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Stop wasting time looking for “the one” when a soulmate could be right in front of you.

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I believe in soulmates, someone you connect with easily and who was meant to be in your life, however, I do not believe in “the one”. Life can lead us in different directions and even the most loving relationships can end. If your soulmate has been taken away from you prematurely, you have every chance of finding a new one. There is more than one person on this planet that you can love and live a fulfilled life with.

Some may consider a soulmate to be someone you have an instant connection with that requires no work. I disagree, I…

It’s time to take accountability for the television we watch and demand more diversity on-screen

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I recently had a conversation with a friend about the HBO series Succession. I love the show — it has some of the best writing on television, the acting is incredible and it has near-flawless direction. I do have one major problem with it however which makes me feel guilty for admiring it so much; the vast majority of the cast is white. “Yes, but given the subject matter that’s realistic of society,” my friend replied.

He isn’t completely wrong. For anyone who hasn’t seen it, the series follows Logan Roy, owner of media conglomerate Waystar Royco, and his family…

6 tips to prepare you for the incredibly rewarding experience of fostering dogs

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The pandemic has had positive and negative effects on dogs. On one hand, many owners are working from home and can give more time and attention to their pet, while others are fostering for the first time. However, huge numbers of families have bought puppies only to realise that a puppy grows up and has many needs which the owners are not willing or able to fulfill.

I fostered a fifteen-month-old dog who was surrendered by his owners because “the landlord found out about him”. My theory is that they got him as a puppy and when he more than…

It’s time to stop viewing other women as competition

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On Halloween last year my friends and I decided to try an Airbnb experience since we could not see each other in the flesh. We selected a tarot card reading. I have no interest in the supernatural world, have never had my fortune told or my palm read, and I don’t care for horoscopes but six months into lockdown I was willing to try anything for some light entertainment.

Our tarot card reader was a young, self-proclaimed witch from Texas. She was friendly and answered all of our questions on how one comes to describe themselves as a witch. I…

Discovering how to deal with the toughest symptom of one year of lockdown

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Each year on March 17th St.Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Ireland and across the world. 2021 marks the second St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland where parades have been cancelled, bars shut and streets empty. At the start of March last year Ireland felt the global pandemic and inevitable lockdowns looming but none of us ever expected that a year on we’d have to spend our most notable public holiday at home again.

Over the past year, I have learned to adjust to a different way of living. I accepted the situation, tried to make the most of what I had…

Perspective | Anecdote

#4 The sound of silence is everything

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As the possibility of international travel inches closer I have found myself reflecting on the incredible experiences I have had on safari in Africa. I have been fortunate enough to go on safari in two countries, South Africa and Kenya and both trips can only be described as magical.

My experience of going on safari was without a doubt life-changing and I would urge anyone who has the means to add it to the top of their bucket list.

Here are seven reasons why going on safari changed my life:

1. Going on Safari Resets Your Body Clock for the Better

I wish I was a morning person. I know the…

They try to be bigger and better because they will never be you

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Is there anything more frustrating than being excited about sharing your news only to have a relative, friend, or co-worker attempt to top your story every time? The one-upper personality; those people who walk into your life, listen to your stories, and then immediately try to outdo you. They are always bigger, and they are always better. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about your upcoming honeymoon or your air fryer, they will always be superior.

Except, they’re not. The truth is that one-uppers are often just insecure individuals who are desperate to make an impression. …

Life is tough but self-pity is a choice.

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The pandemic has caused hardships for everyone, from health issues and loss of family and friends to financial strains, and crippling anxiety. It is no secret that it has been an incredibly challenging year with a return to normality often feeling out of reach.

Misfortune is inevitable but how you deal with life’s obstacles is up to you. Persistently feeling sorry for yourself will not create change. …

How a South Korean duo, a 3-minute video, and four yellow flip-flops led to 46 million views

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At the start of the year, YouTube recommended a video for me to watch called “I tried the 20 lbs in 2 weeks Dance Workout Everyday” by Japanese YouTuber Sakura Snoopy, who signs off her video descriptions using the name Kaylyn. Although my first reaction was that it was ridiculous to make a blanket statement that one could lose so much weight in such a short space of time, I of course could not resist watching.

The video was uploaded in September 2020 and although the Sakura Snoopy channel has less than eight thousand subscribers the upload has garnered over…

How to find victory in a triggered world

A pair of hands with yes written on the left hand and no on the right.
A pair of hands with yes written on the left hand and no on the right.
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I recently read The Education of an Idealist — the memoir of former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. The memoir describes her childhood as an Irish immigrant in America, her education and human rights advocacy, and of course her work as US Ambassador to the UN under the Obama administration. Samantha has had an incredible life and career but one line from the book, in particular, has stayed with me. A friend of Power’s tells her -

“The world is filled with broken places. Pick your battles, and go win some”

My battles may not relate…

Emer Ryan

Living in Dublin, Ireland and working in film & television. Writing about lifestyle, experiences and my night-time thoughts. I love travel, health and puppies.

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