Tea Total

A 15 Minute audio documentary about one of the most popular hot drinks around…Tea.

‘Tea Total’ includes a chat with a member of the UL Tea Appreciation Society, a Medical Herbalist, and a Tea Tasting to see can 3 people tell the difference between Lyons and Barry’s tea. Thanks to all for part taking.

Have a listen…go on, go on, go on, go on.

 

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Feeeeling Good.

I have not done much writing lately. Iv’e been doing other things I enjoy though. Like radio work, exercise, watching show’s, cooking, and seeing a lot more of my family.

Things are going very good in life.!!
Some not so good, but that’s the same for every person. I love many things & people (people are the besht) in my life. The list could go on and on. For that? I smile.

I have taken a lot more time for myself over the last month or so. I feel fantastic for it.

How?! 
Wellllll.. I started to take a lot more time for myself && I feel so much better.

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Snaps of the last Month

 At one point last year I was surrounded by people, always meeting people, always doing something, && that? Made me anxious. To describe it? I basically felt suffocated. Not because of anyone else, but because of myself, how I let myself feel.

With just putting aside time for myself now? My anxiety has lessend, I get enough sleep for myself, I get time to relax, time to exercise, && be myself, by myself. I need that time for me to be able to function and be happy. Now I know what works for me? I will continue this way. That way : I will be my best when around my family and friendies.

I’m not stressed, I’m not tired (If I am? It’s just because I didn’t get off YouTube in time). I have been eating way better, more fruit, way more vegetables. I have fruit/vegetables in every meal now. You can be much more experimental with lunch when you don’t have a plain aul sandwich.

I have decided to make time for exercise for myself. I have fybromyalgia, and over 3 years Ive realised the less moving I do? The more stiff/inflamed/pain I feel. I need to move, for my mind & body. It’s how I relax. I also know what my body can tolerate now. Took long enough…  I have decided to do an hour or so of exercise 3 times a week. Swim/Walk/Stretchs/Gym. I also love doing exercise. I don’t dread the idea of it, I love the idea of it! I am limited to what I can do with my condition, it differs daily. I know my limits now, and with a positive attitude I feel I can do anything.

This was just an update post before I get back to writing more regularly.
Cheers for reading. Sound.

 

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Podcast : “Life Online” Episode 1 : Social Media

“Life Online : A Podcast Series About All Things Online”

 

Episode 1 is all about social media and your personal life online, how it affects your real life and more. I chat to a social media expert, who is an online strategy and community manager for Irish Events, Film, Television, Theatre and Tourism ‘Darragh Doyle’ about what he does, what too and what not too put online and how social media works, I also chat to Aaron Hutchinson, someone who doesn’t use social media only but maybe once a week to compare our thoughts on having lives online.

Every episode in this series will have a main subject that I will discuss myself and with many guests about how each subject relates to the world online :

How does your life online affect your daily life?
How does googling your symptoms affect your health?
How does sharing your photography online help build your profile?
How does learning a new language online help career/education prospects?

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30 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before 2016 – Answered

I was reading through the BuzzFeed website. As I tend to do.. for hours.. and I came across this post a few days ago titled ‘30 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before 2016‘ .. it is 3 days into 2016 but here’s my answers to those questions.


1. What did you do this year that you’re proud of? Signed up for a Radio Production Course. Was part of an IFTA winning crew. Made my own mini-series for YouTube.

2. Who did you meet this year that inspired you? A lovely lady named Zara.
3. What did you read that you think bettered you? Issues of Focus Magazine

4. What are songs that you will always hear and think of this year even when you’re listening on some contraption that hasn’t even been invented yet? Years & Years – Eyes Shut | Adele – Hello | Justin Bieber – Sorry | Fleur East – Sax | Kodaline – Unclear
5. What were some times that you laughed so hard you could barely breathe? When Celine said things. Holiday in London with Niamh.
6. What were your favorite movies? Not what was good, not what you had to see because of your friends or the media. What were your favorites? Inside Out. Brooklyn. My favorite film this year by far was Straight Outta Compton.

7. What are some fears that you had at the beginning of the year that you overcame? Moving home again. That my back would worsen with pain.
8. What were quotes that you loved this year? No new ones. I still love ‘Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff’
9. What are ways that you exercised self care? Walking. Sleeping. Treating myself to the cinema. Drawing. Making Videos. Drinking a lot of water.
10. What are things you want to see more of next year? Nature. Live Music. The Beach.
11. What are five things you did that you never thought you’d actually do? I really don’t have an answer.
12. What were your favorite things this year? Going to London. Going to my radio course. Seeing my nephews more. Visiting my Granddad frequently. Being part of an IFTA winning team. Going to see Kodaline. Making YouTube Videos. Going on work experience in Limerick for a week.
13. What are the most important things you learned this year? Stress is literally, pointless.

14. What is your favorite photo from this year? A selfie I took with one of my nephew’s.

15. What are five things you want to say to people you love? I love you. Thank you for liking me for who I am. I hope I make you happy. Ask me for help if you need it. Thanks for supporting me.
16. What are some places where you feel true joy in your life? Banna Beach. (any beach) Anywhere if I am on my bike. In my bed. At friends houses.
17. Where do you feel most yourself? When on a walk singing with my headphones in.
18. What were your favorite meals? Homemade Curry. Fishcakes & sweet potatoes. Egg Fried Rice. Falafel Spinach Wrap. Bacon/Black Pudding/Apple Salad.
19. How did you calm yourself in times of stress? Deep breaths, plus a walk if possible, being alone with a cup of tea.
20. What are some compliments that you received that deeply affected you? ‘ Your inspiring’, one can never feel enough gratitude hearing that.
21. Who are people that you believe are bringing out the best in you? All family members.

22. What items of clothing did you buy that felt the most you? I bought 1 dress, 1 jumper & 1 pair of tracksuit pants this year. So…the ‘it’s so fluffy‘ jumper I believe.

23. What are you excited about leaving behind in 2015? Bad food habits = Binging on junk food (pringles, sweets, chocolate) Negative/Overthinking thoughts, worrying that i’m being selfish when I take time to myself to improve myself and my health and do what makes me happy in life.
24. What are five things that you were hard on yourself about but would never have been hard on a friend if they were experiencing it? Eating too much junk food. Not having enough goals. Being lazy about doing my paperwork. Focusing on ‘what if’s’. Taking time to myself to do what I enjoy doing.
25. What are the best pieces of advice you heard this year? Don’s stress on thing’s you can’t possibly change.
26. What are the best pieces of advice you gave this year? Be yourself, go for what you want in life.
27. What things have you been putting off doing because you didn’t have time? Going swimming and baking, script writing.
28. What are some things you’d like to focus and work on in the next year? My body image, my health (all round), goals, writing, acting, singing, cooking, documenting each day of the year with a photo.
29. What are the best parts of you that you feel really showed through this year? Positivity & determination.
30. What are your biggest hopes for 2016? Sing in public more, do more work in radio, audition for acting roles, strive to be the best person I can be, do more of what I enjoy doing, go on a holiday with family and/or friends, make my relationships with the people around me even stronger, do what I can to help those who help me.

I found this fun to do, I had to think back over memories & look forward to the future. Why not give it a go??

Happy New Year everyone :)

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Traditions Can Change

Off to the midlands for Christmas so I am.


This is my first Christmas away from Kerry. 22 years of the same tradition and a new one can’t hurt.

Change is good right? Right?!

I am heading off to my boyfriends to spend Christmas with his family up in Offaly.

Usually I spend Christmas with the family in Tralee.

Here’s how the day plan’s out :

  • Go to my auntie’s at 1.
  • Open present’s once everyone has arrived (strict rule)
  • Have an amazing dinner at around half past two, the whole sha-bang, 3 course meal (it’s uh-ma-zing – see below)
  • Watch an animated family movie – Shrek/Frozen/Finding Nemo type of thang.
  • Play a board game – shout/get very loud while playing the board. . . stop playing the board game.
  • Have more dessert, usually pavlova, jelly, ice cream, Christmas cake, some odd marks & spencers dessert, jellies, chocolate…yanno…the usuals.
  • Watch another film. The genre depends on the day really. Could be inception, could be a Marvel movie or it could be something with Liam Neeson.
  • People drink && I fall asleep due to being too full.
Yep, That’s the usual Christmas for as long as I can remember.
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The “Dinner”

So this year, there will be a change, and I’m excited for it. A happy day is all I want.

 

 

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My 5 Favourite Song Covers

Kodaline Cover ‘Latch by Sam Smith‘. I love the original & Sam Smith’s acoustic version, but I adore the harmonies by Kodaline and think this cover is one of a kind.

Everyone remembers “Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know” right? I found this cover by Rita Ora a few years back and it has always been a favorite of mine.

Miley Cyrus does an amazing cover of “Summertime Sadness by Lana Dell Ray”. I love her voice and think this song really suits her deep voice.

Birdy covers “Firestone by Kygo” and makes it her own, it’s great to be able to change the whole sound/style of a song and make it sound very different and still very good.

“Wildest Moments by Jessie Ware” is one of my favorite songs to sing along too and I have been a fan of Josh Kumra’s voice since I heard “Don’t Go” by Wretch 32 ft.Josh Kumra.

 

 

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Restrained & Rosy

Fybromyalgia & Back Pain.

Stress on top of any situation makes it harder to deal with.


There’s something about not being to able to play sports, dance, run, that makes me feel like I am being held captive in my own body. I don’t fully decide what my body can do. Based on how I feel when I wake up or what I have done the previous day? My body then decides what it wants to do that day. Whether it be go for a cycle, a short walk, or lay in bed all day with an ice pack.

photo (19)Iv’e learned how to cope/deal with it over the last 3 – 4 months though. I’m so thankful, aand sort of proud. Iv’e learned what I can/can’t do. I think it’s all down to living in a lovely environment with family recently. There’s been little stressing me out. Iv’e surrounded myself with good people, and I’m in a great environment learning daily.

Iv’e learnt how not to stress out. If I feel something/someone will stress me or will make me anxious? I have magically been in the mind-frame of life is way too short. Of course Iv’e had days where I let stress/anxiety over power me, but I can now acknowledge when it’s happening & deal with it. Something I couldn’t do before. 

I thought to myself. Imagine being 60 having spent many younger years anxious about what I say to certain people && stressed about things I can’t change, && as a result having more pain days than necessary? I thought. FACK NO!. 

Love life :)

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Falafel Salad

A really quick lovely vegetarian lunch or light filling dinner with a tasty mix of nutritional hot and cold foods


 Ingredients : Serves x 2 

  • 9 Pack Falafel Balls (available in Dunnes)
  • 4 Tablespoons of Coleslaw
  • Can of Sweetcorn
  • 12 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 4 Handful’s of Mixed Leaves/Lettuce
  • 1 Shredded Carrot
  • 1 Avocado
  • French Salad Dressing

Method : 

  1. Pop Your Falafel balls on a tray and bake for 10 mins.
  2. Chop your Cherry Tomatoes in half.
  3. Halve your Avocado, slice it in half and cut it into small squares.
  4. Make up your salad by laying your mixed leaves on the bottom, spreading out your coleslaw, sweetcorn, avocado and tomatoes
  5. Sprinkle your carrot shavings on top and pour out some french dressing.
  6. Take your falafel out of the oven and pop them on top.

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