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Hello 2018 & my goals

Dissertation: Complete.

I've wanted to write blog posts for ages, but I knew I would get sucked in and wouldn't concentrate on my dissertation. But my dissertation is done. Good-bye, farewell, hope to never see that again.

To get back into the swing of blogging (hate it when people say 'swing of blogging'), I thought I would share my 2018 goals. 

I love setting goals. And am always sucked into creating a few for 2018. They tend to be vague, and not so much about a physical goal. But here are my 2018 goals...

1) Take more photos. Since choosing to study photography, I've fallen out of love with photography. I'm considering downgrading from a DSLR to something more compact in the future. 

2) Forgive & Forget. I'm the worst at holding onto things that happened in the past and know this is bringing me down from growing in the future. This year, I need to remember that things happen for a reason, and life keeps moving. 

3) Friendship. I'm awful at saying I'm going to message someone, 6 months pass by, and I've still not messaged them. I think about my good friends daily, but I'm so weak at keeping up with friendships. A note to my friends, if I've said we should meet up, or to come round a meet Keira, send me a message to get my ass into gear!

4) Make memories. Every month I want to do something a little out of my comfort zone, that I know 'normal' people would do to create memories. Going to gigs, taking trips, etc.

5) Trust myself

6) Learn Lightroom. Everyone raves on about how much I'll enjoy using Lightroom, but I never sit down and take the time to learn my way about it. This year, I will!

7) Read more. I say this every year. My goal is to read 30 books this year - excluding academic reading.

8) Monthly challenges. Whether that be doing yoga every day for a month. Doing a photo challenge. Something that causes me to engage with something, every day for a month.

9) Tattoo/Piercing. I keep saying I'm going to get another tattoo or piercing, and just let life get in the way. I think about it daily but never book the bloody appointments.

10) Work on my arms & self-love. A couple of summers ago, I worked on like my legs. Being confident enough to wear skirts and shorts, this didn't involve working out or anything, just accepting them. I want to do the same for my arms this year, I hate them. They flab around, are a horrible shape, and I would much rather keep them hidden. But I don't want to be buying clothes based on how my arms look this year.

11) Throw kindness around like confetti. I used to scoff at this phrase. But, honestly, it's something I want to do more. 

What are your goals for 2018? Or do you find it easier setting seasonal goals?

- KayleighBickle

Hello & Goodbye

This post is a form of procrastination. 

What should I be doing right now? I hear you ask. Writing my dissertation. 

Do I have time to start blogging regularly again? No, I have my wretched dissertation to write. 

Are you going to start blogging again? No. Yes. Not until after my deadline on 11th January.

What are you doing right now, you idiot? 


In all seriousness, I am going to be blogging again after my deadline (or at least until I've written everything and am ready to hand in). But, I did want to explain what's happened since my last post (here). 

So, my last post was a round-up on my first week of 'No-Spend November'. Which, good news, I completed! *woop woop* After the first week or so, it was easy not to go into shops. I still allowed myself to buy essentials related to uni/car/bills/etc, but it stopped me from buying miscellaneous extras that I don't need. I am planning on doing a post all about how it went, etc., when I start blogging regularly again in January 2018! 

However, once 1st December hit, my card was being used again. And as of the 17th December, I've bought all of my Christmas presents, and only have 5 presents left to wrap!


So, here is my plan; this is my final post of 2017. I had dreamed of doing a lovely post to end the year, but instead you're going to be getting a delayed fresh start in mid-January. I'm going to write my dissertation over the festive period, and then, hopefully, come back and you'll be receiving one post a week (most likely on a Sunday evening). And we shall reevaluate the situation once I hand in my final uni assignments in May/June.


Have a truly wonderful Christmas Day and Festive period. Hopefully you enjoy all of the food. Have as few family arguments as possible. And I shall be back in January 2018!

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year,


- KayleighBickle

No-Spend November - Week One

Week One, Day One:
I survived the first day. 
I was shocked by how often I thought about buying something or popping into a shop. I wrote a little list of times, I thought about spending money and managed not to:
  • Halloween Films: I watched Megan Rhiannon's Youtube Video (here) and was listening to her film recommendations. The ones I thought about buying were Hocus Pocus and the Halloween Town collection.
  • Wooly Jumper: I saw someone post a photo of a mustard, cozy knit on Instagram. I stopped myself before looking at one!
  • Reduced Halloween Decorations: I was going to go to Poundland to see if they had any decorations reduced. I don't even need them for another year.
  • Belinda's Cafe (here): An ex-coworker opened her own cafe today, but (thankfully) I left my purse at home and reminded myself that it would still be open after my No-Spending ban.
  • Dog Halloween Costumes. This is almost a daily occurrence for me.
The money that I did spend: I paid my Roadtax (thrilling), and I spent 54p (from my tips money)(tips money doesn't count) to buy a donut after work. That's all. I'm pretty proud of that. 

Week One, Day Two:
Today was a lot easier. I had a home day, concentrating on my dissertation. I left the house to take the dog to the park, feed the ponies, and pop along to Tesco with Mum. In the next couple of days, I'm going to have to put some fuel in my car though!

Week One, Day Three:
Again, an easy day. Home days mean I don't go out and see anything I might consider buying. And constantly worrying about my dissertation, means I'm too busy to think of anything to buy.

Week One, Day Four:
Ah, I got caught out. We ran out of milk and orange juice, which I apparently can't go without on a Saturday morning.

Week One, Day Five:
Sunday. Rent day.

Overall, week one was easier then I expected. I have a feeling that this could be an anti-climatic challenge if it carries on this easily.

- KayleighBickle

The Honest Truth: What Nobody Tells You About Driving

I knew that my practical driving test was going to be harder than the theory. I knew I was better at learning from a book over physically driving a car. But with only two attempts, I passed my driving test! *woop woop*

Honestly, it was terrifying. And the money that I've spent on driving lessons, insurance, driving tests, etc, makes me feel sick. But I'm now carrying a pink driving license and having frequent amounts of panic while sitting in my little Clio on the main road - after stalling.

I didn't start to learn to drive until I was 20, and it took me 18 months of on and off learning to pass. Learning to drive, also, involved me having to change instructors - which is scary and you feel a sense of obligation to someone you were paying to spend time around. But, I found the right driver for me. She used diagrams and kept going over past mistakes, so I could get them right. Although, in August she told me she was going to be given up, suddenly I was booking my driving lesson, and franticaly booking driving lessons (all while my student loan dwindle away and I couldn't find a job). First test: failed. Two hazards. I, also, stalled a LOT. I was so incredibly nervous. Second Test: I was still nervous, but my only aim was to have a comfortable drive with a complete stranger in the car. My biggest problem was being in a confirmed space with someone who I didn't know. And, I did it! I passed and didn't cry at the examiner. Win-Win. My biggest problem before my tests was doubting my ability, even though I knew I was a good & safe driver - I would scare myself with the worst case scenario thoughts.

But, now I'm traveling on the road ALONE. And sometimes I find the idea terrifying, other times I cruise around and don't think twice about what I'm doing. Overall it's easier than I initially thought. But here is my list of 'things' that nobody tells you about driving:

1) Driving in and out of where you live is the easy part, getting beyond the first junction is where the fear kicks in.

2) It's lonely driving on your own without the radio on. But when the radio is on, you'll get carried away singing or lost in thought and question how you've driven so far without crashing or causing any accidents for the past 10 miles.

3) Parking. You have to plan where to park. You have to plan a route that means you have more than one parking option, and then you'll still freak out when I road is randomly closed and you park a 20-minute walk from work. Essentially saving you no time after choosing to drive or walk to work.

4) You feel really badass the first time you drive somewhere alone. I cannot express the euphoria I felt. Magical.

5) Your car will be a lot older, and completely different to drive. When you're learning to drive you're in a brand new, top of the range, fancy car. Suddenly you're driving a 15yr old Renault with wonky steering. You're pretty much learning to drive again, with an older car.

- KayleighBickle

Preparing for No-Spend November

Today is my start of No-Spending in November. Pray for me. Seriously.

Here is a list of things, that I did, to prepare myself:

1) Cancelled unnecessary subscriptions. (Netflix, Audible, Spotify, etc). I canceled these in advance so that they wouldn't take me by surprise in this month. If there are I've forgotten, I can contact them directly and (try to) get my money back.

2) Planned what I can and cannot buy. This way I won't be questioning whether or not I *need* another set of pastel highlights. [Answer is yes, but not this month.]

3) Tell EVERYONE. This way people will hold me accountable. Others will be watching me, waiting for me to fail.    (-.-)

4) Christmas Presents. It's November, it's inevitable the C word is going to come up on more than one occasion. If I see the ultimate Christmas present for someone, I will HAVE to wait until December - if I'm unable to find it again? They'll go without. Or receive it in January when I find it again.

5) Create a log in my bullet journal for writing down any money I do spend. This will be including necessary money. But, also, writing down where I save money. If I choose not to buy those pastel highlighters, I'll count it as a saving. Not only am I aiming to know how much money I have spent, but also the money I have saved.

Today is Day One. Hopefully, I have managed to not spend any money today. 

If you have any more tips, send them my way! Otherwise, keep your fingers crossed for me. 

- KayleighBickle

No-Spend November

I can already tell that I'm going to regret this idea. 

But, I'm going to be doing a no spend November. 

My plan is that every week I will write down where I saved money, where I failed and spent money, and have some sort of running total. 

My self-made rules:

  • I CAN spend money on my bills (although I will be cancelling unnecessary subscriptions - looking at you Netflix), rent (my Mum is my landlord, it isn't worth the stress), university-related 'things' - bus tickets, sketchbooks, etc - I will have to draw the line at another packet of pastel highlighters this month. I'm undecided about fuel. I have recently passed my driving test so I want to drive as much as possible to get more confident, but it would save a lot of money. I dunno. 
  • No stationary
  • No food - no eating out, no buying snacks when I'm peckish. Although I will allow myself to buy a bottle of water if I forget to pick one up.
  • Every week I'm going to write a log - I would aim for daily but that's a commitment that I haven't got time for.
  • I, also, want to try and keep track of what I've not bought and how much money I've saved from unnecessary purchases.
  • I will NOT be buying any Christmas presents this month. If I miss out on an amazing present for my brother, he'll have to wait until after Christmas and settle with a card. 
  • I get paid in cash every week, so my other rule is to take the money I need out of my pay and IMMEDIATELY put the rest into the bank. I treat cash like its toy money and spend it for fun. 
  • Why am I punishing myself into a No-Spend November? I just paid my Car Insurance in FULL for the WHOLE YEAR and need to build my savings back up again. 
The blog posts will be going up on the Wednesday's after the week and Sunday's will continue to be my regular blog post day!

- KayleighBickle

Side Note: I recently changed my domain to 'kayleighbickle.blogspot.com', and forgot to change this across Bloglovin' etc.

Bullet Journal Autumn 2017

- kayleighbkl