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Colouring in – not just for kids!!

I’ve been thinking about starting this blog for quite a while. With all the different new social media sites popping up what feels like every five minutes, I felt I needed to have one place where I could just share what I want to share, and pull all the different threads of my life together.

Food, music, friends, health and fitness are my main loves in life and I sometimes feel that I’m being torn in different directions when it comes to all of them. Hopefully this will be the place where I can bring them together. It doesn’t matter to me if no one reads this, this is a bit about getting myself together and a bit about having one place to refer new people when they ask for my contact details!

I’ve spent the last few days running around all the social media sites that I inhabit, trying to consolidate things and make myself more… streamlined? It may seem like a bit of a waste of time to some, but I really want to focus on music and singing, and that means having one place that I reliably update with my new things. For much of this year I’ll be studying music too, so it may also be a place where I share what I’ve learned.

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Project Me

Well, the last 12 months have been quite dreadful, in terms of health and happiness. There were many good times, but in between those were many extended periods of colds, the flu and stomach problems. All of these problems are exacerbated by stress, and what could be more stressful than suddenly going into third level education, studying a subject (singing) which relies heavily on your stamina and good health!

Though it’s been a struggle, I do believe that you can learn from every experience, whether you’re having fun or not. I’ve learned that I have some serious anxiety issues around the singing workload, and I need to learn to cope with that.

I didn’t make any new year’s resolutions this year, but I plan to make little changes along the way. Big resolutions overwhelm me, and I feel pressure and then guilt if I don’t magically transform myself. So this month I have given up Facebook. And each week and month I will set myself small goals and tasks, all centred around making me a happier, healthier person. One week that could be ‘make cookies this week and eat them’ or maybe it will be ‘Run ten minutes every day this week.’

Ultimately, this project will be about listening to myself and trying to do my best to be better. If I am healthy and happy, I know I’ll be more efficient! I am also not going to beat myself up if I miss something. This is a positive decision, not another excuse to feel stressed out!

So this week’s tasks are:
1) No dairy until next Wednesday. (one week. It makes me ill. No brainer.

2) Walk 60 minutes every day. (I’m not in college every day this week, so my usual tearing around the place has ceased! I miss my daily walking around.

3) Drink 2L of water every day. (Again, being out of the college routine has changed this!)

4) Make soup. (Soup is delicious.)

5) Pick a spot in the house to decorate in a January theme. Take a photo. Feel artistic.

There you have it! Project Me! I’d be thrilled if anyone would like to join in! Leave me a comment or tweet me @amysnow and tell me you’re in! Be good to yourself this week/month /year!!

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The Very Cusp!

Classy.

This Christmas has been stupidly decadent. Every single one of my lovely students gave me chocolate and I ate ALL OF THEM. (I shared, don’t worry.) It was foolish. And delicious. I also spent a lot of if watching DVDs and meeting friends, recuperating and hopefully getting the coming year’s illnesses out of my system. (Wishful thinking.)

Since we hit 2012, I’ve been on a family trip to Northern Ireland and on a hen weekend. I must say, Miss Estelle (far left) and her friends know how to have a good time. We dressed up in 80s garb and pub crawled in a West Cork village, much to the bemusement of the locals. One of the bars we shimmied into had a 20s theme. That was fun.

A lot of people have been talking about New Year’s Resolutions. Bleh.

As much and I have thought and written about it (by hand), I know that nothing is real until tomorrow – the first day back to school!  So it’s totally fine that I ate ten Celebrations earlier. And that I’ve not sung or done any exercise today.

My resolutions are as follows:

1. SING MORE – write and record songs, post them. Singing is the most important thing ever. However, on this, the cusp of the new year, I have a sore throat, so that leads onto…

2. GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK – you don’t have to be on form all the time. Sing through the bad times, but don’t record them. I just recorded myself singing ‘My Funny Valentine’ with a chest and throat infection. “Why?!” I hear you ask. Guilt. I felt I hadn’t done anything singing-constructive in ages so I recorded some songs. Whatever, it’s all a learning experience. I can only improve.

3. EXERCISE – every day. Get toned. Good times.

4. BE MORE POSITIVE – stop talking about situations and people in a negative way. Let it all breeze past you unless really need to get it off your chest.


5. LESS INTERNET – limit Facebook and Twitter. I am just the worst person when it comes to frittering time away online. I never get anything done. It must stop.

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For the Future.

Just a few thoughts before I turn off the light.

1. ALWAYS be humble. Don’t ever do it in a false way. You are the same as everyone else, remember that. In fact, most people are actually better than you at most things.

2. Always be nice. No matter how much someone or something is irritating you to the point of explosion, save it for when you are in private with someone you trust. Get it out, get over it, move on. If you’re mean in public it will come back to bite you in the ass.

3. Don’t be someone you’re not. Just stick to you.

4. Distractions are just that. You don’t need to keep up with things on TV or YouTube – they just distract you from more important things.

5. Sing more. Sing always. Don’t stop singing.

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September Makes Me Insane

September approaches. It’s the new school year, and for me that carries more meaning than the start of the calendar year. It’s deeply rooted psychologically – the excitement, the new stationary, school bag, putting on your school uniform again. It’s also the promise of something stable, secure and familiar – the routine of getting up, going out, doing things and coming home to relax.

OH HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED! Well, to an extent. Now I work in the evenings, so I wake up in the morning and wait for the day to begin at 3.30pm. It does seem that I am learning how to do life on a very gradual basis. For example, this end-of-August I have quite a detailed schedule of work I do from waking up time until about 6pm, after which time I can read, watch TV or Skype my friends. (Mostly the latter.) This is so lovely, and so reassuring and just like the days of yore. In a way, I am a little but wary of going back to the routine of getting up and waiting to work.

At this time of the year I start to get anxious that I’m not fulfilling my potential, and that I’m basically wasting my life because of sheer laziness. This year, at least, I can take a step back and say to myself: ‘No. I am working towards goals. I am doing as much as I can.’ A lot of this feeling of inadequacy comes down to being distracted. I look after people and let them take my time, even when I have a defined schedule. At least I recognise this now, and I can work towards fixing it.

Does anyone else have a panic in late August/September? Or do you just think: “I WANT NEW STATIONARY!!!” (I think this too….)

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Vision Board

Yesterday I made one of those lame-ass vision board things. You’re meant to find pictures of what you want in life and shtick ’em onto a poster. Or, alternatively flick through magazines and just cut out the pictures that capture you or spark your imagination.

I wish I had a camera so that I could show you what I put in. I’ll have to improvise with Google Images.

FOOD:
Muffin with star:

Trifle:

Mackerel:

Raspberries:

Blueberries:

Vegetable soup:

An orange:

Cup of tea in pretty flowery china teacup:

A laattteee:

Woman in apron holding a tray of cupcakes:

FLOWERS:
A yellow flower:

Lavender x2:

Girl with bunch of flowers:

Misc:
Girl spinning in pretty purple dress.

Needle and thread:

1940s lady looking mysteriously happy (Yes. I know this is Grace Kelly. She’s closest to the picture):

Paper party streamers:

Cracked Tree trunk:

Flicked Liquid Eyeliner:

Plus the words GORGEOUS CURLS and five pictures of Robert Downey Jr.

When I went to sleep last night I decided that this meant nothing more that I was hungry when I was making it. Which is true, but something is clear here. I like food. A lot. I only recently realised for certain that good food is one of my passions in life. No matter what I end up doing – if I work in SuperValu stocking the frozen section – cooking, baking, growing and eating food will ALWAYS be a part of me. I was brought up around recipes and ingredients. People knew we were about excellent food. It’s true that I would like my career to involve food. That is one of the reasons why “event management” is such a positive thing for me to do – it’s stretchy. It means I can incorporate my passions (music, food, dresses, people, singing, talking) into my life.

There’s kind of a crossover there with nature. Flowers and fruit.

I’d love to let a psychoanalyst analyse this for me and tell me what it meanssssss!

ALSO! Since I pasted all those pictures, my camera arrived from Ebay. 😀 So I may post one later of the chart! 😀

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Resolve.


I haven’t thought about new years’ resolutions at all yet. It’s almost as though I’m preventing myself from it. Like I don’t want to commit to actually thinking about anything seriously. I did a lot of serious thinking this year. There was that whole quarter-life crisis where I was trying to figure out what to do with my life. And I had that meeting with Ger and I thought I was ok and then I wasn’t again.

Well, anyway. I need to set goals for 2010, because 2009 was so very lacking in direction. It was just floating and bouncing and floating again. I am lucky that I have a job in a school for now, I can sing for now and I have piano students. These are all things that I at least don’t have to think about. I also know that I will be working for Midsummer Festival in the summer and there will be my brother’s wedding in July. After that I don’t know. But in fairness, that’s the next seven months taken care of. I would quite like to make a few new resolutions at the start of every month too.

Personal goals.

Obviously, I have to lose weight. I don’t even see this as a goal because it’s already happening. But it is a goal to be a size 10 for the wedding.

Things I want to take up: Low Whistle/Tin Whistle, belly dancing, running, continue piano and singing and guitar.

Finish my album. I can’t believe how long this is taking me.

Have some ME TIME. Been sorely lacking in recent months.

Sort the house out. Massive declutter. Paint, decorate, etc.

Make a YouTube video soonish.

Is that enough?