Heart Filled

Like a lot of us in Lockdown, I have used this time to reflect. I examined what my life ‘before’ looked like but more importantly what it felt like. I knew there was something missing. I realised my heart wasn’t completely full and I wanted to change that.

The morning that changed everything was the morning I went in the sea at 6.55am and watched the sunrise. I don’t know if it was the pumping adrenalin as the cold water chilled me to my core, the sheer beauty of the calmest sea, the momentous power of witnessing a sunrise or that the last few weeks I had spent time listening to my quietest voice, the deep down one. Now she was shouting and being heard as my face filled with sunshine and met a new day.

So what led to this moment? Well, every morning for a few weeks I had been walking in silence in the gorgeous fields surrounding my house and eventually the surface chatter full of anxiety, to-do lists and noise fell away and sitting there was this idea of what does a full heart look and feel like? What does that mean to me? I started to curate the vision of the life that I wanted to live; the life I deserved to live; and then I wanted to live it! For me it means bringing and experiencing joy, being inspired and inspiring others, being present and focussed on gratitude, seeking out solitude; filling my heart so that I could fill others’. If I am depleted then how can I be the best version of myself and in turn be the best Mother, Daughter, Wife, Sister, Aunt, Friend or Teacher. Simply, I cannot.

Enter a new way of thinking; let’s make every day a 10 out of 10 day, let’s share this new energy and encourage others to feel this too. Let’s seek out the things that fill my heart and do more of that!

Enter connectivity, inspiration and joy.

Enter the Irish Dance Village and a heart filled.

Credits: Orlaith Brogan, Fearne Cotton and Laura Piper who all inspired this journey.