Monday, 22 September 2014

Photo of the Day - Emma In Sunlight

Friday, 19 September 2014

Quote of the Day

"I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain; and never shut myself up in a numb core of non-feeling, or stop questioning and criticizing life and take the easy way out. To learn and think: to think and live; to live and learn: this always, with new insight, new understanding, and new love."

Sylvia Plath 
(from The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath)

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Quote of the Day

'Above all watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.'

Roald Dahl

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Quote of the Day

Found this little beauty on Tumblr earlier, somewhere amongst all the bizarre humour and tv references you find bits of wisdom on there!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Who Decided Stretch Marks Are Bad?

I remember the first time I heard stretch marks being referred to negatively I was a bit surprised because I'd never thought of them as anything but positive. I recall thinking; 'Maybe they're bad and I just didn't know, oh my god maybe I'm wrong maybe everyone thinks they're ugly and horrible'. I have to admit though it didn't really change my opinion, I still don't see stretch marks as bad things.

When my mother used to complain about the stretch marks on her stomach from being pregnant with me and my brother I used to think that they were pretty cool, they showed everyone that she'd done basically the most amazing feat the human body can endure, giving birth. And she did it twice!

I think they're kind of wonderful, they're so natural and normal, we all have them. They're like the rings on the inside of a tree stump, they track our growth from teeny saplings into fully grown trees (or however else you want to finish that analogy).

I have so many all over my thighs, stomach and boobs. They're all different shapes and colours, some more vivid than others and I could spend hours looking at them and marvelling at how they were created.

Stretch marks are like tattoos that your body picks out and etches out for you. It's sort of like your body is saying; 'This one right here, I made that one during that summer you went from an A cup to a C cup! Oh and this one is from when your hips widened to allow the potential for childbirth!'. They're like a map of your life so far, they each tell a little story. If you don't agree that that's one of the coolest things the human body is capable of then I don't know what to tell you!

I don't know who decided they were in any way negative but I completely disagree. I for one, love my stretch marks and I'm eager to see what new ones are created during my life! I hope at some stage we can all be pro-stretch marks.

Any opinions? Leave 'em below or hit me up @EarthToNiamh on Twitter x

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Quote of the Day

'Other people's success is not your failure'

*Trawled the internet for a good 20 minutes trying to find a source for this but to no avail so if anyone can enlighten me in the comments I would be very grateful!

I've always been the kind of person who measures themselves against others, my internal monologue is constantly pointing out all the ways that other people are better than me. It took me a very long time to wrap my head around the concept that I'm an individual and therefore my success is relative and not comparative. It's still something I have to remind myself of on a regular basis and that's why this quote struck a bit of a chord with me. 

At the minute a lot of the people around me are finding success in different ways, be it college or work, and I feel like I'm at a stand still because I've left college and I don't really know where I'm going from here. I sometimes feel like a failure because I'm not achieving the expected goals for someone my age but when I look at the situation rationally I know I'm doing what's right for me and in my opinion that's definitely a form of success. If anything I sometimes think I'm more successful than some of my peers because in taking time out for myself I'm growing as a person and although I might be lacking in academic stimulation, I'm learning something new about life and the world around me almost every day.

This quote is definitely a piece of wisdom I need to keep in mind on days when I'm being too hard on myself!