2019 PLANS AND HOPES (Personal, Books, and Music!)

Hello everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I honestly can’t believe it’s 2019… I turn 18 this year?! Anywayy I decided to combine all of my beginning-of-the-year type posts into one post because it just worked better like that so let’s begin


PERSONAL RESOLUTIONS

  1. Go to the gym at least once a week. I have a gym membership and usually I try to go at least three times a month in order to not waste  money, but I want to make it into a habit  and always go to the gym on Tuesdays.
  2. Sleep and wake up at the same time each day. Obviously this is dependent on a number of factors, but I want to aim  to go to bed between 11-12 each night and wake up at 6am. 
  3. Study and do homework better. I have had issues in 2018 where I get behind in notes etc. and  procrastinate, and it makes me quite stressed and leaves me behind.  So in order to tackle this there are a couple of things I’m going to do: take notes in smaller chunks e.g. by subtopic rather than unit so that  it’s easier to finish each section, and do just 45 minutes of homework  as soon as I get home in order to hopefully get me in the zone a bit.

READING RESOLUTIONS

  1. Read at least three books a month. I had a very slow reading year in 2018,  hence why there has been a lack of book-related posts on this blog thus far, and whilst I don’t intend to force myself to read  upwards of 100 books as I managed in  2016 and 2017, I do want to read a bit  more than I did in 2018, and more consistently rather than in sudden spikes.
  2. Get my TBR below 40 books. It’s currently at 72 books, largely because of how little I read this year and how much rereading I did. The  number is SO high and it annoys me a little, especially as I know how much I’m missing out by not reading some of them. So I want to  decrease my TBR to a somewhat  more manageable size.
  3. Catch up on new releases and sequels in series. I didn’t really keep an eye on new releases in 2018 and sequels often  got left behind as well, so I want to keep up with both this year so I  don’t miss lots of amazing books.

MUSIC RESOLUTIONS

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  1. Listen to more western music. Now it isn’t that I don’t listen to much western  music, but more that I don’t listen to much  variety… I often end up sticking to a few artists,  especially because I don’t particularly like  western hiphop, nor am I a big  fan of EDM. Therefore, I want to make an effort this year to  find and discover artists that are less known with amazing music.
  2. Make better playlists. Now, in 2018 I had a good playlist for summer, but the rest of the time I had to sort of go and pick songs to listen to or just listen to songs on  shuffle, which wasn’t as enjoyable, so I want to invest a bit of time in  putting together more playlists.

Also, I’m thinking of doing a “what I want to see in K-Pop for 2019” post if that interests anyone?!


BLOGGING RESOLUTIONS

  1. Post at least twice a week and interact more with the blogs I follow (+ find some new blogs to follow!)
  2. Do more mini reviews for music. (reviewing songs, not albums) This is because sometimes I don’t really have time or desire to listen to and review a whole album, but I want to review a couple of different  title tracks, or if a song is just a single. This way I can review more  music, with less pressure for me!
  3. Review more books that I read for pleasure, as opposed to books I received in exchange for a review. I want to share the books I loved with the world, not just the ones I am obliged to review!

If you feel like helping me out, suggest some blogs for me to check out!


AND THAT’S IT! WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS THIS YEAR? Do let me know! Happy New Year, Keira x.

SOME OF MY FAVOURITE VIDEOS ON THE INTERNET

Hey guys! Kind of a lazy post today (I may have fallen asleep for an hour and a half when I was supposed to be writing today’s post), but I hope you like some of these videos as much as I did! I’ve got a good variety, from dance to comedy and even a TED talk…. and stay tuned for Benedict Cumberbatch fixing your biggest issue at Christmas: receiving bad gifts!

This is just impressive.
When you feel like being educated…
British humour + roasting Trump… what more could you want?
Hopefully you won’t need this… but just in case…
I don’t even know why I like this cover so much?!

So what are some of your favourite videos? Share them with me 🙂 Happy watching, Keira x. 

Why do we want to go to Hogwarts?

It’s just a school, right? A fictional school, but still a school. So why did so many of us want to get that magic letter and be whisked away from the parents who baked us cakes, gave us clothes and tucked us in to bed to attend Hogwarts? (Not that all parents do those things, but mine certainly did.)

Originally this post was supposed to talk about some books set in schools that I love, but I actually don’t usually love books set in schools, and I certainly don’t love them because they are set in schools, so that post wouldn’t have been very fun to write or read. Hence, I decided to talk about this instead, which is why I am currently typing this whilst waiting for my new textbooks to arrive in the post so I can do my homework and whilst wearing gloves so that my bones don’t freeze and break because my room is freezing and the heating hasn’t kicked in yet.

Anyway, so today is really more of me asking a question than providing an answer. Why did you want that Hogwarts letter?

For me, I think it was a combination of reasons. My mum always joked that I was basically a Hermione, so that was probably a pretty major factor. And who wouldn’t want cool magic?! But really, if I think about it critically and a little bit cynically, I read and loved Harry Potter during a time where I wasn’t having the best time at school, and perhaps more importantly, wasn’t completely happy with who I was. I didn’t every really have a desire to be “like everyone else” and that wouldn’t explain why I wanted to go to Hogwarts into my early teen years, but I did always want to be unique, special, different, as if that would somehow make a more worthy and likeable person. There’s not much more special than going to Hogwarts now is there?!


So why did you want to go to Hogwarts?

Let me know if you want more sort of discussion-type posts like this or maybe more posts about my personal journey through mental health problems and how I’ve become much more understanding and knowledgeable about the type of person I am. I think I might like to do some posts like that, but only if someone was going to be interested in reading them!

Thank you for reading, Keira x.

GCSEs & IB

Hello everyone!

Today was my first day of school, so I thought I would just talk to you a little about how my GCSEs went and what I’m doing now!

So, if you don’t know GCSEs are an exam we take here in the UK at 16 which determines what kind of education we can do from 16 to 19! There are lots of options, but the most popular are probably A-Levels, BTECs, apprenticeships and the IB!

GCSEs are marked out of 9, with 9 being the best (they used to be A*-E or something like that, but it changed recently to 9-1). Anyway, I got my results a couple of weeks ago and I was really happy. A bit in shock, but very happy!

So now I’m doing the IB Diploma Programme, which is an international qualification in which you study six subjects! Usually you do three at higher level and three at standard level, but I’m super indecisive so at the moment I’m doing English Literature, German, Psychology and History at higher level as well as Biology and standard level and the easiest Maths I can possibly do!

So yeah, life update! Let me know if you did GCSEs recently or started a new step in your education and I’ll be sure to update you when I have more news about school or other general life things!! Love, Keira x.

What kind of music do you study to?

Hi there! I don’t know about everyone else, but I go to college on Wednesday! (FYI: that’s UK college, so 16-19 not university 😉 )

With going back to school, whatever kind of school you’re doing, that means you’re going to be doing a lot of studying and if you’re anything like me you need to listen to something whilst you work!

Some people love listening to regular music, whereas others can’t listen to anything with lyrics in it!

Me? I’m a bit of a mix. Most of the time I can listen to whatever, but if I’m writing an English essay I cannot listen to German music and vice versa, because my brain will desperately try to switch between the two languages and that just doesn’t end well!

In any case, today I thought I would share with you seven different things I like to listen to when I’m studying!


#1: Ambient Sounds and Classical Music


This is a great option for people who need music to stop them getting distracted by the outside world, but also find themselves easily distracted by music itself. There are tons of classical music and ambient sound playlists on platforms like Spotify, so I definitely recommend browsing them and finding some you like!


#2: Modern Instrumental Music


Firstly, let me just say that Lindsey Stirling is an incredible artist and I love her so much! Modern instrumental music like this is a great option for people who can’t listen to lyrics when studying, but want something a bit more modern or engaging than classical music or ambient sounds. You might want to avoid watching the music videos on YouTube though, because Lindsey Stirling’s music videos are gorgeous and you will end up watching them for hours… trust me, I know!


#3: Upbeat, Catchy Songs


This is the kind of music I like to listen to when I’m studying for maths, because there’s so little writing involved and also because I struggle a bit with maths, so some fun music makes studying a little bit less stressful. These sorts of songs are great for giving you a three-minute dance break whilst still actually revising!


#4: Songs to Encourage You


Sometimes studying is hard, but songs telling you that it’s okay to struggle and it will be okay are just what you need to get through that one really hard maths question or finally start your English essay!


#5: Playlists Of Unfamiliar Songs


If you don’t know a song very well, you’re less likely to get up and dance to it! Or maybe you just want to find some new music to listen to. Either way, just pick a playlist randomly on Spotify (maybe not a Top 40 one) and listen away! I quite like this one because it has some softer music and I often like to listen to it when I’m reading!


#6: Your Favourite New Songs


On the complete opposite side from my previous option, why not make studying fun with some of your new favourite releases!


#7: Music in a Foreign Language!


So maybe you’re one of those people who can’t listen to English music (or whatever language you speak) because you get distracted or start writing the lyrics. Why not listen to some Spanish music, some Japanese music or a Chinese song like the one above?! Really, anything that you don’t know the language well enough to distract you!


So that’s it for this post! I hope you enjoyed.

What do you listen to when you’re studying? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading this post today! Happy listening, Keira x.

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