Sunday, 11 May 2014

When I grow up...

When I was at primary school I really wanted to be a wedding planner. I loved baking cakes and I guessed that all there was to planning a wedding was turning somewhere with an amazing cake that everyone wanted to eat. Everyone has got to be happy with that! I also loved planning parties. I remember organising a surprise party for one of my friends when I was still at primary school. I suppose another big bonus of this job for the young me was all the pretty dresses involved in weddings. Although when I was little I was quite tomboyish, the sight of a pretty dress still made me happy. I suppose I had no clue about weddings. I've still only been to a couple in my life. But for little me there seemed to be this magic around them and I want to be there to plan them for people.

The next job I wanted to do was be an actress. I loved being on the stage, but thank god there isn't any video evidence because I'm sure I was the most wooden actress ever seen. My starring role was Babushka, an old lady, in a school play. However these dreams were well and truly shattered when I was cast as villager 6 one year! Bearing in mind there was about 50 pupils in my school at the time, I can tell you that Village 6 did not come anywhere near the list of main characters. I was distraught. I actually went home and cried. Actually come to think of it, I might have cried then and there when I was told. How embarrassing and drama-queenesque!

Then I wanted to be the Prime Minster. At this point I literally had no idea about politics (and to be honest I don't know that much more know). I was on the school council and was voted chairperson. I thought this pretty much qualified me to run the country. I mean I could run off some posters for a cake sale and single-handedly organise a fair. I was quite organised bossy and loved to be in control. Some there we are. Aren't you glad I never went for PM? I mean there's still a chance!

All my life I've been interested in charity work and one of the other jobs I've wanted to do was work for a charity. I wanted to know I was making a difference. Around this time I organised quite a few charity events. A murder mystery, some cake sales and a fair. Nothing spectacular, but I did enjoy the organising. I suppose in reality I don't like paperwork and I don't see too many jobs in charities that don't involve just a smigen of admin.

Towards the end of high school I really wanted to be an Au Pair. This wasn't going to be a long term career but more a way of having a gap year and travelling and doing something I enjoy which is working with children. The idea of culture and maybe learning a new language excited me. I liked the idea of helping children with everyday tasks and educating them a little on the world. Then I realised I'm way too much of a homebody. I like knowing where I'm going and the though of staying with a family I'd never met in a country I'd never been to for a year was pretty scary.

This is just a sample of the many jobs I've wanted to do over the years. So I suppose what I'm saying is although some people have a definite goal in life, mine is more meandering. Currently I'd really like to become a teacher. I enjoy my work coaching children immensely and would like to take it further to teaching. However I know that I am young. It wasn't so many years ago that I wanted to be Prime Minister. Things change and so do people but my main goal in life are to be happy doing whatever it is I end up doing.

What funny, crazy jobs did you want to do when you were younger? Or did you become what your younger self wanted you to?

Kate xx

Thursday, 8 May 2014

It's the Little Things: Six

Bonus points if you can guess what it's meant to be?
  • Receiving the cutest drawings from the children I teach. There is so much care gone into these and I really treasure every single one. The top one was given to me last week by a child because they had drawn it for me earlier in the day. The second is actually a card that was given to me when I had finished a course of street dance teaching at a school. It is signed by all the children. It was me all warm and fuzzy! It's these little thing, the smiles and the enjoyment of the children which makes me love my job!

  • First win of the cricket season. Last weekend was the start of the cricket season for me and it was a chance to meet up with  everyone again and have a good time. Cricket is such a social sport. I mean, what other game involves the player stopping halfway through to share a meal with the opposing team? It felt great to be back together and a win really topped it off. A lot of banter flies about and we finish up in the pub where I discovered the delights of a pear cider for the first time. It was a perfect refreshing drink after a warm day of activity.
  • At the weekend I managed to find a packet of  four cinnamon and sultana english muffins for 69p. These have been my breakfasts for the past 4 days. I lightly toast them and add lashings of butter. I love the enticing smell that permeates the kitchen when their in the toaster. It has motivated me to enjoy a few minutes in the morning with my breakfast rather than the rushed eat-on-the-go meal I usually have.
Hope you've had a tip-toppity week. What little things have made you smile this week?
Kate xx

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

52 Lists: Nineteen

52 Lists: List the things you will do today

  1. Start with a lovely buttery cinnamon and raisin English muffin
  2. Get some planning done with my colour coded chart
  3. Pray it doesn't rain so I can get outside. 
  4. Do my nails again, because I seem to manage to chip them within hours of painting them
  5. Working this afternoon.
  6. Eating my first potato salad of the year. I really look forward to the start of the new potato season.
  7. Meeting this evening
  8. Getting an early night! I seem so tired recently so I'm going to find myself a good book and a hot chocolate and get an early night.
Kate xx
Check out Em's Post as she chose to do this on a Bank Holiday which means no work! Hope you all had a great Bank Holiday and let me know what you're doing today. I'm awfully nosy!

Sunday, 4 May 2014

A Third of the Way Through the Year!

Where does the time go? It feels like we only just celebrated Christmas and here we are with spring arriving. So I thought now that we are a third of the way through the year I would go back to my goals for the year and see how I'm doing.

1. Organisation: This is my main challenge of the year and apart from a few stupid mix ups I have done pretty well. One such mix up was when I forgot to take music to teach a dance class. I really should have been blonde. However with a new job and extra planning I have had to get to grips with being organised. I even made myself a colour coded planning chart last weekend!
2. Jar of Memories: There are a couple of little folded up pieces of paper in my jar, but they do not even begin to describe some of the amazing memories I have had this year. This one is a must try harder!
3. Road Trip: Road trip is on! This will happen over the summer. We have decided to go for a long weekend. However planning is still needed as we haven't decided where we are going or exactly when. If you have any suggestions in the UK I'd love to hear them.
4. Learn: This really is an on going one, but I have made some great leaps forward. I am now qualified to coach gymnastics in schools. I found this quite a scary prospect as I'm scared of heights so the climbing frame is not great for me. Plus I've never done a backwards roll in my life. However I completed the course and am now qualified to coach gymnastics. I believe, away from formal qualifications, you also learn everyday and my job allows me to do this as everyday is different.

5. Move out: I have to say I'm no closer to this. Doing my job currently it is just not financially a possibility right now. I hope to go to Uni in the foreseeable future so obviously this will be an opportunity to move out. I just really crave the independence.

So I haven't been completely good with my resolutions but I have made some good leaps. Have you kept up to date with your resolutions?
Kate xx