Wow. Twenty-three. I guess my age doesn’t get a cool Taylor Swift song anymore since, like my roommate said a few months ago, “Twenty-three’s so old. That’s like the point of no return.” (Thx Whitney) Even though the creep towards my mid-twenties is happening a bit faster than expected, I’m happy to say it’s been going pretty good. And one of those good parts? Starting this blog! Since I’m kinda new to the blogging scene, I thought I’d celebrate my birthday today with a few fun facts about myself. Extra points if you’re a RL friend and actually know most of these. (;  — It’s a tradition in my family to have Gaelic names, and I was actually almost named Siobhan (sha-von). My parents ended up picking the “easier” name of Sinéad instead, haha I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd. Like, annoyingly-complains-during-the-movies-about-how-Ravenclaw’s-colors-are-supposed-to-be-blue-and-bronze-not-blue-and-silver kinda nerd. I just got my degree in English, but I was kind of the worst English major ever??? I barely ever read but was the queen of absorbing the plot through class discussions. Thanks, fam. I’ve been with the same lovely guy, Teyvon, for 5 1/2 years now. We started dating senior year of high school! And fun fact within the fun fact: if I had gone to the schools I was “supposed” to go to (aka not private school / a school out of my district) I would have known him since kindergarten. Whoa. For my college senior project I wrote a short story titled “Orphans.” It’s pretty much about a brother and a sister who are trying to sell the childhood home they inherited from their dysfunctional parents. ~Supernatural hijinks~ ensue. (*gasp*) I’m a weirdo who just hates chocolate! I only taste the bitterness, none of the sweetness. Ew. I’m right-handed, but left-footed in soccer. Speaking of soccer… Despite playing it for 10 years, it actually wasn’t my favorite sport. That award goes to track, where I ran as a sprinter all four years of high school (and for one weird semester of college we don’t really talk about).  I’m a caffeine addict. I’m exhausted 98% of my life so I always need coffee. But spoiler alert: despite being a #basic blonde blogger girl, I don’t like Pumpkin Spice Lattes (ever since they changed the formula). I know. Stop the presses. I spent all five years of college working at a taco shack on campus. And…

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It might sound weird, but one of the first things I wanted to do after graduation was change up my Insta. I know, I know. Seems mayyyyybe a little superficial. But I took it as a way to show how I was finally entering a new stage of my life…that would hopefully involve less grainy frat basement pics. I’ve always been a huge fan of Insta themes anyway. But with my new goal in mind I’ve been combing through new feeds more than ever. Work on my own page is still in the brainstorm stages, but I thought I’d share a few of the awesome finds I’ve stumbled across in the meantime: @hannah.rankin I first found Hannah while looking through tags of Seattle-area photographers, and I’ve honestly been in love ever since! A lot of PNW Instas go for the moody, overcast colors, but Hannah’s feed is so bright and colorful that it instantly makes me happy. She always knows how to find such interesting angles too. Each day is like a little Candyland paradise. @forever_september Lucy is a British blogger who also has an amazing Insta. Her clean, calm colors are always on point and I love seeing her travel pics from across Europe. She’s only 18 but obviously has a ton of talent (and a camera I’ve very jealous of)! I also know its not easy to stick to such a strict white theme, so props to her for being able to keep it up. @vroseplans Victoria is a chemistry student who has the most beautiful, colorful notes on the planet. I follow a lot of studyblrs over on Tumblr, but there’s something special about all the happy colors on Victoria’s Insta. Looking at all her sticker sheets and organized planners always makes me want to get my own life together! Each post is another little dose of motivation. @hannahdtrick Honestly, if I could steal anyone’s feed, Hannah’s would probably be the first on my list. She’s a blogger from Nashville that always has the most calm, perfect tones in every photo. Since white and light blue are my favorite theme colors, her feed is like everything in one package! It’s also nice seeing someone my age putting out the kind of content I’m aiming for. Gotta just keep working at it! @nutritionstripped McKel’s Insta definitely isn’t a secret, since I think right now she’s over 200k followers.…

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Between writing for my high school paper and being a journalism major for a strange 12 weeks (long story), I’ve always had a soft spot for well-written articles. I honestly read way more long-form journalism than I do actual books — which was an awkward answer to give when English professors would ask what my favorite novels are, etc. Keeping up with new content is probably why I love Twitter so much. My feed is always popping with the awesome pieces some great people are putting out there. With that in mind, I thought I’d share a few articles that have really struck me the past couple weeks. Some are recent, and some were just recently retweeted, but all of them left an impact and kept me thinking. #JournalismNerd 1. “A Husband for Home, a Wife for Away” by Claire Dederer I’ve been a fan of NYT’s “Modern Love” series for awhile. But to be honest, when I first clicked on the article I thought it was going to be about some soap-opera-level cheating drama. Spoiler: I was wrong. Dederer’s breath of fresh air ended up being even better than I could have hoped. I’ve always believed in the idea that it’s unhealthy to expect one single relationship / friendship to supply everything you need in your life. If we have multiple friends for different reasons (some to party with, some to chill with, etc) then why would we pressure our romantic partners to somehow be everything at once? While Dederer’s set up is a bit unique, I really appreciated the idea that you can “customize” your life whatever way you want it. By focusing on what we like most about all the people we love, we can celebrate the ways we make each other better. 2. “How Do You Keep Social Media from Destroying Your Mental Health?” by Sarah Kurchak Anyone in the modern day knows social media can be stressful. Everyone’s counting followers, comparing feeds, and trying to make their life look much cooler than it actually is (oops). There’s already been a lot written about how all this activity could be hurting people’s mental health. But I thought this article brought a nice balance to that convo. I thought Kurchak did a solid job of showing both the good and bad of “life online.” Sure, constant new info can be overwhelming, but the internet also brings people…

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I’ve never know quote how to write these things. Introductions can be a little tricky, but I also don’t want to just be some faceless text on a screen. This blog is supposed to be a personal outlet after all; it’s part of the reason my name’s right in the title. So yes. For starters: hello, I’m Sinéad! That’s pronounced “sha-naid” for those of you wondering, but at this point in my life I’ll respond to pretty much anything vaguely “S” sounding. I’m a recent college grad who’s always had a love of writing. While the rest of my life is up in the air and I see where the future takes me, I thought it would be nice to have a steady, personal space. Welcome to my corner of the internet. A few posts in I’m sure I’ll work out the stiffness and kinks, but in the meantime I hope you stick around! If you’re friends or family, hopefully this can be an easy way to stay in touch. And if you’re not friends or family, hopefully you’re the CEO of a lovely publishing house who wants to offer me my dream job (please yes great here’s my resume thank you for your time).  

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