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.

Slán.

Don’t Be A Sheep, Be Unique.

~ Orla

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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.

Rules:

  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.

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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

Jessiblah

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:

http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie

http://www.mentalhealthireland.ie

http://ie.reachout.com

https://www.headstrong.ie

https://www.mentalhealthreform.ie

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