#100HappyDays Weekly Round-Up 3

30 Nov 2014

Hey Everyone! I hope you've all had a good week. Mine was a little up and down, mostly because I was sick towards the end of the week which was fairly rubbish. Being in a crappy mood and spending most of the day in bed did make it a little difficult to find something 'happy' in the day, but alas of course there was something. So here's my weekly round-up number 3. Nearly quarter of the way there all ready, I've got this!

DAY 15 - Sunday - 23/11/14 |  Feeling fresh on Sunday in my brand knew knit. I do love Sundays with my family.

DAY 16 - Monday - 24/11/14 | Lit this candle in my room today and it's soooo nice. Not too strong but the perfect winter scent. I love these melts, they are so cheap and can last pretty long too!

DAY 17 - Tuesday - 25/11/14 | Got my Christmas presents for my two nieces and my nephew. They're always my top priority every Christmas so I'm so happy to have gotten something early on. I got them each really cute outfits from Next. I love Next's Kids clothes. I will probably buy them little toys too closer to the big day.

DAY 18 - Wednesday - 26/11/14 | I had one of my professional development workshops on Wednesday evening. I really enjoy going to them as they are so useful in keeping teaching related things fresh in my mind. This weeks one was all about assessment, different forms of it, how it should be approached and so on. Very interesting and invaluable to me.

DAY 19 - Thursday - 27/11/14 | Yum yum yum. I am a massive foodie so of course there's a food pic this week too. Nothing special just a toasted ham and cheese ciabatta. But boy was it yummy. Anything with cheese in it is a winner for me really.

DAY 20 - Friday - 28/11/14 | Nicky lying next to my sleeping nephew. This is one of those moments that you cannot not take a picture of, it's just too much cuteness. Nicky ended up going to sleep next to him. Awh two little babies, a dog baby and a human baby haha.

DAY 21 - Saturday - 29/11/14 | So Saturday was one of my sickest days and I had to go to the hospital to see my Granny who just had an operation hence it was an all round rubbish day. But 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' is one of my favourite TV shows ever and it really helped to cheer me up and unwind. 

Let me know in the comments how your week was and if there was anything in particular that made you happy.


Teacher Problems - Part 2

27 Nov 2014

At the beginning of the month I wrote this blog post about 'teacher problems'. When I was writing it I came up with so many silly little points so I decided to split it in to two posts! Here are some more probz...
  • You have developed a very loud and clear tone of voice so you constantly have a sore throat.
  • You literally want to cry when you have to repeat yourself more than twice.. or worse still when a student asks a question when the answer is on the board. 
  •  No one at home can ask you too many questions because ALL you do all day is answer questions - usually the same one.
  • Standing in front of a misbehaving students desk, putting your hands on their desk and looking into their eyes with a straight face for 5 seconds is more effective than any words. Unfortunately it's also much more difficult to do.
  • Those INSANE excuses from students that make you wonder if they genuinely think you were born yesterday. Do I look like a complete idiot?!
  •  When someone is having a baby and is asking for your opinion on names, you dislike them all.
  • When you briefly mention something about your outside life and students CANNOT believe you are a real person with an actual life and are oh so interested to find out every detail!
  • When a student corrects your spelling on the whiteboard you say 'thank you' but inside you're thinking 'I hate you for embarrassing me'
  •  You will not go within a five mile radius of the town you teach in without looking well put together in-case you run in to a student.
  • You cannot change you hair without at least 10 teenage girls asking you if you changed it. YES clearly I did, why do you need to ask? (harmless personal questions are just generally really annoying from students and you turn bitch mode when they ask you anything that isn't to do with the topic)
  • When a student comes to class without a pen or book you want to pull all of your hair out and weep for future generations.
  • When a students asks if they can use the bathroom!!! YOU JUST HAD BREAK, LIKE WHAT THE HELL #lostit!
  • The students get SO unbelievably excited when you have a laugh with them that trying to reel them back in to the lesson is like trying to hold 25 corks under water at once. 
  • You can read straight through anyone who is lying. Yup you have an amazing radar for bullshit. This of course is not a problem but very handy both on and off the job ;)
  • You have a smart and logical come back for absolutely everything. No one can slag you. Again, this is not a problem but very useful in day to day life ;)
  • White board markers are your bobby pins - you have so many but lose them all, except the rubbish green ones of course.
And there we have it some more teacher problems! I could probably come up with at least 2 more posts haha. I've really enjoyed writing and sharing these posts because I feel like it's a very big part of my personality that I never talk about or express on here. I definitely am a very different person in the classroom compared to, for example, with my friends or even in the staffroom! I think it's funny because so many of my friends say to me "I would love to see you teaching, I can't imagine it at all" whereas my students' know a completely different version of me and probably think I don't do anything in my life but think about English or Geography (my subjects) and spend my evenings in the library :P Sometimes I even find it hard to understand how I am both people, but I am :)

Simple Things I Love

25 Nov 2014

Listening to the wind roar outside my window whilst I am tucked up in my warm and cosy bed.

Going for long walks through the woods. They are so pretty, quiet and oh so peaceful!

Cuddles with Nicky (my puppy) he makes me feel all loved (nawwh haha) as they say 'dogs never lie about love'

Waking up to a text from someone I am close to - the best start to any day.

Warming my hands on a cup of tea when I am freezing.

Long bus or train journeys - an excuse to spend lots of time relaxing, reading, watching YouTube or just playing a silly game on my phone.

The smell of my mums baking - she is always baking buns, bread and apple tarts.

When my little Nephew says my name - it's a rare occurrence and he doesn't have many other words so it really makes me smile!

Saturday nights in watching the X Factor with a pizza or some chocolate.

Not having to wake up to an alarm but getting to lay in bed for a bit after waking.

Having a tidy room with a clear and organised desk, make-up & wardrobe.

Oh boy, I do love a good list. What are some of the simple things that make you really happy in life? I think it's so nice to try and think of the littlest of things that make you smile, that's what life is all about really, hey?!

#100HappyDays Weekly Round-Up 2

21 Nov 2014

Happy weekend everyone.
Time for a little recap on the week that was through my 'happy snaps' for each day: 

L - R

Day 8 - Sunday 16/11/14 | Coffee, my new yellow jumper, blogging and the first episode of 'I'm a celebrity get me out of here' = heaven.

Day 9 - Monday 17/11/14 | Shopping, shopping, shopping! I love the Christmas decorations in this shopping center. Santa was behind that curtain of lights and there was a big queue of kids waiting to see him - so cute!

 Day 10 - Tuesday 18/11/14 | I was playing outside with Nicky and when I sat down he stuck his head up at the back of the seat as if to say "hey come back and play with me" he's so funny!

Day 11 - Wednesday 19/11/14 | Tea at my granny's house! she's been really sick lately so I went to see her. Thankfully she's getting better.

Day 12 - Thursday 20/11/14 | I wore my new Pull & Bear jumper for the first time today. I don't know why I love this so much haha. 

Day 13 - Friday 21/11/14 | Chicken supreme and rice for dinner, haven't had it in so long it was delicious!
Day 14 - Saturday 22/11/14 |Today I bought & wrapped my first Christmas gifts, in November - so organised this year haha! They're for my sister. The large parcel is a gift set of her favourite perfume and the small parcel is a Sleek 'storm' palette (it's ok, she doesn't read this!) 

I hope you enjoyed this quick little post; do let me know in the comments if there is anything that made you happy this past week!

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

20 Nov 2014

Hey Everyone,
Recently I have been tagged by the lovely Megan from Room with a Bloom to complete the 'Sisterhood of the world bloggers tag' wow that's a mouthful! Thank you so much for thinking of me Megan.

The rules are simple!
  • Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the award logo in your post.
  • Answer the set of 10 questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
  • Supply your own set of 10 questions.
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers.

My Answers to Megans questions:

1. What is your blog about?
I don't think my blog has a particular niche. It has the occasional beauty and fashion post but I would like to think it is primarily a lifestyle blog, documenting my thoughts, adventures and dreams. I want it to be more of a photography blog too, I'm working on developing that side of things! 
2. What do you want to achieve by blogging?
Hmm this is a tough one. I don't think there is anything I want to achieve. I have no goal set for it. I just really enjoy blogging and trying to get it to the best it can be.
3. Which bloggers are you inspired by?
There are so many - you can find them all in my 'blog roll' at the top of this page!
4. What Christmas traditions are you most excited for?
Hmm, I'm excited to wear a sparkly outfit and go out on St. Stephens Day (Boxing day) with my friends. I'm also excited to go to the Christmas market which is in the city it's so beautiful!
5. If you had to live in a decade other than the current one, which would you choose?
Maybe the 60's? There was no internet, which would be great. No TV unless you were lucky, hence no distractions! There was lots of show-band shows and dances where people met their husbands, much better than the nightclubs of today! The cars were awesome! And it really is when things started to bloom a bit 'the swinging 60's' after the hardship and debt and what not that world war II caused.
6. What’s your favourite quote?
I have a lot but today we will go with "Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day" always appreciate your blessings.
7. If you were auditioning for The X Factor, what would your power song be? 
I can't sing at all so no song would be powerful enough to make me impressive unfortunately haha.
8. What's something unusual that you love to eat?
Crisps in a sandwich? White bread, Tayto crisps and real butter. There is nothing yummier. You're not Irish unless you have that at least once in your life, haha.
9. What's your dream job?
I'm not sure. Something creative. Maybe working for a magazine. Photographer. Oh I would love to be an interior designer too! But I'm pretty happy with the career path I have chosen, I feel like being a teacher is an important position in society and I consider it an honour to be honest.
10. What do you feel has been your biggest achievement in life so far?
Probably graduating from university. It doesn't feel like much of an achievement for me because it was always something I knew I must do and would do but I honestly don't have that many other achievements yet so that one will do haha. 

My questions for you to answer:

1. What advice would you give to your younger self?

2. What is your favourite thing to do when you have nothing to do?

3. Why did you decide to start a blog?

4. If you could live in any other country in the world where would it be?

5. Would you rather spend €/$/£100 all on make-up or clothes?
6. If you could give one piece of advice to a large audience what would it be?
7. Would you rather have to eat Chinese or Italian food for the rest of your life?
8. If you could go on a date with one celebrity who would it be?
9. What specific character trait do you want to be known for?
10. What is your biggest pet peeve?

I nominate:

Motivational Monday #7

17 Nov 2014

Hey Everyone!
I think I am going to make this my last Motivational Monday as I don't like series to last too long because I find they get boring but who knows, perhaps I'll bring it back in the new year if you would all like that!

First of all, how pretty is this word art? So gorgeous! and what a lovely (and very true) quote.

I think, in today's society there is this idea that people who are very confident and 'love themselves' are stuck up and arrogant. This is so untrue, it is possible to love yourself and still know you are no better than everyone else. This is such a negative mind frame because so many young girls seem to have this idea that they should not love themselves. How many tweets or instas have you seen of young girls saying that they are ugly? I've seen too many. This reduced self worth which then means they lower their standards. They don't think they are smart, so they don't expect to get good grades, they settle for rubbish friends and boyfriends because they think they might heighten their 'worth' or 'popularity' or they think they don't deserve anything better.

Our teenage years are definitely very difficult. I too experienced so much self-doubt in my school years. I didn't think I was 'cool'. I would never talk to anyone I was unfamiliar or uncomfortable with because I thought I would say something wrong and they would think I was weird.

But as I have grown older I have gained so much more confidence and I have really learned to love myself. I have learned to look at my good qualities and tell myself that I am 'cool', I am a good person and there is no way that someone wouldn't like me. I therefore have been able to make lots of new friends. I don't think we should ever be ashamed to love ourselves. To put ourselves first, to respect ourselves and to know that we deserve only the best. I think by doing this everything else really does fall in to place. By having this mind frame we will get the best out of life, out of school, our careers, our friendships, relationships, and every aspect of our lives.

Let me know in the comments what you think of this quote and I would love for you to share any tips you might have for loving ourselves!
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#100HappyDays Weekly Round-Up 1

16 Nov 2014

 L - R

Day 1 - Sunday 09/11/14 | I thought what better way to start my 100 happy days challenge than with a picture of the only person who always, without fail makes me smile. My Gorgeous 2 year old Nephew. I love Sundays because my sister and her family always come for dinner so I get to spend all day with my two nieces and this little man!

Day 2 - Monday 10/11/14 | Monday's photo is of a new nail varnish I recently bought - Barry M Gelly High Shine in 'Almond'. This makes me happy because I absolutely love this colour. It's very neutral but it's still noticeable. I think it adds a lovely, classy touch. I was also super happy because it hadn't chipped after like, 5 days which is unusual for me!

Day 3 - Tuesday 11/11/14| I think my little doggy Nicky is going to be one character that is repeated throughout my 100 happy days a lot! he makes me so happy every day. It's so nice to take him on a lovely, fresh winters walk through the countryside.

Day 4 - Wednesday 12/11/14| Chillaxing with a lovely cup of tea (I LOVE TEA) and a good book (John Greene - Looking for Alaska) was definitely the most pleasant part of my Wednesday. Tea and escaping in to a book are the best things to cheer me up and stop me stressing!

Day 5 - Thursday 13/11/14 |So this was the first day I was shopping since everything became 'Christmas-ified' (you know what I mean) My niece and I fell in love with the most adorable Christmas tree decorations I have ever seen. There was a little fawn....I NEED IT!

 Day 6 - Friday 14/11/14| On Friday my sister, my cousin, their kids and I all went to stay in Dublin for the night. They were taking their kids to Disney on Ice on Saturday and I tagged along so I could go shopping with them after! When we arrived at the hotel I was starving so I ordered a lovely chicken and ham pizza, chips and my Sister, Cousin and I all enjoyed 2 bottles of wine between us.

Day 7 - Saturday 15/11/14 Saturday was a fantastic day. We all went shopping in this beautiful shopping centre in Co. Kildare (just outside Dublin) I bought lots of winter clothes as I badly needed some jumpers! We then went to Kildare Village Outlet which is the most picturesque place ever. It's all designer stores and I spent the majority of my time in Jack Wills and Superdry. This photo is of my Sister and one of her daughters on this lovely sledge in the outlet. Everything was so Christmas-y and beautiful!

And there we have it - my first 100 happy days weekly round-up! I'm really enjoying taking a picture a day and I shall have next weeks summary up next weekend. Until then, I would love to hear what the highlight of your week has been in the comments!

Motivational Monday #6

10 Nov 2014

So first of all, this is really awkward but I may have accidently deleted last weeks 'Motivational Monday'. Silly me! It's annoying because now it looks like I missed one haha. Anyways on to this weeks Inspiring words...

This has without a doubt been my favourite quote of the week. Lately I have been feeling a bit 'meh' about life because I am not exactly where I want to be or who I want to be. I want to have a full time permanent teaching job, I want to move out and not depend on my parents so much, I want to be more independent and grown up, I need more female friends, the list goes on. I have this precise image of the character I wish I was and sometimes I feel rubbish that I am not that person. However, this quote reminded me that it does not matter if you are not exactly who you wish you were, what does matter is that you have that vision. You have those high expectations for yourself. You are open to change and development. You are constantly trying to improve yourself. You have that determination and ambition to be that person. That is what matters.
The other day I was reading a blog post on Scarphelia (which is one of my favourite blogs) and stubbled  across one of the most striking quotes I have read in a long time. 
A quote by Ada Lovelace:
 "Though I see nothing but vague and cloudy uncertainty in the foreground of being, I fancy I discern a very bright light a good way further on, and this makes me care much less about the cloudiness and indistinctness which is near"
No matter how bad today may be or how unhappy you might be with your current situation. If you can see that 'light'. If you can visualise a future that you know you will get to one day then there is no way you won't. That dream, that hope, that drive and determination is what will help you to overlook the things about 'today' that you are unhappy with and in turn help you to enjoy the present more.

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100 Happy Days Challenge

9 Nov 2014

Hey Everyone!
So I am sure you have all heard of the '100 Happy Days' challenge. Basically it involves taking a picture of something that made you happy each day and uploading it with #100happydays. I am usually the person who sees these things and never considers doing them because I'm not good with commitment haha. But after checking out the website I discovered all of the benefits of it.
 Apparently people who complete the challenge:
  • Start noticing what makes them happy every day;
  • Be in a better mood every day;
  •  Start receiving more compliments from other people;
  •  Realize how lucky they are to have the life they have;
  •  Become more optimistic;
  •  Fall in love during the challenge.
Umm, yes! I'll take all of the above! So I have decided to challenge myself to complete this here on my blog. Don't worry that doesn't mean a blog post every single day. God that would get very very boring. Instead I'm going to do 1 post at the weekend, either Saturday or Sunday with a 'Catch-Up'of the week. Here I will share the 7 photos I have taken throughout the week along with a sentence or two about what it is and why it made me happy. 

I decided to start this challenge right now! From Sunday November 9th. That way my 100 happy days will last until around mid-February. Therefore it will include Christmas, New Years and my birthday so hopefully there will be lots of happiness to capture. 

You can expect my first #100HappyDays Weekly Round-Up next weekend. It will be the first of 14 blog posts in total. I hope I stick to doing these and I hope you enjoy reading them. I'm excited to save these memories for the future.

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Teacher Problems...

6 Nov 2014

  • You literally have a panic attack when you realise you haven't printed out the handouts right before class.
  • When another teacher enters your classroom you give EVERYONE the evil eyes to behave so you look good.
  • When you ignore the stack of grading that has to be done and a couple of days later it has grown so much that climbing Mount Everest sounds like a more appealing option.
  •  Outside of school, when two people are trying to talk to you at once you quickly lose it and say "Only one person speaking at a time" at which point your friends/family look at you like you're an absolute psycho.
  • You will never EVER understand the younger students' excitement over cleaning the white board at the end of class. They actually fight over it?!
  • Clicking pens and beeping net books - THE WORST NOISE EVER.
  •  When you have an argument with someone they always tell you that you're speaking to them like a child.
  • When the kids are misbehaving in a class you have spent ages preparing and were really excited to teach - you literally want to quit and become a stripper there and then.
  • You used to think you were young and down with the kids, now hanging out with so many teenagers... you know for sure you most definitely are not.
  • The awkward moment when you go completely blank and forget what you're teaching.
  • The awkward moment when a student asks you something or says something and you have absolutely NO IDEA how to respond so you quickly change the subject.
  • You have had 25 people stare at you whilst blowing your nose because apparently that's much more interesting than poetry or plate tectonics.
  • 'Miss', 'miss', 'miss', 'miss', from 17 different students makes you want to scream from the high hells...If I have to say hands up first one more time.
  • When you come home you literally cannot think for the evening because you've spent ALL day thinking what with the 16 million questions you were asked. 
  • Apparently you go deaf when you start writing on the board and turn your backs to the students. 
I hope this gives you some insight in to a teachers thought bubble haha. When I was a student I sometimes thought teachers were crazy and often over reacted. That is not the case, I now COMPLETELY emphatise with every single one of them haha.

This is just a fun kind of post in case you think I am losing it and have no patience, I really do... I keep most of these thoughts and frustrations underwraps ;) Expect a part 2 soon as I have SO many more teacher problems. hehe.
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    Current Feelings...

    4 Nov 2014

    I am sad. I'm not quiet so sure why. I think listening to Ed Sheeran's amazing new but slightly depressing album may be a contributing factor. 'Bloodstream' is on right now and my throat is literally chocked. It's weird how music forces your emotions out. Melancholy is one emotion I am experiencing a lot lately. "melancholyˈmɛlənkəli/ noun 1. a feeling of pensive sadness, with no obvious cause" Yup that's me. 

    But of course, there is always a cause for a bad mood. Sometimes they're not obvious but after digging deep I think I've found my causes. 

    I think my feelings are a combination of exasperation with so many things that seem to constantly never work out in my life and I am sick of it. Annoyance with myself for wanting things to change, for my life to keep moving on to it's next stage but having absolutely no motivation or courage to make it happen and finally, wistfulness. I am an incredibly wistful person. This year has been amazing. I have had a lot of happy times and created so many wonderful memories so whenever I am having days or weeks where I am bored, lonely and just existing rather than living I am longing for the times when I was smiling and happy. Different events and experiences go around in my head and I yearn to go back to them, those people, those places, those elated feelings. I always feel sad they are over and worry that I won't continue to create those memories.

    I'm not sure why I'm writing this on here but I do know that I am writing my blog for me and no one else really. Last night I read so many old posts of mine and it was so lovely to remember things. To see a picture of a moment in my past. I am addicted to blogging and I don't see myself stopping any time soon so I want this to end up as a little chronicle of my twenties (or at least my early twenties) to look back on. These are probably the most significant years of my life. I want to record a collection of all of my thoughts, experiences, dreams, everything, and not just the happy ones. I really hope that one day I will have a sidebar that reads "2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017... and I will be able to click on them and bring the Sinead of that year back to life. 

    “You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” 
    ― Jonathan Safran Foer
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