My quest for happiness and my goal of being a better person


April 2013

Discover the Valuable Benefits Exercise Can Have for a Cancer Patient

Here is a guest post by Melanie Bower about the benefits of exercise during cancer. Melanie is currently a Master’s student with a passion that stems from her grandmother’s cancer diagnosis. Recently she has been researching and writing about how staying physically fit can be extremely beneficial to people going through cancer treatments. To read more from Melanie, visit her blog for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.


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30 Day Challenge: Day 10?

I think I got my days mixed up… yesterday was meant to be Day 10 of my Fitness Challenge, but I got it into my head it was today. Alas, I barely got 5 minutes of exercise today- I’m a bit sick at the moment- I’m guessing it’s a type of virus- and my head is killing me. Continue reading “30 Day Challenge: Day 10?”

30 Day Challenge: Day 9

I mentioned in my post last Wednesday that I was probably going to make today day 9 of my fitness challenge since I was wrecked by the time I got home yesterday after my exams. On a side note, I can tell people I was two hours in a gym (just the location of said exams lol). Continue reading “30 Day Challenge: Day 9”

Refusing to Succumb to Pessimism

I must say, this blog has really helped me to stay positive and optimistic- I want to thank everyone who left lovely comments and liked and followed me. I really appreciate it- you guys are awesome :) Continue reading “Refusing to Succumb to Pessimism”

30 Day Challenge: Day 8

So, today is Day 8 of my 30 Day Fitness Challenge. Haven’t met my full target yet, but I decided to update the blog since I have a few minutes spare now and might not get a chance later on. Anyway, I managed to get a ten minute jog in before the rain, and I plan on reaching my target with ten minutes of pilates or hula hooping later. Continue reading “30 Day Challenge: Day 8”

30 Day Challenge: Day 7

Just a quick post to say I met my goal today between a 15 minute jog and 5 mins pilates (which is a lot harder than I thought it’d be, but I’m getting the hang of it :)).  Continue reading “30 Day Challenge: Day 7”

Facing Fears and Smiling

I did some volunteering work the other night- at a youth club in the same village as my old school. Ever since I’ve finished school, it’s always felt weird being back in that area. And not in a good-weird sort of way either. Continue reading “Facing Fears and Smiling”

30 Day Challenge: Day 6

I know yesterday was meant to be Day 6 of my fitness challenge, but somehow I didn’t get round to updating my blog between lab reports and study and whatnot. Anyway I didn’t manage to complete my goal yesterday, but I did get 10 minutes of exercise between pilates (thanks for the recommendation:)) and hula hooping. Continue reading “30 Day Challenge: Day 6”

Tea With A Stranger

Never underestimate the kindness of strangers; if there’s one thing I’ve learned this past week, it’s that. The other day, as I trudged through the pouring rain towards the city centre, I couldn’t help but notice a man sitting outside my favourite café. Continue reading “Tea With A Stranger”

30 Day Challenge: Day 5

Day 5 of my fitness challenge today. Legs are still injured, but as soon as the weather improves, I’m gonna chance cycling. The whole “it hurts when I walk” thing got old pretty fast, but at least I managed to reach my 20 minutes of exercise target by hula hooping. Continue reading “30 Day Challenge: Day 5”

30 Day Challenge: Day 4

So because I postponed my fitness challenge yesterday, it made today Day 4. Like last week, running and cycling were cancelled due to lashing rain (oh the joys of Irish weather) but the skipping rope was also out because my legs are still killing me. Continue reading “30 Day Challenge: Day 4”

30 Day Challenge… not Day 4

Okay, I know today was meant to be Day 4 of my Fitness Challenge, but I’m postponing it until tomorrow. I just felt really sore yesterday- especially my legs and it hurt a fair bit when I walked. I’m feeling much better today but I don’t want to chance injury with another 20-30mins of exercise today (has happened in the past). Continue reading “30 Day Challenge… not Day 4”

30 Day Challenge: Day 3

It’s Day 3 of my fitness challenge, but due to torrential downpours, cycling and running were out for today.  But that’s okay because I still met my goal with 20 minutes of skipping rope and I plan on adding an extra five or ten minutes later with the hula hoop. Fun times! I’m still a bit sore but not too bad; mostly I’m just glad that I’m hitting my target each day so far. And I refuse to lose optimism with this.  Continue reading “30 Day Challenge: Day 3”

4 Quick Ways to Get Happy

Here are 4 tips to help get into a good mood quickly:

  1.        Make a folder on your computer dedicated to pictures that made you smile/laugh: Sometimes when browsing websites like 9gag, I come across pictures that really make me laugh and save them in a folder on my desktop. So whenever I need a pick-me-up, I know exactly where to look.
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30 Day Challenge: Day 2

When I woke up this morning, I told myself that it was going to be a good day. And you know what? It was is a good day: The sun is shining (kinda) and I’ve completed my fitness challenge goal for today with a 30 minute cycle. Continue reading “30 Day Challenge: Day 2”

30 Day Challenge: Day 1

Last Thursday I posted my 30 Day Challenge and I said I’d start it Monday, which means today is… Day One. Here’s my battle plan for the 30 days: Continue reading “30 Day Challenge: Day 1”

Three Things I Love about Science

Okay so this is a bit different to my previous posts, but I thought it was time for some science loveage. Why? Because I absolutely love science! So here are just three things I find amazing about physics in particular: Continue reading “Three Things I Love about Science”

Good in the Worst of Us

“There’s good in the worst of us and there’s bad in the best of us”. It’s a phrase my mother says every once in a while, and the other day I was just thinking about it. Sometimes it can be so easy seeing the bad in ourselves, but what’s not as easy is seeing the good in the people who have wronged us- the people we don’t like. Continue reading “Good in the Worst of Us”

Confessions of a Reformed Pessimist

Up to relatively recently, I would have counted myself as quite the pessimist. There’s no point in denying it. For example, a friend of mine made me the most delicious cake for my birthday last year (seriously, it tasted like happiness!) and I was just there wondering how long it would be before I dropped it all over my dress. I find that strangely funny now looking back :P

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Things get better

I’ve been debating whether or not to post this or not, because I know it’s not gonna be that easy for me to write. But the reason why I am is because if there’s anyone reading this who’s feeling in any way unhappy or unappreciated, I want you to know things will get better. It may not seem that way now, but they will, trust me. Continue reading “Things get better”

End of day… minus 4

Okay so I said in my last post that I wouldn’t fully begin my thirty day challenge until Monday, but I was actually really happy with myself today. I ended up doing at least 20 minutes of exercise today… Continue reading “End of day… minus 4”

30 Day Challenge

Here’s the challenge: get a healthier lifestyle and try and sustain it for 30 days. So what I mean is: to eat healthy at least 6 days a week (I can “cheat” on Sundays) and to exercise more. Continue reading “30 Day Challenge”

Hello World :)

Hi :)

Okay, so this is the first time I’ve ever done a blog or anything like it so apologies if it’s all over the place or whatever. Prefer to stay anonymous so let’s just say my name is QcatQwerty. Right so where to begin… Continue reading “Hello World :)”

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