A selfish kind of life…

In addition to reaching the 300 post mark, August brings Breakfast @ Kiki’s third year!  And boy, oh boy what a year it has been!  J and I are waiting for our little girl to finally arrive, and preparing for her has been no easy task!  My twenty-eighth birthday is next month…  Which is totally blowing my mind!  I can’t believe I have been doing this for three years.  It feels like it was just yesterday.

Over the next few months I anticipate sporadic posts.  I know I’m going to be consumed by my new role as a new mother.  There is so much that I have never experienced in regards to babies, let alone newborns and I know there will be an adjustment period.

Then before we know it the holidays will be upon us.  The rest of the year will be host to so many firsts.  We just have to get through the rest of the Summer, which by the way, this is the first time in my life I have wanted to rush through the Summer.  It has been so brutally hot and humid in my neck of the woods that I just can’t deal with the heat for much longer.

In other pregnancy news I have like five ensembles that still fit me, I am at 29 nine weeks, which means she is about 2 1/2 pounds, and like 15ish inches…  And that means we have about 11 weeks to go… What?!  Saying that hardly seems right, or real, but it is…

There really isn’t that much else going on, I’m waiting to hear the results of my glucose test.  That was fun, I had to drink this really gross extra sugary stuff and then sit in the waiting room of the lab for an hour.  Then I had five vials of blood taken.  I’m pretty sure by the time all of my testing has been done during my pregnancy, there will have been more blood taken than I will have left.  I visit the doctor next this week, and apparently now that I’m in my third trimester my appointments need to be more frequent.  And on that note it’s time to end.

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Simple Kind of Life by No Doubt

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I once had dreams of becoming a beautiful poet…

I thought I would share a bit of what I am working on…  It seems like my days are dictated by what I am able to accomplish.  It’s not always easy, simple, or even productive.

  1. I have been writing a lot, I mean like just about everyday.  I know that if I don’t I can easily fall into a funk of never writing ever, and that can be hard to break.  Whether it’s a sentence or two, a poem, of a full fledged blog post I have to keep motivated.
  2. I have been taking a bunch of photos.  I am still nowhere near being a “good” as a photographer as I would like to be, but I am getting a lot better.  Some shoot days I take as many as four hundred photos.  And it can be daunting when you only end up using about 10-20 of them.
  3. Scheduling, I talk about this all the time, that scheduling posts can be a life saver.  I have some posts scheduled into September.  But I recently expanded on this notion and decided to track my posts in a couple of ways.  I keep a list of the date and title, so I don’t use the same lyrics, and I set up a Google calendar, so I can see what days I’m scheduling posts.  It has made all of the difference.  And once this post is done and scheduled, I’m about 90% done with my March posts.  And I finished this post far before it even hit my blog.  Many bloggers use similar ideas to track their posts, and I gotta say they really work.
  4. WordPress – I’m finally getting the hang of my new platform.  It’s been great, challenging, and absolutely terrifying.  But I don’t regret moving from Blogger at all.  I have learned so much over the past few months, and I am learning a lot day by day.

I love making lists, if you all haven’t noticed, and doing this type of post keeps me honest.  Not to mention accountable.  Tracking my progress is important to me.  It shows how far I have come, not only as a Blogger, but as a writer too, which is something I’ve always called myself, and wanted to achieve.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Quote from LDR’s Ride video

I’ve been a little hard to reach…

I thought today I might do something a little different.  And share a few things that I am working on.  I do this occasionally, and it’s been a while, so here we go!

1. I have been working like a mad woman behind the scenes, planning posts, scheduling, replying to comments, reading a ton about blogging and how to get better, and stressing, mainly stressing.  There is so much going on at B@K’s right now, I hardly know which way is up.  And on top of all of that I work full time.

2. I finally set up separate social media for B@K’s, you can follow me here on Twitter and here on Facebook.  I figured it was way past the time I should have done this, and it’s not too much of a challenge to curate the additional accounts.

3. I’ll say it again, planning posts is such a God send… It makes me so happy/warm/fuzzy/fulfilled… I could talk about it for days…

4. I have this story idea I’ve been working on and I can’t get enough of it.  I have been writing almost everyday, whether it’s a post idea, or some of my story.  I figure as long as I keep writing I’m golden.

5. I have been working on taking better photos.  I use my iPhone6 Plus, my point and shoot Sony, and J’s Cannon, I usually take a ton of pictures and hope that a few come out okay, but more recently I am doing much better.  I am so excited for what the future brings with my photography.

I’m keeping really busy over here!  I am so excited for some of the things that I have planned over the next few months.  Stay tuned!  And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: See Her On The Weekend by Andrew McMahon

Cruising down the coast goin’ ’bout 99…

For my 100th post I thought I might do something a little different.  This post is special, it marks how far I have come with this blog and as I take a look back on the past (Breakfast at Kiki’s has been around for almost two years now guys! And I couldn’t be more excited about that!), I will take a peak into the future and aspire to be better in the future.

I started writing creatively at a very young age, I think I was about nine or ten.  I mainly wrote songs (they were really bad…), poems and short stories.  I also kept extensive journals going back to third or fourth grade (around the same time).  I would fill these journals (composition notebooks were my weapon of choice) with my daily activities and the aforementioned creativity.  As I got older my writing style and composition grew, as it would in most cases.  I also started to write screenplays, I’ve written about ten or so, not that they are good at all, or will ever see the light of day.  It wasn’t until high school that I really became passionate about writing.  My creative writing, journalism and acting teacher (Yes, I had the same teacher for three classes in one year, that’s how awesome she was!) really drove me, her critiques we unusual, her methods maddening, and her use of the English language was second to none.  She could explain how to lay a brick the right way to a career mason and make it interesting.  One day I wanted to become a writer (Now that just seems silly, I writing now), I later realized that I am a writer and I really just wanted to be published, which is something different entirely.  She made me understand that, as simple and silly as it may have been at the time.

Fashion is the only other passion that hasn’t changed much over the years… Even through my “Fashion Victim” phase where blue hair, concert tees and ripped jeans were the norm.  I still lusted after the Dior and Chanel runway shows (Except ’07 the whole line was denim, no, thank you!), Manolo Blahniks and a fox fur lined Levis denim jacket.  I may no longer have blue hair, or mix matched Converse All Stars.  I’ve graduated to silk blouses, cashmere sweaters, pearls, and suit separates.  I even own Manolos now, (Yay! Adulthood!).  I also don’t collect editorials in a Trapper Keeper (Remember those? Mine was red and had a bitchin’ metallic unicorn on the cover [I wonder whatever happened to that thing?]), I save them on my lap top now or on my Pinterest boards (I am still very obsessed with Pinterest).  My forever wardrobe grows, my ensembles are stronger, more worthy of photos, or even Instagram.  I’m still trying to pin down my beauty routines.  My skin is still acne prone, which makes it harder to find products that work well.  I am still on the road to recovery on that front and  I am confident that one day I will be the skincare champ and kick my adult acne in the butt!

After a look into the past, it’s time to look forward.  I’m looking forward to growing as a blogger, I feel like this process has taught me so much.  Not only about content, photography and photo editing (Photoshop help courtesy of J), but about myself.  I have longed for a creative outlet that wasn’t challenging, but everything in life is.  Now that I have a creative outlet that I have craved for so long I am constantly coming up with new ideas, following writing prompts and Googling how to make my little space of the internet better and a reflection of me.  And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,
Kiki

Title from:Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey