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Firstly, this is the first post I’ve written since buying my domain so hello everyone to the site! Oh that felt so good to type without having to put the …


After purchasing my domain, I decided to have a look through my spam comments – there’s nearly always one advertising ‘free animal sex pics’ that I giggle at before deleting permanently – just to clarify, I giggle at the comment, not the actual animal sex pics cos that would just be weird.  Anyway, back to the story. So, I was clicking through things, slowly making my way to those spam comments we all know and love all so much of when I spotted a different one to usual. Some person was just scrolling through my blog, leaving practically the exact same comment on each post. Now, I’m used to taking those spam comments with a pinch of salt but this one made me stop.



At first, I laughed it off. Then I saw it appearing more and more on each of my posts from May. Now forgive me but I have a kind of rule – only insult me if you can do it intelligently. Or, if you’d like to say something rude/mean about me or my writing, come say it to me directly in an email. Yeah, okay, I’m still figuring things out on my blog and so I don’t have a ‘contact me’ page (yet) but I have all my details on my About page, and I frequently list my Twitter and Snapchat usernames so people can talk to me there. Of course, I tweeted about the above comment. After seeing it so many times, I did tear up a little.


We all have days when we write and post without fully liking what we’ve shared. There are times when we mess up and make mistakes. I may have been ‘a little bit out of track’, and I’m sorry you felt that way, but I was just back from spending 3 days in Paris and Disneyland so I was exhausted and the main aim of that post was to share our pictures. Actually both of those comments were on the Disneyland post.


So basically, in the wise words of Thumper – ‘If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.’

Ktkinnes xx

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Day 27 – My Past

What aspects of the past are you now grateful for and why?

I will be honest and say there isn’t a part of my past I’m not grateful for. There are things that, at the time, I wished hadn’t happened, but I now can accept that these things have helped shape me into the person I am today.

I’m grateful for all the times my parents argued – it taught me love is never easy.

I’m grateful for the years of playing outside before I discovered  computers and phones.

I’m grateful for all the friendships I’ve lost over the years – while it was hard losing those friends, I learnt who my true friends are.

Ktkinnes xx

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Day 21 – Era

What are you grateful for in this era?

I’m grateful for the technology we have – without it I wouldn’t have started blogging and I certainly wouldn’t have started to talking to all the amazing people I now can call friends.

I’m grateful that men and women are closer to being equal in the eyes of society.

I’m grateful that laws are changing and some churches are allowing same sex marriages.

I’m grateful that LGBTQ+ relationships are becoming more acceptable and people are beginning to learn about it all even if it doesn’t affect them.

I’m grateful that the stigma surrounding mental health is beginning to take a hit. Hopefully in the near future it will be accepted as much as physical illness is.

I’m grateful for the liberties allowed to me as a single, 21 year old woman in education and looking to further myself.

I’m grateful for the ease of travel between countries – even if it’s still expensive, I have the opportunity to learn about new and different cultures.

What are you grateful for?

Ktkinnes xx

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Day 26 – Hidden Talent

What is your hidden talent?

Hmm… I’ve never really thought about whether or not I have any hidden talents. When I was younger, I was part of a stage school for singing and dancing. I went for 2 years and it was great, but I wasn’t wanting a career out of it and so I dropped out.

To be honest, that’s the closest I’ve got to a talent…. how about you?

Ktkinnes xx

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Day 19 – Hobby

What is your hobby and why do you enjoy it?

This! This blog is my hobby. I love writing it and spilling my words to you all. I love the twitter chats and interactions that come along with blogging. There’s a sense of community amongst the majority of the bloggers I have had the pleasure to chat with online.

It’s brilliant having a place I can come to share my thoughts and opinions on the day, knowing that there are people out there who are going to read my posts and comment on them!

Aside from this, I love reading, watching TV, and cooking! Anything creative is brilliant as it’s a complete change from my subjects at university.

Ktkinnes xx

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Day 18 – Food

What food makes you feel good and why?

Okay so by rights the question here should be ‘What food doesn’t make you feel good?’ – I love everything! Nothing beats a good homemade lasagne where the cheese has gone brown in places and the layers are clear, served with a warm garlic bread and salad. Or in summer, a barbecue is the go to food!

However, the one meal that will forever make me feel good is Christmas dinner. I’ve already started planning the Christmas dinner for our flat in December!

We always have a Bloody Mary Soup for a starter. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned it here but it’s basically a tomato soup with celery, Tabasco sauce and vodka, served with a freshly baked petit pain. Of course, the main course is the an important part. That succulent turkey, served with a slice of gammon, stuffing, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, carrot and parsnip, brussel sprouts, and a good gravy! Who here doesn’t love christmas dinner?

Our desserts are always the same – a lemon meringue, a trifle, and homemade christmas pudding. No one in the flat likes christmas pudding though so I may make myself a mini one just to be awkward… Finally, we always finish, or try to finish, with a cheese board. There’s a reason we start eating so early!

There’s just something about the Christmas Dinner that makes it special. I don’t know if it’s because we’re all feeling festive, or if it’s because the family are together and in a good mood, or what. But it is definitely my favourite food.

Ktkinnes xxx

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Day 17 – Childhood

What I loved most about my childhood, and how it made me me

Well this one could be a while. There’s a lot about my childhood that I would change if I could. However, I’m well aware that all the little bits of history are what have helped shape me into the person I am today. One thing I truly loved was growing up in Forfar, on the east coast of Scotland.

Our house was one of 19 – the numbers went up to 20 but the superstitious builders didn’t put number 13 on the door of the 13th house. Most of the families living there had children in and around my age. We played for hours in the street or across the road in the grounds of the local academy that was literally across the road from my back garden. Once we were tall enough to climb the fence they couldn’t keep us out no matter how much they wanted to!

I only have happy memories of living in Forfar. I’ve no memories of my parents arguing, there was no pressure to be anything other than me, and my biggest worry was whether I would ride my bike down the drive or stand up on the skateboard.

Whenever I’m feeling down, I remember the good days when I was care-free and think about how much I want to have kids so they can experience the same freedom.

Ktkinnes xxx

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Day 16 – The Song

What song inspires you and why?

Okay so I have a lot of songs that inspire me for a lot of different things. Recently rediscovering Who Said from Hannah Montana reminded me I can be anything I want to be – no one can tell me I can’t except me!

The song that always speaks to me though is The Story by Sara Ramirez. I first heard this song back when I was binge watching Grey’s Anatomy. The musical episode has divided fans – a bit like marmite! I couldn’t really tell you what it is about this song that made me fall in love with it, or if it was in fact the moment I realised how much I love Sara Ramirez. I now have a poster in my room of the lyrics to this song – I’ll post them below. But please, if it’s all you do today, please please listen to this song!

All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I’ve been
And how I got to where I am

But these stories don’t mean anything
When you’ve got no one to tell them to
It’s true, I was made for you

I climbed across the mountaintops
Swam all across the ocean blue
I crossed all the lines and I broke all the rules
But, baby, I broke them all for you

Oh because even when I was flat broke
You made me feel like a million bucks
You do, and I was made for you

You see the smile that’s on my mouth
It’s hiding the words that don’t come out
And all of my friends who think that I’m blessed
They don’t know my head is a mess

No, they don’t know who I really am
And they don’t know what I’ve been through
Like you do, and I was made for you

All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I’ve been
And how I got to where I am

Oh, but these stories don’t mean anything
When you’ve got no one to tell them to
It’s true that I was made for you
Oh, yeah, well, it’s true that I was made for you

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Day 15 – The Trip

Haha okay so this one is really easy to pick. What is my most memorable trip and why? Obviously Ibiza!


The summer between finishing school and starting university, I went to Ibiza with my parents and my sister. We stayed in an adult’s only hotel and it was the first holiday in 8 or 9 years that we didn’t have Mum’s mum with us. Rachel was the youngest guest there and so we got a lot more attention than other guests – although I think her looks might’ve had something to do with that. It was the first holiday we went on that I actually felt 100% comfortable and like I could’ve stayed longer than our two weeks.


As a result, we went again the next two years! However, they have seriously upped the prices due to a recent refurbishment – who pays over £2000 per person for two weeks half board? I can cruise for less than that. It upsets me that I won’t be able to go back next summer, we’ve made some real friends in the staff there, never mind some of the other guests. If you have the money, I would seriously recommend Sol Beach House Ibiza, however I won’t be back for quite some time now due to the sudden increase in price.


Ktkinnes xx