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Day 9 -My Books

Firstly, before I go any further…

Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday dear Katie, Happy Birthday to me!

Sorry, just had to get that out of my system! And now, I bring you What books have had a great influence on you and why?

 

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This is another one of my favourite topics. And The Mountains Echoed made me fall in love with everyone in it and I still couldn’t tell you why. Another favourite was definitely The 5 People You Meet In Heaven, followed closely by Elsewhere. Both gave me a new way to think of death and I couldn’t recommend them more.

 

This year, I read The Freedom Writers’ Diary and I fell in love with it – here’s the review The Freedom Writers Diary! It inspired me to keep going through every struggle and reach my highest potential. You need to read it now. No, seriously, go and buy it or order it from your local library. Go!

 

Ktkinnes xxx

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Day 8 – Technology

What gadgets surround you and how do they help?

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Ah one of my favourite topics! Even writing this post I am typing on my laptop, talking to people through Twitter on my phone, watching a film on my TV, and have my kindle open beside me on Facebook.

I recently wrote these two posts on technology, maybe give them a read? Monday Morning Musings and Millennials and Our Technology.

I probably couldn’t survive without my phone. My entire life is on there, never mind my main method of contacting all my friends. I blog from it, call people, keep up to date on the news of the day, and so much more! I could probably now survive without my TV as long as I had access to Netflix and/or a film website.

How about you? What could you not live without?

Ktkinnes xx

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Day 7 – My Funny Moments

What were they and why were they funny?

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I’ll be honest and say I don’t think of myself as a particularly funny person! In fact, I’ve spent the last few days trying to think about this one. Can I pass on this one? Please? I’m really sorry!

 

Call back tomorrow for a much better post, I promise! Well… I hope.

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Day 6 – My Inspirations

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So with today’s theme being Who Inspires you? Thank them! I wanted to give you the long long list…

 

Jodie (@jodiedcmitchell) : goingplacesanddoingstuff.wordpress.com

Lauren ( @loulabxlle ) : loulabellerose.com

Lauren (@iconiclaur) : laurmatthews.blogspot.co.uk

Meg (@itsmeegan ): itsmeeganblog.wordpress.com

Toni ( @tonigeorgiaxo ): bloglovin.com/blogs/tonigeor…

Lily (@lilydealxo ) : lilydeal.co.uk

Emily (@L1ttleEm ) : emilyfayeslittleworld.blogspot.co.uk

Francesca (@bellamomentoX ) bellamomento.blogspot.co.uk

Nusha (@nushablog) : nushablog.wordpress.com

Lily (@bloglilyrose ) : lilyroserichards.blogspot.co.uk

Jade ( @jademillardx ) : simplyjadey.blogspot.co.uk

Ellie ( @laughingsugg ) : ellieslittleeworld.wordpress.com

Eloise ( @isthateloise ) : isthateloise.blogspot.co.uk

Jordanne ( ofaglasgowgirl ) : thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

Mellisa (@LoveeMelissaX ) : lovemelissax.blogspot.co.uk

Cathy ( OvernightBelle ) : overnightbelle.wordpress.com

Becca ( @beccaonblog ) : beccasloveforlife.blogspot.com

Summer (@theblondecafe_ ) : theblondecafe.wordpress.com

Hannah (@harteva_) : harteva.wordpress.com

Em (@EmLDunn ) : emmalouisedunn.blogspot.co.uk

Chanté ( @chantenna ) : chantenna.blogspot.com

Ana (@anab184 ) : wishilivedincalifornia.blogspot.com.es

Ashley (@ashmcc87 ) : ashmcc87.blogspot.co.uk

Em ( @ohfab ) : ohfab.co.uk

Becca ( @beccaxjayne ) : bloglovin.com/blogs/positive…

Sarah (@SarahCxBlog ) : hellochappes.blogspot.co.uk

 

Mary from 1 Week Mary, Nuala, Jason, Mary, my sister, and so many others!

Thank you so much for inspiring me daily to keep going no matter what life throws at me.

 

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Day 5 – My Family

And we’re at day 5 already! How was your weekend? Today’s theme is Why I’m grateful for my family.

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First off, I kind of scoffed at this question and then I realised they aren’t really as bad as I feel they are, otherwise I wouldn’t keep coming back to Lisburn to see them.

I’m grateful for my parents. Without them I would never have been born. They did the best they could to raise me the way they thought was right. They’ve always tried their best to keep me happy, safe and warm. They sacrificed their own happiness a lot of the time in order to do their best by me and my sister.

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I’m grateful for my sister, no matter how much she annoys me. She kept me company for years, played with me, helped me with anything I asked her to. Even now, she’s there for me any time I want or need her. She’s always happy to listen or talk to me.

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With all my troubles, they’re all there to give their opinions and advice – notice I used all 3 versions of there/they’re/their and they’re correct? Proud of me!

 

I love them really, even though we have a lot of problems. We’ll always be there for each other, no matter what.

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Day 4 – My Friends

Happy Sunday everyone! What have you all got planned for today? If you’re looking for my Sunday Summary post, it will be live at 3pm GMT today! I’m sorry if you were looking forward to it… But it will be back later!

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Today’s theme is Who has always been there for you? Now, as it’s under the heading of ‘My Friends’, I’m going to have to have a similar post to my April Photo a Day Challenge in that I have 3 main friends I wish to thank today, before adding a few special people!

 

My flatmates, Jason, Mary and Nuala, are the people who make me happy and they each have their own way of doing so. I’ll give you a quick recap on how I met each of them.

Jason – My first time meeting Jason, he was drunk. Funny, that pretty much describes most of first year. It was the Tuesday night of fresher’s week (a week of partying and meeting other first years) and I was in Kitchen 14, drinking tea, listening to Callam playing guitar, and talking to Toby and Ryan. Truth be told, I was kind of scared of Toby and Ryan at the start because of their size (they both workout a lot) and so it was interesting talking to them. The door opened behind me, and in through it staggered a tall guy in a t-shirt and jeans. He introduced himself as Jason and went over to the lockers to get some food, blabbering away about some really friendly Canadian he had met on his way in. Taking his food with him, Jason went to bed and, truth be told, I thought nothing more of him that night. The next day, I was waiting outside the Boyd Orr building for an induction lecture for maths, letting us know what the upcoming year would bring. In my usual fashion, I was there early and so sat down to look at my phone when next thing I spotted Jason walking towards me – he was going to the induction lecture too! We sat beside each other in the lecture and walked back to Cairncross together while he told me all about his granny’s dog, and his younger siblings. We parted ways, agreeing to speak sometime – well he did only live 2 doors away from me, I didn’t have much choice, did I? That night was the headphone disco and I really wish I could tell you it was amazing. However I wouldn’t know, I ended up taking an extremely drunk Jason back to Cairncross in a taxi and having to find someone to help me carry him to his room as he couldn’t walk. As a thanks/apology, I was bought a tub of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and so began our friendship.
To tell you about Mary, I’ll have to start with Nuala.

Nuala moved in on the Saturday, the day after me. My room was opposite Kitchen 15 and so, when I heard someone going in, I opened the door to say hi. We briefly introduced ourselves and talked about who had claimed what cupboard spaces. I then made a comment about a group of us walking into the city centre to buy some of the things we’d forgotten to bring to uni. Nuala agreed and later that day I knocked on her door and we headed into town. After a while, we got bored in the city centre and walked back, talking about ourselves, our siblings, and our dogs. I made a mental note to remember Nuala, she reminded me of someone but I couldn’t quite place her. When we got back to Cairncross, Nuala suggested we invite people to our kitchen for pre drinks and so she posted a message on the Cairncross 2014-2015 Facebook page inviting anyone who wanted to come.

Nuala’s message to the Facebook page

 

The people I soon became friends with commented underneath!

As you can see, Mary was one of the first to reply. She was also the first to show up! Arriving with alcohol in one hand, mixer in the other, Mary struck me for having a gorgeous tan and these really blue eyes. Never mind that though, she actually had the courage to turn up alone to somewhere completely new! I can’t remember if we spoke much that night but I soon remembered her through playing multiple rounds of Ring Of Fire.
These three, this year especially, have kept me from going insane. They’re there if I need someone, they put up with my incessant talking and rambling, and they haven’t tried to kill me – yet. There is still time.

Without these three, my first year at uni wouldn’t have been as great as it was, and I certainly wouldn’t have ever survived second year without their encouragement and support. I can’t tell them how much they mean to me so hopefully they’ll read this and know, either that or I’m going to have to think of ways to show it!

 

Whilst they’re new friends, the Girl Power girls are definitely friends for life. They’re so supportive and literally always there. Like there is always one of them awake. I won’t list them all here, hopefully they’ll read this and know how much they mean to me.

 

Who has always been there for you?

Ktkinnes xxx

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Day 2 – The Loves of My Life

Today brings about the loves of my life, and why I want to thank them for being in my life.

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So please be prepared for a soppy post! There are so many here so I think I’m going to just list them, sorry if that’s extremely boring or if you feel it’s cheating!

  • Baron, my dog, because he’s always there for me even after I yell at him for always being under my feet
  • Jason for always being there during my ramblings and breakdowns
  • Nuala for teaching me that it’s okay to be me and to ignore anyone who tries to tell me differently
  • Mary for always making me laugh and being there when I need someone to just sit with
  • Lauren, Jade, Lauren, Lily, Emily, Em, Ashley, Em, Chanté, Melissa, Francesca, Eloise, Becca, Becca, Jodie, Meg, Toni, Ellie, Nusha, Jordanne, Cathy, Summer, Hannah, Sarah, Sonam and Ana (otherwise known as the Girl Power Girls) for all their support and chat and help.
  • Mary for always being there to give support and encouragement just when I need it the most
  • My books, for transporting me out of my world and into another
  • John, for always managing to make me smile
  • And finally, all you lovely readers for taking the time and effort to read or comment on my posts!

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Hope you have a lovely day!
Ktkinnes xxx

 

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