Stronger

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I’m taking part in Ali Edwards ‘One Little Word’ again this year. I tried it last year for the first time and found it really interesting. I was surprised how much I took hold of the word and although I didn’t achieve everything I thought I would with it, I’m happy with the changes I’ve made and I plan to keep hold of that it while I take on this year’s word.

Last year’s word was ‘Stronger’ and I hoped to become stronger in lots of different ways. The most important thing I hoped to gain from ‘One Little Word’ was to become stronger mentally and comfortable staying in the house overnight on my own. It took some time but I finally got there and now I actually enjoy having the house to myself. This was a HUGE accomplishment for me. The second thing I wanted was to become physically stronger, fitter and healthier.  I have a long, long way to go on that but I’ve made some progress. I try to go swimming regularly and I still love chocolate and McDonalds when I’m hungover and drink waaaaay too much diet coke but I’m marginally better than I was.I’ve definitely become stronger as an individual person and I enjoy my own company more and I like the idea of being single and not worried about anyone else. I’d like to think I’m doing okay as a friend and I’m there for my friends as much as I can when they need me. I need to work more on the family bit, I could probably have more patience in that area. I suppose the people closet to us can end up on the wrong end of our bad moods. I think I’m definitely more positive than I was but I think that’s down to being happier in my life and doing more things that I enjoy.

I definitely didn’t build a stronger blog and kind of flaked on it completely. I also didn’t become better at my job.  These things needing more work have helped me to choose this year’s word. Stay tuned to find out what 2016’s word will be.  You can check out my post on 2015’s word here.

Have you tried ‘One Little Word’? How did your 2015 word go?

Yes Please

Amy Poehler is fricking hilarious. I lost count of how many times I laughed out loud whilst reading this book.

All I was expecting from this book was to read something over the Christmas that wasn’t heavy and was entertaining but I actually learned some very valuable lessons from it.

The lessons I learned from ‘Yes Please’:

  1. A good book should make you feel both happy and sad at different times. When a comedian writes a book that does this I’m more impressed because their default  is to make you laugh.
  2. It’s very important to write down the little details about your children, and it’s very important to do it regularly. The small details Amy writes about her children are so important but they’re also easily forgotten as time goes on and their personalities change. I don’t have children but if I ever do I’ve learned how important it is to find a way to record the little things. This goes for other important people in your life too.
  3. It’s never too late to apologise and mean it.
  4. Writing a book is not easy.
  5. You don’t have to stay in a job that you don’t enjoy or stay with a bad boyfriend.
  6. I rely on technology waaaay too much. I should do something about that but I probably won’t.

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I recently read that less than 10% of new year resolutions are kept.I’m sure that’s because people are aiming too big with very specific goals and timetables to go with them. People almost think it’s possible to be a whole new amazing person – to reach their goal weight, quit smoking, give up all junk food and so on. Another problem that I think occurs is that people jump straight in on the first of January and try to commit to all of their resolutions at once.

This year I decided to be as realistic as possible and set myself  just one “standard” resolution. By standard I mean the type mentioned above. One big goal. Last year I already made an effort to eat better and lose weight but that didn’t start until May/June. So this year I hope to lose the same amount of weight as I did in the last 6/7 months of last year. That definitely seems possible. I waited until I was back in work before I attempted to make any changes. By week two my eating habits were on their way back to my pre-December ways.

I also waited a couple of weeks until everything settled down to start thinking other about resolutions. So here goes…

This year I hope to:

  • Spend less time on social media. This is vague for a reason. I spend a lot of time on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest and if I can cut it down at all, it’s a success. I’ve started by unfollowing accounts I’m not really interested in on Instagram & Pinterest. That means I can get through my feeds faster. The next step is to delete my Facebook app so I have to go onto my laptop to use it. I’m not quite ready for that yet.
  • Watch less reality TV. The plan is to only watch ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’ because I really enjoy it and it only lasts 3 weeks and because everyone needs a guilty pleasure. There, that’s enough reasons I’d say.
  • Get involved in Ali Edward’s ‘One Little Word’ again. I decided to do it last year for the first time and although I didn’t document it other than my first post, I stuck to it and I found it successful. Last year’s word was ‘Stronger’ and my main goal was to become stronger and less afraid to stay in the house by myself overnight. It worked. I’ve finally overcome that fear. I need to work some more on some of the other aspects of my OLW from last year. You can check my 2015 OLW here. I haven’t decided on my word for 2016 yet but when I do, I’ll be sure to write about it.
  • Read more. I plan to read more because I should have more free time considering I’m cutting down on social media and reality TV. I also want to read more books from authors that are not from Ireland, the UK and the United States.

Do any of you have resolutions you feel confident about sticking to?

Rescuing a Dog

Okay I’m not sure Lady actually counts because we didn’t go to a shelter and adopt her, but we took her in and kept her when she had no other home. She was hanging around the pitch and putt club my mam is a member of and nobody wanted to take her. It was raining really heavily that night so my mam brought her home. Needless to say Chief didn’t like it one bit. He wasn’t the most social dog in the world and still isn’t. The next day we brought her to the vet and she had no microchip. The vet joked that she would be the next fat dog (like Chief) and that we would be back within a week to register her and have her spayed. That definitely wasn’t the plan at the time. We contacted the Gardai (police) and no-one was looking for her. We later found out that someone saw people throwing her out of a van so she wasn’t lost but unwanted. That pretty much decided it. It took a while but Chief came around to her and most of the time they’re great pals. Unfortunately Lady is a very nervous dog and is afraid of strangers, particularly men. It takes a long time for her to warm up to people, she’s terrified of strange men and sometimes she snaps at Chief and we see signs of the life she lived before, but most of the time she’s very loving. When we found her she was roughly a year and a half old based on the vet’s estimation. We had to choose a birthday around November/December for her so we chose the 8th of December, which is John Lennon’s anniversary so it was a no-brainer. She was six on her last “birthday”. Her favourite things to do include licking people’s faces (and Chief’s), barking at cats, going for walks and taking anything that Chief has/wants.

2015 was a great year and these were my highlights:

January:

1. My cousin Louise’s hen night and wedding 

2. Visiting some of my lovely family in Exeter, Devon

3. Visits from my godson Lorenzo from England

4. Galway for a night with the girls 

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January 2015

May:

5. Inishbofin with the mammies and daughters

6. Our friend’s Richard & Jacqueline’s wedding

7. Harry Potter Studios in Leavesden

May 2015

May 2015

June:

8. Liverpool with the girls

9. A day trip to Belfast with Dad, Marian & Mark

June & July 2015

June & July 2015

July:

10. Paolo Nutini concert in Marlay Park

11. Ed Sheeran concert in Croke Park

 

August:

12. Calpe in Spain for our friend’s Bud & Suzanne’s wedding

13. Visiting the Choctaw monument in Cork

14.  Fethard-On-Sea for the dog’s holiday with some family & friends

August 2015

August 2015

August 2015

August 2015

September:

15. Electric Picnic

September 2015

September 2015

November:

16. Stephen’s graduation

17. Ireland  qualifying for the 2016 Euro’s versus Bosnia & Herzegovina in the Aviva Stadium 

November 2015

November 2015

December:

18. New York trip with friends

19. My friend Kiara returning from Australia after over a year 

20. The Riptide Movement gig in Whelan’s

21. 12 Pubs of Christmas in Dublin City (well, the second 6 pubs of Christmas)

22. The girl’s Kris Kindle night as a 5 piece group (there was only 4 last year)

23. 2fm Xmas Ball concert in the 3Arena

24. Christmas Day drinks with extended family, followed by Christmas dinner with immediate family

25. Lots of  festive get-togethers with friends and family

26. New Years Eve with friends in Emma’s new house

December 2015

December 2015

December 2015

December 2015

Here’s to a great 2016…