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Month 4

Okay yet another month has passed too quickly. Will 2017 ever slow down?

 

March was busy as heck, especially considering I didn’t start the month in Glasgow. I woke up on the 1st of March really early to travel to Aberdeen with my family for Rachel’s university interview. I the spent the next day with Jordanne, and then the weekend was spent socialising between drinks in the flat, a friend’s 21st birthday party, and then I hosted a murder mystery night on the Sunday! Now that was a fun night, with an awful lot of cooking. The following week saw me have lunch with Jordanne and the little guy, more drinks in the flat with friends (and a very drunk emotional night), a trip to the union to watch rugby, and a day of blogging. After all that, we had a friend come visit from the states so we had a group reunion on the Tuesday night for steaks and a bit of fun, followed by Rachel arriving over on the Wednesday. She had another interview on the Thursday so we travelled to Paisley, before flying home that night. The next day we were off to Lanzarote! You can read all about that here. Before long, we were headed back to the UK – Rachel to Belfast, and me to Glasgow. I then had a test on the 21st, dinner with Jordanne on the 23rd, and then on the 29th I travelled down to Southampton for Mary’s 21st birthday.

 

So now that we’re into April, I’m off for a few weeks of the month for Easter! Well, I say off. I have exams to study for, and a lot of family time. Not a great combination to be honest. But we’re going to work through it. Exams start officially on the 24th April so I’ll be travelling to Glasgow again on the 19th. Also need to start viewing flats and organising me moving out of this flat. So much to do!

 

Last month, I set the goals below. How do you think I got on?

  1. Read one book.
    Well actually I read 3! The brilliance of a weekend away in the sun means that you can spend a while reading. I read The Twelfth Day Of July, Where She Went and Melancholy Mind.
  2. Save some money.
    Well I didn’t exactly do too well here. There was the murder mystery night, meals out, my mini-break… However, I didn’t waste money on coffee, I didn’t do any online shopping, and I saved a heck of a lot of money simply by taking part in our Lent challenge within the flat!
  3. Post at least once a week on here.
    This one went really well. I actually managed to stick to my original planned schedule of Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday! Four posts a week isn’t too bad considering I’m at uni 5 days a week.

 

So can we count that as 2 and a half out of three? This month I’ve got a few more goals lined up so let’s take a look at them:

 

  1. Revise for at least 2 hours a day.
  2. Read one book
  3. Post once a week here.
  4. Put more effort into my Instagram.

 

So there we have the goals for this month. What are your goals for April?

 

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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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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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Looking back

Once again, another month is over. Today I’m travelling back to the oh so delightful land of Northern Ireland where the only exciting thing will be seeing the animals again (Baron and Maisie).

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Baron looking pensive

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Maisie holding my finger
I cannot wait to see these two fluff balls again tonight! Travel is always boring and so today I have made sure to have my dvd player and a few dvds handy to watch – The Lady in the Van, and season 1 of Scandal. Mary keeps recommending Scandal so I thought I should give it a go, plus this way I can get Mum to watch it with me since it’s a dvd and she can keep it if I finish it!


 Just thought, the last 2 summers have been spent watching 24 but now that we’ve finished it I have no idea what we can watch as a family… Will have to think about that and find something different that everyone will enjoy!

The main reason I’m posting now is to give you a chance to look back at the goals for May before tomorrow’s post includes new goals for June! This can be found here – Another month goes by. Still can’t believe we’re actually so close to half way through the year. Soon it’ll be my 21st birthday then Rachel’s 18th! Still thinking of her birthday present… Is a holiday away together a bad idea?

 

Speak soon! I’ll let you know what I think of my new dvds when I get them watched.

 

Ktkinnes xx