6 Things That Made Me Smile This Week

I was lucky enough to take part in a mindfulness workshop in college on Wednesday. One thing that helps boost mindfulness is gratitude, so I’ve decided to start a positivity journal. I’m toying with the idea of visiting Paperchase and splashing out on a new notebook *swoons*, but today I’m going to scribble here on my blog and share a few things that made me smile like the Cheshire Cat this week.

1: My Mam minds my little cousin Molly three days a week. She brightens my mornings and never fails to make me laugh. She’s such a placid kid and is a joy to have around the house. This week she ran around the house doing dinosaur impressions, which made me laugh so much.

2: I handed up my special subject assignment, which has been stressing me out for months. It’s one of the biggest college projects I’ve ever worked on so I was over the moon when I handed it up on Tuesday afternoon.

3: Riverdale is back. I am crazy about this show so that two week break was a true struggle. Oh it’s so great to see Jughead back on my screen. I’ve got the biggest crush on Cole Sprouse.

4: Twist and Shout by The Beatles played on the radio as I drove to college with my Dad. That song always makes me smile because it reminds me of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

5: I bought new denim shorts that make me feel really body confident. I struggle to find shorts that fit well because I’ve got huge hips and a slim waist, but finally I found a pair that make me feel super sassy.

6: My skin is clearing up. Bon voyage spots! I’ve been drinking more water, eating more fruit and using the L’oréal Fine Flowers Gel-Cream Wash and it seems to be working on my angry red blemishes. It feels good to have clear skin again.

What made you smile this week?

Sincerely Yours



Bad Brain Days

I’ve been feeling very down lately. My spirits are low and I’m running out of positive vibes. However, unlike my past self I now have the strength in me to make myself feel better. We all have our down days and one of the most important things I’ve come to realise is that it’s completely normal to feel bad and to cry from time to time.

On these bad brain days I often find myself focusing on the negative parts of my life. I sit in my bedroom and mope around like a grumpy little oaf. I isolate myself and do as little as possible. I basically do everything you shouldn’t do when one is feeling glum. Thankfully I’ve realised there are so many things that make me smile like the Cheshire Cat on bad brain days. So, I thought I’d share my list with you and hope it helps you too.

  • Disney: I love everything about Disney. It fills me with so much joy. I cannot get enough of it. If there’s something that’s going to make you smile from ear to ear it’s gotta be Disney related. Visit the magical Disney shop on Grafton Street and try not to spend all your money on the soft toys (I’ve currently got my eye on Lucifer, the sleepy Eeyore tsum tsum and the little Flounder soft toy. They’re just all too cute!) A trip to the Disney store or a Disney movie marathon will always make me feel better. Day dreaming about visiting Disneyland is another favourite of mine; I’ll visit one day, soon!

  • Friends: I tend to shut people out during bad brain days, which is the silliest thing to do. It’s something I’m working on fixing and I think I’m doing a grand job at it so far. I’ve started speaking to my friend Laura on the phone which is the ultimate pick me up (even if our late night phone calls are ruining our sleeping patterns) Chatting about light topics like what TV shows we’re watching or what we did during the day has helped so much. Our light, relaxed & goofy conversations have kept my anxiety at bay and have made me laugh like an absolute loon at 2am.
  • Volunteering: I adore being  a volunteer, it’s one of my favourite things about who I am. I wish I had more time to do it these days, because my family over at the volunteer shop never fail to make me feel better, especially Sally and Tracey who are two women that I really look up to. They are some of the greatest people I have ever met. They make me smile and laugh until my sides ache. They also believe in me and support me so much. Working in the charity shop is a great way to get out and meet all kinds of characters, both good and bad. It’s also a nice way to give back to the local community. Pottering around the shop and fixing the book shelves and steaming clothes on a Saturday makes me feel so motivated and gives me a much needed confidence boost. Knowing the work I do is helping others is the best reward of all.
  • My Journal: I’ve got at least fifteen journals under my bed full of thoughts, memories, fears, hopes and story ideas. I try to write in my journal at least once a day. There is something so therapeutic about spilling all your thoughts onto the pages of a journal. Pick up a journal in Primark or splash out on one from Paperchase. Writing is one of the best ways to get things off your mind.  Embrace your inner Bridget Jones and start scribbling away in your diary.

  •  Travelling: I have a part time job now which means I now have money for the first time in forever. I visited Amsterdam at the beginning of the summer and since then the travel bug hasn’t left me alone. I’m constantly scrolling through booking.com dreaming about staying in the swankiest hotels in London. I’ve recently traveled to Cork and Louth by myself which I am so chuffed with. Last year I could barely get on a Dublin bus without having a panic attack so being able to travel solo is a huge achievement for me. I’m hoping to visit London within the next couple of months. I cannot wait to hop on a plane again.
Let’s hope the bad brain days stay away and that July is a positive month.

2015 Highlights: The Cheshire Cat Moments

It’s almost time to say goodbye to another year and hello to a brand new one. 2015 was a roller coaster year for me. There were many low points, but a tonne of wonderful moments. I wanted to look back and share some of the great memories with you because I am all about those positive vibes. I won’t let the bad parts of 2015 rule over the good ones, so here are some of my top moments of 2015 that made me smile like the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland.

Meeting Rae Morris. I adore Rae Morris. She is my favourite female singer and she is one of my inspirations as a writer. Her album Unguarded is one of my all time favourites so it’s safe to say I was ecstatic when she announced her Dublin gig earlier in the year. I couldn’t believe I’d get the chance to see her live. I headed to her gig at the Academy along with my best friend Shell and it was beyond flawless. I was completely mesmerized for the entire set. To top it all off Rae had a meet & greet at the end of thee night. I still pinch myself I when I look back at the photos of us. I met one of my idols, a dream come true!

Dundalk Adventures. Long distance friendships are tough. My two best friends live in different counties so I rarely ever get to see them which isn’t the best. However, I’ve been super lucky this year and I’ve been able to visit my best pal Shell so many times. From the unforgettable (literally) Hudson Taylor gig to Tesco adventures, from huge McDonald’s orders to beach trips. I feel so happy to have such an amazing best friend and being able to spend time with her made this year ten times better. Here’s to more gin drinking and out of tune sing alongs in 2016.

Women’s Mini Marathon. Back in June I took part in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon with my friend Hazel. We raised money for the Irish Cancer Society which is a charity that holds a very special place in my heart. It felt amazing to do something fun that would benefit others. Raising money for charity has become a big part of my life so I was so proud for completing the marathon. The best thing was taking part in the marathon in honour of my loved ones that passed away. Thinking of them kept me going throughout the day.

Devon. I love the United Kingdom. I feel more at home there than I do here in Dublin. I’ve visited both the north and south of England and Wales over the past few years and have fallen in love with each and every place I’ve been to. However, this summer I spent two weeks in Devon which is one of the most beautiful and calming places. From early morning hikes along the Jurassic coast to strolls around the town in the afternoon, I loved every single moment. It was during this holiday that I truly felt like I had defeated my depression. It helped me get back on track and I even started writing again during this trip. I hope to live over in Devon at some point in my life because I love that place with all my heart.

Graduation. I’ve always loved writing. I remember spending lunch time in primary school working on my stories and writing a book about a kangaroo named Jack. This September I graduated from my creative writing course which was a huge achievement for me. To make the day even better the ceremony was held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art which is one of my favourite places in Dublin. My parents came along with me which was so special because their support means so much to me. The best part of the day was embracing my inner Judd Nelson and fist pumping the air with my two favourite pals Jamie and Alan.

Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. Breathe Kat, just breathe… This moment… oh wow! It means the world to me. If you know me you’ll know that I am hopelessly in love with The Breakfast Club. That film means the world to me and shaped me as a person. It made such a big impact on  my life and inspired me as a writer (thank you John Hughes). 2015 marked the 30th anniversary of The Breakfast Club’s release so there were numerous interviews with the cast to mark the event. E News were hosting a Q&A with Molly Ringwald who plays Claire and Ally Sheedy (my queen) who plays Alison. I jumped at the chance when I spotted the tweet from E News asking fans of the film if they wanted to ask the pair anything. I was hopeful and prayed they’d answer my question or at least acknowledge me, but I didn’t wanna get my hopes up so I carried on with my day. The next morning I was scrolling through my notifications when I spotted one from Instagram… “E News tagged you in a video” well sweet merciful jesus I leapt out of the bed and jumped up and down and screamed as if there was no tomorrow. I couldn’t believe it. They answered my question. Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy the stars of my all time favourite movie answered MY question. As you can tell I’m still gobsmacked and incredibly excited about it. It still feels like a dream!

Hannah’s Visit To Dublin. Hannah is one of the most important friends I’ve ever had. Simple as that! I would be lost without this girl, but unfortunately she lives miles away from the Big Smoke so I rarely get to see her. However, when she told me she was visiting Dublin I was over the moon! We had the sweetest little day, from chats over tea to visits to dinky little bookshops. It was heavenly. I cannot wait for more days like this with this wonderful little redhead that I adore. We both went through hell and back this year, it was an absolute nightmare at times but I will always look back on this day and smile like the Cheshire Cat. (Hannah, if you’re reading this I love you and thank you for helping me so much this year. I’m glad we defeated poophead and voldemort together hehe)

Happiness. It wouldn’t be a true Scribbles and Shortcake post without me getting all deep and sentimental now would it? The start of 2015 was a nightmare for me to be brutally honest. My doctor diagnosed me with mild depression and anxiety earlier this year after a number of bad life events, the main one being a truly harsh break up that I didn’t think I could get through. I genuinely didn’t think I’d make it to the end of this year and in all honesty I was in such a bad way I didn’t want to. I was just completely done with life. I was distraught, I was so completely heart broken that at one stage I wouldn’t eat or talk or shower or leave the house, I just stayed in bed all day. However, slowly but surely the dark thoughts faded away and the bad days started to decrease. This is thanks to my incredible and supportive friends and family who helped me in unbelievable ways. I fought through the tough days and surprised myself with how strong I really am. I didn’t give up on college or my passions or life. I kept going. I’ve finally reached the point where I am 100% better again. I never ever thought I’d get to this point and I am so crazily happy with life again. I’ve got so many ideas and plans for the new year. I’ve got so many things I want to achieve, places I want to visit, films I want to watch, songs I want to dance to and people I want to meet. There’s so much I want to do! I’ve got a brand new 365 days! 365 days I didn’t think I’d ever see. One thing this year taught me is to never ever give up (I may be singing Rick Astley’s hit song in my head right now) no matter how hard things are. There’s nothing better than looking back at how far I’ve come over the past year. I’ve found my true self, made incredible memories, made new friends and visited new places.

 There’s so much more to come in 2016 and I truly cannot wait for the new year. I’m starting a brand new year as the best version of me.

So here’s to a happy and healthy 2016 for one and all. Make the most of every single day and appreciate every moment.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”