Open your heart and be thankful.

Tuesday September 1st 2015

August blog… already! I can’t believe how fast this past month flew in. One last day of August, and then I say goodbye to yet another fabulous summer. I’m currently sitting in the back seat of our car, with very little elbow room, and even less leg space. The car is filled to capacity with myself and Fiona’s college stuff! Yup you guessed it, moving day!!! It doesn’t feel like a year since we were on the road to Galway with the car packed for my 1st year of college, but here I am sitting typing my August blog (A week late, sorry!!!) about to start 2nd year. Where does the time go! It feels like just yesterday I couldn’t sleep with the excitement of starting a new (and well needed) chapter in my life, and now it’s time for year 2, another new and exciting adventure!

I’m not even home a day from my trip to London. Me and Fiona spent 5 days lovely days with our brother Seán and his girlfriend Hayley. We got home at 12.30 last night, needless to say to the packing was a tad hectic this morning!!! It was definitely worth it to get a lil’ bit of retail therapy and see some shows on the West End before we head back to Galway. So muchos gracias to Seán and Hayley for having us, I told Hayley she’d get a shout out in this blog cause she loves reading them every month!

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Overall August was very special month for me. My trips to Knock were definitely two highlights! Knock has and always will be a place very close my own heart. My annual visits with the Friel fam are always something I look forward to. Time with my family in one of my favourite spots in Ireland, hard to beat! I spent the day pushing my amazing Granny around, the sun was shining and she said it was one of the best days she’d had in knock! And a happy granny means a happy Sarah! I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned my super Granny in any of my blogs, but she really is a super star and I am so blessed to have her. She just turned 93 at the beginning of August and she’s one of the most amazing people I know, and if I’m as well as her at 93 (or even 83) I’ll be a very lucky girl. A few days before I went to the last day of the Rise of the Roses tour with a few of my MFF’s which was also in Knock, it was such a special day spent with special people. I would be here all day if I went into detail, but what I took most from that day was “Open your heart to God and he will do incredible things”.

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I really do believe that is true and I try every day to let God into my life more and more, mostly in the last 3 years. I can say that I’m a genuinely happy girl. And a lot of that is down to family, friends and a lot of hard work. But a strong faith and prayer is something to cherish. I am so thankful for the people other things I have in my life, some which I may not have without my faith. The past year in particular I have been blessed with new friends, new experiences and strengthening old friendships. All of which shape’s and will continue to make me who I am, and who I want to be.

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So to end my August blog I’m going to share this song with you, a song that I love to listen to and love to sing. The lyrics are so beautiful and the meaning is so powerful. For me it’s about friendships, kindness, forgiveness and faith and trusting the plan that God has in store for each and every one of us. I sang this over a year ago at my ecumenical service, with one of my childhood friends. It was a perfect song to sing leaving school and starting a new adventure. So, I left Donegal trusting that it was where I was meant to go, and I couldn’t be happier. Enjoy!

That’s all from me this month, only one more blog to go! (Where’s the tissues???)

Adiós, arrivederci agus slán!

xoxo Sarah.