Birthday Reflections

So, it was my birthday yesterday. 26-years-old. I remember when I was a teenager, and the thoughts of turning 25 seemed like a lifetime away. Now I’ve crossed that milestone and have taken the turn off for the big 3-0.

Over the last couple of years, I haven’t been crazy on doing much for my birthday. I don’t know why really. I guess you get to a certain age and it becomes like every other day. But it is always a pleasure to receive a “Happy Birthday” from the people in your life. And who doesn’t love cards, presents and cake.

I’m determined to make the most of my late twenties, because if I’m honest, I don’t think I made the most of my early twenties. When I graduated from college, I had a couple of years where I just had no idea what path in life I was supposed to take and spent a lot of time over thinking things instead of just living in the moment. I still over think things but I don’t think I’m as bad as I was.

I’m on the final stretch of my Journalism Masters. Well, the college/lectures part at least. I still have the dissertation and work placement over the summer coming up. But after that I have so much that I want to do.

I want to maybe get to work with some of the publications that I’ve been reading for ages now and really admire. I want to see a bit more of the wider world. I want to read more. Watch more. Learn more. Visit more places. I want to keep learning about the blogging industry and applying it to make The Journals of a Journalist bigger and better. I want to make tracks on moving to New York, a long time dream of mine. I went to New York twice in my teens and it’s safe to say it left a lasting impression.

It’s true what they say, confidence really does come with age. I mean, for instance, if you had told me five years ago that I would be sitting here writing on a blog, I probably would have laughed, thinking I’d never be confident enough to just go for it and do it. But here I am. I know this isn’t the biggest blog in the world by any means, but I’ve loved doing it. And I’ve really learned more and more over the years to give less and less of a s**t about what people think.

So here’s to turning 26 and taking the next steps on the journey of life. Hopefully I’ll look back on this post when I’m 30, or even a year from now, and be happy with the progress I’ve made.

I thought I’d finish off this short post with a few interesting pieces of reading I came across online recently.

Michaela over at Life of a Lady Bear shared an excellent post full of hints and tips for people in blogging, and those who have always wanted to get into it. I met Michaela when we were both studying Science at NUI Galway here in Ireland. She changed careers, and now works as a social content producer at Teen Vogue in New York, as well as building her blog up over the last few years. It really spurs me on to see somebody I know doing so well through hard work and determination.

Jim Chapman, a blogger that I’m following more and more recently, shared a post about getting ‘smart casual’ right. Essential for any man, especially if you’ve got a lot of meetings in the pipeline.

My good friend Jane brought this one to my attention. Retro Flame, another Irish blogger, shared the 11 things that WILL happen when you move to NYC. Apart from the being broke, although that is probably inevitable, I’m excited to one day experience them all.

I regularly follow GQ Magazine’s ‘best new menswear items this week’ feature. This week had some real gems, especially those bulldog-embroidered Ralph Lauren shorts. If I wasn’t broke AF right now, I would definitely be making an investment for summer.

Longitude ( a music festival here in Ireland, for anyone who may not know) recently released the lineup for this year, which takes place in July. The Weeknd is headlining!! I have a bit of an obsession with his music lately, so I got excited. I may have to invest in a ticket.

Lastly, obviously this isn’t for reading, but I saw Moonlight this week and I loved it. Check out the trailer here if your haven’t seen it yet. Despite an abrupt ending (I thought there was more to tell), it’s a really great, emotional, human story, and the performances are gold. Especially Naomie Harris; what a transformation. Definitely worthy of that now infamous Best Picture Oscar. Get yourself to the cinema pronto!

Until next time, ✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻

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