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Need Inspiration? Here Are Three Motivational Events In Ireland In 2017

It’s already June and the number of events that are popping up across social media and filling inboxes is off the charts. There’s the option of webinars, Tedx Events, Facebook lives and Twitter chats galore. Everywhere we look, someone wants to inspire us with their version of success and to be honest, it can be overwhelming both on our minds and bank accounts.

Time is precious so choosing where to go and what to listen to is kind of a big deal. For me, constant research and subscribing to a variety of speakers means I have more options to choose from and some of which I actually buy tickets for. Not sure which ones are for you? I’ve put together a list of three below. Maybe see you at some of them?

  1. Tedx Talks take place in Dublin on the 17th of June. Inspiring experts in their field, speakers will take to the stage to educate on their topic of choice. As an avid fan of the Ted app and general videos on YouTube (there are thousands), it’s safe to say I’m pretty excited about this one. Already sold out, it’s possible to join the waiting list for this highly anticipated event.
  2. Pat Divilly will return to Galway with his mindset workshop on the 22nd of July. This is a mixture of lectures on personal development and activities. The focus will be all about reconnecting with your best self, finding more clarity and managing your energy. This is a more concise version of Pat’s past workshops.
  3. Feeling empowered? Well even if you are already, Women’s Empowerment Summit will take place in October 2017 (later than Summer, indeed) and will comprise of a variety of talks from strong, empowering women. The likes of broadcaster Sile Seoige and best selling author Donna Kennedy will share their stories of success for a day long event in Citywest.

Don’t have the funds? No bother. There are several other options to support you in your personal development this year and thereafter.

*Crack a book open. Seriously, there are so many inspiring options out there that will cost you no more than 20 quid (less if you go for second hand). I’ve got a bunch of recommendations from last year (PM me for many more).

Aside from reading, social media is jam-packed full of inspiring pages, videos and events. Just this week, I stumbled across Heal Within where Linda runs weekly meditation and mindfulness Facebook lives.

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What’s It All About, Thirty? A Change In Decades

One year down and the decade that is supposed to be “the best one” is going pretty OK so far. Thirty years on the planet is pretty good going and all those years of me considering aged thirty proper old age were clearly incorrect. I am after all a spring chicken with many more adventures in me and the prime of my life unfolding in front of me as I speak… at least that’s what I tell myself.

Sitting with friends at the weekend, we talked about how when we turned thirty we were told that “all the caring what other people think would stop” and everything would be more relaxed. As perfectly put by my good friend ” you don’t turn a certain age and have a personality transplant”. To put it clearly, it has actually been a more subtle transition as opposed to waking up and feeling majorly different as a thirty something year old. I will say on that note however that there do seem to be some variations on life, conversations and the general priorities of those around us thirty somethings – as much as it pains me to admit it.


Reflecting back, the years of teenage hood were rather crazy. There was the figuring out of myself, gallivanting (in every sense of the word) and general misbehaving when I could get away with it. It was a time where I thought I knew everything but actually didn’t have a clue. Finally, it’s when there was always someone around to educate, inform and generally, give a lecture or two – something which I took majorly for granted and would’ve loved a bit more of in my twenties. Ah yes, my twenties – when all the other figuring out had to happen, co-insided with some travel, finishing of college, starting of a career then a second career and so much more. There was the transition of the hangovers to the now experience of needing a ventilator to feel human again after a night of drink. Meanwhile, my body went from allowing me to eat everything I wanted to needing to break a sweat to burn off even a few calories. As for the rest of it? Well, let’s just say there were plenty of lessons learned.

Moving deeper into thirties territory, the talk of “grown-up stuff” is increasing by the second. So much so that if the topics were to trend on the Twitter of my life, they’d go something like #Mortgage #Babies #Marriage #Money – not necessarily in that particular order however certainly in a similar frequency. Skipping back to those earlier years, I would’ve told you that such topics would send me running for the hills. After all, I just want to blog and drink nice coffees and have holidays in the sun for the most part… or do I?

All this talk can mean that focus shifts and getting trapped in societal expectations becomes so easy. We hear everyone talking about something so we think we want it. We observe people’s “perfect” lives on social media and we feel envy that they’re so far ahead compared to us. All the while, they’re looking at our lives and seeing something they want. Perhaps, it’s freedom, the will to travel or maybe even the single life? The grass is always greener my friends and what’s happening for someone else might not necessarily be what’s right for you. Likewise, when the talking happens, take a step back, stop scrolling and rejig your memory – what is it that you want and how are you going to get there? Keep your eye on whatever it is that means success for you – no matter what age you are.

That Girlboss On My Doorstep: East 73rd’s Sarah Blake

Heading home to Kerry is always a journey that’s worth the 3+ hours trekking across beautiful Ireland. I know when I get home there’ll be a friendly face, a decent healthy dinner and endless walks on the perfect beaches – rain or shine. All the while, I try to absorb all the latest news and catch up on the recent successes around the area. From quality start-ups to political ventures and TV appearances, there’s never a dull moment in North Kerry – and that’s just based on what I get to catch up on.

Venturing home in 2011, a neighbour and friend – Sarah Blake had started Having known Sarah since we were teenagers, it came as no surprise that she’d become an entrepreneur. Surrounded by strong and inspiring ladies in her family, and following years of international experience in New York and London, a degree in PR and a head full of common sense, Sarah’s sights were always going to be set on something exciting and creative.  Named Kerry Business Woman of the Year  (fashion retail) in 2016 not long after the milestone of opening of her second store in CastleIsland, it seems the years keep getting better and better. Over the Easter weekend, sipping on her tea, Sarah shared her news that she had indeed been nominated again which looks like 2017 is set to be another show stopper.

Sourcing vintage clothing, occasion wear, crockery and cosmetics, the array of products available at is both international and local. One such product range Sarah spoke passionately about was Maher’s bodycare. An all-natural award winning brand which heralds from nearby Listowel, it is currently taking off across Ireland. Telling me about the seaweed base in the skincare designed and created by Doctor Maher, I was ready to lather my own skin up at the first sight of it. It was clear that products aren’t chosen at random for the stores but rather selected super carefully with her customer base in mind.

Of course, it isn’t all work. Like all entrepreneurs, Sarah keeps the balance there with gym sessions, socialising and a good auld boogie – most recently taking part in ‘Strictly come dancing’ in aid of Beale GAA. In December 2016, Sarah danced her socks off in the local community centre showing she ain’t a one trick pony.

Considering what’s gone before, I asked Sarah ‘what’s in the pipeline?’. Hoping for a bit of juice.  As cool as ever, she said she’ll keep doing what she’s doing. With some beautiful new designs coming in-store, occasion wear taking off and more and more Irish celebrities like Marissa Carter falling in love with her apparel. I’d say to keep watching this space…

To learn more or to connect with East73rd, visit any of the social media channels (@east73rd), keep an eye on the celeb’s wardrobes and if you’re in Ballybunion or Castleisland, don’t be shy – pop in for a gander.