General musings

Summer 2017

I've been away for quite some time. I had thought that the summer would mean that I would have more time than ever to write but as it turned out, the summer had other plans. It was the busiest summer I've had to date and there are only three weeks left until I return to work.

The summer holidays haven't always been the easiest for me. I'm not the kind of person that likes to be alone for too long, or sitting around and doing nothing. I get restless and impatient. This year however I've not had the chance to sit still and chill out too often! I've travelled to America and Canada for a few weeks and between weddings, engagements, christenings, and minding smallies, it's been a busy one.

With all of this time off comes a lot of time to think, and my brain has been on overload. I found my mental health was a bit of an issue for me at times. There were days when I couldn't stop crying, days when I didn't want to leave the house, and days when I worried about why my anxiety was acting up so much. I got very confused and was a little bit unsure as to what to do. However, in the last few days I've really picked myself back up and have done my absolute best to reframe my thinking and to feel more like me.

I've restarted my Miracle Morning practice but haven't been extremely strict on myself for timings or getting it all done within the first hour of the day. I've also started reading The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner and have been listening to Operation Self Reset on iTunes. On top of all this I've been doing journaling each night and going to Yoga every day and, even though I know that some people find it very boring, it totally centres my mind. Doing yoga each day in a yoga centre makes me take it more seriously and I have noticed huge benefits. I feel like my whole energy has been readjusted and that I am looking at the world with a more positive outlook as a result. If it's something that you've been thinking of trying I urge you to give it a go.

Obviously I've still been reading. I've read a good few books over the summer and hope that I will be able to post some reviews in the coming weeks. However I have a shocking memory and so I might have completely forgotten what the books were about! I need to get my ass in gear and return to the blog properly so that I can continue doing what I love; writing. Even if people never read this I don't think it would bother me. I write for me and it is one of my main passions in life, so much so that I am hoping to start putting my thoughts down on paper soon and starting to write more fiction. It is something that terrifies me, writing. Funny how something you love can bring so much fear. I think that writing and allowing people to read what you've created exposes you to a certain amount of vulnerability. There's a lot of fear there for me with regards to criticism, and also with putting myself out there, but I need to get over that and start doing it because if I continue to think like that then I'll never go for it!

So that's my mini game plan; get back to my blog, live my best life, start following my passion and writing fiction. Sounds simple doesn't it?!

So when I'm getting this back up and running I'd love to hear what you guys would like to see more of? It may involve a bit of redecorating in order to get my head in the game! Leave a comment below and I'll take everything into consideration when I'm writing!

Much love,

General musings

Where Have You Been?!

I’ve been exceptionally quiet here!
I have been working endlessly at college work and have not been able to read at all. I know this might sound very odd but it made me feel so resentful! I’ve been working so hard, day and night, to complete a fairly hefty project and in order to do this I had to sacrifice my reading time. Reading and writing for pleasure were deleted from my schedule; ironic given the fact that the tag line of this blog states “because there’s always time to read!”
I have been slowly reading The Master Key System each morning for 20 minutes as part of my Miracle Morning practice and am looking forward to reviewing it when I finish reading it! Fiction however was pushed to the wayside and, if I’m brutally honest, I missed it so much! It’s almost like a coping mechanism for me. You know that feeling of escape you get when you’re immersed in a fantastic book?! That’s what was missing for me! I felt as though I couldn’t escape the real world anymore. Not that the real world is a place of hurt or hate or torture for me, by any means! I simply missed the bliss of book reading! I’m glad to announce (and yes I’m announcing it because I feel like I have just climbed Everest!) that I have completed the project and can now get back to reading for pleasure as opposed to conducting interventions, researching academic journals and writing up findings! That is, until the next deadline comes a-looming!
As a reward to myself for completing the work, I’ve come to the rural coastline of the West of Ireland! A place where I have no phone reception and no internet! (Except for when I can tether my phone to someone else’s!) Why, you might ask?! To read in absolute peace and quiet!!! I’ve just finished Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and can not wait to write up my review!
So, my fellow bookworms and bloggers, please forgive my absence! I’m back and am so glad and so grateful to be able to read and write and review again!
With love,


General musings

My 2017 Action Plan!

Something I love about the turn of the new year is getting to start a brand new reading challenge! When I was in college I studied English and had to read all sorts of stuff from Chaucer to Beowulf, and Shakespeare to modern greats such as McCarthy and Morrison. It’s fair to say my love of reading dwindled during this time, being forced to critically read things like Tess of the D’Urbervilles doesn’t exactly ignite a fire inside me! 

To renew my love of reading I initially set myself a goal of one book a month, increasing my reading goal bit by bit every year! Last year I read 29 books! What a success! Not a huge number by any means but big enough for me! 

This year I’m planning on beating last years number and reading as many books as possible from this reading challenge I found on Pinterest: 

I’m also in two book clubs; one online and one where we meet up each month to discuss and decide upon a new book! I will   Most definitely be reading all of the books suggested in the second book club, and others that I can fit in along the way!

The plan for this blog is to review the books I read! I don’t know if anyone will even end up reading this, but if they do then I would hope that they might find some inspiration among my posts! 

Any advice, suggestions and comments will be most welcome! As well as any book recommendations obviously 😉! 

C x