Hope this blogpost finds you all well & happy. We have just had a week’s Staycation which was like a little precious gift. As my hubbie didn’t think he’d get any time off this summer, we couldn’t book any holiday this year but a few weeks ago, he came running in the door, rushing straight to the  calendar, with the words “I think I can take a week off”. As we’ve just come through a super busy period, we thought we’d simply stay at home & do day trips…etc. Perfection. I shared quite a few pics of our week on social media but basically it became a tale of two cities: Dublin and Belfast.

I snapped some cool,Dublin street Art by Solas in Temple Bar last Monday

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and we spent the day in Belfast on Wednesday with the kids, visiting W5 in the Titanic Quarter but I really want to go back and visit the Titanic Museum that I could see across the water

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…guarded by the Iconic Harland and Wolff Shipyard. This area has changed so much since I was in Belfast last & I was delighted to see such vibrancy & innovation.

I feel relaxed today. Ready to get back to my Studies and already feel I have a fresher approach. I recently purchased a print at the April & the Bear pop-up in Dublin and although I don’t know where I’ll put it yet, it simply had to come home with me. It is the perfect reminder that I am extremely lucky to have found my passion in life. I know that there are so many who haven’t yet. I know this as a lot of you tell me you haven’t.
I don’t believe that there is one of you reading this that doesn’t have something in their life that fires you up & makes you feel alive. For me, it’s clearly Design. For others it’s Film, Sports, Writing…whatever you choose.

Anyone who knows me, or has been following my journey can tell you: it’s not easy to follow this dream. I’ve wanted to take the easy way out & quit more times than I can remember.
But I haven’t.
And I’m so glad I’m still here.
Taking my Design Knowledge to the next level.
As it’s so important to…

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Thanks for reading. Here’s to the next Chapter!

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