General musings

Chick Flick Challenge 

So, I came across this today and wanted to share it with you! With a little bit of a hungover head on me this morning I watched two of the movies on this list; 10 Things I Hate About You and Save The Last Dance! Two absolute classics! And, seeing as I’m now off work for the summer (insert victory dance here!) I think I might try to watch as many of these as possible! 

I haven’t watched them all before so I’m actually really looking forward to this! 


If you have any recommendations for what I should watch next, do let me know! 

Cx 

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The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently | vol. 9

Sunday Currently

R E A D I N G
I’ve finished reading Everything Everything! It was a very simple book and I found it very predictable, but it was also a very lovely, easy read.

I’ve moved on to Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern. I’ve never really been one to read a lot of books by Irish authors but after reading the Perfect series by Cecelia, I’ve decided to read more of her stuff! So far, so good! It’s a really interesting read!

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On a side note, I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on Into The Water by Paula Hawkins! I’ve heard it’s even better than The Girl On The Train and I’m dying to read this!!

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W R I T I N G

I’ve been writing my ass off and have finally finished my assignment and am over the moon! I couldn’t write or post on Sunday because I was at my friend’s Hen Party and was shattered afterwards! I’m so glad that I will hopefully never have to write academically again! 
L I S T E N I N G

I’ve been listening to my playlists on Spotify! Some happy playlists are always a good idea!

I’ve also been listening to Harry Styles and Stevie Knicks’ duet! I get that Harry is just a young ‘un but he has a very amazing voice!


S M E L L I N G

A really beautiful Yankee Candle I received as a gift from a student; Clean Cotton! One of my favourite smells ever!

H O P I N G

I’m really hoping that I can get through the next few weeks. It’s only three and a half weeks until I get to see Himself and it’s getting more and more difficult with every passing day. Being apart for so long is very hard and I just can’t wait for the countdown to be over.
W E A R I N G

His t-shirt and a tracksuit pants! Cozying it up on this chilled out Sunday evening!
L O V I N G

I am loving the fact that I have only one week of work left!!!! I am very excited about getting my Summer holidays and having three months to relax, rest, and recuperate! 
F E E L I N G

I’m going to be very honest and say that I am feeling very anxious. A lot of that is induced by alcohol consumption over the weekend but nevertheless it’s real. I’m also feeling very relaxed though. I’ve had a really lovely weekend away with one of my friends and am glad that I’ve had to weekend to wind down. I feel as though the anxiety I experienced last night is also a result of a few weeks of non-stop going, never stopping. I think my brain and body both needed time to switch off and I’m very glad that I got that this weekend. 

 W A T C H I N G
This weekend I’ve watched Mamma Mia, The Proposal, and Notting Hill. I’ve also started to watch The Keepers on Netflix and it is so interesting. If you haven’t started watching this I would highly recommend it. See the trailer below to see if it is something that you would be interested in. 

General musings

Book Review: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

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Elizabeth is Missing is about an older woman called Maud who is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. Throughout this book we experience her life both past and present. We travel back into Maud’s memories when she was a young girl, living at home, and trying to make sense of a family tragedy. Flash forward to the modern day, and Maud is trying very hard to comprehend the world around her. She seems to be obsessed with one thing, that Elizabeth is Missing.

The extreme confusion that Maud appears to be feeling is a very powerful observation of what it must be like to suffer from a memory related disease. Her utter confusion about everyday items such as pencils and umbrellas is very insightful. I remember when my grandfather’s memory was going and it was very difficult to watch, but how much more painful must it be to be the person experiencing it?

In the end, we come to understand where Maud gets her wires crossed, and why things such as planting marrows are important to her. Her daughter Helen and her granddaughter Katy do their best to ensure that Maud is kept safe and try to remain patient with Maud’s relentless questioning. Are all of her queries and statements just a confused old woman’s train of thought, or does Maud’s memory serve her correctly? Will she ever find out what happened to Elizabeth, and will she ever get peace from the past that haunts her?

This book is an eye-opening read. We often sit by and observe the effects of dementia, but never give much thought to the way that the individual affected by it must feel. I really enjoyed this book and was very impressed with the ending. The book will leave you confused at times. You’ll find yourself asking whether Maud’s memories can be trusted; is she a reliable narrator? Will we ever understand what happened in her past? And, where the hell is Elizabeth?!

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A great read! Definitely worth picking it up!

The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently #8

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R E A D I N G

This week I’ve finished reading Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, and a review is scheduled to go live tomorrow morning!

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I have since moved onto a new book called Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I’m not too far into the book but it appears to be a very nice, sweet read. It’s about young Madeline who, due to an illness involving very serious allergies, is unable to leave her house.

She has, in the first few pages so this isn’t a spoiler, become attracted to the boy next door and I’m expecting that this book is going to be a YA novel about how love will always find a way. I may be proved wrong but we will just have to wait and see. Even though I feel like this may be a bit predictable, I’ve had a few laugh-out-loud moments and am really enjoying it so far! I’ve also just found out that it is being adapted into a movie and is due to be released on the 18th of August in Ireland! Don’t you just love when a book you’re reading is due to be a movie soon? It almost always means that the book is great!

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W R I T I N G

I’m currently writing the same assignment I was talking about last week. I’m 2/5 of the way through it thanks to a lot of time and effort put in over the weekend and I just cannot wait until it is finished. It is a heartbreaker!!

I also, when this bloody assignment is out of the way, want to work on a blog post schedule whereby I have regular posting days and can stick to that. For example, I always try to post a Sunday Currently blog post but would love to have that commitment to other days of the week too!

L I S T E N I N G

In the past two days I’ve been listening to a lot of instrumental, movie soundtrack type of music because that genre of music always helps me to focus. I also really like the song that won the Eurovision last night but think that the sister, the girl who wrote the song, sings it much better than the brother, the guy who performed the song! Have a listen below and see what you think! Is it just me or does she have a hint of Norah Jones about her voice?!

S M E L L I N G

This week its salt water, and fresh sea air! I’m at the west coast and I’m walking up to the beach every now and then to take breaks from my work! Nothing beats that smell!

H O P I N G

That this next 3/5 of the assignment will be a doddle! Then I will be celebrating being finally finished my Post Grad! (After already doing two Post Grads you’d swear I wasn’t educated enough!!!)

W E A R I N G

Currently in comfy gym gear! Nothing spectacular at all I’m afraid!

L O V I N G

I am loving the fact that I have a mobile home to escape to each weekend. I love getting away from the rat race, and away from the city; I am much calmer when I am surrounded by nature and am so grateful to have a place by the beach at my disposal! It’s a very special kind of anticipation, when you know that you have somewhere beautiful to go at the weekends; it makes the working week just that little bit more tolerable!

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F E E L I N G

I am feeling very excited! There are lots of fun things on the horizon for me and I cannot wait! Not only is the upcoming weekend the end of my Post Grad, it is also my friend’s Hen Party and I cannot wait! It’s so exciting when one of your friends is getting married and I love how there’s a big girls weekend away to celebrate! I won’t post any details here today about the plans because it’s all a big surprise but I am really looking forward to it!

As well as that I have a pretty epic holiday planned for the summer. I am going over to Himself in Alaska for two weeks and then we will be spending a few days in Vancouver – my favourite city in the world – before coming back to Ireland together! I was there two years ago with my friends and am so excited about going back!

The countdown is on – only 36 days until I am getting on a plane to see Himself after four and a half long ass months!!

 W A T C H I N G

I’ve not been watching anything this weekend except for the word count on my assignment! It feels something like this:

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I hope everyone has a wonderful week – make sure you plan something to look forward to! It makes all the difference!

Cx

Positivity

Happier

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Happiness is a way of life. A habit. A mindset. It is something that we are all hoping to feel each day. When we die we want to look back and know that we have lead lives full of happiness, excitement and joy.

How do we make sure that this is our priority? How do we remind ourselves on a daily basis that we need to focus on the good things and be grateful for the little things in life? Let me share a very special tool with you: Happier.

Happier was set up by Nataly Kogan in 2013. The website shares many different articles about how to incorporate a positive attitude into your day to day life. One element of Happier that I absolutely adore is the theory behind the psychology of colour – something that I have always had a very particular interest in! There is also an amazing, free app which you can download where you can photo-document all of the little things in life that make you happy. It also has many short courses which allow you to explore different ways in which to bring more happiness into your life.

More than 11,000 scientific studies show that developing a gratitude habit helps you feel more optimistic, sleep better, be more creative, productive, and less stressed.

And it’s the smallest moments that have the biggest impact on how happy you feel.

Nataly was a refugee from Russia and truly knows how important it is to keep your head up and strive to do the best you can in life. Watch her Ted Talk below to find out more about this inspirational woman and the journey she has been on.

My advice to you is this; if you want to be happier, if you want to express gratitude, and if you want to recognize the little joys, the little things, then this is an app for you. I often download different apps and eventually get bored and decide to delete them. Thankfully this has never happened with the Happier App. I am so in love with it! It is very user friendly and is such a great tool to keep you looking at the bright side of life.

Take 15 minutes out of your day and watch this video, I promise you that you won’t be sorry!

 

Cx