Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Reflection on 2014


Whenever I think about 2014 (which completely FLEW by, oh my goodness!), the major events that occurred in my life fit into four 'categories,' I guess you guess you could call them: school, music, travelling and, of course, blogging.

School

•In May and June of this year I sat my GCSE examinations. They were the most stressful two months of my life but all the work I had put in over the past two years paid off when I received my results in August. I was so happy with them and so happy that it was all over.
•In September, I began Lower Sixth and therefore preparation for my AS exams (50% of my overall A Levels) which I will sit in June. I began the year doing French, Spanish, Business and English Literature but found it very stressful. After a month and a half full of very little sleep, numerous breakdowns and everyone around me having to deal with a very unhappy version of myself, I decided enough was enough and dropped English. I am so much happier now being able to focus my attention on 3 subjects and am finding school so enjoyable. ("Yeah, just wait until exams start," my inner voice is saying)


Music

•This year I got to see two of my favourite artists live in concert. I saw One Direction on 25th May in Croke Park in Dublin and Ed Sheeran on 8th October in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. Both shows were absolutely AMAZING and I would give anything to go and see them again!
•Over the summer of this year, my parents got a letter in the post informing them that the place where my sister and I had been getting our violin lessons for the past two years had stopped giving lessons due to cutbacks in their funding. At the time I was quite angry and upset because it meant losing the teacher I'd had for 6 years (I had her in primary school too). However, my mum was able to find a new teacher and she is absolutely BRILLIANT. She is passionate about music and inspires me so much to work hard.
My two best friends and I at One Direction

Travelling

•At the end of June, my family and I travelled to Berlin and stayed there for five days (which you can read more about here). I got to see the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall and Berlin Zoo, among many other things. Berlin is a beautiful city and I had such a great five days there. I would love to go back one day!


Blogging

•A couple of days before I left for Berlin, I started this blog. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing every post for it, taking every picture for it and interacting with the lovely and talented people of the blogging world. When I was writing my firstpost I never would have thought than in six months I would have over 1000 page views, 200 Bloglovin' followers and been nominated for both the One Lovely Blog Award and the Liebster Award. For that I want to thank you. Yes, you. Whether you've read all of my posts or this is the first of mine you've read, thank you for being here. I love you very very much MWAH!

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Whenever I think about 2015, quite a few things come to mind. Some things I am excited about, like my trip to Madrid in less than 2 weeks or seeing my favourite band in the whole world, The Vamps, live in concert in April. Some things I am not so excited about, like my exams in June but my main goal for 2015 is to stay positive. I want to try and look on the bright side of every bad situation and be a happier person.

I hope you all have had an amazing 2014 and that your 2015 will be even better! Thank you again for reading my blog. It really means the world to me.

I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for us all!

Happy New Year!

- Caoimhe x

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

As I write this post, Christmas day is coming to an end. Everyone in my family is happy, contently full from Christmas dinner and pretty sleepy. I am so thankful that I am blessed with a healthy, happy family and such kind, selfless parents. I know how stressed out they were in the run-up to Christmas day because they wanted everything to be perfect for my two sisters, brother and I. And it was.

My dad had to go into work today which was a bit of a bummer but every cloud has a silver lining, right? Today, the silver lining was that I got to spend a small part of the day with one of my best friends whom I have known literally since I was born! His dad works with my dad and they were on duty together today so our mums decided we should get together and spend some time with each other. It was a lovely surprise when both the dads arrived at our friends' house two hours earlier than expected!

I'm so thankful that I got to spend my day with some of my loved ones and get to spend time with more family members and friends over the course of the next week. I know a lot of people aren't that lucky.

I want to share some of the photos I took today with you, especially the ones of my Christmas dinner because I know how much time and effort both of my parents put into it.

I hope you all have had a very happy Christmas and will continue to have a very happy Christmas period!

Christmas breakfast







Amazing chocolate cake made by my
dad and my brother
- Caoimhe x

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Is It Christmas Yet?

One of the things I love about Christmas time are the Christmas sweaters that can be seen everywhere. Whether they're typical "ugly" ones or cute ones, I love seeing people get into the spirit of Christmas through their fashion.

About two weeks ago I was in Dorothy Perkins and was totally drawn to their collection of not-so-ugly Christmas jumpers. They had ones featuring presents, Christmas pudding, Christmas trees, and even robins kissing! I wanted them all! 

In the end, I decided to get this pretty light blue jumper with a skating robin on it. 



 


The jumper is so thick and keeps me warm when I need it to. I like that it has quite a high neck, too, because if I have a cold neck my whole upper body gets cold. I love the cute design on it but still haven't got round to naming the adorable robin yet. Any ideas?

I really love this jumper and I'm going to try and wear it as much as I possibly can over the Christmas period!

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

- Caoimhe x


Saturday, 20 December 2014

Life Is A Rollercoaster

Life has its ups and its downs. Its highs and its lows. Its good parts and its bad parts.

Everyone experiences this and I want to say that no matter how hard a particular period of your life seems - whether it's a few days, a few weeks, a few months or even a few years - it will pass. The bad will give way to the good. At the time it may not seem like that and it may seem easier to just ignore that fact and stay wrapped up in your sorrows. But it will pass. 

As hard as it may seem, you have to try and look at the little things that make you happy everyday. Try to take time out of your day to reflect and focus solely on the things that made you happy that day. It may be something as big as seeing a friend that you haven't seen in a while or as small as getting a nice cup of tea when you get home. If you do this everyday, before you know it, your whole way of thinking will change, allowing you to become more positive without having to try very hard.

If you find yourself going through a bit of a rough patch in your life, for example, you've had an argument with your friend or you're just feeling a bit down about things, there are things you can do to take your mind off it:

1. Take a bath

Whenever I take a bath is when I'm most relaxed. It's when I feel I can take time out of my day to think about my situation and if there is anything I can do to solve it.

(This is what my bath looked like after using Lush's 'Think Pink' bath bomb. It smells so good and made my skin feel amazing!)

2. Go for a walk

Whenever I'm out for a walk I feel like I have a clear mind. It's when I'm able to make rational decisions, whilst getting close to nature at the same time.



3. Read a book

With all that thinking done in the bath or out for a walk, picking up a book may be the last thing you want to do. However, fiction books involve mostly made-up storylines, fully allowing you to take your mind off your own life and instead think about someone else's.


4. Listen to music

Songs and music hold so many messages - sometimes hidden and sometimes clear. I always like to find songs related to my problems. For example, if I had had a bad breakup I would listen to songs like Taylor Swift's songs about breakups. Listening to songs relating to my problems gives me peace of mind knowing that I'm not the only person who has gone through what I am going through.



5. Talk to a friend or family member - someone you trust

I know I said this would be a list of things to take your mind off your problems and talking about them doesn't exactly do that, but talking to someone allows you to get a second opinion. Thus, possibly making the situation clearer for you, allowing you to think about the sole problem rather than worrying about other things relating to the problem that may not be important.

It also means that you know you are not alone and that someone is there for you, looking out for you.



A way not to help yourself when you are going through a low period in your life is to take on more than you normally would, whether it be work, social outings or whatever. This can result in you becoming more stressed and feeling even worse. However, don't abandon the things you would normally do because normality is probably one of the best remedies if you are feeling down.

What do you do to take your mind off things when you are feeling down?

- Caoimhe x

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Top 5 Tunesday #5

Wow, this post is long overdue - it's now closer to January than November (scary!) but better late than never, hey?
So here are my top 5 most listened-to tracks of November...



1. Stay Out - Nina Nesbitt

 Gah, I love this song. It's just so accurate - in any city that you go out in, you are likely to see the majority of the things Nina mentions.
This was actually the first song of Nina's that I heard and after hearing it once I went and bought her whole album, 'Peroxide'. It's so good. Like so so good. I love Nina's acoustic sound and the chilled-out vibe of her music. She's definitely far too underrated, so go check out her music if you haven't already!



2. Blank Space - Taylor Swift

Words can't express my love for this song. It's so catchy but well-written. I love, like Shake It Off (which I wrote about here) how Taylor addresses the critique she gets, "got a long list of ex-lovers, they'll tell you I'm insane." I love when she sings "I've got a blank space, baby," and then there's a click that's meant to sound like a pen, "and I'll write your name." I found it so funny the first time I heard it.
My favourite part, however, is the bridge starting "boy there's only one love if it's torture." The harmonies and the note at the end on "yaaa" just make me so happy (Don't ask, I'm weird okay)
I'm so happy for Taylor and the success she's had with '1989.' You can tell she's worked so hard on it and, in my opinion, it's one of the best albums released this year. I'm really loving it.



3. Night Changes - One Direction 

I really like the way One Direction are going with their music. They sound so mature in 'Four' and I think it's a bit of a coincidence that it's when the boys get to have more control over the music. Huh, management? Coincidence, yeah? I think other people are beginning to have more respect for them and are seeing them as more than just a 'cliché boyband,' which is great. It's just a pity it's taken 4 years for some people to realise it.
This is my favourite song from the new album. I think it's just so sweet and I love the music video.



4. A Drop In The Ocean - Ron Pope

Although this song has been out for nearly 10 years, I only heard it for the first time at the beginning of November when it came on the radio. I had one of those 'OMG, I need to know the name of this song so I can add it to my Spotify playlist' moments, ya feel me?!
I love the lyrics - they're so honest about the highs and lows of being in love. I think it would be such a beautiful song to have your first dance at your wedding. 



5. Care - BriBry

BriBry is an Irish singer-songwriter and YouTuber, fast becoming one of my favourites, actually. In his videos, he is honest, precise and to-the-point. There is no waffle with him, just straight and honest talk. I love that about him.
His honest personality comes through in his songwriting too, and you can hear it so well in this song, "I don't care for myself." I love honest songs like this where you can really hear how the singer feels because I feel like I can connect with the singer on a more personal level, and I really like that.



To buy 'Stay Out' by Nina Nesbitt, click here
To buy 'Blank Space' by Taylor Swift, click here
To buy 'Night Changes' by One Direction, click here
To buy 'A Drop In the Ocean' by Ron Pope, click here
To buy 'Care' by BriBry, click here

To see last month's top 5, click here

- Caoimhe x


 

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