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Thoughts on my 23rd

As I enter into my 23rd year, I come with pure joy. A feeling I don’t believe I’ve ever truly felt before, until now. Joy from the grace God has given me and the patience He has shown me, specifically in my walk with Him. But also joy, because of how He has gently restored me, even though I don’t deserve it.

His patience to wait on me to buy into His goodness and understand His reckless and never-ending love that can be found nowhere else but in Him has meant everything to me. And because of that, I plan to remain faithful all my days and practice long-suffering until the day I see His face. Because kindness like this isn’t something, you forget. It changes you. It gives you peace. It’s something you tell and show the world because words simply aren’t enough.

It’s fruit.


Things I’ve Learned at 23

1. Plan

You can plan all you want, and still, God has the final say. Become comfortable with submitting your wants to Him, but also understand that when your plans don’t come to pass, the author and creator of your faith is overseeing your life. Things will work out as they should, and He has your best interest in mind.

2. You’ll Have Questions

Questions… that’s the polite way to say doubts. Whether you have questions about your purpose or your role here on Earth, there will always be things you think of that God hasn’t fully revealed to you.  The crazy thing is, some of those things might not be answered in this lifetime, and that’s okay. But one thing I will say is, meet your doubts with faith every time. Sometimes you won’t have all the answers, but if you had all the answers, it wouldn’t be faith. Let faith be the bridge between your doubts and God’s plans that you can’t see.

3. Pros & Cons

There are pros and cons to everything. I know this is a simple concept and yet it has taken me 23 years to understand. Every decision has a consequence whether good or bad, and once you are able to truly see the two in every decision, then you will make better and more informed ones.


Things I’m Thankful For at 23

1. Perspective

I never knew the power of perspective until recently. Perspective can have you feeling like the scum of the Earth or the luckiest and most blessed person in the world all while dealing with the same circumstance. Protect your mind, and keep your perspective in order. It’s so important, and I’m thankful for the change in perspective I’ve had this year.

2. Family

It’s funny, I feel like I always put this one, but it’s true. There isn’t a year that goes by where I’m not more thankful for my family than the last. You can’t choose family but God gave me a pretty good bunch, and they mean the world to me.

3. Chosen Family

In this year I’ve lost a lot of friends, I’ve gained a few, and I’ve kept a few as well. My support system (chosen family) has played a big role in my life this year as I’ve grown to understand the power of community. I’m thankful for the people in my life who put up with me, hold me together, encourage me and do life with me, daily.


Goals for 23

1. Continue to grow my faith.

2. Nurture the relationships in my life.

3. Better understand/find my purpose.


Twenty-two was an amazing year, and I’m VERY excited to see what 23 holds. Until next time, get up, get moving and be salt & light.

Olive Branch

It’s been nearly a year since I lost my mind.

Tired,

I sat on my squishy bed with my laptop in hand, scrolling through a public file of your comments and replies, none of which were responses to me. I was

Hurt.

So I hid myself from you the best way I knew how, in plain sight. Running away from friendship like a soccer player running the cooper I was,

Surprised,

Or confused rather, that my definition of friendship had so many characteristics of you. How could the bar be set so high and low at the same time?

It’s been nearly a year since I lost my mind.

Spiteful

I sat holding my phone on your birthday. I had so much to say, but no heart to say it. I wasn’t ready to celebrate you. I had unresolved feelings, mismanaged pain, yet I was

Consumed

with good memories of you. Yes, good ones, but still I was so mad. The hardest thing about finished friendships isn’t the end, but the reminders. Like a

Stubborn

child refusing to nap, I pushed thoughts of you to the side. I wanted an apology, an explanation, but admittedly I wanted my friend back.

It’s been nearly a year since I lost my mind.

Content

with the fact you didn’t cross it as much anymore I was moving on. Is this what they call “growing up”? Moving forward as if nothing happened, with false ideas of forgiveness? I was

Convinced

only time could heal and surely it did. But when both time and distance are involved, sometimes they work against each other. My fondness for you, friend, never quite left, but it left me

Fatigued

and reconciliation ready. My fruits of forgiveness were ripe and I was fit to hand over the olive branch I tried to crush a year ago with my pride.

It’s been nearly a year since I lost my mind,

And today, I found it,

in the healing space between you and I,

in your harmonious hands,

in my best friend,

and I’m so thankful for you.

Vulnerability

V for Vulnerability

When I hear the word vulnerability, it’s like someone said the word “moist.” It just makes me queasy and uncomfortable. It’s funny because I used to think I had no issues being vulnerable, but what I really found out is that I’m great at keeping people at an arms distance.

The act of being vulnerable is uncomfortable, and I’m really bad at sharing personal details about my life.

I know what you’re thinking. “Sydney, you have a blog… about yourself. What are you talking about?”

I know, track with me for a minute. I do have a blog about myself, but much of what I share isn’t what I would call vulnerable information. I am willingly sharing it because it doesn’t take much out of me to share it. I share it because I love writing. I share it because maybe it can help someone else. But rarely do I share it with the intention for people to know the real me.

So about this vulnerability thing… For years, I’ve been praying for quality people and friendships to come into my life. I’ve wanted support groups, accountability partners, people who can look at me and say, “You’re not acting like yourself, what’s up?” even when I put on the facade that everything is good. I’ve wanted people who could call me out where I fall short, help me as I move towards sanctification, and much more.  Now, I’m finally in a position where I have those people, or I could have those people, but again, I keep them away.

I want you close, but not too close. I want you to know me, but only what I want you to know. Really I just want to be the introvert that goes to a coffee shop to be around people but doesn’t actually want to make conversation. That is me in a nutshell.

But as I learn more about what it means to live in community, I’ve learned those behaviors are actually the furthest thing from community. Community is allowing people to know you, all of you.

Not the Sunday morning you. Not the Beyonce version of “I woke up like this” you. But the you that nobody really wants to be around because you have problems, you.

Vulnerability is allowing people to get so close they could hurt you, but choosing the right community so that you can mitigate the unnecessary pain. You will get hurt being vulnerable, you will get hurt in community because people are imperfect, but as you exercise vulnerability in community, you begin to see what love actually looks like.

Vulnerability, community, and love. It’s hard to have one without the others, right?

It’s hard to be vulnerable, but it’s a prerequisite to community and love which are both things that we were built for because we were made in the image of God. So as I strive to become more vulnerable, no matter how hard and uncomfortable it is, I hope you strive to do the same.

Is vulnerability a hard thing for you too? Let me know in the comments below.

As always, until next time, get up, get moving and be salt and light!

Self-Care Ideas That Don’t Include A Spa Day

It’s no secret that self-care is super important, but often times I think the only vision people have of self-care is laying in a bath or going for a massage. While those things are both wonderful and at times very necessary, there are many other ways to take care of yourself that don’t include turning your home into a spa or actually spending the money to go to one. Here are a few things that I do for self-care, as well as some things that I hope to incorporate into my self-care regimen as well.

1. Go For A Walk

Where I live the weather is still very nice (actually quite hot), so after a long day, and usually after a workout, I will take myself on a long walk. To some, this may sound like a waste of time, but for me, this makes all the difference. You never really know what getting some fresh air can do for you until you try it yourself. Also, it’s a great opportunity to collect your thoughts and reflect on the day among many other things. I find that after my walks I feel a bit more re-charged and ready to tackle what is left of my day.

2. Spend Some Time In The Sun

This tip, as well as the one before, can go hand-in-hand, but even if you can’t get out for a walk, getting a little sun, whether it be through a window or actually outside can really be beneficial. I find that I am extremely affected by sunlight. Working and living in rooms that have a fair amount of natural light is really important to me because it plays a big role in my mood. If I don’t see the sun or felt its rays touch my skin during the day, chances are I’m not the happiest person around. So just giving yourself 10-15 minutes in the sun or near a window (with SPF of course) can be a big self-care tip that you’re missing out on.

3. Journal

I feel like a lot of people roll their eyes at the word “journal” because we’ve all heard it before. Journaling is helpful, and I think we all know that, but I don’t want you to get hung up on what journaling should look like. You don’t have to have a designated notebook or even commit to doing it every day. Journaling can be jotting down a few things in the notes app on your phone, or on a sticky note in your office. It doesn’t have to be a full-fledged story, essay, or memoir. It could be bullet points, fragmented sentence, barely legible writing, and bad grammar. I think of journaling as a brain dump. Just get the thoughts running around in your head onto paper and that is that.

4. Choose Your Company Wisely

Now, you don’t have the luxury of doing this every day, because some locations and people you have to be around are mandatory (i.e. work). Hopefully, you enjoy what you do and the people you work with, but if you don’t, on the few days that you do get the chance to choose who you can be around, make sure those people are ones that truly add value to your life. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Good vibes only,” or “Good vibe tribe.” They are often popular Pinterest posts or graphic tee slogans, but they have a point. Positivity, as well as negativity, are contagious. So give yourself a fighting chance at having a good day and caring for yourself by surrounding yourself with people who radiate good vibes.

5. Take Yourself On A Date

I am notorious for doing things like this. It first started because I didn’t want to wait for other people to do the things I wanted to do, but it slowly turned into a great self-care ritual. Often times you can catch me at a theatre on a random weekday with the whole cinema to myself, or at a local arts and crafts shop (pottery, painting, etc.). Some may think it’s lonely, but as an introvert who gets my energy by being alone, it’s wonderful. When it’s all said and done, it’s just 1-2 hours I take for myself and then I rejoin everyone else for group activities and outings.

I hope this blog post gave you a few new self-care tips or reminded you of ones that you haven’t done in a while. Self-care is so important! You can’t pour from an empty cup. So while you put others first don’t neglect yourself.

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5 Things I’ve Learned at 22

Hello beautiful people! Today is my 22nd birthday, so I am bringing you 5 things I’ve learned at the age of 22. Normally, when people do blogs like these, it’s, “22 things they’ve learned at 22” or “18 things they’ve learned at 18,” but I wanted to spare you all the fluff. Also, let’s be honest, I’m only 22, I’m not that wise. So instead here’s five.

1. Keep Your Circle Close

You’ve heard this spiel before, so I’ll keep this one short. When it comes to your inner circle and support system, quality is better than quantity. Period. Choose wisely…

2. Lofty Timelines Don’t Matter

You know when you’re younger, and you say, “I’ll be doing ______ by whatever age?” Yeah, how well is that working out for you? For me, it hasn’t worked out at all. Stop putting pressure on yourself, and just live your life. If you thought by now you would have accomplished something and you haven’t, and maybe your friends have, remember, we’re all on our own journeys. Timelines don’t matter. You’ll get to where you need to be when you need to be there. But more importantly, God has you right where He wants you to be. Trust in Him!

3. Health Is A Journey, Not A Sprint

Eventually, I’ll get around to dedicating a full blog post to this, but this year has definitely taught me that health and wellness is a journey, not a sprint. Some days, weeks and months you’ll be completely bought into your healthy lifestyle, other times, you’ll let yourself go a little. Regardless of where you are, scolding yourself into discouragement isn’t productive. The goal is to work your way to equilibrium. Eat cake, workout, drink wine, hydrate, go to bed late, eat plant-based, the list goes on. You don’t have to feel like you’re giving up things to live your healthy lifestyle. You just have to find out what works for you and stick with that. It’s not about what everyone else thinks healthy should look like, it’s about what you think it should look like. Healthy comes in many forms, find yours.

4. You Make Time For What’s Important To You

The saying, “You make time for what’s important to you,” still reigns true. We are all busy, so the question isn’t if you have time, it’s if you’ll make time. Not everything is worth carving out time for or putting on your priorities list, but never make the excuse of “I didn’t have time.” It simply wasn’t a priority.

5. Done Is Better Than Perfect

I dedicated a whole blog post to this topic, so if you want to read about it, you can find it here. But for the spark notes version, as a creator, it’s often better to complete something, than to slave over the details that don’t really matter and won’t make a difference. The creative gap, the space between the idea you have in your head and what you actually create, is real and can be daunting. When things don’t turn out as you have them planned, just remember that the act of creating anything at all was the victory. So finishing it and moving on to something that you can make even better is greater than stressing over the minute details.

All in all, 21 was an awesome year of growth and learning, and I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful opportunities and blessings 22 has in store.

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I’m changing up my blogging schedule a bit, so now instead of posts every Tuesday and Thursday, I will not post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. One more blog post a week! Yayyy!

Until next time, get up get moving, and live your best life!

Networking, Fostering Friendships & Building Community

If I’ve learned anything since graduation it’s that networking, friendships, and community are extremely important. Many people say, “It’s not what you know but who you know,” and I couldn’t agree more. That quote piggybacks off of the old saying, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Basically, you need others in your life to progress. Period.

You could be the smartest person in the world, and could have gone to the best university, but if you didn’t take the time to build relationships and network while in that space, well, chances are you didn’t take full advantage of your time there.

On a different note but of the same vein, while you can stumble through life alone, it’s significantly easier and a lot more fun to do life with other people.

But as young adults fresh out of college, the real world can be quite the wake-up call. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way when I say, it’s hard to make friends as an adult.

It’s not because we’re not friendly or because nobody likes us, but it’s because it’s actually a lot of work. To make friends as an adult out of college, you really have to put yourself out there in spaces where the people you want to befriend are, and sometimes that’s not always the easiest thing to do.

In college, it’s easier because everyone is in the same boat. You’re around people of about the same age, you’re just as lost and confused as everyone else, you’re living in the same area, etc. Despite how organic you think your friendships are, you are most likely living in a bubble and you don’t even know it.

But once you’re out of college and on to bigger and better things, that’s when the bubble bursts. Now, you work with people old enough to be your parents, you might not live in the same area as the “young and trendy” millennials in your city do, and long story short to foster friendships and build your own community you really have to seek that out yourself.’

So with that said, here are a few places that I have been able to network, foster friendships, and build community post-graduation.


1. MeetUp.com

Whether you’re looking for a recreational sports team, young professionals networking event, or some people to do your favorite pastime with, meetup.com has you covered. While I find their website and app a little annoying to navigate, once you find what you’re looking for it truly does help you to build the community you want in your life. You’ll find other people who are interested in the things you’re interested in, and it will allow you to network, foster relationships and build community by simply showing up to the events you sign up for.


2. Creative Mornings

Creative Mornings is held in many cities across the world and consists of a breakfast and lecture delivered by a creative in your local community. It brings together creatives from all over into one place where everyone can share ideas, network, and feed off of each other’s energy. I went to my first Creative Mornings event in July and while I was nervous to go alone, I introduced myself to one girl who then introduced me to her friends, and just like that I was networking and building friendships. I actually walked away from the event with a fair amount of business cards too, so definitely bring yours if you decide to go.

Also, you don’t have to be working in a creative field or even consider yourself to be “a creative” to go. If you have even the slightest interest in creativity or just want to check it out I highly recommend it. I went to the one in Atlanta and loved it, but I’m sure they are just as great anywhere else. Generally, they are held on the last Friday of every month, and registration opens up at 9am on Monday morning of the same week.

Tickets are free and they go fast, so look up when the next Creative Mornings is near you and set a reminder on your phone to register or else you might miss out! The people you meet there could be the people you collaborate with in the future or your next business partner and the same can be said for MeetUp.com.


3. Church

I understand not everyone reading this post is a Christian, but I am and this is one of the ways I have fostered community in my own life. When moving to Lawrence, Kansas for grad school, the first thing I did was find a church. I was new in town and while I had my teammates and a few classmates, I needed something more. I think it is really important to build community as you build your faith because it helps you to learn and grow in Christ, it places you around people who love the Lord as much as you do, and it holds you accountable.

Finding a church in Lawrence taught me the importance that community has in any context, not just church. As I have moved around a lot in the past few years, that is one thing that I try to keep consistent, and so far it’s been working.

So if you’re looking for better ways to network, opportunities to foster friendships, or a chance to build community, I hope this blog post gave you some good ideas. Comment below ways that you connect with others where you live and other apps or “clubs” people can join.

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Through My Eyes: Ireland

In early May I took a trip to Ireland. It was kind of spontaneous except for the fact that I had been planning it since November. So, maybe it wasn’t as spontaneous as I claim it was, but what was so special about this trip was that I booked it by myself, with no friends.

While it wasn’t exactly a solo trip for reasons I will explain later, it was pretty close. In the past year, I’ve become so much more comfortable with doing things for myself, by myself, because I want to. I genuinely enjoy my own company and have come to realize that sometimes you just have to do things, whether people want to join you or not.

I love to travel and really want to make it a major part of my life, but as many travel enthusiasts know, getting people to join you can be a struggle.

Most people like the idea of travel.

Few people like the idea of planning.

But even fewer people like putting money aside to make it happen.

Often times the conversations go like this….You tell a friend about an awesome place you want to go. They agree that it would be just as awesome. You begin to plan the logistics and when you present it to them with the price, all of a sudden they are no longer interested.

Suddenly they have to take care of something that was of no importance moments before, and that responsibility falls on the exact dates of your trip.

Now, I don’t blame them. To some extent, travel isn’t necessary, and it can be pretty pricey, especially for recently graduated college students. But just because travel isn’t important to others doesn’t mean you have to put my dreams aside.

My motto for this year has slowly become, “Do it, because if you wait for others to make plans, you’ll be waiting a lifetime.”


So enough about the motivation behind this trip, let’s talk about the actual trip.

On May 6th, I boarded a flight at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to Dublin. Somehow I got the last seat available on the plan, which was crazy because my flight had been booked since March. I guess it was typical airline overbooking.😑 (The lesson here is, always arrive early to your flight… or early enough. Personally, I’m not about arriving 2-3 hours before for my flight. But I’m also not about missing my flight either.)

With that said, when you’re the last seat, you are definitely a middle seat, and so I was for the eight-hour trip across the pond. I didn’t sleep at all, and my excuse is not because I was uncomfortable. I actually had a pleasant flight, but why sleep when you can catch up on every movie you never went to see in theaters? (BTW… Delta’s international in-flight service and movie selection are a 10/10. I would definitely recommend!)

Fast forwarding to landing in Dublin… I got through customs and met up with my travel group in the airport. Now would be a good time to talk about how this was not a solo trip.

I booked this trip with a travel company called EF College Break that creates and hosts fun trips year around for people between the ages of 18-28. I chose Ireland because it was a trip that worked with my schedule, wasn’t too long or short, and was one of the cheapest tours they offered.

I chose EF because their prices are reasonable, they literally do everything for you (even book your flight), they are a trusted name in the travel industry, and they provide a “no interest” payment plan for you to pay off your trip before going, without breaking the bank.

If you’re interested in booking a trip through EF and want a $100 discount, send me an email at sydumeri@gmail.com. You’ll get $100 off on your next trip and so will I! 😄

So back to the story… once we were all at the airport and past customs, our tour guide/trip director got us on a bus and on our way to North Dublin. We stayed at The Generator. It’s an excellent hostel on the north side of Dublin, steps way from the River Liffey, and there is an awesome cafe/bar downstairs.

On the first day, we were all just getting acquainted with the area and each other. It was wonderful, but I literally felt like I was dying from lack of sleep. One thing about me is that if I’m tired, I really can’t fake it. My eyes were closing in mid conversation with people. Talk about a good first impression! 😬 Due to a major lack of sleep and being up almost 24 hours straight, the majority of that day was a blur to me. All I remember is walking the streets of Dublin trying to familiarize myself with where I was.

While in Dublin, I saw St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College and went to the Guinness Storehouse among other things. While St. Patrick’s Cathedral was interesting, and Trinity College was well… a college. I’m sure what most people want to hear about is the Guinness Factory, so that can be found below, as well as small write-ups on other places I visited while exploring Ireland.


Guinness Storehouse

Disclaimer: Before going to the Guinness Storehouse, I had never had a beer.

The Guinness Storehouse was pretty impressive. First of all, the building is shaped like a huge pint (of Guinness… duh). It’s basically a huge museum for Guinness beer. As you walk from the first floor to the top, you are told of the history of Guinness, how it’s made, and a little bit about their advertising history. On the way to the top, you also get the opportunity to experience a Guinness tasting and/or pour your own pint.

I decided to do the Guinness tasting. It was interesting, to say the least. Everyone in the room (you had to be of age, so 18-years old) got a shot size amount of Guinness, and then the guides taught us how to drink it properly.

According to them, you have to swish it around in your mouth before swallowing to experience all of the flavors. I confirmed I wasn’t missing out on anything by not drinking beer or Guinness to be exact.

After the tasting, it was off to the races. Everyone just wanted to go to the Gravity Bar. The Gravity Bar is at the top of the Guinness Storehouse and is where you can enjoy a full pint while looking out over all of Dublin. It was definitely a cool experience, and I enjoyed the views, but I genuinely couldn’t bring myself to take another sip of Guinness let alone attempt to finish a pint. I happily enjoyed the views and gave my pint to one of my group members before making my way down to the gift shop where I browsed but made no purchases.

 

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Guinness Storehouse

 

 


Belfast

Earlier in the day, before going to the Guinness Storehouse, our tour guide, about 50% of our group, and I went to Belfast, Ireland, which is in Northern Ireland. We learned about the history of Ireland, its separation from the UK and much more. But one of the primary reasons we traveled to Belfast was to see the Titanic Museum. Belfast specifically, is most known for building the Titanic.

Disclaimer: Belfast built the ship. They didn’t sink it!

I’ve never been a big Titanic fanatic, but it was awesome to learn more about it and be in the location where it was built. I also got a chance to see the Titanic’s much smaller sister ship, the Nomadic, which was cool as well.

 

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Writing on the walls that divided Ireland for years. (No laws were broken in the making of this photo. 😬)

 


Glendalough Forest Park

Braveheart, P.S. I Love You, Leap Year and Black Lake are just a few of many movies that have been filmed at Glendalough Forest Park. To say the least, it was beautiful being out in nature and standing at places where particular scenes in popular movies were shot.

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Glendalough Forest Park

Blarney Castle

This might sound bad, but even after visiting Blarney Castle, I still couldn’t tell you why it’s significant. I just remember that it’s tradition to kiss the Blarney Stone. The stone is known as the Stone of Eloquence, so after kissing it, you’re supposed to be one smooth talker.

 

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Kissing the Blarney Stone. Anticlimactic and unflattering.

 

Update: Nothing has changed. I speak and sound the same.

Everything around the castle was beautiful! They had so many gardens, waterfalls, streams, etc. So if you’re one for beautiful views, I highly recommend you visit.


Ring of Kerry

From Dublin, my group and I made our way to Kerry, Ireland. It was quite the drive, but for some reason, drives are far less boring in foreign places. The landscape of Ireland is beautiful and for me looking out the window never got old.

Ultimately the Ring of Kerry, is basically a big circle, more like a figure eight, with different spots to stops along the way. We stopped at many different places, lookouts, waterfalls, beaches, etc. and each place looked so different than the last. Though I consider myself to be a “city girl,” being surrounded by nature was awesome.

 

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Locations and views on the Ring of Kerry.

 

 

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Locations on views the Ring of Kerry.

 


Galway

This was hands down my favorite spot of the whole trip! Galway is fantastic for many reasons, some of those reasons are, 1) it’s a college town, so the population of people there is very young 2) the shopping area or main street (Quay Street) is wonderful. You can find anything and everything you need from food to souvenirs, etc. But 3) it’s right on the water.

Almost every morning in Ireland I would run to familiarize myself with where I was and to get a good workout in. The morning I attempted to go running in Galway I ended up running for two minutes, stopping, walking, and taking pictures for the rest of the time. I “ran” along the shore where there were swans, seagulls, and the island of Causeway in the distance. It was about as fairytale-like as it gets.

 

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Good morning from Galway!

 


Cliffs of Moher

On our way to Galway, we stopped at the Cliffs of Moher, which is one of the primary reasons I wanted to go to Ireland. It was beautiful!

Disclaimer: Parts of the Cliffs are roped off for tourists to walk, and other parts are not. In my opinion, to get quality pictures, you have to go where they claim it’s not safe to go. I’m not recommending it, I’m just being honest. Ropes and signs can really ruin a quality picture.

 

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Cliffs of Moher

 

Despite how breathtaking the Cliffs were, my excitement while there faded very quickly and for a good reason. There were so many signs talking about mental health, suicide, and things of that nature.

On a more somber note, the Cliffs of Moher is actually the number one place in Europe to commit suicide, and once that became a reality to me, it actually took the fun out of being there. It was still beautiful though!


Aran Islands

The Aran Islands were our last stop, and they were… interesting. We only went to one Island, but one was enough. The locals of the island don’t have much, and there isn’t much going on.  It felt quite underdeveloped, as they had just got cable TV on the island within the past decade. It was just weird to take a 45-minute boat ride and go from having everything at your fingertips to nothing, especially while still being in a first world and highly developed country. To say the least, it was eye-opening.

Regardless, the Islands had some of the best souvenir shops and also Don Aonghasa, which is another famous cliff in Ireland. There is nothing like a beautiful view that you don’t see every day to cap off your time in a beautiful country.

 

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Don Aonghasa

 


So with all of that said, my trip was wonderful! I could literally write for days and continue to explain parts of my experience, but who has time for that? Instead, I’ve put together a less than two-minute video of my time there. It captures many of the sights I saw while abroad, a few of my group members, and is ultimately a mini video travel diary for me to look back on in the future. I hope you enjoy seeing Ireland through my eyes!

Until next time, get up, get moving, and live your best life.