Clóda Scanlon, 20, Irish Blogger & Vlogger, Cork City.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

She Believed She Could, So She Did

Hi everyone, happy St. Paddy's weekend!
 Can anyone else not cope with how fast 2017 is going? How is it the 17th of March already!!!
Time flies when you're having fun I suppose!

Anyway, so you might be wondering what this post is about from the title.
With it being International Women's Day last week, I felt inspired to write this post about the kind of  women who inspire me daily! Is there anything better than an appreciation post for our amazing counterparts??

Women in society..

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So as a general consensus, tonnes of women inspire me daily. There's not one particular type of woman that inspires me, but many. I'm very much an explorer, a go-getter, a busy bee and someone with vision and drive.
Like-minded, strong, successful women really inspire me to work hard at everything I do in life whether it's college work, my blog, my goals etc.

Women with ambition. The dreamers, believers, achievers. Entrepreneurs, business women, risk-takers. The one's that have that spark in their voice and the glint in their eye - they're the ones that I look up to!

These amazing women are all over the world, have impacted our society for centuries and carved the pathway for future female generations. Life is short, so the ones that make their mark and do good in this world are the ones that make me extremely proud to be a woman!

In my life..

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Time to focus on the amazing, beautiful, empowering women in my life. They deserve the biggest pat on the back. Most importantly I'll start with the women in my family. I owe them everything.
I am absolutely BLESSED to have a huge extended family. 

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I have fantastic aunties, and girl cousins who have taught me everything I know. They've always looked after me, spoiled me, loved me and most importantly went on the booze with me hahah. No no in all seriousness though, I wouldn't be where I am today without them. Growing up surrounded by strong independent ladies who have a love for travel, music, sport and ambition, I couldn't miss of it!!
I've always been so inspired by my aunties because they are outrageously cool!!! They've taught me craic, caint and ceol. They've taught me that travelling the world while you're young is so important. My aunties were actually the reason I first fell in love with fashion. I used to love watching them getting dressed up and always wanted to see what they had in their wardrobe. So to my irreplaceable aunties thank you - I love you all so so much!!

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To my girl cousins (god there's so many of you).. No one will ever experience the laughs we have had, the songs we have sang, the adventures we went on, the games we played, the MANY weddings, the dancing, the sleepovers, the best memories. Thank you for the exceptional friendships!!!

My two grannies are very special ladies. My Granny Carmel passed away when I was only one years old. But the stories I have heard about her have been that she was nothing but an absolute lady all of the time. I would like to think I got my kindness from her. There's a lovely memory my parents told me. When I was a baby, Granny Carmel had me in her arms and she looked down at me and said "Me and you are going to be good friends". And although I never got to speak to her, I know that we definitely are good friends! If anyone is my Guardian Angel, it is that woman. I can guarantee it!
My other amazing Granny is named Kitty. She's some woman for one woman! Mother to 11, grandmother to 23 (I think), great-grandmother to 2. Literally, our whole family gathers in her bungalow every Christmas Day whether it's rain, hail or snow we make it up the hills of Upperchurch for our annual tradition. Granny always has a big spread. Tarts, biscuits, sweets, drinks, the whole lot. No one ever goes hungry in that house! Kitty makes sure everyone is fed and watered before leaving. She loves company, and loves the chats - just like myself. She is an incredible woman and has done so much for all of us over the years. Love you Granny X

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To my mother Kathleen, my best friend, my confidant, my biggest fan!!! (and that's no word of a lie).
She is the first to like all of my photos, screenshot my content, tag me in things on Instagram/Facebook, snapchat me about things Pippa O' Connor said. Haha the woman gets so excited. But it's lovely that someone loves and supports me that much. If I can do half as much for my children as my marvelous Mammy has done for me, I'd be delighted with myself.
I've never wanted for anything.
From Day 1, I got the best of everything. When I got very sick as a toddler, she was there by my side making sure I got through it!! I had every hobby under the sun from set dancing, Irish dancing, guitar lessons, banjo lessons, piano lessons, vocal lessons, athletics, camogie, swimming, horse-riding, ballet. I went to every summer camp in the parish. I couldn't have asked for a better childhood.
She believed in me and encouraged me to take part in dance shows, Scór, Fleadh Ceoil, singing competitions. And I did very well for myself I'd like to think!! And because of all the activities I was able to do because my mother was there to nourish me, drive me and dress me, I am now a very confident and skilled young lady. I have always reached for the stars, but I couldn't do it without her love and support. Ever since I began my blog, I have got nothing only pride, belief and excitement from my mother. She LOVES it. She's the first person I ring when I get emails about new opportunities etc and hearing how excited she gets makes it all worthwhile.
She has been by side and my shoulder to cry on my hardest days. She has given words of encouragement when I needed them. She is everything I aspire to be like.
I hope some day I'll be able to give back everything you've given me. I'm so lucky to be your daughter. I adore you Mam. X

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To my friends, you are my sisters. Some have been there since Day 1 and others I only know a few months, but you all mean the world to me. I would be lost without ye for the fun, the lols, the gossips, the memories, the secrets that will go to the grave with us. I am so lucky to have a list as long as my arm of fantastic female friends. Ye are some of the bravest, most beautiful beings on this earth. I will never take ye, ye're support or ye're love for granted. Whether I see you/speak to you everyday or once in a blue moon, thank you a thousand times for being my sisters! x

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To my fellow bloggers, vloggers, musicians, students, women in the industry, just WOW! Ye are genuinely the most inspiring, interesting and immaculate people. Ye motivate me to push myself harder everyday. Ye have believed in me and I believe in ye. Let's continue to grow as #GirlBosses and kick ass together!! That's what it's all about. We need to continue to support each other and empower each other and nothing will stop us!

Me, myself and I..

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I'm BEYOND proud to be an Irish girl. Oh my gosh if there is anything I am proud of it is to be Irish. It's something I will carry with me everywhere I go and that I will always shout from the rooftops haha. I know that I will definitely travel after college, but I will leave a little bit of my Irish footprint everywhere I go.
If I'm going to talk about women I need to talk about the one woman who will always be there for me - me! To be honest I need to give myself a massive pat on the back - we all do! I think as Irish people and as females we are very bad to give ourselves credit where credit is due! 
Sometimes I forget just how much I have achieved in my short 20 years. Every once in a while I blow my own mind! 
Last year was a horrific start to 2016 for a few reasons that I won't go into, but I was the one who peeled myself off the floor. I was the one who wiped my own tears. I was the one who got up everyday and kept going. I was the one who learned how to self-love (with a lot of time and a lot of effort). I was the one who made a conscious decision to look after myself and to treat myself (probably a little too much). I was the one who bought a plane ticket to New York and travelled to the other side of the world alone. I was the one who began to invest time and money in my future, my career, my goals. I was the one who decided to challenge myself and climb the highest free-standing mountain in the world to give to people in need. I pushed myself at my lowest point and built myself back up, piece by piece. I experienced the most sensational counties, people and cultures. I totally immersed myself last year and only now I can see how strong I was to do all of that. I couldn't be more proud of myself and all I can say is, roll on 2017!!

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With that I'm going to conclude the post. I hope this will make you think of all the wonderful women in your life and everything they have taught you. I know I'm grateful for the lovely ladies I've met in my short 20 years, and I can't wait to see what other incredible females I will cross paths with!

Clóda 
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