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.

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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 

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

Resolution Time

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In keeping with all things New Year, it’s time to write my list of New Year’s resolutions. I know I’m a little late to the party, but better late than never eh?!

I wouldn’t say I have the best track record when it comes to keeping New Year’s resolutions or goals that I set for myself, I always have the best intentions but one thing leads to another throughout the year and more often than not, resolutions get forgotten. Yes there are the old reliables that appear on my list every year such as losing weight, getting fitter, managing to squeeze into those size 10 jeans that have been sitting in my wardrobe for the past five years… But let’s call a spade a spade here, they aren’t much craic as resolutions go, so this year I’m focusing on positivity.

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For 2016, I’ve decided my resolutions are all going to be things I REALLY want to do and I’ve narrowed it down to four, achievable goals. Would I say no to having a body like Beyoncé? Of course not! But while I’m waiting for that to happen, I’m going to push on with these:

1. Write More

Tick! Well, this blog is the first step and you all know by now I’m so nervous I might pee my pants. But I’m writing, and that’s a helluva lot more than I was doing five days ago.

2. Experience the Year of the Holiday

Ahhh the Year of the Holiday. This is something a good friend told me about before I got married. A couple she knew spent their first year of marriage travelling to all the places they wanted to see before they settled down, bought a house and started on the baby making. I told Dave about it not long before we tied the knot and we both agreed we had to jump on board that bandwagon and have some fun before it’s time for the serious stuff.

With that in mind, we plan on spending the next year visiting new places we’ve never been (or been to together) while also revisiting some of our old favorites near and far. The list is a work in progress, but I think you’ll agree there’s plenty to get us started! We’re currently at twelve locations and counting:

  • Paris
  • Ibiza
  • Rome
  • London
  • New York
  • Nashville
  • Kerry
  • Bali
  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • Thailand
  • Washington DC

Now let’s be honest, unless we win the lotto sometime soon, we’re most likely not going to get to all of those places in the next twelve months and we also have to try squeeze it all in, in between work and real life. But our flights to Paris are booked and I’m hoping I’ll have our Ibiza and Rome flights boxed off shortly too. Yippee!

3. Buy Something Fabulous I Can’t Afford

I’ve had my eye on a new Chanel quilted lambskin flip bag for quite some time now and I think this year is the time to purchase (but shh, don’t tell Dave!).

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4. Worry Less

I’m a divil for the worrying but this year I’m making a conscious effort not to sweat the small stuff. I’m not gonna lie, this could be a toughy as each year brings its own stress. But hopefully I’ll be so busy writing and having fun travelling that I won’t have time to worry!

So there we go folks. It’ll be a challenge but I’m moving full steam ahead.

Have you any fun New Year’s resolutions for 2016?

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