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Hi all, Happy New Year to all and best wishes for 2017.  Thanks for being part of the journey so far.  This year I am going to Jazz th...

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Action for Happiness : Key Look for whats good

I believe our minds affect our bodies. Feeling good and being positive can impact us physically too. In order to find whats good I try to use the following habits daily.

  1. Visualisations - I really like to think about what I want to achieve whether its a relationship or something else I try to imagine it and flood by body with feelings of positivity. 
  2. I have just started using a new app called Moodspace. I use it to write down 3 good things daily. There is always something good even on a bad day. 
  3. I also really like positive psychology which I want to learn more about. I think it would be a good thing to learn more about for my own well being. 
  4. The Four Agreements- I came across this recently. I was dealing with someone and their actions upset me but once I looked at it from the four agreements side I just let it go. Sometimes we take on things because someone doesn't like us, wants an argument/drama etc. But if you can not take it personally it affects your moods in a more positive way. I have to remind myself and I'm sensitive but I found it really helps. 
  5. Someone told me out of everything bad comes something good. The best example I know is Oprah. She was going to be fired but the television company did not want to break her contract or get out of it. They moved her from being a news reporter to a talk show host. She said the minute she stepped into the role as a talk show host she knew she was home! 
  6. Mindfullness- the more mindful I am the more appreciative I am of my life, of the little things of nature, food and so much more. This in turn has impacted my happiness levels. 
  7. Challenges not every challenge in life is negative. We are all challenged and our strengths come from our struggles. You can learn so much even from suffering and very difficult things. 
  8. Do something you love. We all need something to look forward too and coming home from a bad day at work or even going through a stressful period its nice to have 1 hour even if its only a week to paint, run, walk, meet a friend, read. 
  9. Self care - the more I go through my journey in life the more I realise this lies at the root of everything. From what you eat and drink to how you dress and present yourself to the world. You have to look for whats good in yourself, believe you are enough and celebrate yourself. 
  10. Non Judgement - this is such a challenge and I struggle with it and the monkey mind. But not judging especially yourself can massively impact your thoughts. It gets rid of the conflict. 
  11.  Finally let it go. Do not hold onto the past and bad experiences. For example, just because your ex two timed you it doesn't mean you have to be afraid that the next person will do the same. Look for whats good with the next relationship and don't let yourself be defined by your own mistakes or the actions of others. 

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Look for Whats Good
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Hotel of the week: Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway

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  Where: Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway
 Why: Its one of the five star hotels in Galway so I was a little curious about it.
 What : Golf course, there is also estate activities from falconry to yoga. There is also the Pullman Carriage which is converted into a restaurant and is famed from the film of Agatha Christies Murder on the Orient Express and has links with Sir Winston Churchill. The hotel also has another restuarant called the River Room and the Oak Cellar Bar which has a bar menu.
Whats there: Everything from suites to hotel rooms, golf and fine dining.
  How: I drove from Galway city along the N59 and the hotel is on the left as you are heading out of the city.
 How much: You can spend as much or as little as you want.  You can stop by for food in the Oak cellar or else stay for a few days.
 Experience: I love the grounds and found staff to be lovely, friendly and very helpful.
Pros: The grounds and the views over Lough Corrib are really beautiful even in winter. The actual building is lovely too. I love the little church I just think its so cute and inside its small but lovely so it would be nice for a civil ceremony. I also love the Pullman I think its such a cool idea and would love to go to dinner or afternoon there sometime. Its on my to do list.
 Cons: The only con is its a little on the pricey side. But its supposed to be a treat and so if you have an occasion or valentines then its someplace nice to go.
 History:  Glenlo Abbey was built by one of the tribe families of Galway called the FFrenches in 1740.The house was originally called Kentfield House. In 1846 the estate was put up for sale and was brought by the Blakes another prominent Galway family who were one of the tribes. In 1897, another family called the Palmers purchased the house. In the 1980's the Bourke family purchased the house and converted it into a hotel.
Local attractions: Galway City Photowalk
 More information 
Glenlo Abbey Hotel 

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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Place of the week: Graignamanagh, Co KIlkenny


Where: Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny
Why : I have been coming here since I was a child. So over Christmas I came here again with my sister.
What: Duiske Abbey and river walks along the River Barrow.
Whats there: Graignamanagh is a little town in Kilkenny. Its probably most famous for Duiske Abbey which is a Cistercian Abbey. There is also Duiske Glass and Cushendale Woolen Mills.
How: We drove from Kilkenny to Thomastown to Graignamangah along the R703.
How much: You can spend as much or as little as you like.
  Experience: I really love the walk along the river Barrow. You can walk  to St Mullins.Unfortunatly, we could not do all of it as my sister had her children and there is not much protection from the river in terms of boundaries so we only did a little but it was nice. There is also a heritage trail in the town. The Abbey is also nice really beautiful stained glass windows.
 Pros: The river and the views towards the mountains. I also like that is an old town and you can still see it in the buildings from the bridge over the river to the Widows cottages.
Cons: I would love to see the town developed a little bit more.
History: Graignamanagh- the town means town of the monks possibly in reference to Duiske Abbey: was founded in the 13th century. It began to deteriorate in 1536 and fell into ruin. It was returned to the Catholic community in 1812 and it was finally restored in the 1980's. Today it is used as a place of worship by the local Catholic community. The river Barrow also aided the growth of the town and became an important navigational route for commercial barges.
 Local attractions:
Duiske Glass 
Cushendale Woolen Mills
Woodstock House and Gardens

More information:
Walk from Graignamanagh to St Mullins 
Graignamanagh Heritage Trail 

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Eat of the Week: Quays Street Food, Galway

Where: Quays Street Food, Galway City.
Why: Street food, seemed like good prices, looks new and was curious.
What: Its got everything from vegan boxes to pizza, burgers, thai and chinese dishes. Here is a menu. 
Where: Its opposite The Quays Pub.
Whats there: You can sit inside there is a little cozy window and also seats outside. There is a range of food from korean, thai, flatbreads,coffee. They have a strict no MSG and also use 100% beef and halal chicken.
 How: I walked.
 How much: 7 euros for Galway Girl vegan box and a water.
 Experience: Its a small little shop but I can see it being a nice place especially once the weather picks up. I just liked the fact its healthy, quick and easy food. Sometimes, I find it hard to get that and everything can seem to come with chips when you eat out. I really like the fact there is alot on offer too because then you can pick and choose and its kinda cool if your with friends. Its not craxy expensive too.

 Pros: Good range of food at good prices, people watching.
 Cons: None
 History: Quays Street Foods is brought to you by a dedicated and passionate team of food lovers from around the world, We have brought our many years of experience together in order create a wonderfully tasty World streetfood menu.
Local attractions: 
Galway City Photowalk

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Action for Happiness Key : Find Ways to Bounce Back.

Inspiration: Goals for this year. It was the last action for happiness post. Its a new year so new me. In order to get the year off to a good start I have a theme and its control I took it from the folks at London Real.

There are a few things I want to do with the blog, with my shop,family, friends,finances, fitness and a lots of other things too. I am a little stumped in some places in my life and so I am hoping for a eureka moment. The good news is that I have started to make plans.

Action for Happiness Key : Find Ways to Bounce Back.
We all have our setbacks, our failures and knocks. It might be a broken heart, you didn't get the job you wanted or a berevement where you are left living your life without someone whom life is unimaginable without. Finding ways to bounce back from hard times is so important. Its something I can struggle with as if something bad goes wrong I tend to cocoon myself in a little shell and I kind of isolate myself. Its not helpful sometimes but if its really bad I don't have words and I need space to get my head around it.

So this is a key I need to work on and its also so useful to pass onto children too as one thing your guaranteed in life is some knocks. But no one wants to stay stuck in the moment of failure or loss and build walls which prevent them from leading a full life. Lets fail forward :)

Top ideas:

  1. Write it down - journaling can help you process your thoughts, feelings and issues. You might find it helpful to talk about the problem and then list solutions. 
  2. Focus on the positive- even out of something really bad sometimes there is something good. You can realise you are stronger then what you thought, you might end up helping people who have cancer from a cancer scare etc, raise awareness or money etc.
  3.  There is always something to be grateful for. Focus on a daily gratitude practice and be grateful for the good things. 
  4. Family and friends are so important. Its really important to have a circle of people you can trust and talk to. 
  5. Let yourself feel the emotion and grief. There are no right or wrong ways but if its a break up or a death its healthy for you to process those feelings even though its hard and horrible. 
  6. Focus on what you love, your hobbies, reading, music etc. 
  7. Look after yourself when you feel down its so tempting to reach for the chocolate and ice cream. Its ok to do it once but your body will thank you for eating well, sleeping, exercise etc and you will feel better for it too. 
  8. Listen to inspirational people it can be someone who is going through the same thing you are or else someone who is inspirational to you in some way. I listen to Tony Robbins if it helps. 
  9. Mindfullness- give yourself permission to be where you are at whatever moment. Even if the future seems scary take it one step at a time and just be present to that moment. 
  10. Wake up call- some things can make you see you were on the wrong path like getting the course you thought you wanted but one year in you realise its not for you. 
  11. See the situation for what it is but no worse then what it is. Sometimes something bad can taint your vision of your life. But it might only relate to one aspect of your life. Like not getting a promotion may affect your career path but if you already have a job and a happy personal life and work life then maybe its just a case where you need more experience or education etc but overall things are good. 

Here are some of the rule of success for some famous people who I think personify resilience.

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you? 
Why are you beset with gloom? 
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken? 
Bowed head and lowered eyes? 
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you? 
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you? 
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs? 

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.  Maya Angelou. Amazing poem Still I Rise. 

I hope this post has inspired you. If you are going through a difficult time I hope you find it helpful too and you can take something away from it and triumph.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Hotel of the Week: Wineport Lodge.

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Where: Wineport Lodge, Glasson, Westmeath.
 Why: Irish readers may or may not be aware that The Restaurant television show was filmed here. Irish celebrities from Pippa O'Connor have also stayed here. So of course I was curious. Its a luxury hotel so its a little on the pricey side to stay so I popped by for lunch Its January people :)
 What: Luxury award winning hotel and restaurant with spa facilities.
 Whats there: This hotel does everything you would expect and more, good food, spa, luxury rooms with goose down duvets and pillows and marble bathrooms, the grounds can be used for marriage and they even do a proposal package too. There is a spa and meeting rooms so if you want to work or play its all covered.
 How: I drove to Athlone on the M6, then took the N55 towards Cavan. You will see signs for Wineport before you come to Glasson. Its in a country setting.
 How much: I paid just over 12 euros for a ham and cheese sandwich that comes with salad and chips and a tea.

 Experience: first off the view from the hotel is amazing. For me it was instant calm. As I walked around I could see residents sitting on balconies reading books, having a cuppa and also taking selfies. Its such a beautiful setting and the owners have done their best to capitalise upon this with balconies, windows form the bar and restaurant taking in the view, seats outside, the Lakeshore Pavilion. I actually think its a super romantic place to go and too even for just lunch so if your looking to treat someone for Valentines day then look no further. I had lunch and I have to say staff were excellent, chatty but not in your face and very helpful. Service was swift too even though there was a few people around.I had ham and cheese sandwich which came with salad and chips. I ordered without chips which was not a problem. I have to mention this as its a little bugbear of mine. I got a big portion of salad which was great as some places give you some salad and a huge dollop of coleslaw. The ham was proper ham too and very tasty. The food is good and the wine and drinks menu is too for those who are lucky enough not to have to drive. Great job done by all so thank you had a lovely afternoon.
 Pros: The views just gorgeous and a real escape location to switch off and unwind. Also, noticed so much wildlife from ducks to robins singing.
 Cons: The only con is parking can be a little tight if its busy here.
 History: The hotel first opened in 1993. It's run by husband and wife team Ray Byrne and Jayne English. Jayne's mother and her partner owned the land on which the hotel is sited. They were farmers but seeing the potential of the site they decided to open a sailing centre. In conjunction with the sailing centre they decided to offer food to the sailing customers. In time they realised there was a gap in the market for accommodation for their sailing clients and in 2002 they invested 1.5million to build the first rooms and the spa. Demand rose and further rooms were added in time. The hotel is listed in Bridgestone and Ireland's Blue Book. Its also won awards such as The Irish Restaurant Awards and also Irish Hospitality Awards.
 Local attractions: Athlone, is a good shopping town. Also, Clonmacnoise and Ballinahown are not too far. Glasson also has gastropubs which are worth checking out.
 More information: 
Wineport Lodge
Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post no money exchanged hands nor other benefits in kind. Just an honest review.
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Monday, 9 January 2017

Cork City

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Where: Cork City
Why: January sales and for a ramble.

 What: English Market, Big Wheel, Shopping on Patricks Street.
 Whats there: Crawford Art Gallery, English Market, Shandon Bells, Shopping.
  How: I got the train from Thurles. It cost about 40 euros return.
 How much: You can spend as little or as much as you want.
 Experience: I love the people in Cork as they are so friendly. I always end up having a chat over something. I also love the English market its just an amazing place to visit and if you are a foodie its someplace you need to go. There are so many different stalls and places to eat from the cafe upstairs to Sushi and the amazing Gourmet sausages. I have been a fan of them for years.
 Pros: The English market for me. Inside I found a new chocolate shop (The Chocolate Shop) and  I love anything vintage. I found two shops side by side in the English market one is called Miss Daisy Blue and the other is called Peacock and Ruby. Lovely things in both but had to exercise restraint. Also, love the area around the Crawford Gallery as there is a Luigi Malones and other restaurants. Shopping in Cork has come up massively too on Opera Avenue. Had to wear some shopping blinkers!!😼
Cons: I started to come down with the flu so did not enjoy as much as I would have liked because I felt miserable. It has nothing to do with Cork itself.
 History: Cork is Ireland's second largest city after Dublin. The locals refer to it as the Republic of Cork and Cork people are very proud of their county. They have every reason to be too. Cork is renowned for its food, friendly locals, craic, music, cosy pubs and nightlife. If you are staying in Cork the renowned Blarney Stone is not too far from the city where legend has it if you kiss it you get the gift of the gab! The river Lee passes through the city. The main city area lies off Patrick Street. The city centre is compact and its pretty easy to get around on foot. There are a number of festivals held throughout the year so be sure to check locally if visiting. Its also possible to fly directly to Cork as it has its own airport.
 Local attractions: 
Fota Wildlife Park
 More information: 
Discover Ireland - Cork 
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Sunday, 8 January 2017

The Weekly Roundup :)

Hi all,

Happy New Year to all and best wishes for 2017. 
Thanks for being part of the journey so far. 

This year I am going to Jazz things up just a little and posts schedule is going to be: 

  • Place of the week
  • Action for Happiness/Inspiration post 💞 
  • 100 euro challenge post ( is still ongoing) money management
Whats new: 
  • I am going to do a few more photowalks of different places. 
  • I have added alot more to my Zazzle shop see here if interested. Now there is everything from postcards to cards, prints, wedding invitations and canvas. I am going to donate 10% to The Irish Wildlife Trust. I take so much inspiration from nature and I am go grateful for the beautiful landscape and environment we have in Ireland so its my little way of giving back to it. Below is an email I sent to them to let them know!

So be sure to check back. 
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Any comments or suggestions would love to hear from you :) 

Forrealll The Mindfullness Photo Group. 
Its launched on Facebook but feel free to share with me via any social media would love to hear from you.