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Looking Forward to 2016

Beautiful Ireland

2015 has flown by, it is hard to believe I kicked it off living in California. Although I have been home less than 2 months it already feels like it was all a dream. Since coming home I have been catching up with friends and spending time with my family. It is funny how it is the little things you miss while living away from home and how quick you fall back in place as if nothing has changed. There of course has been an adaptation period which I will talk about in a future post, but for now I am going to look at what lies ahead for 2016.

Travel was a huge part of 2015 for me and I hope it continues to be going forward. Last year saw trips to Seattle, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Las Vegas, New Orleans and New York. Along with many the road trips around California. I was fortunate enough to visit some fantastic places and experience other cultures first hand.

Americans often comment on how beautiful Ireland is and it is not something I really appreciated until I moved away. It takes coming home after being away for so long to realise Ireland is a beautiful place. Growing up my family would rarely travel abroad for a holiday, the first decade of my life was spent in beautiful places such as Cork, Cavan, Kerry and Galway. This year I plan to take advantage of the beautiful country I live in.

Wanderlust (n): a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.

Beautiful Ireland

Growing up I have always had a low immune system, it wasn’t until last year I realized how valuable my health is. As my parents would always tell me ‘your health is your wealth’. As it turns out I am gluten and dairy intolerant. This is something that I have known for a while but have been reluctant to take seriously. After seeing different specialists in both the US and Ireland I have realised I need to make it a priority for 2016. The reason I am posting it here is to make myself more accountable, cause once you put it out there there’s no going back or making excuses.

It is health that is the real wealth – Mahatma Gandhi

I’m sure you have all heard of the well-known saying by Richard Branson; ‘If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later’. Many people turn down opportunities cause they think ‘they can’t’ or ‘they’re not able’. Fortunately I have never been that person and I am certainly not going to start being that person either. As I start the search for new employment these words could never be more true. I am determined to take on every ‘amazing’ opportunity presented to me in 2016, both professionally and personally.

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish – Steve Jobs

For Christmas my sister gave me an empty jar with a small note attached. The note read; ‘Memory Jar. Start 2016 with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen and memories. Then on New Years Eve empty the jar and remember all the great stuff that happened during the year’. I think it is such a lovely idea as we often get caught up with day-to-day life and forget to reflect on the good things that happen.

From my family to yours I wish you all a Happy New Year and hope all your wishes and ambitions come true ❤

Reflecting on 2015

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Get up, dress up, show up and never give up!

Get up, dress up, show up _ never give up!! by Genevieve Rhode #16130

As I plan to move away I find it is important to spend quality time with those closest to me, especially my grandmother. She lives close by, however, during the summer months she spends it down in Connemara to be near her only daughter. My grandfather and her bought a house down there as they wanted to be near by to see their grandchildren grow up.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I went down and spent time with her and I am so glad I did. I had the opportunity to sit down with her and learn about the era she grew up in, what was acceptable/ what was not and how women were expected to appear. Now I am a girl who enjoys her comfort, I don’t fuss over my clothes and I certainly don’t mind leaving the house with no makeup. Of course I doll up for a night on the town, special occasions and going out for dinner, however, it is not a priority for me. This my grandmother picked up on…

Yesterday she called for a catch up and told me about a saying she had read and had thought of me… ‘Get up, dress up, show up’. Now she asked me to pay attention to the middle part! Now I bite my lip out of annoyance and that little voice in my head started with ‘what is she talking about… you’ve great skin… she saw you on a bad day… you weren’t going to see anyone…’ so on and so forth.

But as I listened to what she was saying to me I realised she had a point. When my grandmother was growing up she never left the house without her hair done, eyebrows filled in and a bit of lippy, she took pride in her appearance. She always wore flattery clothes and to this day she still does. There was no such thing as a lazy day when she was growing up and you would never catch her in a tracksuit!

So I’ve decided to turn the page, put in a little bit of effort, get rid of the clothes that I know are unflattering… Who said my comfy clothes can’t be flattering? Taking a leaf from my grandmothers book…