Hey guys my name is Amanda Noonan and I have the pleasure of calling Jennifer one of my best friends, We have known each other since school and have been friends for years.
I work out in Ucc in the main restaurant, Im a supervisor and unlike a lot of people I really like my job, ok it may not always be Rosy in the garden but I’m finally doing something I love and it’s not an effort to do my job. The only thing is that I work different hours to my friends, I still have weekends off which is great because I didn’t get a lot of that in my last job. I work evenings so Im trying this new thing the kids call “trying to keep fit” before I go to work. It can get a bit annoying heading into work knowing all my friends are nearly done with their days work. My week consists of getting up goin to the gym, swim after that, try and eat healthy which is tough because I love my food! And go to work finish at 10 and
go home to go to bed.
The one thing that is an upside to my day is listening to my music in the gym or before I go to work. Music plays a massive part in my life. Even if it’s just one song it means so much to me, music reminds me everyday to fight for what’s important, follow your dreams, to love yourself and that love, life, family, friends and the world we live in is amazing, like I said before it may not always be rosy in the garden but if this post helps even one person I encourage that person to go and listen to ur favourite song or just turn on the radio! It helps soothe you. It can make you excited, makes you cry and most importantly reminds you that your human.
Thanks Jen for letting me share my upside. This blog is truly amazing as are you for trying to help this massive issue.
SAVE THE DATE; SUNDAY APRIL 19TH – DANCE MARATHON
I am holding a fundraising event in aid of Mental Health Ireland & Irish Cancer Society at St. Vincent’s Hurling & Football Club, Kilmore Road, Knocknaheeny, Cork from 12pm-6pm. The day will consist of 5 dance classes of different dance genres from Jazz – Street Dance, for mostly ages 12+, but one class for the kiddies at the end of the day also 🙂
It is all about having FUN and trying something new. Boys and Girls are welcome to attend. If you have always wanted to try a different style of dance come along as this is for all levels and is to spread positivity and most of all HAVE SOME FUN. This hall has NO MIRRORS so everyone can LET LOOSE & ENJOY THE DAY
At 5pm there will be a raffle which I have already gotten some amazing prizes from Raddison Cork, Hampers from Veronicas Snacks, Crunchy Creaturz, Bishopstown Bar, Super Nova and many more.
There will also be performances from Clickety Clique Dance Crew & Gerald Ahern.There will be snacks and treats available to purchase and also a face painter for the kiddies. All proceeds will be divided between both charities.
The cost is €5 per class or €20 for a day pass, you can pay on the door. If you have any questions, if you would like to bring some cakes or treats to sell on the day or want to get involved in any way please email me email@example.com or message me here.
I hope you are all as excited as I am. I will create an event and feel free to INVITE EVERYONE your mothers, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews 😀
Let’s Dance & Raise Money For Charity While Having A BLAST
Make this theUPSIDE to your week !
Thanks to Jennifer for asking me to speak about the upside of my day and the importance of mental health. A little introduction about myself, Padraig O Donoghue born and bread in Blackrock, Cork. General Manager of SoHo Bar & Restaurant
When Jennifer asked my to write this I was only delighted to help but then the sudden reality hit. What is the upside to my day ? after some thought I realised you may unconsciously leave out or underplay the good parts of your day.
Being the youngest of 3 siblings it allowed me to learn from my older sisters who set the bar for success in my family quiet high also having great parents who always offered us support and insured strong values and work ethic which I am very great full for and I hope to be equally as inspirational to my own one day.
Although admittedly I ended up in a trade I probably didn’t see myself in i have no regrets. Currently we employ just under 90 employees at SoHo and are in our 9th year of trade. I Honestly wake up every day with the hunger for work and the aspiration to create and expand the fantastic product we offer. It’s a pleasure to be working amongst a fantastic team of people and to be given the responsibly of leading the business by owners that have a desire that’s second to none. Not every days is rosy but working together for a common goal and working with people who are like mind and determined certainly makes its a lot easier.
When it comes to my personnel life I would certainly surround myself with my family when I can as we unfortunately all live far apart I enjoy visiting my Nephews Thomas, Darragh and Conor for a catch up and a play.
Switching off from my work ive learned over the years is extremely important. Being a sport nut who would attempt to play anything im commonly found missing on a golf course or burning a sweat in the gym these days. I also love to travel and explore have been fortunate enough to do so.
In short im lucky to have a great family and friends work with some fantastic people, I think its important to have good balance between work and play and not to take yourself overly serious. Life’s for living ………
The doors is always open for anyone who wants a chat or some Wings haha……Best wishes to everyone and thanks for taking to time to read the upside of my day.
Padraig O Donoghue
Hi There Everyone, I thought I would interrupt the guest bloggers a little bit by giving a post as I haven’t posted in awhile. Thank you again to everyone who has written a blog, keep them coming 🙂
All week people have asked me what I am going to give up for lent and it got me thinking, is there something I should actually give up? Even though I am trying to eat healthier at the moment I still have an odd treat which usually includes chocolate and I just honestly don’t think I could give this up. I then started to see so many people posting on Facebook and Twitter saying instead of giving up something for lent, (and probably crashing mid second day), they were going to take up something instead. I thought this was an amazing idea and something all of us should consider 🙂
One of my friends Brea, personal trainer and image consultant, has opted to go walking everyday for lent. She wants to start concentrating more on her mental health this year and what better way to do this than getting out there and getting some fresh air into your lungs. You go girl!! If you have not checked Brea out by now I would suggest you do so, CLICK HERE
I then happened to stumble across this image and I thought it couldn’t be a more motivating and powerful image. It really incorporates everything I think about and I have decided this will be mantra from now on not just for lent. Thinking of the three key L’s in this image ‘LOVE, LIFE, LIVE’ can really “Transform our world” and I reckon if we all took notice of these words and how powerful they are a little more we would be a little happier everyday.
Love; With Valentines been and gone it made me realise how commercialised it has gotten and it is all just a bit of a money racket. While I did get spoilt on the day I also enjoyed a quiet night in making dinner so didn’t over spend too much. I think love is something that should be at the forefront of our lives everyday regardless of the day that it is. Whether it is a friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, father, brother, sister, dog etc. We should show & tell the people we love the most how much we love them everyday as you never know what someone is going through in their day. You might just be the ray of sunshine they need in a dull day.
Life; Some days life can just suck! It’s true.. There are days were you would like to shut out the world, put the duvet back over your head and wish the world would pass you by. But on these day we have to tell ourselves we are just having a bad day and not a bad life. We need to pull ourselves up and be grateful for the lives we do have and take pride in the life we are living. Think of theUPSIDE of our day, slap a smile on and take on the day. LIFE IS FOR LIVING.
Live; Live in the moment, live for the days off, live for your kids, live for the fun, live for the happiness, live for your partner… Whatever it is you live for, take it in your stride and be grateful you are living. I know many people would say they live for the weekends but if you live your life like this the weeks will just pass you by in a blur and before you know it you will miss out on all the amazing things you could have experienced on those weekdays. In saying that I know people don’t have much time to get things done or have any time to spare on the weekdays and the weekends are the only time they can relax, me included. I am very bad for wishing the weeks away especially when I have things to look forward to, but I will make it my business to stop doing this and enjoy everyday.
This weekend I am travelling to Dublin to see The Coronas for the 4th time in a year 😀 (#SuperFan) & I am so excited. This is theUPSIDE to my week and I hope today being #HumpDay you can all see the light at the end of the tunnel and can think of theUPSIDE of your week.
The last few weeks I haven’t posted much as I have been letting guest bloggers take centre stage. They have been some amazing guest bloggers and I hope these will continue. While I have been away I will share some photos of what I have been up to;
I attended the Basketball Finals in Dublin in Jan where Singleton’s SuperValu Brunel took home the cup. This was an amazing weekend and clearly theUPSIDE to a lot of hard work and determination by all including one of my best friends, Danielle O’ Leary, who is the coach of the under 20’s team. I also uploaded my smeared lipstick selfie for #SmearForSmear to spread awareness of cervical cancer and to help raise money for the cause. Last weekend I celebrated one of my best friends, Laura O’ Mahony ,of BIBA Hair Salon Bishopstown, birthday. A great night was had by all as we haven’t all been out together in a long time 🙂
So there you have it you are all up to date on theUPSIDE of my few weeks that I haven’t posted. Please keep the guest blogs coming and thank you again for your continued support & taking the time to read the blog. Rememeber LOVE, LIFE, LIVE 🙂
Much Love & I will leave you with the coronas for your listening pleasure 🙂
Hey everyone, my name is Sarah Gallagher. I am delighted to tell people about the upside to my week. This is an amazing opportunity for me as well as many others to think about the goodness in the world and to treasure it. I know for me I am extremely busy with 3 paid jobs and two volunteer jobs that sometimes I don’t get time to reflect and even if I do it would usually be on the negatives because I would always try to address these.
While saying that, this blog has thought me about the importance of reflecting on good things that happen on a day to day basis. It helps make every other day that bit easier. It’s important to think and reflect on the upside of your day because it nurtures our mental well being. I am now going to give my upside.
Last week I honestly felt the world was against me. I am 25 years old and I am in a management position. It is very challenging but at the same time a tremendous opportunity for me that I am grateful for. Work was extremely stressful, everything at home wasn’t particularly great and the workload I had to take home for the week was challenging. I felt completely overwhelmed and panicked. It was then my dad’s 12 year anniversary while also thinking it is my brother’s 6 year anniversary the following week. Everything seemed really doom and gloom. Until now I would have said it was one of the worst weeks for me in a very long time. However, on Saturday I went to see my friends in town who were booking a holiday. Afterwards we went spontaneously to Soho where I got to have my favourite nachos. We all chatted about our week, whether it was good, bad or indifferent. This meal in soho was the upside to my week. It really helped me. Seeing my friends, taking a break from the stresses of work even if it was only for 2 hours and merely laughing about the experiences we now have as grown adults was so helpful. Seeing my friends brought a smile to my face for those two hours and they honestly made me feel a lot more relaxed.
Thanks to Jennifer for allowing me the opportunity to reflect on something positive and share it with ye all, it has honestly lifted my spirits by writing this piece.
Keep smiling everyone, we’ll all get there!