finding shapes in the fog is what shapes you

Everything is shrouded in fog today. My head, my surroundings, even these words I’m writing. I can’t quite remember when things started to feel like this; possibly when I was in Paris two weeks ago. Foreign travel always does strange things to me – I’ve never really clicked with it.

Disconnected days like these are when we must create solid ground for ourselves. Not only must we create solid ground, but we must believe that we are capable of doing so. Fog doesn’t linger forever.

Once we feel grounded again, we can adapt to the fog and become more capable as a result. If you can live clearly through fog you can live through anything.

After all, finding shapes in the fog is what shapes you.

I realise this was a relatively short post, but I hope it helps someone out there. You can tackle whatever is facing you today, I believe in you!

Love and luck,

Clodagh X

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when I’m ready | just do it

You are never completely ready for anything, ever. Never ever. A curveball can hit you square in the face at any given moment, so there is never a ‘right time’ to get things started. Particularly when you feel something in your gut, a stirring that could become something great; it takes courage to pounce on this and just do it.

The art of ‘just doing’ is, in my opinion, a skill that can be honed. Some people are born with it – a little to much of it, at that – and some people need that extra little push to get things moving. Either way, you can always improve on your ability to do rather than think.

There will always be a reason not to do something. For me, my main challenge is getting past the initial stages of a project. I know exactly how it feels to ‘click’ with something, that feeling of not wanting to stop no matter what comes your way. It’s a great feeling, but it doesn’t always come about. There are times when you need to find your groove. Or maybe there isn’t even a groove to begin with, and you have to carve one out with your own two hands. In ways the latter can be even more beneficial; you end up establishing a niche for yourself without even realising. A niche you would never have found if you hadn’t stepped up and done something.

If by some fluke you are reading this, do not be afraid to do. Go for it. Even if you fail spectacularly, you’ll live to tell the tale. I wish I could think of an ending to this post that was a little less cheesy, but a cheesy ending isn’t always a bad ending.

Love and luck,

Clodagh X

(P.S. This post was not sponsored by Nike, I promise! But still. Just do it.)

hyperaware | productivity smells more grounded than achievement

Some may consider it neurotic to believe that the coaster facing the wrong way round on your kitchen table is having an impact on your thought process. At one level, maybe it is a little neurotic. Maybe you’d still rather have toast than cereal for breakfast. At another level, it is adding to the collection of thoughts circling your brain at this very moment in time, for better or for worse. Granted, a coaster isn’t going to radically change your world view, but let’s not be too literal about this. The point I’m getting at is that every thing, absolutely everything you see and do has an impact on your life, no matter how tiny that effect may be. The colour of your bedroom walls changes how you see the sun every morning, which changes how you wake up, which changes how your day begins. The misplaced coaster may bring you back to long-forgotten lost items, or times when you yourself were a little lost. Even the phrasing you use – lost, misplaced, wrong way around – can impact upon your mind in ways you wouldn’t normally consider.

Approaching our lives with this level of hyperawareness can be very useful. We become acutely aware of what lifts our mood, or what pulls it down.

We also gain the ability to construct an atmosphere that is conducive to a particular outcome. It can be as loose or rigid as it needs to be. For instance, I’m at my most productive when my jeans are tight and my hair is freshly washed. Perfume has to be pleasant ,but nothing fancy. If I smell ‘too nice’ I’m reminded of euphoria, the end result, something I mustn’t visualise until the work is done. Productivity smells more grounded than achievement.

If I want to feel creative, it’s ok for my hair to be a little greasy. Bare feet are a help rather than a hindrance, brightness is essential. I need to feel pleasant and at ease before I allow a rush of excitement to come through; the more relaxed I feel, the stronger the rush.

Sensitivity to one’s surroundings provides focus and, by default, allows for development in other areas. The capacity to conjure a feeling at will might just be what pushes you across the line. Or perhaps it simply gets you through your day. In any case, that upside down coaster could be doing a lot more than you think.

humble beginnings

I was sorely tempted to start this with an inspirational quote, but I’ll refrain. If you’re reading this you *probably* came over from Twitter, so you already know that I’m Clodagh bla bla bla bla bla. If you didn’t come from Twitter, hello! I’m glad you’re here. You can read a little more about me on, unsurprisingly, the ‘about’ section of this page.

This is something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time, but I could never figure out how to execute it properly. To be honest I still don’t know what I’m doing, but (a) who the hell does and (b) this means I have plenty to write about. Happy days.

So what do we have so far? Inspirational quotes (or a lack thererof), uncertainty and ‘happy days’ – I think that serves as quite a good summary for all that this page stands for. It’s a blog in the sense that I’m using a blogging platform, but it’s not a blog in that it’s going to be a strange mixture of things. In short: idk.

Do stick around.

Love and luck,

Clodagh X