Dear WordPress…

…In 2017 I promise to be a better blogger!

Hi everyone, I’m back. Please forgive me, it’s been a month since my last blog post but life has been pretty crazy. Since we got home for our trip we’ve been busy catching up with friends and family, and of course getting ready for Christmas.

I took some time away from the blog and social media in general to switch off, reframe my blogging goals and to have a think about where I’m going to go with it next year. Although I’m still not 100% sure, I think I’m beginning to get there. It’ll still be beauty and lifestyle related, but now that the year of the holiday has come to an end, it’s time to set myself a new challenge. What that will be however, is still to be decided!

For now, I just want to thank all of you who have stopped by to read my blog this year, for commenting, liking and following, and for sharing this journey with me. I know I’ve been absent of late but I’ll be back to my old blogging self in the New Year.

So from my family to yours, I wish you all a wonderful, happy and peaceful Christmas, and all the best of everything for 2017. 

See you all soon…

Sorcha x

Friday Feeling in Kerry

It’s Friday, the best day of the week and also my favourite day. But this week it’s made even better by the fact that we are in beautiful Kerry for the weekend.

It was my birthday yesterday and I had such a lovely day, and today I’m very excited to be continuing the celebrations over the weekend.

Image: The Europe Hotel

We’re staying in the stunning Europe Hotel & Resort which overlooks the lakes of Killarney, but more importantly we are going there to celebrate my amazing friend Jess’s 30th birthday.

If you read my travel post yesterday, you’ll know that us and all our friends packed up for few days and made our way to Kerry for one big party, and we can’t wait!

Image: Wikipedia

I’ll report back next week on how we got on as well as sharing all the hotel details. I’ve stayed there many times before and absolutely love it, so I’m pretty sure this time will be as good as it always is.
In the meantime if you want a sneak peak, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (@imsimplysorcha).

Happy Friday!

Sorcha x

Happy 4th July!

Image: Pinterest

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.

Image: Pinterest

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.

Image: Pinterest

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

 

International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day ladies!

To celebrate this great day, I’ve put together a few of my favourite quotes and meme’s about us women. We’re pretty great really, and sometimes we don’t get enough credit for being so.

This morning in work we gave all the ladies a single white rose each to represent friendship, women standing together with women, having each others backs and being a forces to be reckoned with. It’s all about empowering and respecting each other today and I love that. We shouldn’t need a ‘day’ to do it, I would hope we all do it as much as we can everyday, but it’s nice all the same having a dedicated day to take stock and recognise.

Tonight my Mum and I are going for a bit of pampering, what better way to enjoy the day. How will you be marking the day?

Whatever your plans, let’s all celebrate each other today, and acknowledge how great we are! 🙂

Sorcha x