We kicked off the 2016 ‘Dream It, Do It’ events in Airfield on January 23rd. It really was something special. I suppose it’s fair to say that I’m an old hat at the old Mcing and interviewing lark, but I never tire of it. How could anyone tire of listening to inspirational women.
Our guest speakers captivated us with their uplifting tales. Some were excruciatingly painful to hear, some were hilarious – all were insanely motivational and inspirational. Take Niamh, diagnosed with viral encephalitis at 19 years of age, put into an induced coma to save her life, having no recollection of any of this and ultimately learning how to speak again. She touched all our hearts with her openness and honesty.
Then there was author Fiona Uyema – she talked about her love of Japan and how that love has culminated in her recently published book ‘Japanese Food Made Easy’. You could have heard a pin drop when she talked about dealing with ovarian cancer, chemotherapy and being told at twenty eight that she would never have children. She shared with us how she got through this terrible time and went on to have two beautiful boys.
But it wasn’t all tragic tales – Karen Constantine (aka Lovely Girly Bits) talked to us about her very successful beauty blog and youtube channel. This girl knows her stuff. Karen was open and upfront when asked questions about the negative side of social media. She had lots of good solid practical advice. I want Karen to be my best friend so she can share all those beauty product secrets with me (could someone send her this post??)
Noella Geoghegan from The Brow Artist in Ranelagh gave us a tutorial on shaping those pesky brows. Believe me, she was in great demand on the day and gave us the low down on threading. Jennifer (aka The Style Shaper) gave us a powerpoint presentation on how we should be dressing for our shape.
Probably the most powerful story came from Noreen Doyle of The Irish Billtong Company. A successful business woman, great husband, four lovely children, fab house – perfect right? Her advice to us all was to NEVER take anything for granted. Why? When Noreen was pregnant with her third child, her second child was diagnosed with leukaemia. The diagnosis was followed by a battle that was to last six years before her son James was finally given the all clear. It was a hard subject to tackle.
How could this topic ever be easy, but isn’t it best to talk about these things? Isn’t it better to get them out there in the open? To share and support and learn from each other? I think so.
There were a few moments for tears, but for the most part we laughed, chatted and shared our little nuggets of wisdom with each other. And we ate -oh boy did we eat. We were treated to a super array of savouries from a new catering company, Wild Blue Food Co., based in Co Laois. They really did a super job. Glenisk were on hand to provide us with deliciously healthy sweet treats. I’m loving the fact that I’m still getting messages from guests who are now making the healthy Glenisk desserts at home themselves.
With mega goody bags for everyone and lots of spot prizes, the day was a huge success. And Nicola and I will do it all over again in Airfield on March 12th and May 21st. We are also thrilled to announce our first #DIDI event in Cork on April 17th.
Fancy coming along?
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And HERE for Cork.
We’d love to see you!
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