Monday, 30 March 2015

Liebster Award | Take 2

Recently I was a nominated a second time for the Liebster Award again for the by the lovely Imogen

1  Thank and link the person who nominated you.
2  Answer the nominators 11 questions.
3  Nominate 11 blogs who you believe deserve this award and include their links.
4  Create 11 new questions for your nominees to answer.
5  Notify your nominees that they've been nominated by commenting on their blogs.

No point in hanging around - let's get straight to Olivia's questions!

What is the reason behind you Blogger name?
I'm not 100% sure if I've talked about this before but I did mention it in this post that I wrote last year that will give you a clear insight into how the name Breathing Silver Linings came about. Basically, through living the alternative life that I have done, I have had to grow up viewing the world as a glass half full, and looking for the brighter side to most things. In the past I've described this as if you had to consume the silver linings - hence the name! A lot of people have come up to me and complimented me on the name of my blog, it's definitely something different and that's exactly what I wanted.

2 If you could be anywhere in the world where would you be and why?
Hmm, this is a tough one- and I could give a million answers. Instead, I'll answer the unconventional way. I'd like to live in a world that we could all feel comfortable and confident in ourselves. I would like to live in a world where our aesthetic shell isn't dominated by views and opinions from people who they think that we are. I'd like to live in a world where public pavements are actually suitable to walk on in every town, I'm sick of walking on craters. Also, if trains/buses had blankets and pillows for us to sleep that would be really great. Finally, National Tea Drinking Day should be a thing. I think I've got it all covered.

3 What three words would you choose to describe your fashion style?
Casual, comfortable, Catherine-esque.

4 What is your favourite type of music?
Alternative usually, indie, folk - that type of thing. I've put together a few "Albums of the Month" type posts. If you want to see exactly what I like to listen to, have a gander at them!

5 If you knew you couldn't fail at anything today, What would you do?
I would cook all day long! Anyone that knows me, knows I am not going to be your domestic goddess. I find cooking quite challenging, so a day where I could whip up a few decant things would be lovely. I made a cracking egg-fried rice though, if that counts?

6 What is your favourite TV programme?
I don't have a particular favourite programme but I do like to watch a variety of things; Downtown Abbey, Home and Away, Friends, Misfits, Suits etc. I also watch the news and other current affair-type programmes. I did say I watch a variety!

7 What means most to you, other than friends and family?

I think the most important thing to be right now, other than the obvious - is not being afraid. The way that the media depicts our lives, or even some people around you can be quite debilitating after a while. It is so easy to be consumed by fear, and holding yourself back for the sake of a view minion opinions. This blog is an example of over-coming a sense of that. For ages I wanted to start writing online, but I refrained. Why? I was afraid of what people might think, and that is a crippling hole to be trapped in. The reward has paid off though; many people I know in my own life come up to me and tell me things they've enjoyed reading on this little space - and it means so much. At the end of the day, you are the person that is going to walk in your own shoes and see through your own two eyes. 

8 Are you an animal lover?

I like animals as much as your average person - I'll never be a vet, but I love dogs. Daisy is the queen in my house, she rules the roost.

9 What is your favourite season?
I'm going to be very boring and say I generally like them all. Although winter, with its wind, rain and ability to cancel your plans in a heart beat gets a bit tiring after a while. I like Spring, when we finally get the "stretch in the evenings", and when the daffodils come out and the lambs roam through the village. I don't mean to sound like a middle aged poet in a house full of cats, but I just like seeing them, alrighty?

10 What is your favourite thing to do on a rainy day?
Blog, drink tea, read - repeat.

11 How long have you been blogging for? 
*Counts on fingers* 9 months! It's crazy to think in a couple of months time my blog will be a year old. Time has flown, but here's to many, many more 9 months.

Thank you so much to Imogen at Just Imogen for nominating me. I really enjoy these types of posts for a change!

Below are the people I nominate, along with the questions for you to answer.

I nominate:

1 What made you first want to start blogging?

2 Top five apps from your smart phone?

3 Finish this sentence; "Sometimes we need to...."

4 What is your favourite way to relax?

5 A quote/piece of advice from your childhood. 

6 Four things you can't live without.

7 What is/are your favourite song lyric(s)?

8 "_____ is over-rated"

9 Mention something you're currently loving.

10 Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?

11 What is one thing your readers may not know about you?

Thank you again Imogen. I'm looking forward to seeing all of your posts on this one!


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Life Lately | Lemons and Roses

It's not unlike me to take the odd hiatus from this space every once and a while. I could come up with a litany of excuses; school, (lack of) energy levels and other lemons and roses that the world likes to throw at me every so often - no more than anyone else. I'll save you from that ordeal though, it's truly not that interesting, and wouldn't be filled with enough teenage angst you'd find in your average dystopian novel.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been able to (as my mother would say) "fully take stock" to stop and think about a thing or two. Lately, I've been chasing my tail with deadlines to stroke off my list and other Catherine-related-stuff. I would have always thought that the best way I coped with stress was to plough on with whatever work that had to get done, because that usually does the trick? With the "stretch in the evenings now" and the "fine drying that's in it" - believe it or not, I have no love for writing about a poet or completing a balance sheet or memorising vocabulary we all know I'll never remember. And with that, I find it very easy to run myself into the ground. Instead, I want to be out walking or cycling, or something that doesn't involve a paper trail. While everyone is busy posting their Can't wait for summer tbh cute little pictures, I have my eyes set on the 27th March- the start of another type of 2 week hiatus where I will have an abundance of precious, sweet, glorious time. 

While you probably know just as well as I do at this stage that I need a holiday and a serious dose of vitamin D, I will be around - tapping away at this keyboard for your eyes disposal. There will be schedualing of posts, emails answered, tweets tweeted, posts published, pictures edited, ideas flourished, a planner and a colour co-ordinated calender because who said I couldn't be the productive Pinterest lady we all so want to be?

Hint hint, wink wink, nod nod - if there's anything in particular over the next few weeks you would like to see, please let me know. 

If this all goes out the window, this will be a post I can look back on and remember how satirical I was at 10 o'clock at night when I should have been writing an Irish essay.

If you want to spice up your life in a wordy and moderate sense, stick around - let's see if that calender does the trick.

In the meantime, tie your hair up, put your lipstick on and don't let the boys be mean to you.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Why Don't You Drive?

As a young person, it's safe to say I get asked a lot of questions, particular at this stage in my life; "How old are you? Who's in your family? What subjects are you studying? What do you want to do after school? Where are the courses? Oh Dublin you say, well you're the brave one aren't you? And how many points to you need?"

Thinks for a second.

"And you said you're 17, so can you drive?" The attention to detail would almost be impressive if this question wasn't such a stickler. 

Majority of the questions above I can answer, I've a fair idea of what I want to do and how to go about it but the latter gets me every time. There's a lot I could say in response to this - but who wants to hear me yab on for 10 minutes about the whole thing? Not many I would assume. Usually I give a vague light hearted answer such as "Arah, not yet. I've my whole life for driving yet." The Irish are great at being vague about sensitive issues, aren't we? 

If this would be the end of the topic at hand with any given person, I wouldn't have a major issue about being asked this question. However, I do mind it when I'm being hassled about the friggin' thing;

"You'd want to get your skates on, sure you'll be in college soon."
"And when do you think you'll decide on starting?"
"Where are the lessons?"
"Sure couldn't you start studying for the theory test?"

I asked my followers on Facebook what age they started learning how to drive. It's quite interesting:

What's surprising about the whole farce is, is that it's people I hardly know start lecturing me about this. I know I'll be on the road within the next couple of years - but give a girl a break and stall the mini digger for a second. I'll give you a reason or two;
  • Have you SEEN the quotes for insurance for young drivers? Cra-zy.
  • Where will I get the money to sustain my trots around the place? I'm not made of money.
  • Through no fault of my own - I've grown up fearing the road for various reasons. I can't become Super Woman overnight on the eve of my 16th birthday because you say I should. 
  • I've got enough going on at the minute with school and work. Ain't nobody got time fo' that
A lot of us have this ideal that before we reach the age of 21 we should be driving, half way through a college degree and a litney of big nights out under our belt to name but a few things. That's conventional. 

When does a child usually start walking? 11-15 months? I took my first proper steps just shy of my 3rd birthday smack bang in the middle of France.

As you can see, I'm quite unconventional, full stop. What I'm trying to demonstrate is, it doesn't matter. I started, granted later, but I got there eventually. Driving will be the very same. My folks couldn't give a hoot when I start - as long as I'm safe.  I can't understand the pressure that I feel I'm being put under from everyone else. I'm all for "pushing the boundaries and moving out of your comfort zone" but to be fair, being behind the wheel is a bit more than just dipping your toe into the water. It's more like plunging head first into Saltstraumen.

There isn't a Best Before Date when it comes to our life's milestones. I'll start broomin' around soon enough, in good time and more importantly in my own time. And when I get my licence, let's all go on a cute little road trip and take pictures of our Starbucks in the car - because deep down, we're all striving for that same unattainable Tumblr dream.