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Month 3

Right, this year needs to slow it down just a little please. Like, how are we into March already?

 

I know I kind of bombarded you all with Friday Favourites posts over the last week. Sorry about that! I was just very aware I owed you 4 posts for the past month! February was a busy busy time. Alongside uni work needing done, I actually was out and about quite a bit!

 

The first weekend saw me spend Friday night having casual drinks with friends and just talking – something I’ve greatly missed over the last while. The next day saw the start of the Six Nations Rugby and so we trekked to the pub to watch the opening match over a pint. Sunday was then spent recovering and giving my liver a bit of a rest. After that, I had a quieter week before having a job interview (which I unfortunately didn’t get) and heading to Dundee to spend time with family. Arriving back home, I then had a week of getting more work done – it seemed to be never ending! However, at the end of the week, I got to relax and went to Jordanne’s for the weekend – SO MUCH FUN!!! We did a bit of shopping, watched multiple movies, planned lots of exciting things for Bloggers Tribe, played and played and played with Leon, and just genuinely couldn’t have had a better weekend. I had a couple of quieter days, focusing on my blog and Bloggers Tribe, before flying home for a surprise visit to the parents – any excuse to see the animals to be honest. When I was home, I visited family, went for walks, had a lovely meal out, played with Maisie and Baron, and -best of all- had a bath! You’ve no idea how much I miss baths when I’m in Glasgow. I finally travelled back to Glasgow on Monday, and then yesterday travelled up to Dundee again!

 

Today, Rachel has an interview at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, so we’re having a family outing for the day. So as you read this, I’m probably actually having breakfast in some little cafe… but yes, on with the post!

 

Now, I only set 4 goals for February. How do you think they went? Place all bets now!

 

  1. Lose 3 pounds in weight.
    Okay so while I lost…………………. , I same to realise during the month that I’m actually (for the first time in a long time) beginning to feel happy in my own body! So yes, while I want to lose some weight for health reasons, I think I’m going to stop looking at numbers and sizes and focus on looking and feeling good. Is that cheating?
  2. Read 2 books.
    Yeah, this was a fail… but I did read one! You can check out my review of it HERE. Still on track for reading 12 books this year!
  3. Keep up with work at uni.
    This was a success! I achieved everything I wanted to and wasn’t short for time on any of my deadlines.
  4. Socialise once a week.
    Well, let’s take a look back shall we? Week 1 saw me go to a friend’s house for drinks, then I went to the pub the next day to watch the rugby, so Week One was a success! Weeks 2? I went up to Dundee for the weekend, but went for dinner with Mary, her sister, and her sister’s friend the night I got back so yup, week 2 was a success! Week 3 saw me spend the entire weekend with Jordanne so I suppose you could say I was socialising? And week 4 I went out to the QMU on the Wednesday to watch a shadow cast performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Wow, I actually managed this one too!

 

So, I suppose you could say I achieved 2 and a half goals this month, so that’s not too bad either!  Now to think of my goals for March…

 

  1. Read one book.
  2. Save some money.
  3. Post at least once a week on here.

 

What are your March goals? Are you ready for the third month of the year?

 

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Day 14 – My Dreams

Why are my dreams important and what are they? Well… For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamt of being a mum and being a teacher. I’m currently working on getting into teaching – I’m studying physics at university in the hope of doing a PGCE or a PDGE as it’s known here in Scotland. I’m emailing schools, asking to do work shadowing for the month of June after my exams have all ended, as the more experience I have the more likely I am to be accepted for a course.

 

Being a mum may be slightly more difficult/complicated but I’ll figure it out somehow.

 

One of the longest running dreams of mine was finally reached in May this year. For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of going to Disneyland – didn’t matter to me whether it was Paris or in the USA. At the age of 20, I finally got to go and actually I’m so happy I was older when I first went. I had the energy to keep going. I watched the parades and was tall enough that it didn’t matter if the adults with their children blocked my view. I could go on all the rides I wanted to, and could sit and wait for my friends if they were on a ride I didn’t want to go on. No one could tell me not to buy too many soft toys, and when I watched the night time show, I felt the shivers down my spine. It was an incredible experience and one which will be with me for many years to come.

 

 

Ktkinnes xx

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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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Catch up!

Hello again everyone! I’m actually posting twice today, what is this? Well, to be honest, I realised that last week I posted my To Do list and never actually let you know whether or not I achieved it – sorry!

 

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My homemade to do page. Write everything on post its so you can remove what you achieve!
  • Write at least one blog post for today
  • Schedule or at least draft posts up until Friday of this week
  • Order some prints from the lovely Tarnya (@sweet_allure)’s etsy site – honestly you should have a look at them!
  • Tidy and clean my bedroom. With being ill yesterday (and yes, a migraine counts as being ill), I was a bit of a slob and just left things lying.
  • Finish cleaning the flat (again, was ill yesterday so didn’t finish this)
  • Go to the gym or at least get some fresh air
  • Do at least 3 hours revision for my final resit
  • Look into classroom assistant jobs as I think I’ve found a course I would love to do!
  • Speak to family back home. This happens that regularly I often forget that I’m not actually with them. Think we spoke 4 times yesterday?
  • Put a wash on and actually deal with it before the 4th spin. We don’t have a tumble drier so I tend to over spin things
  • Finish reading The Cursed Child
  • Look at other jobs and courses that I could do instead of being at university.

 

Wow, I actually achieved quite a bit! Since then, I managed to achieve the final two on the list, both on Wednesday actually!

 

So how to do you organise your to do lists? Also, let me know if you enjoy this sort of post! I’m trying to learn as much as possible about what you like and/think so get in touch! Comment, email or send me a tweet!

 

Ktkinnes xx

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To Do Today

Okay so I’m already behind on today’s to do list as this was meant to be posted at 11am today but shh, we’ll just let that slide. Hello everyone! I’m sure many of you will see this and wonder why on earth I’m posting this but I ran a brief poll on twitter last night to ask if people would be interested in seeing today’s to do list and it came back as a unanimous yes, so here goes!

 

  • Write at least one blog post for today
  • Schedule or at lest draft posts up until Friday of this week
  • Order some prints from the lovely Tarnya (@sweet_allure)’s etsy site – honestly you should have a look at them!
  • Tidy and clean my bedroom. With being ill yesterday (and yes, a migraine counts as being ill), I was a bit of a slob and just left things lying.
  • Finish cleaning the flat (again, was ill yesterday so didn’t finish this)
  • Go to the gym or at least get some fresh air
  • Do at least 3 hours revision for my final resit
  • Look into classroom assistant jobs as I think I’ve found a course I would love to do!
  • Speak to family back home. This happens that regularly I often forget that I’m not actually with them. Think we spoke 4 times yesterday?
  • Put a wash on and actually deal with it before the 4th spin. We don’t have a tumble drier so I tend to over spin things
  • Finish reading The Cursed Child
  • Look at other jobs and courses that I could do instead of being at university.

 

Wow okay there’s a lot there to be getting on with, I’d better hurry up and get started! What are your plans for today?

 

Have an awesome Sunday, folks!

 

Ktkinnes xx