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WHY I STILL LOVE BLOGGING AFTER 4 YEARS

11 Jun 2017

June marks 4 years since I created 'Dreaming Again' It was 2013 and I was 20 years old. I thought it would be something fun to do, I wanted to document this new decade I had entered, here on my blog. Now here I am, almost mid-twenties and I'm still going strong. 

The blogging world has changed so much since I started. Now it seems to be all about the following, the sponsorship and actually trying to make a career out of it. I had no idea that that was even possible when I began and it's not something I've ever cared about or sought after. I was never interested in becoming a well known blogger and after four years I'm obviously no where near one. 

This began as a hobby and to this day it still is just that. Blogging is one of my favourite things in the world. I may not always be consistent, I don't have a schedule or planner, I don't have a clue how to use google anylitics and I don't really set blogging 'goals'. All of these things have become so important since I began blogging but I'm happy to keep this space as what I had intended it to be when I first started - a little escape where I can write out my thoughts, share my photography and hopefully strike up a conversation with some like-minded people.

After 4 years I love blogging as much as when I first began, there has been times when I have gone months without a post but blogging has always been on mind, something I knew I would get back to and never forget.  

I would describe myself as a very creative person and I love how blogging gives me the perfect creative outlet. I feel like all my life before blogging I have been trying different things like art, painting and photography just trying to find the best way to express myself creatively and I thing blogging is the thing for me. 

Blogging is the perfect escape from the real world. I love nothing more than scrolling through bloglovin' and diving into other peoples lives through their blogs. I love connecting with people like me, chatting on twitter and creating an Instagram I love.  

I know it's crazy but I honestly think I would be so empty without blogging. There would be something missing in my life. I am so glad I found this hobby and I hope I never stop!

So happy blog anniversary to me!!!

How long have you been blogging? Has your attitude to it changed since you first started?

Sinéad x
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I'LL BE HAPPY WHEN...

5 Jun 2017

I will be happy when I finish my exams.
I will be happy when it's summer break.
I'll be happy when school is over.
I'll be happy when I go to university.
I'll be happy when I finish uni and have some money.
I'll be happy when I get a job.
I'll be happy when I get a job I like.
I'll be happy when my shift is finished.
I'll be happy at the weekend.
I'll be happy when I get a boyfriend.
I'll be happy when we move in together.
I'll be happy when I am married.
I'll be happy when we have a baby.
I'll be happy when we have another and our family is complete.
I'll be happy when the kids get a bit older.
I'll be happy when they go to uni and we have time to ourselves.
I'll be happy when I retire.
...
I was happier when
...
For as long as I remember it has always felt that life, real life was about to begin. There would just be one obstacle in the way, a challenge that needed to be gotten through first, then I could be happy. With every obstacle I've gotten through there has always been one more thing in the way, one thing that wasn't perfect, one thing that meant I couldn't be happy right now.

Often times, when I got through that obstacle and got what I 'needed' to be happy I found myself looking back with nostalgia and missing old times despite wishing them away before. 

Lately I have come to the realization that the perfect time to be happy is right now. Life will always be full of challenges, maybe it's better to admit that to ourselves and try to be happy anyway?

I have always felt like I will not be truly happy until I find 'the one' to share my life with, then my life would really begin. But now I'm starting to realise that I shouldn't wish for that to happen as soon as possible. I should enjoy this time on my own because when I do find 'the one' (if there is such a thing) my time will never be my own again and maybe then I'll look back nostalgically at the time I was 24, single and completely free.  

I'm starting to realise that I need to stop waiting for my life to start because it's already started, this is it, all of these obstacles and challenges are my life. 

So here's to living for the present because the future isn't guaranteed. 

"There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way" is going to be my words of inspiration going forward.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you like me and always been one to feel like you can't be happy until ____.?

Sinéad x
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THE BEST FRIEND I HAVE NEVER MET

1 Jun 2017

Hey everyone! Today, I wanted to talk to you about someone very dear to me - Olivia, the best friend I have never met.

It all started way back in October 2009. I was just starting my final year of secondary school. Probably the most important academic year of my life. My Leaving Certificate exams were a mere 8 months away. And I, like a lot of 16 years olds, found the internet to be a perfect escape from the pressures of reality.
On one, I'm guessing lonely evening I randomly joined a site called 'Interpals' as the name suggests, it was a place to find pen pals from around the world. Don't let that fool you though, I feel like Olivia and I were a rare case. It was mostly just full of creepy old Turkish guys looking for your Kik (still no clue what that even is!)

Some how, through the dozens of sleazy messages from men or desperate pleads for friendship from crazy cat ladies wanting to improve their English I came across one from a girl, the same age as me from New Zealand and the winner - she seemed normal! so I replied and the rest, as they say, is history (Even though she is still a bit of a crazy cat lady too hehe)

These were my teenage years. When everyone in school had created an idea in their mind about you without even talking to you. You were judged on your popularity, who you hung out with and what other people thought of you. 

But Olivia didn't have any preconceptions of me and I had none of her. We lived a world apart (literally) we had no mutual friends, we couldn't judge each other on our mannerisms or our appearance or on things we had heard about the other. This gave us the opportunity to properly connect.

I was not afraid to be completely myself when I was talking to her and at 16 when you're sort of trying to be someone you're not, someone better, that was so freeing. 

Looking back now our friendship was pretty instant. We hit it off right away and talked about everything and anything into the wee hours of the morning, well, it was only the afternoon for her! Unlike my 'real life' friends, there was absolutely nothing I felt uncomfortable talking to her about. I knew she would never judge me. She has helped me through so many problems in my life, providing an objective eye, she has always given me amazing advice and really showed how much she cares. I don't know how I would have gotten through some things without her.

We have both changed and grown up so much since 2009 but somehow we have managed to never grow apart. We have seen each other through leaving school, going through college, many different boyfriends and friendships, getting jobs, and learning how to be adults.

Even though she is quiet possibly the furthest human away from me on this planet physically, she is the one who is always closest when I feel like a chat. For almost 8-years she's only ever been a Facebook message or Whats App away and even though we don't always talk every single day and sometimes we have gone for months without talking, I always know she is there and because of her, I never ever feel alone. 

It is true, the internet can be a scary and dangerous place but I think Olivia and I are proof that it can also be the most amazing thing. We are like minded souls on opposite sides of the planet and without the internet we would never know of the others existences. The idea of that makes me very sad because I know for a fact that these past 8 years of my life would have been far less colourful without her in it.  

Olivia, I know you're reading this - I love you and I can't wait for the day I get to squish you with hugs! <3 

On a little side not, one of the difficult things about being online friends is not being able to experience things together. So we thought one way of getting around this would be to read the same book at the same time. This way I guess we are both experiencing the same world a little bit. We had the idea of making this into a little blog series here. I would review each book and she would also contribute to my blog with her thoughts on the book. The first book we are doing is 'The Girl on The Train' I would love to know what you think of this idea! Let me know in the comments.

 Sinéad x
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WHAT'S IN MY BAG? FT. ZAFUL

24 May 2017

 
Hey everyone! Hope your week is going well so far! Today I am coming to you with a good old classic. I don't think I've ever done a 'What's in my bag' in the entire 4 years I've been blogging - crazy! But when Zaful sent me this gorgeous backpack to review I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.
I'm completely in love with this bag and have been using it non-stop since it arrived in the post. My favourite thing about it is it can be used as a bag pack and a shoulder bag, and it looks great both ways. It's got plenty of room in it and would be perfect for going traveling.  I however, like to use it on my-day to day, going shopping etc and it's not too big or awkward for that either. I also love the colour because it goes with everything! The leather is super good quality and I would definitely order from Zaful again in the future. I literally want all of their bags. 

Anyway, lets dive right in and see what I've got when I empty the contents out on my bed...

Cath Kidson Notebook 

I always like to keep this notebook in my bag even though, if I am honest I never really write anything in it when I'm out - I mean, how could I? I'm just noticing I don't even have a pen in there haha silly me. I write little reminders in here and I use it for some blog post planning. I like to keep it for a little read through when I'm going out for a coffee or to jot down some ideas that pop to mind - need to sort out the pen situation!

Purse

Mum got me this purse from Debenhams for Christmas and I absolutely love it. It's not too big, not too small, nice and sturdy and, the real winner - it's rose gold! It also gives off some serious Ted Baker vibes but without the €90 price point.

Phone 

Ohh how exciting, I carry a phone in my handbag! I think this is probably why I never did one of these posts before - they're a bit predictable! Anyways, Android girl over here! I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 and I love it. It's the best phone I've ever owned. The camera is unreal!

River Island Sun Glasses

I am one of those people who can't go anywhere without my sunglasses. If it's even a little bit bright out my eyes are watering. I love these ones from River Island. They're nothing too crazy - just your standard cat-eye sunnies. I'm surprised I have them this long without breaking them.

Zara Mauve Twilight Perfume

I like to keep one of my cheaper perfumes in my handbag for when I feel like I need a little spritz and this one from Zara is simply lovely. It's right up my streak. Seriously, next time you're in Zara check out their perfumes, they have a great selection and they come in a lot of different sizes which are all under €12.

MAC Modesty Lipstick

I got this lipstick the other day and as with all new MAC lipsticks I am obsessed. Why has it taken me so long to buy this one?! It's a fabulous nude shade. Literally my lips but better  perfect! What MAC lipstick should I buy next? C'mon, feed my addiction!

Lasting Perfection Concealer 

Absolute survival essential. When my make-up wears off and my pesky chin spots make an appearance it's great to know I can reach for my trusty concealer and all will be well in the world once again. Narcissistic much?

Miscellaneous Shit

So the stuff that really don't deserve a paragraph - Tampon, because who wants to be stuck without a tampon? That's every girls worst nightmare!  Vaseline, I don't know what's wrong with me but I have such dry lips lately and I literally could not leave the house without some vaseline. Mints, these 'Doublemints' are new to me and they are so yummy! I hate to be without a mint or a chewing gum for after eating. Gogo, hair tye (whatever you like to call it) this doesn't really need explaining does it?!

And there we have it, I've finally got a 'What's in my bag' post up on my blog. Does this mean I'm a real 'blogger' now? haha, never!

I'd like to thank Zaful for sending me this bag for review. If you haven't checked out their online store you can do so here.

 Sinéad x
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IS INSTAGRAM FAKE? HELL NO!

20 May 2017

Every day there seems to be someone complaining about Instagram. A couple of weeks ago there was the whole 'bot' scandal which I'm sure you all know about but I'm not here to talk about that! I'm here to talk about one of the other controversies about Instagram - how people, especially in the media, are always saying that Instagram does not portray real life, that it is completely fake. 

This annoys me SO much.

Once you are taking all of your own pictures and are not lying about where you are / what you're doing then yes, Instagram does 100% portray real life. It just happens to be, for most people, the absolute best parts of real life and what's so wrong about that? 

What's the problem with only sharing the best parts of life? Why not share the selfies you look your best in? Snap your new outfit? the flowers your boyfriend bought you? Your newly decorated bedroom? your holiday away? the wonderfully presented dinner out you had? and the gorgeous blue skies? Why the feck not?!

All of these things happened. They're all real. Just because you don't put up pictures of yourself with a hun-bun and mascara running down your face at 12am or share your dogs dinner of a pot noodle on there doesn't mean that what you do put on there isn't real. 

I get it, life isn't perfect and most people's Instagrams (especially bloggers) appear to show that it is. But I think everyone who uses the app should be old enough and wise enough to look at someones amazing life on Instagram and know that this isn't their whole life, this is just the best bits, this person has problems and flaws just like me. 

The thing I actually love most about Instagram is how I can use it as a place to store all my best moments and memories. I can create a gallery of my life that reminds me of the good stuff. When I'm having a shitty day I can go through my feed, look at all those happy moments and remember how lucky I am. When I'm not feeling too confident in my appearance I can see those selfies where my skin is glowing or I'm wearing a flattering outfit and be reminded that I'm actually not that bad, I ain't an ugly b**** after all! When my rooms a mess I can look at the pictures in which it is immaculate and be inspired to tidy it. Y'know what I mean? 

I just think that we as humans tend to focus a lot on the negatives in life. The reasons we are not happy, the things that suck in life. Why should we have to put these things on Instagram to remind us even more? We should be focusing on our blessings and I think Instagram really helps with that.

Why not create a gallery for yourself that reminds you of your favorite parts of your life because those things matter too, they should be at the forefront of your mind more than the bad stuff. Those things are REAL GOD DAMNIT. 

HA It feels so good to get that off my chest! Phew! After all that, if you would like to connect with me on Instagram you can do so right here!

Let me know in the comments what your thoughts on this topic are :)

Sinéad x
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Why I enjoy spending time alone

15 May 2017

Every now and again I like to spend a day with my own company and no one else's.

Does anyone else feel the same? Because it seems like going out on your own is seen as something that no one really enjoys doing. They only do it if they have to and that if we were all given the choice we would have a friend with us. Whenever I tell someone I'm going somewhere alone they ask if I want them to come to keep me company as if I should always need and want company. 

I guess this does make sense, humans are a social animal after all and of course having a chat and a laugh with a friend is something we all love doing. But is anyone else with me on loving going out and spending time on your own sometimes?

I find I have to have these days at least once a month, for my own sanity. They usually fall on a Sunday. 

My favourite thing to do is take myself into the city, Galway city that is. I like to wander around at my own pace, have a mooch 'round the shops, people watch and take myself for a coffee and some cake. 

My favourite thing about spending this time alone is that I'm not distracted by anyone. I get this time with myself and my own thoughts with no one to bother me. This sounds a bit creepy but I love how it allows me to really take in my surroundings. I notice things more when I'm alone. I notice how pretty a building is, I can watch people interact with each other and I see things I wouldn't normally see if I had to focus on having a conversation with someone. 
Also, I find having a day by myself incredibly freeing

If you think about it, most of us have commitments and we spend the week with others depending on us. I have to go to work Monday to Friday and all that time is given to other people. I obviously can't just do what I want during that time. 

That's why I think these days to myself are so important for my mind. They are the days I get to be completely free.

I get to drive in the car with the music as loud as I like and sing at the top of my lungs (which I admit to doing!) I get to go wherever I want. Walk the streets at my own pace and go into the same store like 3 times without someone getting impatient. I can sit in a coffee shop watching the world go by for as long as I want. I can go places for no reason and take as many pictures as I want.

I can do anything I like without having someone to answer to and to me, that is bliss. 
Why not dedicate some time just to you and no one else? after all, you are the only person you have to spend the rest of your life with so you may as well get to know yourself and enjoy your own company.

I would love to know what your thoughts on going out alone are. Do you prefer to have a friend with you or are you like me and find spending some time solo a necessity? Let me know in the comments. 

Sinéad x
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