Thursday, 18 January 2018

Goals For 2018

Ok its 3 weeks into the year so I'm a bit behind on posting this one. I posted a New Years Resolution video on my YouTube channel with a few general goals I have for 2018. But the more I thought about it the more I wanted to set specific goals that I could work on to achieve this year.



I don't want to sound like I'm all about the numbers at any point. I'm beyond grateful to any single person who takes their time to engage with the content I create. However, I just love the idea of expanding the community that I'm a part of. By having physical goals in place, I know I will be motivated to work harder to achieve them. So here are my goals...



Blogging



Reach 500 followers on Bloglovin

Be more active in the blogging community 

Change blog layout to make it look more professional



YouTube



100k channel views

2k subscribers

Earn partnership back

Go to more YouTube events and meet up with YouTube friends

Film more collabs



University



Keep going to all my lectures (even when hungover!)

Stay on top of assignments and portfolios 

Finish the year with a good grade (2:1 but preferably 1st)

Go out more. Both during the day and at Night



Personal



Get a job

Get work experience that relates to media or film

Go to a festival (this would be really out of my comfort zone)

Work on being a nicer and more honest person

Keep on top of Pilates and Yoga

Go to the gym at least once a week

Learn new recipes and cook more

Pass my driving test

Change up my hair more

Don't beg for recognition of people if they clearly couldn't care less

Explore more. Like I barely know Liverpool and I've lived here 6 months



That's what I'm hoping I'll achieve in 2018. The song of the day is Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks. Have you set any goals this year? If so what are they?

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 11 January 2018

All About My Media & Film Degree

Recently I've been binge watching loads of university vloggers and reading sooooo many university bloggers. It goes without saying that I'm the world's nosiest person that always loves seeing what everyone else is getting up to and how they're coping. When I move to a new environment, such as university, it's just my curiosity that makes me need to know what everyone else's experience is like. That's why I want to talk about my course and student life more across my platforms, because it's a topic I myself genuinely am interested in talking about.



If you didn't already know, I a student in Liverpool. I won't say which university I study at for now, but what I will say is that my uni specializes in combined courses. This appealed to me because I liked the idea of flexibility that this would offer.

The course I picked is something that I am genuinely passionate about, and all my extra-curricular activities relate to it anyway. The course I study is Media and Communication BA (Hons). However, as I mentioned earlier, my university offers combined courses so if you pick media single honors you're put down to do a film module too. So basically my course is 50% Media & Communications and the other 50% is made up of a Film Studies module.

So I thought I'd sum up what my two units of the degree are like in terms of classes and what we've been doing so far:


Media and Communications:


  • Lectures (3 times a week, for a hour each)- This is where everyone in your course all attend the same lessons. It usually consists of a lecturer doing a presentation, and addressing questions to the class. We've been discussing the theoretical side of media in these lectures, such as ethics behind publishing, and the history of the printing press.
  • Seminars (Once a week, for 2 hours)- This is where a smaller group of us work to practically achieve something related to media. So far we've done a radio module where we had to put together our own radio show and perform it, and also working on a digital marketing project.
  • Tutorials (Once a week, for 50 minutes)- This is where you and a small group have a catch up on what you've been doing that week with your tutor. This gives you the chance to discuss the tutorial task with the tutor, as well as ask questions about the course and assignments. 

Film


  • Lectures (2 times a week, for an hour each)- This is with everyone on the course, where the lecturer will talk to us about film theory. This covers topics such as the history of cinema, and aspects of cinematography and how directors put films together. 
  • Seminars (Once a week, for two hours)- This is the practical film side. In smaller groups we are given projects to put what we learn in lectures into practice. So far we've made an animated advert, and are working on recreating a scene from a film that we've watched using the techniques we've learned. 
  • Tutorials (Once a week, for 50 minutes)- Again, this is where you meet up with your tutor for this side of the course, and discuss your classwork for the week and any questions you might have.

So that's been a little introduction to the layout of my course. It's a 3 year degree and I'm so excited to keep learning about things that genuinely interest me. I'll be writing more about my course and how I'm finding it as the year continues.

The song of the day is Fool's Gold by One Direction. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments. Thank you for reading,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Why I Make 'New Month Resolutions'

Well well well I guess this is it my very first post of 2018. I'm hoping to keep on top of my blog this year and just really make it the best quality that I can, so if you want to please stick around ;)

Happy New Year

So urrrm 2018?  Can't lie it's not been "my" year so far this year. I've come down with a sickness bug, and my work has an issue with my payment so it's January 4th at the moment and quite literally all that's happened to me this year is I've thrown up and not been paid. Still, I have hope for 2019!!!

Anyway, what I really wanted to talk about in this post is New Year's resolutions and why I don't necessarily 100% believe in them. Don't get me wrong, I don't see any harm in evaluating your life as a whole, and working on ways to be the best version of yourself. I just don't see the point in waiting once a year to do it. If you want to improve something about yourself, just do it, don't wait for a certain point on your calendar to do so.

Personally, I like to make little New Month Resolutions that are small and hopefully achievable. So for this month I decided I'd share mine for January:

1. Join the gym- a cliche one I know but it's gotta be done since I've never actually joined a gym in my life oops! But at my uni it only costs £25 for an annual membership so come on Iz you really can't afford not to!

2. Spice up my hair- Ok little confession I've been trying to dye my hair silver for the last few months but literally my hair just isn't taking to any sort of dye or bleach and ends up looking exactly the same every time. So I'm gonna find something that works to make my hair look a lil different.

3. Stand up for myself- I may as well get the word "mug" tattooed onto my forehead at this point because honestly that's how I act. I need to learn that some people don't have your best interests at heart and it's ok to say no sometimes and it's not unreasonable or rude to stick up for myself if I feel like I'm being pushed over.

4. Not miss a single upload- I really want to keep on top of my videos and blog posts this year because I really want 2018 to be the year I push my content to the next level.

5. Interact with my audience more- I'm always so grateful to anyone who takes the time to look at the content I produce, and leaves feedback on it. Therefore I want to make more of an effort with those people to make sure I stay in contact with them and let them know how much I appreciate them.

The song of the day is Temporary Fix by One Direction because I'm listening to it right now. Do you have any New Year's resolutions or monthly resolutions? If so let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 28 December 2017

A Summary Of 2017

Ah 2017... what a crazy crazy year. Honestly from start to finish it has been pure madness!

As far as years go, I feel like this one has definitley personally had the largest amount of ups and downs I've ever experienced. But I'm a huge believer in everything happening for a reason and the amount I feel like I have learned about myself and life in general are astronomical.

And most importantly this year has taught me that everything I never thought would be possible, is in fact possible. Both the terribly bad and the good. 

So in reflection on this year, I decided to share a little summary of all my highlights:

  • January 2nd- I started this year off (well the first day of the year that I wasn't hungover) with a walk with two of my best friends Georgie and Laura.


  • January 6th- My birthday celebrations began with me going out with my friends from my old 6th form.

  • January 14- My 19th Birthday and my favourite birthday so far. I honestly had the perfect day starting off with going to my favourite restaurant in Birmingham with my family. And in the evening I went out with my friends from work to Popworld in Birmingham and had the funniest night out ever!


  • February 19th- My Grandparents, Aunt, cousin and I went to Lanzerote for a week.
  • March 16th- All Time Low concert.
  • April 12th- First (of many) Driving Test... yeah I still need to pass that!
  • April 15th- My family went to watch Billy Elliot on stage and omg what an amazing show it is!
  • April 23rd- The shop I work at had an official party and although I made a complete tit of myself it was still a good laugh to look back on.
  • April 28th- My sister received surprise Ed Sheeran tickets for her birthday and was kind enough to take me. Not that she really had a choice because she knows she'd be disowned if she didn't ;)
  • May 2nd- Traveled for a month around Eastern Europe with my best friend.
Here's a little montage of my trip!
  • July- Ok I can't remember the exact date but I went to Germany to visit my family for 3 weeks.

Here are my Germany vlogs in case you missed them
  • August 4th- I attended the youtube convention Summer In The City. This was the first time I traveled to London by myself and I had the most amazing time with the youtube squad :)

  • September 9th- Me and my work friends went out into Birmingham to say goodbye because a lot of us were leaving for Uni in a few days.


  • September 11th- Me and my work friends went out for drinks again to say goodbye.
  • September 12th- Ok me and my work friends went out for drinks for a 3rd time to say goodbye because we're alcoholics #noshame
  • September 15th- Had my last shift at work after a year and 3 days of working there. This was my first job and I honestly adored everyone I worked with.
  • September 15th- Had a mini holiday to Tenby, Wales with my family

  • September 23rd- Moved to Liverpool for university and officially moved out!
Mad love for my flat

  • September 24th- I met Jo from S club in Liverpool. Honestly made my entire life!
We didn't force her to take this picture at all!

  • September 25th- I attended my first university lecture... whilst very hungover!
  • October 19th- Submitted my first two university assignments. This was a big deal to me because I hadn't done any sort of classwork in over a year.
  • November 14th- I watched The Killers perform live in Manchester
  • November 18th- I watched Little Mix in Birmingham
  • December 16th- I came back to Birmingham again for the Christmas holidays.
  • December 17th- My old work allowed me to have a Christmas job again and this was my first day back to the madness.
  • December 25th- Christmas Day, and this was honestly one of the best one's I've ever had

So that's been a summary of my year. Thank you very much to anyone that's been reading my blog over the last year, you're support means the world. The song of the day is Glorious by Macklemore because I feel like that is the song of the year for me. 

Here's to 2018, may it continue to be just as crazy as ever!

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Snow Life

You'll never guess what happened?...

...England actually had snow this week! I can't remember the last time we had proper proper snow that actually stuck to the ground. And I don't know about you, but whenever I see a snowflake my festive mood increases by 100%. It genuinely made me so excited to see everyone so excited.

I came home for the weekend, getting the train from Liverpool to Solihull. Liverpool didn't have much snow but oh my, the West Midlands really did. I got picked up from the train station around 5pm so it was already pitch black outside. Me and my mum couldn't help notice it felt exactly like in a Christmas film, where families are reunited as it's snowing and the streets are filled with Christmas lights.

And the most exciting part of my weekend was that my home town genuinely turned into Narnia. Like legit! Have a look at these photos that my Mum took...







 I'm sorry but how talented is my Mum?

Even if I personally wasn't outside enjoying the snow, I was inside on social media watching everyone else have fun. It seems like every man woman and child was building snowmen, going to the park to have snowball fights, and just genuinely making the most of the phenomenon that it was snowing!

I just found it impossible to be in a bad mood whilst we were blessed with this weather, and I just wanted to document how I felt in this lil' post. The song of the day is Heartbeat by Scouting For Girls. It's not particularly Christmassy, but it's been permanently stuck in my head this last week. Did you have snow where you live?

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 7 December 2017

A German Christmas

As some of you might know, I am part German and have spent a few of my Christmases in Germany celebrating the occasion with my family. I wanted to share a few German Christmas traditions for anyone that might be interested in learning about it. Obviously each family will celebrate slightly differently, but this is how I gathered it traditionally goes down...



The Christmas celebrations actually begin quite early in Germany, as on the 6th of December it is St Nicholas day. Before they go to sleep, children leave their polished shoes or boots outside their door, and if they've been good St Nicholas fills their boots with gifts (usually chocolates) and if they've been bad their shoes will be filled with coal. 


Yummy!

Since this is the first year I will not be living at home for the 6th of December, my mum has ensured I got a St Nicholas day parcel delivered to my University, what a babe! 



Now in Germany, all the main Christmas celebrations are done on the 24th of December. Traditionally, families go to Church on the afternoon. Then when they come back a room in the house is locked and a bell is rung signalling that Santa has arrived. The children enter the room to see the Christmas tree is lit, and there are presents under the tree.





Germans are hardcore with Christmas decorations, with it being thought that the Christmas tree originated in Germany. I truly feel like every traditional household would be filled with nutcrackers and gingerbread houses throughout the whole of December.


The Birmingham German Market; 
My Favorite Place To Spend December

And I have to finish with my favourite part of Christmas, German markets. Luckily, I grew up in Birmingham which is home to one of the biggest, if not the biggest German Christmas markets in the UK. It honestly isn't even December without walking the streets lit up with lights, walking from stall to stall, scoffing your face with marzipan and gingerbread and drowning in mulled wine. And of course wishing I was still young enough to go on the helter-skelter and carousel. 

So for me all these things make up Christmas. The song of the day is O Tannenbaum, a traditional German tuuuuuune! Let me know some of your festive traditions in the comments below, 

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 30 November 2017

The Longest Week Everrrrrrrrrr!

I haven't posted something like this in quite a while, and you might be like "Izzy why are you sharing this? I really don't care!" But then I remembered that I actually started this blog as a form of online diary, and that I want to share little life updates so you guys can get to know me better (even if they're small irrelevant updates). 


So in order to be real here on my blog I thought I'd be honest about the shite week I've had at uni. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love being a student and normally I'm having a permanent laugh here. But this week has just been exhausting, and lemme tell you about it:

Assignments, assignments, assignments...


Honestly my mood

Yes that's right, I have three lot's of assignments... all due on the same day. The first one was an essay resubmission so I was actually kindly allowed by my university to have a second go at my first essay. I didn't do too badly the first time round, but I wanted to have a go at bumping the grade up to a 1st. 

The second was a 1500 word essay on social movements for my media course. Oh boy I didn't even know where to start with that one, I kept changing my mind about what I wanted to write about every time I thought of it oops! 

And lastly I have a practical animation assessment for my film course which was conveniently moved forward by a week so it was due the same day everything else was. So when I should have had time to write 1500 words, I'll be spending it in the film studio. 


Sickness has stricken 



I had planned to spend all the days I had off last week locking myself in my room and powering through my uni work. But oh no, my immune system had other plans. I came down with tonsillitis. Ok I don't know if I did for sure, it was a self diagnosis because I have an extreme phobia of the doctors.

I literally spent the whole last week with a burning throat, dealing with sweating from extreme temperature and throwing up my insides (lovely I know!) So I literally didn't leave my bed for 5 days, and had energy for nothing which stressed me out endlessly because I was so aware of the fact I needed to do my uni work. 


Homesickness?!



I'm not the type that normally gets homesick. Seriously, pop me anywhere on the globe and I'll be settled. It wasn't until my mum found out I was ill, and said "aww I wish you were here so I could look after you" that it hit me I'd rather be at home.

Then I literally messaged my mum saying how much I wanted to just come home and lie in my own bed. But there was no way I was up for the train journey home (I'd definitely end up throwing up on every passanger on the carriage) and my parents were too ill to pick me up from Liverpool. So I ended up just accepting the fact I was gonna have to power through.


On a brighter note!


This post is going up on Thursday and all my assignments are being handed in on Friday. Therefore I am almost over all the workload. 

And I've not been all alone here in Liverpool. I have the nicest flatmates who have been asking how I'm doing, and one of them even was kind enough to pick me up another batch of painkillers when she went shopping. Thank you Aisha, not all heroes wear capes ;)

And last but not least, Black Friday was a thing last week. Oops. May have spent like my entire student loan on a pair of boots, but omg omg omg they are so worth it!


These boots just scream "Little Mix" so I needed them!

So that's what's been going on in the never-ending excitement that is "Izzy's Life". The song of the day is Whistle For The Choir by The Fratellis. I hope you all have a good week, what have you been up to? Let me know in the comments!

Izzy K xxx