The Lumineers Are Back!

12654400_10153295524286332_3464367332742382269_n**THE LUMINEERS ARE BACK. I REPEAT. THEY ARE BACK. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.**

After a 4 year gap since their last album was released, The Lumineers are back with their newest single “Ophelia” and news of their second album & world tour! *screams* Words cannot accurately describe how excited I was last night when I saw their post on Facebook after stalking their page for months eagerly awaiting some news. I may not have mentioned it yet in my blog but from this post I guess you can tell…… I’m a huge fan of their music! I went to see them the first time they were here in Ireland a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s safe to say my first concert experience was amazing, thanks to them and my persistence to drag my friends to the front of the crowd that night to have a front row experience, pushed right up against the barriers. Thinking back to that night makes me smile as I type this.

Does anyone else happen to love them as much as I do? Let me know in the comments if you do as I jam to “Ophelia” on loop for the next few months!

Lucy x

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That Kinda “Numb” Feeling

Sometimes you don’t want to write, and that’s okay, I promise. It’s hard to put into words occasionally how you feel, or to be that peppy blogging reviewer person you aimed to be when you started posting. Sometimes you just need a break which is what I’ve done. It wasn’t a conscious decision, it just kind of happened. But now I’m back, for the moment contemplating about whether I should even be writing a post like this.

If you have been following my blog for a while now you will most likely have seen one or two of my “What Made Me Smile” posts. I wrote them for the first 5 weeks of my blog and then somewhat ran face first into a brick wall. I was writing week 6 (a few weeks ago now) and I couldn’t get past Tuesday. I asked myself what made me smile, and I felt nothing. Now I wasn’t having a bad time or anything, in fact the last few weeks have been perfectly fine and normal for me, some ups, some downs but nothing significantly bad. I just feel numb. It feels like I have forgotten to feel sometimes, leaving me unmotivated, numb, kind of empty. Nothing matters, nothing counts, you just feel empty.

But not always of course. I do have my magically, breathtaking moments of laughter and sheer joy that I treasure for all the world with my friends and family. I’ve realised that sometimes it can be like a dark cloud is surrounding our minds however and in a way it’s harder to appreciate these moments. And so I have been led to sign up for a lifeskills workshop running weekly in my college for 6 weeks, of which it’s main aim is to show you how to live life to the full. It’s run by Aware – an Irish organisation offering support to those specifically with depression and bipolar disorder.

I’ve attended the first session so far. A group of us (all girls except one) stood awkwardly outside the doors of the red room awaiting what was to come, all of us needing something from it, none of us knowing each other, all of us curious. I’m guessing some didn’t even tell anyone that they were signing up. After all, we live in a society where mental health problems are often discussed on the down low (but this is changing of course!). We were greeted by a nice woman, who introduced herself and asked us one by one our names, and also what talent we would like to wake up with. An interesting ice-breaker I must say. I’m glad it didn’t go on too long, for I hate those blasted ice-breakers we’re often faced with. She gave us little books called “Why Do I Feel So Bad?” and “Write All Over Your Bathroom Mirror” – and with these and some group exercises, she showed us little by little how we can improve our way of thinking and our behaviour for the better.

What I’m trying to say basically is: It’s okay not to be okay (cheesy I know, but it’s true), Writers block is a huge pain, Support groups and workshops could be worth your time, and YOU’RE NOT ALONE – There are so many people you don’t even know exist that are feeling the same way you do (it took going to that lifeskills workshop and meeting a complete group of me to realise that but oh well). Also feeling nothing is a feeling too. I describe it as a numb feeling but maybe you have a different word for that. Anyway thank you for reading. I love you all, and sorry for such a long break in my posts ❤

Lucy x

Staying Positive

Staying positive at any time of the year seems to be a challenge for many. But I myself have found that in the height of winter’s dark days and underlying gloom, it can become even harder. During the winter months we tend to be also at the height of our work load, with Christmas approaching, exams looming and the days getting shorter. Overall this equals lower moods and heightened stress levels. It’s no wonder that depression and suicide rates reach all time highs at this time of year. With this in mind I think it is important to highlight the need to take care of not only ourselves but those around us especially at this time of year.

This year one of my (long overdue) resolutions is to work on my mental health and the first step I am taking is to be more positive in my everyday life. I personally think that a positive mindset is the key to good mental health and am willing to prove it to you by the end of 2016 when I hopefully will have reached my goal. So stay tuned!

I’m leaving below a little list of things I’m going to do for this month and each month I will add more things to the list and post a little update on how I’m doing so that by the end of the year I will have changed my lifestyle in little ways that will effect my mental health in a huge way.

Staying Positive January Goals & Tasks:

  1. Continue writing my “What Made Me Smile” posts every week.
  2. Pick a quote each day in order to inspire myself and apply it to that day.
  3. Donate money and help others whenever I can.
  4. If I make mistakes (which I do all the time), take a deep breath and learn from them.

These are my January goals & tasks! Will you be joining me in my journey to good mental health? Leave your own ideas on being positive below for everyone to see! Together we can do this 🙂 ❤

Lucy x

What Made Me Smile Week 5

SUNDAY: I woke up to some lovely comments on my posts from my followers. It really brightened my day. I love you all! ❤

MONDAY: Had lunch with my mom in town – some quality time was well needed.

TUESDAY: I won a little instagram competition for my posts about @missfitskinnytea. You could say  very excited about this.

WEDNESDAY: Got my brothers ready for school and they both hugged me really tightly before leaving. My neighbour brought more baked goods!

THURSDAY: My tea came in the post!

FRIDAY: I reached 100 followers on this blog!

SATURDAY: I am currently babysitting 2 of my cousins and having a Disney movie night with them 🙂

What made you smile this week?

Lucy x

 

 

New Year Resolutions

(I may be a slight bit late with this post since it’s the 9th of January now, but better late than never since I’m only deciding on resolutions now!)

Every year most of us try to make resolutions that we will stick to. Whether we do so or not, that’s another story. But never the less, the intention is there. I myself, have never been good with sticking to them, but this year I will try again. 2016 is a year I am really looking forward to. I’m going into semester 2 of my first year in university, I’m surrounded by friends and family, I have lots of concerts and trips planned already and I’m visiting my very best friend in the whole world in March (she moved to England a few years ago). Overall I have a feeling that this is going to be a good year, but of course it is up to myself to make sure it is. I quite enjoy new years I have to say, in the same way that I enjoy new weeks or new days. Each of these to me is a new beginning, another chance to wake up clear headed and face the world. So here are my new year resolutions:

  • Be healthier, fitter & stronger // Detox my body
  • Continue blogging, improving  & learning more about it
  • Read more books & keep a record of the books I read (at least 2 books every month)
  • Spend more time with friends & family
  • Plan lots of trips & adventures (So far this year I’m going to 4 concerts, 2 shows, London and Prague!! I’m very excited for 2016)
  • Work on my mental health
  • Start saving a small amount of money, every week that I can only spend on what I see fit to in the next new year – 2017

I could probably make more resolutions than this, but I’m gonna stop for now. I might actually do a monthly update on these resolutions to help with keeping them. Let me know if we have any of the same resolutions or if there’s any big ones you’re really focusing on yourself this year. Thank you for reading!

Lucy x

Trying Something New

To my wonderful followers,

Lately I haven’t been feeling the best which is why my posts have been less frequent. I’ve been extremely tired and sluggish, have had back pains and weird itchy hive-type things covering my legs. I thought it was time for a detox, or a”teatox”, something I had honestly never tried before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had however heard that they were really good for giving energy and removing that bloated feeling, as well as getting rid of sugar cravings (that I wanted to see!). As a follower of fellow Irish blogger FacesByGrace on snapchat, I knew the risks associated a lot of those skinny teas out there, mostly those containing Senna leaves and other laxatives as it stops the absorption of the contraceptive pill – a big no no for many of us women. Following Grace’s recommendations I decided to try Miss Fit Skinny Tea, an Irish company that prides itself in the results it delivers but also in the fact that it contains no laxatives, making it possibly the safest option on the market regarding skinny detox teas. The company’s founder and creator Ruth was quite a pleasure to do business with. She was very sweet and helpful when I messaged her on Facebook to talk about her tea and you can tell that she really cares about her customers and the quality of the product they receive.

So anyway I decided I would start with the 14 day package which was 24.99 and also bought the adorable little strawberry tea infuser which was 5. Postage was fast which is always a plus to buying things online. I ordered it on a Sunday and it arrived the Thursday to my delight.

Here’s what I received in an adorable pink envelope with white polka dots ^.^

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I’ve really only started drinking the tea today so I can’t give much of an opinion on if I feel different or anything yet but it does have a nice flavour. Kinda reminds me of green tea which I love! Ruth recommends drinking 3-4 cups a day but I have definitely drank at least 5 so far…and may have another one before I finish typing this. I really hope it does make me feel better soon. Onwards and upwards as they say!

All my love,

Lucy x

P.S. There are now over 100 of you following me! How freaking amazing is that. I am honestly so happy and grateful for your presence. Will be holding a small giveaway soon as my thanks<3

 

Musical Wonderfulness: Mary Poppins

So last Wednesday (New Year’s Eve..Eve) I was accompanied by my Mom in witnessing the musical wonderfulness which is Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre – A “supercalifragilistic” production, if I do say so myself (I’m apologise but more referencing is to come!).

We stayed overnight in the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin as a treat for my Mom, mainly to get away from our what can be a sometimes chaotic household as I have 4 younger brothers. It was nice to get away even if only for a night, to chill out, to unwind, to relax. The hotel itself was lovely despite it’s somewhat dated exterior which was a bit off-putting at first but all in all my experience was fantastic from start to finish. Checking in was quick and we found our room easily. We got a free bottle of wine along with a 3 course meal and breakfast included in our package, and let me just say, the food was gorgeous! It was like being on a “jolly holiday” with Mary Poppins herself. I could not fault the hotel or staff who were super helpful and friendly in any way at all. I would highly recommend this hotel and my Mom agrees that we will definitely be staying here again when we come back up to see Lord of the Dance in June.

 

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Top L-Bottom R: The Bord Gais Energy Theatre, The wine that was left in our room, The outfit I wore to the musical & a quick snap before the show started.

The show opened up with the extremely talented Matt Lee as my favourite and most loved character from the story – Bert singing the well known “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and it only got better and more magical from there from the entrance of the gorgeous Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins, to the extreme details put into the set and its design, to Mrs. Corry and her golden gingerbread stars, and to the emphasis created by the song “Anything Can Happen”. It was a truly inspiring and well produced musical which really captures what I think P L Travers herself would’ve wanted to see done with her beloved Mary Poppins and the Banks family. Having not been a huge fan of the movie itself I have fallen in love with the story from witnessing this musical masterpiece. It was mind-blowingly fantastic and “practically perfect” in the sense that I almost shed a tear a few times at just how beautiful the production as a whole was. If you ever get the chance I would definitely go see it. In fact, I would 110% go see it again if I could.

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Lucy x