missing in action…

As you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t posted on The Electric Oracle for two weeks. Two weeks! I think that’s my longest break thus far. I’m very very sorry, but I’ve been incredibly busy with college / uni, mainly to do with my dissertation. I’ve also been doing other bits and pieces on the side; I’ve been helping out on an Irish language and culture-based podcast called ‘Motherfoclóir’, and I’ve been preparing for Christmas.

Realistically, I won’t be posting as much on The Electric Oracle between now and Christmas, much and all as I would love to. But I deplore the idea of churning out posts for the sake of a posting schedule; if something isn’t up to par, I won’t put it out.

In the meantime, you can watch my latest video for The Electric Oracle here, you can find Motherfoclóir wherever podcasts can be found (iTunes, that little podcast button on your iPhone, and this link right here), and you can pray that I make progress with this dissertation!

Thank you for bearing with me.

Love and luck,

Clodagh x

looking through walls | dissatisfaction

One of the most intriguing aspects of feeling and emotion is how they cling to anything and everything.  The sensation of velvet on the skin makes you content inside. A particular shade of orange brings about a feeling of centred-ness.

Feeling also clings to places. Big time.

Have you ever walked into a building and almost felt as though you were crashing right into the walls of that building? An emotion surrounds you and there is no exit in sight. You, quite literally, feel walled in. Trapped.

We often feel trapped at the most inopportune of times. It is just when you have to see something through to the bitter end that you are desperate to leave. Of course this makes sense; if you don’t like something, you want to get rid of it. You want to be free. Leaving, however, isn’t always an option.

This is when you need to think past the boundaries. Place a window in the wall and see your life the way you want it to be. The more you cultivate the outside, the less energy you waste on the inside. By doing this you are putting in groundwork for the future; working the ground and making way for your life to blossom.

There may even come a time when your life starts to weave its way through the window, just as ivy spreads its veins for all to see. Do not be afraid to open the window and connect with this lifeline.

In short: iff there is something caving you in right now, look through the walls and grow your life the way you want it to be.

Love and luck,

Clodagh X

Moment app | did I cut down on screen time?

As promised, here’s the video I put together of my experience with the Moment app. If you didn’t see my last post, the Moment app is something you can use to track how much time you spend glued to your phone (and / or other devices).

Overall it was a helpful experience, although it didn’t have a huge impact on reducing my screen time. In one week alone I spent over 24 hours staring at a screen – 24 hours! That should disgust me, but in reality it doesn’t.

For a start, the app showed me that I only picked up my phone for around 5 minutes at a time, so it’s not as if I’m spending consecutive hours staring at Twitter.

I also used my phone for essential things such as replying to messages, and generally keeping in touch with loved ones.

Give the video a watch if you’re curious as to how the app works and how you can benefit from it!

Love and luck,

Clodagh X

(P.S. : I’m so sorry this is a day late, what with college and other responsibilities there are not enough hours in the day anymore!)

bonus post! | how to get through a hard time

I debated whether or not to post this today since I already have a post up, but for the day that’s in it…

If, like me, Friday the 13th is hitting you hard, this is the video for you. Keep on going.

 

Love and luck,

Clodagh X

screen time & social media | love + hate

To be very honest, social media is one of the loves of my life. It has brought me to incredible places, both literally and metaphorically. I have met numerous wonderful people all because of networks like Twitter. Hell, I’ve even had a chance to connect to some of the most important people in my life (*cough* Lady Gaga *cough*) purely because of social media.

Websites such as Facebook and Instagram are often cited as sources of cyberbullying, anxiety, and other nefarious goings-on. All of this is true, but the positive elements of these networks are often overlooked. The word network in and of itself says it all; we have the most incredible facility at our fingertips to keep in touch with the world and expand our horizons.

In spite of all of this, I do find myself questioning the amount of time I spend scrolling aimlessly through the web; it’s a wonder I have don’t have square eyes by now! In light of this, I’ve decided to download the ‘Moment’ app. Its main purpose is to monitor your screen time and put you to shame about how much you use your phone. At least that’s how it feels…

In all seriousness, it will be very interesting see whether my experience with the app contributes to my overall wellbeing. I’ve chosen to document my experience in vlog format for my YouTube channel, which you can find here. All going well, the vlog will be up next Friday.

Do you over-use social media? Could you live without it? Let me know in the comments and we can all console each other!

Love and luck,

Clodagh X

I am 22 | getting older

This week – on the 26th September, to be precise – I turned 22. In all honesty, I had a lovely birthday surrounded by the people I love, and for that I am incredibly grateful.

What made me a feel just a little bit melancholy was the realisation that I am getting older. This was my first real birthday as an adult; the years between 18 and 21 are still youthful, in my opinion. 22 sounds like an age where you should have everything together. Realistically I know that very few people in their early twenties actually know what they’re doing, but it can definitely seem as though they do. I’ve yet to hit that sweet spot of wisdom and selflessness. My best self.

I get glimpses of it occasionally. Feeling confidence in the way my jacket sits on my shoulders. Not overthinking every smile and gesture that comes both from me and towards me.

Anyway. This is definitely something I’ll write more about, but for now I’ll leave you with a song that encompasses the above. Coincidentally, it’s one of my favourite songs of all time, something you’ll know if you watched my 50 Facts About Me video (shameless plug number 47472…).  

Love and luck (and apologies for the late post!),

Clodagh X

dynamics and identity | you are your own person

We are all sorts of things to all sorts of people. The ‘loud one’ in our friend group, yet the ‘quiet one’ at home. It is phenomenal how one person can assume a myriad of identities dependent on setting and circumstance. What’s even more fascinating, however, is how little control we appear to have over our place within a group. Without even realising we slot neatly into a jigsaw, twisting and curving to make room for others in spite of oneself.

There often comes a time at which we no longer want to be a part of the jigsaw. We want to clip a corner here, an edge there, all in an attempt to become a better person (or so one hopes). This isn’t always easy. In fact, it’s never easy as far as I’m concerned. You can reshape yourself as much as you want, but you cannot reshape others unless they want it for themselves.

This in turn means that it is incredibly difficult to change how you are perceived within a group. No matter how few arguments come as a result of your character, if you are perceived as ‘the one who starts arguments’, that is how you will be identified. If you are ‘the peacemaker’, you can start as many arguments you like without turning a hair, all because of your perceived identity within the group.

Grim and all as this may sound, there is something liberating about this realisation. Freedom accompanies the notion that battling others is futile. Your real target should be yourself. Changing yourself means changing your world, not the world we share. The people and events you attract will come as a result of said change, in stark contrast to what came as a result of your place in the jigsaw.

You are your own person. You are free.

Love and luck,

Clodagh X

six hundred of you | gratitude + shameless plug

I hadn’t planned on posting today, but a teeny tiny celebration is in order –  thank you for 600 followers?! Having made it to 500 I thought it would take a lot longer to break another hundred, but the internet can be unpredictable at the best of times. Thank you so much for being here, I appreciate it beyond words.

Since I don’t have a whole lot to say, I thought I’d just remind you all of where else you can find The Electric Oracle;

50 Facts About Me (me being Clodagh!) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8vrDPKRRSA

Snapchat: electric_oracle

Instagram: instagram.com/clodagh.mc

I hope you’re all feeling healthy and happy. Thank you for being here.

Love and luck,

Clodagh X

 

five hundred of you | something different

I’ve gone through about 14 clichés trying to come up with an introduction to this post. THANK YOU FOR 500! As always, I never ever expected to gain any kind of following when I started The Electric Oracle, so to see it grow like this is wonderful.

To celebrate this milestone (of sorts), I’ve put together something a little bit different…

I thought it would be nice to ~expand my horizons~, so there you have it! I won’t necessarily be making videos on a regular basis, but I enjoyed putting this one together + I hope you enjoy watching it just as much. I mean, it’s shoddily edited and very very cringeworthy, but hey. Life is too short to care, “those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” etc etc etc. If you make it to the end of the video, I applaud you.

Love, luck & gratitude,

Clodagh X