Stepping Stones

I’m sorry
I don’t plan to be here for long
You see the world
But I can see beyond

A stepping stone to the next adventure
Is all that the island is to me
Encouraging me to leap
Crossing every land and each sea

I will always return home
But growing roots is not who I am
Gaining up my confidence
Restoring the calm

I’m sorry that I can’t explain
How I just need to be on my own
Exploring anywhere I can
Not just the stepping stone

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My Travel Must Haves!

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To avoid your room from looking like this before you set off on a journey, you need to be prepared. 2014 brought me loads of travels. To France, to Spain, to Donegal, to Dublin, to Cork and to University in Galway, I’ve had more than my fair share of travelling! Not that I’m complaining of the travelling, of course not, but rather I’m complaining about the packing!

Someone once said that “Getting there is half the fun”. (If the other half is returning home then it must have been an awful trip! Ha ha ha I’m hilarious). If half the fun comprises of last minute packing and overthinking, then count me in! (Once again I’m so hilarious!)

My main obvious must haves for when I’m travelling is my phone, my laptop, every possible charger, my hair straightener, and a packet of crisps!

For holidays abroad, I pack a whole month into a suitcase when I should really be packing for a week. Basically, I’m not a light packer. I can’t just get up and go because that stresses me out too much. I also can’t pack in advance because I’m never too bothered. Oh the perks of being a procrastinating perfectionist!

You know those clear plastic zip bags you can get for the likes of make up?

I stole this photo from some website

These bad boys are my best friends. I use them for everything! I can see exactly whats inside them, which means things are never lost. AND they usually fit into hand bags so I never have to be rummaging around. I just have to whip out my clear bag and BAM I’ve found what I was looking for! (They’re also easy to clean and cheap to buy).

I’m the kind of person who is prepared for every situation possible. Because of this, I have taken the liberty to go through my basic carry bag and make a list of all the useless junk that I found in there. Enjoy.

  • Soap
  • Pen and paper
  • Pencil (in case the pen runs out)
  • Tissues and a bit of toilet paper
  • A portable water gun (I can’t even explain this one)
  • A mini torch
  • Plasters
  • Headphones
  • Lipgloss
  • Sweets from a box of roses (melted chocolate yaay)
  • Tan tights
  • Glitter nail polish

Obviously these aren’t must haves, but rather things-that-I-always-carry-around-just-in-case. I should be more practical and tell you to pack a toothbrush instead of a unicorn. (Yup, the first photo was actually my room.)

Oh, and don’t forget a nice pair of fresh socks on your travels!

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Hi Friends! This post was inspired by RelayRides. They are a peer-to-peer sharing car rental service who are interested to find out how they can make travelling easier! If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them from you! I can’t be the only one who travels with an emergency unicorn, right?? 

 

Fun Fair Day Out With Friends

Hey There! I made this video last week and thought why not share it here? Its just my friends and I at a funfair we all travelled to. It may be a bit dodge, but keep in mind it was recorded on my phone and edited with Windows live movie maker!

Shopping for Charity

I was at my friends house the other night, so safe to say I did not sleep. We literally watched the sun come up while watching High School Musical 2. So the next night I went to bed at like half eight- which is EXTREMELY early for me. My usual time would be out 2am ish..? Anyway, after getting fourteen blessed hours of sleep, I woke up at my usual time. A few minutes later, my phone rang. It was my aunt who asked did I want to go shopping with her. I said sure, and she told me she’ll pick me up in ten minutes. Panicking about time, I leapt up out of the bed and tried my best to get ready in the remaining eight minutes I had left. So my aunt arrives and I finally get myself looking presentable and off we go into town. She told me we were meeting my other aunt there in an hour. Around the same time last year, my mum took me shopping with my aunt. She is a health nurse who donates her time and energy into travelling to places to help out the poor (in simple terms basically.) Next week, she is going back to Haiti and like last year, I was asked to help with buying clothes for the children. And to be honest, I was honoured I could be apart of this. Last year, we bought about 15 yellow dresses, all the same pattern, and I was told by my aunt that it went as a uniform for an orphanage. How cute, and simple, it was that a dress, that probably loads of little girls in my town are wearing, is the same outfit used for orphans half way across the world?
So we basically bought out the kids section in the shop- over 500 euro on shorts and t-shirts all 2 euro. You do the math. We bought about ten in each size of each colour…ish. So since we had so much items, we got a cash register all to ourselves. And let me tell you- it was hard work to remove all the hangers, sort them out into different bar codes and pack them away again. But I wouldn’t not do it. One afternoon of this could change a childs whole day, or even week, or in the extreme cases; more. We then had to carry three full bags each to my aunts car. I should say lost car, as she forgot where she parked and we were lugging around these huge bags in a huge car park. Maybe it’s not a lot, but for one day during Easter to help children indirectly, how could anyone ever say no?