Hello Friends, It’s Been A While…

I haven’t written a personal post like this for quite some time now, between my Simply Lippy challenge and other things going on, general blogging has had to take a bit of a back seat over the past few months.

Apart from working full time and trying to fit in blogging in the evenings after work and over my weekends, for the past few months I’ve had something else going on – something that’s kept me, distracted let’s say.


I’ve been thinking about whether or not to share this online with the world, and all you lovely readers, as I’ve been a bit nervous about putting it ‘out there’. But you may have noticed that on Sunday I posted my first non-Simply Lippy related post in a long time. Until Sunday, I hadn’t done a beauty review post since back in May and I wanted to tell you all why. 

The reason I’ve been a little MIA is because… Dave and I are expecting a new little addition to the family! That’s right, I’m pregnant. Eeek!

We are very excited but it’s been a tough few months of sickness and tiredness as many of you Mum’s and pregnant ladies will know all about. So needless to say, it’s been hard trying to keep up with my lipstick challenge, let alone doing any other blogging for the past while.

I’ve somehow managed to keep Simply Lippy going, believe me there have been days where I’ve wanted to pack it all in while my head was stuck over the toilet bowl! But in the end, I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t power through and now, I am at Day 248. I don’t know how I got here, but I did, and I’m so glad I did.

Photo Credit: Pinterest

My regular followers may have noticed that my posts have been a day or two late here and there because really, I just haven’t been able to write some days – and my bed has been a lot more appealing! But, I kept it up, every day of this year so far, I’ve worn a different lipstick, photographed it and shared the journey with you all.

I’m currently 17 weeks pregnant and thankfully the dreaded sickness is starting to pass and I’m beginning to feel more like myself again. Now that I’m getting back to normal, I’m very excited to get back to my blogging especially as I have so many beautiful products that I’ve been using that I’ve dying to tell you all about.

With so much going on, I don’t know that I’ll have as much time for social media as well as writing, but I’m going to give it all my best and hope that you’ll all join me on this new adventure I’m going on. No doubt there will be lots of pregnancy related beauty posts coming too, mostly because my skin has been a mess for the last few months, and that alone has taken some adjusting too.


But it’s all a happy learning curve and I’ve lots more to learn still, so if you’re a mummy or are currently pregnant then please send all tips and advice my way!

Thanks for sticking with me, I hope you’ve been enjoying my lipstick challenge, and I promise to have lots more beauty blog posts coming again soon.

Sorcha x 

Spread The Love

Happy Valentine’s Day all!

It’s not really a genuine holiday I know, but the hopeless romantic in me just can’t help being a sucker for Valentine’s Day each year.

I spent many Valentine’s Days single, down, and lonely so I sympathise with anyone else feeling that way today. But even so, I never hated the day, I just longed for the moment that I would have someone to share it with, and that moment finally happened three years ago when I met Dave.

I woke up to a massive bunch of beautiful roses this morning from my amazing hubby, it’s our first Valentine’s Day as Mr & Mrs so forgive the cheese, please!

  
Love isn’t just romantic; it’s family, it’s friendship, it’s children, it’s whatever love means to you. So whoever you’re with, or whatever you’re doing, in the spirit of this day, let’s spread the love into the blogosphere. 

This Valentine’s Day the hubby is off playing golf and I’m spending it having a girls day with my Mum, Sister and my Nieces.

Happy Valentine’s Day… I hope it’s a love-ly one!

Sorcha x

10 Random Facts About Me

I was recently challenged to post ten random facts about myself over on Instagram by the lovely Jean at A Spoonful of Travel blog. I love these kinds of challenges, I recently heard them being referred to as ‘Pop Up’ challenges which I think is a great explanation, and they are a great way of getting to know your fellow bloggers.

At first I didn’t know what to write, it’s hard to think of ten things off hand but eventually I got there and thought why not share them with you all here too. So here it goes…

1 – I’m 32, Irish and living in Dublin

Most of you, if you’ve been reading my blog up to now, will know this already. I’m a Dublin girl born and bread, and there’s no better city in the world if you ask me! 🙂

2 – I recently got married and wish I was still planning my wedding

Oh to be wedding planning still… But yesterday I got to have a look at one of my wedding photos from our photographer for the first time and it has made me super excited to see the rest. I’ve written a full post on our wedding photography which I’ll be sharing with you all shortly too so watch this space.

3 – My favourite book is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Atticus Finch, need I say more? Other than if you haven’t already read this book, you are missing out on possibly one of the best books ever written in my opinion. This one is sure to go down in literary history.

4 – I work as an Internal Communications specialist for a large international company

My job is busy, challenging and can be stressful at times like most jobs, but I get to do one of the things I love most everyday which is writing. And I love that.

5 – I am hopeless romantic

Flowers, candles, poetry, chocolate, spontaneity, I love it all. The cheesier the better!

6 – My favorite drink is Champagne/Prosecco

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love bubbles. The fact that they are the least calorific drink in the wine family is a major bonus too!

7 – I love to travel and have visited over 20 countries across 5 continents

Travelling is one of my favourites. Although I’ve been lucky enough to travel to lots of different places, I still haven’t visited anywhere near as many countries in Europe as I’d like, I also want to travel all fifty states of America, see South East Asia and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef.

At the beginning of 2016 I created a list of all the places I’d like to try and see this year so you can have a read of them here.

8 – I meditate regularly and practice mindfulness

As someone who has suffered with anxiety for many years, I have been searching to find something to help me cope when life becomes overwhelming for a long time now. I have always been interested in meditation and have seen first hand the positive impact it can have on people. So last year I began to embrace meditation and haven’t looked back since.

If you’re new to meditation there are some great books to help you get started. My Dad who has been meditating for many years now gave me a great book – Meditation Now or Never by Steve Hagen which I found so helpful at the beginning. There are also some great apps for guided meditation such as ZMeditations which is the one I’m currently using.

9 – I have a BA in Politics & Psychoanalysis, an MA in Politics and a Post Grad Dip in Public Relations & Event Management

I was one of those people who left school not really knowing what I wanted to do, I knew I wanted to write but didn’t know in what capacity. I went down the Politics route with the plan of becoming a journalist, but life works in funny ways and I ended up in Public Relations which later led to my current role in Internal Comms.

10 – My ultimate dream is to write a book

Even if I write it just for myself and it never gets published, I really want to write a book someday. My friend Zarah promised me many years ago she would be the first to buy it when I do so I haven’t forgotten that either!

So there you go…ten random facts about me.

The idea of this challenge is to nominate other bloggers which I’ve done over on my Instagram page if you’d like to check it out. Because of that I won’t nominate anyone specifically now, but I’m putting it out there in the blogosphere and if you decide to take the challenge on then please let me know. I’d love to read about all your random facts too!

Sorcha x

Vision Boards & Positivity

It was about five years ago that I discovered the book The Secret for the first time. I had heard several of my friends talking about it, how it changed their perspectives and thoughts, and how it made them more positive in general. Naturally I was intrigued, so I bought the book and have never looked back since. For those of you not familiar with The Secret, this might all sound a bit far-fetched but when you read it, it makes you examine the way you’ve been thinking and acting your whole life.

It has one simple premise – what you give out you get back. In other words, if you’re a positive person – if you think, act, and feel positive, then you can only attract positive things. The more I read, the more it made sense to me, and I became obsessed! I got the audio book to listen to in bed at night, bought the DVD, I bought the follow on book, The Power, then bought the audio book version. But although logically I understood everything the books were advocating, I never really knew how to put it all into practice. That was, until Rhonda Byrne released the third book in The Secret series, The Magic. The Magic is a 28 day step-by-step guide on to how to make your life more positive, and helps you put everything The Secret teaches into practice. As dramatic as it sounds, this book single-handedly changed my life.

Each day you are challenged with undertaking a different task around positivity, and a couple of days in, one of the things it says to do is to create a vision board of everything you want. By putting images of all the things you want in one place and looking at it every day, your mind is focussed on attracting all those things to you.

In January 2013 when I started reading The Magic for the first time, I was just made redundant from my job, I was facing into my fifth year of being single, I was back living at home with my parents, and I didn’t know how to change any of it. After reading about vision boards and the power of positive visualisation however, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go. I created a board out of magazine cut outs, quotes and pictures representing all the things I wanted – a new job, finding ‘the one’ and getting engaged by the following year, moving out of home again, and generally becoming happier.

2013 Vision Board
I had my doubts that it would work – how could any of this could possibly happen from looking at pictures?! But within three months I had found an amazing new job, I met a guy, and by the end of the year, that guy had turned out to be the love of my life, and we moved in together. I had a new job, a new home and I was no longer single. Fast forward twelve months to autumn 2014 and I was also engaged. But most importantly of all, I was very happy.

You could say it was just coincidence, but I don’t believe that. I will never again doubt the power of positive thinking and since that year, every January I create a vision board for the year ahead. They vary each year of course, but they always include my favourite quotes and The Secret teachings. Last year my board was all about our wedding and going on a fabulous honeymoon – I even created a second very wedding-specific vision board but I’ll go into that in more detail another time!

 

2014 Vision Board

Over the past month I’ve been working on my vision board for 2016 and just finished putting it together over the weekend. Now that January is over, I’ve decided to share it with you all and hopefully it’ll inspire you to create one of your own…

2016 Vision Board

My board will be hanging on the wall beside my bed until the 31st December. For 2016 I’m focussing on travel, on working towards buying a new house and making more time for myself. I will look at it first thing every morning and last thing every night, and will visualise all of these things happening for me this year.

If you’re sceptical I understand, I was too. But why not give it a go and see what happens?

Oh and if you already create vision boards then I’d love to see some pics… 🙂

Happy Monday!

Sorcha x

Goodbye January


It’s Friday, but it’s no ordinary Friday, it’s the last Friday in January, and for me, it also represents a few other lasts. Because of this, I’ve been reflecting on the past few weeks and how you never know what’s around the corner…

A few weeks back I wrote a short piece about embracing change. That day, I had been given some news that completely took me by surprise. It threw me, it unnerved me, and most of all, it forced me to channel a lot of inner positivity in order to not let it overwhelm me. I coped better than I previously would have in times of change, and looking back now, I’m quite proud of the fact that I didn’t let it consume my every waking thought.

Fast forward three weeks and that change really wasn’t all that bad. Things worked out how they always manage to do, and now that I’m out the other side, I can rationally see how worrying wouldn’t have changed a thing, and certainly wouldn’t have done me any good. I didn’t worry (too much) and turns out I didn’t need to either.

The funniest part is, this change has actually led to a potentially even bigger, scarier change which could bring a lot of uncertainty with it. But I suppose you just have to believe that things happen for a reason. When one door closes, another opens and all that…

This is all very cryptic I’m aware, and it’s not that I don’t want to share the specifics, but more that I want to highlight how things happen (or don’t), and there’s really nothing we can do about it. We can worry, stress, laugh, cry, analyse, whatever – but it won’t change what’s meant to be.

So as I say goodbye to January and look forward to the year ahead, I’ve decided to pour myself a tall glass of wine, sit back and let it all unfold as it should.

I know what I want to achieve this year, and if there are some bumps along the way then so be it. I may have a mini meltdown or two, but either way it’s sure to be an interesting ride.

In the words of one of my favourite songs, ‘I’m on my way. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way…’

So come on February, I’m ready for you…

Sorcha x

Hump Day Blues


It’s Wednesday which means it’s hump day – that middle day of the week when you begin to feel like the end is in sight. Only two more days until the weekend arrives. Usually I feel good on hump days knowing the joy that Friday will bring, but today I’m feeling ‘meh’. Maybe it’s a bout of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) or maybe it’s post-wedding blues who knows.

I just feel a bit sad, a bit down, and let’s be honest, a little fed up. Will January ever end?! I don’t even have a point to this post only to vent so please forgive my indulgence. But it’s nice to have an outlet through which I can voice my inner woes.

Don’t you just wish sometimes that you could pack it all in and live a life of freedom? I do…

As I sit here sipping on my morning tea, I’m reminded that my reality is pretty great. I have a great life, and I’m very grateful for it. And I don’t want to seem negative, I’m a very positive person in reality. But today, just for a minute, I’d love to be transported to a paradise island where my only worry is what book to read next.

It will pass, as all bad days do. Nothing a bath and some ‘me time’ won’t cure I’m sure.

I hope you’re having a good hump day. And if you’re not, I hope you’re feeling better soon.

Sorcha x

A Quote A Day

Given that today is apparently the most depressing day of the year or ‘Blue Monday’ as it has come to be known, I think we could all do with a little pick-me-up. What is it about quotes that are so uplifting? Is it that they inspire us, motivate us, make us wish, imagine, dream? Who knows. Maybe it’s because I myself am a bit of a dreamer, but I’m a sucker for quotes, sayings, song lyrics or words in general that inspire a happy or positive thought. And if that quote or saying just happens to be accompanied by a picture? Then it’s really got my attention.

What’s the point I hear you say? Well , I’m a firm believer in positive thinking and starting each day off in a positive way. Sometimes that’s hard; sometimes we’re tired, or stressed, or just simply not in a good mood – we all have those days. Through reading about the power of positive thinking however, I’ve learned that the more you focus on the positive, the more positive you become. So everyday, even if I’m in a mood, or really don’t want to get out of bed, I try my best to read quotes or sayings that will make me grateful for the day and put me into a positive mindset . And more often than not, it works.

A good quote or lyric should always get you thinking. About life, about travel and adventure, about good times and bad, about past experiences and future endeavours. If I’m feeling fed up I read quotes about being grateful. When I’m happy I read funny quotes that make me laugh. When I’m stressed, I read quotes assuring me that this too shall pass. When I dream of doing something more, I read quotes about travel and adventure and seeing the world. And when I’m sad, I read about love (which is sometimes accompanied by a good girly cry!).

Scrolling through my phone this morning, I decided to share some of my favorites with you all here. Disclaimer: *Cheese Alert* This is probably not a post for the less romantic dreamers among you.





I would happily sit and read these to while away the time on a quiet evening and even love to create my own quote pictures using my favourite word apps. Speaking of which, if haven’t yet discovered WordSwag or InstaQuote and you’re into this sort of thing, then you should definitely check them out.

There are so many more I could share but for now I will leave you with these, and hopefully inspire a happy thought or two on this dreary ‘Blue Monday’!

Sorcha x

Ps. Do you have any favourite quotes or sayings that aren’t in this post? If so, send them on people, I love adding to my collection!

Embracing Change

We’re brought up knowing that the one certainty in life, is that nothing is certain. If we know it, and understand it, then why is it so difficult when change comes our way?

Some change is good, amazing in fact. It makes our lives interesting and fun and unpredictable. But the kind of change that comes out of nowhere and slaps you in the face? That’s the change I’m taking issue with today!

People have varying ways of coping with slap-in-the-face change, some better than others of course. But it’s confession time. I am not one of those people. I one of the ones who’s mouth goes dry, nerves build up in my gut and I hover for days between dizziness and nausea depending on the extremity of the change. It all sounds very dramatic I know.

Today I found out something is changing, just as I had arrived at a happy, comfortable, easy, breezy place with it. It’s a new year and it’s all about change I get that – I’ve been talking nothing but change for the past few days and now it’s come back to bite me in the ass! Don’t you just hate when that happens?

A 2015 version of me would have had a complete panic about it, but in the spirit of embracing positivity this year, I’m going to need to embrace the change also. Damn. What was it Lemony Snicket said – if we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives? I best get on with it so…

Rant over. I feel better. Thanks for listening! 🙂

I think it’s time to go meditate now. Ommmm…

Sorcha x

Monthiversary!

With all the excitement of getting my first blog post live yesterday, I forgot to mention perhaps one other equally exciting event… Dave and I were married one month yesterday. Hurrah!

 It’s cheesy as hell I’m aware, but at least I’ve now migrated from weekiversaries to monthiversaries. Dave will be especially pleased as I don’t think he could handle me wishing him weekly happy anniversaries for the next year!

Given how much I absolutely LOVED my wedding, I’m sure I’ll be sharing details on all the planning and finer details over the coming weeks. I’m a post-wedding bride in mourning with nothing to plan, what an alien feeling it is. Thankfully three of my dearest friends are all getting married over the next few months so I think I’ll get away with talking all things weddings for a another little while yet.

For now… Happy Monthiversary hubbie!

Sorcha x

New Year, New Beginning


It’s Monday 4th January and today, along with being the day I write my first blog post, I will also go back to work after a very long break. Eugh. Whilst it does ease the pain knowing many of you are in the same boat, I however, am returning to work after five weeks off, after getting married, after honeymooning in the Maldives, and after a very lovely Christmas at home with family. December 2015 was the best month we could have ever imagined… *mind wanders*.

 

But anyway, you can imagine the blues I’m feeling today, or even if you can’t, let me tell you this ain’t no ordinary blues. This is the Monday blues multiplied by a million. I spent the past fifteen months wedding planning, dress shopping, prosecco sipping, food tasting, decor designing, vision board making, accessory hunting, photo taking. As any post-wedding bride will know, as much as you relish it, it goes by in a heartbeat and I now find myself thinking, what’s next?

If you’ve read my profile in the About section of my blog, you’ll know this, and you’ll also know that starting this blog is one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2016. The cliché is not lost on me, believe me, I’ve no doubt many people start blogs on the 1st January each year with great intentions of becoming budding writers. But resolutions exist for a reason I suppose and all I can do is give it a go. A new year gives us a chance to start fresh, to embrace new beginnings, to right the wrongs, and most of all, to do things we want and love to do.

Writing has always been a passion of mine. I don’t claim, nor will I ever claim to be the best writer in the world, but it is therapeutic for me in a way that nothing else is. As far back as I can remember I’ve been writing – from short stories when I was in primary school with innovative titles such as Mr Pen(!), to poems and songs of my teenage angst, heartache, and rebellion as I got a little older. Not to mention the essay long letters I used to write to my friends and pass through the classroom in secondary school (said friends could tell you a story or two about those I’m sure!).

When I left college however, writing became a daily part of my life through my jobs in PR and more recently in Internal Comms, and writing for myself, just for the sake of writing, fell by the wayside. So as nervous as I am about putting my thoughts, loves, interests, fears, adventures and daily antics on here for you all to read, I’m challenging myself to embrace blogging and write as much as physically possible over the next year to see where it will take me.

Twelve months, 362 days. Here I go… I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Sorcha x