10 Aug 2018

I think it's pretty safe to say if you're reading this you're human and you have bad days regularly. Life is tough and there are so many things that contribute to our stress levels. Whether it be a shitty day at work, your friend let you down again, you're having financial worries or you're just feeling downright sick. We've all have days that turn so sour that they just become a complete write-off. And that's totally normal and OK. The tricky thing is pulling yourself together and getting over those days; not letting the bad feelings and stress spill into the following days and stick around longer than it needs to. Afterall, If you had a dozen roses and one of them died would you throw the entire bunch away? That analogy really helps me put things into perspective. 
Here's how I try to get over a bad day and move on:

Go to sleep content           
Right, none of us like to admit it but c'mon we've all cried ourselves to sleep at some stage. I have done it far too many times in those bothersome teenage years when everything was a drama and I have learned that it is not a good idea. Don't get me wrong, I don't think there's anything wrong with crying, I actually think it's a great way of letting everything out and often times things don't seem half as bad after a good cry. It's definitely better than bottling things up. Just don't do it until it makes you fall asleep. You will wake up feeling crappy a.f. which is a terrible start to the following day. Do whatever it takes to make yourself peaceful and content before sleeping, read a book, watch your favourite youtube, do a face mask, whatever!      

Plan something to look forward to 
If I am having a lousy day I find it really helps to plan something nice in the upcoming week. Sometimes I've gone all out and booked a night away for my bf and I, sometimes I plan to get my nails done or go on a shopping trip and sometimes it's something as simple as having a little pamper evening at home or ordering your favourite take away, don't be afraid to treat yourself! 

Spend time with the people you love
On my days from hell when I am hating every minute of work, have a banging headache and feel like I could nap for a week I find that spending time with my favourite people helps me so much. I often go to my sisters' house in the evening and hang out with my nieces and nephew, they never fail to put a smile on my face especially the little one year old. I love babas. If that's all a little too loud and hectic for me a cuddle with the bf never fails to calm me down and cheer me up. 

Treat every day like a fresh start
Uh I know, this is such a cheesy cliché but it's something I always tell myself. When I wake up I promise myself to give the day a chance and I choose to be happy. It doesn't always go that way but I think it definitely helps 90% of the time. Yeah yesterday may have been crappy but it doesn't mean today will. If possible I try to avoid the things that put a downer on my mood previously and really try to improve each day. Haha wow so cheesy I'm sorry. 
I hope this little list helps you overcome your more difficult days and move on from them. I think the most important thing to remember is that it's totally OK to have days where nothing goes right and you're in a terrible mood, every single one of us has them.

Let me know in the comments what you like to do to cheer yourself up? Do you have any good cheesy quotes to help you remain positive?
Sinéad x
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2 Aug 2018

Hey everyone! At the end of last month I wrote 'A Joyful June' where I talked about some of the highs of June. I loved remembering the month as a whole, focusing on the good stuff, being grateful and recording it all on here. I have put the pressure on myself to keep the alliteration up in the titles each month and 'Jolly' was literally the only other 'J' word I could think of...cringe I know but I'm rolling with it ha!

To be honest when I began writing this post I was a bit stumped. Nothing majorly exciting happened in July and I definitely didn't take as much photos as I did in June. I felt a bit down for most of the month because I had a bit of a personal problem I was worrying about - it is all good now by the way! 

Nevertheless here are some of the highs of July.

A Day at Lough Na Fooey    
One of my favourite memories of this month happened at the very beginning. Gavin and I went on one of our spontaneous road trips. This time we headed out west to Connemara and spent the day at the gorgeous lake in these photos. It was so picturesque with clear waters, a sandy shore and a hilly backdrop. The fabulous weather meant we spent several hours at the lake, swimming, sun-bathing and having a bbq. It was so secluded, there wasn't even any mobile data there which I kinda loved; It was an amazing way to rewind on a Sunday. The only bad thing that happened was Gavin standing on the hot sand that the bbq was on for 3hrs and burning his foot, I'm ashamed to say I couldn't help but laugh...ooopsies!

Dining Al - Fresco 
OK so this isn't one specific thing that's happened but they weather in July was unreal for the most part. (It's now pissing rain outside all day so I miss that!) and one of my favourite things to do in the good weather is eat outside. What can I say, it's so rare that we get the opportunity to do that in Ireland so it's a novelty to me! Galway knows how to do cafes and restaurants so well and a lot of them have such great outdoor seating areas that I've tried to make the most of. Seriously, even just having a coffee outside watching the world go by is enough to make this girl happy!

Girls Night Out 
This month I went on a night out with some of my girlfriends from work for the first time in ages! Literally, I can't remember the last time I fully let my hair down, reluctantly necked some shots and danced the night away in a nightclub. Generally, it is so not my scene any more and I much prefer a quieter night - a sure sign I'm getting old! But it felt GOOD to let loose. I need to do this more often! Not too often, I physically wouldn't be able but once every couple of months would be a good way to keep me feeling youthful.

Weekend Away 
Something very rare happened this month - Gavin and I had both had the same two days in a row off together so me being me, never wanting to miss an opportunity booked a night away in a fancy hotel in Athlone (it was a Sunday night so was going cheap...yass) because staying in fancy hotels is like my favourite luxury ever. We did some shopping, watched a hurling match, had a lovely meal and some drinks (vodka and whites for me) and snuggled up in the amazing bed checking out Love Island Australia, spoiler: it's shit!

The Galway Races 
So the Galway races is a week long horse racing festival that takes place every July and it is a huge social event for Galway. Everywhere does be absolutely buzzing - I love it! Of course it's about so much more than just the racing. The style is unbelievable. I went on the first day of the festival with my bf, my sister and her husband. I can't believe I didn't take any pictures - what is wrong with me. Everyone I follow on Instagram and stuff takes such impeccable photos especially at events like this but I was just enjoying the day and didn't even think to go searching for my phone and posing for a photo. Really wish I had now though! You can take my word for it though - the craic was had. I didn't win anything but I didn't lose much either so it's all G.

And that's July done and dusted. How are we in August already and approaching the last few months of the year? I promise myself to be back at the beginning of September with my highs of August (it will most likely be called 'An Awesome August' #cringe) hopefully with a lot more photographic evidence of those highs - I need to get my act together when it comes to taking photos!

I hope you all have a wonderful August and make the most of the last month of summer. Life is what you make it so lets make it the best month yet.

Sinéad x
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1 Jul 2018

A Joyful June
Hello everyone and happy July! I hope this month brings lots of fun your way and you're enjoying the summer so far. I thought I would write a blog post about some of the good things that have happened last month. June has flown by in the blink of an eye, as do all months it feels as I'm getting older. I'm hoping this will become a new series on my blog where at the end of every month I share some of the good things that have happened that month. I've done this before on a weekly basis but found it quite difficult to 1. make the time every week and 2. have enough things to talk about. My life isn't that exciting that I can write a decent list of fun things every week so I thought monthy would be a lot more achievable. Life is good, there is so much to be grateful for so I want to document and share all those good things. Here it goes. 
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19 Jun 2018

Oh dear, it's been quiet a while hasn't it?! Almost 3 months since I last blogged to be exact. I don't really have an excuse other than I just haven't felt compelled to blog, and right now I do so I thought I'd jump straight back in like I never left.

The last couple of months, with the progression in to summer, have been lovely. I have enjoyed the evenings being brighter, the weather getting warmer (we're just after having a heatwave! here's hoping it comes back) and wearing more summery clothing. 

Life hasn't been all that eventful for me. Nothing major has happened anyways. It's been pretty relaxed with the odd exciting thing happening every now and again and one of those things is going to be the focus of this blog post! - my trip to Italy!

I spent a week and a half in Italy at the end of May/beginning of June. I didn't take my big girl camera with me so all of the photos I got were taken on my phone which is fine but they're not exactly picture perfect blog photo quality. Nevertheless, I thought I would throw a few of my favourites up here. Just to keep this little trip as a memory on my blog more than anything. 

I visited Lake Garda in Northern Italy so here are some of my favourite shots! - 

I spent the duration of my time travelling around the lake, to little villages and towns (and the epic Gardaland themepark) as well as popping into Verona. I have been to this part of the world before and I loved it so much I had to come back. In fact, Lake Garda is up there with one of my favourite places on the planet. 

There's something so beautiful about it. The crystal clear lake against the mountainous backdrop is  the epitome of serene. As cheesy as it sounds, whenever I look out across the lake, I just feel totally at peace and in awe of the beauty of this world and life in general. 

When in Lake Garda, when the weather is warm, the water is turquoise, the swans are happy, the flowers are bloomin', life is good and I feel at my happiest. 

Have you ever been? Let me know! If not, you have to go, you won't regret it!

Sinéad x
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25 Mar 2018

The Fashion  
One of the things I'm most excited for as Spring is rolling in is the change in fashion. If you know me you know the fashion is something I'm always excited for when the seasons change. I don't know about you but this has felt like the longest winter in history and as much as I love them I am so over wearing knitted jumpers and boots. I want to be wearing light flowy tops and cute little floral print flats. I have been doing a little bit of shopping for the new season and I've been really attracted to pretty pastel colours, light colourful trousers and all the cute dainty accessories.

More Daylight  
Praise the lord the clocks are going forward tonight meaning it will still be bright at 7.30pm. YASS. From now on the evenings will be getting brighter for longer meaning that when I come home from work I have the option to do more things than just sit indoors and watch tv, lets be real, I had other options but nothing really beats being able to go outside and get some fresh air, whether it is going for a walk with the dogs, a cycle or just sitting out to watch the sunset. More time outdoors is something I am massively looking forward to. 
The Flowers
Judging by these pictures I am obsessed with flowers eh?! Well, I do love the selection of flowers that start to bloom in Spring. It's great to see growth and the beginning of new life (can I mention adorable little lambs right here?) Daffodils are the first to make an appearance. They must be the most resilient flower - they grow everywhere! I also really love tulips and would I be a blogger if I didn't love some cherry blossoms? Low key cannot wait for their time to bloom.

Easter Chocolate
How anyone waits until Easter to eat the chocolate is unbelievable to me. I don't have much willpower and have already indulged in some chocolate treats that are only ever on offer in the lead up to Easter. There was a deal on of 3 easter eggs for €3 in SuperValu and I may have kinda stocked up for the year. Oops. I friggin' love Dairy Milk eggs with daim, and oreo and of course Mini-Eggs. Ok mini-eggs have got to be hands down the best thing about Easter, no?!

Looking Forward to Summer  
This one is more personal to me because I LOVE summer. I'm just really hoping for some warm weather, being able to have barbeques and eat mint ice-cream outside. Uh just being able to go outdoors in a t-shirt is something I am so looking forward to. I also have lots of events this summer that I cannot wait for such as a trip to Italy and an Ed Sheeran concert. As it comes closer and closer I get more excited!

What do you love about Spring? Do let me know in the comments down below, I would love to know!

Sinéad x
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18 Mar 2018

When you're in your mid-twenties I think it's a given that you have experienced the loss of a friendship, by simply growing apart, at some stage. This time of life is full of change. People are moving away, getting into more serious relationships, starting out in their careers and just generally adulting more. Gone are the days of having nothing but free time to hang out with your friends once your homework is done.

I gotta' say I found this transition really difficult. Suddenly my best friend lived the other side of the country and I rarely had the opportunity to see her. At first, we talked heaps on social media and made sure to keep each other updated on all the lil' highs and lows of each other's lives but as time went on the contact became less and less. I found myself feeling jealous of all the new friends she had made, who were always around her. It sounds so childish saying this now, but the idea of one of them pushing me off my perch and becoming her best friend actually made me ache a bit inside. 

As time months and years passed it became harder and harder to get hold of her, never mind organise a meetup. It wasn't until she updated her relationship status to 'in a relationship' on Facebook and I had never even heard her talk about any man she was interested in, that I knew our 18-year long friendship was over.

Isn't it weird when the person you told everything to since the age of 4 now has no idea what is going on in your life? 
I definitely miss how things used to be between us and sometimes it does upset me that we are no longer in each other's lives. I often think about how as kids we made a pinky promise to have each other as bridesmaids at each other's weddings and we used to go into detail about what it would be like. Now I'm not even sure if we will be guests at each other's weddings.

After trying so many times to reach out and re-connect but it always feeling strained and unnatural, you've got to learn to accept it and let go. I know it's SO sad but It's so important to remember that it's nothing you did, it's just something that naturally happens when you grow up. 

There are no ill feelings between us and no matter how long it's been since we last spoke, she will always hold a special place in my heart, after all, some of my best childhood memories include her. So instead of being sad for what I've lost, I'm happy with what I did have, an amazing friend to share that part of my life with, maybe I'm just not meant to share the rest of my life with her, and I've learned to be ok with that. 

Sinéad x
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