About westernbutterfly

Ciára Fisher. I am a 22 year old Uni graduate with fantastic friends, family and boyfriend. BA in English and Music, MA in International Relations. I want a career where I can give back. I love to read, surround myself with positive people and travel.

Discover local delights around the world ♥

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Hello all!

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Busy Busy Busy!

Hey guys! 🙂

So I know I promised a blog/vlog after I came back from Amsterdam but honestly I forgot how much work this thesis is! However I have lots of events coming up soon so I’m just going to keep recording them and writing notes about them and then I’ll bombard you with so many blogs you’ll be sick of me 🙂 My thesis is due in the first week in September! 20,000 words and it feels like it’s never going to end. For now I’ll throw a couple of Amsterdam pics your way.

Miss you all! Stay safe.

Ciára xoxox

First arrived in Amsterdam :)

First arrived in Amsterdam 🙂

 

Anne Frank Museum

Anne Frank Museum

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Compliments of the hotel ♥

Compliments of the hotel ♥

At the Koh-I-Noor Indian Restaurant ♥

At the Koh-I-Noor Indian Restaurant ♥

Dam Square

Dam Square

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By Central Station ♥

By Central Station ♥

Croatia, Lyme Disease and YouTube ❤

Hey guys! How are you all doin’? Awesomely I hope 🙂

So.. my month has been quite an interesting one, not going to lie. I’ve finally settled into life back home. I’ve moved back in with my parents now permanently. I’ve been used to being on my own, doing my own thing, without anyone questioning what I do or when I do it whilst in Dublin. So I’ve had to get back into the swing of home life in the countryside. I’m 22 still at home. When I was a kid I always thought I’d be moved out by now. But I never thought I’d be accepted into a Masters Degree. So things have worked out well 🙂 Living at home is the life of a part-time working student in Ireland now I guess! There are pros to living at home though, I’m a serious home-bird and I’m very grateful for everything my parents do for me. I couldn’t ask for better ones. I love them ❤

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Now as I mentioned in my last post, I went to Croatia and WOW! That place is beautiful. The scenery was mind blowing and I came back truly relaxed.. for a while! Aqua-aerobics in the sea, yummy food, plenty of drinks, sun bathing, exploring and mini golf.. what more could you want? 🙂 

Tragedy struck! On my last night whilst playing mini golf with my parents, I was bitten by a tick and unbeknownst to me contracted Lyme Disease. I had no idea. Never even heard of the disease before. That’s whats scary about it. Unless I’d been told about this disease I would probably of been left untreated. Let me backtrack a little bit though and start from the beginning:

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So happy on my 1st night 🙂

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The night I was bitten :/

It all started with a tick bite. I never even felt it but apparently you rarely do. They are so tiny they can hang on to your body for up to 48 hours without you ever knowing. Gross right? The next morning I woke up to pack my things and felt an itch on the left side of my right knee. But I always get bitten when I go on holidays.. I must have that sort of blood insects like so I never thought anything of it. On the plane home (3 hours flight) it started throbbing. By the time I got to my car and started driving us home (4 and a half hours later) my knee was stiff and sore. Dad had to take over driving. Still, I thought nothing of it. I figured I was allergic or something. So, lightheartedly (to share my pain with the world I guess :P) I posted a photo on Instagram of my bite, poking fun at myself at how I’m walking like a penguin :). When a lovely girl from Toronto named Liz pointed out that what I had looked a lot like a bite acquired from a tick and possibly had Lyme Disease. She said I had to go straight to a doctor and get antibiotics. HEART ATTACK TIME! I didn’t have a clue what she was talking about. Started googling the crap out of it and surely enough, it looked pretty similar. I went the next day. She was right. I had it. I was prescribed antibiotics and time off work for the swelling to go down. I am extremely grateful to Liz for warning me. It just goes to show, never doubt the kindness of strangers ❤

So guys, if you ever go abroad please please please make sure that you pay attention to your bites. If they start to expand outwards and circular in size, radiate a lot of heat or start to look like a bulls eye (like mine below!) get it check out! However a small % of people aren’t lucky like me and had a “obvious” looking tick bite. So even if you have a small one and feel ill, joint pain, pins and needles in your feet or you’re just concerned then GO! Better to be safe than sorry. Lyme disease can last a lifetime, better to have meds for a short time.

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My Instagram update post!

 

So yesterday I finished my last tablet. Lyme Disease free now. I caught a bug going around however as my immune system is pretty crap now so I spent all week in bed. One pro is that I got to relax and catch up on all my favorite YouTube channels that I love 🙂 con is I’m a social recluse who misses her friends and boyfriend ❤ however, there’s a silver lining. I’m getting better now and Amsterdam with Joe is next Thursday!! So a VLOG will be coming your way in 2 weeks! 

If you took the time to read this, thank you! You are awesome! And here is Liz’s page to help raise awareness to Lyme Disease!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lyme-Disease-Posters/622230391135807?sk=info

Thanks for reading guys! Stay safe and stay beautiful!

Ciára xoxox ❤

Moving back home and personal goals!

Hey guys how have you all been?

I’m finally finished all the chaos in my life. I’ve moved back home, completed my exams and assignments and finally falling back into the swing of a non-student life. Have to say that so far I am loving it because I have had time to catch up with all the friends that I never had time to see. For the first time in maybe a year I went out with friends on a Saturday night and it was fantastic (if not a little blurry!). And yesterday I had a lovely surprise visit from my friend Sarah who I hadn’t been able to see in months (once again a bit drunk). Also I have more time to spend with the boyfriend and the family which is always a thumbs up in my book.

But relationships aside, what has been the biggest change (apart from leaving Dublin) has been my lifestyle. I can honestly say that living up in Dublin hasn’t done my body any favors. So, with a heavy heart I jumped on the scales and seen what I believed to be true. I was the heaviest I’ve ever been. And I knew that. I was always a 10-12 trousers size but my 12s have been feeling a bit tight so for the first time I bought a pair of size 14s to work in. I’d rather be comfortable then squished into jeans that I shouldn’t kid myself still fit me. So, with this new knowledge I decided to start a new exercise routing and healthy eating lifestyle. NOT A DIET! Seriously I hate that word so much, it just makes me want to give it all up. 

So my routine has so far been as follows 🙂 

Depending on my work hours I either

a) go for a 4km walk/jog and do weights exercises when I go home from work/before work starts or..

b) drive 20 minutes to the gym and do similar there.

I decided to join the gym at a student deal after my Dad game me a 5 day free pass to try it out. Have to say that the more I go the more I love it 😀 The membership fee includes all classes and the pool too so if I wanted I could switch it up a bit! Have to say the harsh reality of this new exercise routine is blisters and cuts on my feet and aching muscles. But hey no pain no gain right? I began on Sunday the 1st of June and then weighed myself again on the Friday because I want Friday to be my weigh day. But regardless of it being just 5 days last week I lost 1lb 10oz which made me extremely happy! And it was THAT week to ladies, so you understand how hard it can be to lose weight as the majority of us women soldier on through weight gain and bloating that week.

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Diet wise, I wake up at around 9am every morning and make sure that I get a good and big healthy breakfast to get my through the day. This has been the first change because I would always sleep in and just have a big brunch. I have either Fruit and Fiber cereal with blueberries on top or a boiled egg with this new beautiful low GI and Gluten Free bread that you can buy fresh from Lidl. It is a life changer people and anyone who suffers from IBS like myself and bloats like crazy after eating gluten, than this bread is the one for you 🙂 I feel a lot more energetic and less heavy after eating this bread. It’s like eating air as crazy as it sounds and has a lovely flavor which makes me feel like I’m not missing anything 🙂 .. I make sure that I get a small healthy lunch and eat dinner by 5-6 pm. I still eat generally what I would have done anyway but with less pasta and treats. I’m not too strict as I am a foodie at heart and cutting out everything made me fail last year. I just make sure to keep exercising as that’s more than what I was doing anyway 🙂 Drinks wise I’ve cut out all soda except 7up free because soda is my one weakness. I am addicted to it. And apparently 7up free is one of the better ones to go for so when I’m craving fizz then that’s what I go for. When I go to work I make sure to bring my own lunch because I work in a fast food place as when you’re starving than the smells are super tempting (trust me I know). So that’s another new habit I’m trying to adapt into my life. Finally after I weigh myself on Fridays, then Friday is my cheat day and I will probably get an Indian/Chinese takeaway because I love my food! Plus it tastes better to me because I earned it 🙂

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So fingers crossed that this Friday I will be finally starting to see proper results after my full week. I’ll keep you guys posted.

p.s super happy to have more time on my hands because now more blogs will be coming your way.

Stay beautiful guys xoxoxox

Crunch time!

Hey guys! I want to take this time to thank all my new followers! It means a lot 🙂

Also this week is crunch time in college with so many exams and assignments, so if I’m swamped I won’t be writing much. However, I want to stick to my goal of AT LEAST one blog a week so here it is 🙂 just letting you all know this space will be more than likely blog free until next Monday. However, summer vacation is just around the corner, so lots of blogging and vlogging heading your way very soon 😛

until then though I would SUPER DUPER appreciate it if you could check out my new YouTube channel @ https://www.youtube.com/user/IamCiarasVideos 🙂 

Also I’m on Twitter at https://twitter.com/_IamCiara_

Until then, Happy Tuesday everyone! 

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