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!

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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 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!) 😉

HOW TO: Cut Your Phone Usage by Half!

*This is a long one, so maybe make yourself a cuppa before you sit down to read this one!*

This blog post all started after a series of videos began appearing in my YouTube suggested videos feed. Whether it was by coincidence, or by design of the YouTube algorithm, who knows, but what I do know is it struck a chord with me and ever since I’ve cut down on my phone usage by at least 50%. Continue reading HOW TO: Cut Your Phone Usage by Half!

An Avengers Themed Week! // No Endgame Spoilers

This week I have had a very Avengers orientated/themed week!

Monday was a bank-holiday here in Ireland, it being Easter Monday, so some friends and myself had a barbeque! We had a good spell of weather over the Easter weekend, so we were really trying to take advantage of it, and with the good weather coming to an end, a barbeque was the perfect way to end it. After the barbeque, we sat around a fire pit and had a few drinks and a laugh, and before we knew it, one of our friends who has an Iron Man suit let us try on some of the pieces–I mean this thing is as realistic as it gets, its got lights and gizmos and what-not the only thing its short of doing is actually being able to shoot and fly!

Next up was a double-bill in our local cinema of Avengers: Infinity War followed by a midnight advanced screening of Endgame! I didn’t get any photos of the evening, but we had a great time, and the movie was absolutely fantastic. I wish I could say more, but #ThanosDemandsYourSilence upon seeing the movie, so…
It definitely helped seeing Infinity War before going in to watch Endgame as everything was super fresh and I felt more up to date and familiar with what was going on!

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@dean.kealy on Instagram!

Withdrawals kicked in then yesterday, knowing it was all over… the last 10 years worth of Marvel Studios movies had come to an end, making room for more movies and storylines to emerge in the coming few years. I decided to break out one of my graphic novels Iron Man: Fatal Frontier to try and overcome the withdrawals, but to be honest the only thing I think that will cure it for me is to go back and watch all the Marvel Studios movies, this time in chronological order, starting with Captain America: The First Avenger!

With the actual release of the movie being in cinemas from today, have you seen the new movie yet? Are you going to see it? I’d ask for your thoughts/opinions on it in the comments section, but #ThanosDemandsYourSilence, so you can shoot me a DM on Instagram @dean.kealy or Twitter @deankealyblog, or send me an email (who does that anymore?) via the Contact page on the above menu here on the blog!

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Am I Content With My Content?

Alternative Title:  I Don’t Like My Content — A Response to Grace Helbig

Hey everyone! Yes, it’s me, I know it’s been a hot minute since I last posted here on the blog–to be honest, it’s been a hot minute since I posted anything anywhere other than on my Instagram (@dean.kealy). Even my poor art Insta and blog has been neglected recently.

I’ve been itching to getting back on here, but not sure as to what sort of content I wanted to share, or what sort of stuff you guys would want to see. If I’m completely honest, I kind of backed down from blogging because I got myself into the rut that I had to create content that you guys would want to see, so I would make a list of posts that I could potentially work on, but when it came to it, I didn’t want to make them, because that’s not the kind of content I like making.

Then, today, I saw a video by one of my favourite YouTuber’s, Grace Helbig, called “I Don’t Like My Content”, and I’ve never related so much to a video in more recent times. I recommend you watch it, because whether you’re a content creator, or someone who just watches other peoples content, it’s so frickin’ easy to get caught up in what people want to watch, that you forget why you create. For those of you who just watch, I urge that you watch the video to get a perspective on why your favourite content creator isn’t uploading all the old great videos or blog posts that they used to, because people change. You change, we change everyday, and sometimes we get bored.

Here’s the video link, and if you don’t watch Grace’s videos/don’t like her, skip to 3:40 and watch until 4:35 in the video to see where I most relate to and kind of where I’m at at the minute. Even if you watch the whole video, it gives an idea of a content creator struggling to defy the norm of creating what people want to see, and deciding to create something because they want to and love to do it, which is what I want to strive to do more of.

Idealistically I’d like to get back to creating a weekly blog post for here, and I’ve also neglected my art Instagram over the last few weeks, so I would very much like to get back to posting more regularly/frequently there too, so here’s hoping that by even writing this blog post that it will kick start me back into gear into doing just that!
Now I’m going to throw a question to you guys, well those of you who are still reading anyway:

Would you stop following a content creator/blogger/YouTuber because they changed they decided to change the type of content they were creating, or would you stick with them regardless, because you liked them as a creator/their personality more so than what they produce?

I’d also love to hear any other opinions on this that you might have, or what you thought of Grace’s video, feel free to let me know in the comments.

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The Journey Begins (again!)

Thanks for joining me once again! Or if you’re not familiar with me, welcome! My name is Dean, I am a content creator from Ireland, and I have an obsession with creating blogs haha!

This one is different though, I swear! This one is just me, being me, writing about me, and the things that interest me! That sounds a lot more vein that it did in my head…

Ok so previously I had a book blog called WeeBitWordy where I wrote about my passion for books, wrote reviews for them etc. because I love to read. Unfortunately, it went on to make reading a chore for me because I wasn’t just reading for pleasure, I was reading with the intention of making a blog post about the book I was reading, which lead me to stop reading for almost a year–I did not like that one bit, So I’ve closed the doors at WeeBitWordy, and focused on my artwork, which is another passion of mine, and I also blog about that over on my other blog DeanKealy.Design, but for some reason blogging about what I’m creating over there is completely different to when I was book blogging.

So why this blog? Why now?

I need somewhere I can write about things. As a creator, I’m constantly getting ideas, and sometimes I don’t have anywhere to put those ideas. I see others around me writing blogs about general stuff or stuff they’re passionate about and it really makes me want to do that too, but I feel like I can’t do that over on my art blog because, well… because it’s an art blog–and sometimes I feel like writing about what kind of week I’ve had and people who follow an art blog don’t want to read that. Sometimes I want to share some stuff I’ve been reading, again not appropriate for an art blog. So this is going to be my platform for Anything Goes. I can post whatever I want whenever I want (but probably once a week for now) about whatever is going on in my life or in the world in general.

I’ve always been passionate about writing–like I said, I’m a content creator, so I like to create.

This is where I want to create.

Won’t you join me?

PS. I also post daily on Instagram: @dean.kealy

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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