Saturday, 19 March 2016

I'm A College Dropout

Hello Everyone :-)
I know from reading my blog post today some of you will be shocked and others have known for ages now but yes, I am a college dropout. 
As most know I was in Carlow IT studying media and public relations and from what I made it out to be I was having the time of my life, which wasn't really the truth. I didn't want anyone, especially the readers of my blog knowing how much I hated it. It was embarrassing, I repeated my leaving cert to get to college, finally got there at the age of twenty and then five months in decided to drop out ... truth be told, it's the best thing I've ever done.
 I loved college life I really did, I loved living away from home, I loved the Independence, I loved the friends I had made and the nightlife... well, it's safe to say I enjoyed that way too much (which is actually one of the biggest reasons I dropped out being honest) everything that happened in Carlow has shaped my life and five months there taught me more about life than anything else I've ever done but at the end of the day the course just wasn't for me. I'd never, ever put anyone off media and pr in ITC but for me it just wasn't right. Everyone told me time and time again that 'this is the course for you' and yeah I thought so myself but it really wasn't and in January this year I handed in my withdrawal form and waited for life to change.

I left Carlow in the middle of February and it was tough, coming back home to Carrick was pitiful, I had nothing, no money, no friends, no social life I really thought I had made the wrong decision which was one of the hardest things I had to go through in my life. The regret of dropping out would leave me devastated, bursting into tears at least twice a day. I was empty, back to a place I didn't want to be in, watching people move up the ladder and I had nothing, my dream of being a radio presenter was down the drain, I wanted to go back the minute I left, but if the course isn't for you then you know and there's a reason that happened. 
Mai (words of wisdom) K <3
  Obviously I needed a job so I searched the country far and near and no hope, for me going on social welfare just wasn't an option as it's something I very much disagree in if you're fully willing and able to work. I cried almost everyday looking for a job, I looked everywhere went on so many job interviews and no hope until one day I received a phone call from a firm in Clonmel inviting me to an information day along with my best friend who had also dropped out of college. I really believed my luck was changing but at the same time
I was so nervous I wouldn't get this job, I rang my best friend Mai and she just planted a seed in my head 'act like you already have this job' and that's what I did. The day was filled with overwhelming information, lots of talking and a crazy amount of presentations but that evening we were all invited for an interview the following day and I jumped at the chance.
 Heading into the interview I kept Mai's words of wisdom in my head 'I already have this job' and low and behold there and then I was offered the job and I'm not kidding when I say I almost cried, the relief of getting a job was the greatest feeling in the world and finally at 20 years of age I finally got my first ever job!!

Unfortunately I can't speak too much about my job but I do work in a call centre helping customers fix their broadband and phone issues, I'm in my second week of training and I have to say I don't remember a time when I was this happy, getting up at 6am every morning may seem like a nightmare for some but the early mornings suit me down to the ground. I wake up, put on my business clothes (Mon-Thur is business wear) and I listen to my two feel good tunes (holding on and astronomia) and wait for Crellin to call in at 8am before dancing our way up to Clonmel for work to start at nine. 
 When I moved to Carlow something weird happened to me and it's as if I lost some of my personality, the fun outgoing person I once was slowly changed into a quiet, reserved actually pretty sad girl and day by day I can feel myself coming back to how I once was and it's for that reason I know I made the right decision in leaving Carlow.

My plans for the future? Well, college is on the Agenda but I'm following my heart and going with a business degree. Ideally business and event management in Limerick Institute Of Technology but I have nothing set in stone, when will I go back to college? In September? Next year? I haven't a clue but for now I'm in a job I like saving as much money as I can.
 On Monday I'll be heading into my third and final week of training before we're put onto the live floor but within my two weeks I feel more sociable, more me, and so happy it's crazy.

The way I look at everything that happened is extremely confusing, I moved to Carlow thought straight away that this was how my life was supposed to be. I had great friends, I was happy, everything was new but something along those lines made me lose sight of myself and when you wake up one day, look in the mirror and don't recognise the person back at you then that's when you realise you're the person in charge of your own life and you need to be brave and do something about it.
 When you say you dropped out of college people will always turn their noses up at you but trust me when I say college isn't for everyone, to get where you want to be in life depends on yourself all you need to do is fake it until you make it. 
 Life is just beginning and I couldn't be happier :-)

Monday, 14 March 2016

*Competition Time*

Win The Divergent Series: Allegiant Merchandise!
To celebrate The Divergent Series: Allegiant, being in cinemas now, I’m giving the chance to win an incredible merchandise pack! Each pack includes; sleeveless hooded sweat top, bag, notebook, pen and arm strap phone holder.                       
In cinemas now, the Divergent Series: Allegiant (cert 12a) takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before. 

After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.
Based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling novels, Jeff Daniels joins the all star cast headed up by Shailene Woodley and Theo James and including Octavia Spencer, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts and Maggie O.
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Saturday, 12 March 2016

90,000 Hits.....Thank You!!!!

Hello Everyone, it's been a while I know but as some of you know I've just started a new full time job which means I'm up at 6am and home at 6pm...a long ass day and unfortunately blogging has had no choice but to hauld it's horses and take the back burner for a few days.
I was just home, relaxing Thursday night when my mother started shouting at me, well sweet Jesus what's she going on about now!!! but she told me I'd just passed 90,000 views on my blog and my days I couldn't have been happier!!! 

Reaching the 90k mark has been a a huge dream of mine and never, ever did I think I'd reach this milestone yet alone now be on the road to reach 100,000. I understand it means nothing to some people but to me this means everything and I couldn't be any happier. 
 I love keeping my readers updated in what's big in my life and hitting this milestone is something I wanted to really say thank you to, to you right now reading this. Thank you so much for checking out my blog posts.
With so many blogs out there I understand it may be irritating for people when there's 10 new blog posts going live from various bloggers but the fact you click on my link and read it means so much so thank you, thank you thank you thank you so much <3 
Lynda Xx

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

A Year In Space

A topic I've discussed time and time again on my blog has been Astronomy which is no mystery to any of my regular readers. Astronomy is one of my biggest passions in life and there's nothing I love more than the moon, a 'selenophile' as they call me it's the one thing that makes me stand back and take notice putting me in an almost trance every night I see it.
  There's one more thing that I love more than anything and that's when I see the International Space Station fly over Ireland, 'how the hell do you know when it flies over Ireland?' Well my friend, ;) aswell as that there's one man in particular, Scott Kelly (the previous commander of the International Space Station) who is now currently on his way back to earth after spending 1 year in space.

Last year Scott Kelly and his crew mate Kornienko blasted off into space in order to see the effects long haul space flights have on the human body (comparing Cmdr Kelly to his twin brother Mark who currently remains on earth) with hopes to see if one day a human will one day go to mars. Something very alien like to many people but something I do firmly believe in.
 When you think about one year of your life it doesn't seem like a long time, well at least that's the way I thought about it when I was repeating my leaving cert however spending one year on board the ISS is something I can't even begin to imagine. The duo who have spent 340 days on board the ISS will have orbited earth over 5,440 times and carried out over 400 experiments.

Everyone of my friends now know about Scott's arrival home and it's 100% because I've spoken about it so much, space exploration is something I wish was discussed more amongst teenagers/kids as we all understand how important exploration is for the human race and how much it improves human life.
 I'm forever thinking about life on board the ISS and how it must feel to orbit the earth looking down on earth and it leaves me speechless.
Ireland From The ISS
There's nothing more magical to me than space and everything astronomy related which is why I wanted to write this post today to celebrate the arrival of Kelly and celebrate this historic moment in space exploration.