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FIFTY REASONS TO SMILE

25 Aug 2017

I've seen these kinds of posts doing the rounds in the blogging community lately and I've really enjoyed reading them. They always made me feel so positive as I realised all the little things we should be grateful for. It's so easy to get bogged down on what we're not happy with, it's so important to remember all the good things, so I thought I would create my own list of 50 every day things that make me super happy, here they are in no particular order!
  1. Coffee in the morning
  2. My dogs Nicky and Lily
  3. My new baby niece Leah
  4. My other 3 niblings 
  5. My car, I love it
  6. I'm saving lots of money
  7. Getting new make-up
  8. I'm in love with my city - Galway
  9. My room, newly decorated
  10. Food, where would I begin.
  11. Interiors, I could look at them forever
  12. Empowering quotes
  13. The internet
  14. True and loyal friends
  15. The sky, in all it's beautiful forms
  16. The green countryside surrounding me
  17. Eating home grown potatoes everyday
  18. Ed Sheerans music
  19. blogging
  20. Cute and funny phone cases
  21. New pjs
  22. Lovely perfumes
  23. Boys who make you swoon
  24. Candles and diffusers
  25. Taking photos and saving memories
  26. My bed
  27. Hot showers
  28. Face masks
  29. Work banter
  30. Warm days in summer
  31. Rain against the window
  32. Penneys! 
  33. Hot water bottles during your period
  34. Buying handbags
  35. Visitors to your house
  36. Ice cream
  37. Road trips
  38. Being healthy
  39. Going to the seaside
  40. The best moments of my life are still to come
  41. Cuddles and kisses
  42. Kind and mannerly people
  43. Being young
  44. Hurling and Galway being in the All-Ireland final
  45. Uplifting movies
  46. Feeling loved
  47. Being free
  48. The smell of cut grass
  49. Discovering new places
  50. Long walks with the doggies

What makes you smile? Why not make a list of everything in a blog post too!
Sinéad
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HOW I THINK IT HELPS TO BE AN INTROVERT WHEN BLOGGING

10 Aug 2017

Blogging seems like a very 'out-there' thing to do. You are literally presenting yourself and your life on the internet for all to see. One might think that you would have to be an extremely outgoing, chatty and extroverted person to take up such a hobby/career. In fact, it might be a little difficult for some people to understand why those who are more reserved would ever enjoy such a thing.

I have found that being an introvert actually has many benefits when blogging.

If there is one thing I have noticed about the blogging community is that the vast majority of bloggers seem to be more introverted than extroverted. Which kinda makes sense, its creative nature and its focus on 'the self' means it's a hobby that suits us introverts. Blogging means spending a lot of time alone and I sure do love a little alone time to unwind.

There's nothing to say that introverts don't have loads of friends and a gleaming social life but sometimes we don't open up as easily as our more extroverted friends, I know I definitely don't. So I enjoy having an outlet to let out my thoughts and feelings when in the real world, I would just rather stay quiet. 

On that note, introverts tend to be more in touch with their emotions. We reflect until we can understand our feelings and figure out what we can learn from them. Blogging is such a useful tool to help me do this. 

I've heard that introverts don't really enjoy small-talk, this would definitely be the case for me - I'm so awkward making small talk. It's when I get into a more in-depth conversation about real subjects, that I become a little more interesting and talkative. So getting to be all deep and meaningful and get into those juicy topics on the blog is something I really enjoy doing. 

Another good quality that comes along with being introverted is we are pretty self-sufficient, we know that we can manage things on our own which is fairly important if one wants to set up their own self-run online blog and hopes for it to be semi-successful!

Introverts are also meant to be really observant. We notice changes in the world around us, we take it all in. Even if it's just a new fashion trend or some phenomenon emerging in modern culture, this means we may have fresh and interesting things to write about.

So yeah, in theory, blogging does seem like a very extroverted activity. But I, a proud introvert can vouch for the fact that our characteristics are actually really beneficial for what it requires to be a blogger!

What are your thoughts on this topic? Are you intorverted or extroverted and how to you think that affects you when blogging? Would you agree that blogging is a surprisingly perfect hobby for introverts?

Sinéad x
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