All About Me

Hey guys! So you’re somehow still here reading my blog, ten posts later, yippee! I guess I just wanted to take a step back for a few moments and write something from the heart. Without being too soppy, I’ve really enjoyed our journey together so far. Makeup and beauty are just some of the things that I am passionate about- but that’s not all that excites me of course.

For those who don’t know, I’m a journalist by day. I love my job, the opportunities that it has opened up for me and the amazing experiences that I have been able to be a part of because of it. I’ve surrounded myself with positive, out-going and upbeat people that have helped give me some courage and guidance when I’ve needed it the most. Above all, my family have been a constant support to me with every single important decision that I have had to make so far. I’m still a homebird of course, I’ll always be at my most comfortable when I’m in my home turf of Limerick City. But I’ve also come to love the city that I have now become a part of over the last two years, and that’s none other than Dublin City.

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Me and the love of my life, Lou-Lou

I believe that sometimes you have to just take a gamble. The hardest thing I have ever had to do was move out of home but I felt like it was something that needed to be done. To go back in time briefly, I finished my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Limerick in 2013 and I still remember that day like it was yesterday. The buzz and excitement of finally having it all done was immense and deeply satisfying. But I was also very nervous about stepping into this new world that was just about to open up for me. At times I just felt like I wasn’t ready for it all, so I did what anyone else would have done in my situation and went on a J1 to Chicago.

And boy did I love every single minute of it! Three months of socialising, sight-seeing and adventure. I would never take it back. Once I returned home again, I had something else to look forward to- Graduation. I remember the adrenaline that was rushing through me once I finally got that piece of parchment in my hands that day.  It was all happening so fast, and I knew in my heart and soul that it wouldn’t be the last time. I wanted to go on and do further study, and that’s what I did.

So hence my move to Dublin. Getting my Masters was definitely the happiest day of my life so far. Everything was perfect and I got to spend it with some of the coolest people ever. The year flew by so fast and I was actually a little sad to walk away from college again. I love learning something new every day and I like knowing what’s going in the world. That’s just something that’s always been a part of me, which is why I think I sort of just fell into journalism. (Ok, I’ve degrees in it so that’s hardly falling into it but you get the picture).

Graduating was the easy part of course, but I was ready this time to take on the world.

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I somehow managed to co-ordinate my outfits with my robes…

Of course there are some things that I have done that do give me a little chuckle every now and again. Like that time I tried to make a documentary about Limerick for my class and it ended up being about me dragging my Bichon Frise halfway across the city… yeah that was a lot of fun! I do get a bit red in the face just thinking about it sometimes but it’s given me great memories. I filmed it on my birthday, with the help of my Dad, and we got a good laugh at how little I actually knew about the city at the time. I think he fed me most of my lines to be honest. And the irony was not lost on me when I was talking about the stigma associated with the city and there I was walking around in my finest Penneys trackie and fake UGG boots. Absolutely flawless darling, all the time. If you want to see me in all my glory, you can have a look here.

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That time I tried to do a documentary…

But it’s things like this again that I am really proud of. I mean, do you know how hard it is to stage, colour correct, shoot and edit in Final Cut Pro? Well, I do!

I think it’s good to be able to laugh at yourself sometimes anyway. You can’t take life too seriously because you just never know what kind of curveball you could be thrown. For me, so far I have been lucky, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t have to work my butt off. I think if you’re genuinely interested and passionate about something, you’ll do your all to make your dream a reality. I was fortunate enough to be able to meet some of my role models along the way and they definitely didn’t disappoint. In fact, they spurred me on even more and I think that’s why I ended up in radio and television.

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That time I interviewed Pat Kenny…

But Dublin for me isn’t just about the work. I’ve come to love the city itself. It has it’s ups and downs like everywhere else. My main complaint would be that it’s too big (which might sound a bit unusual to some of you) but that’s only because of where I came from. I’m so used to being able to walk from A-B within just a few minutes back home whereas here, it does take that bit longer. Everything is more spaced apart, it can be harder to find what you’re looking for. But there is more variety. In the culture, the people, even the cafes! And that’s just something I love about this place.

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A lovely day in Dublin 

But that’s not to say I’ll never come home. When I try and look ten years into the future, I find it hard to picture where exactly I might be. I’d like to think I’ll be settled and happy wherever I choose to go. I suppose I don’t want to put an end in sight just yet because I’m still learning who I am and what I want to be. And I think that’s a good way to live. Life should be all about excitement and change. The latter of which used to terrify me. But now I think, maybe change isn’t that bad.

All I know is, no matter what happens, home will always be there for me. The special allure of Limerick City will never be lost on me and it’s comforting to know that I can walk into it with open arms at any point in my life. For now, I’ll stick with the odd weekend escapades. But whenever I do turn up to my childhood home, I know there’ll be some burnt toast and runny eggs all ready for me thanks to my lovely mother.

And a little fluffy dog that just loses her absolute mind whenever she sees me walk through the door.

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But there’s really no place like home!

I hope you enjoyed reading this guys as much as I loved writing it. Talk again soon as always, I’ll be back next time with some more beauty goodies so keep an eye out!

-RTG

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