Archive | January, 2013

Great Ireland Run April 2013- ah go on!

27 Jan

guys, i don’t like reading post about people who run a mini-marathon every two weeks and harrass their friends into sponsoring them etc etc…

BUT. just a tiny,  i think worth-reading but.

i have just signed up to do the great ireland run, which takes place on sunday the 14th april at 1pm in phoenix park in aid of st. francis hospice in raheny. this charity is very close to my heart as they helped my family and i through my mother’s terminal illness, lung cancer for ten long months. she was diagnosed in 2010 with aggressive small cell lung cancer and passed away 10 months later in our home.

the illness caused her discomfort, pain and an emotional rollercoaster every day. this is where the hospice team came in. as her primary carer i needed a break, i needed advice and i needed a friendly ear. they treated mum with respect, made her feel as comfortable as possible and joked, laughed and made light of any serious issues so as to keep her as positive as possible for as long as possible.

this is not me trying to make anyone feel guilty, not at all. i am simply explaining why these people deserve any help they can get- as they really are a light at the end of an otherwise dark, sad and very long tunnel. i hope you just take my word for it and that you never need to meet the team, for obvious reasons. but do know that someone you care about unfortunately  will, at some stage, need their help.

you can donate here, no matter how teeny tiny. i’ll keep you posted as to my training progress with michael bodycoach and will of course post some embarrassing red faced sweaty photographs or both pre and post race :

this is for you mum xx

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wish me luck x

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new year, new to-do list…

5 Jan

so i’m obsessive about to-do lists. anyone who knows me knows that much…

so for 2013 i couldn’t wait to get my hands on a nerdy new moleskine (notes on an iphone simply don’t cut it) and start scribbling for the new year.

here’s what i came up with:

more travelling– already planning a trip to zakynthos with the girls and possibly a trip to new york and miami is on the cards although wouldn’t mind another sunny break after the summer…and dream of new zealand to visit kiri, brian and sophie and australia to visit nicole, maria & steen wuhu! need to start saving asap meh…

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more learning- enrolled myself in a masters in digital marketing starting february 19th so i can be an even nerdier nerd and learn more ‘onliney stuff’ to keep my brain ticking over. next task is new desk but might have to draft some help to put that one together eek!

learn something new- got a guitar for my birthday from my brother and dad so going to get cracking on this pretty soon 🙂

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challenge myself- started bikram yoga this week  at init yoga and it’s awesome! very tough but feel like i have totally pushed myself after each class…i’m still pretty crap so hoping it get’s a little easier…or i get a little better! 🙂

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get moving- need to finish learning to drive, pass my test and get a little crash dummy to drive around…thinking a mini one or mini cooper or maybe a fiat 500? also thinking of getting myself some two wheeled transport…

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more fun weekends- not necessarily boozy weekends but i finally need to address that i didn’t get to see everyone who lives abroad who i love and miss in 2012 😦 so need to get cracking on booking weekends to edinburgh, london, reading, cardiff, krakow and gothenburg for 2013 wuhu!! also with the new-old-wheels i’ll be able to host some little roadtrips. win!

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just try and be a little healthier- eat more foods with no labels, drink more water and less caffeine, cut down on processed foods etc…maybe it’s easy to say but i also need to learn to be a little more proactive with my time as i tend to procrastinate over the teeniest tiniest things so need to get on with the show a little more, maximise my time and get the balance a little better…

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i’m open to suggestions 🙂