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Trying again

Well today marks the first of the month and today a few other firsts. Bethany Jane (@adventureanx) and I were chatting on Twitter and have both decided that this is the month we are going to be successful in diets and exercise and all other aspects in our lives. Check out her blog over at Adventure and Anxiety and give her a follow! There’s always something great to read on her blog.But before we get ahead of ourselves, why don’t we look back at last month’s goals? 
Read one new book? Done! In fact, I read 3 and started a fourth! Still no reviews though, sorry. I really am so lazy at the minute, please forgive me.

Blog twice a week? Success! I’ve actually been quite in touch with my blogging this month, even if they haven’t been top quality posts.

Cook 2 new meals? Well I made a delicious Caribbean Pork dish at the beginning of the month, and then I forgot about this goal for the rest of the month… Sorry! 

So that 2 and a half, right? That’s not so bad! So this month’s goals are:
Read The Cursed Child. It arrived yesterday morning and I honestly can’t wait to start it.

Get to a place where I’m happy in myself. I’m not really sure what’s wrong with me at the minute but I need to take the time and figure out what’s going on in my head. So give this one some time.

Develop a healthier lifestyle. Preferably one that doesn’t include me sitting watching Netflix all day…

So there you have it! Do you think any of these will work? What’re your goals for the month?

Ktkinnes xx

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Fortunate Friday

Hello my lovelies! Tonight’s the night I pick one thing from the last seven days to be happy about. Now I could be honest and say that there have been many unfortunate things that have happened, my fortunate Friday this week would definitely have to be from today actually. 
Today I found out my exams didn’t go nearly as well as I’d hoped (and to any family members reading this, please remember what we agreed before you hit the “follow” button!) and I’m looking at multiple resits. The other option is to repeat the year. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering “What on earth is Katie on about? This isn’t at all positive!” That’s where you’re wrong. Well actually you’re right, that part isn’t positive. But my conversation with Mum and Dad after I told them was positive, or as positive as can be, given the circumstances.

I had expected them to be angry or, worse, disappointed. I honestly had considered not even telling them, but that wasn’t right either. However, Mum agreed with me that Physics clearly wasn’t the right degree for me, but I should try the resits or repeat the year, or if it would help – drop out of uni, take a course in a college to sit my English A Level, and then reapply to go straight into teaching. She also suggested dropping out altogether but I think we both agree I’ve tried too hard for this. We discussed me leaving university with a designated degree in physics, meaning I would be graduating next year instead of in 2 years, but it would mean I could go into my PGDE quicker. 
It was great to finally have a proper conversation with her about my education, without me feeling I had to hide how I felt about my exams and my courses. She listened. For the first time that I can remember, she listened and understood and actually heard what I was saying about it all. It’s bizarre to think it’s taken until now for her to appreciate my own opinions on my education.
So now, while I have a summer of revision and 5 exams to sit in August, I can say that my positive moment of the week was having Mum actually listen to me.
Have a great weekend folks!
Ktkinnes xx

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Wake me up…

… when September ends
I can’t believe August is over already! Where did it go??

Schools start back, university students begin to pack and parents around the world breathe a sigh of relief as everything returns to normal.

August was a mixed month. It started well with a trip to Newcastle, County Down and then the week in Glasgow for the 2 resits and signing our contract. I had a great night with Maura as we made paper airplanes using only our mouths among other craft things before settling down to watch Les Miserables – this was my first successful 40 hours without sleep. As you can guess, I was exhausted that Saturday night and crashed into bed, anticipating the official start of my summer. The next day, Dad’s Uncle Tom went into hospital and never left. That’s one drive I don’t think I’ll ever forget. The following week was fast as we scrambled to clean his house and find the will and all else that needed done before the funeral. During this time, my cousin Sarah and I grew closer, a story for another time about our previous relationship perhaps. A weekend in Fermanagh while we gathered our thoughts and then suddenly it was Rachel’s results. The following week (this time last week in fact) Dad and I left for a trip to Glasgow to move stuff into my flat. That was a hectic 30 hours! To round off the month, we had a family picnic in Tom’s house and then a night at Tennent’s Vital followed by an afternoon in Crumlin Road Gaol. Can’t really say we didn’t do much!

As for the goals I set myself? Well I think I managed to lose half a stone, I’m too scared to go near the scales. I didn’t read three books but at least I read one and a half! I’ve applied for multiple jobs in Glasgow and have an interview arranged for in a few weeks. Results of the resits are still unknown but by this time next week I will know. Getting scared now. And in my defence Mum, my room is only a mess because I’m packing to leave! So that’s 2 out of the 5 I can answer. How about September?

At the end of the day, I can honestly set these goals for myself. Hopefully I’ll stick to them!

  1. Read 2 books this month. This includes the book I am currently reading because, let’s face it – I need all the help I can get! Watch this space for their reviews!
  2. Go to the gym twice. Even if only for half an hour. Try and get into a routine because once it’s there it can stay. Plus, if I go to the gym I may meet new people! Did someone say “possible girlfriend”?
  3. Attend all lectures this month. If I can’t do it in September then I’ve no hope for the rest of the year. Start as you mean to go on and all that jazz. Included in this is write up the notes at the end of the week.
  4. Save money. Whether this involves a job or just budgeting better, I need to figure out a way to make my money last because right now I haven’t a hope of surviving uni or paying for anything. I know circumstances may change (fingers crossed) but that will have to wait.
  5. Catch up on all my favourite TV shows that start back this month – Downton Abbey, Castle, Greys Anatomy, Community and Archer and of course we still have to finish 24!

So those are the goals. Think I’ll stick to them? I don’t know either. Gym time is not only a great way to lose weight but it also provides some down time to think. Stick in some headphones and I can listen to an audio book or a podcast. I could learn a new language or even take the time to just think. With reading and watching shows I love, I can relax and unwind after a hopefully productive day at lectures. And how do we treat ourselves? Maybe a nice present to myself at the end of the month! September, please be good to me… You have to be, it’s my birthday soon!

How about you? Any goals this month? Good luck for September!

Thanks for reading,

Ktkinnes xxx


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A bit of a ramble

Good evening and welcome to anyone new joining us tonight! 

The first day of August is over, it’s scary how time flies. Who knows what this month will bring? In the last month I read at least 6 books and so this month I hope to be even half as successful. With the new month comes new goals and as I lie in bed tonight I’m thinking back over the last month.

July was good. I had a fantastic holiday in the lovely Sol Beach House Ibiza, I lost almost a stone in weight (which was surprising given the alcohol consumption on the holiday), I was back in work in the shop and I got a decent amount of revision done. However, I still need to lose more weight, my room needs organised and Baron could do with a few more walks. But there’s nothing I would change about what I’ve done recently. The number of times I’ve thought to myself “If I could go back to Glasgow now then I would” and while this is true, a large part of me is aware that this is not an option financially. And so with this in mind, my goals for the month are as follows

  • Get a job back in Glasgow. This will not only help in the short term but if we decide to book a holiday for next year I want to be in the position to pay for it without sacrificing other things.
  • Lose at least half a stone. I’m past setting a definite goal of weight loss as there are two ways it can go. On the one hand, I can reach the goal – great! But then I decide that as I’ve achieved my goal, I can forget it and go back to the way I was before. Or I can fail to reach the goal and be so disappointed in myself that I give up entirely. As neither of those work for me, it is time I just set a realistic goal. By cutting down on snacks and unnecessary treats, and doing a little more exercise this goal should be easily achieved. And Baron will enjoy his role in it – did someone say walkies?
  • Read another 3 books. This is simply for pleasure and a way to relax at the end of the day. Doesn’t matter what they are, as long as I can read them then it’s worth it!
  • Tidy and organise things for moving back. I know it’s a month away but this month is going to go so quickly. 
  • Finally, it would be great to pass this resit. 

With these goals in mind, I should probably go to sleep. We had a family walk around Tollymore Forest Park today so everyone is tired out. Apparently there are some parts of Game of Thrones filmed there? Anyway, thanks for reading!

Ktkinnes xx