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


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”.