Monday Motivation

Well hello to all my lovely readers, it’s been a long time since we’ve talked. Ten days to be exact. Ten days since I last wrote or shared a blog post and the longest I’ve ever gone without saying hello and sharing my thoughts with you all on my little blog.

It’s been an interesting week, I was away then I came home unwell, my anxiety decided to rear its ugly head again, and I just really needed some down time. I forget sometimes that I’m just the kind of person who can’t let things spiral out of control, and I don’t mean having fun and letting go. I mean being so busy that I don’t take time to breath, to relax, to sleep, to rest. I don’t do well in times like that so sometimes, I just need to remind myself of that.

Last week was one of those weeks. I needed some time out, I needed to rest, I needed to get back into my normal routine, I needed to have a good long talk with myself and say enough is enough!

Does anyone else go through times like this? When there’s so much going on that you feel like you’re losing control and need to take a step back? Maybe it’s just me…? As I’ve said many times over the past few months, this year was always going to be a transition year for me, and while that’s incredibly exciting, it’s also sometimes scary, and overwhelming.

But I’ve paused, I’ve rebooted and now I’m ready to get back into the swing of things. There’s lots of exciting things happening over the next few months so it’s time to knuckle down and face it head on.

I hope you’ll continue to come along for the ride!

Sorcha x

*All images borrowed from Pinterest.

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

Monday Musings: Taking Time for You

Well, apologies everyone, I haven’t posted since Friday and was meant to have my Rome In Outfits post live on Saturday but I’ve had a very hectic few days, and apart from that am still fighting off a wretched cold/flu thing and even managed to lose my voice on Friday. It still hasn’t properly come back, but I think I’m finally starting to get on the mend now.

Isn’t it funny how when you stop, your body sometimes stops too? As you know, I’ve had a lot of big things happen recently, what with finishing up in my job and taking some time out for myself. We’ve been travelling a lot which has been incredible, I’ve loved every single second of it, but the travelling has come to an end now for a few weeks and I think my body has had a reaction to all the non-stop running around and excitement.

Last week once we arrived home, my body started to tell me that I needed a break. I started to feel sick, and what do you know, woke up the next day feeling awful. Headaches, shivers, hot, cold, all the usual symptoms of the flu.

I am that kind of person who just tends to keep going, keep going, keep going until one day I literally can’t go anymore. I physically feel everything I do, when I’m excited I get so excited that I feel sick, when I’m worried I get so worried that I suffer from anxiety, when I’m stressed my psoriasis rears its ugly head, and when I’m really stressed and worried at the same time, well that’s when panic sets in.


I’ve always been this way, my family joke with me that when I was younger I would get so excited about things that I literally would be up all night the day before nearly getting sick. Does anyone else feel things as physically as I do?

So getting back to my cold/flu, I guess that’s why I’ve come down with something now. It’s been a rollercoaster of a few months with some very high, highs and some lows too. And I suppose getting sick is the body’s way of telling us that we need to have a balance.


So I’ve taken a few days out, today I am resting, taking things a bit easier and using some of my free time to de-stress, relax and just stop for a minute. It’s only a cold, I’ll be back to myself in no time, but for now I hope you’ll forgive my absence. 

Many of us like to start off a new week with Monday Motivation, and if ever there was a day for Monday Motivation today is the day. But motivation doesn’t have to mean being busy all the time, sometimes you need the motivation to rest and take some time out too, knowing that in the end you’ll be much better for it.


So on that note, make some time for yourself today, and maybe let today’s Monday Motivation be about you, not being busy, but being still, being at one with yourself, and taking some time out for you.

Sorcha x

Monday Moments

I’m very excited this Monday morning as not only was it the six month anniversary of my blog this weekend, but I also reached over 1,000 blog followers and 500 followers on my Instagram.

If you read my celebration post on Saturday, you’ll know that I went back and forth on the idea of whether or not to start a blog back in January. I didn’t know if I had anything good to say, or whether people would want to hear me either.

This morning, when I finally reached the 500 mark on Instagram I felt a real sense of achievement. It’s hard to build a good social media presence and you have to work hard at it, I’ve also had to learn about photography to try improve my photo taking skills.

So as I travel back from London Town where I spent the weekend with family, I’m feeling happy and thinking that maybe, just maybe, there are lots of exciting adventures to come with my blog.

So from me to you this sunny bank holiday Monday, thank you!

Sorcha x

50 Things That Make Me Happy (Part 2)


I first did this post last month, where I wrote about 50 Things That Make Me Happy. I had such great feedback from so many of my lovely readers, that I’ve decided to make this a monthly addition to the blog but in order to shake it up a bit, and make it different to my original post, I’m going to focus on the particular things making me happy this month.

I’m going through a transition period at the moment, and in times like this, my anxiety levels can become high, I’ve begun to notice it slowly creeping in over the last few weeks so in order for it not to overwhelm me, I need to surround myself with nothing but positivity and mindfulness.

So in order to help me do that, and to spread the Monday Motivation love in general, here’s a list of 50 things that are making me happy this month…

  • Cocktails in the sun
  • The sun
  • Walks in the park
  • Ballymaloe House
  • Hot Baths
  • Holiday shopping
  • Ice cream
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Summer sandals
  • Photos


  • Mike Posners ‘Ibiza‘ song
  • Maxi Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Game of Thrones
  • Strawberries
  • Road Trips
  • Bright lipstick
  • New makeup
  • Long weekends
  • Breakfast in the sun


  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Travel planning
  • Sunsets
  • Flower crowns
  • Elderflower
  • Daisy chains
  • Peppermint tea
  • Summer BBQs
  • Pedicures
  • Family events



  • Bright nails
  • The Nationals ‘Blank Slate‘ song
  • Wedding photos
  • Girly chats with my friends
  • Head bands
  • Pinterest
  • Mindfulness
  • Long, bright evenings
  • Car singing/jamming
  • Reading


  • New starts
  • Wedges
  • Snapchat filters
  • Meditation
  • Holidays and trips away
  • Quotes
  • Blossom trees
  • Ibiza outfit planning
  • Blogging
  • My hubby

It’s amazing how easily it is to smile when you sit down and write out all the things that make you happy. So often we focus on the negative aspects of life just because it’s easier to do that. Negativity is such a powerful feeling and it’s not always easy to banish it from your mind. But this definitely helps!

Happy Monday all… What’s making you happy today?

Sorcha x

 

Monday Motivation

Today is one of those Mondays where I need a little something to get me going. I’m feeling a bit blah, and my positivity has been lacking somewhat over the last week or two. I always try to be positive no matter what’s going on in my life, but sometimes you just have a bad week.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you’ll know I tend to turn to words when I’m feeling like this. Sometimes I write, sometimes I read, sometimes I say my favourite quotes in my head. But always, always, I turn to words.

And today is no different. The sun is shining, it’s warm, summer is coming and I have so much to be happy about so my positivity should be high. But for some reason it’s just not.

So here are the words I’m turning to this morning to help make this day and this week a happy, positive one.

Happy Monday!

Sorcha x

50 Things That Make Me Happy (Part 1)

This week I’ve vowed to start the week off on a positive note in the hope that it will make for a better week than last week. If you read any of my blog posts last week, you’ll know that it was a bit of a tough one for me. I was stressed, I was down, and I was feeling quite overwhelmed by a lot of things going on in my life.

But, as I’m one for optimism and trying to look on the bright side, over the weekend I got thinking about all the things that make me happy. Positivity is an incredible thing really, the moment you start thinking about the good things in your life, the moment you realise there are so many more good things than bad.

As a result of these thoughts, I decided to write a list. This list is by no means exhaustive, there are hundreds upon thousands of things that make me happy every single day. But for the purposes of focusing on the positive, I wrote a list of fifty things that make me happy and decided to share them with you all.

They are in no particular order, and range from small things to big. Some may seem silly, some obvious, but either way, they have made me grateful once again for all the wonderful things in my life. The simplest things make us the happiest, and as the old saying goes, the best things in life are free

  • Sunny days
  • Walks on Dun Laoghaire Pier
  • Sing-songs and Irish music sessions
  • Champagne and all kinds of bubbles
  • My nieces
  • Having a good cry
  • Shopping
  • Curling up in bed early with a great book
  • My family
  • Dancing

 

  • Tea chats and catch ups with my girls
  • Pizza
  • Date nights with my hubby
  • TV Box Sets (in particular Grey’s Anatomy and Sex and the City)
  • Writing
  • New shoes, and old
  • Big open fires
  • Red wine
  • Sunbathing
  • My friends

 

  • Surprises (good obviously)
  • Going on holiday
  • Malteasers
  • Having a good political debate
  • Breakfast with my parents
  • 80’s music
  • Cosy slippers
  • Having my nails done
  • London trips with my family
  • Going to a small Irish pub for some craic agus ceoil

 

  • Girls nights out
  • Old photographs
  • Having a job that I love
  • Social media (is that really sad?!)
  • Cheese
  • Sunny Sunday drinks in beer gardens
  • A good concert / festival
  • Listening to my brother sing
  • Talking on the phone with friends
  • Candles

 

  • Listening to the rain when I don’t have to go outside
  • Driving
  • Laughing so much it hurts
  • Having a good rant
  • Getting my hair done
  • Buying new makeup
  • Fitting in to old clothes that are now too big for me (I need to get back to that)
  • My wedding video
  • Road trips
  • My hubby

 

Now that I’ve started I could keep going forever. Because really, life is pretty amazing. Yes some shitty things happen, yes we have bad days, and yes sometimes we wish we could crawl into a hole and never come out. But those times always pass.

So on that note, I hope you all have a great week. Here’s to a better one than last week anyway!

Sorcha x