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Suffering: A Video Chat with Jakob

I was poking around some old photos today and I came across this video interview I did with my friend Jakob. It was right before I left for Thailand in 2013 and it was supposed to have been part of this larger set of interviews I had wanted to do with the people I met on my travels. The idea behind the video series was to bring life and understanding to different cultures and people. A sort of ethnographic travel…

Yosemite: Big Wall Climbs and Alcove Swings

I started looking through some photos from earlier this year and realised I have so many photos from trips that I have yet to post. They represent some incredible adventures so I would really like to share them through a series of photo essays. This first one is from back in May when the guys (Phillip, Emilio, Ray, and Christian) headed to Yosemite to climb the West face of leaning tower, which is one of America's most overhung walls. For those of…

Fear, Isolation, and Perfectionism

  The following was written the other morning, since then I have moved on from these feelings but felt since I had written them down and I strive for authenticity I might as well post about it. I would like to, later this weekend, write about how I am feeling now and what I decided in regards to moving beyond feeling this way, but for now, here we go...   I woke up the other morning in an absolute panic. What the…

beautiful

While I haven't been keeping up on here with my gratitude project I have been writing every day what I am grateful for.  I have also been adulting hardcore lately which has been really nice.  One of the things I've learned recently through this journey in therapy is that because I come from a dysfunctional family I have learned some pretty bad habits which I need to change.  I am basically learning how to reparent myself.  Let me just say…

Irish Christmas

Christmas break has brought some much needed rest.  After flying to California for a week before Christmas, I returned home to Ireland on the 22nd just in time for my first Irish Christmas.  I think one of the craziest things about going "home" was that it made me really realise where home really is for me now.  Last year when I went back California was definitely still home, I had a life there and everything even though I had been…

Weekend Musings

Yesterday was the end of my second week of grad school and it has been an interesting two weeks... not really sure how coherent this post is going to be, but I'd like to get my thoughts down here we go. Going to grad school in another country is a learning experience of its own.  Not only do you have your course work to worry about, but you also have to learn to navigate a new system with its own…

Promise yourself

  Promise Yourself To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as…

blue

slowly we wade out into unknown waters. cautious at first, toeing the ground beneath us until we are up to our chins, forcing us to tread. deeper we go. confident. then comes the point of decision. the turning point. swim further out of our comfort zone, to risk our -selves. and we do. heart pumping, blood racing as the excitement of the thrill fills us. every inch.  then without warning, we are caught. realization.  we fight to escape.  but every…