U-Turn

If someone were to tell me almost 2 years ago- on that first lonesome night when I was overcome with culture shock- that I would be signing on the dotted line for my third year in South Korea, I would…

Thank You, Trish

Have you ever told someone just how much they mean to you, or how grateful you are that they are in your life? I first came across ‘An Experiment In Gratitude’ (I have included links at the end of this…

Dear Me

If you could send a letter to yourself aged 16, what would you write in it?  I stumbled upon Dear Me while checking out a really cool travel blog- Travel With Lamb– where Tammy wrote an honest and funny note to her…

Inner Growth Through Outer Growth

Time and time again we get the urge to try something different in order to to tick something off our bucket list, or simply just to shake up the monotony of our daily routines. In doing so we get a great…

Delirious Clarity

Opportunities for personal development and growth don’t tend to fall out of the sky and into our laps. There’s a little cosy place of restrictive refuge that exists which hinders all our potential for progression and development- we all know…

What Makes Brendan Walsh and Hilary Riordan Tick

‘What Makes You Tick’ is a new segment where I will have a chance to pick the brains of some passionate and inspirational people from all walks of life, in the hope that by getting a feel for how these people operate…

The Early Signs

Have you ever been so fully engrossed in a task or activity, that you completely lose track of time? As the hours pass by they seem like minutes, and you may even skip meals without realising it, until you have finished. All…

Waking Up Right

The 10 short minutes are up, and the familiar screeching sound fills the room once more. You’ve been expecting it. You want to press that dreaded snooze button for the fourth time, but you somehow resist the urge. It takes every ounce…

Hundreds Of Friends, No Friendships

It has been over a year since I permanently logged out of a certain social networking site, and I’m delighted to report that there is indeed life outside the bubble! I wrote the following piece about 6 months ago, and I’ve decided…

Killybegs 1983

The following story comes courtesy of my father, Seamus. After reading about my encounter with ‘The Minnesotan Extrovert’ which I described in my last entry, he was reminded of a similar experience he had while standing on a pier in County Donegal,…