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Late Again

Well, as I’m sure you may know, today is not the first day of November. In fact, it is the second and I am now beginning to enter my Christmas mode. We picked Secret Santa names last night and then I sat down to write this with my Christmas playlist on. It’s totally acceptable now, isn’t it?

 

Anyway, this post is my usual monthly wind-up and goal setting! I’ve had a busy October, although I’m still not 100% sure what I’ve been up to this month. It started with a trip to Edinburgh to see Rachel and Mum at the Edinburgh Napier open day. That same week had Launch Night for GULGBTQ+ which ended messily and resulted in me going to uni hungover for the first time ever! The Apprentice returned to our screens, I had another night out with LGBTQ+, met up with 2 of my amazing GRLPOWR friends (they are amazing, just saying) and hosted my first ever Twitter chat. I had two 21st birthday parties to go to, both equally as fun but for different reasons, had several flat dinners, visited Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, had Rachel stay over, and fed a squirrel! It literally came and ate a cashew nut out of my hand – it was so cool!

 

Now, I did try to keep the goals for this month simple enough. Attend every lecture? I only missed 4! While that’s not achieving the goal, that is actually a brilliant achievement for me. Two of them I genuinely didn’t wake up on time for, the other two I was having a really crappy day mentally and had a killer headache at the same time. So while this goal wasn’t achieved, it certainly wasn’t a fail! Be conscious of spending? What exactly does this mean? Okay, I kind of over spent this month, however a lot of it was Christmas related so I’m saving money over the next couple of months. Keep my room tidy? Okay this one was a definite fail. I can honestly say looking around myself at the minute that my room is not at all tidy.

 

As some of you may know, I had a few bad days this month. I’m trying to ‘normalise’ them by talking to people about them when they happen, and I opened up to Jason about aspects of it that have been worrying me or have been on my mind. With this in mind, my spending, tidying, and lecture attendance are actually something to be really proud of in my mind. Keep looking forward, and all that jazz.

 

So onto November! The cold, dark nights. Christmas markets begin to open up. There’s so much to be excited for this month! Already the calendar is beginning to fill up. With this in mind, I want to set more goals that are achievable and hopefully by the time December comes and I start blogmas you can all be proud of me for achieving them all.

 

  • Attend all my lectures. There are quite a few ‘no lecture’ days this month with the lead up to exams and the end of courses, so this should be even more achievable.
  • Read one book. Jason and I went book shopping (which somehow ended up in dinner out and cocktails??) and I bought some new books so hopefully I can get through one of them at least.
  • Keep my room tidy.
  • Talk about the stuff going on in my head. Whether it’s here, to a friend, or even taking my own advice and seeing a professional, as long as I talk about it I can deal with it.

 

So there we have it! I am going to try to blog more frequently than I did over the last week or so. I did kind of abandon you all… Hope you can forgive me!

 

 

Ktkinnes xx

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What I don’t want

Hello again everyone! Four days in a row of blogging? I’m getting back on track it would seem!

 

Yesterday, I had a guest post on Jade’s blog (http://www.simplyjadey.co.uk/) entitled ‘My Anti-Bucket List’ and so I wanted to link to it here, and also post it where you can find it easily, with a little bit of editting and extension.

 

This was an idea I got from the girls over at Birds on the Blog so check them out if you have a minute! Next week, I’ll post my bucket list so feel free to pop in and give it a read. For anyone who’s wondering, an anti-bucket list is exactly what it sounds like – a list of things I never hope to do or see. Some things I won’t put on the list, as hopefully there are quite a few things that we all mutually don’t want to do – who would want to bite off their own finger, for example? – so these are the less obvious.

 

  1. Touch a big spider. I’m sure we’ve all had those baby spiders crawl over us and while we may shudder we tend to let them be. I never ever want to touch one any bigger than that. Have you noticed how many massive spiders have been in our houses recently? Thank goodness for cats that can chase and kill them!
  2. Go Skydiving. Yeah, not being one for heights, this certainly does not appeal to me. To be honest, anything involving heights doesn’t appeal to me so…
  3. Sing in front of people. I used to love the idea of being a famous singer – so much so that I actually auditioned for and attended a stage school for the guts of two years! However, I turned 15 and was all too suddenly aware of the fact that not many people liked me and singing in public was just another excuse for them to tease me.
  4. Inter-rail. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it’s a fantastic experience, but it just doesn’t sound like my idea of a holiday. When I go abroad, I love to be able to relax at a good hotel, explore the city/country in my own time, and know that my flight home is the most travelling I will do. I adore travelling and experiencing new countries and cultures, but I would much rather do it over a prolonged period of time when I can enjoy it to the full.
  5. Attend a festival. Similar to above, the dirt, crowds and general camping part of festivals just does not appeal to me at all. But go, be free and enjoy them! I just know they aren’t my sort of thing.
  6. Stay in Ibiza Town or San Antonio when visiting Ibiza. Anyone who knows me is aware of how much I adore Ibiza. It’s my all-time favourite holiday destination and not only because of its reputation. I go to Ibiza to see friends and stay in the quiet parts of the island. If I wanted to go clubbing, I’d stay in Glasgow for free entry and cheap drinks!DSC_0786
  7. Drink instant coffee. Okay, yes, this one is me being a snob but hear me out. When I was first introduced to coffee, my friend poured me a long espresso, forbid me from adding milk, and gave me some dark chocolate to have with it. Since then, I’ve been hooked. There’s nothing better than proper coffee and now I won’t drink instant.
  8. Put on any more weight (unless pregnant). I’m not saying I’m a good weight, I know I could do with losing some weight, but I’m not unhappy. My confidence is slowly building, I finally am beginning to like myself, and my weight has played a major part in that.
  9. Smoke. Each to their own, but this is one thing I’m always tempted to do but manage to resist – long may that continue to be the case! My health isn’t the best anyway so why aggravate it?
  10. Eat rabbit. I can eat most other meats but for some reason, rabbit crosses the line. They’re just too cute to eat!
  11. Fail my university course again. I need to actually pass this year if I ever want to be a teacher!
  12. Play beer pong. I don’t know why but actually playing beer pong has never appealed to me. I’m happy to sit and watch a game though!
  13. Become famous. Now don’t get me wrong, I had that little girl’s dream of becoming a famous singer and/or princess but I quickly got over that when I turned 8 and started to have my confidence issues. Even now, the lack of privacy has me shuddering in fear.
  14. Climb Mount Everest. Again, I’m sure this is something that’s actually quite high on other peoples’ lists. However, it’s just not my thing.
  15. Work at the cinema. I don’t know, is this something people want to do? I used to think it would be great because of all the free films but just imagine working the food stand during a busy shift…

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed my list of things I don’t ever want to do! Do you agree with them or is there anything you would add? Let us know!

 

 

Thanks for reading, and remember to check out Jade’s blog over at https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/jade-millard-13929405/my-anti-bucket-list-october-guest-post-month-5181206549 !
Ktkinnes xxx

 

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22 Books to Read Before I’m 22

Hello again! I’m trying to get back to blogging and, to do so, I wanted to post something I would enjoy writing. I will try to get back to the blogging challenge, I promise I will try. But for now, here are the 22 books I hope to read before my 22nd birthday – only 354 days to go!

 

  1. Les Miserables by
  2. The Thirty-Nine Steps by Richard Hannay
  3. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  4. According to Yes – Dawn French
  5. The Colour Purple
  6. The Great Gatsby
  7. Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
  8. The Danish Girl
  9. The Casual Vacancy
  10. Before I Go To Sleep
  11. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  12. A Brief History of Time
  13. Jane Eyre
  14. The Book Thief
  15. Animal Farm
  16. Peter Pan
  17. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  18. Bridge to Teribithia
  19. Angela’s Ashes
  20. Poirot’s Last Case
  21. Me Before You
  22. The Well of Loneliness

 

What would you out on your list?

 

Ktkinnes xx

 

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September Starts!

Yes!  The best month of the year! Everyone goes back to school/university, the air begins to turn crisp, my birthday, and everything else that happens in this glorious month!
August semi flew by! And did you notice how well I kept to my schedule?? Quite proud of me! How about the goals?

Well I finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Just need to write a review on it… I’m getting bad at writing reviews…

Am I happier in myself? I’m certainly happier and that’s a start! 

Healthier lifestyle? Well it’s healthier… Again I can’t quite say I fully achieved this one… But it’s a start!
With this month comes a bit of a change. I didn’t get the grades to get back into uni but I’m now in the job hunt position. I’ve a teacher training course I can start and all I need is a job. So that brings me to this month’s goals!

  • Find a job in Glasgow. This is essential.
  • Continue with my 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge – check out my first post here!
  • Read one book.

What are your aims for September? Any plans for the month?
Ktkinnes xx

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My pre-21 bucket list

Okay so I’m slightly panicked now as 2 weeks today is my 21st birthday and I just don’t feel old enough to be 21. Don’t get me wrong, 21 isn’t old. But it feels it to me. It’s the oldest I’ve ever been! Obviously, Katie, it’s a celebration of surviving your 21st year on this planet…

With only 2 weeks to go, I thought I’d have a sit down and decide what things I want to have achieved by my 21st birthday. Now, remembering I only have 2 weeks to do this, I set to work on creating this list:

  • Read a classic. Any classic whatsoever. 
  • Get rid of all unnecessary/unwanted clothes.
  • Finish Rachel’s birthday present.
  • Light the candles in my bedroom at least once.
  • Apply for at least 20 jobs in Glasgow.
  • Catch up with Pretty Little Liars.
  • Sort my makeup etc and have a clear out.

What do you think, can I achieve all this? 
Ktkinnes xx

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Here comes the summer

Hello! Welcome back to my delightful monthly round up and goal setting for the month ahead! Did you miss me yesterday? I know I certainly missed you guys! 

I wish I had a good excuse for the lack of blogging yesterday but really I just spent the day in the sun and clean forgot about blogging until I was going to bed well after 11 and by that stage I was shattered so apologies for that!

May was a mixed month, very quiet at the start and busy towards the end. But then, what can you expect during exam season? At the start, May was filled with me binge watching The West Wing while trying to revise for my exams which didn’t go the best to be honest but we’ll brush over that. In the middle of it, Kelsey arrived over and so we had a hectic week of doing things and very little revision. Check out what we got up to here! After she left, I spent a week lounging around the flat, cooking, cleaning and watching lots of tv. However, in the middle of all this, I tried my first ever collab with Rach over at The Life of a Onesie Wearer in which we gave advice and tips to first time uni goers and those of us mid degree! Have a look through our blogs for University Challenge. Of course, after all this came the best experience EVER – Disneyland Paris! Check out my posts on our four day adventures in the land of cheese, bread and wine for a full summary of Disney. After we returned to Glasgow, it was a quick turn around to come back home to lisburn. 

As for my goals, I read another book! My review for Carol can be found along the side in my top posts. My revision went okay I think, only time will tell… And I certainly made the most of my remaining time in Glasgow!

This month, with being at home, my aims are going to be slightly different. So here goes:

  • Read another book! I’m thinking of reading Room, what do you think?
  • Cut out bread in the mornings. I can actually lose a lot of weight by simply stopping eating bread!
  • Try and catch up on sleep. I’m so excited for early nights and long lie ins.

But for now I’d better run, I’ve a Tesco shop to do for mum and then an eye appointment at lunchtime. Have a great day!
Ktkinnes xx