Tuesday, 22 December 2015

15 KODAK MOMENTS FROM 2015

I LOVE YOU
I mean you, as in the person reading this right now. It has been a year of intense writing
and documenting my life and you have followed me through to now, that's pretty kind of
you! Here I decided that I would post up 15 of my favourite Kodak Moments from 2015 and
sort of sum up my year. This was one of the trickiest posts to pull together, as I sit here
with mascara covered cheeks and a heart bursting with love. I looked through all of my
posts and had to narrow down 50 odd favourite images to 15; it wasn't easy. Looking back
at the posts from the start of the year I have seen some subtle, and some drastic changes
in myself and I am so proud and happy to know that I have come out of this end of things
filled with more love, better understanding of the world, bigger life aspirations, closer
friendships and with family by my side through it all. It hasn't been an easy year, by any
stretch of the imagination, but I couldn't and wouldn't change it for the world.

OLD FLAT
I began 2015 living in a two bedroom flat with the beaut lady featured above. We would
watch GIRLS all night and chug down glasses of white wine and eat our way
through profiteroles like our lives depended on it. Two little artists living in the perfect
city flat, with amazing views over the Botanic area. The kitschy space held host to
countless parties with both friends and strangers, up to all hours singing Daniel
Bedingfield songs whilst bouncing on the sofas and sharing kisses. I would wake up, dying
a death, clean the house (which wasn't that hard as it was only two rooms!) and sort my
life out as I prepared for the next night filled with fun characters. I think this was such an
important time for me as I took a break from uni, and experienced what it was to be a
young and free party girl. I got that whole thing out of my system, and whilst I enjoyed it,
I'm not too sure how I feel about drinking three bottles of wine in one go now.


NEW HOUSE
In August, after a few weeks of sofa surfing with friends and my boyfriend at the time, I
was finally moving into my new house. It was one of the most stressful moves I have ever
had in my life as I hate not having all of my things in one place, that I can call home, but
the most rewarding. I was able to move all of my belongings into a house that I know I
won't have to move out of for yeeears. My bedroom in my old house back home is gutted
out and looks like a show room, and my new room is so flippin' Pinterest you wouldn't
believe it. I love it here so much, and even more so now that I live with a few of my
favourite people in the woooorld.

I GET AROUND (NORTH COAST ADVENTURES)
A big part of my life every year is returning to the North Coast of Ireland
to recuperate from partying and general business of the city. My childhood is filled with
fond memories of days by the sea, climbing mountains and adventuring in castle ruins.
This summer has been filled with adventures of the like, but I am always keen to take a
friend or two with me. One of my favourite stay-cations was with a big aul crew as we
spent the day visiting some of my most loved spots in the Ballycastle area. I am so fond of
the picture above as I remember throwing off my coat, laying down with the sun beating
my face, and eating very sugary shortbread that I had bought from a tiny cafe that
morning when we all demolished frys and worked through our hangovers. It was just such
a perfect moment watching them build a dam and taking a dip in the sea; picture perfect!

I GET AROUND (UK)
I have visited mainland UK a lot in the past, and lived in Newcastle for a while too, but it
has always been for work, blogging or for a family getaway. This year I was able to visit a
few friends, check out London with my sister and get piercings. I booked a last minute
trip and flew over to Glasgow (alone, and it was one of the most terrifying flights I have
ever experienced) and hung out with my friend Niall and his band, and contemplated
hung out in the worst bar/club I have ever attended. I am excited to get booking a few
more mainland trips for January '16 after university assessments to visit some chummies
and just be in a different scene again.

I GET AROUND (ITALY)
I embarked on my first journey alone outside of the UK to become an au pair for some
little Italian kids, and to experience a different culture. I will always look at this
adventure with fondness (even as so much went wrong), and remember all of the sweet
eats. Pizza, pasta, pepperoni, ham, cheese, so much cheese, more cheese, fresh
vegetables and even more pizza. God those guys knew how to put together a good feed. I
also visited Austria on my travels and seen some incredible views, like the one above, got
a terrible sun burn, and a strangers child bit me. All in the name of a good adventure
though, ey?

ONLINE CHUMMIES
I think pretty much everyone has online friendships that exist only on social media. Being
a blogger has meant that I have met so many people who are like-minded in the realms of
fashion, but I have also become a part of the ASMR community online, and it has been
pretty flippin sweet being a part of both. I have suffered with social anxiety quite a lot
this year, bailing on events I have helped to run, and cancelling on friends in the last
minute with pathetic excuses, so meeting any online-chummies was just not something I
reckoned I would have been able to achieve this year, but I proved myself wrong. It's been
really nice getting to know a few of the girls around NI who love blogging, and even
involving them in my blog, and art practice has been a super cool experience. The
internet is the best sometimes.

REAL-LIFE CHUMMIES
Sure, what Kodak Moment could be complete without Chummies to take the picture of? It
has been a blast just goofing around, heading to bars and gigs, and generally just having a
good time, with a good aul bunch of lads. The other day I was starting to look through all
of the developed films from 2015, with one batch that I had completely forgotten about.
They were from a few different nights, but one of the nights we had headed to a Bronx
gig and there were so many smiley, sweaty faces that I love to see. It made me giggle and
I can't wait until my children stumble upon them and ask me all sorts about the
questionable people I picked out as friends, with even more questionable hairstyles than
my own.

OLD CHUMMIES
It's definitely getting harder to keep in contact with childhood friends, and there are only
a handful that I know I will carry throughout my life. This summer was a hectic one for my
best friend, and now as she is shoulders-deep in PGCE work, seeing her is a rarity, but one
I am always grateful for. This summer she made my birthday so special by spending it with
me in Belfast at the Tall Ship Festival and heading out for a gig. I couldn't of asked for a
better day and I can't wait for her to graduate so I have a few more chances to see that
special girl.

BEST CHUMMIES
Those two up there, (along with a little Miss who has moved to Glasgow) they are my
bestest pals in the whole wide world. They have made this year such a flippin' treat. You
couldn't ask for a more supportive, loving and down-right hilarious friendship circle than
the one I have somehow managed to end up with. It has been such a treat growing even
more closer together and even living together. I know that next year will be filled with
even more strange adventures (like 6am Tesco runs looking like drug-addicts, more "Big
Day Out" terrors, Tattoos and butt scars), but we really had a great one. I don't think I
could quite put a favourite down, as I love Monday night cocktails in Filthys, having baths
that last for hours together contemplating life, and general Lucy Goody banter with these
ones. I have laughed 'til I cried, and cried 'til I laughed, but I guess that's just what you
should expect when you have a tight-nit bunch like us!

FAMILY
It's been a weird one for the family this year as we have all finally moved out of home.
The youngest baba is now the ripe ol' age of 18 and has moved the the big smoke, leaving
the 'rents to fend for themselves and live a far more pleasant and quiet life without the
kiddos yapping in their ears every hour. My sister moved to Dubai after the summer and
with everyone being so busy in their own wee worlds it's starting to dawn on me that we
are growing up and getting on. It's been over a year since our entire family were all
together in one room at the same time, and that kinda sucks! What is great though is just
how badass it is to have friends for siblings. There's no one I know who can pop a few
shots down the hatch without even a shiver better than my sis, and I am excited to try
catch up with her behind the bar this festive season. The photo above was taken on a
night out which resulted in me throwing up into my own kitchen bin the next morning,
before going to work, projectile vomiting everywhere, then having a boke sesh down the
alley en-route home with a homeless man offering assistance. This is why I only drink with
my sister on very special occasions.
I'm not even sure whether that was funny, TMI, or just downright gross. Sorry?


HOME
Home is where the dogs are. Oh those messy, argumentative, cuddly little bitches! How I
love thee! There's nothing like coming into a house with someone crying at how happy
they are to see you, whilst also humping your leg. My feed has been pretty filled with
m'little hairy pals, and rightly so, because they are two photogenic cool gals. The
weekend I took this picture, we realised that Mollie (the big one, a Bernese Mountain Dog)
had somehow found an escape route from our garden (which we had as secure as prison
grounds). Turns out she had literally dug a tunnel into next doors garden under one of the
hedges. That's my girl!

CONQUERING FEARS
The above photo was taken at a high-ropes course outside of Belfast. It was a really fun
trip with the family, but m'god did I shit a brick or two. I had already gotten
on airplanes alone, and tackled Primark on a Sunday rush, so ofcourse I was gonna give my
fear of heights a run for its money. I  got in a bit of a brawl with my dad who pretty much
pushed me off a drop when I was close to tears, but I did a pretty good job of it.
This year I have really pushed myself with getting over the little things, but one thing it
took a lot out of me to do was attend CBT and start working towards an anxiety-attack
free life without unnecessary freak outs. I had attended CBT at the start of the year, and
as the panic attacks started to clear off, I was pretty sure I was the beez kneez, but I had
hidden quite a bit from my therapist and never properly dealed with issues. Things got
pretty terrible during the summer and I was a bit of a nightmare to be around, but now,
on my second go with CBT, I am really working things out. It has been one of the scariest
things I have ever done (outweighing the fear of flying by a mile), but it has been the best
thing I have ever done for myself. I look at 2015 as a huge learning curve that has come
out on top. 2016 will be the year I conquer this ol' bitch and leave excessive anxiety in the
past. WOOHOO!

BECOMING AN ARTIST
Okay, so by becoming I don't mean that I had no history in art, or artistic abilities, as I
have been throwing a paintbrush around the show before I even know how to speak. But I
finally, really knew what sort of art I was interested in, and good at. I had a dream of
becoming a painter, but the artwork I made was not in the slightest bit interesting for me,
nor any spectator. But this year as I returned to art college, I decided that I would try and
create something that would inspire me each time I approached a project, and that would
give me the drive, passion and focus that I need to stick at this degree and bloody
graduate already. There was little hope of me finishing, and still wanting to carry on in a
career in the arts, but as it stands right now, I have never been more set on a profession
in that line of work.
Outside of university coursework I started to create my own art work, and collaborating
with other folks on various projects. I'm even trying my hand at being creative and writing
music. People who see me on a daily basis know just how much time I put into blogging
compulsive cleaning, family, and coursework, and at times my social-life can even dwell a
bit because of it, so it seemed only crazy that I would have a handful of extra projects
that I decided to add to the list. But when you really, like REEEALLY enjoy something, it
doesn't quite feel like work, and this is one of the best decisions I have made in 2015 - to
focus on my career and talents. Ewh, even saying the word talent as a reference to myself
makes me feel like such a cock-headed plunker, but we all have our own talents that we
can put to use and gain so much from. I'm guess I am just glad to of finally copped on to
my own and how to utilize it!


COUNTDOWN TO 2016
I guess I have pretty much wrapped up all of the sweet coolness that was my 2015 in
Kodak Moments; it was a big one for me, and I hope a fairly interesting one to read about,
because flip me did I write a looooad of ballax. 
This time last year I was having a jolly ol' time with my friends in Belfast, and the same
again will be going down this year. I hope you are where ever you want to be during this
festive season, with people you love, doing what you love. A big Kodak Moment au revoir
to 2015, and a very excitable hello to 2016; hopefully more fun snaps with my chummies,
more travelling, adventures, dogs, and toilet-based pictures ('cos thems weird).

Thank you all for tuning in and all the love I recieve from you all.
I will see you in the new year! xo




1 comment:

Nancy Seary said...

Proud of you missus! Can't believe it's been 2 years since I last seen your lovely face, but so chuffed reading that post to see how fab you're doing! Hope you and the rest of the Dallats have a lovely Christmas and New Year xoxoxox

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