Monday musings | Magda

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The serendipitous world of blogging has brought so many lovely readers into my life and this soft-spoken sprite is one of them.  It's been nearly a year since I've had the opportunity to have a one-on-one meet with Magda (she wrote about the last time here) but true to form- we managed to delve into varied topics and simply put, her enthusiasm for this online world is infectious.

She spoke of her favourite podcasts, this highly discussed book and we made each other accountable for goals we had this weekend.  It worked.  Later she sent an email with this paraphrase from a podcast ''we are only as strong as the weakest area of our life''.

After listening to the rest of that same podcast, I've come out with so many other pieces of food for thought to start the week.  If you'd like to, you can listen to the post here too. (It's a good one. Thank you sweet Magda!)

Söder + Ko

Saturday, April 25, 2015

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Söder + Ko: enter Scandi/Asian fusion, tasty plates and more than reasonable prices to top it off.  On the menu to try: pork steamed buns, king prawn dumplings, braised pork cheek, vietnamese crab roll, and the one that I'm aching to have the next time- scallop ceviche.  Having gone yesterday for their express lunch and again today for dim sum, socialising over food just got a serious little treat in Dublin 2.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DSC_0245 Timing is everything.  More than anything that I've learned over the last few years, it is this simple statement.  We live in a personal development type lifestyle and even more than that, one in which there is an active audience (colleagues, family, friends and the social media world of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).  On any given day, it can either egg you on or make the comparison game a very active voice in your head.

I am feeling the gentle nudge to write this today for a bevy of reasons but mostly, because the reminder is true and deserves to be constant.  Appearances do not always meet reality.  The interim phase of who you are now and who you want to be is tough, frustrating and unbelievably hard.  As much as it may feel like it at times, you are not alone. Own it, keep moving and try in every fleeting way to be kind to yourself.

Create your own momentum for better.

On repeat: you are made for more. 
[edit: Linn wrote something so true and important in the comments below, and I am so thankful she did. Thank you! x]

Sunday, April 12, 2015

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

Maya Angelou

Monday Musings | Kate Packwood

Monday, April 6, 2015

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Through time and various projects, I've come to adore this lady's sweet direct approach.  She lets me indulge in my ridiculous manner of overanalysing frustrating situations and comes through with witty shorthand should that sort of thing last any bit longer than it should.  When I asked her recently what the best advice she's ever received was, it was as expected- short and sweet.  '' Get okay with it. ''

Accept what is and move on.  Get okay with it. 

I like it.

The McCarthy Family

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DSC_0038 Waking up from jet-lag and a 13-hour hospital shift is made up in spades when it comes to getting an opportunity to capture this family on their regular weekend walk along the sea.  It's hard to believe that this little newborn I photographed is now a walking, talking (sort of), rawr-ing (sort of) little being.  Ly- who is no doubt my favourite organised mama, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your family's journey together and share a peek of it here.  That little lady of yours is a peach.

Pass + Provisions | Houston, TX

Monday, March 23, 2015

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I think it's pretty safe to say that our meal at Provisions was my favourite in Houston.  The restaurant itself is one part casual (Provisions) , one part fine dining (Pass) with a bar area in the mix to spice things up.  It's the sort of place where mushrooms and oysters (food that often tends towards a dividing line of like/dislike for me) became dishes I easily would have had second or third portions of- a very triumphant feat in and of itself.  And the dishes you love as staples, are even better.

I am being quite effusive but with good reason.  Things to try and recommended: hen of the woods pasta, glazed pork belly (best I've ever had), oysters, lamb sausage and the lentil falafel.

Chefs Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner are two men that know a good thing.

a little one

DSC_0138 The last three months were spent juggling projects and working- most of it to get to spend the last ten days with wee Isabelle (my first niece!) and if you happened across my instagram feed during this time dear friends, it's pretty clear that this love story happened pretty quickly.  Around for her 6 week milestones, it was a collection of moments that will always hold sweetness for a time to come.  Years of advice from so many others come into my head when I think of all of the future milestones in store for her.

Hold true and dear the following : purpose, reason and self-esteem.  
Make respect your default position.  
Kindness is never over-rated.  
Always keep your eyes on your own paper.  
Take seriously the art of living.  
Create your own joy and a strong work ethic.
Love deep and true, in all its enormously joyous and weary ways.

My fortune cookie ways are endless.  I could not be happier that this little lady has a humorous father and a mother whose generosity knows no bounds.  And she may not know it just yet, but she is seen and her coo-ing voice is heard.  So excited to be her auntie and a witness to it all.

Isabelle Grace, you are already so loved. picisto-20150323112652-427277

Farmers Market

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DSC_0144 DSC_0145 DSC_0147 Prior to living in Dublin, I had not had much experience with farmers' markets but now when traveling it has become a consistent destination point. What better way to explore a new country or town than through food in its most basic form- fresh, vibrant and beautiful.  Always an easy win.

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