My Blue Space

My Blue Space

Last weekend I headed down to my Blue Space in a little corner of Ireland.  It is a month later than usual but now it is time to open up the holiday home for a new season.  My Blue Space is in the sunny south-east.  It is a little peace of heaven.  

A Blue Space is known for its good qualities for health and wellbeing.  Health and the visibility of water is known as “Blue Space”.  The sounds of waves alters wave patterns in the brain (according to a number of articles on recent studies) and make you happier and relaxed which in turn helps rejuvenate the mind and body.

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There are lots of benefits of having a Blue Space.  The sea air is charged with healthy negative ions (the science bit) so you sleep soundly as the ions accelerate the ability to absorb oxygen.  This is so true, I always sleep better when I have had a walk on the beach, especially if it is in the evening time.  Another scientific fact is that when you float in the sea water, the blood from your lower limbs is pumped towards the abdominal region, which is nearer the heart.  This occurs as you are no longer standing upright and this fresh blood brings more oxygen to the brain making you more alert and active.  You get increased levels of serotonin which is a chemical in the body and this attributes to wellbeing and happiness. There is no better feeling than floating in the sea looking up at the sky. Ah Bliss.  I can’t wait for a dip in the ocean.

 

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If you are blessed with a sunny day in your Blue Space then endorphins are released as the heat of the sun allows the endocrine system secrete these natural chemicals to make you feel relaxed and less stressed. If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) then a Blue Space with the benefit of the sun is good for you.  I love that first feeling of the sun on your face when you just have to close your eyes and enjoy the feeling.  Here comes the sun (doo doo doo). Here comes the sun and I say, it’s all right…….by the Beatles. Can you hear it in your head now. 

Enjoy your Blue Space wherever you find it, I know I will.  

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Carol-Ann McGuirk –                      Hairdresser to the Stars

Carol-Ann McGuirk – Hairdresser to the Stars

If you have been following ‘Dancing with the Stars’ since the beginning of the year, you may have noticed the wonderful hair creations of the Professional dancers and the Celebrities.

 

These were all created and managed by Carol-Ann McGuirk, hairdresser to the Stars.  Carol-Ann has worked tirelessly every weekend to ensure that all of the hairstyles of each dancer looked spectacular on the dance floor.  Not a hair could be out-of-place while they twirled and whirled around and even when they were upside down on a few occasions. 

IMG_20180223_193529Carol-Ann has nearly 30 years of hairdressing experience, starting out on her career at a young age of 14.  She trained in Peter Marks Hair Salon and worked for about 18 years with the group, with her longest time being spent in the Stephens Green Salon.  She worked for some time in London at the Charles Worthington Salon where she was involved with ‘London Fashion Week’.  Carol-Ann currently is an Art Director at Reds Hair Salon, Dawson Street, Dublin and is in her 11th year at this salon. 

 

‘Off the Rails’, ‘Meteor Awards’, Chief hairstylist for ‘The Voice of Ireland’ for 6 years.  These are only some of the shows that Carol-Ann has worked on.  She was part of the ‘Operation Transformation’ team for 8 years and only gave this up in order to do ‘Dancing with the Stars’.  This is all apart from the day job at Reds Hair Salon where all her clients speak highly of her.  Carol-Ann was quoted in an interview last year saying “I treat all my regular clients like celebrities, so I am very comfortable working with great artists in TV, Film, Theatre, Music or Dance productions. It’s my job and I love it”. 

Carol-Ann relaxes in her downtime by going to the gym and horse riding when she can. She has won numerous awards, among them – the ‘Creative Fantasy Awards’ with the Irish Hair Federation which she won twice and came second as well on another occasion.  Carol-Ann was the first Irish girl to come 4th  in the World at the ‘Full Fashion’ event in Milan with ‘Team Ireland’ a few years ago.  She came 3rd in Europe at ‘The World Hairdressing Championships’ in Germany again with Team Ireland.  Carol-Ann has also been awarded the Image Award (L’Oreal Color Trophy).

 

In February 2018 Carol-Ann was nominated and shortlisted for the Image Beauty of Business Awards 2018 in the Most Creative Talent in Hair Category.  The winner of the Most Creative Talent in Hair award will have shown precision, outstanding creativity and flair in hairdressing. He or she will have a reputation as one of Ireland’s most in demand hair heroes. 

 

I have been campaigning over the past few weeks on her behalf through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.  The votes are coming and we need them to keep coming until midnight on Sunday 8th April.  The award ceremony is on the following weekend.  Let us help Carol-Ann get the award that she deserves. 

The link for voting is  bob.image.ie/voting and you can vote every day with legitimate email addresses on separate devices.  So if you have two emails you can vote on your phone and your laptop. If you have more than one legitimate email and more than one device, then that great news. 

Only this week left for voting.  Thank you for your votes. CLICK HERE PLEASE

 

Pensioner is the topic of the week

Pensioner is the topic of the week

Pensioners are in the news more and more these days.  In last Saturdays Independent there were not one but three articles about the older person and their housing status, their money and their well-being.  

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During the week there was also an article from the independent about those who wished to work past retirement.  Jobs for the over 65’s

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We are getting noticed out there, 638,000 of us are over 65 years of age, 19% increase in last 5 years. We are living longer.  David McWilliams says in the Irish Independent that the ageing population is an uptapped resource.  Ireland is getting old but it doesn’t have to be a problem.  Older people are a huge resource rather than a cost to the nation.  Ageing population, an uptapped resource

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SPRINGTIME

SPRINGTIME

Spring is here, even though some days we would not think it.  But yes, you can feel a change in the air.  It is brighter in the mornings and the days are getting warmer and a little longer.  Flowers are appearing and leaves and plants are starting to grow again. Spring the season of the year between winter and summer, lasting from March to June north of the equator, and from September to December south of the equator.  It is also time for daylight savings and the clocks spring forward this weekend. 

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Spring is a time of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. Over the years there have been many poems written about Spring.  Some come to mind that I learned many years ago in English class at school written by William Blake, William Wordsworth, George Manley Hopkins, Philip Larkin to name but a few.  

One of my favourite poems about Springtime is by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

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A song that comes to mind at this time of year is about tulips by Max Bygraves

When its Spring again I’ll bring again
Tulips from Amsterdam
With a heart that’s true I’ll give to you
Tulips from Amsterdam
I can’t wait until the day you fill
These eager arms of mine
Like the windmill keeps on turning
That’s how my heart keeps on yearning
For the day I know we can share these
Tulips from Amsterdam

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Spring is a time of hope, joy, newness.  Lambing season is upon us.  You can hear the birds singing in the trees and they are gathering material to build their nests. Winter is over.  The dark dark days are gone.  Banish those winter blues and put a spring in your  step and enjoy all that nature has to offer for free.  Look forward to something new each day.  Spring time is the land awakening.  Enjoy it.

My Blue Space

My Blue Space

Soon I shall be heading to my Blue Space. It is time to open up the holiday home for a new season.  My Blue Space is in the sunny south-east.  It is a little peace of heaven.  

A Blue Space is known for its good qualities for health and wellbeing.  Health and the visibility of water is known as “Blue Space”.  The sounds of waves alters wave patterns in the brain (according to a number of articles on recent studies) and make you happier and relaxed which in turn helps rejuvenate the mind and body.

Idyllic sandy beach and blue ocean

There are lots of benefits of having a Blue Space.  The sea air is charged with healthy negative ions (the science bit) so you sleep soundly as the ions accelerate the ability to absorb oxygen.  This is so true, I always sleep better when I have had a walk on the beach, especially if it is in the evening time.  Another scientific fact is that when you float in the sea water, the blood from your lower limbs is pumped towards the abdominal region, which is nearer the heart.  This occurs as you are no longer standing upright and this fresh blood brings more oxygen to the brain making you more alert and active.  You get increased levels of serotonin which is a chemical in the body and this attributes to wellbeing and happiness. There is no better feeling than floating in the sea looking up at the sky. Ah Bliss.  I can’t wait for a dip in the ocean.

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If you are blessed with a sunny day in your Blue Space then endorphins are released as the heat of the sun allows the endocrine system secrete these natural chemicals to make you feel relaxed and less stressed. If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) then a Blue Space with the benefit of the sun is good for you.  I love that first feeling of the sun on your face when you just have to close your eyes and enjoy the feeling.  Here comes the sun (doo doo doo). Here comes the sun and I say, it’s all right…….by the Beatles. Can you hear it in your head now. 

Enjoy your Blue Space wherever you find it, I know I will.  

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JANUARY BLUES

JANUARY BLUES

January,  the month of new resolutions, new starts, new promises, new, new, new.

Christmas has come and gone for another year.  All the partying is over. A busy couple of weeks from the 8th December when the city centre is crowded with shoppers to the 6th January when little Christmas is celebrated.   Over the past 6 years, I have celebrated the 6th January with my girlfriends in  recognition of Nollaig na mBna.  This is when the menfolk look after the house and the family so that  the women can have a party among themselves.  The excuse was to use up all the left over pudding and cake and drink.  It was traditionally celebrated in the country more so that in the big smoke.  We thought it was a good idea to start our own Nollaig na mBna in my house and it has been great so far.  There isn’t a better way to start off the month of January than having a group of female friends over for a bite to eat, a drink or two and a good old chat.

The Christmas decorations are put away and the place looks bare.  It takes a while to get used to normality again in the house.  Great plans are made for the weeks and months ahead.  The weather is cold and damp but there is an expectancy in the air.  2017 here we come.  January is a great month to start something new, to give it a go, even if you tried the same thing last January and failed.  I love to see all the walkers out in force, determined to lose those pounds that stuck to them while they enjoyed the festive season.  It is like an army on the move.  The supermarkets are full of people buying healthy options and lots and lots of fruit and veg.  Spirits are high, recipes are swapped and we get through these first few weeks that can sometimes be tough on us.   Those who are lucky enough can escape to sunnier climates for a few weeks to get over the hurdle and into the spring.  The rest of us scan the travel websites, or look through the glossy brochures planning the holiday in the sun in 5 or 6 months time.

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January can be as good as you make it.  Enjoy the newness of it and make it count.

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A catch up with DigiNanna

A catch up with DigiNanna

DigiNannaDublin now has a registered domain.  I know that may not mean a lot to everyone, but I am very proud to have committed to this as it is the next step in the development and promotion of the website.  I am also in the process of designing business cards.  That is how serious I am about DigiNannaDublin. 

DigiNanna is in the middle of college assignments and reading week for mid-term.  We had daylight savings on Sunday with the clocks going back.  Over the years whenever it was  possible I would love to leave my clock as normal at this daylight saving time of year and then come mid afternoon change it back an hour.  I always thought it was more beneficial to me psychologically that way.  I know that when you have to be somewhere at a certain time it is not possible to do this, but you should try is one year and see what I mean.  I can’t say the same for Spring daylight saving time as it is always hard to adjust to losing an hour in your day.

There is a change in the air today (1st November) even though the past few days have been sunny.  It is has a very Autumn feel to it. (if you know what I mean).  Over the past few weeks, there have been tons of leaves swirling around the garden.  I love to walk among them feeling them crunch under my feet.  (you big kid, I can hear you say).

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I took a walk at the weekend up the hill to the ‘Hellfire Club’. The views over Dublin are breathtaking and worth the climb.  It was a while since I have walked an incline so, at first I was very slow, but gradually got into my stride weaving round the bends towards the top.  There were families with children of all ages walking up to the top also, one man even had his baby in a backpack carrier thingy for kids. Some energetic walkers took the very steep climb direct up the hill through the forest.  It was exhilarating getting to the top.  I definitely recommend it.

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Yesterday was Halloween and I had the usual treats for callers to the door.  Over the past few years, the number of callers has diminished and more often than not the treats ended up being given to family and friends or eaten by yours truly.  I only got a few treats ready for Halloween  and luckily there was enough for the few callers that came to DigiNanna’s door.  I loved Halloween as a kid and have great memories of trick or treat and party games.  I am reliving all this now through my grandchildren.

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I plan to go for more walks during the week and get some fresh air so that I can recharge my batteries for the next few weeks.  November and December shall be interesting and exciting in college as I complete my course in Digital Marketing. Looking forward to sharing all things of interest to older people and of course, those of you who are not old but follow DigiNannaDublin.

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FIVE STEPS TO A HEALTHY BRAIN

FIVE STEPS TO A HEALTHY BRAIN

Challenge Your Brainimages

Being smart is more than facts and knowledge, it’s being resourceful and insightful and challenging your brain in different ways. Don’t get stuck in a brain rut, learn something new, you might discover a talent you never thought you had.

EXERCISE
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Exercise helps to form connections between brain cells and it also helps us to de-stress. You don’t have to join a gym or become a marathon runner, 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise five days a week will keep your brain healthy and happy and you’ll also feel great.

Eat a Healthy Diethappy-healthy-body-clipart-1

A healthy diet is really important for a healthy and happy brain. Fruit, vegetables and fish are all great healthy options.

Take Care of Your Heart

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What is good for your heart is also good for your brain. On your next visit to your GP get your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels checked. Maintain a healthy weight, know your BMI and if you smoke, try an give them up.

Stay Socially Connectedgroup-of-friends-hugging-clipart-clipart-panda-free-clipart-images-bzbwel-clipart

Connecting and interacting with people helps to grow new connections in your brain.Meet friends and family for a cup of coffee or other activities you enjoy doing together.

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