The year of 27.

Where I am: my bed

Listening to : Paramore ‘After Laughter’

Wassup dawgggss!!

WHAT A YEAR. Next week marks 3 years since I started sharing my word vomit with the world. It is also my 28th birthday. I seem to have made a tradition for myself in sharing lists around this time of year – normally things I’ve learnt. This year though I am going to share 27 things I loved about being 27; it’s a great way to say goodbye to my 27th year.

I started 27 off the saddest and have ended up the happiest. Life will throw all sorts of things your way but it makes you tougher, it makes you funnier (we all know I’m hilarious) and it makes the good times exponentially more magical.

So here it is, 27 things I loved about being 27.

I SAW PAUL MCCARTNEY AND RINGO STARR IN THE FLESH

I just so happened to be in Leicester square the same time they were. I was going to the theatre, they were there premiering their movie ‘Eight Days a Week’. I had to jump to see them, but I did. Be still my beating heart.

PRAHA

Since 2010 I have wanted to visit this magical city. An old friend had studied there for a year and his tales made me want to go. This year I did. Leanna turned 21, so we made a special trip. Such fun.

ARLO RALPH BOULTER

Nuff’ said

I FELL IN LOVE WITH MY OTHER 2 NEPHEWS EVEN MORE

Oscar has been the main man since 20/11/2011. He is the best kid, I laugh so much when I’m with him. I could cry with pride at the person he is becoming.

Mason-James – we started the year hating each other. We finished it as best friends. He is the dreamiest little guy.

I WAS VERY BRITISH AND HAD AFTERNOON TEA AT THE RITZ

Momma Sophs asked to go for her birthday so that’s what we did. I was far too common to be allowed in a place like that but I somehow managed to sneak in.

FRIENDS FEST

Naughty Norman made it happen last minute. I love that girl and loved that day.

OK LADIES NOW LET’S GET IN FORMATION

Beyonce pt 2. Croke Park, Dublin. Ain’t no party like a Queen B party.

NICK THE TIGER WAS IMMORTALISED ON MY WRIST

Many of you know we lost our boy Nick Lashaway in May 2016. This is my tribute to him.

I HAD A MENTAL BREAKDOWN

I liked this, huh? Well, yes. It gave me clarity, a different outlook and a better direction. As a result of this…

I LEARNT WHO WAS TRULY RIDE-OR-DIE

And who is ‘ride until you do something I don’t like/agree with’

THE BOOK OF MORMON

I’d read the reviews, I’d seen snippets on Youtube but was yet to go. Was it worth the wait? Abso-fuckin-lutely. Hilarious, I laughed from the opening number right through to the finale.

CLIMBED THE 02

Miranda and Stevie had a little day out. Such fun!

I FELT THE LOVE

When I needed it most, even when I didn’t ask for it, I felt the love from my pals. When I felt like I was free-falling and couldn’t find solid ground they were there at the side saying ‘It’s right here’. Biggest shout outs go to Sophie, Leanna, Dalbs, Rachpal and the BFG.

HELSINKI

I finally got to go and see my bro and his hoe in their city.

ICE HOCKEY GAME

Y’all know I have lots of friends in the US of A. The only American sport I was really interested in was Ice Hockey. It may have taken 4 years but I finally got to a game. Thanks, Wilf!

I REALISED YOU DON’T HAVE TO RUN AWAY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE

What is probably obvious to some was not so to me. I felt very stuck this time last year. Very unhappy with an injured heart. An old dream came back to me and I thought it would change everything. Until I realised it wouldn’t and the dream had changed. I was running away. It’s not necessary.

DISNEY

The most magical day.

DIANE ALICE LORRAINE GOT BOOKFACE

Many of you will not understand the significance of this. It’s HUGE..

I CAME OFF MY HAPPY PILLS

Happy pill free since Aug ’16.

I REDISCOVERED MY LOVE FOR MY WORK

It feels different this time; I’m so much happier. Sure there are still days I want to put my head through a wall but overall it’s all gravy baby.

INDIA WITH MIRANDA AND STEVIE

So this is happening. Our boss authorized us to be off at the same time saying “Please both come back in one piece as I can’t be down two store managers”
Michelle “Oh I’ll be fine but if she pisses me off too much I might sell her for a camel”
Charming.

FRIENDS AND FOOD

I found those friends that find it acceptable to eat dinner in one place and then go somewhere else for dessert. Hashtag winning. Next time we’re going 3 for 3 – starter, main and dessert at separate places.

DELETE

If anything is too much effort, delete. This goes for everything from Social Media (see ya, twitter) to friends.

NEW FRIENDS

I’ve spoken about this before but this year I made some new pals, ones that I wasn’t looking to make but now I wouldn’t be without them. Big up yourselves.

NICK LASHAWAY DAY

It was magical from start to finish and the most perfect way to remember him, big love to my American Fam for including me. I’m sure he would have been rolling his eyes at all the fuss haha.

ACCEPTANCE

The road to self love, and accepting yourself is a long one. I’d been unhappy for a long time. This year I feel like I have accepted myself more. It will no doubt always be a battle for me but I feel like I’ve made my biggest leaps down that road this year.

I LOVE LIFE

For someone that was unhappy for so long this is a big statement to make. 27 will always be the year that I fell back in love with life, I’m excited for the future.

Final thoughts:

Make the most of every single second. Be nice to people. Never go to bed on an argument and never mix your drinks!!

Thank you to anyone and everyone that has impacted my life in the last year, thank you to those I have learnt from. Thank you to those friends that have been there for the good and the bad, I am lucky enough to call some of the best people on the planet my friends. Thank you all for believing in me and seeing my light when I couldn’t see it myself (Amy Jayne, especially you here. You never stop telling me). I’m not quite sure what I’ve done to deserve you all but I am so grateful. I’m going into 28 with so much joy and gratitude in my heart.
Thanks for the adventures. Thanks for the laughs (Byng, especially you. Please never, ever change)

THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

It’s been magic!!

Xoxo Micks

Hello, it’s me in 50 questions.

Happy Sunday! 

It’s Jan 15th 2017 which means it’s been a week since I last posted so here we are again. 

A while ago I answered ’50 questions if you really want to get to know who someone really is’ after I stumbled across a Thought Catalogue article of the same name. Well, I’m back doing the same thing. This time the article was written by Kendra Syrdal, again it was published on Thought Catalogue. That website is like crack for me, I lose hours reading people’s thoughts (go figure, it’s called thought catalogue) on love, life and why. I’ll post links at the bottom for the website and article but for now, here’s my answers to  ‘Your one word answers to these 50 Questions will reveal exactly who you are’ (as posed by Kendra)…

What’s the first thing you grab for in the morning? 

Normally my glass of water which I always have next to my bed, then my phone. 

Who’s your biggest inspiration in life? 

Diane. 

What do you think people notice the most about you? 

Big forehead 😂 or boobs or maybe that I’m the size of an Oompa Loompa. 


What do you hope people notice most about you? 

Physically, my height cause, you know, I like being small and it’s better than my big forehead. 

What is your biggest weakness/flaw? 

There’s two – how quickly I get bored and that I am very guarded and it can come off as being rude. 

What is your biggest strength?

My loyalty, for sure. 

What to you is the perfect, most ideal age to be? 

30

High school. Awesome or terrible? 

Err… more awesome, I guess.

Cats or dogs? 

DOGS  🐶 

Adjective that best describes you when you’re drunk

Sassy with a side of emosh (depends how drunk I am) 

Why do you love your best friend so much? 

Everything about them. In one word?  kindness.  

Where do you want to go more than any other place in the world? 

Machu Picchu 


Beaches or Snow? 

Beaches

What’s your absolute, number one, biggest pet peeve? 

Bad manners

What is the one personality trait you simply have no time for? 

Pessimissim

Zodiac, MBT1 or Birth Order? Which is the one you lean towards? 

Zodiac – I’m a Gemini 


Do you believe in something after death? 

Yes

How does someone instantaneously get on your good side? 

Make me laugh 

How about your bad side? 

By being rude

How do you hope you’re described by people when you’re not around? 

An adventurer 

What is your favourite attribute about yourself?

My positivity 

Is it ok to sleep with socks on? 

Yes

Coffee or tea?

TEA ALL DAY


How many dates until you feel it’s ok to have sex with someone? 

No set number. Whenever you both feel ready 

What is your love language? 

Brb gotta take an online test to find out…

Ok, apparently it’s ‘Quality Time’ and ‘Acts of service’ 

Do you or do you not believe in ghosts? 

I do

Twitter, Facebook or Instagram? 

Instagram 

Favourite Artist?

Oscar-Claude Monet (I think that’s the type of artist they mean? ) 


Odd numbers or even numbers? 

Even 

Do you believe in organising or letting things just happen? 

A healthy mix of both

Are you more right brained or left brained? 

Whichever one is the logical side.

Which do you prefer, logic or creativity? 

A healthy mix of both

Do you think opposites truly attract? 

Yes

What is your Hogwarts house? 

Ravenclaw (though I always assumed Slytherin – gotta love Pottermore for sorting that question out for everyone) 

Ask for permission or ask for forgiveness? 

Forgiveness


Do you think chemistry is instant or grows with time? 

Varies but overall I think it’s instant.

Do you trust someone until proven otherwise or do you think trust has to be earned no matter what? 

I generally trust until proven otherwise 

Are there situations in which you think lying is ok and understandable? 

Yes

Comfortable silences or non-stop conversation? 

Comfortable silences

Do you believe in date or do you think we’re in control of our circumstances? 

Both 

Love or Money? 

💞

Impulsive or methodical? 

Methodical 

Are you pro-technology/ constantly connected or do you think digital detoxes are super necessary?

Necessary 

Do you think it’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all? 

In hindsight, loved and lost.

Do you question things even if it will bother someone or do you try to not rock the boat? 

Question things. Always.

TV shows or Movies? 

Movies (I think) 

Books or magazine? 

Books

Which is more preferable being nice or being fair? 

Being fair 

Describe what would bring you the ultimate happiness in life.

Finding my place in this world, wherever that is and whomever that is with. 
Soooooo there you have it. Done and done! ✅ 

I got part the way through and realised I was meant o be answering with one word so I did my best to… some of it is hard though. It needs an explanation. 

As always I’d love to hear your answers. 

See ya next week!

Xoxo Micks 

Websites 

http://www.thoughtcatalogue.com

http://www.pottermore.com 

5lovelanguages.com 

Kendra’s article 

http://thoughtcatalog.com/kendra-syrdal/2017/01/your-one-word-answer-to-these-50-questions-will-reveal-exactly-who-you-are/