On the trip through the Wicklow Mountains we stopped at the incredible Lough Tay. The vista from the viewing areas here is nothing short of breathtaking, especially on a sunny day! Just below you can see part of the Guinness Family estate, and the white sand beach they had imported.
I went up to the Sally Gap in the Wicklow Mountains last weekend to see the purple heather blanketing the hillsides. September is the ideal time of year to go because the heather is in full bloom and the weather hasn’t turned to cold yet. I first visited around the same time last year. It’s so striking and unforgettable, an authentic Irish landscape that is both beautiful and bleak at the same time.
I love seeing the day stretch out further and further into the evening hours. It makes me feel so much more alive having those precious extra hours of sunlight. It’s funny, when I lived in Texas I absolutely adored autumn because of the cool evenings which brought much needed relief from the months of heat, but since living in Seattle, and now Dublin, my preference has switched to the spring time for the opposite reason. I crave the warmth of the sun and the cheerfulness of the fresh flowers.
As a society, we are absolutely obsessed with skin. To be comfortable with ourselves, we feel we need to have perfectly smooth, pore-less, un-pigmented and youthful skin. For many of us, that’s a reality that is painfully hard to reach, and at times difficult to imagine.
I’ve had acne since I was a teenager, and there have been times that it was difficult to look at myself in the mirror or leave my bedroom without layers of foundation and concealer on. Some people may say that I felt that way because I’m vain, but if you think that then you haven’t ever experienced severe acne.