Saturday, 22 April 2017

Electric Eighteen

If you haven't been watching my social media or following me on Snapchat, @totally_ro, you mightn't have noticed it was my birthday on Monday. I am now 18 which feels weird to say as I have grown up to believe this is a huge milestone but it just feels like any other day. I had a lovely day, I spent the majority of it just chilling at home but in the evening I went out to dinner with some of my friends. I know this isn't the usual 18th birthday celebrations where everyone goes out to get absolutely wasted but I didn't want that, I just want to have a few friends over and talk and eat together.

I find it weird to think that I am 18, I still feel a day over 12. I can do more than ever, I can buy a lottery ticket, get married, vote, give blood, use a sunbed, make a will and change your name. I know I will probably not do some of these things for a while but it's nice to know that I can do them whenever I want.

As I am writing this post, I am wondering should I do a 'What I have learned in 18 years' but to be honest I feel like it would be similar to everyone else's, I enjoy reading them but to write my own I will wait another year or two. Right now I am confused about a lot of things, what will I do in college? Where will I go for college? What do I want to do for the rest of my life? Should I bother dating? What should I change my name to? Where do I want to travel? Am I taking care of myself?

I have thought about it for a while and I am going to share 18 things I have done in my 18 years of existence.

1. I have been to 9 countries

I have been fortunate enough to be able to do so many places and some of them multiple times, I have been to America twice, France four times, England/Wales three times, Northern Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and Tenerife, I hope to travel more in the future especially exploring the rest of Europe and all state of America. I enjoy being able to see another culture and completely immerse myself in it.

2. I got over my fear of flying

For 3 or 4 years, I refused to go on a flight anywhere, it got to the point where my Dad told me to 'cop on, you can't stay in Ireland forever'. I remember the first time going to London and crying the whole way over and back as I was so uncomfortable on the plane. I wasn't scared of flying it was the turbulence that set me off and being in such a confined space. I am still a little anxious going on flights but now I am not in floods of tears.

3. I performed in front of 500 people 

I feel like this is an accomplishment in itself as for a lot of people, including myself it can be very hard to get in front of a group of people and do a presentation or perform.

4. I found hobbies I'm good at and love

I had so many pastimes over the years that didn't last, ballet, swimming, camoige, hip hop, trad music and scouts but even though all those failed I found some that I truly enjoy acting, reading and playing my guitar, piano and ukulele. 

5. I have a Certificate in Speech & Drama

I just have to do one more exam to become a Speech & Drama teacher, I don't know when I will do it because it is a huge amount of work and there's two exams for the next degree. I am proud that I got this far as the Cert was challenging.

6. I accepted my Dyslexia

When I first found out I was dyslexic, I didn't want to accept it or tell anyone, I was embarrassed about it for a good 4 years until I turned 13 and realised it wasn't a big deal.

7. My imagination has stayed strong

Thankfully, I still have the imagination of an eight year old. I love that I can escape into a different world or think up of weird and wonderful essay ideas for English.

8. I can drive... kinda!

I say kinda as the majority of my friends refuse to get in the car if I am at the wheel. I love that I am able to drive, I am still only a learner but I have booked my test and hopefully things will go well.

9. I created this corner of the internet

Two years ago, I created this little space and I have loved it ever since. I love that I can write sometime from the comfort of my own desk and people all around the world can read it.

10. I learned to try make something good out of a bad situation

This might sound crazy but I like crazy. It is so easy to think of the negative side of things when something goes wrong, we all do it. I have learned to make a situation better by normally joking about it. A few months ago, I did awful in a maths test, 22% to be exact, I was annoyed at first but then I realised it wasn't all bad. I didn't get an NG and it was only one test. I joke about things to make them seem less serious and meaningful.

11. I became a little bookworm

I developed a love for reading has stayed with me. Of course, I am not one of those people who can get a book read in a day but I enjoy sitting down with a good book.

12. I wrote a song about the Junior Cert and it went slightly viral

Since I uploaded this video on YouTube I can't bring myself around to watching it again. I look awful in it, I am in a local primary school at a guitar lesson and my guitar teacher was recording it. Though I won't watch it, I am proud of it I never thought it would get over 100 views never mind 3,000! This is what started my YouTube channel.

13. I volunteered

I've always done an odd bit of volunteering here and there for clubs that I was involved with but for the past two years I did volunteering for things that I wasn't involved with already. For my Bronze Gaisce, I volunteered in a local charity shop, I didn't enjoy it for much but I am glad I did it. For Silver Gaisce, I helped out my Speech and Drama teacher for the year with two of her classes. I thought I wouldn't enjoy it at all but I actually miss it dearly and I hope to do a blog post about it in the future.

14. I stayed in a different country without my family for a week

This mightn't sound huge but when I was 15, it was pretty big for me. Up until then I had stayed away from home for a few days but not in a different country. I did a French exchange when I was in 2nd year and it taught me a lot. My French improved a little but I learned a lot of other things life related.

15. I have developed a love for France, the French language and their culture

I want to live in France at some stage in my life and try to perfect my French. I do French in school and I love it but I would love to be able to speak it fluently. I love the French culture and how different it is to the Irish culture.

16. I went to a Taylor Swift concert

It's been nearly two years since my going to my first concert and I am still in awe about it. It was one of the highlights of 2015 for me by far. Even though, I haven't been listening to her music as much I still love listening to it from time to time. I hope she has a new album on the horizons.

17. I developed a love for musicals, plays and anything on stage

Since a young age I remember going to musicals, plays and pantomimes and falling in love with all that goes on behind the scenes of a production. I started preforming on stage at the age of 5 in my first ballet show, The Tales of Beatrice Potter and ever since I have enjoyed every second on stage.

18. I learned how to be independent

Being a middle child (the forgotten one), I learned quickly how to be independent and do things myself. Now I think I may be too independent as I don't always ask for help when I need it.

As you know, I never do fashion posts or show what I am wearing but I really love this outfit and I wanted to share it with you. Also, shout out to my brother for taking the pics of me in my garden, I needed someone so he did it. I know the shots aren't overly amazing but this is my first one and my brother doesn't have the best photography skills.

Top- Penneys/Primark
Jeans- Penneys/Primark
Shoes- River Island (Last Year)
Bracelet- Thomas Sabo
Necklace- Primark/Penneys

What are you proud of doing?

Thanks for being awesome,


  1. Seems like you've achieved some great stuff so far! Keep it up!

  2. Happy Birthday Roisin! And good luck in your driving test! I remember being a nervous wreck before mine a couple of years ago. But it went great and I passed ^_^ I would consider that one of my greatest achievements. Just because being able to drive has made me so independent. other things I am proud of are getting a Scholarship for college, moving out and earning money. All things I have done by myself and for myself.

    1. Thanks for commenting Marian! You have achieved a lot too.

  3. Happy belated birthday! It's always nice to look back and see how far you've come. You've done so many good quality things in your 18 years, and I'm sure you're ready for even more adventure. Thank you for sharing with us!

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