Twenty things that I am grateful for everyday

For once I would love to switch on the news and see that nothing bad had happened somewhere in the world, which is sadly impossible. There is so much negativity going on in the world right now, which really saddens and disappoints me. I honestly do weep for humanity. With yet more school shootings happening over in America, Trump being Trump and people only caring about themselves (yes Teressa May I am mostly talking about you) etc, the world is a currently sad place to be.

However, the positive bean in me wants to focus on the good things in life, despite all the dark and crap going on, so I thought that I would compile a list of every day positive things to be grateful of to take out of my day when the helplessness of the news and the world gets too much.

1. My Mum – I honestly have the most kind, selfless and big hearted mother in the world and I am beyond blessed to be able to call her mum. I have never met such a hard-working, selfless and kind person.

Every day she puts me first despite the fact that I tell her that she shouldn’t revolve her day around me, waking up at 6am every day to drop me off at the station so that I don’t miss my train for work and coming to pick me up from the station at the end of the day. She makes me sandwiches in the morning and will drop anything if I need her. (I don’t take advantage of this fact). She is a wonderful person and I don’t know where I would be without her. She is my role model, inspiration and best friend and I am lucky to have her in my life.

2. Amazing family and friends-

I am very blessed to have such an incredible support network around me and also all over the world. My family are wonderful and every day I am very grateful to have them in my life. My friends are my tribe. The family I chose.These people are the ones who will always be there, no matter what, or where they are in the world. These people are the ones I turn to in a crisis or just for a laugh and a catch up. These are the people who create memories with me that I will remember, treasure and laugh at for the rest of my life. These people are the people I will always love.

3. Liverpool (my team).

I often joke that supporting Liverpool is like being married to someone who annoys the crap out of you, but at the end of the day, you just bloody love them. They annoy me, they make me incredibly happy, I get excited to see them. Yep, at the end of the day, Liverpool Football Club no matter what, win, lose or draw, is an endless love affair. They have always been a part of my life, and always will. The players may change, the manager may change, the kits may change, but Liverpool is a part of me. I’m grateful to be a football fan and being able to experience the ups, downs and memories that supporting a football club every season.

3. My health.

I am really fortunate that I’m healthy and as far as I’m aware I have no standing health problems so I have lots to be grateful for. I seem to have a good immune system, and rarely get ill. Although, the rare cold is enough to turn me into a sorry sod who just wants to wrap myself in a burrito of blankets and hide away from the world because I just feel so rubbish and sorry for myself. Every day I’m grateful to being healthy and happy (97% of the time at least!) I’m also incredibly happy that my family and friends are also in good health.

4. A roof over my head

This is something that many of us take for granted and I know I can be guilty of this. In fact, more recently my job has opened my eyes more to the poor people huddled on street corners in sleeping bags. I’m really fortunate that my parents are letting me live back home with them free of change so that I can save up for the future. Believe me I have tried many times to give my mum some form of rent and she refuses every time.

5. Exercising and sports

I am lucky that I am easily able to do some form of exercise whenever I get a spare moment if I wish to. I’m also lucky that I often am motivated enough to throw on my Nike trainers and go for a run around the park and sea front or go for a swim (currently for free) in my local spa pool. I am fortunate that I don’t really have anything physically stopping me, (injuries etc)

6. My job.

I am so lucky that I’m in a job that I really enjoy going to every day. There’s always lots of opportunities for personal growth, everyone there is lovely and helpful, my team is great and I finally am beginning to feel full filled in my career. Last March I got a job in a bar with unsociable hours, awful pay, I didn’t feel very appreciated and I definitely felt like I could be doing so much more. This job is a million miles away and I’m so grateful every day

7. Netflix –

I know that I am a little cheeky that I have literally been sponging off my friend’s Netflix since 2015, but honestly who doesn’t love having access to Netflix? There’s something really cool about knowing that I have instant access to wide range of TV shows and movies from all over the world at the touch of a button. And of course, you can’t beat the feeling of starting and getting emotionally invested in a TV show that has another five series to go.

8. My bed –

I love my bed. It’s super cosy and the best thing to face plant after a long day at work. It’s also the best thing to starfish in and spread out and do my own thing. It’s also covered in funky bedding, lots of blankets and cushions and I have big puffy new pillows. I also love taking a coffee up to bed with me on a Sunday morning and reading until my heart is content. And of course, you can’t beat wrapping yourself up in a burrito blanket and not moving.

9. Hot drinks –

Oh so simple, but so comforting. Like a hug in a mug. I love starting my day with a cup of coffee and I love ending it with a warm, comforting mug of hot juice. I love treating myself midday to a nice, warm fruit tea when I’m working hard, and the odd cup of quite milky tea is always a nice treat. A hot drink is my go to way to warm up once getting inside after being out in the cold, and my go to when I feel poorly or a little under the weather.

10 Music-

I have a tattoo dedicated to music. I adore music. I love the fact that no matter how you’re feeling, there is always a song out there for you, that understands you. I love discovering new music and falling in love, as well as re-discovering music and falling in love all over again. I love how music is a time portal that can transport people back to a moment in their life. I love the feeling of standing in a sea of people getting lost and sharing a moment with our favourite artists or bands. Everyone connected by music. I love finding a song with lyrics that just get me. Music is just a wonderful thing.

11. Clean sheets –

I love the feeling of diving into a bed with fresh sheets, in fresh PJs, feeling very fresh and relaxed after a bubble bath. It’s such a simple, but amazing feeling. I always make sure to change my bedding on a Sunday morning knowing that I will be getting into it after a bubble bath to make the experience of clean sheets even more enjoyable.

12. Bubble baths-

This one is fairly similar to the above point. However, having a really hot, bubble bath on a Sunday night is my favourite way to end a week and start a new one. I love the feeling of just lying down and relaxing in hot bubbles. I also love that after bubblebath feeling when my skin is warm, smooth and just all round fresh. I love boiling hot showers, but that weekly bubblebath is a one treat that I enjoy every weekend.

13- Roast dinners.

Ah the simply brilliant roast dinner. You can’t get much better than a plate full of crispy potatoes and colourful vegetables, smothered in gravy. I’m very fortunate that both my grandad and dad are amazing cooks and can whip up an amazing roast dinner. I’m also very fortunate that my dad likes to make roasts every Sunday for the grandkids, so I get to enjoy one pretty much every Sunday.

14- Exploring and adventures in new places.

The adventurer with in me loves any opportunity to explore new areas. The first thing I want to do when I get to a place I’ve never been before. I love finding new places to eat and drink, hidden places to explore and new places to see and do. There’s the whole exhilarating feeling of exploring new territories.

15. Going out for breakfasts.

I love having people in my life who are down for spontaneous visits to cafes for breakfasts and chin wags. One of my favourite things to do in Australia a couple of years ago was go out to different cafes with my Auntie and Uncle and enjoy a big breakfast complete with a coffee. At home there’s a little cafe up the road from my house and it’s always exciting when the plans revolve around going out for breakfast. Also, you can’t beat a big plate of a veggie breakfast food complete with a milky coffee. It’s the best way to start any day.

16. Catching up with people over a coffee.

This one is fairly similar to the above one, but let’s be honest, catching up with friends over a big mug of coffee, is a really simply great way to pass the time. I love the hustle and bustle of coffee shops – the sounds, the smell, people watching etc. There’s not much better than good company, a big mug of tasty coffee and no where to be.

17. Sunny days.

There’s something to be said about sunny days that just make everything feel better. There’s something great about walking around with the sun hitting your skin and making everything feel warm and happy. A little bit of sun and lots of problems just seem to disappear. A bit of sun and everywhere just looks brighter and more promising. Also, I love lazy days lying on grass with a book and some music. Or beach days with my friends. I’m so over the grey, cold, miserable wintery March days, bring on the sun.

18. Fresh vegetables and salads.

I adore vegetables. In fact, it’s quite funny, when I was a little kid I was so embarrassed to admit to my friends how much I love vegetables, because you know, at 8 years of age, loving vegetables isn’t the coolest thing ever. So any friends who came to Keri’s house for tea had turkey dinosaurs and chips. However, now, give me all the vegetables (except mushrooms!) I would be more than happy to devour a huge plate of vegetables. Also, I currently love salads, the fresher the better. Also, avocado in the salad. I’m already craving sunny days and fresh salads for lunch on some grass somewhere whilst watching the world go by.

19. Going up to Liverpool to see the family.

Liverpool is home. It always has been. For me, Liverpool is my second home. A place of childhood where I spent many school holidays having adventures with my family. Sadly though, as I’ve gotten older, I haven’t been able to get up there as often as I would like to, because life. But, this year I shall definitely be getting my arse up there because I miss Liverpool and the family. Plus my Grandad, who is an absolute cutie by the way, isn’t getting any younger.

20. New books and getting lost in new worlds.

My book buying is getting out of control. I love reading, I feel very fortunate that I have always loved reading, ever since I was a child. I have always loved the luxury of getting lost in new worlds amongst ink on pages and meeting new characters. I have also always loved the feeling of being able to return back to my ‘friends’ every time I return to a book. I love the smell of books old and new. I love the feeling of pages being turned in my hands. I love picking up new books, knowing that there is a whole new world waiting in there to be explored. I love books.

Enjoy your Monday folks, I hope you find joy in the small things too.

Until next time,

Love, hugs and pugs.

Keri.

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Sundaze 9

Brrrrr it is mighty chilly today isn’t it!

I definitely could not write a weekly post this week without mentioning the intense weather that has been happening all over England this week. The combination of Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma means that, temperature-wise, it’s been Baltic conditions out there. Also, it snowed down here, it never snows down here.

Anyway, have a cheeky look at some of the stand out moments – good and bad, of my previous week.

Snow

So yes, as mentioned above, snow and sub zero temperatures has been the main feature in England this week. I’ve had two days off work because I literally could not leave the house, plus the railway line that I take to work goes right along the sea front where flood defence warnings were in place. In fact, I left the house for the first time in three days yesterday (on Saturday) when we popped over to Sainsburys to restock on food.

Sadly I had a couple of impending deadlines this week and next, so I couldn’t enjoy the snow as I had to actually do some college work. Fun.

Grey’s Anatomy

I started watching Greys last year when I came back from Australia and Sky were showing boxsets free for three months. I managed to catch the final month so was able to watch the first three, almost four series and got absolutely hooked. I decided to treat myself to the first 13 series boxset from HMV after a stressful week last week – exam and co-hosting an award ceremony to 180 people.

I re-watched the first episode yesterday after I didn’t allow myself to watch it until I got my work done. I’m really excited to see the rest. It was a really nice throw back to revisit that world, because honestly I have really missed it.

Hanging out with Will for four days straight

My nephew Will is my little mate. He’s like the little brother that I had always wanted growing up so I’ve always loved him sleeping over at our house. He sleeps over pretty much every Saturday – which is something I always look forward to on the weekend. Due to the snow though, he came over on Thursday evening and hasn’t left since. 😄 I’ve really enjoyed his company though, from him coming into my room for a chat in the morning and hanging out and just having a mate around really. Plus I love family movie nights, even if Starwars dragged last night. I’m going to miss him tonight when he goes back home haha.

I’m now off to hang out with Will, eat some food, and chill out before writing up another blog later, bubblebath, roast and hopefully I’ll manage a few crunchies and sit-ups before bed because I’m getting a little Buddha belly. Maybe I’ll fit in some Greys and Gossip Girl later too.

How’s your week been?

Until next Sunday.

Love, hugs and pugs,

Keri.

Ps Again like every single Sundaze style post this one is a bit of a trial and error really. I know it needs tidying up and it’s a bit rough at the moment, but hopefully I can get into a nice little zone with this soon. As well as my blog. For the time being though, at least I’m getting some words down and out there. Also, yes I shall start adding photos into this at some point. Bare with me please.

Sundaze 8

Let’s just throw it out there, how quick did February come and go? I swear January was long, slow and never ending. And yet, Feb just flew by, which would have been more fun if there wasn’t two things at the end of the month in one week that I was dreading.

But hey ho, this week is now over. But yeah, Feb did seem to fly by in a blink of pancake batter, resolutions and dogs and Chinese. Now that my morning train commutes and evening commutes are so much lighter, I for one really am embracing the end of winter, finally.

Anyway, have a cheeky look at some of the stand out moments – good and bad, of my previous week.

Co-comparing my first award evening

I must admit, this was the one thing that I had been dreading ever since the end of January when I somehow found myself being unintentionally put down to host an awards night for the prestigious college apprenticeship awards night event.

I was especially nervous all week (the event was on Thursday), but luckily when it came to the actual day, I wasn’t as nervous as I expected I would be. Although I think the couple of relaxing herbal sweets that I took before, definitely helped.

It was a really good night over all and I’m surprised at how calm I was the entire evening, despite the fact that I had to talk to a room of 180 people. Arriving early was the best thing we probably could have done for our performance as I feel that the dress rehearsal that we had at the start of the night definitely helped us to break the ice and feel comfortable up on the stage.

Overall though we bossed the stage, despite the few little bits that we stumbled over. Not that anyone noticed, or at least mentioned to us. There were some really cool and inspiring guest speakers there, like Susana Lawson, the director/co-owner of OneFile, a system used across the country to submit coursework, and a guy who had worked with big names like Barack Obama and Bear Grylls. They both gave some inspiring speeches.

We were presented with flowers at the end of the ceremony, which were beautiful and a nice touch. Also, I had never been given flowers before so it was quite an exciting moment for me.

Everyone was really lovely at the end, and gave us some really great feedback. I would definitely do that again. Also, we had fun taking photos with the Rugby Premiership trophy and I even made my friend and co-compare Marie, take photographs with Henry Slade whenever his photograph popped up on the wall, because you know, he’s hot.

Going to my first live rugby match

I must admit I don’t know much about rugby other than the fact that you can only pass backwards, not forwards. But I have wanted to go to live match since at least 2015. So a few weeks back my friend Soph and I decided to book tickets for the 24th – purposely chosen date for the week that I had lots of things on that was making me nervous so that I had something to look forward to. Also, we started the day with a banging breaky, which was a top start, to a quality day all round.

It was a great day. I loved the atmosphere throughout the match especially. It was pretty much lots of happy people, with drinks all chatting and mooching around in the sunny, but cold winter Feb afternoon. We even had great seats right by the pitch. It was just a shame that we were also right behind a couple of bins.

The game itself was really good, even if Henry Slade was not on the pitch. Although saying that, if he wasn’t injured, he would have been off playing for England in the Six Nations, so I guess there’s that. The Chiefs had four players in the England squad and probably others playing for other national teams so their team was missing some of their best players.

Although I must be honest I had no idea what was happening, not properly anyway, it was really fun. I loved it actually. Plus rugby fans are so much politer than the football fans that I’m used to. There were no swear words uttered – not that I noticed anyway. Unlike football matches where every other word used is a swear word.

Also all the fans got to sit next to each other. I didn’t realise that we were sharing the seat section with Northampton Saints fans, until loud cheers started coming from the back end of the ground when the Saints took the lead. Sadly by that point I had already sung along with When The Saints come marching in.

Despite the fact that I had no idea what was happening for the most part. The electronic board was really handy, letting everyone know what was happening. I couldn’t believe that whenever there was a penalty kick, the board would come up saying, shuuush, respect the kicker and the entire stadium would go silent. It was eye opening. Whenever players get penalties in football, the opposition fans would do whatever it would take to put the player off.

It was just a great atmosphere, everyone was sipping on drinks and singing and chanting and just having fun really. it was funny when both sets of fans were trying to out chant each other and it was really funny.

The game was great overall and somehow The Chiefs managed to win at the end. Honestly the Saints were in the lead for most of the game. I was watching the clock on the board slowly trickle down to the point where Saints were leading 30-24 up to the last six minutes. But then the Chiefs literally scored with seconds to go to take the score to 31-30. Bloody amazing!

Passing my first exam of my Digital Marketing course

On Tuesday I finally got to take my first exam of my course, the one that we were supposed to take in December, and know the date in October. But, as it turned out, we found the date in January and took it in Feb so whatever.The exam was a fucking joyous time by the way. It was on a computer, which lead to lots of problems for me. I was unlucky to be the only one on one row of desks, which didn’t work.

Before taking the exam, we were told that we only had to log in and then we would be all good to go, but I had lots of logging in problems to log into the actual exam, which lead to me getting really anxious and frustrated. In fact, I was so close to walking out or crying in frustration.

I ended up moving to computer next to me, which was all good until six questions in when a box popped up saying it was going to shut down in two minutes. Not ideal. I ended up losing out in six minutes, although I was lucky that I didn’t miss out on those minutes.

I managed to complete the exam though, with enough time to read through it to check my answers about three times, which was enough time to drive myself nuts. I decided to stay and finish all my time because I have never left an exam before the end of time.

The good news is though, I passed. Speaking of the exam, it was so much harder than I was expecting it to be. It sounds like the whole class though that too and we all had similar results. Only a couple of people failed as far as I’m aware. Ah well, that’s one down, two more to go

Bring it on.

I also ate two burgers (Five Guys and a Grand Big Mac from Maccys), the Grand Big Mac isn’t all that grand by the way.

I’m now off to have the most relaxing bubble bath complete with a Lush bathbomb and a possible candle before a roast dinner, writing up another blog and hopefully I’ll manage a few crunchies and sit-ups before bed because I’m getting a little Buddha belly.

How’s your week been?

Until next Sunday.

Love, hugs and pugs,

Keri.

Ps Again like every single Sundaze style post this one is a bit of a trial and error really. I know it needs tidying up and it’s a bit rough at the moment, but hopefully I can get into a nice little zone with this soon. As well as my blog. For the time being though, at least I’m getting some words down and out there. Also, yes I shall start adding photos into this at some point. Bare with me please.

Sundaze 7

In all honesty, this week is all about the maths and getting nervous for next week, which I can’t wait to be over to be honest, but more on next week’s Sundaze post I guess.

This week’s social calendar has been super busy, only not for me. I never seem to pay much attention to most of the social calendar. This week it has been all about Shrove Tuesday/Pancake day, where no pancakes were consumed, Valentine’s Day/Galentine’s Day where I spent the day getting up, close, personal and jiggy with lots of maths practise and papers and Chinese New Year, where I definitely should have stuffed my face with Chinese just because.

Anyway, have a cheeky look at some of the stand out moments – good and bad, of my previous week.

Liverpool’s Valentine’s Day Porto Massacre

What. A. Night.

On Valentine’s Day I spent the night, well I would have if BT Sports wasn’t so bloody greedy, watching my beautiful red men absolutely destroy the Portuguese champions on their home soil, taking back to Liverpool five away goals in the process for the second leg in a few weeks. Surely there’s no going back now. I love my boys. I love this Lucky orange kit and I love being back in the Champions League. What a beautiful night.

Black Panther/ free cinema tickets and discounted slushies

I saw Black Panther the other day with my friend Shane who I met in Australia and it was awesome. What a film, I won’t give any spoilers away, but what a film. I can see why the film is making waves at the moment, I was a big fan. Despite the fact that it was very long, Shane said it was 2 hours and 15 minutes, I didn’t realise how long it had been and my butt wasn’t falling asleep, which is always a good sign. It was trippy leaving the cinema in darkness though.

I really enjoyed it, the storyline was gripping, the effects were amazing, the fight scenes were awesome, I loved the soundtrack and I would see it again in a heartbeat. 9/10. I really enjoyed it and it was great to see a strong black cast in the main stream cinema. I also found, minus all the weird kill marks all over the guy’s chest and the extreme anger at the world, Michael.B. Jordan, who plays Erik Killmonger, really hot haha. Oh and if you go and see it, stay for the two additional scenes at the end.

The afternoon/evening was made even better by a trip to GBK afterwards where we both got the deal, which was happy days. This time round as well, I actually demonstrated my eating capacities and managed to stuff my face without struggle. I blame the late staff Christmas meal and early GBK for the shocking performance the last time we went.

Maths, lots of maths.

I hate maths. However, I guess in the grand scheme of things it was probably worth while as at some point I am going to have to take the bloody paper. It’s more of a crisis of confidence really. Oh and a massive recap because technically I haven’t really done maths since 2010. The good news is though. I’m kind of glad to be back in the office tomorrow, although I will miss getting home earlier and having an extra hour in bed.

Lighter mornings, getting up later and getting home earlier

The week of maths has meant that I didn’t have to be in the college until 9:30, so I got a whole extra hour in bed and leaving around 3 meant that I got to be home around 5 instead of 6:30 like normal. It’s been wonderful, especially getting home in actual light. I can’t wait until spring/summer when I’ll still be getting home late, but at least it will be light.

Discounted Waitrose bargains

This week has enabled me opportunities to pop down the road to Waitrose and pick up some bargains and inspiration. Before I got my banging salary job, I used to go to Waitrose a lot for reductions and finding lots of bargains was always fun. I always enjoyed finding inspiration too.

Nintendogs

Back in 2008 I was all about Nintendogs. Sadly though my DS along with all my games, including lots of dogs from all of my games (I had the Labrador and Dalmatian version), when we were burgled. On the Friday I randomly bought the game in CEX and it’s been a real fun throw back ever since. The game wasn’t reset though so I now have four dogs, which is fun, but I want to buy my own dogs to kind of put my own spin on it.

I’m now off to do a bit more revision as I feel as if I haven’t quite done as much today as I would have liked. All I need to do before bed now is to do some more revision and some sit-up. I also have to have a script read though for Thursday with mum for some useful feed back. Oh and most importantly, have a sexy bubble bath.

How’s your week been?

Until next Sunday.

Love, hugs and pugs,

Keri.

Ps Again like every single Sundaze style post this one is a bit of a trial and error really. I know it needs tidying up and it’s a bit rough at the moment, but hopefully I can get into a nice little zone with this soon. As well as my blog. For the time being though, at least I’m getting some words down and out there. Also, yes I shall start adding photos into this at some point. Bare with me please.

Is Valentine’s Day capitalist bullshit?

As a perpetually single girl, out of choice may I add, it would be very easy for me to turn into Bridget Jones on Valentines Day; Eating the entire contents of my fridge, downing my sorrows in multiple glasses of wine, whilst patiently waiting for Colin Firth to knock on my door and declare his undying love. As a nation, we can all be guilty of taking part in this yearly pity-fest, despite that most of us are happily single for the other 364 days of the year.

Call me as cynical, but let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day is commercial bullshit, created by a billion-dollar industry, keen to capitalise on the social pressures of couples needing to up their romantic game, of investing on expensive gifts, whilst those tragically single people buy expensive tubs of ice cream and junk food to feel moderately better about themselves and their lack of romantic love life.  Box-office rom-coms play on our insecurities, shops cover themselves in all those cuddly, sickly lovey dovey mushy love shit merchandise, television adverts jump on the happily-ever-after storylines. There’s no getting away from it. Here we are, contactless cards at the ready to buy into all that hopeless fantasy shit that the love of our lives turning up on our front door, holding flowers and being happy ever after.

Sorry to all the romantic folks out there, but there is literally no correlation between the beginnings of Valentines Day and what Valentines Day is like now. It’s all superficial and designed to line the pockets of all the big retailers. You could even go as far as to suggest that rather than symbolise love and emotions, it could be argued that it is a symbol of capitalist dominance, a smart tool of advertising that we all lap up like eager dogs with a bowl of food.

Let’s also not forget that Valentine’s Day has set the big love gesture standards super high. Think John Cusack holding a boombox outside your bedroom window levels. How often can iconic love gestures like that be easily met?

Let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day makes the average single person feel like shit. I remember the Bebo time of my teenage years, watching all the popular people in my year’s love numbers sky rocket, whilst I just could not compete. Or hearing about how your friend’s boyfriend bought her a teddy bear, whilst you remembered that you didn’t even get a card off you mum.

So why do we buy into this capital bullshit every year? Why do we feel the need to buy lavish gifts to demonstrate our love for someone? And why is this love declaration day restricted to just that one day every February? I don’t know about you, but I would much rather show the people I care about, every day how much I appreciate having them in my life.

I mean, don’t take someone for granted for the other 364 days of the year and suddenly feel the pressure to buy overpriced chocolates, write a couple of words on a card and post a smug Instagram post. Of course, I’m not suggesting that you should not treat the people you care about on Valentine’s Day, because you should spoil them. All I’m saying is don’t forget the commercial aspects of the meaning behind the day. Don’t feel pressured to appear to be the ‘perfect couple’ on your social media, or feel completely shit because you’re the only one out of your friends who didn’t receive flowers or chocolate.

So, this February 14th I will show my appreciation for my beautiful family, friends, and be single and proud. Let’s stop feeling sorry for our single selves and start spreading the love, on Valentine’s Day and every other day of the year. Own it ladies and gents.

Until next time,

Love, hugs and pugs.

Keri.

Sundaze 6

In a seemingly stark contrast to Janurary, which dragged on like crazy, in a dragged out haze of Blues and low fund worries, February seems to have flown by so far hasn’t it!

The mornings and evenings are getting lighter and lighter as I board the train to work or back home after a long day of fulfilling my career goals. The excitement for Spring fills the air, and it is very evident that the slow, cold drags of winter are finally coming to an end. Praise the lord. (We shall just ignore the fact that it snowed this morning!) Now to just hope the next few weeks can whizz by so that the two events that I am most worried about will be over and done with and I can relax again until my coding exam in April.

My week has been slow, but steady, filled with work and the usual dark nights by the time I get home and changed into my PJs. I managed a productive study day at home, frantically attacking an old piece of wallpaper with ten weeks worth of classroom power points and taking notes off all the youtube videos including in the powerpoint slides (Well I’m three powerpoints in, seven more to go on this week’s approved study day). I have didn’t manage to swim this week as Sophie bailed on me due to tiredness, and time of the month struck at the end of the week. I forked out an extra £199 at the start of the week on another monthly train pass, my new newsletter style was a big hit with the work staff and I overcame a fear to take some very important ‘official’ photographs of an important ceremony at The Guild Hall.

Have a cheeky look at some of the stand out moments – good and bad, of my previous week.

Productive Study Days

I had an improved study day on the Tuesday, one of two as I also have an improved one for next week, by my college tutors and the director. I made sure to be strict with myself to ensure I got the most out of my day and as a result I went to bed feeling rather satisfied at the end of the day. I ended up attacking this old piece of wallpaper that has been hanging around in the study since at least 2014 because I remember doing my uni law revision notes on it, back in second year. By the end of the day it was covered both sides in all ten days worth of lessons notes. I also went through the first three powerpoints again, making sure to watch all the videos included and take down all the notes in great detail and went through the practise exam paper a couple of times. Next Tuesday’s study session will be going through the rest of the videos on the rest of the slides, taking down all of the notes, as well as going through everybody’s answers that we have to upload onto Slack each week, for reference and possible case study answers and going through the exam questions again a few times. It was nice to be productive for a change.

Photography A-Game on top and taking opportunities.

Although I can take photographs and often do, taking ‘professional’ photographs where it is relying on me to deliver is always a pressurised situation and I try to avoid it as much as possible. However, as none of the rest of the boys in my team could make the event, I had no choice but to pop over to the Guildhall and be the official photographer for the afternoon, taking the important photographs of one of the old councillor’s honorary Alderman ceremony. I was really nervous, but luckily they came out really well all things considering (the Guildhall is an absolute nightmare for taking photographs as the light is such a challenge due to the age of some of the paintings). The last time I was over there, I made my supervisor Steve go up mid-ceremony to take the photos. So I had the opportunity to challenge myself and everyone said just how good the photographs were, so happy days.

A leather jacket bargain

I am a big fan of a bargain and take after my nan (R.I.P) in that department, always nailing some great finds. Whilst reading a book on my lunch break I suddenly remembered that New Look had some leather jackets on the £10 sale rack and raced over to buy one. New Look was always my go-to when I was 15, but not so much these days. However, for £10 it was a steal and even if it breaks, for a tenner I definitely wouldn’t be missing out. I don’t normally go for a size 14, but it was the better option than the 6, which was the other size left. I ended up swagging through the office, swinging my New Look bag like an absolute bad ass.

A decent driving lesson for a change

This week’s lesson went rather well this week. I managed to not do anything dangerous, which made a change. I also learnt that I can do a decent park bay in Tesco and that my instructor Harriet really cannot do male Australian accents, which was very amusing whilst she was getting me to do right turns like a normal human being and the sat nav wasn’t talking. She only had to get me to pull over to tell me off a couple of times, which made a change. I’m still not a fan of round abouts though.

Cinema for one

On Saturday after my driving lesson I was supposed to go to the cinema with my best friend Livy to see the new Jamanji, which was a film that we have been trying to see since New Year’s Day when it was over booked. Only she phoned me up sounding very bunged up, sorry for herself and was apologetic about bailing on me bless her. I was reluctant to go on my own, but in the end it won out as this week is pretty much the last chance to see it. I also thought as it has been out a while it will probably be quite empty so no one will see how tragic I am, sneaking in with no mates. As it turned out, the screen was pretty much sold out and the guys were turning people away for that film.
I’m pleased I went because that film was hilarious and I would have been sad to miss out, but also, I was pleased for going by myself, even if I did feel incredibly awkward sat on the end of the row praying for the lights to hurry up and dim down. I also treated myself to a cheap, snuggly bright yellow hoody from Primark and some cosy bed socks as it had been raining and I felt a little damp, so that was nice and cosy.
Did I enjoy my first cinema experience on my own? It was ok.
Would I do it again? Yes

I’m now off to stuff my face with some much needed and hopefully tasty soup. The kids have gone to play in the park for a little bit so I am going to make the most of a bit of piece before the noise starts again. All I need to do before bed now is to do some practise revision paper in, do some sit-ups, start drafting up some more blogs hopefully and have a sexy bubble bath. You have to love Sundays.

How’s your week been?

Until next Sunday.

Love, hugs and pugs,

Keri.

Ps Again like every single Sundaze style post this one is a bit of a trial and error really. I know it needs tidying up and it’s a bit rough at the moment, but hopefully I can get into a nice little zone with this soon. As well as my blog. For the time being though, at least I’m getting some words down and out there. Also, yes I shall start adding photos into this at some point. Bare with me please.

25 Things I Want to Do Before Turning 25

The start of 2018 was a reminder that I am turning 25 in September, and it got me thinking about the kinds of things that I would like to achieve by the time I am a quarter of a century years old.

Although my birthday doesn’t feel all that long ago, I have noticed that the older you get, the faster the time goes. I love a good list, so I thought that I would compel a list of all the things that I would like to achieve in the up and coming months before the big 2-5.

1. Get that long elusive pink driving license.

I remember when I was 17, I was one of the oldest in my year at school and I was determined to be the first person in my year to pass my driving test so I eagerly jumped in mum’s car and spent many early weekend mornings driving around an empty car park, probably in first gear. But, that was as far as I got. Coursework, exams and the pressure of A Levels came, and driving took a back burner really. I was determined to get to London, I wasn’t fussed about getting on the road. Fast forward six years, and I have no regrets about living in London in my amazing uni bubble having the time of my life, or my year out in Australia, living the dream. A part of me though wishes that I had persevered back in 2011 because the long time drags on, the harder it is to get back out in the road. I’ve been learning to drive since June, so we shall see how I get on as I have had to change instructors due to a new job, which seems to have set my nerves on fire. I have seven months to get my license. Game on.

2. Hit my saving goals

Ok so I don’t exactly have a savings goal as such, but I have told myself to try and save £500 a month out of my wages for the future. This is proving harder than I originally thought it would be. With a £199 a month train pass (thank god I get 40% back off rail fair through my job!) a phone bill, driving lessons, Spotify, etc and well money seems to be eaten up. Plus Christmas was an expensive time. But, I have told myself come January I will be much better at budgeting. I have already taken the plunge and have started up a help to buy savings account with Halifax, which will take £200 out every month. I also made an appointment with Santander the other week to open up another savings account with them. So hopefully I will manage an extra £300 with them a month, although it doesn’t look all that promising just yet as I was paid the other week and I’m already feeling incredibly stretched. I made a good start putting all £450 that I got from generous family members for Christmas in there though.

3. Read more

Before I was fortune to finally get a dream job, I was more or less reading about three books a week, for a few months, which was bloody brilliant. Now I’m really struggling to find the time to read, which is shocking. This year I would love to take time out at lunch time or in the afternoon using my allocated time to get lost in a book for at least thirty minutes a day. Ideally I would love to get into a routine of reading in bed instead of TV, but I am struggling there at the moment, so one step at a time. Sunday mornings are dedicated to getting lost between pages for hours though and they are the best part of the week for me.

4. Visit my grandad/family and friends more often.

I know my grandad isn’t getting any younger and it’s always nice to spend time with all the family up in Liverpool from time to time. When I was younger I used to spend all my school holidays pretty much having adventures and I miss that. I don’t go nearly as much as I would like to and my grandad is too cute. Same applies to friends. I’m very fortunate to have lots of friends, some all over the country and I’d love to take time out to see them a lot more often than I have so far. I have a few plans in the pipeline.

5. Finally make and spend time on a blog that I am proud of and get to know more bloggers

For years, I mean literally years, I’ve been dipping my toe into the blogging world, but no blog has really stuck and once again I am left disappointed in myself. I have always been a writer and the blogging world has fascinated me, but I have always felt like an outsider peering into this incredible world of words and photographs. This year I want to invest some time and money into a blog that I can be proud to show off and stick to a schedule and throwing out content that I know shows the best of my ability.

6. Learn a new skill

This is one of those things that I have written on every new year’s resolution list. I am always looking for opportunities for personal growth and any opportunities to learn new skills are something that I am always keen to grasp. Every year I’ve told myself to teach myself how to play guitar, so maybe that could be something that I at least attempt to finally achieve before I hit the grand old age of 25.

7. Find a new hobby

This is another thing that is always on my resolution list every year. I’m always keen to find new hobbies to enjoy and fall in love with. I’ve been meaning to take up kick boxing for the fitness and another sport to love, so that could be something to look into, maybe once I have hopefully gotten my driving license and have more time on a weekend. I’m also secretly hoping that my trip to the Chiefs could unleash a new found love for the rugby and what not. Who knows, but I have 7 months to try and discover new loves.

8. See more places in the UK and Europe

I am quite an avid traveller, having seen a fair few places in Europe, England and I spent a year living the dream travelling around Australia. But, there are so many places here in England and Europe that I would love to see more of. Like Bath, York, Edinburgh, Newcastle etc. As well as more of Italy, Spain, France, and countries that I haven’t been to, like Hungry and Portugal.

 

9. Re-join a football team

I have played football to quite a high standard for over eighteen years. But, I haven’t played a game since the end of 2015, before I headed over to Australia for the year. I was hoping to re-join a team in August last year when the Sunday league started up again, but at the time I was working a bar job with really unsociable hours and couldn’t really commit so it was too hard and didn’t happen in the end. I really miss it though, maybe I shall join a team again this summer. Maybe.

11. Get stronger at swimming

I am someone who was never that strong or that fast at swimming, but I would like to be. With my new found love of going swimming a couple of times a week, I not only have the opportunity to get fit and summer body ready, but I also have the chance to improve my swimming and get stronger and faster.

12. Get back into a workout routine

Despite the fact that I don’t mind working out, I quite enjoy it actually, I am beyond rubbish at motivating myself and getting into a decent workout routine. This is something that I would and need to change. I want to get stronger and fitter. I’m not one for the gym really, plus I can’t risk using the gym at my old job as I could lose my card, and as a result my free swimming,  but I would like to get back into home workouts and running in the summer.

13. Experiment more with cooking

I love food, but for years I was too scared to use a cooker, in fact the microwave was my best friend at uni, apart from the hob for Fried eggs and stir-fries. But, everything changed when I moved to Australia and got a job as a kitchen hand, as well as living with chefs. I am no where near perfect, but I am much better than I used to be. I am keen to experiment more with different foods and what not. I am always looking for more ways to further improve my food cooking skills.

14. Read more classic books

I have always loved books and have read an array of different genres over the course of my life time. I have read a fair few classics, but I need to read more. Maybe I should set myself the challenge of reading a few more before my 25th.

15. Watch my way through the classics

Same as above. There’s is virtually nothing better than snuggling up on a Saturday night and watching a film. Especially with the family. There are so many I’d love to see, and I’d love to tick some of the classics off my list, maybe starting with some more of my favourite musical classics.

16. Experiment more and further improve my photography skills

I studied photography both at A-level and GCSE and have been taking photographs since I was little and I am very confident behind a lense. However, there are still some dials on my camera I avoid touching. I’d love to gain a more in-depth understanding and really make photographs the best they can be.

17. Go to another festival

I absolutely adore music and have been quite lucky over the years to see a number of big bands and artists perform, largely down to big concerts and festivals of some description. So far this year I have tickets for Jake Bugg and Macklemore, but I would really love to line up a few more concerts. Maybe I’ll try and convince some of my friends that a summer festival is the way to go.

18. Go on a road trip with friends

We’ve all seen the American teen movies and TV shows where a bunch teenagers end up having road trips and adventures of a life time and I have always wanted to that with my friends. Sadly life is never like the movies, although I did a big, and incredibly long 9 hour a day, week long road trip with this cool bean called Lotty, across the Australian Outback. Maybe one day.

19. Start saving up for another trip to Australia in 2019. (If I haven’t already moved there)

I bloody miss Australia. It’s coming up to a year since I touched back down in England and yet all I do is dream of foreign lands and the Australian sun, constantly. I miss the beaches, the weather, the adventures, but mostly I miss the people and just being out there. I need to go back there next year, to see the family and the friends I made out there. I need to be back on Australian soil. I feel like I left a piece of my heart out there when I left and it’s been missing ever since.

20. See some more live local gigs

Like I mentioned in one of the above points, I love music anyway. When I was 15, a group of my friends and I made friends with this local band and followed them everywhere like the lame teenagers that we were. Even into pubs that we got kicked out of for being too young and I had to rather red face phone my mum to come and pick us up early. Last year my mum was one of the main people behind Green Light Unplugged – A project which aimed to show case the best of local talent and raise awareness for McMillan Cancer Support. Although I was in Australia for most of the time it was going on and was only really there for the end, it was a reminder of how much I loved going to live music in pubs and what not. I wouldn’t mind making more of an effort this year too.

21. Maybe get another tattoo

I currently have one tattoo, and although I couldn’t imagine being covered in ink, I wouldn’t mind a couple more. It took me about three years to get my last one, so I would have to really want it. There are a couple of ideas that have stuck around for a good few years now, like Fleetwood Mac – Landslide lyrics, which mean a lot to mum and I and a little outline of a Liverbird on my thigh to celebrate my Scouseness and childhood because it is a very important aspect of me. I am also leaning towards a tattoo of a quote from the poet Atticus – “Love Her But Leave Her Wild” because I relate to that quite hard.

22. Pass all my digital marketing exams and start really smashing the assignment part of the qualification

I am currently in the middle of a digital marketing qualification and the exam part is coming up quite think and fast. I am hoping to pass all three exams, and by September and my birthday – that will be a year at my job and into my apprenticeship so hopefully by then I will have lots of concrete evidence and a strong portfolio.

23. Try and see Liverpool live again, at least once

I’ve seen Liverpool a good number over the years, although admittedly not as much as I would have loved to in an ideal world, but then again tickets are seemingly like gold dust. Hopefully I can manage to get tickets, get my arse back up to Anfield and get lost in a sea of passionate red again. I would also love to take my nephew Will, who’s just starting to really fall in love with the game, to a real game. 😉

24. Attempt to write poetry

I love words, and I love poems, and I love words in poems which evoke some kind of emotional feelings with in me. I think that’s why I love music so much. To me, music is feelings and poetry, with heart and a soul, set alive to music. I have always wanted to successfully write poems like some of my favourites. Maybe I should try again.

25. Try and keep some office plants alive

At the time of writing I have just killed my first attempt of a little office potted plant. I am a horrible plant parent. I’m actually too scared to try again. I have managed to keep a cactus alive for four years, so I’m not that bad, am I?

Anyway, here’s to hoping I manage to at least attempt to tick off a few of these within the next seven months. Wish me luck!

Until next time,

Love, hugs and pugs.

Keri.