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 ❤

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Writer’s Block

I thought I’d write about something that is really starting to get on my nerves. The irony of writing about writer’s block…

I have an essay due this week. It is actually due today but I am ill and have been granted an extension. But for some profound reason, nothing is coming into my head to write! Instead I find myself tweeting (yes I know!), looking up Adult Education classes for my Dad to do and writing a blog to all you lovely people. Even on Sunday when I tried to write, I ended up making a cheesecake.. Procrastination at it’s best.

I have worked out the reason why though, well two reasons.

1) I’m sick. It really doesn’t help.

2) I actually hate this assignment. It’s boring and I don’t enjoy it. Trying to write on something you don’t enjoy is so tedious.

Although you could argue if you do it now, it’s out of the way and you won’t to face another Irish Studies essay again. But I don’t want to rush it and get an awful mark. Although I did enjoy reading the book (Kate O’Briens The Land of Spices), writing about the temporalities and possibilities of female-development is  another matter. I’ve only got one month of college left though. I’d better just crack on with it.. Goodbye Kate O’Brien and your feminist literature!Image

The Future Changes

I havn’t blogged in a while. I’ve had looooads of assignments due in and then what time I had off I was catching up on sleep and going out. However.. today has been a difficult day for me in terms of.. my future? What the HELL am I going to do when I graduate?

Now don’t get me wrong. I havn’t been completely clueless up to now. The problem is that my ideas are changing. I was at a meeting today… and I was advised NOT to do my TV/Radio production Masters degree next year but instead to do a Diploma in Education as a backup in case my dreams fall flat and I have no back up.. However I’m determined not to give up so easily. I’m currently emailing every radio and tv station in Ireland looking for advice. So far only Today FM has got back to me in what to do next year. I’m so grateful for that.. but what to do? If the councellor is right, and my dreams of working in Radio don’t come true.. could I really be happy teaching second level English and/or Music? It’s a very comfortable career to have and if I got into teaching I would be sorted for life.. but would I be happy? Am I willing to let my dreams and plans change?

So now I have to follow my head or my heart.. what would you do?

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Adjusting to college

I’ve been asked by a few people over the years on my opinion of college.. So I’m not going to lie here, college has been the best days of my life so far. Not that I’ve had a long life at the age of 20, but for anybody that has the ability and means to go to college, I would really recommend going. I am currently in my final year of college… ALREADY! God it’s so hard to believe I’m already in my third year. I have absolutely no regrets. However, it hasn’t been the easiest road to have a comfortable life in college. Here are the few tips I would give to anyone who is thinking about going to college:

1 – Research – make sure that the college/course that you are applying to is right for you. So many of my friends have wasted 1 or 2 years of their valuable time in the wrong course or a college they hated which has resulted in THOOUSAANDS of euros wasted. Seriously guys. Research! If you’re a creative musical person then the last thing you should do is go for a course like neuroscience. Sure, you might be thinking it’ll be good to have an impressive degree in the long run.. but at the end of the day most students drop out of courses that they don’t enjoy. Put yourself first.

2 – Set Goals – ask yourself “Why am I here?”. Picturing yourself with that legendary degree surrounded by all your new friends really makes all the difference adjusting to your new life. If you enter college with a dossers attitude, you will get a dossers degree.. end of. Go to college expecting hard work, and planning to try your best.

3 – Keep on top of things – easier said than done.. I know! Quite a few times over the past few years I’ve found myself up until an unholy hour trying to get that last assignment done or squeezing in that vital revision for that exam I knew about WEEKS ago! Seriously guys it is not worth it. Try to get little bits done over time and you will find college more of a doodle than I did. However, every student has at least that ONE assignment that they just can’t get the motivation to begin. If you find yourself in the situation where it’s 10 at night and the assignment is due the next day.. STAY UP AND DO IT! 😛 I know you want your sleep, but late assignments and penalties do not look good on your student record.

4 – Be an Early Bird – I’m sure for a lot of you this isn’t your favourite thing to read. I don’t always practice what I preach either. I have found though that in college, whether you live on or off-campus, waking up that extra one or two hours early can really help you during the day. Seeing as I’m in college Monday to Friday and I work the weekends, my time is limited. Having such a hectic schedule can mean I love that extra few minutes in bed. When I do apply myself though I can get exercise or college work done, and I feel fantastically productive after.

5 – Finally, have fun! – Challenge yourself academically, but leave yourself time to have fun as well. Don’t waste your free time hanging around doing nothing. Get out there and join some of the college clubs and societies. I joined the Dance Society and the Ladies Choir and I made amazing lifelong friends. Also, why not help run one? Being Secretary of the Music Society in my second year will be a good thing to put on my c.v 🙂 Go on night’s out and don’t be afraid to talk to new people… you never know who could be a new friend.

Ciára xo

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