September Goals 2017 / August Recap

It’s about time for some goals I think! As per last months post that you can find here, I’m going to do a review of how I got on with last months goals and then get into this month’s goals.

August 2017 Goals

1. Meditate – This is something that I did a few times but didn’t really see much benefit. I was just too distracted to fully engage with it which I think says I need to meditate more than ever. This month I’m going to make more of an effort to practice it regularly and see if I can’t calm down a little.

2. Lose 10lbs – As you will quickly be learning I struggle a lot with my weight and have done so again this month. I spent the majority of this month in tremendous pain so this really was the last of my worries, unfortunately. I’m finally feeling a lot better so will be back on this one this month!

3. Plan next trip – I’m technically still in the middle of this one and am writing a few posts on places I want to visit and as I write the post I am researching where to stay, costs etc. 2 birds with 1 stone you see.

4. Workout – Unfortunately as I mentioned earlier I have been struggling so much with my health this month that working out hasn’t really been an option. I plan to tweak this goal for this month to try and make it more manageable.

5. Research the benefits of minimalism – This is the only goal I feel I’ve fully achieved in August :(. I’ve watched a lot of videos and read blog posts on the topic and am now in the market for a few books I can read that will expand my working knowledge of minimalism. It seems to be something people interpret very differently.

September 2017 Goals

1. Yoga/ meditate 3 times a week or more – 3rd time lucky right? I’ve had this on my 2 previous goals in some form or another. Last month I decided not to quantify the goal but have learnt then I trick myself into thinking once means I’ve done it if I just say “practice meditation”. Technically practising it once is practising though, right?

I want to try and either meditate or practice yoga a few 3 times a week because I found yoga really helped me before and I seriously need to stop stressing over unnecessary things and focus.

2. Drink 2+ litres of water a day – I mentioned in the recap that I had struggled a lot with my health last month and this was due to recurrent kidney issues. I’m actually writing a post at the moment talking all about it but it’s really difficult.

I never used to drink any water/ squash and would drink a can of something carbonated and that would be it for the WHOLE DAY. I know, it’s ridiculously unhealthy and childish to think it wouldn’t catch up with me. I know I should be doing it but don’t. Therefore I want to drink at least 2 litres a day to try and prevent further health issues.

3. Grow my blog further – This one I’m excited about! I have managed to almost double the amount of views in August compared to July and have a huge ambition to try and do the same this month! I also want to learn about Pinterest and how to properly use it to bring in more viewers. I do have specific social media and blog targets but those are very personal so I may share these if I hit them in next months report!

4. Pursue a hobby – I half-markedly (that’s a word right? ;]) have a lot of hobbies that I do when the mood takes me but I want to get serious about at least 1. I’m sort of already on track with this one because on Tuesday I have my first rehearsal session booked in with a local acapella group – I’m so excited. I also want to work more on my guitar skills and try and do an open mic night next month.

5. Learn something new – When I was in university I was totally done with learning and had had enough by the time my course was over. Ironically now I want to learn about a topic or something in particular and have no idea where to start. I kind of miss the research aspect and testing my theories as sad as that sounds. I’ve checked out eDX and have enrolled on a free course on productivity to test the waters before I actually pay for a course. I’ve also been re-learning German through an app on my phone.

6. Get my s**t together – I know, could I be vaguer if I tried? Probably not. I want to focus on using my bullet journal more and also logging all of my achievements. I get so caught up in what I haven’t done and really don’t focus on the small wins that I’ve had this month. I’ve decided to log these in my planner so I can see that the day has been better than I thought.

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2 YouTubers you need in your life

Kalyn Nicholson

Those of you who know me will know that Kalyn Nicholson is the 1 lifestyle YouTuber that I talk about all the time and have followed for years. There are a lot of reasons why I adore Kalyn. She’s such an inspiration because she is a genuinely kind hearted girl who spends her time online inspiring others to be their best self. She’s in her twenties, as am I so I feel like we have a lot in common and she speaks more about being an adult and is a good role model for younger girls.

Koze is Kalyn’s new site and brand and the shop is opening very soon. The main thing to drop from Koze (other than the cute pictures of course) is her ebook #Feels which you can purchase here.

The book basically has beautiful artwork and talks about a bunch of feelings and situations and how you can get through them. It’s helped me through a lot of situations recently so if you need a pickmeup I would definitely give it a go! 🙂

Lavendaire

Aileen is the owner of Lavendaire and possibly one of the most calming people that I watch on YouTube. She’s also one of the few people who’s newsletters I actually look forward to because they’re always so positive and helpful. She’s also very beautiful and her Instagram feed is amazing. She does YouTube videos and has a blog which focus on inspiration and helping people to discover more about themselves.

She also has an amazing SoundCloud account and is an amazing musician.

The Artist of Life workbook is Aileen’s workbook and is basically an inspiring book that you go through and it helps you to figure out where you are and where you should be going.

There’s a lot to be learned by going through this workbook even if you already feel like you’ve got it all together.

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The Liebster Award

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The Liebster Award is something I’d actually never heard of before. I was nominated for it by the wonderful Elise. It’s such a sweet idea so I definitely had to do it! The questions she has suggested is below:

  1. What was the inspiration for the name of your blog?cropped-kbc.jpgThe inspiration behind the “KB” is kinda boring and stands for Kayleigh Bella. Kayleigh is actually my first name although I normally go by my middle name online which is Isabella. Chaos I just liked because I can be pretty chaotic as a person so I thought it just worked. The second choice was Delirium because I like the book but that’s hard for other people to spell!
  2. What has been the best thing to happen to you so far since starting blogging?

    The best thing to happen to me so far is that I’ve met so many helpful, kind and inspiring young ladies who are building their blogs and helping people along the way.
  3. What Instagram/Youtube/Pinterest accounts inspire you?

    superthumb.jpgKalyn. Nicholson. I absolutely adore this girl. She’s amazing and pretty and funny and kind and inspiring… I kind of how the biggest crush on her as a human 😉
  4. What’s your signature look? (clothes, hair and makeup)

    I’m kind of boring with this, I normally wear all black or dark or neutral colours. My makeup is normally minimal with a bold lip colour. My hair is normally naturally wavy and ombre.
  5. What are you reading right now, and what do you think of it so far?

    I’m actually reading the Million Dollar Blog by Natasha Courtnay-Smith. It’s pretty amazing and it’s great for a beginner blogger like me. I’m learning so much.
  6. What TV show do you wish you lived in and why?

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    Don’t laugh. I’m low key obsessed with the Netflix version of The Mortal Instruments, the series. I’d totally love to live there even though it’s super dangerous. It looks super badass and exciting though. I want those cool shadow hunter tattoos.
  7. Current favourite song?

    kelsea-ballerini-second-album.jpgUnapologetically by Kelsea Ballerini. It’s so beautiful and I’m a total romantic. Something about beautiful meaningful lyrics makes me all loved up. Is that just me?
  8. What hobby do you want to take up?

    I really want to take up calligraphy. Some of the hand lettering I have seen in bullet journals is straight up art.
  9. What goals are you currently working towards?

    I’m currently working towards growing my audience here on my blog but also working out what I want to do as a career as I’m still so unsure.
  10. What’s your quote to live by?

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    Live a life that will inspire others.
  11. What motivates you?

    I’m motivated by the idea that my content can help people and make some sort of difference, even just to one person.

Nominee Questions:

  1. Do you have any tattoos? If so, what are they?
  2. Would you rather live forever or travel back in time and live in that period and why?
  3. Whats your staple fashion item you can’t live without?
  4. How long have you been blogging?
  5. What job would you do if money was no object?
  6. What’s one piece of advice you’d give an inspiring blogger?
  7. Where do you want to be in 5 years time?
  8. What’s your favourite photo you’ve taken for your blog to date?
  9. If you join a team for an existing blog; whose would you work on?
  10. Whats the best film you’ve seen this year?
  11. One item you can’t live without?

I nominate:

Kirsty

Lucy

Beth

Geek of All

Rebbekah

Kerry

Hayley

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August Goals 2017/ July Report

So, I thought it would make sense to do my August goals but also to update you guys on how my July goals went. July was my birthday month and I had so much fun exploring and doing what I wanted to. Not saying that that is an excuse…

July 2017 Goal Report

1. Lose 10lbs – Weight loss is something I’m really struggling with at the moment and my weekend away in Cambridge meant I ate terribly. I only lost 2lbs but with the way I was eating and treating my body, I’m surprised I lost anything.

2. Read/ finish 1 book – Technically I have been reading a book but haven’t finished it yet. I got “The Million Dollar Blog” by Natasha Courtenay-Smith. It’s really interesting and I’m learning a lot about blogging as I go along. Expect a book review on this one really soon!

3. Go to the gym 14 times – This one I actually did the opposite of… I actually cancelled my gym membership. I’m currently looking to move away from my home town in the next few weeks and gyms in the city are more affordable. I’ve been going for runs outside and will be trying yoga this week.

4. Practice self-care once a day – If you recall I actually wrote a post on self-care and actually managed to do one thing from the list every day which I am proud of. I can see a change in myself because I am a lot more relaxed and my Fitbit that I got for my birthday has shown my average heart rate is slightly lower.

5. Blog once a week – YEP! Nailed it! I am so proud I’ve managed to do a post a week, even if it has been a bit hectic at times. I’ve also managed to grow the Instagram and Twitter following for the blog as well and met some lovely blogger ladies.

August 2017 Goals

1. Meditate – This links closely to last month as I was practising self-care regularly. I’ve found that meditation helps me to relax which is important as I’m a worrier and stress out quite easily.

2. Lose 10lbs – So I hopped on the scales this morning and had an unfortunate shock. I’ve actually put on weight since updating the top of this post. I’m going to start using MyFitnessPal to track all of my calories in and out. It’s quite awesome because it syncs to my Fitbit and any extra steps I do will be added to my calorie allowance!

3. Plan next trip – I’m one of those few people that have yet to leave the UK. I really don’t travel very far at all if I’m honest. Last weekend  I stayed in Cambridge for a long weekend for my birthday and it was so amazing. This has made me want to go somewhere else new. I have a passport so it’s just a case of booking the trip and saving up! I’m thinking about going to Spain or somewhere hot 🙂

4. Workout – Last month I said go to the gym 14 times but I think leaving it more open ended may be more helpful. I’m going to try and go for a run every other day and practice yoga as well.

5. Research the benefits of minimalism – I’ve been looking into minimalism and am unashamedly addicted to declutter videos on YouTube. I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of minimalism and I’m currently in a small room that is way too overcrowded. I need to actually get rid of a lot as 70% of it I don’t know I have or don’t use. Does anyone have any suggestions for where to start?

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#NewMusicMonday Top 5 Songs – Week of 31st July 2017

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I am still trying to find my bearings here on WordPress and in the blogging world. I enjoy the lifestyle posts, as well as the music posts so I thought I’d start a regular music post.

Here are 5 songs I love that I think you should check out.

  • Rain – The Script

The Script hold a special place in my heart. I met Danny when he was handing out business cards for their first ever single before them supporting the Hoosiers. It was cute, needless to say.

I love their new song rain but not because it’s them. I honestly feel like they’ve gone too mainstream on this one. I do like it as a song though, hence why it made the list. It’s a fun and upbeat song with a reggae vibe to it with a bit of a sad meaning behind it. I would love to see if Danny can hit those high notes live though. I’m sceptical. Either way, I’m glad they’re back.

  • Legends – Kelsea Ballerini 

This song has found its way into my Spotify this month because I absolutely love Kelsea Ballerini (think a cross between country-era Taylor Swift and a modern day Carrie Underwood). The song itself reminds me of Long Live by Taylor Swift a lot. If you’re looking for a new summer country song then I’d highly recommend this one!

This is a beautiful love song and my favourite lyrics, in particular, have to be “Like we were written down in permanent marker, not even the brightest sun could ever fade”. It’s such a beautiful image and has actually made me consider these lyrics or something similar for a tattoo I’m looking to get at some point soon. It’s one of those “sing your heart out” songs for the car, especially if you’re a modern country music fan.

  • Weak ft Louisa Johnson (Stay Strong Mix) – AJR & Louisa Johnson

What a title, right?! This is actually a remix of the original song called Weak by AJR. I stumbled across this song because it was on the top 40 for the UK. This is definitely another summer song and I really like the drop before the chorus. If you watch this performed live they used a digital recording thing for the female voice in the chorus.

Louisa Johnson (X Factor, So Good & Best Behaviour) is a welcome addition to this song. I love her voice and couldn’t believe the original wasn’t a credited artist in the beginning. She has such an impressive vocal range and I love the beautiful harmonies she brings to the track. I feel like the AJR singer can sound very autotuned at times so her raw vocals are a beautiful change.

  • Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato

I will unashamedly explain that I used to love Camp Rock and Demi Lovato in general. I sing myself so I love listening to her music because her vocals are the main focus. I’m not entirely sure who upset Demi (i don’t really keep up with the “drama”) but this is an amazing girl power/revenge track.

I find myself singing the main line “baby I’m sorry, not sorry” quite a bit as it’s a phrase I’ve seen a few people using and posting. I have heard Demi is a very busy lady at the moment with a YouTube documentary being filmed about her, her collaboration with Fabletics and also her other musical collaborations. I’m so happy for her and this new hit is definitely just that, it is a hit that highlights how well she is doing now and if people don’t like it then they can expect her success as her revenge.

  • She Looks So Perfect – 5 Seconds of Summer

I had to look 5SOS up for this post to see if they were still even around. It turns out they seem to still be on a tour for their first album. How strange. Anyway. This remains as one of those older cringe-worthy pop songs that occasionally someone will mention American Apparel and me start singing the song again. It’s a decent mix of typical pop backing and catchy lyrics.

They’re an Australian boy band and I’ve actually been listening to the live version of this song. I think it is potentially better than the released track. Just to let you in on a little secret; this is kind of my drunk song. I sing the main lyrics when I’m rather drunk. That’s how you know it’s a good song, right? All silliness aside if you like pop boy bands *cough* One Direction *cough*  then you’ll totally love 5SOS if you haven’t heard of them before.

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To The Bone – Netflix Review

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I just want to preface this by saying I have never been affected by an eating disorder personally; this review may be impacted by that. 

I seem to be spending a terrible amount of time lately watching Netflix, [sorry not sorry] especially since I have been downloading things to watch on my train commute to work. I noticed To The Bone and decided to download it because it was something I remember hearing about but couldn’t remember why. Apparently, it was the fact the movie is littered with controversy.

At the time of writing this review, I’m really conflicted about how I feel about this movie. To sum it up; it has elements of romance but isn’t a romance story, it has to feel good moment but isn’t a feel good film and also has moments of comedy but isn’t a comedic movie at the heart of it. I really enjoyed the movie but I’m still not 100% sure why. I do agree with some angry reviews that claim it glamorises anorexia. At times I feel it does because for the most part Ellen herself doesn’t seem too phased by it or like she is suffering.

I would recommend it when you have a free afternoon and you’re looking for something that will make you think a little more about life itself. It teaches that as much as someone may claim to “have it together” the majority of the time they don’t. In a very harsh way, it also taught me that not everyone can be “saved” and that sometimes learning to cope is the best available outcome.

My main issue with this film is that I felt like it was the first episode of a series and I was very disappointed that it was just a movie. I think the characters themselves are very likeable and I think Luke is absolutely great along with Kelly, her sister. My overall opinion is that it’s worth a watch when there is very little else you’d rather watch. It gives an insight into anorexia and the way people think when they are affected by such an affliction. It also briefly touches on the feelings and thoughts of the people who surround the “sufferer”. For a more in-depth review with spoilers, keep reading.

[Spoilers lie ahead]

The story follows Ellen (Lily Collins), a young woman who suffers from anorexia and has seemingly tried all treatments going other than a radical one at a group recovery home that is run by Dr Beckham (Keanu Reeves). The premise, I feel, is a good one. Like I mentioned earlier I feel like it would have benefited either from having a form of “resolution” or being made into a multi-episode series.

The lighthearted nature throughout the movie meant that I quite enjoyed it and it felt like an oddly compelling documentary in places. I myself have not been impacted by an eating disorder and I feel like it helped me to understand a little about the disorder. This being said the lack of a definitive “happy ending” did leave me a little hopeless that she would actually better and would ultimately lose her life. I can see why this ending was written but hopefully, this isn’t the case for everyone who has an eating disorder.

There is a “moment” in To The Bone between Ellen and Luke and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I am a romantic at heart and love it when two characters seemingly perfect for each other get together. The fact that Luke is such a positive person and seems to be making a lot of good progress is the main reason why I feel like he’d be great for Ellen. He also doesn’t take things too seriously but knows when to draw the line as well. I write fanfiction occasionally (i know, I’m a nerd..)  and have an overwhelming urge to write their recovery together.

The main issue I had though was that the whole “she’s an artist and some girl committed suicide” story line really confused me throughout. I still don’t really understand why the girl killed herself or what significance it had. Maybe it was what sparked the anorexia or was a result of it. If you’ve seen To The Bone can you please explain this to me?!

All in all, it’s definitely worth a watch but I would avoid letting younger kids watch it as I do agree in places it glamorises anorexia like 13 Reasons does with suicide. Worth a watch but doubtful I’d rewatch it.

6/10

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3 Month Bucket List (Summer) #1

Summer Bucket List

Alright, so it’s been summer for a while here in England and I totally get that. That’s why I’ve called it my 3-month bucket list. Hopefully, I want to cross most of these things off the list before October!

  • Picnic in the woods.
    If you have read my self-care post you will know that I have a thing for nature and the outdoors at the moment. I think this has something to do with being stuck inside 9-5 during the week. There’s nothing more adorable and romantic to me at the moment than the idea of taking a picnic and finding a beautiful place to enjoy it. Ideally, I want to go somewhere I haven’t been before by a lake if possible.
  • Beach at night.
    This one has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Technically I’ve been at the beach at night with my dad when he went fishing. This time I want to see the sunset from the beach and just lay on a blanket and stare at the stars with the relaxing sounds of the waves.
  • Theme Park. 
    Theres something about a theme park that screams summer to me. Coincidentally my manager recently mentioned going to the beach near me that has a theme park at one end. Maybe i can watch the sunset too and kill two birds with one stone.
  • Outside Cinema.
    This is the something that i have seen and heard a lot of American YouTubers and programmes talking about (Riverdale). It isn’t, however something i’ve heard about here in England until recently. It seems to be a phase in this country at the moment but i can totally see why. The only issue being our beautiful weather…
  • Go somewhere new. 
    This is an overarching theme at the moment since i recently got my first passport and have never in my life left the country. Terrible i know. At the moment this relates more to within the UK and we’ll leave the overseas travelling for when i have more time and money.

This is part one of my Summer Bucket List. Expect photographic evidence of all of the above. Do any of you have a bucket list or think i’ve missed something crucial?

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