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Liebster Award 2017

I’ve noticed this tag doing the rounds again so was delighted when the lovely Cody nominated me to take part. You should honestly go check out her blog, it’s great!

 

The rules for accepting the Liebster Award are as follows

  • Thank the person who has nominated you for the award and post their link in this post
  • Display the award on your blog
  • Write a 150-300-word post about one of your favourite blogs that is not your own
  • Post 10 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve this award and provide links to them in your post
  • Answer 10 questions that your nominator has asked you
  • Ask your nominees 10 questions
  • Let your nominees know that you have nominated them for the Liebster Award

 

So firstly, a massive

 

 

to Cody for the chance to do this. As said above, head over to her blog and read her ten facts if you’d like to – https://codyeward.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/the-liebster-award/

 

One of my all-time favourite blogposts I have read has to be Anxiety and Me by Francesca over at Bella Momento. In this post, Francesca talked about her own experience with anxiety and I honestly could never imagine having the courage to post such a personal piece of writing. In fact, I’ll be honest and say that the first time I read this post, I ended up crying for her and just wanting to send a massive hug. There was one paragraph that really resonated with me, and reminded me that we often look for people who’ve gone through something similar to our situations. I love reading Francesca’s blog at the best of times but this really was one of my favourites.  Be sure to go check her out!

 

 

Ten Random Facts:

  1. My top three tv shows at the minute are Grey’s Anatomy, The West Wing, and You Me Her.
  2. The one TV couple I will always love more than any other is Mark Sloan and Lexie Grey (Grey’s Anatomy)
  3. I have developed a hatred towards apples because when I was 7 my mum wanted me to lose weight so instead of toast every morning I ate an apple. While it did help with the weight loss, I grew to hate apples and still struggle to have more than a bite of one.
  4. One thing I can never say no to is sorbet, as long as it isn’t coconut.
  5. I’m that weird person who actually kinda likes the bounty sweets in the celebrations tub
  6. I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy in 2 months when I was 13 years old.
  7. The longest I’ve ever stayed awake is 52 hours and by the time I fell asleep I was close to tears I was that tired.
  8. I don’t get the hype about either the Kardashians (to the point I just googled how to spell their surname) or Beyoncé.
  9. My dream pet is a turtle or a penguin, however I’d simply settle for owning ever single type of dog.
  10. I can’t wait to finish at university and work towards becoming a teacher!

 

 

Questions from Cody

  1. What’s the best thing about your home town?
    Haha anyone who knows Lisburn will know there’s nothing good about it, except that the cinema there is cheap as anything! I seriously resent paying £8 to see a film when it’s £4.50 at home.
  2. What do you want to be doing in 5 years time?
    I want to be teaching in a primary school, and coming home to my own place.
  3. Who was/is your teenage crush?
    Which one? I’d have to say either Emma Watson or Brittany Snow. But please don’t ask me to choose one of them!
  4. Who is your favourite novelist?
    Robert Muchamore. The Cherub Series was my favourite book series ever and I’m heartbroken that I haven’t finished it yet! Might need to go find it…
  5. What’s your favourite thing about being a blogger?
    I love having somewhere to come to and just say everything that’s going through my head, even if no one ever reads it.
  6. What mythical creature do you wish where real?
    Definitely mermaids. I want to be a mermaid. Have you seen Ariel??
  7. Where’s your dream place to live?
    Ibiza! Have you not read my post on my favourite place on earth?
  8. What’s your go to fashion item?
    My jeans… I’m not much of a fashionista! Although, one accessory I couldn’t live without is my Michael Kors handbag. I bought it as a one-off treat to myself that I plan on having for years to come.
  9. Who would be your dream blogging collaboration? (brand or another blogger)
    I’ll be honest and say I have actually no idea! There isn’t any particular person or brand, mainly because I never really thought about it or planned on any.
  10. Describe your style in 3 words?
    Comfy, casual, and off-the-floor!

 

 

My nominees are:

Zoe                                   Jordanne                               Francesca                                  Hannah

Katy                                    Eloise                                           Kate                                         Lucy

 

My questions to you:

  1. What’s your favourite type of takeaway?
  2. Did you ever dream of changing your name, and if so what to?
  3. Do you believe in regretting things?
  4. How many pets have you owned in total?
  5. What made you start blogging?
  6. Who is one person you want to thank for being there for you?
  7. Where is your dream holiday location?
  8. What are your top three tv shows?
  9. If you won the lottery tonight, what would you spend it on?
  10. Who was your number one crush growing up?

 

 

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You Are A Badass

Well the first book of 2017 has been read, and I’m quite proud to say that I sat down to write this review within minutes of closing the book!

You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero is the first self-help book I’ve ever read and I am actually so happy that I did. I’m probably going to struggle to review it, to be honest, but I can honestly say that it motivated me and made me really question myself in a good way.

The back of the book is as follows (is it still a blurb? Who knows, but blurb is a funny word):

YOU ARE A BADASS IS THE SELF-HELP BOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY WANT TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES BUT DON’T WANT TO GET BUSTED DOING IT.
In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice and easy exercises, helping you to:

– Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want

– Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW

– Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.
By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.
Jen Sincero is a bestselling author and success coach who has helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her newsletters, seminars, private sessions, public appearances, articles, products, and books. A few years ago, Jen said goodbye to her home in California in order to travel the world indefinitely and encourage as many people as possible to live lives of unbridled awesomeness. You can find out more and sign up to her newsletter at jensincero.com

Personally? I loved this book. Couldn’t recommend it strongly enough! In fact, I’m already sending it to someone else to read so they can enjoy it as much as I did. Sincero has a way of writing that is both humourous and to the point. She tells you exactly what’s wrong with you, but in a jokey way so it doesn’t feel like an attack. The number of times I had to stop reading for a minute because “damn this girl is right, it’s like she knows me!” was all I could think.

Each chapter is short and to the point, making it easy to follow like a day to day guide or a chapter a night kind of thing. I did it this way so I could fully digest what I had read, think about it a bit, and possibly start acting on it.

 

It’s a great read, and one I would strongly encourage you all to read.

 

If you want to keep up with what I’m reading throughout the year, add me on GoodReads – Lifewithktkinnes.

 

 

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Wednesdays

I hate Wednesdays. There, I said it. They aren’t that different from my Mondays to be honest, but for some reason Wednesday feels worse.

 

For some reason, I never get my hair washing schedule right and so my alarm clock starts yelling at me in Spanish from 6:30am – I like giving myself a warning, and the song reminds me of Ibiza. The flat is freezing, and I hate the fact that I’m awake. My eyes open, and I’m reminded that once again my room is a mess and needs tidied. But today’s not the day for sorting that.

 

Showered and cold, I shuffle back to my room wearing the slippers that need to be washed but never get a chance to wash because I wear them daily. Is there time to curl up under the duvet again for 10 minutes? Or is that a bad idea – it’s not going to get any easier regardless of the time!
If I’m being prepared, I’ve laid out clothes for today. Most of the time though I have to scramble around for anything other than yesterday’s clothes. Rush through the skin care routine, start drying my hair, and have either Spotify or Sky Go on beside me. Couldn’t get through without them.
Then it’s time for breakfast. A chance for a nice cup of tea or coffee, depending on how long it’s taken me to get ready! Otherwise, I’m out the door and away to a lecture on the top floor of an awfully tall building. It’s boring as anything, and an hour later I trek back to the flat. Now I’ve a break. I can do dishes, tidy, anything really. But I’ve to leave again before 11. Then we have forensics. This is actually kinda cool, and I love learning something completely different. However, I’ve to then practically run to the next building and up 14 flights of stairs to the next lecture – physics. I hate physics with a passion. Don’t ask me why I’m studying it. I attempt to take notes and learn something until 1 o’clock but by then I’m shattered.

Home for lunch, I either grab a meal deal from Tesco, or pray I was nice to myself and prepared lunch the night before. Normally, I just grab whatever I have handy in the flat. Eat quickly, leave the laptop on my desk charging, find the programming notebook, and try to take even a 5 minute nap to get me through the next 3 hours of my life.

For some reason, I decided to take a programming course this year and I suck at it, to put it mildly. I hate it. The next three hours drag and I look like a complete idiot sitting there beside all these really smart computer people. they all know what they’re doing, and I’m just there clicking things and hoping for the best. By the time the clock hits 5pm, I feel like I’ve been shot at and hit.

 

I finally get back to the flat and clear whatever notifications I have on my phone, before starting to consider dinner. And don’t expect me to go to any socials – by 8pm I’m ready for my bed, and it’s time to sit and write a few blog posts.

 

It mightn’t sound like a bad day, but it’s just exhausting and all I want to do is skip over it. Do you have any days you hate or don’t like?

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My Favourite Place On Earth

Trying to bring something happy back to my blog, I wanted to talk to you about one of my favourite places on earth – Ibiza Sol Beach House, Santa Eulalia.

 

My friends who read this blog are probably laughing. I talk about Ibiza so frequently, and you’ll probably find so many posts about it if you use the search feature at the bottom of my blog. In fact, I first started blogging just a few weeks before our first journey there back in 2014. Back then, that version of the hotel is probably my favourite place on earth. It was redecorated and changed so much before the 2015 season, and while I love the new place, the old one is the one I dream about when I remember the happiest place I’ve been in years.

 

I remember stepping off the bus the first time and looking at this yellow and orange hotel in the back end of nowhere. I remember my excitement at the first holiday ever without my granny. The heat and the sun, the tress that surrounded the place, and the peacefulness that just oozed from the building. We lugged our cases up the steps, past the security guard, and into the lobby. Honestly? It was like we’d walked back into the 70s or something. The average age of the guests we could see was probably around 60. It was my first time in an adults only hotel and already I was a little nervous. We went straight down for lunch in the pool bar – a narrow little thing with about 20 tables and covered by a canvas. The menus covered everything from a snack to a light lunch to a full blown dinner if that’s what you wanted, all for less than 15 euro. The staff seemed friendly enough, but we were annoyed by the number of smokers around. I don’t care how they word it in the aw books, but to me ‘inside’ is anything with a roof over your head.

 

It rained that first day, up until about 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Eventually, Rachel and I decided to ignore the weather and jump into the pool. It was so strange not having other kids in playing, and most of the adults stuck to the shallow end, so we were free to play about and do handstands and the likes as much as we wanted. Our shrieks drew some attention from the staff, who would look over at us and laugh when they saw us messing around. Even the older couples lying in the sun sat up and stared at where this new noise was coming from. We were having a ball and couldn’t wait for the rest of the holiday.

 

 

The food that night was pretty good. We were shown to a nice little table inside the restaurant and were handed a wine list. Here began my love for Campo Viejo, even if it was warm the first night we had it! Mum being Mum, caused a scene and embarrassed me and Rachel by giving off to one of the waiters that the wine was warm and insisted on an ice bucket. They never again served us warm white wine… Dinner was lovely, and it was exciting to know that we could have as much or as little as we wanted. That night, we saw the first show and fell in love with the place even more!

 

I won’t bore you with a full blow by blow of what we did each day. Instead, this is the review that I wrote when we got back.

 

Brilliant holiday! Fantastic hotel in a fantastic location. After a 2 week stay, I was sorry to leave the hotel and all the lovely staff. Been home for 2 weeks now and already booked to go back next summer whilst still considering going again at the end of August if possible! With beautiful views and a spotless pool area, this is definitely a place I would recommend to anyone wanting a quieter Ibiza stay. The town of Santa Eulalia is only a 15 minute walk away in the heat of the afternoon and hosts a wide range of shops, restaurants, cafes and things to do.

Whilst the hotel was sold to us as ‘on the beach’, it isn’t. However, it is right on the coastline which offers some spectacular views if you care to take a stroll along the paths right beside the hotel. The pool area and bar were kept clean and there was always a lifeguard at hand to deal with anything. Despite the warnings against saving sunbeds, everyone does it and so to get the same place every day you may need to be down before breakfast. However, there are more than enough beds for everyone and it was never difficult to find 4 together for my family.

Entertainment for the night is advertised from around 1 o’clock outside the entertainment lounge and was quite good considering the range of ages of the guests. If the entertainment isn’t to your liking, the piano bar and terrace area are brilliant places to go for an after dinner chat and the staff are always willing to chat and help in any way they can. Without them, the holiday wouldn’t have been as much of a success so a quick thanks to José, José Luis, Alvaro, Angel and Tony for making this such a memorable holiday!

Being half board, we thought we may venture out into the town for evening meals. This turned out to be unnecessary as the food was of excellent standards. With enough for everyone at all times, there were no queues and everyone was always very welcoming and happy to help in whatever way they could. For those leaving the hotel before the restaurant opens, reception is happy to take your name and room number and ensure you get access to your full breakfast just slightly earlier than normal.

Don’t worry about paying for a sea view room though as most rooms overlook the sea! We asked for a high up room and found ourselves on the 6th floor overlooking the sea out towards Es Canar, a beautiful view considering we were expecting to not get a sea view!

A few minor complaints unfortunately but nothing that would put us off returning! The maid service came around early in the mornings and there were a few times we were leaving the room at 8:30 to go for breakfast to find the maid right outside our door. On the other hand, they were fantastic at being thorough and we never found any faults with their work so thank you! The rooms and balconies are quite small but adequate for all the time we spent in them. The hotel shop has a lot in it but you’d better be quick if you’re wanting to buy anything as it closes at 1 o’clock each day and doesn’t reopen until the next morning.

Overall, this is a fantastic hotel and I can’t wait to return! I hope this helps you decide this is the hotel for you. People of all ages can find something to love about Sol Ibiza regardless of what you enjoy. Can’t wait to return next year

I still struggle to explain why I love that place so much. It sounds cliche and overused, but that place was one of the few I’ve felt 100% safe and comfortable. It was the first holiday I enjoyed and didn’t want to leave. The staff and people we met there feel like family, and saying goodbye to them for the last time back in July 2016 was the most painful thing I’ve done. People can laugh at me all they want, but I do plan on going back sometime. I plan on returning and seeing the faces smiling back at me as I order a mojito at the bar, and make fun of José Luis for being grumpy and stomping around the place because he had to finish his break a couple of minutes earlier. When someone asks me what I would do if money were no object, my answer is simple – buy the hotel from the owners, restore its former glory of being somewhere affordable and good for everyone, bring back the staff who quit or were fired because they didn’t agree with the management’s “modern” views, and take all my family and friends there for a month. I’d spend every weekend there. Finish class at 1pm on a Friday, get to the airport, fly across to Ibiza, and get to the hotel on time for an evening meal back in the restaurant. I’d spend the night propping up the bar and chatting to anyone and everyone as they came back from their evening walks, or enjoyed the evening’s entertainment. I’d go to Es Canar when the bar closed, and sit on the beach talking to my friends until dawn, before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. Saturday and Sunday would be spent by the pool, or walking down to the town centre and nosying in the shops. All before a final dinner on Sunday night, and a flight back to Glasgow – getting me home on time for my 9am lecture on Monday.
Do you have a place that you’ll always be happy no matter what, or a dream that you know is unrealistic yet you hold on to it anyway? How do you cope knowing that what you really want to do is something that will never happen unless you win the lottery?
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Month Two

Does it seem to you that the older we get, the faster time seems to go? I think it’s because at the age of 12, one month is about 0.69% of our lifetime. Plus, if you consider the majority of us can’t remember life before the age of 6, one month is 1.39% of our memory.By the age of 21 years and 5 months, that one month only makes up 0.54% of your memories.

 

I don’t think I explained that properly. Sorry. Basically, as we get older, that one month makes up such a small amount of your life that it seems like it’s passed a lot quicker.

 

But now that January is over, it’s struck me that I have exams in 2 months. And if this month was able to pass that quickly, then I sure as hell need to start focusing on exams again!

 

The year started with me waking up in a friend’s house, in a small Scottish town I had never been to before – I was already achieving one goal of seeing more of the UK! Sherlock was on to welcome in the new year (I still need to see the last episode…), and I was happy. I spent a week back home in Northern Ireland with my family, before travelling back to Glasgow to officially start the new university year – this was going to be my year. That first day back in Glasgow was a decent day, but the night was hard. I lost a few good friends through an argument that came from nowhere, but it taught me who I could actually trust. However, that night also was the start of something new and exciting –  I was going to join Jordanne in building up Blogger’s Tribe and we were going to work together to create a community for everyone!

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That week was jam-packed with things. I had a friend over for dinner one night, went out for dinner the next, started two new courses in university, Another friend came round for coffee, and we went for a night out that weekend – one which resulted in me putting my foot down on a plastic cup and falling on my bum in front of a room full of strangers. Do you know the best part? I was laughing too much to get back up again! I was home and things were going well.

The following week was a quieter one, but still fun all the same. I went to classes, stayed on top of things, and spent some time around the flat. We went to the cinema to see LaLa Land, I went to the gym for the first time in ages, and finished my Friday rather drunk on a mini pub crawl around the west end of Glasgow. Sometimes you just need to cut loose and remember to have fun though, right? And Blogger’s Tribe reached 1000 followers on Twitter!

Finally, the weekend came and we had a birthday party. Drinks, dancing, and lots of fun was had. Well, except for the part where 12 out of 16 of us didn’t get into the local LGBTQ+ club simply for being straight but that’s an argument for another time. Saturday was an incredible day with the ever amazing Jordanne, and her little guy, just in and out of shops around Glasgow. Sunday was then a day of cleaning and organising, before back to the grind stone on Monday and Tuesday.

 

All the while, I spent the month working on the goals I set for myself. Remember those?

  1. Go to all my classes.
    I actually only missed 4 of my 51 classes this month! I’m happy with that. The first was because I physically couldn’t get to class on time, second because I was at the gym, and then unfortunately the last two were yesterday because I got myself worked up over life and didn’t sleep until it was time to get up for lectures. So, that’s not too bad.
  2. Keep on top of work.
    I did this! I’m so proud of myself! I’ve been writing notes and keeping up with everything and I’m feeling good about this month.
  3. Read one book.
    Check! I read a book! The review for it will be live over the next couple of days, but it’s all written up and I can proudly say I got it read!
  4. Live in a clean and tidy bedroom.
    Well, apart from last night’s clothes lying in a pile beside my bed (don’t judge me, it was too cold to move from bed for long), and a rubbish bag that I’ll be carrying to the bin today, this goal was a success!
  5. Make some new friends.
    Don’t judge me. This is hard to do and I’m disappointed in me for not being able to do it.
  6. Organise my blog.
    Yay! I did this! I never asked, what do you think of the theme/colours? I’m still not 100% sure on it but is anything ever perfect?
  7. Make a weight loss plan and stick to it.
    Well the plan was made, and I made an attempt to stick to it. And I lost a pound! But it definitely could’ve been better.

 

So it’s a mixed bunch for January. What do you think? I didn’t do too badly. February is a shorter month. There’s going to be a lot to do, and a lot of work to do too. I’m going to Dundee for a weekend, Mary’s sister is coming up (actually most excited about this!), Mary’s in a dance show that we’ll all go to, I’m possibly going to go home for a surprise visit, and we’ve a 21st birthday at the end of the month, but I don’t know if we’ve anything planned for it. The Six Nations start this weekend too, so there’s always that to take up a few weekends! However, my goals for the month have to be set!

  1. Lose 3 pounds in weight. Don’t care how I do it, but it’s going to happen if I want to be along the right lines of my overall target.
  2. Read 2 books. I loved reading my first ever self help book, and can’t wait to read another!
  3. Keep up with work at uni.
  4. Socialise once a week. Whether it’s drinks, coffee, the cinema, or what, I just want to have at least one thing to look forward to each week!

 

So there we have it. What are your goals for February?

 

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