A Month in Review + 12 Days of Outfits – Day 10

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It’s near the end of December, and what a busy month it has been. So, there’s no better time than now to do a little month in review post.

December has been an end of an era, in a sense, and it has been a time of reflection for me.

I think it’s important to reflect and review each month and see what has gone well. It’s also important to think about things that you could change or improve on in the next month.

Some things that went well this month:

1) Finishing my year of work with grace.

Or as much grace as possible. I didn’t cry, which I was surprised at, but at the end of year assembly when one of my students got an award, I welled up. I just felt so proud of him, he worked so hard this year! My speech went really well, and although it was hard to leave, I felt ready.

2) Blog dedication.

I started out this month with the goal of successfully posting blogmas posts every day or every other day. Although I didn’t do so well at posting every day, I enjoyed writing my 12 days of outfits posts. I felt like I hadn’t done any fashion posts in ages!

a month in review

Wow, look at this amazing tree that’s grown out of nowhere. 

3) Reading.

I love to read, but I kind of fell off that wagon this year! I’ve been getting a stack of books out from the library, and I’ve been enjoying my chick lit (which is my go-to genre). I always feel that reading makes you think more creatively. After all, Dr Seuss did say ‘the more that you read, the more that you know, the more that you know, the more places you’ll go’.

4) Christmas pressie shopping.

I was really on track with this! I managed to get everything bought and wrapped up by the 18th. Although, I am still waiting for my Mum’s present to turn up. With 2 days till Christmas, I am starting to get a bit worried about it!

5) Postgrad.

I applied for about five postgrad courses in Education. I got into all of them, but I decided to do the one in Literacy Leadership, simply because I love reading and writing. Since I have a little time at the start of the year before moving overseas, I decided I would start my postgrad. I’m only doing one paper a year (it’s a whole year paper), and it’s via distance learning. So, everything is online. I will do supply teaching four days a week so that I can continue to fund my lifestyle.

a month in review

Sitting in quiet reflection. With a strange smile. I don’t know what I was laughing at. Probably my inability to stop eating crisps.

My January goals:

1) Cut down on the number of crisps I eat.

This was my goal for this year. I wasn’t successful. I can’t help it. These crunchy, salty are just so good, and they are the food I go to when I just don’t feel good. I am going to find healthy alternatives…like carrot sticks and apples. Crisps are my meaning of life.

2) Exercise more.

I am going to go on hiking trips during the year, so I really need to get fit and healthy. I don’t want to have to stop halfway up a mountain.

3) Start adult ballet.

I know this is kind of a random one, but I’ve wanted to do ballet since I was little. I did rhythmic gym instead, but now since I’m working on exercise and healthiness, I think going to a class like this would be good. I’m not a gym person. I prefer classes.

4) Go back to Lindy Hop.

I used to Lindy Hop all the time. It’s another form of dance, and it is really good exercise. Unfortunately, it is too hot to dance at the start of the year, so I won’t go back until about March or April.

5) Continue to apply for jobs at international schools.

The reason why I left my job was that I am hoping to get work at an international school. I want to go back to work in Europe. It is difficult getting a job in Europe, as it is really competitive, but I am determined!

6) Keep blogging.

I love my blog, and it’s still a work in progress. I’m really proud of how far I’ve got with this!a month in review

I am so excited for 2019 and all that it may bring. However, I am very conscious of how fast the years are flying by now. I’m going to work on not ‘wishing’ the year away by continuously looking forward to things (there’s nothing wrong with doing that, but I just want to appreciate each day).

What are some goals that you have for next year? Is there anything you’re proud of that you’ve accomplished this month?

My outfit:

Skirt: Wilson Trollope (this skirt is no longer available)

Blouse: Smoove Vintage

Shoes: Sachi


  1. Reni E.

    24/12/2018 at 2:14 AM

    What a lovely post, dear! I wish you wonderful Christmas holidays and a healthy new year with all your dreams coming true. What about coming to Germany next year. We have a lack of teachers!
    XOXO Reni

    1. kattie

      25/12/2018 at 4:46 PM

      Thank you. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you! I hope you have a wonderful day today. I have been applying for jobs at schools in Germany! I’ll have to keep you posted as to where I end up. xoxo

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