Friday, 22 August 2014

The Giant's Causeway


I went to The Giant's Causeway for the third time the other day because my American cousins from San Francisco where over an they'd never been. It was my first time in the visitors centre though, it got a really nice gift shop and cafe. It also has a few interactive things and the story of Finn McCool plays on a big screen but I don't think it justifies the price of £8 to be honest. It's not the visitors centre you go for anyway it, it was a great day out!



After something to eat and a look around we headed on down to the Causeway. We got really lucky with the weather because the rain had stopped which was such a blessing! I snapped a few photos to share.












One of the great wonders of the natural world, right on our door step and I was the only one that had been before, tut tut. I think I have a bad case of 'the grass is always greener' thing where I pine over the beauty of other places and forget that where I am and the places around me are stunning too. Someone else could be thinking that my grass is greener if you get me? So I just need to appreciate where I am in the now. I mean look at these photos, just in awe of Ireland's very green scenery. 



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Victoria's 21st Birthday




My friend Victoria turned 21 and a surprise party was held for her in our local RamJam. A pub filled with friendly familiar people is always a good scene. I loved this night and it was my first proper session in my local since I got home. I was ready for it!


As you can see, I like a lot of volume in my hair, which is very hard to achieve. I also wore my loom chocker that I just made that day cus I was all black err thing #swag I also tried to contour a lot more than I normally would and it came out no different #fail 

Birthday Girl's big bro Gareth and me. 
Me and the Birthday Guuuuurl <3
Home Birds
Me and Martin (the flash if usually my foe, it loves my blemishes) 
Looking decent ready to take our triple death shot (Sambucca, Vodka and Gin)
Speaks for itself really 
The night got a little messy after those shots but a little party never hurt nobody! 
Happy Birthday Victoria you beautiful, kind, wild woman!










Monday, 18 August 2014

Belfast Pride Week

This was quite a busy week for me and my chums, we were out every other night until Pride, celebrating the only way we know how. 

Tuesday at Boombox is HOOCHIE night so I tried to channel my inner hood by wearing my leopard print and chains and well that's about as hoochie mama as I get but I was with my hoes!



We stayed in my queen Ryan's flat in Belfast, he and a lot of others we know work in the Belfast gay scene so that meant cheap/free drinks all night which was fine by me. Little did me and Matthew know though, that Ryan's flat is the centre of all after party's. So while we thought we were coming back to eat our pizza and crash, we were greeted by half the club and I was more than alright with that. Party.


Thursday at Boombox is ZZAP! (Swear I'm not promoting them haha). This night me and Matthew were reunited with two of our old high school friends who I love to death, Niamh and Marty.


The best friendships I find are the ones were a whole year could past and it would seem like only yesterday you saw them. That's exactly what me and Niamh have. For the past three years we've been living in different countries and every time I see her it's no different. I would hate to go back to square one with anybody. 


Saturday night was PRIDE! Unfortunately it was raining all day so we didn't make the parade but that just meant more drinking time before we headed to Belfast. Fabulous.



We kit the Kremlin and anyone who was celebrating pride was there, it was packed! 
I love the Krem, it's always such a fun and friendly atmosphere. 



It was an awesome week celebrating good people for who they are. 
Make happiness the goal. 
We all play for the same team, 
others just need a little more practice.
Make your actions the coach. 





Saturday, 16 August 2014

BLOGIVERSARY | 1 YEAR



So my little baby has turned 1 year old today and it's oddly emotional, like I didn't think it would feel this much of a big deal but I kinda wana celebrate. Then again who do I celebrate with when about three people know about it, maybe I'll just disguise it as a nice day out just because. 

When I created this blog a year ago I was honestly so excited but nervous at the same time, my only regret is that I didn't start it sooner! I love having my own little piece of the internet where I can creatively express myself. 
This community has been so kind and supportive, I just hope I send those positive vibes in return.

My goal for this next year is to put a lot more effort into my blog as I feel I could have done a lot more only the final year of my degree was taking up most of my time. Now that I'm in the real world and on the job hunt I'm willing to make time for this wee bird so it can fly even higher with loads of posts waiting in the wings... I'm so cringe, I can't cope!    

So Happy Blogiversary Beyond Bally, to health, happiness and growth!






Saturday, 12 July 2014

I DID IT: I'm a Psychology Graduate


On the 10th July 2014 I graduated from Northumbria University with a Bachelor of Honours degree in Psychology.






I'm so happy I got to spend the day with the best people in my life. Now we get to go out into the real world and continue to be awesome to each other with whatever we choose to do!


Speak Soon, Stay Lucky x


Friday, 4 July 2014

What I'm Listening Too #7


Hozier - Sedated



MO - Don't Wanna Dance



Betty Who - Heartbreak Dream



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Speak Soon, Stay Lucky x

Monday, 30 June 2014

How To Be Happy

 

I get that this post is completely subjective but I've found that things like these help me a lot when it comes to being a happy person so maybe it will help others, also if I'm having a bad day I can always come back to this post! I should add that I'm an optimist so this might not be the best post for pessimists, sorry! But as Winston Churchill said, 
it does not seem to be much use being anything else".




Some people argue that being happy is the most important thing to be and I completely agree. It's your life and if your not happy living it then it's time to make some changes. I took a Happiness module in my Psychology course at uni and it was one of the most interesting, so I'm all about it.



I believe a major part of happiness comes from human relations. "Happiness is only real when shared", if you know where that quote comes from then can we be best friends? 
Having positive, supporting people in your life is very important to your happiness. If you are the average of the 5 closest people to you, you would want the best possible people around right? Positive vibes. 



If you think about it, everything is just scenery, it's people who make your experiences in the world what they are. I'm not really good at explaining things but an example I gave was if it was just you, only you and no one else on the planet, your experience would be the exact same no matter how many times you walked around the earth. It's the interactions with people that make it what it is. Obviously who ever you travel with will have a huge impact on that travel experience, so travel with people you love and you'll meet amazing people on the way. 



Gratitude is a simple exercise you can use to remind yourself what is important in life. Being grateful for what you have can shift you away from bitterness and jealousy and promote happiness. In the movie Pollyanna, she plays the 'Glad Game' when she asked for a puppy and got crutches, she was glad that she didn't need then. Basically it's finding the good within the bad. 



I'm a forgive and forget kind of person, I really can't hold a grudge and I'm glad. I really think they are a waste of energy. Why fall out with a friend, be moody with them and not talk and a week later be back to normal. You've missed a whole weeks worth of memories, if you have a fall out talk it through there and then, most of the time your friendship just becomes stronger. 



If you give out positive energy, I've found that positive energy will come back to you. I really do believe in karma, the law of attraction is real! I meditate, which helps a lot if you are having a bad day, it just makes you see your problems more clearly and most of the time it halves them in size because you become more centred and are able to see the bigger picture. If you stress a lot, are maybe on the more negative side of thinking or have anxiety, pain etc please do try guided meditation as an alternative way of dealing with it. You may feel silly at first and if it doesn't work or it's not for you that's totally fine, you don't have anything to loose! 



Judgement can play a big part in someone's unhappiness. You may be holding back from the things that make you happy because you are afraid other people will judge you for it but to be honest your probably only think that because you would judge someone else for doing the same thing. If we all let go of judgements and realised that comparativeness or completion doesn't exist because we are too vastly different, maybe people would feel happier being able to do the things they want to do judgement free. Each to their own, live and let live. 
Also there are people who are going to judge you whether you do or you don't so do what you want!  


Kindness very often makes me happy. If I'm kind or a do a random act of kindness it will bring me a lot of joy. Even if it's something as silly as bringing in the used coffee mug on the table beside you so the elderly woman working in the cafe doesn't have to walk all the way down in the heat to bring it back in, (recent experience ahah). Just doing simple good deeds will give you a good positive aura. 
Sufi saying: Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates. 
At the first gate, ask yourself ‘Is is true.’ 
At the second gate ask, ‘Is it necessary.’ 
At the third gate ask, ‘Is it kind.’



Promote Peace. We all live in the same bones. We all have a short short time here, so why go out of your way to have a negative effect on someone's stay. If their lifestyle is harmless, let it be. I believe if it's safe, sane and consensual then let people live their life the way they want. Focusing on your life and not what you think are problems in others will make for an easy happy ride. 
Remember that you are under no obligation to be who you were 5 minutes ago, grow every second, don't let other peoples expectations of you keep you from being who you want to be. 



This post is completely amateur thoughts. I've rambled on a lot and if you don't get anything out of this I'm sorry you wasted time reading this but if you do, fantastic! Happy people, happy life, happy world. 



Speak Soon, Stay Lucky x