Your Reaction Makes the Difference

So, I had started writing this whole other schpeel about the atrocious events that took place in Paris on Friday, 13th of November.

Some of the reactions that I saw on the Internet in the days that followed really got to me. It upset me that so many people- some of whom were younger than me- seemed to be so uneducated and ignorant. Their posts were filled with racism and hate and I couldn’t fathom how they could think like that.

The post I had been working on before this one goes into much greater detail about how I feel or what I consider to be a good way forward; but then I thought “sod it.”.

When attacks like these take place, everyone becomes an expert offering their opinion as if it is the only one that is important or true. While I did say I wasn’t going to go into any mad detail here, there are some things that I feel are important to remember when we think about the tragic events that shook Paris, France and the wider world:

  • Refugees and terrorist are not the same thing
  • Violence doesn’t make these problems go away, it just feeds the cycle
  • Fear also feeds that cycle- don’t give these terrorist organisations what they want; be it credit for these attacks or to react in fear
  • We need to open our eyes to the fact that this is not an isolated incident. Things like this happen world wide on a daily basis. Start being selective about the media you consume.

I’m gonna stop there. I still get emotional when I try articulate what I want to say, plus the world doesn’t need another White Girl preaching about how I think we should live. As the title states, how we react is what makes the difference. React with love, hate, or fear, and you will be greeted with the same.

I choose love. Do not let terrorism win.

Until next time..

October Thoughts||Love List

October was a bit of a roller coaster ride of a month for me. It had good, bad and some downright surreal moments. I’ve been trying to make some positive changes in my life and though the road is long I know that it will be worth it in the end.

Now, for those of you who are familiar with Victoria Magrath of In The Frow, you will know that she makes a vlog love list of things she has been enjoying the past calendar month. I decided to take a leaf out of her book (you know me and lists!) and do a Love List for October. You can find Victoria’s October Love List here:

#1 What I Watched

This isn’t necessarily restricted to October but over the past month I have been loving Casey Neistat’s daily vlog. He is a creative genius and is always up to something cool. Check out this video that he made at the end of last month with Jesse from PrankvsPrank:

#2 What I Snapped

This photo was captured on the first day I remember actually feeling the October cold. I was helping my dad with the car when I noticed the way the sun caught the spider’s web on the wing mirror. The windows and mirrors could probably do with a wash though!

#3 Who I Loved

Megan Megan Megan. This girl is amazing. I have known her for such a long time and this past month she has especially been awesome to me. She is infinitely wise about things I’m only discovering and she also came and got coffee with me that one time I woke up drunk. If that isn’t true friendship, what is? You can find and follow her blog here!

#4 What I Wore

There are a couple of things I have been loving the past month but I think the winner would have to be my burgundy duffel coat from New Look. I got it in the online sale here for the bargain price of €35.99. It is warm enough to wear with just a top or t-shirt underneath but there is also room enough for a jumper on colder days.

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#5 What I Did

Last month has seen me spend an abundance of time in Gloria Jean’s Coffees. I have also been reading lots! Amy Poehler’s Yes Please is what I am currently reading, but you can keep up with all the books I have read and want to read on Goodreads.

#6 What I Ate

Spinach! I have been loving spinach the past while. So good and versatile! #unintentionalpoetry

#7 What I Drank

I’m kind of addicted to Chai Tea Lattes at the moment but I’m trying to cut down. They are just so delicious, or as some friends call them “A Liquid Yankee Candle”!

#8 Where I Went

Dylan Moran’s stand-up comedy gig “Off the Hook”. I don’t actually have any photos from the night because I was too busy laughing my ass off with my brother a couple of friends, but a good time was had by all. Keep your eyes peeled for that in the coming months.

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#9 What I Heard

The XX radio station on Spotify is a gem of a station! There is a great mix of tunes from The XX (duh) to MGMT to Arctic Monkeys to Florence + the Machine and so much more. Well worth checking out!

#10 What I Used

I’ve been really getting into listening to podcasts on my phone the past month or so as they help me relax before settling down to sleep and my favourite has be to Mike Falzone and CoffeeGirl’s Welcome to Our Podcast. They both just have such great voices to listen to and they are also awesome and funny. Go check those guys out too!

Don’t Write Me Off Just Yet!

*We interrupt this programme for an unscheduled announcement*

I know I have already failed at my ‘one post a week’ promise I made to both myself and to all of you. My work hours have been increased and I spent my days off last week with some friends (also one was home from his Erasmus so I only had a limited amount of time to see him) which didn’t leave me with much time to blog at all.

I’m trying to draft a few together so the schedule actually works for the next couple of weeks.

Please forgive me!

Laura