Goodbye Week, Hello Weekend

This week was one of those weeks, you know the ones where no matter how positive you are, things keep going wrong? I find myself laughing today but it was a tough struggle to get to Friday let me tell you.

On Monday I had a rather dangerous encounter with a wasp of all things. It flew in my window as I was minding my own business driving along the road, and gave me the fright of my life. So much so, I had a complete freak out and had to try compose myself enough to pull over and get the damn thing out of my car. Now I laugh, but it’s really not a good thing to happy while you’re driving. God knows what could have happened.

Anyway, all’s well that ends well as the saying goes…
Just when I had started to recover from wasp-gate, I was home making dinner when bang. OUCH, OH MY F**KING GOD. I stubbed my toe. Yes, that. You know when out of the blue your toe catches in the corner of something and it’s literally the most painful foot experience in the world?! It wasn’t long before my poor little toe swelled up like a balloon and started to turn that blueish, black colour. Needless to say I was feeling very sorry for myself by the end of the day.

Fast forward a day and we arrive at strike three. Shopping bag-gate. There I am coming out of the supermarket, I was sent on an errand to find a very specific thing, which I couldn’t find so decided to pick up a few bits for the house. Strolling back to my car, I was beginning to plan out the rest of my day when, crash. Hello concrete, goodbye shopping! My plastic shopping bag burst at the seams and the entire contents of my grocery shop fell to their death. Why universe, WHY?!

So yeah, that was my week. Someone pass me a glass of wine quick…


Goodbye week, hello weekend. Things can only get better from here!

Sorcha x

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.

Hello August, Hello Blog

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It’s been a few days since I’ve blogged so apologies for the lack of contact and communication but Dave and I were away for a few days in Spain with some close friends of ours and I decided to take a few days off.

If you read some of my posts last week, you’ll know that for the first time since I started blogging, I’ve been experiencing some writers block, and just doubting my blogging content and writing overall really.

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Starting a blog was a scary endeavour, mainly because I began sharing my life with the world. So sometimes I wonder whether I’m doing the right thing. The right thing by me, the right thing by you, my readers.

When I’m going through times like this, I always come back to one thing – I love writing. But blogging is so much more than just writing. It’s photo taking, it’s idea making, it’s finding ways to write good, interesting content, it’s trying to find your niche, it’s trying to find a following. And that’s not always easy, it takes time, it takes patience, it takes effort, but most of all, it takes passion.

My little blog has been around for seven months now and sometimes I can’t believe I’ve got this far. I’m averaging about 2,500 views a month with about 1,500 unique visitors so it’s doing pretty well. I’m by no means up there with some of the brilliant bloggers that I love and follow, but I’m pretty proud of what I’ve achieved so far.

I do question myself, I do worry that I’m doing the right thing, I do wonder where it’s going to take me, if anywhere. I hope it takes me somewhere. I suppose the sky is the limit as they say, I just need to believe that it is so that I can reach for it.

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But I’ve had a few days off to reflect, to think, to reevaluate, and now it’s time to get back to writing, and sharing my thoughts, loves, likes, interests and adventures with you all.

So on that note, I’d really love for you to comment below or get in touch on my facebook, twitter or instagram and let me know your thoughts on my little blog, what you like reading, what you don’t like reading, and help me steer it back on course so I can keep on growing.

I so appreciate all of you who take the time to stop by and read or like or comment, without you there wouldn’t be a blog. So from me to you… Thank you!

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

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

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

Thursday Thoughts

I hope you’re all having a nice Thursday and enjoying this balmy sunny weather. As you know I’ve been away in Rome and I just had the most incredible time. I’m working on lots of Rome posts for you, the first post on the highlights of our trip, will be going live tomorrow morning, and the second post on my outfits and looks for the trip, will be going live on Saturday morning.

I had hoped to get these up for you on Tuesday as soon as I got home, but unfortunately all the excitement of the trip left me smothering with a cold or flu of some sort, so I’ve been tucked up in my bed for the past few days trying to shake it off.

So you’ll have to forgive my lack of blogging this week, and my lateness in getting these live, but as of tomorrow it will be back to business as usual.

I hope you all had a good week. It’s Friday tomorrow, yippee!

Sorcha x

Tuesday Thoughts

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May has arrived and that means that summer has arrived in Ireland but whilst the weekend gave us a glimpse of balmy warm weather one day, the next we found ourselves caught in a freezing cold hail stone shower. As strange as it may sound, the crazy Irish weather got me thinking about how things change, in a second, and without warning.

When I first set up my blog back in January, I knew this year was going to be an interesting one. While it was going to be exciting, and fun, full of travel and adventures, it was also going to be challenging, and hard, due to some changes I’m going through. You’ll have heard me talk about this already if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, and apologies if I’m boring you, but you know, sometimes you just need to talk it out!

Given the worrier that I am, I’ve always worried about change, what it means for me, how I will cope, how I will come out the other side. And of course I’ve always coped, I’ve always come out the other side, and I’ve almost always been better off because of it. So why am I always so resistant?

Does anyone else go through this? It may be why I challenged myself in my New Year’s resolutions not to sweat the small stuff so much, and I’m trying, let me tell you I’m trying. But sometimes you just want to scream out the stress and wish you could wake yourself up from a situation so that things could go back to being ‘normal’ again. But maybe the only normalcy in life is change…

I’m talking in riddles again I know, forgive me and my tendancy to do that. While I share so much of my life and thoughts in my blog, somethings I just can’t talk about things in as much detail as I would like. Not because I don’t want to, but more for self-preservation really.

But the subject really isn’t the issue here, it’s the change. And I don’t know why it always surprises me. What’s that famous quote again; the only certainty in life is that nothing is certain?

Well that’s definitely true about the weather anyway.

Sorcha x

 

Fridaygram

Well I’m happy to report, this week was a much better week than last week, thankfully. And although I still have a lot going on, I think some time out and relaxation last weekend made me much better able to cope with things this week.

The sunny weather in Dublin  over the past few days, as well as Coachella last weekend, has really got me (and the whole country I think) in the mood for festivals, travel, holidays, and lots of summer fun. And this was reflected in a lot of my Instagram pictures this week too as I was dreaming of sunny days and far away places.

Here’s a look back on all my Instagram snaps from the week:

Friday

Last Friday I went to a charity for Irish Charity, First Light. It is an incredible organisation that gives support to bereaved parents and families. It was held in one of my favourite Dublin eateries, Fade Street Social, and this photo is a quick selfie I took of me and one of my best friends, Dearbhla, on the way in.

Saturday

I came across this picture of Coachella on WeHeartIt, and immediately I was transported to sunny Palm Springs. What I would give to have been there, it just looked so amazing, not to mention the incredible festival fashion that all the celebs were rocking. But I’ve added this to my bucket list so maybe next year we’ll get to make a trip over!

Sunday

On Sunday my festival vibes continued when I shared this picture of me from the hen party I was at a few weeks ago. If you read that post you’ll know it was a Club Tropicana theme, and I was loving my flower crown that I got to wear.

Monday

As I mentioned above, the weather has been incredible this week in Dublin. The sun has been shining every day, and on Monday evening I took this sunset picture while out for a walk.

I’ve also been playing around with camera shots and my makeup trying to improve my photography skills. Using some lovely Tulips I bought at the weekend, I took this photo of all my favourite MAC lipsticks.

Tuesday

I’m really trying to channel all my inner positivity at the moment, and for me, it really helps to read quotes, and look at inspiring images. This image I came across on Pinterest just gave me all the feels… summer, love, travel, adventure and positivity!

Wednesday

This photo is a photo of the outfit I wore to the charity lunch last Friday. I love this skirt but as it was a daytime event, wanted to dress it down a little. So I decided to pair it with my casual ankle boots and my favourite leather jacket.

I also shared this picture of the new Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass eyeshadow palette, because it is just so pretty.

Thursday

Oh these shoes, these beautiful shoes! These Sophia Webster Angel Wings heels are high up on my wish list, I’ve been admiring them for so long and think I’ll just have to purchase soon.

I also shared this picture of these cute sunglasses I happened upon in H&M. I’m loving circular shades this season and these were an absolute bargain at €9.99!

Friday

Yay, we made it through the week. I do love a good photo picture of a Friday and this Friday is no different. Today I went for this picture which is keeping in with this week’s summer Instagram theme.

I’m off out tonight with one of my best friends for a girly dinner and let me tell you, am seriously in need of it, and a big glass of vino! So I will be counting down the hours today.

I hope you all have a lovely Friday whatever you’re up to!

Sorcha x