Friday, 29 August 2014

Guest Post | Silent Pressures of Social Media | Take 2 | How to Turn It All Around? by Mingaile Tarpy

I enjoyed reading Catherine’s blog post about social media called The Silent Pressures of Social Media where she talked about how hard it can be to constantly compare ourselves to somebody else, how easy it is to forget that other people’s lives are not perfect irrespective of all the beautiful pictures that we see on Facebook. I decided to extend this blog post and to kind of turn it all around, that is, to give you some food for thought and show you how social media can be used to your advantage if you have the right attitude.

First of all, I would like to make a distinction between various social media channels available, i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram (even though I haven’t ever used the last one yet) and so on… It is important to evaluate what those various platforms are and how we can benefit from them. For example, Facebook keeps us in touch with school friends, long-forgotten relatives and so on. It is great for people who want to stay in touch with each other and it is great for stalkers. There is another group of people on Facebook, that is people who like to show off. They post their best selfies, pics of their kids, parties, holidays and everything else which makes them look like they care about their image more than they care about living a life. Twitter has a completely different tone. Everyone seems to be very switched on there, everyone has a plan and posts tweets that benefit their business, generate sales and alike. Google Plus is somewhere in between; I am not familiar with the other networks well enough to comment, so you can make your own conclusions about those.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Album of the Month #2 | George Ezra

As last months Album of the Month went down well with a lot of you, I decided to fire ahead with another installment! You can read last month's here

I have been listening to a lot of different kinds of music this summer via Spotify, and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage has been on repeat with the last few weeks. Ever since I saw him perform "Budapest" on Irish chat show - The Late Late Show - I have been following him ever since. Initially, the only way I could describe his voice was - chocolate. Which is a pretty vague description. His vocals are so smooth and mature for someone of his age. I was completely blown away by him and his music so I had to check out the album.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Silent Pressures of Social Media

Do you feel under pressure to be "seen" online through social media or otherwise? Are you trying to conform to something, and you have absolutely no idea what that is. If you're just as confused as I was, you might want to give this a little read.

I am not anti-social media, I use it everyday and a lot of the time it's useful. But I have started to realise the certain strings it has attached to us. Our social media that we are connected to are extensions of us as people and we feel helpless without the Wifey (Wi-Fi) at hand, or when a snazzy picture we took and uploaded got ignored by our Facebook and Instagram friends. 

The idea of Facebook and all the other social networks is to stay in touch with people we know, to see what they're up to and how they're getting on. But is there ever a little piece in your head that goes:

Monday, 11 August 2014

Writer's Workshop | Scoil Acla

Photo Credit: Maura Mulligan
Scoil Acla Writer's Group 2014

Hello everyone.

I've mentioned in a couple of posts that I took part in the Scoil Acla Writer's Workshop a couple of weeks ago. Scoil Acla was a summer school established in 1910 on Achill Island  for the teaching of Irish; Piping (Irish War Pipes) and the promotion of music, dance, song, and culture generally. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength. People from all over the world, and the length and breadth of Ireland come to attend the Scoil Acla week. There are classes for traditional Irish instruments, Irish courses, Writer's Workshop and a few other non-musical classes are available.

This year was my third year taking part in the Writer's Workshop. There were a lot of familiar faces back this year, which is one of the nicest things about the workshop. Established writer and poet, Macdara Woods was back with us again this year to oversee the week. A few new people showed up to take part in the workshop - with that and a change of venue it took us a couple of days to find our feet. But by Tuesday afternoon we were flying it. 

Friday, 8 August 2014

Skin Care Routine | Acne Prone Skin | Vichy Normaderm, La Roche Posay & St Ives

Hello everyone.

For anyone who is following my blog, you will have noticed there was 0 posts this week :( That's because I was quite busy with the Scoil Acla Writer's Workshop. So I was busy doing something! I'll have a write up of that soon.

In the meantime, I'm going to be telling you all about my skincare routine. Skincare is something I'm really interested in. I love hearing about what products other people use for their skin, and some of you might be interested too. I have normal/combination oily skin. Although as I've gotten older my skin isn't quite so oily. I was never really a proper grease magnet. I would say I have mild acne - with my chin area being my biggest demon! Having said that, compared to other people, it isn't really that bad. I find as soon as I get sluggish with my skin routine, my face begins to show it. So it's important for me to keep on top of my game! I switched up the products I've been using about two months ago and I'm seeing the results in my skin.

Disclaimer: I am not associated with any brand or company. All products mentioned were purchased with my own money. All views expressed are my own personal opinions.