Tag Archives: follow your dream

How I wrote a book not entirely on my own

(There was a Time Machine in Besançon… or it might have been a Time Museum) Settle down, grab a cuppa and let me tell you the story of how I wrote a book with the help of six generous, creative … Continue reading

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Spending time with Vera…

(Notice the colour for the houses here is white and grey) I hear there’s more bad weather on it’s way to you. So I won’t mention that it’s been a lovely day here and I’m outside as I write watching … Continue reading

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Do. Or do not. There is no try. – Yoda

(Today we went to see the ruins!) The rain stopped and sun came out…and off we went to the roman ruins at Monografico de Conimbriga. These are the ruins of the old city (about 1800 years old!) of Conimbriga and the … Continue reading

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The Library

(I’m at the Library) So today, on the lookout for a Portuguese venue to rival McDonalds, I’ve come to the library. And I can report that the chairs are comfy, there is indeed wifi and I can sit here for … Continue reading

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Kickstart Your Creativity in 2014

Creative Space Sessions. You might think you haven’t a creativity bone in your body and you might be right! Creative bones need to be nurtured and what have you been doing to nurture them? Saying things like, “I’m no good at drawing… … Continue reading

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Fearlessness in Baby Steps

(French window) Ok….. so, I’m supposed to be practicing (from the dictionary: the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use) my fearlessness this week. I was figuring that might include … Continue reading

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I’m bursting to share this thing…..

(Lavender) AAAAAh I was taking to someone over the weekend and they asked me what I was up to and I mentioned my Kickstart you Creativity course was starting in November. And as I mumbled and stuttered through some kind … Continue reading

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Parthenay – not just a pretty town

(This is the Courgette Chocolate Cake – yummy! And no I didn’t make it…) It is so hot here today. It was so hot yesterday too. At the weekend we went to visit a little town called Parthenay. It’s a … Continue reading

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I have a very little fridge and I’m not going to fill it up with rain

(Some perfect scraps of paper) It seems to have rained all night so the ground was very wet this morning…. but it’s sunny now so I’m sitting outside on the swing. Since we got here I’ve been making craft stuff … Continue reading

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And so the work begins….

(The tunnel of tress) Last evening we went for a walk. There’s a farm lane at then end of our road and we followed it the first evening we arrived but there were signs and as we couldn’t read them (!) we … Continue reading

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Pensive on a rainy Monday

(Photo I took of Glendalough round tower last weekend) The weekend before we left Ireland I was down in Glendalough at a family gathering. Sixty-five cousins (four generations) from my Dad’s side of the family came together on a Saturday … Continue reading

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Very quiet day here….

Didn’t do a lot yesterday, took the day off and read…. But I’ve included some previous day photos. In fact we have so many photos we could pretend we were still here for another month! Or maybe we are…. (Another … Continue reading

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About open doors…..

(An open door….) Happiness sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. – John Barrymore Allowing yourself to follow your bliss leaves the door open…. Mairead.

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Pretend you’re feeling really, really confident…….

(Or keep to your own path…..) “Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.” – Meister Eckhart Now what would you do? Mairead.

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The art of being scared to death….

(Street lighting outside the National Museum in Kildare Street, Dublin.)   Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death. – Harold Wilson Kinda scary being who you want to be…. Mairead.

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Imagine that!

(1,213 year old leather buttons on Psalter at the National Museum) “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but Imagination!” – Albert Einstein Let the daydreaming begin, Mairead.

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Take a step… just a baby step.

(Field trip to the Museum in Kildare Street Dublin, here’s a close up low light on the Ardagh Chalice) “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Repeated baby steps are better … Continue reading

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Self Discovery…. Getting lost, frustrated and confused……

“I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost.  Maybe Lost is exactly the right place … Continue reading

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For anyone who’s feeling a little tired this morning….

(Happy Buttons) “Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.” -Aeschylus It’s worth the effort, Mairead.

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Fly birdie, fly!

(What you looking at?)   “The shell must break before the bird can fly.”  – Alfred Lord Tennyson Is there something you need to break? Mairead.

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Friday Quote – Expectations… Iive up to your own.

(Most of the Moon) I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine. – Frizt Perls Well that’s a relief, Mairead

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Turn off your DLPFC!

(Mixed media in progress…) I’ve been reading and listening to Jonah Lehrer’s book Imagine How Creativity Works. I listened to it last summer with the hens in the forest. They weren’t hugely impressed with Jonah but I really like him … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

(Way too much chocolate….) Is it morning already? I’ve been away in the land of Christmas and I have jet lag (or… sleigh lag.) So just enough time and energy to wish you a Happy New Year – it’s 2013 … Continue reading

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Art Works – Caravaggio.

(Clare street looking onto Merrion Square – notice the perspective!) I saw a documentary on Friday in class about Caravaggio (1573 – 1610), his full name is Michelangelo da Caravaggio. Poor guy, he had a difficult life, one of his … Continue reading

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Friday Quote – Once upon a time Picasso couldn’t paint….

(Remembering Canada)   I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. – Pablo Picasso What do you want to learn to do today? Mairead.

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Leonard and Leonardo…….

(Botanic Gardens, succulents) We were looking at a very good documentary about Leonard Cohen on Saturday night. It was called I’m your Man and had other people singing his songs from a concert tour, while he chatted to the interviewer … Continue reading

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Good Luck!

“I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson Today could be your lucky day! Mairead.

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Watch La Luna by Pixar!

(Butterfly on lavender at Powerscourt Estate) I watched a beautiful short movie on Sunday… here’s the blurb about it. There’s a little boy, his father and his grandfather and they are out in their boat. In the beginning of the … Continue reading

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Friday Quote – Is it you?

“There are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.” … Continue reading

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Friday Quote – Create your new story….

(Spotted on a building in Cahir, Co. Tipperary…. Life can be very short)   “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”  – George Bernard Shaw. Tell me the story you want to create, Mairead.

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