How I get in the festive spirit

5 Dec 2017

Happy December my loves! I can't quite believe we're in the final month of 2017, seriously, was this not the fastest year of your life?

Every year it feels like the Christmas festivities start earlier and earlier, I mean this year they were talking about Christmas on November 1st! I have to say, I don't agree with this. I think it makes Christmas drag on too long and I honestly get bored of it. So I try not to even think about Christmas until December and then I dive right in to full-on Christmas mode because let's face it - it is the most wonderful time of the year!

I thought I would share with you some of the ways I get into the festive spirit and make myself feel all 'Christmassy' 

Play Christmas music

One of the first things I do is play Christmas music. This doesn't take much effort on my part because work has changed the radio station to Christmas FM on December 1st. Therefore I spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week listening to festive tunes. I'm loving it so far as it's really making me get in the spirit but I sure won't be playing it at home or in the car too as I think that might be a little overkill!

Wear a Christmas jumper

Something else I do to mark the beginning of Christmas is wear my Christmas jumper. I adore Christmas/wintery jumpers and you will probably catch me wearing one most days in December. When I wear one or see someone wear one I just feel like 'yup it's officially Christmas' I also got myself some new Christmas earring in Penneys today complete with snowflakes, candy canes, reindeers, Christmas trees and more! they're adorbs.

Burn festive candles

I love a good scented candle anytime of the year but there is something about Christmas scents that give me the warm fuzzies. I feel like they give a much more festive atmosphere to the house. My all-time favourite would have to be cinnamon. To be honest I start burning them at Halloween!

Put up decorations

Speaking of making the house more festive, putting up decorations is an obvious one! We don't have our tree up just yet, will probably put it up at the weekend. I have got some small decorations up though, like mantle garlands and little ornaments. They help to remind me that Christmas is well and truly on its way!

Visit the Christmas Market

If there is a Christmas market in a city near you, you should definitely visit it! The one in Galway isn't the biggest or most exciting in the world. But the gorgeous lights, delicious food and the smell of mulled wine are enough to put anyone in the spirit. It really is so magical, almost makes me feel like a kid again!

Take a kid to see Santa

I know this may not be doable for everyone, y'know, if you're not close to any kids I wouldn't recommend stealing one to do it. But I'm lucky enough to have 3 nieces and 1 nephew. They are a big part of my Christmas as their excitement for it makes it so much more special. There is nothing quite like taking a kid to visit Santa or even see just to see some lights being turned on. Their excitement really is infectious. 
I hope this list inspires you if you're finding it a little bit difficult to get in the festive spirit.

Do let me know in the comments what it is you like to do during the lead up to Christmas that makes you feel all Christmassy!

I hope you are all having the most wonderful December so far and it's going as magically as possible for you!
Sinéad x
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30 Nov 2017

It is kind of a tradition here in Ireland that you give something up for the month of November. Sorta like lent I guess. One of my friends was giving up alcohol and my mum was giving up sugar, she only lasted a couple of days, which didn't surprise me! But I decided to give up social media, or spend less time on it at least. 

I did pretty well and didn't really miss it if I am honest. I did scroll through twitter every now and again and I posted the odd insta-story but I wasn't consumed by it. I wasn't wondering what to post on Instagram that day or thinking 'I need too interact more on twitter' and blogging barely crossed my mind. 

Let me tell you, it was so nice to get away. Don't get me wrong, I love blogging but lately I feel like the blogging world has all gotten a bit too much. Too competitive and too narcissistic.
Sometimes I wish it was the way it used to be when I first started out 4 years ago because back then I never felt like I wasn't good enough for someone to want follow along with my life. As much as I love following other people on social media, it was so nice to take a month away because continuously looking at someones life on a screen can get really exhausting.

It was nice not comparing myself to people online and just focusing on people in my real life. It was nice to be doing something awesome and not feel like I had to record it for Instagram for the approval. It was nice to just get away from my life online and just live my life privately without feeling the need to document things or share my thoughts. 

Hopefully my little break away will allow me to continue with my blog with fresh eyes. Honestly, to me, your online popularity is futile. I just want to take photos, write and share things with you because I enjoy doing it! not because I need any validation about my life. The whole online world can be a bit overwhelming at times, and sometimes I don't want to be apart of it. I still want to blog though, like the old times and that's what I'm going to do. 

Sinéad x
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22 Oct 2017

"If you can't see the sunshine, be the sunshine"

This is one of my all time favourite quotes, one I try to live by and remind myself of every day. I think spreading happiness, positivity and kindness is so so important. I know what it feels like to be around someone every day who is always moody and sends out such bad vibes with just a single look. We all have our bad days but I believe they shouldn't have any influence on how we treat others. 

The other day in work someone told me I was 'a breath of fresh air' and honestly, this was the best compliment ever. I would die happy if I left the legacy of being a breath of fresh air. 

I don't think I would always have been called this. Definitely not back in my secondary school days. It's not that I was a grump or anything, I just kept myself to myself. I didn't make any real effort to be kind to others and I honestly didn't worry too much about how others were feeling, or care about cheering them up. I guess that's just teenagers for you - self obsessed! 

But as I've grown older, spreading positivity and kindness has become more of a priority to me. I empathise with others more, I am more conscious about how others are feeling and I genuinely want to make them smile and make their day a bit brighter, even just for a minute. I thought I would write a little list on how I try to 'be the sunshine'


This is a very cliché one but it's probably the most important. Smiling is key. I know when someone smiles at me and says hello, it makes me smile and makes me that little bit happier. It definitely beats pretending not to even see them. I make sure to greet and smile at everyone in work when I see them first in the mornings. Also, just try be more smiley in general. This can be hard, especially when you're having a bad day but if you try to smile and have a happy vibe you usually end up feeling a bit happier too. 


If you see someone struggling offer them a hand, they will really appreciate it, I know I do when others help me and when I see people helping each other, it gives me the warm fuzzies - sounds so cheesy I know. I just love when people are selfless and thoughtful.


Be a little personal. Open up about your own life. Let a collegue know about that embarrassing thing that happened to you at the weekend. Go on, it will give them a laugh. Be fun and witty, be carefree, don't hold back, crack a joke and have a laugh even if it's at your own expense. 


Showing an interest in other peoples lives is so important. If they tell you about something they are going to be doing at the weekend, show you remember and ask them about it on Monday. Notice the good things in people and let them know - like that girl who told me I was a breath of fresh air, or another woman in work who told me I had a lovely smile. Those compliments were so touching and they didn't need to tell me. 

There are a million other things you can do to spread some positivity but they are the main ones that spring to mind for me. Be sure to let me know in the comments what you think are good ways to make others smile.

Sinéad x
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18 Oct 2017

"Your worst battle is between what you know and what you feel"

Oh Pinterest, you have an amazing ability to verbalise my thoughts. This quote pretty much sums up my life these past couple of weeks. I have been so indecisive, constantly torn between my heart and my head and finding myself doing something I've never done before - writing pros and cons lists, numerous times and they haven't really helped any time. There is annoyingly an even number of pros and cons. Every time I think of a pro I immediately think of a con, and vice versa. 

How does one make decisions when the mind is so muddled?

One of the main cons is 'What would everyone think?' This is the main thing holding me back and I am so angry with myself for worrying about this because I was really getting over having a mindframe that worries about what people think, which I mentioned in this post. I just know that so many people would judge me and think I am crazy because I already know their thoughts on it.
But the heart wants what the heart wants, that's what they say right? and I can't help but feel in my gut that if I did go somewhere with this it could be amazing and I could be really happy. But then there are so many reasons why it wouldn't work. Ugh.

I know I'm being very cryptic but I hope you guys know what I mean and can empatise with my dilemma and what is going on in my mind/heart.  I'm not entirely sure why I am writing this blog post, it's not very beneficial to anyone, I have no lesson or advice. These are just some feelings and I do love to write about my feelings on here.

Please do let me know if you understand what I am talking about. Do you have any advice for me? Should I go with my gut or listen to logic?

Sinéad x
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15 Oct 2017

This sounds like a very harsh title but bear with me - it's not! What I mean is no one apart from your family and very close friends really care about what you're doing. 

For the longest time I have been so worried about what other people think about me. Sometimes, people I rarely speak to or random Facebook 'friends'. I would think carefully about everything I post to Facebook in fear of what others might think. 

I used to be so worried about what old school friends might think about what I've been doing with my life since we left school, what I'm working at, who I'm dating etc. 

Nearly every decision I made in life was somewhat influenced by how it would look to other people, would they judge me for it? Would they be talking about me and my decisions? I cared far too much about what these people, people I didn't even really care about, would think. 

Then on one faithful day I was watching Doireann Garrihy's snapchats (add her @doireanngarrihy) she's a radio host and literally the funniest gal I know, such a down to earth babe. She was talking about a piece of advice that her father gave to her when she was worried about what people would think about her. He said, I'm paraphrasing - 'Love, no one gives a feck about ya, they're too busy thinking about themselves'

That clicked with me - it's so true! No one really does care about what you are doing, yeah maybe they will think about it for a fraction of a second and pass their judgement, but then they will carry on with their own life and their own business and probably worry about what people are thinking of them. It's silly really.

So here's to doing whatever the hell we like and being confident in our own decisions and situations because once you're happy and not hurting anyone, then what else matters really?

Sinéad x
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11 Oct 2017

For as long as I can remember, which is back to the beginning of primary school I have always been really socially awkward. I think I was probably born quiet and shy but also my experiences in primary school definitely did not help. So to this day I get social anxiety. I thought I would share a list of what being socially awkward means to me...

I'm terrible at making new friends

This is probably one of the things I am worst at in life, which sucks because I believe it's one of the most important skills to have. For as long as I remember, I have been so bad at making new friends. I had one friend through the whole of primary school and I'm not really sure how I got her, we just kinda clung to each other on our first day of school and never let go. Into secondary school and university and nothing changed. This sounds so sad but I honestly had very few (if any at times) friends throughout. I have no idea why, but I find it so hard to get passed the chit chat stage and into the friendship, going out and doing things together stage. 

I hate small talk

I'm glad to say that I've gotten better at this since I starting working. I actually don't mind making small talk in the canteen with my work colleagues now but back in my school days I just could not do it. I would panic over what to say and feel like whatever I did say would sound really stupid, I usually just succumbed to awkward silences. Even though I have got better at this, there are certain situations I still hate doing small talk. Y'know, like that chit chat with your hair dresser or your taxi driver, ugh even thinking of it now breaks me out in a sweat.

I hate large groups of people

Being in a large social group is my worst nightmare. For example, whenever I've been on a night out with like 6+ people around a table all socialising together, I become a dummy. I cannot speak. No seriously, I physically cannot contribute to the conversation. On nights out, I need to have a partner. One friend to stick with. One I can turn to and chat to when I'm feeling awkward. I hate going 'on my own' and just talking to everyone as a group or mixing around with different people.

I don't like attention being on me

I feel like this is very closely related to my last point because the reason I don't like talking to large groups of people is because I don't like so many peoples attention to be on me. I will try to avoid it at all costs. I'm the person who sits in the corner chatting to the person next to her. I'm not the girl who's the life of the party and sharing stories and jokes with 10+ people, I  just can't deal. 

So there we have it, 4 reasons why I'm socially awkward. You might have guessed I'm a bit of an introvert! If you ever feel like this too I would love to hear from you because sometimes I am convinced that I am just really odd and everyone else is outgoing and cool. Please reassure me that I'm not a loser! 

Sinéad x
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