True story: I joined Greenpeace when I was 8. I still have an envelope full of literature and stickers about the Ozone layer, Save the Whale and the dangers of pollution. Let’s just say I was a precocious, super sensitive little Sally Draper who was very obsessed with saving the planet. Plus, I’d read The Baby-sitters Club ‘Dawn Saves the Planet’ that summer and well, just about everything in my life can be traced back to The Baby-sitters Club books. Continue reading “Living more sustainably in 5 small steps”
Nothing beats the excitement of landing a new job, right? Well, maybe the burst bubble feeling of finding out your new job isn’t what it was cracked up to be, or that you were catfished by your new employers. Now that feeling is hard to beat. For all the wrong reasons.
My plan to become a morning person was hatched over the Christmas holidays. As I always do when the new year is looming, I put pen to paper and was plotting my grand plans for 2022. The only problem was: where would I find the time? Over the festive break, I took a long, hard look at how I was spending my days and quickly realised my night owl habits were no longer serving me or my precious time. Getting up early, now that would change everything! Who knew?! The only problem was…I’m not, and never have been, a morning person. Morning monster maybe.
Since then, I’ve slowly, slowly, slowly become less of a gremlin in the AM. As I write this, I’ve been naturally waking up around 5.30am and – the biggest shocker of all – I love it. This eyes-open-at-the-crack-of-dawn phase has coincided with the brighter mornings and the dawn chorus, so we’ll see if I’m still up and at ‘em when the darker mornings of winter roll around. For now, I love my new routine and can’t believe I used to feel the rage when I had to wake up before 7. If you also want to get more out of your day, and/or be less of a grouch before you’ve had your coffee, here’s how I have become a morning person.Continue reading “How to become a morning person”
Since the world has started reopening and things are returning to the pre-2020 way of life here in Ireland at least, I’ve noticed some of my old, pre-pandemic bad habits creeping in already.
As the world got smaller over the last 2 years, there was a lot of time to think and reconsider the way things were. I made small improvements to my life that somehow made a huge difference. Even though I’m determined to get as far away from the pandemic as possible (when it finally does end), I’m equally determined to continue with these healthy habits (and hopefully add more to the mix) in the After. The old way of doing things no longer serves me.
Following on from my 6 things I learned during lockdown post, here are a few positive habits I picked up during the past two years:Continue reading “Positive habits I picked up during the pandemic”
To try and distract myself from how crap everything is right now, I made a list of things I enjoy, that brighten my day and that treat me to a much needed moment of distraction. I’m sharing my list because I know some of you will enjoy these things too and who am I to deny you all a glimmer of joy? Even better, write your own list.Continue reading “15 things I love right now”
For most of the pandemic, my concentration skills shot from hyper-focused to barely able to follow an episode of Gossip Girl (yes, even when Nate’s face was on screen – shocking). My voracious appetite for reading went out the window, alongside my appetite for pretty much everything else. These days if I read 5-10 pages each day of whatever book I’m reading, I’m doing good.Continue reading “Books I read in one year of lockdowns”
Pretty dramatic headline, right? Truth is, I’ve been feeling a bit Eeyore about everything lately. No idea why. I mean, it’s a mystery! As part of my attempt to practice gratitude each day, I’m counting my blessings in whatever shape I can find them, whether it’s the big stuff (my health) or the silly stuff (things I consume to brighten my week). You guessed it – this list is mostly the silly stuff.
Continue reading “5 things that got me through September”
Number one: fluent Russian. Just kidding! Don’t worry, this list of “lockdown lessons” won’t make you feel bad about yourself. Despite my occasional Oprah-inspired moments of insight, my lockdown achievements are less “valuable skills” and more the product of too much time in my own head. Nonetheless, I wanted to share what I got up to and things I realised during this time. Continue reading “6 things I learned during lockdown”
Be productive during the coronavirus pandemic! Now is not the time for productivity! Upskill! Take it easy! I don’t know about you but I’m getting whiplash about how I should be using lockdown time. My advice? Do what works for you.
One thing I know for certain is I need to keep busy. Too much downtime and I start to dwell on things. All the wrong things. Ever heard the old adage that you can cure feeling down by learning something new? Online courses are one way to do just that. Continue reading “5 free online courses to do in lockdown”
God, I miss the library. Specifically the weekly thrill of a delivery of orders arriving, the greedy reward for spending so much time stalking the catalogue. With my beloved library out of reach for the foreseeable future (sob), I’ve taken drastic measures – I’ve raided my bookshelves for something, anything, to distract myself from reality.
After falling down a rabbit hole of “How do I own three copies of Valley of the Dolls?” I emerged clutching a stack of books I first bought at a very specific time in my life and haven’t been sucked into the pages of since. You don’t need to be an armchair psychiatrist to analyse why my book choices are all from a better, less anxious time. Needless to say, if you want to escape the present moment, you could do a lot worse than escaping into books you last loved as an awkward teenager. Continue reading “Books to (re)read during a pandemic”
I’ve never been a newshound but in the past two weeks, Brad Pitt in Thelma & Louise couldn’t take me away from the endless scroll of my Twitter feed. With the coronavirus pandemic seemingly changing by the minute, I’ve spent more time online this month than I have in years. I feel a weird mix of wanting to know more, more, more, and conversely craving the days when all we talked about was Baby Shark, Pokemon Go, and whether a dress was blue or black (for the record – it’s blue, I tell ya). As a result, my anxiety has hit the roof. Continue reading “5 ways to cope with coronavirus anxiety”