow this translated into me finally overcoming one of my biggest fears: fear of the unknown.   

By the end of 2016, I had started a YouTube channel.  Putting myself out there should have been scary, but actually it turned out to be pretty fun!  Previously unable to commit to the time required to film and edit video content regularly, the videos were uploaded in fits and starts.  Now, I have finally decided to go all out, and give it my best shot. 

I know that most internet gurus will tell you to pick one theme and stick with it.  But that just isn’t me.  This website is a reflection of my many different interests.  That is why I came up with the name Life in Notions.  You just never know what I am going to do next!  But if I had to summarize what this website is all about, I would say that, for the most-part, it revolves around lifestyle, constant learning, and trying out new things to see how we can better ourselves, and our lives in general.

There are articles, videos, photo galleries, even a shop for you to browse, covering an eclectic range of topics, ideas and products.  But remember: this website is brand new and we are just at the beginning of what promises to be an extremely fun and interesting journey of discovery by trial and error.  Tim and I both sincerely hope you enjoy your visit to our site!  

Happy browsing!

Christine xx

01 October 2017