3 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR CREATIVITY ON INSTAGRAM...
1. Think about what inspires you. Look at photos or accounts that really capture your attention and think, “What is inspiring me here?” Use this to fuel your creativity and for inspiration for your next project.
2. Step outside the box. Sometimes it can be really difficult for us to try something new but being creative is all about expressing yourself and taking risks! Try shooting at a different angle, try a new style of editing or try completely stepping outside your comfort zone.
3. Head over to my #1 resource Pinterest! This is where I go when I’m struggling creatively or just need a little more inspiration. Create a new board every week so you can refer back to it when you’re creating if you need to.
How do you challenge yourself to be more creative? 🥰
Over the past week, my mum's birthday and anniversary fell simultaneously. It's a bittersweet symmetry that the dates of her birth and death lie within a few days of each other. I celebrate her life while I grieve for her passing. In the same vein it often occurs to me that she passed away at 45 yrs of age with half a life behind her and half a life still ahead, now a lost echo of what might have been. Over 7 summers I have worn all the colours of grief, the blue of sadness, the black of despair, the red of anger, the purple of detachment, the white of acceptance, the yellow of hope, the orange of resilience. It's a terrible beauty that my soul will always don. Grief is a complicated thing because it is the legacy of love. 💛
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Throughout this trip to Ireland, I took a series of timelapses that I'm putting together to showcase our journey. I'm really starting to love timelapse photography - not just for the beautiful resulting footage, but because timelapse photography forces one to stay in one place for a period of time and really experience a space. Time stimulates the senses, and seemingly static places transform into a performance of light, shadow, and color. I'm really excited to share our timelapse journey in the coming months, so look out for it!
Summer smells and stuffy noses
I'm a little late, but I'm catching up today #growingupinireland The smell which reminds me of childhood summers (and has sifted it's way through the years and into my adulthood!) is summer flowers and my sworn ememy freshly cut grass. As beautiful and glorious as these sights and smells are, I am one step short of leaving the house with a full on gas mask each sunny season. May to July... You are wonderful but you are going to be the stuffy death of me
Two golden moos on a Tipperary hill.
My captioning game is not the strongest before coffee on a Sunday morning, so you will have to excuse me!
I love how inquisitive cows are, they always amble over to see what you are doing, with their fluffy teddy bear ears and wet noses.
I hope you're all having an a-maize-ing weekend..... Sorry I'm all about that pun life🤷🏼♀️, but we are catching all the harvest goodness that this season has to offer. Its a wonderful time to head outdoors and see nature's bounty in full bloom! 🌾 #punsfordays 🙈🤭😂
Tomorrow we are heading back to the Sunny South East for lots more of this kind of thing ☝️and this time their cousins are coming along to join in the shenanigans 👌👌 the kids are pretty excited and I must admit I am too, I think it's one of my favourite places to be 🏖
Today didn't exactly go to plan although most days haven't been going to plan as of late.. we seem to have completely neglected any kind of schedule and keeping time has just gone completely out the window 🙈 So we've just finished our dinner now which means it'll probably be 12am by the time everyone's washed and in bed and then I'll be half way through the packing, cursing myself for not packing earlier but I'm sure the promise of a heatwave (however reluctant those clouds might seem I'm sure they'll do the decent thing and feck off for just one more weekend before back to school 😎😎) and a sandy beach tomorrow is enough to drown that out 😜
Happy Friday everyone heres hoping it's a good one ❤🏄♀️🏄♀️
⚡️☕️ FRIDAY MOOD ☕️⚡️This is me throwing away all my stresses today! Because guess what? Everything always works itself out.
There’s no point stressing over things that will sort themselves out anyways. So drink your coffee, put on your new boots, stick on Spotify’s Feel Good Friday playlist and have a great weekend ❤️
Boots from @kularfashion#kularfashion
I know I keep going on about autumn and winter because yeah I’m flipping out excited for rusty coloured everything, woolly jumpers, hot chocolates you know the score🍂☕️🍁 buuut at the same time it’s super important to make sure you aren’t wishing your life away and you’re still making the most of every moment because when it comes to it the clock never stops ticking⏰
Tonight we went to the park to roller skate and it was so much fun.. a perfect summer evening🌅💕 So moral of the story... while I’m super excited for the end of the year, I’m still making the most of NOW🌸✨ #goldenhour#summer
I have had such a massive response to my stories today that I'm moving the issue onto my main grid. I'm sure a lot of you have heard by now that the Amazon rainforest is burning. While this happens every year, there has been a huge acceleration of the rate of deforestation over the past few months. Unfortunately, while it is shocking, its not surprising. This issue has been raised for the past year by Irish farming groups and environmentalists alike in light of the Mercosur trade negotiations (check out my life on the farm highlight or Google it).
This is the true price of "cheap" meat on your supermarket shelves. While you may be saving a few pence in your purse it costs in other ways such as this. The whole "race to the bottom" supermarket pricing strategies of 1990's has left us with this damaging legacy of intensive factory farming in order to meet the demand. If we choose to consume meat, we must consider that any life should not be cheap and be respectful of that.
There are a couple of things you can do to help combat against this. First, support your local Irish farmers, who are investing time, effort and money in sustainable farming practices. Buy your meat from the butcher or from supermarkets who stock Irish produce. We here in Ireland are so fortunate to have as normal practice free range, grass fed and comparatively low carbon footprint family farms. I am in no means saying its perfect but the majority of farmers are invested in improving on this going forward.
The second thing you can do is make your voice heard at a political level. The Mercosur deal still has to be ratified by the E.U. Nations before it comes into effect in approx 2 year's time. Contact your local td's or when they come canvassing for election raise this issue on the doorstep. There is power in numbers, two simple but very effective ways are to use your wallet and use your voice.
Rainy Thursdays call for coffee and @ohcomelymag ☁️ I’ve been dying to get my hands on this mag for the longest time and I finally got a copy when I was away last week! It’s such an inspiring and aesthetic read🌙 if you can’t get a copy yourself check out their website instead!
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Suckin on buddleia
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Ho detto: dammi un biscotto!!!
No foto. Biscotto!!!
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Dammi un biscotto!!
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I was TERRIFIED to go to Rome! Here’s why...
For the past 11 years, I’ve been told so many stories about this city. It has been my Ma’s favourite place in the whole world since 2008. Every time any holiday was brought up, her trip to Rome was mentioned. She often chats about how much she loved the Italian people, the beautiful side streets and the amazing food.
My expectations for Rome were sky high...
To be honest I haven’t always been the biggest fan of city breaks so I was SO nervous on the flight to Rome. My bag was packed full of my Ma’s clothes and my heart was filled with what I expected Rome to be like.
From when I stepped off the plane until I was dragged home I absolutely loved every second of this magical city. I honestly didn’t think I would love Rome as much as I did! I fell in love with every street, every genuinely friendly and completely welcoming Italian person we spoke to and THE COFFEE ☕️ 🙌🏻
Rome will forever have a little piece of both me and my Ma’s heart! ❤️ This trip meant so much to me and I definitely want to go back some day and take her with me 🥰
Normally it's the mum's who are excited about back to school right? I only ask because these two scallywags of mine cannot wait to go back (quite possibly because their mum isn't as much fun as their friends 🤔😂)! Anyhow I shall enjoy life in the slow lane and lack of clock watching for the coming days, September is looming large and next week will bring organisation galore!
This day last year I was heading off on the most amazing Greek adventure with my bestie🌺
If you’ve never been Greek island hopping, you need to go.. it was definitely one of the best trips I’ve ever been on✨
Also.. it’s less than a week until we’re off to Portugal 🇵🇹🇵🇹Get me on that plane now😂✈️💖 #travelplaneandsimple
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Warm Days and Holidays
Since I missed posting my picture yesterday, I am doing a two in one today. #growingupinireland@johnnymagorybusiness
When I think of warm, sunny days as a child I think of everyone being packed up in the car so fast for fear of the weather changing in seconds. We would usually go picnicing or wandering trails somewhere. Our favourite was #donadeaforest , which is still a firm favourite of mine and where I'm lucky enough to have gotten married in.
Holidays as a child however were not necessarily 'warm.' I do not think you were on holiday in Ireland as a child unless you were making sandcastles in your shorts, raincoat and I love Kylie baseball cap in the misty rain, am I right?!