Saturday, 18 February 2017

HOW TO SPEND 48 HOURS IN CHICAGO

Chicago is an amazing city to visit and I'm so grateful I was given this opportunity to jet off for work with a colleague. I had time to get lost in the city, explore and take plenty of photos. To say I only had one weekend and a few evenings I made the most of my time and managed to fit so much in. If you're heading over to Chicago and need some inspiration for your todo list, look no further! I've listed the highlights of my trip including activities and food, all of which can be packed into 48 hours if you plan it right! 

Michigan Park - The Bean
If you go to Chicago you have to visit Michigan Park to see the Bean. We were lucky and had a day with clear blue skies and managed to get some awesome shots of the skyline reflecting in the sculpture. The city looks incredible from the park also and is a lovely little walk. Unfortunately this area is always busy so it's difficult to get any photos without people.

James Hancock Building
Originally we were going to visit the Willis tower (Sears tower to Americans) although our minds were changed as a colleague at the office recommended the James Hancock building. We were told it's an amazing view and wasn't disappointed when we reached the top. There are a few ways you can experience this view. Option one is pay $25 to go up to the top, option two you can go for lunch or drinks at the bar and not pay $25 just to go in a lift. We were going to have lunch although when we arrived they informed us the only option was bunch for $50 per person. I like bunch but not this much, we headed one floor up to the bar and had a few snacks and drinks. We got the best view seated next to the window, the skyline was incredible.

Navy Pier
Out of everything I did I would say that Navy Pier was the highlight of my trip. It's such a beautiful place and for someone who loves photography it was perfect. I don't know what it is about ferris wheels but I think they look great in photos and the fact its on a pier is even better! It was quite chilly and there was still ice along the pier, combined with the clear blue sky and crisp air it was an awesome day.

Bulls Basketball Game
If you go to America and don't see a sports game whether that be basketball, baseball or ice hockey then you're missing out. Due to the time of year we could only see indoor sports. Some of my colleagues in our Chicago office decided to go to a basketball game and George and I were happy to tag along. What an amazing experience to see a real American basketball game! During halftime we were still very entertained with the cheerleaders, dancers and the mascot shooting t-shirts out of a canon. Luckily either the Basketball or Ice Hockey will be on every other night so plenty of chances to catch a game while in town.


Lincoln Park & Zoo
I've been told that Lincoln Park is a great place to visit while in Chicago, although in the Winter months its not as pretty as it would be in the summer. To be honest the park was very grey and gloomy, so I wouldn't say this is a necessary trip to make, especially if you've only got a few days in Chicago. Just off Lincoln Park is the Zoo that is free to enter, there is plenty to cover so leave yourself with a good few hours to look around all the animals. We made a little friend while walking around, a squirrel felt the need to follow us as he thought we had food. You could tell he does this on a regular basis as he was on the chubby side!


It's time to talk about the important things, the truly amazing parts of my trip. All the food ... and Snapple, how could I forget about the Snapple!


Wildberry Pancakes
You can't go to America and not have pancakes! George and I decided to go to Wildberry Pancakes as we had heard good things. I ordered chocolate chip pancakes with a side of strawberries and bacon, it was an unusual combination but it works!

Mindy's Hot Chocolate
Omg, if you're a chocolate lover then you need to go for a hot chocolate at Mindy's. There is a range of about 8 different variants to choose from and a variety of food and snacks. I had the Medium hot chocolate and it was sweet and so creamy, a little sickly after a while even for a chocoholic like me. George had the Chia one and it was just amazing. Food wise, I would definitely recommend anything with Avocado because Avo makes everything better! 

The French markets
We went to the French Markets a few times for lunch during the week when we were working as it was so close to the office. It's quite awesome, there are so many different type of foods from various countries. From Sushi, Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese and so many more. It gets very busy because there are lots of options but definitely worth looking at.

Pearl
After work one day we went to Pearl for food, it was so busy. I decided to try and be healthy and had a cob salad with grilled chicken and oh it was so good! One of my colleagues ordered a chicken parminagno which was huge, it came on a sub and also had chips! That was enough food for 3 meals in my opinion! 

Sushi
I don't know about you but I love Sushi. George and I were told about Sunda and it was so good. Everything was cooked to perfection and I wanted to eat more but I was super full. The one thing I would recommend is the Tiger Shrimp Tempura in creamy honey aioli, now they are the best prawns I've ever had.

Lou Malnati's Pizza
You can't go to Chicago and not have a deep dish pizza, we were told that the best place to go is Lou Malnati's. I thought it would be like any pizza you get in the UK but oh was I wrong. The best way to describe it would be its more like a pizza within a pie crust. You either love or hate it!

Sincerely, Kimberly.
xxx
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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

MY STAY AT THE VIRGIN HOTEL IN CHICAGO


I was given the most amazing opportunity to jet off to Chicago with work and help our office over there. Naturally, I took my company up on this offer and boarded my flight to this incredible city. I was advised I would be staying at the Virgin Hotel and couldn't resist having a cheeky look on the website beforehand and wasn't disappointed on arrival. Wow! The hotel is unbelievable. The reception area was shades of red and gold, it was a great first impression of the hotel.

The staff were so welcoming and checked us in without any issues. I must warn you if you stay at the Virgin and use a debit card to secure your room (incase you have any room service etc) they will ask for $100 a night reserve. This means you cannot spend the money from your account as it suspends it. Fortunately, I explained that I hadn't got that kind of money in my account, they were very understanding and only reserved $300 for my entire stay instead of $1300 (for 2 weeks, although I was only required for 1 week in the end). Since I was only in Chicago for a week I knew I wouldn't be using room service a lot and rarely have snacks from hotel rooms as its normally expensive. When you've got a 7 Eleven on each corner of the street who needs a $5 packet of M&Ms right? Later, I discovered that the prices in the room actually weren't that bad only $1.75 for M&Ms just FYI!

When walking into the room I was amazed, my company booked a suite for me! The room had a living room, bathroom, powder room, a little table and chair and bedroom. I had so much room to myself and I loved it! I can honestly say that I've never stayed in a nicer hotel. The room was very open and had loads of natural light which is always a plus for me. There was a mixture of modern and retro trends, the Smeg fridge and car seat chair added something quirky to the room. There were a lot of controllers and things on the walls which took me a few moments to understand what they were for. One of the highlights of my room is that I had automatic blinds, its such a luxury and I wish I had them at home.

I was on the 15th floor, the view was great from one window in my bedroom although the other was blocked by a huge building, in a city of skyscrapers what can you expect. My colleague who was 2 floors up had a better view but this sometimes comes at a cost as she had to wake up to see the Trump Tower each morning. If you're on a lower floor and are interested in seeing the city from above, head upto the rooftop terrace. This hotel has an amazing one, unfortunately it was very cloudy and foggy while I was there so I didn't get the full impact but I've heard its a wonderful view. While on the rooftop in the evening we did manage to see the protestors after Donald Trumps Inauguration, people were outraged and marching through the streets. Police were blocking roads off and it caused delays throughout the city but was interesting to watch from a distance.

If you're like me and enjoy a good gym session you won't miss out staying here, there is access to a full gym upstairs. Normally, hotel gyms aren't equip with everything you need but the Virgin hotel won't let you down. There is an assortment of machines, free weights and an area to stretch or do yoga. I had such good intensions to get up and start my day with a workout... unfortunately I didn't make it to the gym in the end as my trip was cut short so I spent the majority of my time sightseeing when I wasn't working.

There are plenty of options to dine, during my stay I ordered room service and had breakfast in the restaurant. The food on both occasions came quickly and the staff were so polite and happy to help. Even though I was in Chicago for a week I didn't quite get the hang of ordering correctly, American portion sizes are huge! I ordered eggs Benedict with turkey, this also came with a side of potatoes for breakfast! At least you'll never go hungry while visiting the states.

My stay at the Virgin Hotel was exceptional, I couldn't think of anything to complain about. The staff were so friendly and helpful, would offer advise of places to visit and eat. The hotel was clean and it was a home away from home for my weeks stay. I would definitely recommend it if you're heading to Chicago.

Since I was so busy with working and sightseeing I didn't leave much time to get photos of the room during the daytime. I would leave when its slightly dark and get back at nighttime. I only had a chance to snap a few quick shots before we headed out for a full day of activities. I think the photos still demonstrate how nice the Virgin Hotel is.

Sincerely, Kimberly.
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Sunday, 29 January 2017

THE ULTIMATE BLOGGERS TIPS GUIDE

The amount of things I've learnt over the past 2 years of blogging is amazing, learning all the tips and tricks of the trade is very beneficial. Do you ever wonder how some bloggers are so successful? I sure do! I've been speaking to so any awesome bloggers and getting their best tips for blogging. Like everything, everyone has a difference of opinion and in the tips below you'll find some that contradict each other but you've just got to decide which is the right one for your blog.

1. "Don't follow the crowd, be yourself and write what you love!" - Kimberly Naylor at Sincerely, Kimberly.

2. "Don't rush, proofread x100, sleep on it, then proofread again!" - Adele Kaunhoven at Nest & Dressed

3. "Writing a blog post is only the start. You need to focus on sharing your posts on social media channels in order for people to actually read them. Some people focus on testing and publishing posts and tend not to focus on promoting them." - Rachel Spiteri at Beauty and the Bird

4. "Focus on Pinterest as it can really make a huge difference to your views and finding an audience; using tailwind can also help you to schedule pins easily." - Jenna Farmer at A Balanced Belly

5. "Don't focus on making money from blogging for a long time. Instead, spend time building up an audience on all social media. If it means doing reviews and guest blogs for free, that's what you do." - Jemma Wilson at Mayflower Blogs

6. "Don't stress on whether your family or friends like it, there's plenty of other people out there that will." - Jen Mellor at Just Average Jen

7. "Unless your blog is making money, don't stress too much about whether you're posting enough. Focus on quality blog posts over quantity. I only post once or twice a week and still manage to get offered opportunities." - Kirsty Boncompagni at What Kirsty Did Next

8. "Write the one specific person or audience in mind. Don't try to write for all the different people who read your blog. Make each post very focused." - Sherry Bevan at The Confidence Mother

9. "If you're just starting out invest a little up front and go straight to self hosted." - Stephanie Moore at Bay-Bee

10. "Don't compare your start with someone's middle. Blog in a way that works for you, not for the stats, or to comply with another's dictates. What works for them might not work for you. Find your own blogging pace and enjoy it." - Mo Ade at Adventure of a Novice Mum

11. "Invest in great imagery. Preferably taken by a photographer but if you can't afford that at the beginning, learn a few tips and tricks and get a good camera. Visuals are very important to keep people coming back or subscribing." - Ioana Nicolae at Ioana Land

12. "Make sure to keep some balance in your blogging, do it for enjoyment not because you feel like you HAVE to. If you're finding blogging to be a chore, its not fun anymore so remember to take some time off every now and again to remind yourself why you love it." - Sian Thomas at Rebel Angel

13. "Forget the stats. Blog because you want to and don't worry about your ranking. As long as you enjoy writing that's all that really matters." - Emma Garratt at The Mini Mes and Me

14. "Enjoy what you're writing about, if you enjoy it then your passion naturally shines through making it a more interesting read!" - Gem Jones at Doodle As I Do

15. "Quality will always win over quantity long term. Don't panic if you don't have time to post. Life sometimes gets in the way and your readers would rather 2 quality posts a week rather than 7 mediocre ones." - Louise Fairweather at A Strong Coffee To Go

16. "Hootsuite is a great way to schedule blog posts on your social media accounts so that you can continually promote the blog and potentially gain new followers." - JO Robinson-Vann at Fallen Angel's Fitness Blog

17. "Write for yourself, write what you love and have interest in as this will be seen when someone reads the post. Don't stress about followers they will come with time. Make sure to get Twitter and join in bloggers chats as well as Facebook Groups. This will give you the opportunity to meet other bloggers and help you to network." - Ayesha Rabial-Uddin at Eeshas Glam

18. "Spend more time on promoting and getting your posts seen than writing loads of posts. Tweet brands and people or tag them in you instagram photos you think they might be interested. Also engage with your audience whether that is on Twitter, in comments etc." - Lisa Smith at The China Doll Diaries

19. "When you're starting out, don't worry about your niche or your target audience, or why your writing. If you have an idea just go with it. Write it up an share. Take baby steps. Your first aim should be to enjoy what you're doing. After that it will all start to fall in place." - Sandeep Sandhu at Sandeep Beep

20. "Promoting on social media is great for your blog but don't get too hung up on the numbers. Far better to have a smaller following with real engagement than a following of thousands who don't care about your blog." - Jules Hutton at Siena Says

21. "Join blogging groups and places such as Facebook and use hastags on twitter to find minded bloggers. It's a whole world of knowledge, tips, advise and inspiration." - Hollie Burgess at Pretty Big Butterflies

22. "For beginners make sure you read content before posting as I see many posts with spelling and grammatical errors. Keep posts regular although don't feel you need to post daily as long as you have great engaging content your reader will return for more. I would suggest starting from self hosted as it's a nuisance having to change after." - Melanie Edjourian at Melanies Fab Finds

23. "Write about what you generally love and are passionate about! It's so easy to get sucked in by sponsored collars but make sure they still fit in with the rest of your blog content and you aren't just doing it for the money. You'll loose credibility as a blogger." - Claudia Wright at Claudia Wright

24. "Don't be afraid to invest some money into your blog to help it grow. For example even hiring a VA a few hours a week could work wonders. They could handle some of the more repetitive tasks involved in blogging which will free you up to do more valuable work." - Amar Hussain at Gap Year Escape

25. "If you're starting a blog to make money, think very carefully about you niche. Areas like fashion are already very saturated (It's been said that 4% of all blogs are fashion) so you have to be very good, very committed and offer something different to stand out. Could you blog about something unique or offer real expertise, this may help you stand out from the crowd." - Emma Iannarilli at Fashion Mommy

26. "Invest upfront and get your own domain, I love the fact that my blog is www.sincerelykimberly.com and not .blogspot.com. It's not expensive either, I use Go Daddy and they offer a wide variety of options, you could even purchase the .com and .co.uk so if a reader makes a mistake they still end up at your blog." - Kimberly Naylor at Sincerely, Kimberly.

27. "Enjoy it! If you find yourself writing about topics you don't enjoy you're more likely to give up. If you write about topics you love, it will show in your writing and you are more likely to succeed." - Angela Spicer at The Life of Spicers

28. "Write about what you know and what interests you. This will ensure the posts are knowledgeable and you can maintain the content." - Mellissa Williams at The Diary of a Jewellery Lover

29. "Don't worry about if your post or photos are "perfect" having unrealistic standards can take the fun out of blogging and you will never achieve them. Do the best you can and as your blog grows your skills will grow as will. You can always go back and edit photos or posts." - Rachel Evans at Healthy and Psyched

30. "The posts that have had the best responses for me have been the ones I've hesitated about posting. Honestly and vulnerbility aren't weakness and might help others." - Swazi Rodgers at Chocolate is not the only Fruit

31. "Don't stress too much about taking the perfect pictures. Experiment and play around with what works for you, and before you know it, it'll become your favourite part about blogging!" - Annie Q Mua at Musings of a Makeup Junkie

32. "Take time to schedule blog posts and social media content in advance, you'll have a consistent flow of new posts getting published, while at the same time you'll be taking care of the promotion too. Once you've got into a routine of doing this, it frees you up to interact more with your followers." - Kacie Morgan at The Rare Welsh bit

33. "Promote each post. Everyone has their favourite platform so try them out and see what works for you. My favourite is Twitter. Don't saturate your followers feeds either!" - Sally Kent at Teddy Bears and Cardigans

34. "Always make sure you have a contact email and social media links that work. I'm also a PR and the amount of blogs that don't do this is shocking!" - Ashleigh Dougherty at Being Ashleigh

35. "Use YouTube, it's the second most searched after google on the net!" - Alex Kennedy at Half a Mile from Nowhere

36. "Every blog should have a style guide." - Phil Mc Grath at Content Academy 

37. "Blogging should be about having fun (unless there is a career element you're trying to run with, in which case fair play, rock on) and it should be about adventuring, exploring and getting to know yourself. Try not to care about what other people think. It's your blog, your creative space, your little corner on t'internet. Be true to yourself - find your voice." - Emma Thelondonkiwi at Adventures of a London Kiwi

38. "Go to blogging events/meet ups and network network network, you never now what opportunities could arise from it! Also guest post for other bloggers and add valuable content to their blogs to help their audience and build an online trusted presence to yourself." - Lynz Edwards at Lyndsay Edwards

39. "Carry a notebook with you where ever you go, you never know when you find inspiration! You can work on this anywhere, whilst commuting, on your lunch! It will help when you get blog block." - Kathy Cakecread at Glitz and Glamour

40. "Invest in a decent camera, your iPhone will only go so far! When I started using my Canon, it changed my photography and made me consider lighting and angles more. Get some practice in, even if you don't have a particular post in mind, I tend to go out and take photos of scenery or animals to play around and develop my skills." - Kimberly Naylor at Sincerely, Kimberly.

If you have any additional tips, just comment below :)

Sincerely, Kimberly.
xxx
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A LITTLE BIT OF SPARKLE

Christmas and New Year may be over but I still love to add some sparkle into my wardrobe. These beautiful gold leggings were a spur of the moment purchase from the Next sale, aren't they just amazing!? For some strange reason I agreed to go to the boxing day sale with my friend, yes I'm one of those idiots queuing up at 5am. Although, this year it paid off because I managed to get a few great purchases including these leggings.

Over the last few seasons cold shoulder tops have been all the rage, I love this trend and was incredibly happy when it appeared again for winter this year. River Island has been my favourite place to shop for these tops and they didn't disappoint this time. Before Christmas, I popped in and purchased this asymmetric black cold shoulder top for £22, not a bad deal if you ask me!

Every year I purchase a staple pair of black chelsea boots, normally I would get them from Dorothy Perkins, although this year they didn't feel right. I was scrambling around wondering where I would get some from when I came across these faux suede boots from New Look. I wear them pretty much everyday so its well worth the purchase.


I love this outfit, its simple yet so beautiful. It's got a little glitz and glam combined with the basic black pieces, the perfect outfit for day-to-day or pop on some heels for a nighttime look.

Outfit details

Top: River Island
Leggings: Next 
Bag: H&M
Necklace: Next

Sincerely, Kimberly.
xxx

Saturday, 7 January 2017

MY AMBITIONS & GOALS FOR EARLY 2017


Happy New Year everyone!

I said in my suggestions for 2017 New Years Resolutions post that I'm not really a huge believer in setting NYRs. This is because I put myself under a lot of pressure to achieve them within the first month, after only a few weeks I would give up. This year, I said to myself that I wasn't going to set them, rather I would set monthly goals as I did in 2016. Normally, I would try and focus on 2 or 3 things each month, however I've got a lot I want to achieve so I've listed my goals for the next few months.

After I wrote this post, I realised that some of my goals are longterm so maybe, by mistake I have set some NYRs...

Pole Fitness
Pole dancing has been one of my biggest passions for years, it's a great sport and I've learnt so much. My balance, strength and fitness levels have improved amazingly. Since I'm at an Intermediate/Advanced level I've decided now is the right time to take a step forward and become a pole instructor. I'm going to get certified in February or March time. This is very exciting for me to do and I can't wait to get trained and start my new journey as an instructor.

Yoga
Yoga has been a huge part of 2016, it's increased my flexibility and strength levels. Over the last few months I haven't been attending due to an injury but now I'm back up at running and want to keep developing my skills. My main aim for the next few months is to build enough core strength so I can control my headstand. I can do them at the moment but I have to bend my knees to get in and out of it and would love to do my headstand with straight legs.

Acting
2016 was spent exploring my options in the acting world. Understanding what type of actor I am was very important, discovering how I would be type casted and what kind of roles I would be able to grasp easily. When my experience develops I will be able to branch out and try something different, although acting is still very new for me so I'm happy being type casted for now.

Over the next few months I'll be filming more comedy scenes for Wretch a Sketch and working with a few new directors. I'm also getting some experience on set behind the camera, learning about camera angles, lighting, editing and more. In addition to all of that I've also started a project that I have wrote the script for and will be acting, producing and directing in, with help of course! It's very exciting to have my own project and make all the decisions. Looks like my acting calendar is going to be very busy over the next few months.

Gymnastics
I'm going to be focusing heavily on fitness over the next few months, while pole fitness is amazing I want to learn something different. I've always found gymnastics to be a very beautiful and strength driven sport and I'm excited to give it a try. I'm applying to attend a beginners class for adult, I'm hoping that my pole fitness background will contribute to picking it up easily, after all a lot of the skills are very similar right?

Blogging
My little blog has come a long way and evolved since I started it. I want to focus on developing it further, I'm going to work on my photography and photoshop skills to ensure I'm adding the best possible photo content. I also want to do more collaborations with brands or other bloggers.

Sugar
So, I've decided to do something truly difficult. Something that will require all the willpower in the world... Give up sugar! Giving this up will be a difficult task but its perfectly doable, right? For me, this will be a huge challenge but I'm sure as long as I stay strong I can do this!

Sincerely, Kimberly.
xxx

Saturday, 31 December 2016

LET'S REFLECT ON 2016

New Year is almost upon us, which means its time to start thinking about New Years Resolutions. Considering our ambitions and goals for the shiny new year. Before I get ahead of myself, lets take a moment to reflect on 2016 and everything I've achieved and experienced. 

Well, what can I say ... 2016 has been an interesting and fulfilling year. As always there has been ups and downs but at the end of the day I made it through the year in one piece.

Moved house
After years and years of my family home being on the market it finally sold! My parents moved into the new place and my sister and I moved in with my auntie on a temporary basis until the new place is refurbished. Life with the auntie isn't too bad at all, she's so welcoming (not that she had a choice).

Alcohol free
For the past 7 months I've been alcohol free, I don't know why I decided to stop drinking, it was a sudden urge one day and now 212 days later I'm still sober. It's not like I had a issue with abusing alcohol, I was just ready for a change and it was either this or chocolate. Not drinking has changed a few social events, especially when others are getting merry. Although, I don't need alcohol to have a good time, I simply go home when people get overly drunk.

Dealt with an injury
Around August time I injured my handstring. I thought I had just overstretched my muscle slightly so I took a week off to recover. I went back into my fitness routine as I thought it had healed but I was very wrong ... It appears that I had torn my muscle in several places and this is what was causing my issues. This delayed my progress in all aspects of fitness as I had a shooting pain when I pushed myself, finally in November I sought out help and started the process to truly recover. I should be back to 100% by the New Year, then I can focus and regain the fitness levels I've lost over the last few months. This experience has taught me to always seek out help when I injury myself.

Travelled
This year, travel hasn't been my main priority as it was last year. I've been staying closer to home and saving some pennies. Although, that said, I did fly off to Edinburgh to meet my Aussie friends. We were there for 5 days together, fringe festive was on so we experienced loads of comedy nights, musicals and magic shows. After that I jetted off to Barcelona for a solo trip, 10 days in this beautiful place and it wasn't enough. I explored most tourist attractions and got lost in the city, I met loads of awesome people who I shared loads of laughs with. People say that travelling alone is lonely, although I've never felt so surrounded.

Pole Dancing
I love pole fitness, its been a huge part of my life for a few years now. I finally took the plunge and did a pole photoshoot this year, it was an amazing experience and I'm so proud of my photos! Another huge highlight for 2016 is I decided to become a pole fitness instructor, early next year I'm hoping to get certified so I can teach my own classes.

Photography
This year, I decided to develop my photography skills and really learn how to use my camera. I've been going out with a friend to get some awesome shots of wildlife and the city. It's been great to work on getting the right angles and lighting so I can produce the best possible quality photos. I've also been working on Photoshop and Lightroom to edit my photos which is surprisingly easy to use!

Acting
I filmed my first scene this year for my showreel and it was extremely nerve-racking but I got through it and love the finished product. I've also been working closely with a director and other actors to produce a series of comedy sketches, this was interesting as I never saw myself as a comedy actress. I'm not the fun loving, bubbly, dippy comedian, I tend to lean more towards the serious parts because that's what suits my personality. Until I learn more and develop my skills I'm quite happy going for roles within my type cast.

Career
I've been back at Equator Design for over a year now and have a much better idea of how my career is going. This year I was promoted to Production Account Manager so I must be doing right, aye?!

Chopped my hair
This year I took the plunge and chopped my hair above my shoulders, for some people this may not be a huge deal but it was a difficult decision as I've spent years trying to grow it. It was the best decision I made and I love it.

Call me Auntie Kim
My best friend had her 1st baby this year, little Thea. She's so adorable and I love to spoil and spend time with her, watching her develop and learn new things is amazing. I can't wait to do this for my own little niece or nephew next year. In July my older sister told us she is Pregnant and the little bundle of joy is due in March. It's very exciting because it's the first baby in my direct family. Unfortunately we don't know the sex of the baby as my sister wants it to be a surprise, which I find frustrating because I can't buy gender specific presents! 

What to expect of 2017?
I always find it difficult to predict what will happen, I find that the unexpected seems to make life interesting so I enjoy not knowing. That said, I've got a few things that I would like to continuing improving and developing. Watch out for my next post where I'll be talking about my ambitions and goals for the next coming months.

Sincerely, Kimberly.
xxx

Monday, 26 December 2016

2017 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

It's that time again ... with the new year approaching fast we will be making resolutions to either improve ourselves or work towards an ambition. Resolutions I hear every year are "I'm going to work out more, eat healthier, get organised, sort my life out, blah blah blah ...", most of these fail within a few weeks because many people over think. I know starting your resolutions can be overwhelming but when you set your mind to something you can achieve anything. Make sure your resolutions are achievable so you're not setting yourself up to fail.

Personally, I don't set New Years Resolutions as I tend to put too much stress on myself to achieve them quickly, then often give up within a few weeks. That said, over the past year I've been setting myself goals on a monthly basis. For those of you who do set New Years Resolutions but are struggling for ideas I've listed some suggestions below.

1. Exercise - Now this is a classic NYR but instead of joining the gym why not try a sport a try? I do pole dancing and next year will be starting gymnastics. Think outside the box to develop your fitness.

2. Plan a trip - I'm sure everyone has a dream place to visit.

3. Stop worrying so much.

4. Skip the juice cleanse and do a digital detox instead.

5. Speaking of juice cleanses, don't do one, just eat healthy and exercise to get into shape.

6. Do something you've never done before.

7. Stop repeating the same relationship mistakes. 

8. Take more "me time"

9.  Save some money.

10. Drink coffee at home or the office to save some pennies.

11. Get more sleep.

12. Cross one destination off you travel wishlist.

13. Set a professional goal and do what you can to achieve it.

14. Declutter your home and office space.

15. Stop procrastinating (full stop).

16. Organise you're email inbox, you'll feel so much better.

17. Start a passion project, you never know something could take off!

18. Take up a new hobby - Photography, blogging, rock climbing, baking or anything you've ever wanted to try!

19. Spend more time with friends and family.

20. Do some charity work.

21. Put down the TV remote and pick up a book.

22. Start a journal.

23. Try some new recipes, you never know you might discover your new favourite food.

24. Drink less alcohol.

25. Consider your health more, replace artificial foods with natural ones.

26. Walk more, don't always jump in your car to drive down the road to the local shop.

27. Get rid of toxic people from your life.

28. Learn to love your body.

29. Accept when you've achieved something and shout about it.

30. Do something that scares you, sky diving, meeting your partners parents, whatever you consider a challenge.

31. Take more photos to document your memories.

32. Take some time to write down a few things you're grateful for.

33. Drink more water.

Sincerely, Kimberly.
xxx