LIFE UPDATE

Hi my lovelies! I know it’s been a super long time since i’ve blogger and i’ve been totally MIA but i’ve just been having some time out and figuring out what I really want to do with life.

There’s been some major changes in my life i’m the past year or so. For starters I’m no longer in university as I decided this wasn’t the route I wanted to take in life.

For those of you who have read my blog for a while you’ll know I went to university and I was studying Sociology! Unfortunately I fell ill and had to drop out in January this time last year. I spent the year recovering and decided to go back to uni in September 2018 to do Media, Culture and Journalism. I made the difficult decision to decide university wasn’t for me and I struggled at the thought that I didn’t know what to do with my life.

After I made the decision to drop out of uni I had a temporary job in New Look which was great to get myself back up on my feet before looking for a new permanent job.

Now care work isn’t something that I thought I would ever get into however I’ve actually started training to be one! I think it’s one of the best opportunities I’ve ever had and I’ve had the best time training to be one as well.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know I had been struggling with my acne for years! I actually made the decision to go private and pay for my treatment! I’m now so happy to say I am finally acne free! I will make a completely separate post about my experience during this, what medication I was on, my before and after pictures.

Anyway I know I’ve been chatting on for so long and you’re probably bored of reading this now but I just wanted to say hi and I am back and blogging again! Thank you so much to everyone who has stuck by my side throughout the past year it has meant the world to me!

See you soon,

K x

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November Goals

It’s November already? I can’t believe another year is almost over already. But November only means one thing, it’s almost Christmas! This is the time of year where we can snuggle up under a fluffy blanket watching Christmas films all night.

Organisation

  • Theres a few things in my room that really need organising. My desk is starting to become a dumping ground for university work/books and other random things. It’s starting to become impossible to find anything in the mornings if I’m in a rush so that definitely needs to be organised ASAP!
  • When I first started university I got into the habit of writing everything I needed to remember in my planner/diary so I never forgot anything. Me being me I have fallen very quickly out of the habit of this, surprise suprise. I need to get back into the habit of writing things back down as I need to make sure I know what I’m doing everyday.

University

  • I have an assignment due very soon (2 weeks to be exact) so I really need to get on top of finishing that. I have started it don’t get me wrong but because it’s my first one I may have slightly gone into panic mode. I have everything I need right in front of me so I just need to plan the rest of my essay out and put it into something amazing (hopefully)

Christmas Shopping

  • I need to get on top of Christmas shopping. I have started and bought a few items for certain people. I won’t be telling you what I have bought or any of my Christmas present ideas just yet because I know those certain people will be reading this as we speak. I just need to figure out a few more gift ideas and I’ll be all sorted, I can sit back and relax for Christmas.

What Christmas present ideas have you got? Leave a few comments below.

See you soon,

K x

Featured photo by: Brunches

September Goals Update

Sorry for the lack of posts lately I’ve managed to get a chest infection and I’m all bunged up with a cold so I’ve been spending 90% of my days in bed. I’m starting to feel a little bit better so I thought I’d get myself back into blogging.

So, it’s pretty much half way through the month so I thought I would update you on how my September Goals are progressing, or if they’re progressing at all. If you haven’t already read my September Goals please check them out!

On the health side of things they’re about 50% successful. I’ve managed to gain 4lbs so for me that’s a pretty good start. It doesn’t seem like much but I’ve struggled my entire life with trying to gain weight so for me 4lbs is amazing. 4lbs closer to reaching my goal. The Dermatology side of things, not so great unfortunately. I called up my local hospital to see where I was on the waiting list as I am desperate to be seen. Unfortunately I was 8 weeks away from getting an appointment (now 6 weeks, yay) so I won’t be addressing that for a few more weeks. I’m hoping they fly by.

On the blogging side of things they’ve been great! I’ve been really enjoying writing new content for you guys and I hope you’re enjoying it too. I’ve been planning out blog posts in advance and have lots more ideas in store for you. I’ve been blogging more often which is a plus and also decided to create a logo! (Credit goes to my boyfriend, I’m not that clever with photoshop yet unfortunately.) I’ve been loving doing reviews and I’d love to some more, let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to review in the comments below. I’ve also spent a lot of time promoting my Facebook page for my blog which you can find here.

As for the university side of things, I don’t start until Monday so I can’t give you a full update on how it’s going but I have spoken to a few girls who are on my course and they seem so lovely. Getting to know them over the summer has been great and I can’t wait to meet them! I am so nervous but so excited at the same time, I don’t know if i’ll be more nervous than excited Monday, I guess there’s only one way to find out.

See you soon!

K x

 

September Goals

The start of September could only mean one thing.. September goals! This blog post is going to be all about what I would like to achieve out of September. I’m starting university so would it’s almost like it’s a fresh start. New year and all that.

Health

  • I would like to gain some more weight. I can get back to the gym and start toning up and building muscle which has always been a goal of mine just I’ve never actually got round to doing it. For me gaining weight has always been a difficult thing mostly due to my parents and family being slim but no matter what I eat I can never gain weight. I would like to be able to maintain a healthy weight and have a balanced diet which I am going to make a priority this month.
  • I am due to see a dermatologist to treat my acne and spots on my face. I have been on the waiting list since May so fingers crossed I will be seen soon. I’ve always struggled to fix my skin, from a very young age, probably the age of 13/14 I developed acne. Since then I have never been able to fix it, so I’m hoping a dermatologist can help me out.

Blog

  • I am planning new ideas to blog about, make my site more interesting and enjoyable for my readers. So keep your eye out for new content over the next couple of weeks…
  • I hope to start blogging more often. I have found that blogging is something that I really enjoy so I will make sure I create some time for sitting down and blogging in the future.

University

  • So, I start university this month! I plan to make an effort to make new friends, find people who share the same interests as me and enjoy my time in university.
  • I also plan to complete work whenever it is set and stay on top of everything. Good time management hasn’t always been a strong point of mine so I’m hoping to improve it this time round.

I’m hoping to try and accomplish all these goals this month, I will keep you updated!

Wish me luck,

K x

An Anecdotal Guide To Further Education Success

Sorry for being absent for a week or so i’ve been so busy with work and getting things ready for university, it’s been manic!

Ok, so I thought I would write about my desired future career and why I have chosen to undertake this as my goal in life. Throughout this blog I will be giving some advice on how I figured out what I wanted to do with my life after school. Hopefully people who are stuck with what they want to do can learn something from this blog.

A-Levels

After I finished my GCSE’s I pretty much knew I wanted to go to sixth form and what I wanted to take for A-level. My decisions were based on what I enjoyed and what I thought I was good at. For AS I chose English, History, RS and Welsh Baccalaureate. English was a subject I had always enjoyed and knew it was a subject I could succeed in. At GCSE I loved history and it was probably one of my favourite subjects, not only did I enjoy it, it was a subject I was actually good at. RS however was not a subject I typically enjoyed it was purely because I had no other subject I wanted to take and somehow managed to get a B at GCSE so I thought why the hell not. If I had any advice to give anyone if you are picking A-levels I would be to chose subjects you enjoy and not something just because you had nothing else to pick. Not only will you not enjoy it you will also find is difficult to succeed if its a subject you don’t like (take this from personal experience).

Deciding on a career

For me this was probably one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. It took me years to figure out what I actually wanted to do with my life when I finished school. Throughout school we were always told we should know what we wanted to do probably from the age of 16. At 16 I thought I knew I wanted to be a English teacher (I loved English at GCSE) however a month or two passed and I had already changed my mind I now wanted to be a history teacher instead. I settled on this decision for months until history proved to be a difficult subject for me at A-level. Finally I managed to decide what I really wanted to do and that was to be a Scene of Crime Officer/Forensic Investigator (someone who collects evidence from a crime scene, fingerprints etc). For years I had been a huge fan of crime shows such as Criminal Minds or NCIS and loved the idea of it. My mind was fully settled on this career when I went to a university open day and looked at the Criminology course. I would highly recommend that you go to a few university open days and check out your subject. Universities have different facilities/apparatus and some universities will be better than others for your course.

My Advice

Be sensible when picking your A-levels, you want to pick ones that are relevant to your desired job/university course, don’t pick subjects just because you’ve got nothing else to pick. From my own experience I feel like I wasted an AS Level and I could have chosen something I really enjoyed and probably would have got a better grade than a U. Through research I was able to see what A-levels were necessary I had to chose in order to take criminology. Luckily for me there was no certain subjects I needed but for other courses its highly likely you’re going to need an A-level in your chosen university course.

Research. This is one of the key elements that helped me decide what career I wanted to go into after university. There are so many websites that give you details on where your chosen career can take you and what entry requirements you need etc. The main website that I used was ‘http://www.prospects.ac.uk’. This website was of great help to me as it showed me which careers were available when I have completed my criminology degree.

Most of all, don’t be disheartened if you don’t get the grades you wanted. There are so many options available for you if you didn’t get the grades you were aiming for. Some university’s can lower their offer so you still may be able to go to your chosen university. Clearing is a great option for those who didn’t get the grades you needed, this process shows you which universities have your chosen course and spaces available there. So even if you don’t get the grades you need to get into your dream university there’s a high chance you will still come out with a university place. If worst comes worst there’s always the chance of resitting the year by taking a gap year. It’s not the end of the world, with patience and determination you can achieve what you want and you will succeed, no matter how long it takes you. Don’t doubt yourself.

See you soon.

K x