Productivity | Week 8

12th October- 25th October 2015

This week has been a busy one.

I had so much school related things that had to be done this week. My parent teacher meetings were this week as well and I appear to have been good the past two months I’ve been in school. Whaaay, go me.

I can’t remember what I did the past week. I remember going to school and just living the normal daily life of Orla Ainsworth.

That reminds me, I wasn’t able to go to sleep one of the nights so I was looking at my Youtube channel’s analytics on the Studio app. The search terms for some of my videos weren’t what I was expecting to say the least.. I also discovered that British people have viewed my videos the most but Irish people are the biggest estimated minutes watched contributors followed by the Americans.

The top 25 search terms for Salt Shaker are normal enough…..

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…. Until I saw the “how to make baby alive food with salt”. Am I saving babies lives? Does salty food resurrect babies? Safe to say I was confused reading this, and I’m still confused as I’m typing this.

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Then there were some videos who’s top 25 search terms were very straight forward and you can guess which video it is from the search terms.

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And then there are some other videos that don’t have as straight forward search terms.. How many different ways can you spell my name? Ten different ways according to this. As much as I like “orla ainswortg”, I still prefer it with a “h” instead of a “g”.

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For those of you who may have ever wondered whether it’s “OreoOrla” or “Oreo Orla”, it’s “OreoOrla”. Don’t question it. It’s just the way it is.

It’s currently mid-term which means a week off school. I really wanted to go to the Netherlands because their mid-term coincidentally coincided with mine which doesn’t happen often but I wasn’t able to go over due to different things that need doing in Ireland and what not.

Yus, I know I haven’t made a video in nearly two months. If I somehow magically can think of a video idea this week I shall film but I highly doubt that that’ll happen because my brain has gone to mush. Like mushy peas, except I don’t like mushy peas. I only like normal peas.

I have so much homework to do this week. I should probably go and get some of that started instead of typing aimlessly as I am currently doing. You go do something productive with your life whilst I go do the same except with my life ‘cos if I were to do that with your life that’d be weird.


Don’t Be A Sheep, Be Unique.

~ Orla


Liebster Award | Week 7

5th October- 11th October 2015

Sup. I was nominated by The Small Quiet One to do the Liebster Award. I was going to post this as a separate post but to spice things up I thought that I’d do it as one of my weekly post thingies. Yes I said ‘spice’, and no there are no pumpkin spice lattes involved.


  1. Make a post thanking the person who nominated you and include the Liebster Award sticker in the post.
  2. Nominate between 5 and 10 bloggers who have under 200 followers and notify them on one of their posts.
  3. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you.
  4. Create 11 new questions or use the same ones for your nominees.


The Small Quiet One’s Questions:

If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?

Ehm, I honestly don’t know. I’d like to change my eyelashes. My eyelashes are really short and I realised that they’re kinda weird too. They don’t really grow in a straight line on my eyelid if that makes any sense at all? Or maybe all eyelashes are like that, who knows.

How do you feel about your education system?

Asdfghjkl. Look, I could complain my education system all day but lets try to stay somewhat positive. I’m not a big fan of it. However, my education system is kinda going in the right direction, or so I think anyways.  It bewilders me how every country has very different education systems. As some of you may know, I spent a year abroad in The Netherlands as an exchange student. Their education system was oh so very different than the one here in Ireland. Continuous assessment in my opinion would be more beneficial for both students and teachers. But this whole matter is a blog post for another day.

What do you look for in a best friend?

This question made me think because I don’t “look” for anything obvious in a best friend. From the best friends that I do have, I can say that they’re all very different. But the one thing that they have in common is that I can trust them and they’re always there for me when I need them (and when I don’t need them). Plus, having a best friend is someone who you can annoy without them getting angry at you.

What’s your favourite season?

Hmm… I like all of the four seasons? I like spring because my birthday is in spring and all the leaping lambs in the fields. I like summer because the weather is warm (sometimes) and I get to wear shorts. Who doesn’t love shorts? One thing I dislike about summer in particular is my hayfever, but if I’m having a good time I can get over it. Autumn has all the pretty rustic colours. It’s not warm, but it’s not too cold either.  The leaves are falling and the landscape changes. Winter involves Christmas and two weeks off school. Jeans and hoodies are totally acceptable in winter, hoodies are bae.

Why did you start blogging?

I used to make YouTube videos quite frequently (ish) but with exams and all the other things I do, I felt like I wouldn’t have time to film, edit and upload videos as often this year. Therefore I started blogging (first post) without knowing what I was going to blog about until I started this series type of thingy called The End Of An Era.

What is your happiest memory?

Remember when I said “I honestly don’t know” whilst answering the first question? Well I lied. This time I honestly don’t know. I’ve been alive for exactly 17 and a half years today, and during that time I’ve made so many happy memories. Which memory was the happiest of them all? Me no knows.

What are your hobbies/interests?

My current hobbies are Ventures (Scouting) and Comhairle na nÓg. Does making YouTube videos and typing the odd blog post count as a hobby? Watching YouTube videos and tweeting should be hobbies too, js. My interests are idk. A lot of things interest me, but whether I’d consider them interests or not, I don’t know.

What is your favourite social media site/app?

I don’t have a favourite as I could easily replace one with another. My most frequently used apps are Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube.

What is your favourite book? Why?

I have a tendency to usually like every book I read. That book automatically becomes my new favourite book until a read a new book which then becomes the new favourite.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

This is completely unrelated but I like the way how my answers have suddenly started decreasing in size. In 10 years time I’ll be 27 and a half. Wow, that’s old. Well I’d like to have a pet pig. Be well finished with uni. Have a job that I enjoy. I’d hope to have travelled the world by then. I’d hopefully still be making YouTube videos and blogging (or the equivalent in 2025). So much can change within a couple of months, let alone 10 years. 10 years ago I was 7 and I was still in primary school. I have changed so much the past 10 years and inevitably I’ll change even more the next 10 years.

What are your favourite posts to write/read?

I’m really enjoying these weekly posts. I like to write them, however I’m pretty sure that nobody really likes to read them. Or maybe they do, who knows? I liked writing this post in particular, it’s different than the others.

My Questions:

  1. What is your first memory?
  2. If you could be any animal, what animal would you be? Why?
  3. What’s your favourite movie?
  4. What is your opinion on selfie sticks?
  5. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
  6. What sense would you not like to have to live without?
  7. What drink do you order in Starbucks?
  8. Favourite mode of public transport? Why?
  9. What motivates you in life?
  10. How many days old are you?
  11. Where is your favourite place to visit? Why?

Once again thanks to The Small Quiet One for nominating me! I’m not going to lie, I don’t know many bloggers and I feel kinda weird nominating people who’s blogs I read yet I don’t actually know them in person? If that makes any sense?

However, I will nominate four people:

Colin Tonge

Simplifying Things

The Clique


Have fun answering my amazing questions.

I’ll have proper blog post next week (I think) but in the mean time go check out the above mentioned blogs!

Don’t Be A Sheep, Be Unique.

~ Orla

It’s Okay Not To Be Okay | Week 6

5th October- 11th October 2015

When I was about to start this blog post I was like derp, nothing really happened this week. Well I was wrong. Once I got my memory to function properly I remembered that this week has been mental (no pun intended).

On Tuesday the 6th of October, Meath Comhairle na nÓg held their AGM and “Let’s Go Mental” event. For those of you who don’t know, a ‘Comhairle na nÓg’ is the youth council of the local county council. There are 31 comhairles throughout the country and they allow young people to be involved in the development of local services and policies and to have their voices heard.

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One of the national initiatives “Let’s Go Mental” is a nationwide campaign to promote positive mental health among young people. The idea is that each of the 31 Comhairle na nÓgs will organise and run their own individual Let’s Go Mental event for young people in their area. Each event will be centred around Headstong‘s five-a-day for your mental health concept. These concepts are: connect, be aware, get moving, give and get involved.

As a member of Meath Comhairle na nÓg, our past couple of months have mainly been focused on our Let’s Go Mental event. Coincidentally, at our 2014 AGM mental health came out as our chosen topic as our fellow peers believed that that was the biggest issue in Meath. Our topic and the national executive’s event coincided nicely which allowed us to focus on one thing, and one thing only: how to promote positive mental health in Meath.

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Comhairle na nÓg’s explanation of Headstrong’s five-a-day.

I was part of the connect workshop with four of my fellow Comhairle members. Our workshop was based around connecting with one another through various games and activities. There was a personality quiz, human knot game, shark game and picture game. The personality quiz is quite self explanatory whilst the others aren’t. The human knot game consisted of a group of people holding hands and quite literally forming a knot using their bodies. Another person would have to try and untangle the knot. The shark game was basically musical chairs minus the chairs. Instead of chairs we had newspapers on the floor and each time the music stopped you’d have to be standing on one of the newspapers. The picture game consisted of two groups being shown different pictures (eg. car, house etc.) and they’d have to make that image using their bodies.

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Approx. 200 young people attended the event. They rotated between the five different workshops and I’d like to think that they enjoyed each one. Thank you to everyone who helped us to make the day successful and thank you to all the young people who attended. Congratulations to our ten newly elected members, looking forward to working with you during the upcoming year. Some photos of the event can be found here.

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World Mental Health Day took place on Saturday the 10th of October. I’ve read so many different heart touching stories the past week and I’ve come to the conclusion that positive mental health still isn’t perceived the way it should be. Even though many schools have a ‘positive mental health week’  among other events (such as the Let’s Go Mental events), I still feel that there could be a lot more positivity in relation to mental health. Don’t get me wrong, there is so much being done to help promote this and a lot has be done to make young and old aware of mental health but I still think that more can be done.

The little things in life can make such a difference to people. Even just talking to someone can mean so much to certain people, yet you don’t see it as anything amazing. I’ve come to realise this over the past year and it’s truly eye opening. I personally have never been directly affected by any mental health issues but I know of people who have. There’s no need to go all over board and be like ‘asdfghjkl’, all you need to do is just make sure they’re okay. Just be there for them and listen to what they have to say.

There are so many different sites you can visit to inform yourself about mental health and how it can affect people:

Overall this week has been a very good one. All the work we put into our AGM paid off. It’s kinda mad to think that I’ve been a member of Meath Comhairle na nÓg a whole year now, time flies by (but we already established this in a previous post). The countdown timer continues to tick down and it’s actually starting to scare me a little now. It was on 40 weeks when we started and it’s already on 34. Wow, just wow.

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Last week’s post was very short compared to other weeks and I honestly can’t even remember the reasoning behind that. This is a perfect example of how Orla’s memory has the ability to forgot normal day-to-day things. If you’re still reading this, I hope that you’ll go and educate yourself a bit more on mental health and how it affects people. There are also numerous organisations and people whom you can talk to if you feel like you need someone to talk to. There’s always help and support. You’re not alone.

Only two more weeks ’till mid term. I can’t waaaaait. I need a break from all this school work. So. Much. Work. Enjoy the upcoming week. Do what you’ve gotta do and look after yourself and those around you.

Over and out.

Don’t Be A Sheep, Be Unique.

~ Orla

Lawl | Week 5

28th September- 4th October 2015

This was a good week.

I had no school on Monday which was a good thing. We got our CAO Handbooks on Friday which led to me being even more confused about next years options than I already was, that wasn’t a good thing.

This weekend was good too. Me sads that it’s over. *insert crying emoji here*

I have homework that needs doing. This blog post is the shortest one yet. Out of the 160 words in this blog post I’ve said ‘good’ five times. That’s a good thing I guess. Six times.

Have a good week 6. Seven times. Snow White had seven dwarves. Unfortunately none of them were called good. Eight times.

*insert countdown thing here*

Using pictures that I like is going to be my new approach to “oh Orla what should be the feature image, oh idk”. They may be irrelevant but I like ’em so yeah, so be it.

Don’t Be A Sheep, Be Unique.

~ Orla

No No No No | Week 4

21st September- 27th September 2015


This week has been stressful in a non stressful way as well as very tiring. I’ve had a cough all week which as started to get really annoying but it could most definitely be worse. For example I could be in hospital right now, like my little sister is.

My little sister has been sick all week and it started off with a trachea infection. After 5 days of antibiotics, really high temperatures and numerous doctor visits she was sent to hospital where they discovered that she has pneumonia. I went to visit her yesterday and all that I can say is that hospitals aren’t as bad as the stereotypes make them out to be. I even thought that the hospital food was nice. As far as I’m aware she gets to come home tomorrow which is great. Even though we fight and have arguments on a daily basis, we do get on quite well. As mad as it may sound, but I do really miss her. Sisterly love.

I usually make short notes and whatever not in relation to what I did this week but I can’t make any sense of the notes so yeah. One of the things that I wrote down says “nothing?”. So I suppose, I did nothing this week? Which coming to think of it is actually kinda true..

This week has basically consisted of school stuff. We had our school mass on Thursday which was combined with Mercy Day. The school mass is nice whether you’re religious or not as it brings the whole school together as one. It’s kinda weird to think that that was my last school mass, but I guess that everything comes to an end at some stage.

On Thursday we had a Parents’ Night in Scouts and I was amazed by how many parents, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts showed up. It was by far one of our most successful parents’ nights, minus the technical difficulties. We always seem to have technical difficulties which is actually quite annoying but you get used to it after all while. Thanks to everyone who came by and contributed.

Every Friday in English we have a ‘language class’ which is basically just anything to do with Paper One. This week we were doing it on feature articles. At one stage during the class my teacher says “oh Orla you have a blog don’t you? What’s it called?” (or something along those lines) and my reaction was “no no no no”. Which in hindsight probably wasn’t the best response but oh well. If anyone in my English class was mad enough to go searching for this blog (with it’s oh so very unique name), hi. I’m sorry to have disappointed you.

One thing that makes me happy is that I have no school tomorrow. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really mind school that much as it structures life into a routine n’all that but I do enjoy my lie ins. Funnily enough I always seem to wake up really early in the weekends which isn’t much of a lie in but you get my point.

This countdown timer thing is actually starting to get on my nerves as it’s not the most friendliest of reminders. I started this 4 weeks ago, the countdown has gone from 40 to 36 (that’s a great example of honours maths for you). It’s going to continue counting down and before I know it it’ll have hit 0.

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I’m really starting to miss some of my friends. Friends that I don’t get to see very often. It makes me wonder if I saw these friends everyday if I’d still like them as much as I do. Skype is always an easy way to talk to people and keep up with what’s happening in their lives (bearing in mind that Twitter and Facebook do the same but I’d like to think that actually talking to people with voices is nice too from time to time). Which reminded me of the time I was in One Direction with my friends.

I was thinking that maybe I should take more pictures during the week of whatever happens to insert into these posts but meh. Also, I should probably post a non whatever this ‘series’ is called post every once in a while. I’m actually surprised that I’ve lasted this weekly blogging thing this long. My memory is so bad, I can’t remember how to end these blog posts. Eh, goodbye I guess? Adios. Tschüß. Au Revoir. Ciao. Slán. Doei. Bye.

Don’t Be A Sheep, Be Unique.

~ Orla

Mixed Feelings | Week 3

14th September- 20th September 2015

This week was an interesting one to say the least. A very interesting one.

I suppose that I should probably try and keep it as chronological as possible. I’ve gotten back into the full routine of getting up early, going to school, coming home, doing homework, going to sleep only to wake up the following morning to repeat the process. As weird as it may sound, I do like routine. Obviously I am nowhere near enthusiastic to have to go to school the next day (especially on Sundays) but I suppose that it could be worse. Everything could be worse.

That brings me onto my next topic? Item of interest this week? Idk what to call it. Anyways, it’s most definitely something that is worth typing about. The Syrian refugee crisis. Yes the refugee crisis. No, not the migrant crisis. THE REFUGEE CRISIS.

Refugee: noun
“A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster”.
Migrant: noun
“A person who moves from one place to another in order to find work or better living conditions”.

Now that we have established the difference between a refugee and a migrant, what can be done? I am a European citizen who quite frankly is quite ashamed to be part of this society that isn’t working to the best of it’s ability to help these people. Yes, we have poor and homeless of our own. But is that a valid reason why we shouldn’t be accepting these refugees into our country? I think not. And it’s not just Europe that could up it’s game. Many other countries could help more. In saying that, there are numerous countries who are helping more than the wealthier, more developed countries are. Knowing that restores some faith in humanity.

If we were ever to be in a similar crisis would you like it if other countries were hesitant to help us?

On Friday I watched the same video by John Green in three different classes. Being a 6th year student who’s sitting my Leaving Cert in a couple of months, it’s not that often that we watch YouTube videos. Doesn’t that within itself say enough? This crisis is worth our time.

In Geography we also watched another video relating to the topic, a very facts based video.

Both videos are definitely worth a watch.

So I said that I as going to try and keep this chronological but I’ve already messed that up completely. On Wednesday I went to Higher Options which was very insightful. As of currently I’m stuck between four different courses, in four different universities. I think that I have a fair idea as to which ones I prefer the most but I want to look into a bit more before I start making any serious decisions. I also got the opportunity to see some of my friends that I don’t get to see that often so that was nice as well.

I have been productive-ish this week to say the least. I was writing out Chemistry notes the other day and one thing that really annoys me is that I can only have one Google Drive account thing open at a time. I have a school email which some teachers use to upload notes to but I have to open it in a different browser as Google won’t allow me to open to different accounts at one time and I’m not in the mood to have to log in and out each time.

I also updated my iPod to iOS9 today and it may or may not be one of the worst decisions of my life. Since I updated it my, iPod has done weird things on two occasions. The first time the whole screen was unresponsive except for the assistive touch and the second time the screen was just blank and it looked as if it was dead but it was still working. I had to force restart it on both occasions and I seriously hope that it’s not going to become a daily thing…

This week I also started reading (and finished) a new book called “Lieve Mama” by Esther Verhoef. It’s a Dutch book and it was different to say the least. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I highly recommend that you read it… Well if you can read Dutch that is.

This week (well today to be exact), Dublin bet Kerry in the All- Ireland Football Final in Croke Park. My Dad even managed to make it onto live television with his banner! Check out my Tweet to see a picture of that (I’m too lazy to save it to my laptop and to insert it into this post).

Oh I nearly forgot to include my oh so very important countdown timer thingy. 37 weeks seriously doesn’t come across as a lot.

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This week was a busy, productive, tiring week. Oh I also got my hair cut on Saturday so I have no more split ends which makes me happy. It’s the little things in life. Week 4, come at me bro.

Don’t Be A Sheep, Be Unique.

~ Orla

Tempus Fugit | Week 2

7th September- 13th September 2015

Time flies. Time is uncontrollable. Time is time.

This week has flown by. It feels like only yesterday I was typing last weeks post. I’ve spent the past week pondering and reflecting about certain things.

This time three weeks ago I was in Pallaskenry in Limerick enjoying the Phoenix Challenge with 800 Scouts. I may have slightly forgotten to mention the fact that I edited the Phoenix video last week. Videos in relation to events etc. always evoke emotions within me as the memories resurface.

We started studying Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry in English before the summer holidays. To be completely honest I wasn’t a big fan of her poetry initially, but I’ve started to grow fond of her poetic style. ‘The Fish” in particular strikes me in such an unexplainable manner. My imagination may just wander off now and then, but it’s the way that I perceive the poem. I can find so many different indirect, and direct links between the fish, Bishop and myself. It’s not that I can relate to the cold vertebrate or a 20th century poet, but I understand the poem (in my own way) and somehow I can relate.

I’ve never owned a fish, and quite frankly I’m not too sure how one interacts with their pet fish. You can’t pet it (or so I presume anyways) or bring it for walks. You can feed it, as well as clean their tank. I’d love one of those massive fishtanks one day containing the most vibrant, extraordinary fish. There are over 33,000 fish species, all unique. Blub blub blub.

I started making notes for several different subjects and is it weird that in the maddest way possible it’s slightly relaxing? I knew that I was weird but I didn’t realise that I was that weird..

On Saturday I went to Scouting Ireland’s EGM National Council and it was great to see so many of my friends again. I have so many Scouting friends that I rarely get to see as they live all over the country. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the opportunities and experiences I’ve lived through thanks to Scouting. A new Chief Scout was elected, as well as a new International Commissioner. Congratulations to both Christy McCann and Claire McAroe for being elected and a sincere well done to all who had the courage to put themselves up for election. Even though Ollie Kehoe, Sean Farrell, Pat O’ Connor, Glenn Webster and Francis Minogue didn’t get elected, they have achieved so much that will last a lifetime. I once read a quote by Bear Grylls which said:

“Survival can be summed up in three words: never give up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying”.

All of the candidates campaigned in a fair manner until the end. They received the support and encouragement to pursue in something that they believed in. It brings me great joy to say that I am part of this organisation called Scouting Ireland.

I’m going to Higher Options in the RDS next Wednesday and I suppose that brings me to the topic of next year. See, time has come into it once again. I’ve been looking through different courses online and I’m currently stuck between three/ four different courses that have caught my eye. Some say that I’m logical, others say that I’m illogical. #OrlaLogic doesn’t do me any favours in this case, but I am trying to think about my options for next year logically and stuff.

Lawl. Countdown Timer. TIME. I wanted to emphasise the ‘time’ in ‘timer’ but it looks kinda stupid now in bold. Oh well. Maybe this will become a weekly thing? A screenshot from the Countdown Timer stating the weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds remaining.

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Week 2 of 40 is complete. Roll on week 3. Who knows what it’ll bring. Maybe it’ll bring a fish, who knows?

Don’t Be A Sheep, Be Unique.

~ Orla

The Start Of Something Not So New | Week 1

31st August- 6th September 2015

School has started again. My last year of secondary school. 6th year.

Of course we got the standard “blah blah blah so many days ’till the Leaving Cert blah blah” talk. So what if the leaving cert is 39 weeks and 2 days away?

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I’m not going to get stressed about anything. I’ll do my work and and do everything to the best of my ability. Yes, I’ll admit that last year I could have worked more consistently but no, I do not regret any second of it. I have a tendency not to regret certain things that easily. It happened because it happened. Learn from it and move on. Use the negatives to your advantage and make them positives.

I’ve decided to commit to one blog post a week. In a way I’ll be documenting my last year of secondary school, including the relative school related things as well as the non school related rudaí. As I mentioned in one of my recent videos I will not be uploading as frequently this year unless I actually have a good, solid video idea. From experience, my brain doesn’t seem to be as creative and capable of thinking of video ideas during the school year.

I feel as if I understand stuff more this year. I’ve been having several eureka moments the past week when in certain classes and whilst doing homework. That happy feeling of finally understanding something that appeared so complicated. I am genuinely motivated to study this year, in the most strange way ever I even find it slightly relaxing. I am someone who can either put their head down and get to work or I can procrastinate for hours, days and weeks. I want to succeed in life and even though I completely disagree with the education system I’ve come to the realisation that I’ll have to go along with it whether I like it or not.

Besides all this school related stuff, I have a strong desire to go on a stationary shopping spree. I’m not sure if that’s a thing or not but it’s what I want to do. The thing is, I could buy the nicest pens and notebooks but I’ll more than likely never use them. It’ll be years after the date of purchase before I ever look at them again. Please tell me that I’m not the only one?

I’ve become rather forgetful the past while which is slightly concerning. I went out the other day with the intention of buying a certain book and I came back with several books but not the one that I had intended to buy. I genuinely completely forgot about it. It’s a good thing that the Internet exists and that I can order it online. That way I can’t forget it, or can I?

This year is going to consist of balance. Getting the right balance between school, hobbies, social life and whatever else I do.

Balance: noun

“A situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions”.

This year will also be an interesting year. It’ll be the end of an era, as well as the start of new beginnings. I find it funny to think how much people change within a year. I’ll probably read this back in 10 months time and cringe. I know that I’ve most definitely changed since this time last year. And so be it. There’s nothing wrong with change.

I could blabber on more but I’d be blabbering for the sake of blabbering. Lets see what the next 168 hours bring me.

Don’t Be A Sheep, Be Unique.

~ Orla

“Rudaí”: Irish for “things”.

London 2015

13th August 2015

I was woken up by my mother early Thursday morning to which I reacted with “what are you doing and why are you waking me up so early?”. So it appears that at that particular moment in time I had forgotten that I was going to London.

I met Colin and Aisling in Dublin Airport (as well as running into another good friend of mine there coincidentally). Our flight was delayed 44 mins due to bad weather in London. We landed in turbulence which was great fun after sitting on an aeroplane for two hours with a child playing the tin whistle the whole time. We arrived in Gatwick Airport and got the train (choochooo) to London Bridge. And no, London Bridge was not falling down.

From London Bridge we went to our hotel. We got the tube from London Bridge to Canning Town and the DLR from Canning Town to East India. Safe to say, London public transport is mad. Once we had checked-in in our hotel we continued our London adventure and headed back into Central.

I had a throbbing headache and the humidity in London as well as the overcrowded tubes did not help. We visited all the “touristy things”, including The London Eye, Tower Bridge, The Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.

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That night at 8 pm ish we went cycling in Hyde Park which was definitely one of my favourite things we did whilst in England. This was my first time in London Central and I loved the experience. Personally, I’m not a big fan of all the overcrowded tourist areas (or it could have just been because I had such a bad headache at the time). Piccadilly Circus was less crowded yet still crowded, but I liked it. Leicester Square was only a short walk away and I found the atmosphere there different. I’m quite familiar with Dublin City and there’s no way that I can compare London and Dublin in any way (except for the fact that English is spoken in both cities). There’s just a special vibe in London.

14th August 2015

Creator Day at Summer in the City! Colin, Aisling and I decided to get the a cable car to Royal Victoria. If you’re ever in London and near the cable cars, I highly recommend you to go on them. You don’t get to go over the Thames everyday via cable car (unless you’re one of those London people who use the cable cars part of their daily commute).

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Creator Day was by faaaaaar my favourite day. As a (slightly inactive) content creator, it was just nice to meet up with fellow creators. I met up with the other Irish YouTubers as well as making new friends. Creator Day was really chill and it was just so easy to talk to everyone without all the screaming fangirls. One cannot compare the queues on Creator Day to the queues on Saturday and Sunday. We also met Thomas Ridgewell (TomSka) as well as going on that fun fair ride where you all sit in a line that goes round and round with Dodie Clark (doddleoddle).



There were three panel rooms as well as an exhibitors hall for exhibitors and people to sell their merch. There were several panels throughout all three days but one of my favourite ones on Creator Day had to be the YouTube: PR & Media Management panel. We chatted to several different YouTubers and hoped that they would be able to understand our Irish accents (apparently I have an Irish accent, I thought that my accent was pretty neutral but apparently not). Oh, and we can’t forget the bumper cars. The bumper cars were fun. A lot of fun.

That night Colin, Aisling, Brendan, Michael and I went to The City of London. London looks quite spectacular at night. All of the buildings and streets are lit up beautifully and I don’t even want to think about how much it costs to keep everything lit up. This was also the night that new friendships were made.

We met our three new friends from Essex, Elliot, Midge and Sophie at our bench. We have claimed that bench. It is now ours. We must have spent at least 24 hours in total at that bench. You may think that I’m over exaggerating but I’m being serious. That bench was our meeting point. The place where new friendships were made. Later that night we met Jamie and Mike whom also have YouTube channels. Orla being Orla had no idea who they were but that’s what I liked about it. Even though the others knew who they were, us Irish were able to get on with them and vice versa which is all that matters.

15th August 2015

SitC Day 1 (or day 2, depending on if you considered Creator Day as day 1 or not). Our day started off with all of us meeting at the bench in the morning and spending time there until after midday. We arrived at ExCel at exactly 1 pm and spent the next 8 hours of our lives among thousands of other YouTube enthusiasts (and the scary big pikachus that were wandering around).

This year SitC decided to enforce a ballot system for the meet and greets. I got Dan and Phil in the ballot. Dan Howell (danisnotonfire) and Phil Lester (amazingphil) are very well known British YouTubers, radio presenters and just overall internet personalities. They have their own Phandom (who can blame them? They have British accents. ‘Nuff said). Now, before I have several fangirls out there who are ready to kill me, no I am not die-hard Phan fan (that sounds so weird out loud) but I do enjoy watching their videos and whatever not. In saying that, I’m not the type of person who fangirls n’all that stuff. If I enjoy their content and it makes me laugh/ smile that doesn’t mean that I’m a fan but it also doesn’t mean that I don’t like them. If I were to be a fangirl, I’m pretty sure that I’d be a Phan fangirl (let’s admit it, we all would). Upon meeting them all I can say is that wow, they’re tall. Okay, so yeah maybe everyone is tall compared to me but that’s besides the point. I asked Phan to sign my Salt Shaker which they happily obliged to and to which Phil replied:

“This is my first time ever signing a salt shaker, I won’t forget this”.

It’s always nice to know that you’ll be remembered for standing out and not doing the norm.

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I got 2.5 hours sleep the night before so it was safe to say that I was exhausted. I may or may not have had a short little nap on the floor in front of the main stage because why not. It got to a stage when security told Colin and Ryan to wake me up which wasn’t very nice of them. Orla needs her sleep y’know.

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After all the Saturday SitC (fangirls, panels and main stage acts) it was time for us to head back to our beloved bench. Hours were spent at that bench that night. Jokes were made, stories were shared and friendships blossomed.

16th August 2015

Last day at SitC! The bench had become part of our morning routine at this stage. If I’m not mistaken 10,000 people approx. attended both SitC on Saturday and Sunday. Am I the only one who thinks that that’s mad? That’s a lot of people. I could count all of those people with my two hands if I considered each finger as 1,000 people. #OrlaLogic

If I’m going to be completely honest I can’t remember much of what happened on Sunday. I think that Sunday was pretty similar to Saturday. However, one thing that I do remember vividly is the Smaller YouTubers panel. One of my fellow Irish YouTubers, James was on the panel and Team Ireland was there to support our #YouTubeSensation. We went on the bumper cars again and it was safe to say we were louder than loud. So loud that Sammy Paul (ICOEPRproductions) stopped his meet and greet to laugh at us. Plus that I was terrible at driving the bumper cars which made it all the more fun. Elliot, Colin, Ryan and I also handed out OreoOrla stickers to people and someone asked me to sign their Magic: The Gathering mat because of my Shake It Off Parody (there was a MTG event on in ExCel at the same time as SitC).

And yes you guessed correctly. We all returned back to our bench. Surprisingly the hotel staff didn’t give out to us until the final night. We may or may not have been slightly above the average noise level at 6 am in the morning. All in all, the bants were had. It was sad knowing that that would be our last night at the bench for at least another 363 days ish.

17th August 2015

Home time. Sad time. Whilst typing this I realised that technically speaking the majority of our bench night-time madness  should actually be mentioned in the following day partially because the majority of it took place after midnight but let’s try to keep it slightly logical.

We met at our bench, which ironically isn’t really a bench it’s more a picnic table but that’s besides the point. Goodbyes were said and hugs were exchanged.

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We got the DLR, tube and train back to Gatwick. And then we flew home (and yay no tin whistle playing this time). I am currently experiencing the #PostSitCBlues. Roll on SitC 2016.

Don’t Be A Sheep, Be Unique.

~ Orla

Another One of My Great Ideas

Hi. Sup. Hey. How does one start a blog properly? Who knows (well a lot of people probably know but I don’t, as you can probably see).

Firstly, may I just state that I spent actual time and effort in making this blog so that I can actually tolerate it. If you haven’t noticed there is a little white arrow thing at the top of the page. When you press the arrow this drop down page thingy with like different things pops up onto the screen and yeah. You can find different pages there such as the about page and the contact me page (I think that one calls them ‘pages’ but I could be completely wrong). I’d much appreciate it if you could try to stay as positive as possible, and if you have any constructive feedback please contact me and let me know. I’d love to know what your opinions and thoughts are (if you feel the need to be mean, please try to be mean subtly). Otherwise I may end up crying myself to sleep. You wouldn’t want that, or would you?

Secondly, I honestly have no idea what I shall be blogging about. As you cIdeasan probably tell by now, this is by no means going to be a formal blog. I am quite in favour of the colloquialism that’s going on so please don’t start commenting on my constant use of ‘thingy’ and ‘like’ and whatever not (see I did it again unintentionally). This is my blog and I shall write (well type) in whatever way pleases me and I shall type about whatever I want (but you can always leave suggestions and stuff).

Thirdly, níl a fhios agam how often I shall be ‘blogging’. As you more than likely know, I also make the odd YouTube video. I haven’t had the motivation/ time to film and edit many videos recently so I guess that blogging is yet another platform for me to talk, rant and express my opinions on.

Fourthly, this firstly, secondly, thirdly and fourthly thing is starting to get annoying. I apologise in advance if I start using phrases, abbreviations or just words that only I understand. I’m half Irish and half Dutch so I may accidentally throw in  cúpla woorden in Irish or Dutch or maybe even German if I’m feeling adventurous.

This is only my first blog post and I’ve already started confusing myself which isn’t a good sign… On that slightly confusing note, I shall leave you in peace. I hope to share more with you and thou can come on the journey of ‘how does Orla’s brain function?’ with me. Who this ‘you’ is whom I’m referring to is unknown but I’m sure that all will be revealed with time.

Don’t Be A Sheep, Be Unique.

~ Orla

“Níl a fhios agam”: Irish for “I don’t know”.

“Cúpla woorden”: “Couple of words”.

– “Cúpla”: Irish for “couple”

– “Woorden”: Dutch for “words”.