And suddenly times are a changing

I’ve been living in Scotland for jut over a year now. In that time I have mananaged to achieve a lot. I got a job, got a place to rent, survived for the year and made a pretty good life for myself.

But to honest, there has been something missing. I have done creative in the last year, except college stuff where I had to write flowery language but mothing else. There has been a couple of reasons for this. Work being a huge issue. With the shifts I was working, even on my days off I was not in the mood to do anything creatively. I also missed doing my radio show.

Something had to change. Last week I got myself a new job. A regular 9-5 Monday-Friday job. No weekends and no late nights! The only downfall is there is a hell of a longer commute than I’m used to but I have realised that I can actually use those commutes to my advantage and maybe write or read on it.

Today I also had a meeting with Radio West Fife to talk to them about getting my own radio show. Now that I am working a regular job I can actually plan to have the same show every week. My plan is to do the same type of show that I did back home which they are very interested in having me do. I start my training in three weeks and then will hopefully have my own show.

I also started making inroads into finding some websites to write for.

In the last week I feel that I have done more than I have in the last year. Now it’s time to start living my life, doing what I actually want to do and hopefully get the creative juices flowing again!!

Here’s to the second year of living in Scotland! 🙂

A 🙂 x

You should be listening to… Luke Clerkin

Sometimes in life you meet incredibly talented people. Sometimes you are lucky enough to have them become friends. I first met Luke Clerkin many years ago. I remember first interviewing him on my radio show and thinking even at that time that he would become something special.

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Last Wednesday Luke headlined his first gig in Whelan’s in Dublin. I don’t think I have ever been more proud of anyone in my life. Luke is truly talented and has worked his ass off to get where he is today. I remember having the conversation about his gig challenge that he embarked on a while back. He was going to do 300 odd gigs in a year. Everyone thought he was mental but I knew that he would do it. I knew he had the determination and the drive to succeed.

Luke is not just one of the most talented people I know, but he is also one of the most genuine, down to earth and nicest people I have had the good fortune to meet and now call my friend. His life is not just about music but it is also about helping other people and ensuring that everyone in his life is happy and has the support they need.

He writes all his own music and the song below is one of my favourite ones. So I implore you to give it a listen and follow Luke on his journey because I know that he will make a huge impact on this world and he deserves every success he gets 🙂 xx

You can follow Luke on his journey by liking his Facebook Page

 

 

There’s no place like home

The dictionary definition of the word is “Home” is “A place where one lives; a residence”. Since moving to Scotland nearly  year ago I have always spoken about Dublin still being home. It’s that weird in between stage where I didn’t feel like I was settled in Scotland and that Dublin would always be my home. I remember having a conversation with a friend before I moved and telling her that I would always consider Dublin home and that I would always want to come back to my homeland as often as possible. At the time she told I was talking rubbish and that after a while Dublin would feel alien to me and that I would not want to go back at all. I was devastated. This could not happen could it?

homeIt did. It hit me like a ton of bricks on a recent trip back to Dublin. One of my very favourite people and talented musician Luke Clerkin was playing his first headline gig (another blog dedicated to him coming soon!) so my lovely fiancée organised a trip back to see the gig and have a few days in Dublin.

So I arranged flights, got Toby into a foster family for a few days and off we went to Dublin. We arrived on Tuesday and stayed until Saturday. During that time we saw some of my family, saw the gig, had a day in the hotel chilling out watching Netflix and then came home.

If I am going to completely honest with you all, I wanted to go home by Thursday. It probably didn’t help that everything that could go wrong, did go wrong from my bag breaking and having to buy a new one to broken lights in the hotel room and Don’s card not working at one point, but deep down I think even without all the mini disasters I still would have been feeling the same.

home-2For me, Dublin has never felt like home. I lived in the city for 31 years and still it did not ever feel like “home”. But what does that feel like? I can only assume somewhere you fit in, somewhere where you have a social circle and lots of things to occupy yourself with. I did not have any of that in Dublin. Yes, I had friends but I very rarely went out on a night out. The most social interaction I had happened when I ran my comedy website. And this I can do in Scotland….

When I went back to Dublin in January I felt a little bit like I do now but not to same extent. I think I have unbeknownst to myself…..settled in Scotland. I feel like this is home. Even though I still have not done anything, I mean actually nothing since I moved. All I have done is work and got that end of things sorted since moving but I think that’s what I needed to do to make myself feel settled and secure. I have managed to do so much more work wise here than I ever did back home. I run a unit in a care home here for goodness sake! Could never see me being able to do that back in Dublin.

Now though, I think it is time to start making a life for myself. I have started this blog for one, I contacted the radio station Don does his show with to ask if I can talk to them about doing a show. Because one of things I realised when I was leaving Dublin on Saturday was that the things I miss about Dublin are the things that I can easily set up for myself here.

I am not for one moment saying I don’t like Dublin, at the end of the day most of my family still live there so I will obviously be going back but for right now I don’t have that big desire to go back to feel settled and included. I feel that right here in Scotland and that makes me very happy.

Dublin will always be the city I was born in, but Scotland is now my home.

Just a girl….navigating a new life

As the title goes, I am just a girl navigating my way around a new country, a new language, a new job….hell a whole new life!

When I decided to move to Scotland nearly a year ago, I never envisaged the trials and tribulations I would face along the way. Having done a long distance relationship for nearly two years, it had gotten to the point where one of us had to move somewhere before we both went a little crazy!

For me, Dublin has never really felt like home. I’ve never felt settled there so it was a no brainer really that I would be the one to move. What I didn’t count on was the feeling of missing the home country…..

There’s been a lot of tough times since moving. From a totally inept letting agent at the start of my journey to finding out I had to redo all the training that I had already completed back home. Life has been tough but there have been some good times too! 🙂

I’ll be living in Scotland a year on March 15th so this year I have big plans. I’ve spent the last year making a life, getting my flat ready and fit to live in. Now it’s all about getting back into what I enjoy, writing and radio presenting! So that’s the plan for this year.

This blog will be a mix of personal posts and interviews/reviews too. I’ve also set myself some goals for this year too (future blog post about that!) so I will document how I get on with those too.

For now, thank you for reading and I hope you will join me on my journey!

A xx