March 2021♀️

What a week it has been for women in the world. Many stories have topped the headlines and gone viral. It is disappointing that in 2021 there is still progress to be made regarding women’s rights and gender equality.


March 8th; International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year, the theme for International Women’s Day was Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,”. According to the United Nations, women who are also at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19, as front-line, health sector workers, scientists, doctors, caregivers, get paid 11% less globally than their male counterparts. The UN Secretary-General’s recent report reveals that women are underrepresented in public life and decision-making. Less than 25% of national parliamentarians are women and women are Heads of State or Government in 22 countries.


March 8th; An interview that Oprah Winfrey had with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was broadcasted to the world, and no topics were off limits. Meghan courageously admitted that she had felt suicidal after joining the Royal Family and that she received little support from the Royal Family regarding her mental health. In the interview, Meghan told Oprah that Harry had been asked by a member of the Royal Family “how dark” their son Archie’s skin might be. She also expressed her concerns and her frustration over Archie’s lack of security and title. In one of the few lighthearted moments of the interview, the couple shared that they were expecting a baby girl this summer.


March 9th; Sarah Everard, a 33 year-old lady from London went missing while walking home from a friend’s house. Human remains were found in a wooded area in Kent and an officer was arrested on suspicion of murder. A Labour Party member of Parliament stood in the House of Commons and read out the names of the women killed in the U.K. in the last year in cases where a man has been convicted or charged as the primary suspect — a list that consumed four minutes. Many women took to social media. Many women can relate to fearing for their safety in the everyday world. ‘Walk in well-lit areas, don’t wear headphones, don’t walk alone, don’t wear a dress, don’t make eye contact, hold your keys, don’t be out late, text me later, fake a phone call’…. More than 90% of women and girls in the U.K. have experienced sexual harassment in public spaces, according to data released by UN Women United Kingdom on Wednesday This figure does not surprise me. Violence against women is highly prevalent, and intimate partner violence is the most common form of violence. Violence against women has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.


March 14th; In Australia, tens of thousands of people turned up to marches across Australia protesting against the high numbers of sexual abuse and harassment cases of women in the country. The marches were spurred by a recent wave of allegations of sexual assault, centred around Australia’s parliament.


March 14th; Mothers Day🥰💐


March 2021-Whitney Wolfe Herd becomes known as the youngest self-made woman in history to become a billionaire. Whitney Wolfe Herd joined the development team for the dating app Tinder when she was 22 and was the vice president for marketing. She was behind the name of the app and flame logo. Whitney resigned in 2014 due to growing tensions between executives and filed a lawsuit against Tinder for sexual harrassment. Whitney suffered from severe panic attacks following threats and decided to move on. She created one of the largest dating apps in the world, Bumble, and became one of the top female CEOs in tech. Bumble is an app that was designed so only women can send the first message when users match on the platform. Bumble is now valued at $14 billion.


Meghan Markle, 2021
Sarah Everard, March 2021
London, March 2021
Australian Protests, March 2021
Mothers Day, March 2021
Links

https://www.who.int/

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

https://www.unwomen.org/en

https://www.womensaid.ie/

https://toointoyou.ie/

https://www.instagram.com/cutecatcalls/

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/i-have-far-too-many-stories-30-irish-women-on-harassment-and-assault-1.4511881


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Protect Your Energy🧘🔋✨

Being tapped into our energy and the energy of those around us can be beneficial. If you are someone who is sensitive to the emotions of those around you or someone who is easily influenced by the energies and opinions of others, this blogpost may be helpful. If you are an empath or highly sensitive person, soaking up negative energy of those around you can leave you feeling drained and exhausted. If someone or something is mentally draining you, you are going to feel terrible. Protecting your energy is important for your mental and physical health and determines your overall happiness. 🧘

Below are some ways you can protect your emotional energy and inner peace

  • Tune into how you are feeling
  • Trust in yourself
  • Be less reactive, or non-reactive
  • Learn to say No to people who drain you. Do you often say “yes” to things you don’t feel like doing, just to be polite, or because you feel like you have to?
  • Please yourself before pleasing others, your needs are important as anybody else’s. Being a people-pleaser can take a toll on your wellbeing
  • Set healthy boundaries and establish healthy relationships
  • Be aware of who or what changes your energy.
  • Let go of things you cannot control
  • Repeat positive affirmations
  • Avoid gossiping
  • Avoid comparing yourself to others
  • Speak kindly to yourself and to others
  • Practice Meditation
  • Spend time in nature
  • Spend some time alone every now and then
  • Use crystals
  • Use essential oils
  • Visualise a bubble of protection around you

It is no secret that toxic people are skilled at draining the life out of you. Cutting energy vampires out of your life or consciously avoiding these leeches will cause a drastic improvement in your psychological wellbeing, happiness and quality of life. Nobody is obliged to stay in a toxic environment or be around these types of people.

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Personality traits:

  • Manipulators
  • Egotistical
  • Compulsive liars
  • Gossipers
  • Attention-Seeking
  • One-Uppers
  • Lack empathy
  • (Pathological) Jealousy
  • Complainers/Whiners

Maybe you have some of these traits or can identify these traits in others? Identifying these types of people and practicing self-care is key. 🙂🗝️💆👌

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Tallinn🇪🇪

Last summer, I visited Estonia and was there for three nights. I had never been there before so it was hard to know what to expect. We went to Tallinn, the capital. Tallinn is very pretty and unique. There is a town with lots of crafts and markets, there is also the Old Town. The architecture is very pretty and bright. The city reminded me of Prague in a way. The weather was good for the four days and we did lots of walking and sightseeing. We considered going to Helsinki for a daytrip as it is only across the sea but we didn’t- maybe next time. Below are some highlights, check out my Instagram for more ⭐

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Kadriorg Palace
Baati Jamma Turg
Telliskvi Creative City
Olde Hansa Medieval Restaurant

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Little Britain (TV series)- To Helsinki?

The science of body language🤝

‘Kinesics’. A person’s demeanour and their behaviours can tell you a lot about them and their personality. You do not have to know the person and you may have never spoken to them. Body language can be subtle or blatantly obvious and can reveal a lot about a person’s true feelings.

Positive body language: Politeness, handshaking, holding hands, hugs, smiling, positive greetings, waving ;

Portray feelings of happiness, wellness, genuiness, trust, warmth, compassion, openness, love, positivity, authenticity

Negative body language: Arms folded, eyes covered, lack of eye contact, frown, clenched fists, smirk, faced away, talking fast, poor stance, hands in pockets;

Portray feelings of stress, anger, lies, secrecy, arrogance, disappointment, rage, hostility, frustration, hate, boredom, impatience, nervousness

Crossed legs can indicate a variety of one’s intent, depending on the context; engagement in conversation, relaxed mood, unfamiliarity, dominance, not receptive to open communication.

The list goes on and there is a lot of research done on this🧍🔬

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Rock Werchter🤘

This time two years ago, my best friend and I went to Rock Werchter (pronounced Vercher). Not many people know about this festival but it is one I would highly recommend. We went on the Sunday but if I were to go again I would go for the weekend🏕️ My friends brother had been there several times and goes every year but she had never been💃

Werchter is a small village in Belgium. A shuttle bus took us from Leuven and brought us to Werchter which was only 15 minutes away. So ideal! We spent the morning getting ready and prepping ourselves💅🎒🍋 We arrived around 12pm just in time for George Ezra (🤩). The weather was scorching ☀️ so we bought some coupons 🤙 which we required for beverages at a later stage🥤 and we were much excité 💯

At the festival, there were loads of great acts, including George Ezra, Post Malone, Sigrid, Kaleo, The Academic, Warbly Jets, Noel’s High Flying Birds 🎵 Arctic Monkeys were last to perform and there were fireworks. The whole day was amazing ⚡Festivals in Europe are much better than in Ireland 🎆 here was lots of other fun things to see there such as a bean bag area and ballpit. I would definitely go again🎵 By 12am we were covered in glitter and talking ráiméis to Flemish dudes.

I look forward to attending Rock Werchter again in the future 🤟🇧🇪

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https://www.rockwerchter.be/en/


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Blackout Tuesday⬛

I stand against racism, injustice and discrimination. I stand for equality, solidarity, inclusion and human rights. Every person has feelings and every person matters.

Today, social media platforms were flooded with the message ‘Blackout Tuesday’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’ in light of the George Floyd case. It is the year 2020 and it is hurtful and frustrating to see such stories in the news. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

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Working and studying from home💻

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It has been a few weeks now since quarantine began. This week, restrictions are starting to ease. However, many people continue to work and study at home for the time being.

There are many challenges associated with working and studying at home and it may have taken a while to adjust to this new way of living. Establishing a daily routine will help you to work more efficiently.

Make sure your workspace is clear, clutter-free and organised. Ideally, you should be studying or work at a desk or table rather than sitting on the couch or lying on your bed. Try to maintain a good posture. If you have children, working while they are at home at the same time is not ideal. Allocate a designated workspace that is quiet and ideally away from where family members are.

If you have a work meeting or videocall, make sure you are appropriately dressed and there is a tidy, bright background. Try leaving your smartphone in another room while you work to prevent it from distracting you. Limit your social media and phone time until a certain time of the day when you are finished working. Get some fresh air every now and then and schedule in daily walks. Take regular study breaks and have a short walk around every hour or so. This will allow oxygen to flow to your brain and blood to flow to your feet. Stay hydrated throughout the day and drink plenty of water.

Take the weekends off, or at least one day during the week. Working seven days a week during the lockdown is unattainable and unhealthy. See my other blog post Minding your mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic 💆

Spend time with your family members each day. While living and working under the same roof as your family members 24/7, there will sure to be some conflict now and then. Watch a movie or play board games every so often. Just because you can’t go very far doesn’t mean you cant spend quality time together.

Many people are getting used to working and studying at home and many big companies reckon this might the future. Comment what your thoughts are 💭


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