Saturday, 31 December 2016

The Good 2016

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Hey!

Hope you're all ready for tonight's celebrations!

Considering all the bad of 2016, it's been difficult to remember the good. There seems to have been so much that's happened that I keep questioning myself when I say I did actually do something this year. I've been to Mexico and Crete and yet I can't believe that was only this year. So much has happened. Over time, whilst I've been blogging, I've probably mentioned a lot of it but I want to once and for all go over it so I can go out of the year on a good note.

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THE GOOD 2016

January

- I signed up for my first obstacle course race

(That was about it, I was working a lot and had plans to go for drama school auditions, but that all changed by February!)

February

- Started my gym membership
- Spent a weekend in London
- Went to see Miss Nightingale at Blackpool Grand
- Went to so Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Winter Gardens

March

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- X Ambassadors Concert
- Got involved with Fylde Coast Players and began helping out with props
- Attended a Y:Women Can cycling event on International Women's Day
- Bought my own domain and became kiralcurtis.com
- Got involved with the Lytham Sportfest planning
- Went to my first nightclub... woop!

April

- Went for a lot of summery walks
- 4 night holiday to Crete
- My birthday! I turned 19!
- Booked to go back to Mexico!

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May

- Took over the UKBloggers Instagram for a day

(Not an entirely great or exciting month)

June

- 2 Week holiday to MEXICO!
- I did a three hour session of hockey which reminded me of how much I missed playing!

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July

- Photographed Granada Reports interviewing GB Athlete Max Eaves and founder of Lytham Sportfest, Mark Selby
- Went to see The Hobbit in Lancaster
- Decided to go to university so applied and was offered the place next day!
- I starred in The Miser at Lowther Pavilion
- St Annes Kite Festival


August

- Joined and completed Lytham Runhunt
- Got to see a number of acts at Lytham Festival
- Took a trip to Grange-over-Sands
- Completed the Adrenaline Rush


- Lytham Wartime Festival
- Lytham Sportfest!

September

- Began Blog-a-day month
- Reached a DA of 22
- Moved to Hull to begin university life
- Spent a lot of time outdoors, keeping my fitness up!

October

- Started my Drama and Theatre Practice Degree
- Went to see a lecture by Brian Cox live
- Signed up to climb Mount Kilimanjaro!
- Awarded a scholarship for my grades at college
- Made the hockey team
- Took a trip to The Deep, Hull

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November

- Signed for a house with my boyfriend for next year!
- Spent two days in York
- Went to see a production of Dracula by the university's Drama society
- Bought a FitBit!

December

- Had a stall at the university's Christmas Fair, and another the week after
- Reached my £250 fundraising milestone and have passed it since
- I choreographed some parts of the university's production of Aladdin
- Had 3 dances in the end of semester dance showcase
- I'm a sixth of the way through my degree
- Got to come home and spend Christmas with my Mum and Dad

And now I'm most definitely ready for a new year, and of course a new start. I got my semester two timetable come through the other day and, as long as it stays the same, I'm pretty happy with it. In the meantime, I have lots of ideas I want to focus on, and just as always, I looking to booking a holiday. Desperately want to go back to Mexico. There's still so much to do there! Bring on 2017!

Hope you all have wonderful New Year's Eve parties and celebrations tonight! Hope the new year bring you all good things!

See ya there!
- KC xx
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Friday, 30 December 2016

The Ugly 2016

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Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the new year! I most definitely am. Just like many other people, 2016 hasn't been the best of years, despite how positive I felt about it at the very beginning. I was originally on a mission to make 2016 a brilliant year I had so many plans and set myself what I thought to be reachable goals and in my bucket list update, I didn't seem to be doing too bad and I could have done so much more had all my plans not completely changed.

This year has most definitely had it's ups and down! We all know what it's been like in politics and with celebrity deaths. So much has happened that I definitely don't want to have to remember but unfortunately we're most likely going to be suffering from the changes of Brexit and Donald Trump for some time. Luckily, it's up to us to make sure 2017 is an enjoyable year. I'm excited to set all my new goals and my 2017 bucket list like I do every year, and this year, I'm feeling motivated.

Before that, I want to do a little review. A recap of my year including all the bad points and the good points. Ok, well I'm not going to do all of them, I just want to do a few of each and then finish with what I'm looking forward to. This could get a bit personal but I think I'm finally ready to write about it! Considering this year has been so bad. for now, here's the bad parts:

2016 IN REVIEW - the bad/ugly

- My cat, Riu, died. It was horrible. I went to work thinking everything was fine and came hope to find both my parents crying saying they had something to tell me. I struggled a lot with it since I've never really had anyone close to me pass away before so this was such a big shock and given that I hadn't been in the best of moods, I completely broke down and it took me a good couple of weeks to get back on my feet.


- Not only has there been a lot of celebrity deaths but given that I literally just wrote that I'd never really had anyone close to me pass away, I was in and out of hospital giving my full-time support to my boyfriend in May. Unfortunately he lost his Dad. It's not nice to lose a parent at any age but he is only 19 so he suffered. I did what I could to stand by him. Later on in the year, on the morning I was about to set off to university, I found out one of my friends from my drama class at college had passed away due to meningitis. All my drama class were close but none of knew how she was ill until it had happened. I found myself breaking down again and really struggled to stay happy despite it being my first day of my new life.

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- Despite the horrible things that have happened, the thing that's got me down the most is that I have actually had depression. If I can even put it like that. After my cat died, which seemed to top me over the edge, I knew there was something wrong and reached out to my Mum. I found myself in and out of doctors appointments for all kinds of things but most importantly, I was officially diagnosed with chronic depression and the doctor suggested I take the tablets to prevent it. I'm not one for taking medicine so I just didn't got back for the follow up appointment. Too scared to admit that I needed that kind of help. I don't know what I expected in the first place. I knew I was going on holiday and though that would be a nice break for me and eventually I decided I was going to university so I thought getting myself back into a proper routine and having lots to keep my mind on I'd be ok.

Things looked brighter but I didn't really cheer up. I have still been really struggling throughout university up until the point where I considered going back to the doctors to get the prescription. Since I've been back home for Christmas, yet again expecting myself to cheer up because I'm home and it has been Christmas of all seasons, I have still been suffered greatly from random spurts of unhappiness. I suddenly remembered something about side-effects of being on the pill and starting doing a little research. I have now been on the pill for 2 and a half years so since things have slowly been getting worse over this period, it was clear that there's possibly a correlation. My research proved it too. Apparently there have been a large number of cases where patients on the pill have later been diagnosed with depression. So I have made the decision to no longer take them. Hopefully 2017 will prove to be a better year.

I really really hope that the new year will bring much more happiness to myself and everyone! 2016 has been such a struggle and I don't fancy having to do anything like it again.

Look out for the good parts of 2016!

- KC xx

How has your year been? Good, bad or ugly?

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Monday, 19 December 2016

CHARITY SALE

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Happy Holidays Everyone!

ONE WEEK TO GO! 

With Christmas in sight I'm doing my best to get as much last minute Christmas fundraising done before it's too late! Hopefully you'll know by now that in August 2017 I'm climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Childreach International (find out more here). Over the next year I shall be raising as much as I can for the charity and over the past few weeks, whilst I've been at uni, both my Mum and I have been crafting and knitting (in my Mum's case) in order to create lots of decorations and little Christmas gifts to sell at my university's Christmas fair and on another stall the week after. The stalls on the whole didn't go too bad, all things considered, and they've massively helped me reach my first milestone of £250 before Christmas (a milestone set by Childreach themselves)! That said, I still have quite a few items left which I would like to continue to try and sell to maximise the amount of money I can raise.

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Small Heart decorations.
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Snowy Pinecones


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Heart Decorations
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Wooden Decorations
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I just wanted this post to simply be a little showcase of some of the things I've made. There is still quite a lot of knitted things left over too. I'd love it if people wanted to make a donation in return for an item. I am currently continuing to sell things via Facebook but if anyone reading this would happen to want something, feel free to email me on kira@kiralcurtis.com and we can arrange something.

It has been lovely doing so many crafty things on the run up to Christmas and now I'm finally back home with my parents, I can begin to relax. I only have 4 essay to do for January but you know... I am well and truly ready to chill out and enjoy the Christmas season!

If you would like to do a bit of giving this Christmas, please donate to help me raise money for Childreach International, every little really does help! - https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/kiralcurtiskilimanjaro

Or if you have any last minute presents to buy or even in the January sales, please use this link to register with EasyFundraising allowing you to donate for free! - https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/kiracurtis/  

I'd like to wish you all the very best in this lovely holiday season!

- KC xx

Do you do many crafts in the Christmas season? Do you give to charity at Christmas?

PS. You can still win a Drone, £100 gift card, or some top of the range speakers by entering my raffle! All you need to do is donate £2 and send me your full name, address, phone number and/or email to kira@kiralcurtis.com or get in touch via twitter or facebook!

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Why I Blog

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Hello!

Today I just wanted to do a short post relating to the next UK Blog Awards competition. For the first time ever, my blog has been entered into a blogging competition and, until the 18th December, voting is now open. If I'm being honest, I don't think it takes much to be on the entries list but it damn well can take a lot to be on the shortlist! That seems so far away but it's always worth a try.

http://blogawardsuk.co.uk/ukba2017/entries/kira-l-curtis

Since this is my first blog related competition, I don't really know how things role but I know that if I were somehow to manage to get even close to being shortlisted, it would be incredible! Over the past year I have had some serious ups and downs. I don't want to go into too much detail but I could honestly say that 2016 has been the worst. I truly cannot think of a year where things have been so bad. Not necessarily just for me, but for everyone, and I think everyone can agree. The only good thing to come out of this year is my blog.

I began blogging years ago whenever I got annoyed, stressed out, or angry and I would anonymously rant about all things life. Over time I tried transitioning into something more public and more lively. The design was rubbish, the commitment wasn't there, and really I just wasn't old enough to understand. I rebranded my blog late last year in the mindset that I would begin to take it seriously. Even that didn't stick. Finally, I rebranded for a 5th time (at least) and became what is now kiralcurtis.com. In times of struggle, focusing on this blog was the only thing that got me through and I have become incredibly proud of all the hard work and dedication that I have put into it.

It has helped me understand what aspects of my life I love, and which I hate. I know now that a life where I can be my own boss, writing articles on the little website would be a dream. Obviously right now, focusing on that is a little difficult but at least I know one day where I wish to be. I want to document my travels, explore new things, learn more about the world. Though blogging this year alone, I feel I'm already a quarter of the way there.

It's the one thing I know I want to carry on, no matter how much I just want to give up and have spare time to myself sometimes. Instead, I open up my laptop and begin to write. I can be the best feeling to simply pour out all the words I need to, to get rid off any negative thoughts. Some people see knitting as a relaxational tool, I find writing and blogging is the one for me. Considering how much I always hated English lessons at school, I now write about a trendy fashion brand or make up I probably would never have heard of. Having knowledge simply from reading and writing really give you a certain pride in knowing none of this was taught at school!

In short, if you could vote for me that would be amazing and really would mean one hell of a lot!

I have been entered in to both the Lifestyle and Travel categories with the main posts being:

and

These are two post I am incredibly proud of, not just because of the way they are written, or the engagement, but because of the content and how they each show things I've achieved and how far I've come in the past year. I have really begun to focusing my life in pursuing the things I love and that's all I can ever wish to do! 

All the best to all the other entries and thank you so much if you choose to vote!

- KC xx

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Friday, 2 December 2016

To Do in December

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Hey!

IT'S DECEMBER! 

CHRISTMAS WOOOOO

I cannot wait! I honestly don't think I have ever been so excited for Christmas. Since I'm stuck at uni at the moment with so much to do, it will be really lovely to be able to go home and spend some nice relaxing time with my Mum and Dad, and some friends! I have already mentioned in a few recent posts (eg. A little life update and Things to be happy about) how I have a lot to do over the next couple of weeks before I head home so now, at the risk of repeating myself, I want to list those things as a way of just letting you know what I'm up to and a way of reminding myself. I've had to remind myself a thousand times today already because I keep forgetting something. Let's go!

Saturday 3rd - Dance show dress rehearsal
Sunday 4th - Panto Rehearsals
Monday 5th - Rehearsals for Friday's assessment, Sound meeting & Tap class
Tuesday 6th - Hull Uni Christmas Fair where I shall be selling a whole bunch of hand-made decorations & Tap class
Wednesday 7th - I'm sure there is something, probably more rehearsals!
Thursday 8th - 3 hour practical seminar in preparation for final week monologue assessment
Friday 9th - Seminar Assessment on Surrealism (performance) & last dance classes in ballet and lyrical before the show
Saturday 10th - Dance show!
Sunday 11th - Panto rehearsals and maybe a 5K Santa Run (not decided if I have the time yet)

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These are both items I shall be selling at the Christmas stall at university! I have been making some decorations and cards whilst my Mum was doing some knitting. My wonderful Mum made both of these for me as well as lots of other things!
That's just a quick rough list of everything that's going on. Throughout the next week I shall also need to be doing more Panto rehearsals and a lot more rehearsals in preparations for Friday's assessment. Of course I also need to prepare my monologue assessment. I think I managed to get myself involved in a little too much. I will admit, I'm stressing quite a lot, but I don't think it helps that I'm struggling to sleep and not getting enough time to relax and look after myself. After being so ill at the beginning of the semester, I have been drinking Lidl's own version of Berocca to attempt to keep my immune system up!

I stopped at the beginning of the final week too. That week I will have even more Panto rehearsals as show nights are from Wednesday to Saturday. Luckily most of my lessons will have finished by then so it's just a matter of preparing for my assessment on the Thurday (15th) and then I might have a Friday 9am lecture. Fun. Fun. Fun. Then that is it! (Other than the shows) We officially finish on the 16th so my parents are coming across to stay at a pub for two nights whilst we go round the Christmas markets before heading back to Lytham. Every Monday I have hockey practice 6-8pm too and sometimes games on Wednesday's and Saturday's. I think it's all going to be a matter of prioritising!

WHAT I NEED TO DO

1. Write things down - I'm usually really good at this as I'm forever making lists but I think it's got to the point now where I forgot to write one thing down then it's all suddenly mounted up.

2. Prioritise - As I mentioned, it may get to the point where hockey practice is just going to have to wait until semester 2 from now on. I'm struggling for time enough as it is!

3. Use all my free time - I don't have a lot of free time but where I do, I need to plough on with my fundraising ideas and writing blog posts. Also, I could be starting my essays that are due in on the 9th January. That way I might have even more relaxing time when I'm at home.

4. Christmas Shop - Whenever I get chance, I seem to procrastinate by scrolling through Amazon or eBay. It helps me get my Christmas shopping sorted though. I also need to write down what I've already got for people and what I still need to get. In the final week where I have an afternoon off, I can then nip out and get what I need. (Remember if you're buying online, do it through easyfundraising to help my raise money for Childreach International for free!)

5. Relax - I need to take a break every once in a while. I could do with watching a bit of TV, having an early night, or a nice long hot shower (since we don't have a bath). I haven't had chance to finish my book off yet either - I'm really not doing well with this year's reading challenge, I'm about 50 under!

A lot of people do see Christmas as a very stressful time of year but right now, the idea of Christmas seems really calming. Bring on sitting in the front room with my Mum, a hot chocolate, a box of Celebrations and a Christmas movie. And a double bed. And a bath. And Christmas games with my Mum and Dad. And big roast dinners. Until then, let's push through these next couple of weeks. Only two more left. Can't believe it is only two weeks and yet there's so much to get done!

Two weeks then I will be a sixth of the way through my university degree!

Good luck to everyone else who has a hectic schedule for these coming weeks.
We can do this!

- KC xx

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