Happy Hump Day

Happy Wednesday everybody – let’s all motivate each other to get over that midweek hump in the road… You’re half way there now!

Just figured I’d share today’s #mugshot expressing my feelings towards this week as it sure has been a cracker… Hope you have a few sassy mugs at your disposal for days where subliminal messaging is the only way of letting people know how you feel!

Enjoy your midweek celebrations!

Katy xx

“Describe happiness without saying a word”

Ask me this question and I will show you this video. The moment I could finally see Ben, after 3.5 months in training, and after witnessing him in his passing out parade, feeling so overwhelmingly proud of the man he had become. This, is happiness.

Molly’s 21st Birthday

Hi everyone!

Last weekend, my big sister turned 21 years old… 21! *shouts 21 in the voice of that vine kid for the next week*

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To celebrate the occasion, the weekend planning was left to me… And we had an amazing weekend, because, well – I am the best. I really am. Okay so maybe not the best, but we had an epic time! Lets start at Friday…

I decided to book Friday afternoon off work in order to prepare for the weekend, so left work at lunch time. There is no greater feeling than leaving work at lunchtime on a Friday. No greater.

Once I was home, it was decorations time! I had a trusty team of helpers (well, Mom and Ben…they were useful) who helped me decorate the house with balloons, banners and these weird streamer things (?!) from all the windows.

We invited a tonne of Molly’s friends round for a pre-drinks get together, allowing me to play hostess, providing pizza and snacks. (Guys, I ruled at this hosting thing.)

We then went out to town and partied the night away at Snobs. For those of you who don’t know, Snobs is a timeless classic here in Brum. Those that say Snobs is a bad night, do not understand Snobs. They are Snobs themselves! WE HAD A GREAT NIGHT!
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On Saturday, we were all a little fragile. When I say ‘we’, I mostly mean myself. My hangover defeated me.

But come 5:30, we were out again, enjoying a dinner out with our dad, boyfriends, uncles, aunties and cousins (Chinese Buffet Island – look it up. Fan-tas-tic.)

So it was definitely a well earned early night for me on the Saturday, ready for Molly’s birthday the next day. And yes. Lets not forget. Molly Love, is of course, a Valentines Baby!

14th February: Valentines Day aka Molly’s 21st

I woke up on Sunday to a delivery from my beloved beau – it was adorable. 12 red roses, two teddies and a cute balloon. I was totally feeling the love.

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But of course, Valentines day isnt just Valentines Day… its Molly’s birthday! To celebrate, I am taking Molly to London for the first weekend in March. I’m planning lots of cute lunches and dinners, sight seeing and general tourist crap that everyone enjoys. PLUS we’ll be indulging in the shops – perfect.

One of my Mom’s gifts however, took place on that very day! SPA DAY! The three of us enjoyed massages and facials whilst circulating between the steam room and jacuzzi, indulging in a wonderful afternoon tea afterwards. We had a perfect day, and it was so nice to spend some time with just my beautiful mom & sister.


 

So that was our weekend! It was pretty busy and I certainly went on a roller coaster of feelings, from excited to nauseas to full with chinese to relaxed… but it was a perfect weekend.

To finish the post, I’d like to share with you a video I made for my sister’s 21st. Theres lots of home videos in it, so I hope you enjoy… p.s. i was a cute kid.

Love  Katy xx

 

 

 

A Level Results, Fancy New Career and a Hot Sunny Holiday…

Hello everybody and welcome back to my little space on the internet! I have so much to talk to you about today, and I’m honestly not quite sure where to start! I’ve been having so much fun lately, and if you follow my Instagram or Snapchat (katylouise15), you’ll likely know more than I will write about today (such as Nerf wars & Ukuleles!) To keep things at a reasonable length and enjoyable read for you, I’ll just stick to three BIG things i’ve been up to recently!

Let’s start from the beginning…Sort of…

The ‘Hot Sunny Holiday’

I’ve been on holiday! 7 days in the hot sun in Cala D’or, Majorca, spent with my Dad, Step-Mom, Sister, Aunt, Uncle, Cousin & his girlfriend (That’s a lot of Brummies!) I had an ace time soaking up the sun, eating ice cream and tasty meals every night, and making memories that will last for a very long time, such as jumping off of a big boat in the middle of the sea and going for a swim! Okay I confess – I PERSONALLY didn’t jump off of the boat, or slide down the huge slides that were attached of either end of the boat, purely because I’m not my most confident in water… but I DID get in and have a swim. And it was amazing! The holiday was a real treat and I enjoyed every single day, even if I was practically melting in the 37 degree heat every day, with no air-con to retreat back to (Never again will I go without air-con!)

Here are a few pictures of our lovely stay – enjoy!

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The Fancy New Career

I finally know what I’m doing in September! I finally have a job! And I am over the moon!

Before I went away, I had an interview with a big law firm at their Birmingham offices, hoping to become a legal apprentice within their Real Estate group… and I received an offer of employment the following week whilst I soaked up the sun in Majorca – It was surreal. I begin at the end of September, and am so excited to finally have something to tell people about, because i’ve really struggled with finding which route to take whilst almost everyone around me seemed to be going to university. The job is a blessing and I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with such an amazing company and start my career at such a fantastic place!

A Level Results

Today’s date is Thursday 13th August 2015, aka A Level Results Day. I have been (as you know already..) extremely nervous about today for a very long time, after working to levels I never knew existed before the world of A Levels – and I am THRILLED to let you know that it was all worth it!

I received a B in Geography, B in Business Studies, and Distinction* (A* equivalent!) in Law. It is an amazing day for me today, and these past few weeks have been a whirlwind due to suddenly seeing results from my hard work; I’ve never been so happy!

The best thing about getting such brilliant results is that I finally feel like I have proven myself against all the odds which were set up, saying I wouldn’t catch up, then saying I shouldn’t expect higher than a D grade… So take it from me, on a day of complete and utter happiness due to being filled with a sense of accomplishment – if anyone tells you that you can’t do something, if anyone ever predicts your result, or if anyone ever puts you down before you’ve even tried… do it anyway, because proving them wrong is the best feeling out there.

So here’s to the future everybody! Everything finally seems to be going right for me recently, and I couldn’t be happier! I hope that if you received your results today you received the results you worked for, and are super proud of yourself – but remember that if they didn’t go so well, don’t let teachers or parents or any other figure in your life stop you from making the next choice if it’s what you want, because its our own choices which lead us to the best pathways (If I hadn’t have continued my A Levels in September, I wouldn’t be where I am today!)

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Speak again soon!

Katy xx

Beep Beep: Coming through!

Good morning everyone, how are you doing today?

Recently I began my driving lessons, and have now had 6 HOURS worth of lessons (lets not even begin to dwell on the amount of money I’ve already spent…), so I believe that this is a reasonable volume of hours to be able to share some experience with you. If it had just been 2 hours, I probably wouldn’t have a lot to say…

My first lesson was a 2 hour block, and from then I’ve been having 2, 1 hour lessons per week, with the exception of one lesson last week due to a lesson being cancelled because of illness! So I’ve been driving a car for on average 2 hours per week for the last 3 weeks… and wow it is scary yet exciting!

You don’t actually appreciate your everyday sense of spatial awareness, or your ability to judge distance, for example. However when you begin your driving lessons, you appreciate it so much more, because as soon as you get in that car, your judgement fades. I currently perceive a car that is 1 metre away from me on the drivers side, as 10cm away from me, in contrast to a car that is about 10cm away from me on the passenger side, being perceived as 1 metre away from me…. This isn’t great when trying to steer a car (which is a challenge in itself!) because I always try and dodge the cars on the drivers side (which look SO close!) but in doing so, forget about the parked cars on the passenger side (nearly had a few ‘whoops’ moments there…)

Another thing that is not appreciated is how DIFFICULT it is to steer a car! I’ve heard so many people tell me when they start driving that they underestimated the steering and how difficult it would be, but as I hadn’t experienced it myself yet, I would often just shrug it off, and panicked more about changing gears and knowing where my feet would be. But after starting driving lessons, I totally understand!

Steering is so weird. To steer correctly when driving to the appropriate test standards, you must feed the wheel through your hands as you turn round a corner. This sounds so easy, I know it does. But it isn’t when you try! Yes practice is certainly helping, and my steering is finally improving, but I had never taken into account how difficult it actually would be.

Changing gear and controlling my feet across three pedals, is a skill that has actually been pretty decent if I’m being honest. And it was this that I was the most concerned about as a new driver! God knows why… I guess it just sounds complicated when someone tells you, you have three pedals and two feet, and they can’t all go down at the same time and you must be smooth and you must change gear and you must change gear again and again and again and oh look…. that sounds complicated!

But it actually does become easy very quickly, as you begin to learn to handle the car. Listen to me sounding like a pro on my 6th hour of lessons, pft.

What I must stress is the importance of keeping your lessons going! When I only had one lesson last week, it was the worst lesson of them all. I literally forgot everything. I had entered the car with the mindset that it had been over a week since my last lesson, and that I had forgotten everything already. With this mindset, I honestly fulfilled my expectation. I was steering into random places, stalling the car, putting the car into neutral ALL THE TIME, and just totally forgot because I had worked myself up prior to the lesson.

So although I’m certainly no expert in this field, and I definitely have a long way to go before I ever receive my driving licence, I believe it is important to let you know some important little details I’ve learnt as a new driver, which could help you if you are soon starting driving!

1) Don’t work yourself up – you’ll end up wasting a lesson, and feeling really unhappy with how it went, all because you set yourself up to fail! Believe in yourself, trust your instructor, and take it step by step. You’re a learner – you didn’t learn how to walk without falling back down when you were little, so why would driving be easy?

2) Practice steering on a plate! Grab a round plate, and practice feeding the wheel if you’re as bad as me! It honestly helps. I spent 15 minutes before my lesson on Monday, using a round plate to practice feeding the wheel through my hands, and my steering was so much better on the lesson. It totally helps.

3) Dont panic if you try and change gear and you mess it up. For some reason, I really struggle with going into second gear! My instructor says I’m being too ‘girly’ because it’s quite a tough gear that requires a big push – but with a bit of practice, I’ve began to ace that gear!

4) REMEMBER – Practice makes perfect. You won’t be a good driver immediately. You’ll probably suck. But when you start improving, you’ll certainly notice. And it’s a great feeling!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post today and are all doing well in your driving ventures too! Speak again soon!

Katy xx

My Surprise!

Good evening fellow bloggers & welcome to my post where I can FINALLY share my wonderful trip to the Warner Bro’s Studios in London with Ben, as my long awaited surprise!

I have compiled all my photos and videos and tried to make it as quick as possible by only sharing bits and pieces from the day (that was tough because I wanted to show you EVERYTHING!)

As you may remember, I was informed by Ben before Christmas that I would have a surprise, and not find out where I was going until I arrived – of course I was highly skeptical of this statement, judging by the number of people who were told about where I was going suggesting I would eventually find out, likely by accident…

BUT I DIDNT! And I seriously had no idea where I was going, until we drove through the gates on the morning of April 4th 2015, where I burst in hysterical chorus’ of screams. It was amazing.

Anyway without further going into the day before even showing you, here it is – My Anniversary Surprise!

Prom-ise Me…

Hey there sweet peas!

It’s finally cooled down a bit here in Britain, but have no fear – more heat is on its way!…

Anyway, as most of you already know, on Thursday I had my Year 13 prom, and I had an absolute blast! It was a lot better to Year 11 prom (probably 90% due to the fact that everyone could drink alcohol…) and I enjoyed myself so much! It was a wonderful way of saying goodbye to so many people I have known for so long!

Sadly, Ben flew off on holiday to Malia the days after with his friends, so I’ve been totally missing him ever since! Nevertheless, here are a few pictures from my Senior Prom – I hope you enjoy!

Speak again soon

Katy xxx

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

No Caffeine: is it a good move?

Good morning lovelies & welcome back!

So this week I decided it was time to ditch my beloved cup of tea and have a break, after I found myself feeling really run down all the time and dehydrated because all I was drinking each day was hot cups of tea! In a heatwave, you particularly need to be aware of fluid intake, so I realised that my obsessive volume of tea everyday needed to go on a break:(

Now as you may or may not know, I thankfully really enjoy green tea! So I switched!

For the past 5 days, all I have been drinking is plenty of water & green tea (with the odd slip of a cold glass of lemonade & lager yesterday afternoon, when me & my mom thought we were going to melt away….)

But the real question is: has it worked?

Well, I am still fighting off the need for a cup of tea in the morning every day, but once I drink my green tea the need for such a beverage does calm down immensely – this is because I always have a cup of tea in the morning, so it’s more habit! But I’ve managed to stay away from the cuppa all week!

My skin is looking so much better and I am feeling more alert during the day, even if the heat is making me a bit dozey in the afternoon. But the best thing I’ve noticed, is I am actually sleeping through the night a lot better! Since finishing school, i found myself getting up really early and being tired all day, then not sleeping all night and constantly being disturbed. I still have been tossing and turning a fair bit these last few nights due to having to switch pillow or drink some water (because it is HOT), but I do think the switch has helped me with my skin & sleeping! Brilliant!

To increase the hopeful effectiveness of my switch, I have increased the amount of greens and good food in eating, sticking to large plates of salad accompanied with mackerel & salmon, whilst also doing some cardio when I can (CONFESS: not been working out for the past two days due to not coping in the HEAT)

Let me know if you’ve made the switch and how it may or may not have benefited you! I’m off to start preparing for PROM tonight, so I’m sending you all lots of love and best wishes!
Katy xx 

   

Hello Lovelies!

I am BACK! It’s true! I’m finally free from my exams!

Hello everybody and welcome back to my little space in the blogosphere that has suddenly returned from out of the darkness with a brand new Youtube Video to share with you and a HUGE hello after it’s been so long!

Please watch this video for me and you’ll be given a whiz around some of the things I’ve been up to, and some of the things that are to come! I hope you are all doing well and I look forward to hearing from you again soon!

Katy xx