Christmas Volunteering Opportunities

Friday, 1st December 2017


How’s it shakin’, bacon?


So, it’s December and that means we’re well on our way to Christmas. I want to start off by giving a link to a television commercial for the Saint Vincent De Paul (sorry!). There are far too many people who don’t have the bare minimum – don’t have a home, or who don’t know when they’ll get to eat next, can’t heat their home or have no electricity – ultimately people who can’t look after their physiological needs. I know I’m guilty of forgetting this. I’m in a fortunate position – I have everything I need and more – and not everyone is as lucky.


I feel like at this time of year it’s so easy to forget others – and I’m so guilty of this. I want this year to be different, I want to remember that there are so many people around who can’t afford to heat their house – and many who don’t have a home at all. There are people sleeping rough, in the cold of winter. You might be wondering: what can I do about this?


This time of year a lot of charities are under pressure to provide for the most vulnerable people in our society. People, I have often forgotten. I want this post to be a reminder to people that people are homeless. Sorry to start off the month on a relatively depressing topic. But I feel this is an important place to start because we can make a difference to someone. By giving time. Maybe by visiting a lonely neighbour, giving a meal to someone who wouldn’t otherwise have one, giving time or money to a charity, giving toys to children or assistance buying Christmas presents to a family who would otherwise miss out. There are so many ways to help people this Christmas.


So, this Christmas (and hopefully beyond) I want to find a way to actively help others. My big question is: who’s with me?


Until next time,




Friday, 1st September 2017


How is it September already? I’m certain my laziness has reached new heights! On the plus side should anyone need a professional procrastinator, I’m your woman! Or am I? Would I end up procrastinating my way out of it? Hmm… *shrugs*


I’ve been thinking a lot about what sort of topics I want to cover here, or if I want to focus on something in particular. I want to avoid being preachy in posts. How do I begin to express thoughts or opinions that matter to me? Can I do it in a rational and educated manner? How do I express thoughts and opinions in a clear concise form? Does anything on this small, irrelevant blog from this irrelevant person mean anything? Then I just start feeling like I’ve been sucked into a very dark place – just imagining what I could or, even, should be doing, things I’m not doing and my own irrational, yet wholly crushing, fears.


Does any in this short existence we have really matter? I don’t know, but I hope so. I hope that in whatever time I can do something. I doubt I’ll ever do something great, or big – but no matter how small it is, I hope I can do some bit of good. Somehow? I don’t know if I can achieve anything – but, one can hope right?


That got much deeper than I had anticipated! Sorry! And for all I know, this post will make no sense.


Until next time!

Bucket List!

Tursday, 25th May 2017



How’s it shakin’ bacon?


I feel like everyone has some sort of bucket list, whether or not it’s intentional or not. We all want to do things and have experiences to look back on, right? So I thought why not make my own little official bucket list. A small one.


  1. Travel – I have a giant list of places I want to travel to. I think it probably deserves a post of it’s own. Haha!
  2. Live outside Ireland for at least one year
  3. Swim with dolphins
  4. Rock climbing – actual rock climbing
  5. Feed sharks
  6. Go skydiving – as terrifying as this sounds it’d really be quite the adventure (and a good story too!)
  7. Zip lining
  8. Go on a date
  9. Donate Clothing
  10. See a ‘play’ on Broadway
  11. Write & Publish a Novel
  12. Learn to use Chopsticks
  13. See a ballet
  14. Get a tattoo
  15. Participate in a 5K race
  16. Go to an aquarium
  17. Visit a pyramid
  18. Go on a Road Trip
  19. Be an extra in a movie
  20. Attend a Masquerade


Is any of this even achievable? I guess we’ll see! Any suggested additions? What’s on your bucket list?


Until next time, warm hugs!


Friday, 21st April 2017


I’ve been thinking and planning, a lot in some – perhaps futile – attempt to decide the future of this blog. Should I even bother? Is it enough as it is? Can I consistently deliver something worthy of the time of people who read it? Truth is, I don’t know. I’ve got so many plans and ideas and I feel clueless about seeing those plans through. I don’t know if I can deliver a thoughtful post today or tomorrow, or in fact ever. Am I simply a lazy writer who is satisfied to publish whatever I set to ‘paper’? Is that satisfactory? Should I be satisfied with some occasional haphazard blog posts to keep this blog alive and floating? No, I can do better than that and I must. I tell myself I want to write, but if I’m to do that I need to be more considerate of what I write and dedicate the necessary time and effort. But how? How do I make that effort? How will I ever know it’s enough? Or worthy? Can I ever be worth… this? I don’t know.

In the past I would have decided to quit before even starting. I would have decided that I can’t do it anyway, so why bother. If I know I’m going to fail, why bother? But I know that’ll get me nowhere – I don’t know if I’ll fail unless I try, really try and even if I do, I can learn from that experience. So, I guess this is my vow, my vow to try – to put the time and effort into these posts. Because I want them to mean something – to be thoughtful and entertaining, not lazy and boring. I want to write, to write something worth the time people spend on reading it because time is valuable and limited.

Anyway, until next time, warm hugs,


The Future?

Wednesday, 19th April 2017

How’s it shakin’ bacon?

Blog posts have been very few and far between in 2017. I’ve spent time reflecting on why I’ve been struggling with posts and I’ve narrowed it down to 3 basic reasons:

  1. I got a job – in January I started work in retail and for the first few weeks I was working full time and after work I didn’t have the energy to post or anything to post about.
  2. Lazyness – lately I’ve had much more time in which I could have posted but didn’t because I’m a lazy arse
  3. Writers Block – I’ve spent more time than I care to admit typing posts, only to delete them because I’m not happy with them. The posts felt wrong – I couldn’t bring myself to publish them


I sincerely apologize for the sparse posts and the excuses. I need to figure out what direction I am going to take with my posts and take the time to ensure I’m writing a post worth reading.


Until next time (hopefully soon), warm hugs


Long Time No See…

Saturday, 25th February 2017

How’s it shakin’ bacon?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything (almost an entire month). How did that happen? I’m sorry I haven’t been active here. I really just wanted to apologize in this post and make a resolution to try to post more often.


I have gotten a job (who’d have thunk, right?) haha! It’s a retail position and I’m still getting used to it. Adjusting to work has taken a while – but I’m getting there! I think there’s some form of stability beginning to occur.


In all seriousness, I am hoping in the coming days and weeks I shall form (and maintain) a stable routine for posts.


Until next time, warm hugs


The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

And that made all the difference.

How’s it shakin’ bacon?

I think I heard this poem first when I was at a Speech and Drama class. But, for some reason – out of all the poems I’ve heard heard or read – this one stuck with me. I couldn’t ever pinpoint what or why, but it was fascinating. Over the last while the poem was on my mind as I tried to figure out what about this particular poem was so memorable. I can’t help but conclude that perhaps it’s because of the metaphorical nature of the poem as a whole.

The narrator, a young person comes across diverging paths, or a significant decision in their life. They take some time to ponder which path they should take and finally decide on the path he deems less traveled, the overgrown path that has not often been explored. After making his choice he wonders what the other path may have had in store for him and perhaps even laments for the lost opportunity, reckoning that once his choice had been made there would never be a chance for him to follow the first path.

I like to think that I remembered it because it’s so relatable. As though, I’m travelling through this wood too, taking certain paths and wondering what the other may have held if I had chosen it instead, or perhaps even regretting certain choices.

Until next time, warm hugs,


P.S: If you’ve any comments or thoughts on the poem, I’d love to hear in the comments below.