Be Informed, but make it Efficient

Growing up, we had the 6.01pm news (because I was in Ireland and the Angelus was televised at 6pm, donchaknow). Newspapers were still common and ‘reading the news’ was a prolonged affair.

Things have changed in the last two decades. Now the hunting down and consumption of news is a minefield to say the least. Google ‘news’ and through the magic of geo-tagging, you’ll see the main story in your area … as well as 4.5bn other results.

Then there’s corporate agendas and blinkered reporting. What’s ‘hot in news’ is local and dramatised. Basically, you’re not going to hear about what’s up in Syria unless you go looking … and now you’re exhausted before you’ve even gotten out of bed.

But yet, we prevail. I’ve written a whole post on why I believe keeping up with current affairs is the responsibility of all of us. So here’s my five favourite sources for news on the daily, because being informed is sexy lads!

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My Other ‘Cycle’

 

Like fashion and clockwork, my depression comes full circle every few months. Less frequent but infinitely more troublesome than my period; the timing’s always terrible, it seems interminable and the lows are always just as low. It’s a relentless bitch.

Three-hundred-million people, globally, deal with depression in one way or another. Chances are, some of you reading this are on your own journey. After the several well-publicised suicides over the past month I thought I’d list what does – and absolutely does NOT – help me when I’m on a ‘low buzz’. Because if it helps me, maybe it’ll help you too!

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Suicide: a Media Reaction

Last week we lost two very high profile individuals, to suicide*. Both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain had fans and admirers all over the globe give public, beautiful, honest reactions to the news. Much of the main-stream media was, as it often is in cases of suicide, a bloody nightmare. But we can demand better – we’re their dream, active online consumers!

(*please leave the term ‘commit suicide’ behind you – it’s not illegal, they’re not criminals. Just stoppit!)

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#HomeToVote – my upcoming trip

Hey, hi, hello!

I’ve been mentioning my upcoming trip to Ireland in my posts and on my Instagram page (what do you mean, you don’t follow me yet?!). And while a trip home is always a salve for the soul, this trip isn’t one for pleasure.

I’ve said in the past that I am an unabashed, intersectional feminist. I’m all about that every-girl power feelin’ and  I’m here for equality for all of us. This is not the core theme of this blog but it definitely colours how I see the world.

I also think, as a travel writer, I have a responsibility to keep you informed about the social situations occurring in the countries I visit. It’s easy to live in a turquoise-hued bubble of isolated beaches and raffia everything, but that’s not an honest depiction of a place.

With that in mind, let’s talk about Ireland and the Eight Amendment.

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What the F*uck is my ‘Bliss’ anyway?

Does your head do battle with your heart?

Do you ever have you mind completely made up and then, with niggling questions and common sense (that relentless bitch), your resolve crumbles. It’s just not – my least favourite of all words – practical.

We live in a world of quotations and idealised snapshots on social media. “Follow your bliss” is a thing people actually say seriously. Google ‘how to quit your job and travel’ and you get 152million potential rabbit holes to fall down.

There’s no shame in thinking, fuck it, if they can do it so can I!

So what happens when you’re not coming from a corporate finance background, making six-figures annually, or there’s no trust fund waiting to be plundered? You adapt your plans, that’s what.

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