Monday Musings | From Ina

Sunday, July 5, 2015

''I have a low threshold for boredom.'' Ina Garten

For the last few years, I've been fascinated by the catalyst in an individual's life to change.  How one goes from a career in the White House writing nuclear energy policy to being an author and host of a Food Network program is endlessly intriguing to me.  Forbes recently posted an article about Ina Garten and here are three of her tried and tested pieces of wisdom that got bookmarked straight away:

1) Type A people think they can figure out what to do next while they’re doing something, and they can’t, an important part of changing and figuring out what to do next is you have to just stop. I had to get good and bored before I could decide what was next.

2) ‘No’ is a complete sentence.

3) And referencing Oscar Wilde "Work is easy, fun is hard.''

The full article is here.  A little food for thought to start the week.


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Scenes that make my heart burst.  From our walk yesterday evening in Sandycove.

That first night in Amsterdam

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Yesterday evening's balmy weather made me nostalgic for the first evening in Amsterdam visiting Ajda. I struggle to recall if it was our giddiness, cheekiness or pure holiday joie de vivre that found us invited on a Dutch family's boat touring the city by water- whichever way, it was such a surreal beautiful evening that will forever remind me to adventure on travels.

Music on board, take-away Chinese and an incredibly generous, beautiful family- gratefulness was a serious understatement that night.

People don’t take trips, trips take people. – John Steinbeck DSC_0240 DSC_0246 DSC_0258 DSC_0235 DSC_0262 DSC_0267
One for the memory books.

Phoenix Park Bike Rides

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Phoenix Park is one of the largest walled city parks in Europe and for two years or so, we were lucky enough to live a stone's throw away from it.  It was a place for walks, runs, picnics, photographs and long cycles.  Our affectionately adopted backyard.

Nearly 30% of it is covered in trees and reading this bio , learning that a herd of Fallow deer have lived in the park since the 1660's is just a reminder that no matter how familiar, there is always more to learn.  And if you've ever happened across these guys hidden under shade or out grazing- it somehow always holds you captive for a while.DSC_0099
It's been a long while since I've been back cycling here and renting a bike to explore it all over again was just the thing this afternoon called for.

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A little snippet video of my usual giddiness here on Instagram.   (Rental bikes are from 5 euro at the main gate.)

Candid Captures

Sunday, June 28, 2015

If you follow along on Instagram, you may know that I re-injured my right knee on race day this past weekend.  It's not the nicest feeling in the world to have to stop and say 'enough is enough' but the kindness of these girls and some of the runners that day were unbelievable.  Races may not always start or finish the way we hope, but this one sure did end with a lot of heart.

Cannot wait to be back at it.

Evening Bliss

DSC_0076 Walked into the kitchen to see Jill on the balcony, classical music on play and watching the sunset. There are so many moments where cameras aren't on hand or words don't find their way on to a blog post but these moments of serene bliss in the simplest of ways inspire me in so many ways.
DSC_0082 To my flatmate who lights candles always, has the best music on play and is the best guru for all of life's questions- I am so excited for your upcoming two weeks of adventure! Evening bliss on repeat.

Liz Costigan | Positive Fitness

Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Let's talk this lady for a second.  She is light, exuberance and drive in one pocket-sized body.  Her approach to fitness and lifestyle has been so influential to me in the last two months that I cannot help but want to cheer her on as she creates more programmes, opportunities and written posts to inspire others to get on board.

Never in a million years would I have thought of myself as a runner, but come Saturday- we take part in the 8K/5mile as part of the Dublin race series.  And with huge gratitude to her, we've all come to realise it really is about the finish line, not the finish time.  A healthy honest approach.

So proud to be trained by Liz.  She is dynamite, friends.


Monday, June 22, 2015

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To my brother- always an individual whose humour, dancing skills, work ethic and determination are forever cheered on by friends and family.

Happy Father's day to the brightest.

A little print for April & the Bear

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

DSC_0534 Every now and again, there is a little nudge to be brave and try something different.  That whole stretch outside your comfort zone mantra and after many (many) a nervous conversation with the best sort of friends- this print was turned in.  I adore it and just the thought of it gracing a friend's, a sister/brother, mother or family's home or shop brings me more joy than all of those nerves and fears combined.

I've always loved those black and white floral prints floating around- these ones are just my version to you friends. Seriously geeking out that it is even out there in the world.
Currently soaking up residence and for purchase in Siobhan's beautiful pop-up shop on 5 Dame Lane.

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