Available for Commissions!

Hi folks just popping in today to let you know I’m open for commissions on my Art Instagram: @deankealydesign! You can message me there, or on my Facebook page (also @deankealydesign) or send me an email: deankealy.design@gmail.com I’m also available for logo designs and more!

June 2020 Update!

Well hello there, and welcome back to the blog — Yes I disappeared for what? 3 weeks, or thereabouts?

To be truthful with you, I ran out of ideas. Running a blog on a regular basis can be difficult, especially when you throw in a full time job into the mix, as well as a global pandemic that makes life a little different than normal!

My last post was of my dresser makeover, and after that the ideas, they just stopped flowing. I had so many ideas for the month of May, and I did most of the things I made on my list, but when it came to making my list for June, I literally sat staring at the page in my notebook designated for blog post ideas. I got two blog post ideas, one was this one you’re reading right now (I know, great right? 🙄), and the. other was something to do with my new iPad, how I’m using it, my favourite apps, etc, but this isn’t a tech blog, and I don’t know if you guys would be interested in something like that— let me know! After that, my ideas ran dry…

June isn’t usually a busy month for me on a normal basis, but throw in a pandemic into the mix, and June is just pure dud. Apart from going to work, I’ve been drawing and practicing on my iPad with Procreate, making art for some friends and family, as well as getting a commission to make a logo for an up and coming local business. I’m very much all about keeping my art stuff separate to this blog, but if you’d like to read about my art stuff here, again, let me know, and maybe I’ll make a blog post every now and again with some updates as to what I’m working on and anything else art related I might be doing!

July is just around the corner, and Ireland is slowly starting to return to some ‘normality’ if it can be called that. July is also the month for “Plastic-Free July” which is where more awareness is made about how much plastic we use, and how we can replace/use less plastic! Last year I made a series of blog posts on the topic and I’d love to revisit it again this year, so if you’ve any ideas let me know, or have any questions about how to use less plastic leave comment with your question.

As usual, you can follow me on social media to keep up with all my antics—my Instagram handle is @dean.kealy and I post there a lot more frequently than I do here, so make sure you are following me there if you want more me! 🙂

Until then, I’ll see you next week soon! 😉

The Corona Chronicles: The Final Countdown

Welcome back to the blog! Today I am writing probably one of my last Corona Chronicles posts, because while lockdown might not be over, I am going back to work as of this coming Monday…

Continue reading The Corona Chronicles: The Final Countdown

The Corona Chronicles Part 3: Lock-Down

As of Saturday, March 28th 2020, Ireland is in lock-down!

We all knew this was coming. The Taoiseach ( for all my non-Irish readers that’s what we call our Prime-Minister, pronounced ‘tee-shock’) hinted at it earlier in the week, and did an emergency broadcast last night confirming it.

Today is my 4th day off work/self-isolating, and so far it hasn’t been too bad. I’ve been working full time since September, and before that I only worked a few hours a week, so I’m kinda used to having this free time, but it has been a little weird not working again…

I’ve been trying to keep a routine. I’m still getting up early, as if I were to go to work, getting dressed, and making myself a little to-do list. I feel if I keep myself busy, and don’t leave much time for lounging around, I won’t get bored too quickly. It’s actually been great so far, I’ve been very productive, and I’ve gotten a couple jobs that I was putting on the long finger out of the way, and I’ve a few more things lined up to keep me occupied in the coming days, because we’re in this until April 12th, and it will more than likely continue on past that.

I’m trying to post to Instagram at least once a day too, you can follow me here: @dean.kealy.

I’m also sharing stuff on my Dean Kealy Blog Facebook page, if you’re so inclined you can follow HERE.

That’s all I have for now. I might reduce these Corona Chronicle blog posts to once a week, just so I’m not bombarding you guys, and I’ll have a little more to say. So I’m off to go think up more blog post ideas, and I’m also accepting suggestions as to what type of blog posts you would like to see from me!

How have things been for you so far? Are you in lock-down too? Let’s chat!

🙂


Corona Chronicles Part 1: Isolation

Corona Chronicles Part 2: Stay Safe

 

The Corona Chronicles Part 2: Stay Safe

It’s been three days since I last popped in here on the blog to update you guys. As of today, I am officially part of what I am calling the ‘temporarily unemployed club’.

Time for me to keep myself isolated/quarantined, as I have been working with the general public since this all began, so I probably am better off not working, so I don’t continue to risk putting not only myself, but others who might be around me in danger.

I have a plan for the time I am not in work. I want to take advantage of this free time to work on some art (Polly if you’re reading this I’m working on your project), I’ll have more time to keep in touch with you guys here on the blog, and I’ll probably get up to a few other bits around the house too (I want to declutter/spring-clean my bedroom). Initially I think I’m going to try and keep a similar schedule to what I have been in work, so and started at whatever I’m working on by 9am, quick coffee break for 10-20 mins around 11am, lunch 1-2pm, and then finish up at around 6pm, have some dinner and then relax for the evening–seems do-able, right?

One of the main things I intend to do is try and share as much positive news and images etc. as I can. I’ll probably be sharing most of them on my Dean Kealy Blog Facebook page, as that’s where I find there seems to be the most negativity, but I’ll also be sharing stuff to my Instagram Stories too– so make sure you’re following both those if you want to keep up!

Things have gotten a little stricter here in Ireland, but we haven’t gone into as much of a lockdown as the UK have. Basically all non-essential business have been asked to close, my job included, but it’s not a complete lockdown, and hopefully if people are smart enough, it won’t come to one, but we can only hope that it won’t come to that.

Have you been made part of the ‘temporarily unemployed club’? What are you doing to keep yourself occupied? Drop a comment! Just because we need to self-isolate, doesn’t mean we can’t chat here! 🙂

The Corona Chronicles: Isolation

The infamous virus seems to have taken over everything in the media these days… it really seems there’s nothing else being spoken about– I haven’t heard a weather forecast in about 2 weeks!

I popped in here on the blog for the first time in about 2 months there on Tuesday to wish you all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, even though it was one of the strangest St. Patrick’s Day Ireland has ever had as all the pubs and clubs were shut, so we weren’t able to celebrate it to the usual extent in which we always do.

I read an article from the local paper, The Meath Chronicle earlier, and it really summed up what it’s like in my town at the minute–and will probably sound very similar to what’s going on where you are in the world too…

We’ve all been told to social distance and to self isolate, keep children at home, and for those with underlying issues to stay indoors too. It really is a difficult time, as we all have to basically rewrite who we are as social butterfly’s as become hermits. There are some who will thrive, who’ve been basically doing this their entire lives but there are others who will struggle, myself and my friends included, as we try not gather in large groups, whether it be to watch some sports or meet your local writer’s group, pop down to the local cafe with our pals and have our fortnightly coffee and a catch-up, no going out on a Friday/Saturday night, to help after a stressful work week, which is also no longer an issue for the majority.

In all that gloominess though, there has been a surge in outside activities–going for walks on the beach, the park, hiking–just remember to keep your social distance and for goodness sake keep away from the playgrounds!

I’ve noticed that even though we’ve to keep our distance, this virus has really brought everyone together as a community. The internet and other media is full of people trying to keep each other’s spirits alive amidst the dark days. Hashtags are a plenty, creativity is at an all time high, and our spirits are slowly but surely being lifted.

Some bit of good news before I pop off, pollution would appear to be dropping, which is great. The only good thing to come from this virus, (if you can call it a good thing) is that because so many places have shut, that the production levels have dropped, meaning that pollution has dropped too! Click here to read more about it!

That’s all I have for now. I know a lot of people are bored with this damn virus keeping everyone cooped up, so I’m going to try and pop in here a bit more and keep you guys entertained in some form or other. My fingers have been itching all week since my last post to get typing again, so if there’s any topics or anything you’d like to hear my opinion on, feel free to let me know and I’ll see what I can do! 🙂

 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s been a while since I last checked in with you wonderful folks… I stopped blogging for a few weeks to do some painting, and then when I stopped painting, I forgot to come back to blogging, but alas, here I am! Why now? Because the world is starting to spin into an even darker hole of negativity, especially with this whole virus that shall not be named here on this blog came about!

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, normally a big celebration here in Ireland, but we’re all stuck indoors because the whole world is currently diseased and the only way to get rid of it is to stop all social activities, which is primarily what St. Patrick’s Day is about–but this year it’s a very different state of affairs, as we all wallow in our houses dooming and glooming…

So here are a few of my favourite things that I have been looking at/watching/listening to, to help cheer you up this St. Patrick’s Day, especially if your self-isolating:

MUSIC/YOUTUBE:

Hobo Johnson — I found Hobo Johnson randomly one day on YouTube, and really like his style, it’s hard to describe–one of those you just gotta check him out for yourself, but I feel like he’s one of those you’ll either love him or hate him types…

Lizzo — who doesn’t love a little Lizzo, right? Ever since I heard her song Truth Hurts on a movie on Netflix, I’ve really liked her music, and just the other day I stumbled across her NPR Tiny Desk recording, which is basically a 15 min. video of her 3 most popular songs. It’s a really good recording and I definitely recommend if you’re looking for something to hype you a bit.

Becki & Chris — these two are some of my favourite YouTuber’s at the minute and they recently created a 6 part docu-style series on their channel called Cold Island, where they packed their bags and their camera gear and flew in a helicopter across Cold Island. They also do home renovation videos, tutorials and vlogs on their channel and I definitely recommend them if you’re looking for some creative inspiration!

TV SHOWS:

If you’re looking for some good, light-hearted TV series to watch, I recommend the following: (all are on Netflix btw)

Or for something a bit more serious, I recommend: (also on Netflix)

MOVIES:

There are lots of great movies out there at the minute, and I know it can be hard sometimes to actually just pick one, so here are some of my recommendations: (which can all be found on Netflix)

 

…and that’s all I’ve got for you for now! Hope you make the most of your St. Patrick’s Day, and hopefully I’ll see you all soon! 😉

The 100 Happy Days Challenge // Dean Kealy Blog

When I look back at 2019, all I can see is a shitty 12 months. It had some positive moments, and some wins, but overall, it was a terrible year! I want to try and be a bit more positive in 2020.

How? Yesterday I was watching YouTube, like I do most days, and I came across a video from one of the channels I’m subscribed to, Kelsey Impicciche, called “a letter to my past and future self…” . (If I’m honest, I wouldn’t recommend it be one of the first videos by her that you watch because it’s a very personal one, so if you do watch that video I would ask that you watch some of her other content before jumping to conclusions). In this video she mentions the 100 Happy Days Challenge, and this really struck a chord with me. I vaguely remember an old friend of mine participating in it a few years ago, so I had some idea of how it worked, but decided to further investigate to better my knowledge.

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image via 100 Happy Days website

Upon going to the website, the main piece of text that stood out to me was the following:

People successfully completing the challenge claimed to:
– Start noticing what makes them happy every day;
– Be in a better mood every day;
– Start receiving more compliments from other people;
– Realize how lucky they are to have the life they have;
– Become more optimistic;

It was the “Be in a better mood every day” that solidified it for me. I’ve been trying to have a more positive attitude to things as of the start of the New Year (yes I realise we’re only a few days in) and I really hope this can help me to be at least a little happier in myself everyday.

I’m going to be participating, starting tomorrow Monday January 6th 2020, and I’ll be using Instagram to mark my progress, so make sure you follow me there (@dean.kealy). Don’t be surprised though if I don’t share something everyday as the guidelines say you can keep it private if you so wish, it’s not a competition. I might even do a weekly round-up post to keep those of you who just read the blog up to date, but definitely go follow me on Instagram!

What do you think of the 100 Happy Days Challenge?

Are you going to join in on the challenge?

See you in the next blog post (or tomorrow on Instagram!) 😉

2020 – Happy New Year! // Dean Kealy Blog

Welcome to the 1st 2020 blog post here on Dean Kealy Blog! Its been a few months since I last wrote a blog post, but not for lack of trying.


Life has gotten quite a bit hectic since my Plastic Free July blog posts. I only went and got myself a full time job—which basically has taken over my life. This is the first time I’ve ever had a permanent full time job, so I’ve been trying to figure out a balance between my work life, and my free time. I have been officially working there 4 months now, so I think the New Year is the best time to grab hold of my hobbies once again and not let work take over my life completely.


This is my main New Year’s Resolution, if you will. I have been slacking on doing things that I love like writing blog posts, reading, and making art, and I really want to get back to those things. To fix the blogging aspect, I’m going to try and post at least once a week, even if it’s only a ramble of blog post like this one. Reading should be simple enough as I love to read, so I just need to dedicate a block of time to it in the evenings before bed. Art-wise, I’ve a few art pieces I want to work on, and I’ve also got a new tablet and stylus, so I want to practice some more on my digital art. Again, its just a matter of dedicating a block of time to it in the evenings after work.


That’s basically where I am at going into 2020. I am hoping for a better year this year, as 2019 was absolutely terrible.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

Are you excited for 2020?

How was 2019 for you?

See ya next week! 🙂