Wednesday Writing

For the first time since I’ve started my blog, I’m properly experiencing writers block or more specifically, bloggers block. I knew it would happen, I knew it would come, but still I’m finding it so hard. Writing is my thing, it’s my escape, it’s my passion, it’s how I currently fill my days but as I sit here trying to write, nothing is coming to me – zilch, nada, diddly squat.

There’s so much I want to write and talk about, my travels, our big trip coming up at the end of the year, beauty products I’m currently trialling and testing, my anxiety that reveals its ugly mug every so often, my journey on trying to make a living doing what I love… I know I’ve a lot to say, but today I just don’t know how to say it.

I think I’m just having a weird week, maybe I’m overwhelmed by the fact that now I actually have the chance to do what I want to do, I don’t know. It’s one of life’s little tricks isn’t it; finally giving you the chance to discover, to excel, to grow, to be great, then testing you to see if you can live up to the challenge? Damn, I’m not doing too well so far.

I’m going away tomorrow for the bank holiday weekend so my plan was to write as many blog posts as possible and schedule them for while I’m away. But alas, the universe has decided that’s just not meant to be today.

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So instead, I’m going to have a coffee, go for a walk, meet some friends, try find some inspiration, then come back to my laptop and my thoughts later on. And, if you see a post popping up from me tonight or tomorrow then you’ll know I survived!

In the meantime if anyone feels like sending me some bloggers block tips I would really appreciate it. Or if there’s anything specific you’d like me to talk or write about, then please let me know that too.

I need all the help I can get today!

Sorcha x

Monday Motivation

I had a bad day yesterday. I can’t describe why, there was nothing wrong, in fact life is pretty great at the moment, but I woke up in one of those moods where I just couldn’t face a thing. I was moody, I was grumpy, I was teary and I had no idea why. That kind of bad day…

But as I so often do on bad days, I turned to words. To writing, to blogging, to quotes. Some of you may already know this about me, but reading quotes is one of my favourite things to do. It seems a bit ridiculous really, but I just get enjoyment from reading, no matter what I’m reading, and yesterday was one of those days where I just needed to read.

I needed to escape into another world, away from my mind, my thoughts, my crankiness, and forget that I was actually having a bad day. I needed to focus on something else.

Given that it was Sunday, and Sunday is usually the day where I spend a few hours lusting over things on Pinterest, I decided that Pinterest quotes were going to be my words of escapism. Some made me laugh, some made me cry, mostly they just brought a smile to my face.

Yes, I admit it, I’m one of those ridiculously clichéd people who has a quote for nearly every scenario, who dreams because of words on a page, who really believes in the messages they give. I’ve always been like this, so much so my best friend used to worry about my state of mind if she’d find serious life defining quotes scattered around my bedroom. I was always fine! Maybe a bit moody, or dreamy, or sad, or lonely, but I was always fine. It’s just that words have always been how I’ve dealt with everything in my life. Writing, letters, reading, blogging, quotes… Words.

Anyway in the interest of moving on from my bad day, and spreading some Monday Motivation, I’ve decided to share some of the ones I came across with you all.

The rain has come, the sun has gone, and I feel like it’s just one of those Mondays that needs a little bit of a lift and a smile.










And lastly, I’m sorry, but I just can’t resist this one…!


I hope these brought a smile to your face today! 🙂

Sorcha x

There’s Always Lipstick

I’m having one of those ‘meh’ days today, I don’t know why, I just woke up like this and Sunday decided to kick me in the ass.

As I was doing my usual Sunday routine of scrolling through Pinterest, I came across this quote by Audrey Hepburn which for some reason I’ve never read or seen before. I love Audrey Hepburn so this surprised me.

But mainly, it made me laugh. Because it’s true, lipstick has the power to make everything feel better. And being the lipstick addict that I am, of course I loved it.

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So now I’m going to put on my lipstick, get my ass out of the house, and power through whatever the day decides to throw my way.

Happy Sunday!

Sorcha x

 

50 Things That Make Me Happy (Part 4)

Many of my regular readers will know that each month I share a positivity post called 50 Things That Make Me Happy. When I first wrote this post three months ago, I never expected it to get the reaction or feedback that it did, and I was totally overwhelmed by all the lovely comments I got from so many people.

While I didn’t write it for that purpose, the reaction itself was incredible, and made me realise how many people find these kinds of posts uplifting, relatable and enjoyable to read.

I suppose I just never really thought about it before, I wrote this post initially because I was going through some big changes and needed to channel as much gratefulness and positivity into my day as possible. But when I think about it, some of my favourite blog posts to read are the one’s about people’s lives; how they live, how they laugh, how they cope in tough times, how they grow, how they mourn, how they have fun, how they move on, how they stay strong. So I suppose it’s not surprising that other people feel the same as I do.

It is comforting in a way to know we all go through similar experiences, we all have good times, we all have bad times, not to mention the crazy times!

I have a tendency to worry and stress, I’ve suffered with varying levels of anxiety over the years, but one thing I’ve learned recently is that writing is the best form of escapism for me. What I’ve also learned is that these positivity posts always bring me back to the good in my life, they make me realise that worrying is a thankless exercise and that once you do the best you can do, and are grateful for all that you have, then good things happen.

It may all sound a bit airy-fairy and if you’re dubious I understand that. But here’s what I say to that: sit and write down fifty things that make you happy and grateful, and see how it makes you feel. It may not dramatically change your circumstances, but I’m pretty sure it will at least make your day feel a little brighter.

Anyway, I’m rambling now, time to get back to the point in hand. Time to write down the 50 Things That Make Me Happy for this month:

  • Water
  • The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  • Laughing
  • Old movies
  • Getting my nails done
  • T-Shirts
  • Freedom
  • Big sporting events
  • Time out
  • Moisturiser


  • Airports
  • Protein bars
  • Treating myself
  • My new 2016/2017 Bando agenda
  • Girly chats
  • Old photographs
  • Birthdays
  • The beach
  • Old friends
  • Tanned skin

  • Mid-week lie on’s
  • Travel guides
  • Camera shopping
  • Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonder Glow
  • Forest Gump snapchat filter
  • Lunches
  • Choosing my own work hours
  • Bright evenings
  • Mum / Daughter dates
  • Car jamming to summer songs


  • Friday’s off
  • Pink champagne
  • Flip flops
  • Sunshine
  • Adventure planning
  • Writing
  • Hugs with my nieces
  • BBQs
  • Sleeping
  • Organising things


  • Booking flights
  • Breakfasts al fresco
  • Walks in the park
  • Getting my hair done
  • Home cooked meals
  • New stationary
  • Meditating
  • Losing weight
  • Spring cleaning (even though it’s Summer)
  • Being happy

So there you go… Some have carried over from my last post given it’s still Summer and the weather is currently glorious, some are different. But either way, I’m grateful for them.

Sorcha x

 

 

Tuesday Thoughts

This blog post could be called Tuesday Thoughts, or it could also be called Travel Tuesday, I’m not really sure how to decide because really it’s about my favourite thoughts on travel. My favourite thoughts, words and quotes.

I’m obviously in a travelling state of mind today, the sun is shining, I’m relaxed, I’m happy, but mostly, I’m thinking about of all the adventures that await us on our travels later this year.

I’m a dreamer and I always have been. Here’s what I’m dreaming about today…

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Don’t you ever just wonder what’s out there; what the world has to offer, what great places there are to discover, and people there are to meet? I do. I always wonder. But I don’t have to wonder anymore. Three months and counting…

Ps. In case you missed it, you can read my Hello World post with all my latest travel news here.

Sorcha x

Happy 4th July!

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It’s Monday and it’s freezing in Dublin, but it’s also 4th July so today I wanted to take some time to wish all my friends and readers from across the pond, a very Happy Independence Day.

Us Irish love a good celebration, and while we may not celebrate the 4th July in the same way as our American friends do, we always send a Sláinte or two their way, as they do for us on St. Patrick’s Day.

I think most Irish people feel an affinity to America as our history is so closely linked in many ways. It has long been a haven for Irish emigrants as we all know, and with more Irish in America now than in Ireland, it’s no wonder many of us love going there. I love America, I always have.

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I love its cities, I love its food, I love its spirit, I love its people, I love its ability to make you feel like anything is possible, I love its weather, I love its history, I love its movies, I love its streets that are laid out so perfectly, I love its traditions. I’m not so fond of some of its crazy characters, but I still love it. I’m sure you get the picture now!

So many of my favourite things come from there, and I love going there. I try to go at least every couple of years and never once has it disappointed me. I’ve been to California, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Florida, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. There is still so much more of it I want to discover.

I want to stand at the Lincoln memorial and have a chat to Abe, I want to sing a country song in a Nashville bar, I want to eat real southern fried chicken in the deep south, I want to go to Graceland, I want to take a selfie at the White House, I want to drink wine in Napa, I want go to a show in the Grand Ole Opry, I want take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, I want to visit a real ranch in Montana. I want to see it all and do it all.

When I was younger I used to say, before I die I’m going to get in a car and drive the whole 50 states of America, and that dream is still there. I haven’t thought about it for a while, it may not happen for a while, but its still there.

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As I sit here looking out the window at another city I truly love, my mind can’t help but wander to the warm sunny US of A climate, imagining all the celebrations that will be had today, and wishing I was there for the BBQ, beer and firework fun.

I’ve been in the US for the fourth on two separate occasions and both were days I’ll never forget. Summer dreams and sunny memories.

So to all my American friends, I wish you a very Happy 4th July and hope you have a wonderful day.

Sorcha x

 

Sunny Saturdays

It’s so nice waking up to a sunny Saturday morning, especially with the week I’ve had. If you’ve read my posts this week then you’ll know I’ve had lots of change, lots of uncertainty and new adventures lie ahead for me. I’ve been scared and excited all at the same time.

But as I look out on the sunny Dublin sky, and the blossom trees blooming in the garden, there’s something so reassuring in the fact that although everything changes, there are always some things that stay the same. The things that give us focus, the things that keep us going, the things that make us smile.

Today I’m embracing change, I’ve done my mourning for things now passed, I’ve cried my tears. But today I’m going to celebrate, with a big glass of champagne, and I’m going to look forward to the future ahead, whatever that may bring.

Hope you all have a lovely sunny Saturday too.

Sorcha x