2017 In Review

2017 has been a year of change for me. The biggest changes of my life so far. I thought I would review how this year has gone and written about some of the most notable things that have happened and changed in my life. Fair warning; these aren’t all great things. 2017 has been a strange year for me and a lot of the changes that happened seemed awful at the time but I have grown to accept them and have learnt from the experience.

Relationships

  • I broke up with my long-term partner.

This is what I would class as the biggest change in my life this year. I was with my partner for just under 7 years and decided at the start of the year that I wasn’t happy anymore. Not going to lie, it ended badly and has taught me a lot about the relationships I want to be in going forward. It also taught me that there’s no harm in speaking up if you have a problem in a relationship or have just grown apart as the years progressed.

  • I tried internet dating.

Yep, when I got with my long-term partner what feels like a million years ago; online dating wasn’t really a thing. This being said once I was getting over the breakup I thought I would try Tinder as my friends had suggested and it sounded like a laugh. I met a few people on there and dated a guy for a while but unfortunately we wanted different things moving forward. This leads me on to the last point of this topic.

  • I started dating my best friend.

As I said at the start of this post; it’s been a weird year. This year I’ve grown closer to two people who started as colleagues and then grew into best friends of mine. I’m not entirely sure when it started but I began noticing the little things that my now-boyfriend would do on a daily basis that were very “gentlemanly” (it’s a word okay…!) and how I potentially took some of it for granted.
Flash forward a few weeks after my most recent breakup and he was going to London to return something and he asked if I wanted to come too. I haven’t actually done “touristy” things in London before so decided it would be a great idea. We went to see my Grandad’s treasure too, the Hoxne Hoard, which is currently on show in the British Museum. It was super awesome and I took some photos and we did tourist things. I had an amazing day and we decided to stand by the Thames and he kissed me. (I know, adorable ;)). We’ve been dating ever since.

Hobbies

  • I got a new guitar.

I got a new acoustic guitar. I’m self-taught and have really just been learning chords to support my own singing if I wanted to do some open mic nights. This is something I’ve done 1 of and that was impromptu, but would like to do more of. I’ve also neglected my music YouTube channel but have been posting to SoundCloud more instead. If I’m honest my SoundCloud has a bigger audience plus I don’t have to show my face. Win, win!

  • I tried out bullet journaling.

Bullet journalling is awesome and it’s definitely something I was obsessing over for a while. The issue is that I am awful at drawing and designing layouts which is kind of the most integral part. It helped me to stay organised when I did do it though so I definitely want to try a variation of this in 2018.

  • I learnt more about makeup.

This one is something I’ve inadvertently learnt. My sister is now qualified in various different treatments and makeup application itself so she has been showing me the ropes. I’m very embarrassed to say I learnt about highlighter and contour this year too. Late to the party, I know. I have followed various beauty YouTubers for years but have actually started to listen to their advice. I also learnt the importance of spending more on fewer good quality than lots of low-quality cheap ones.

Health

  • My kidney issues because prevalent again.

This one, as it sounds, is awful. Since the age of 17, I have been having kidney and urinary infections on and off. I think I’m somewhere in the region of 40 now since then. I have had a few months without issues since then but I have been having more again recently.

Unfortunately, no one seems to know the real cause and being pumped full of antibiotics every 5 minutes is dangerous in itself.

  • My mental health has been a rollercoaster.

Bleh. This one is also awful. I had a great start to the year in that I felt the best that I had in a while but then everything went down with my ex and it went downhill from there. I’ve finally learnt the hard way that I need to talk to people when I’m feeling upset or anxious or scared because bottling it up is the worst. The year was pretty rough as a whole but I’m proud of how I’ve managed to bring it back in the last few weeks.

  • General physical health/wellbeing

The start of my year started reasonably well. I am really freaked out by the texture of vegetables and a lot of meats as well. This being said I don’t eat much in the way of vegetables or fruits which is awful. I also don’t do much in the way of exercise either. The start of this year I was doing well with going to the gym and eating healthier until around June and then I just stopped. I’m not entirely sure why. So basically, first six months of the year was good and second just went to hell.

Finance

  • I saved money to move out.

This one I’ve actually done reasonably well on. I’ve managed to regularly put away £200 a month into a Help to Buy ISA. These are sadly not available anymore but £200 a month is the maximum you can put in. Once you close the account to buy a property the government give you 25% of the final balance you saved extra, for free. It’s also at a pretty high interest rate by comparison too which is good.

  • I got a pay rise.

This one is pretty cool. I’ve been with my current employer for just over 2 years and have been fortunate enough to receive a few pay rises in that time. I got told about the most recent one on the last day before we stopped work for Christmas. I feel like this has been a while coming and I’ve worked really hard to get here and am so proud of myself.

Blog

  • I created the KB Chaos blog.

This is a pretty big one because I’ve always liked the idea of having a blog and have read them for as long as I can remember. The KB stands for my initials and Chaos is just a random word I liked at the time. Not exactly the best way to choose a name but it worked so…

  • I met some wonderful ladies online.

Through blogging and twitter, I have managed to connect with a few other bloggers who have helped me when I needed it. They’ve also given me amazing feedback and one even created my banner for free!

  • I got nominated for my first Liebster award.

If you’ve never heard of this award it’s super cute and you should consider nominating a few bloggers yourself. It’s basically an award you get from being nominated by other bloggers and then answer questions they set in the post. You then set your own for the people or person you nominate. It’s adorable!

You can read my post here.

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#NewMusicMonday Top 5 Songs – Week of 31st July 2017

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I am still trying to find my bearings here on WordPress and in the blogging world. I enjoy the lifestyle posts, as well as the music posts so I thought I’d start a regular music post.

Here are 5 songs I love that I think you should check out.

  • Rain – The Script

The Script hold a special place in my heart. I met Danny when he was handing out business cards for their first ever single before them supporting the Hoosiers. It was cute, needless to say.

I love their new song rain but not because it’s them. I honestly feel like they’ve gone too mainstream on this one. I do like it as a song though, hence why it made the list. It’s a fun and upbeat song with a reggae vibe to it with a bit of a sad meaning behind it. I would love to see if Danny can hit those high notes live though. I’m sceptical. Either way, I’m glad they’re back.

  • Legends – Kelsea Ballerini 

This song has found its way into my Spotify this month because I absolutely love Kelsea Ballerini (think a cross between country-era Taylor Swift and a modern day Carrie Underwood). The song itself reminds me of Long Live by Taylor Swift a lot. If you’re looking for a new summer country song then I’d highly recommend this one!

This is a beautiful love song and my favourite lyrics, in particular, have to be “Like we were written down in permanent marker, not even the brightest sun could ever fade”. It’s such a beautiful image and has actually made me consider these lyrics or something similar for a tattoo I’m looking to get at some point soon. It’s one of those “sing your heart out” songs for the car, especially if you’re a modern country music fan.

  • Weak ft Louisa Johnson (Stay Strong Mix) – AJR & Louisa Johnson

What a title, right?! This is actually a remix of the original song called Weak by AJR. I stumbled across this song because it was on the top 40 for the UK. This is definitely another summer song and I really like the drop before the chorus. If you watch this performed live they used a digital recording thing for the female voice in the chorus.

Louisa Johnson (X Factor, So Good & Best Behaviour) is a welcome addition to this song. I love her voice and couldn’t believe the original wasn’t a credited artist in the beginning. She has such an impressive vocal range and I love the beautiful harmonies she brings to the track. I feel like the AJR singer can sound very autotuned at times so her raw vocals are a beautiful change.

  • Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato

I will unashamedly explain that I used to love Camp Rock and Demi Lovato in general. I sing myself so I love listening to her music because her vocals are the main focus. I’m not entirely sure who upset Demi (i don’t really keep up with the “drama”) but this is an amazing girl power/revenge track.

I find myself singing the main line “baby I’m sorry, not sorry” quite a bit as it’s a phrase I’ve seen a few people using and posting. I have heard Demi is a very busy lady at the moment with a YouTube documentary being filmed about her, her collaboration with Fabletics and also her other musical collaborations. I’m so happy for her and this new hit is definitely just that, it is a hit that highlights how well she is doing now and if people don’t like it then they can expect her success as her revenge.

  • She Looks So Perfect – 5 Seconds of Summer

I had to look 5SOS up for this post to see if they were still even around. It turns out they seem to still be on a tour for their first album. How strange. Anyway. This remains as one of those older cringe-worthy pop songs that occasionally someone will mention American Apparel and me start singing the song again. It’s a decent mix of typical pop backing and catchy lyrics.

They’re an Australian boy band and I’ve actually been listening to the live version of this song. I think it is potentially better than the released track. Just to let you in on a little secret; this is kind of my drunk song. I sing the main lyrics when I’m rather drunk. That’s how you know it’s a good song, right? All silliness aside if you like pop boy bands *cough* One Direction *cough*  then you’ll totally love 5SOS if you haven’t heard of them before.

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#NewMusicMonday The Chainsmokers – Memories… Do Not Open Review

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#NewMusicMonday this Monday is the album that has been accompanying my commute to the work for the last few weeks. Memories…Do Not Open is the first full-length album by the Chainsmokers and has received mixed reviews from acclaimed critics.

I have to say even though the majority of the songs sound very similar I still go back to this album when I need a pick me up. I sing therefore I focus more on the vocals and there are some genius vocal tracks on this album!

The One is the first track on the album and I feel like this was a good decision because it sums up the rest of the album. Catchy piano and synth tracks with beautiful edited and unedited vocals thrown in for good measure. I should mention that a few of the tracks contain expletive but for someone with a potty mouth myself this is a positive in my eyes.

The “Genius” insights from Spotify explain how this song was written about needing more balance between work and social commitments which unfortunately is characterised by missing a wedding.

“Last Day Alive” is the reason I decided to give this album a chance. I am a huge fan of Florida Georgie Line and country music in general therefore this track really pulled me in. The overly edited sound to this track loses what I love about FGL but is definitely a foray into mainstream music if they ever wanted to pursue that.

“Something Just Like This” and “Paris” are the stand out tracks and were the singles that turned from the Chainsmokers from one hit wonders with “#Selfie” for me. {As an aside; I really hated #Selfie. With a passion.}If I’m entirely honest I find Paris catchy and “Something Like This” is a really nice song to sing. I also think the mix of Coldplay and the track by The Chainsmokers is a really good choice.

“Young” and “My Type” are my favourites from the album by far. The pre-chorus and chorus in “Young” are the lines that I find myself singing CONSTANTLY whenever I am doing menial tasks. I like the mix of guitar, piano and synth on this track. I think it hints that this kind of music would still survive in an acoustic setting.

“My Type” introduces Emily Warren. She is an amazing vocalist and is an award winning songwriter. I find it fascinating how people can be so well recognised but don’t become a “household name” until they actually take the microphone and sing the songs they have written. She features on two of the tracks. “My Type” is by far my favourite of the two and talks about something most people I know can relate to in some way or another. The idea that they have a type and that they know they’re not a good choice for them but like an addict they keep going back. I think this song is one of the best written in terms of lyricism.

Overall I’d say if you’re into dance music with strong vocal tracks then definitely give this a listen.

This is a must for me this summer and I’ve already added it to my summer playlist!

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