It’s all a bit different…

September has been a crazy month for me and it’s all revolving around 2 things.

  1. Getting a new job with Blacknight
  2. Moving away from home for the first time.

For the past 23 years, I have been living with my parents (and more recently my grandfather). Some or most teenagers would want to move out as soon as they hit 18, not me though, I stayed with my parents because I unfortunately didn’t have the funds nor the Leaving Cert points to go to College. Even with grants, I couldn’t get very far.

So for about 18 months after I finished 2 years in Monaghan Institute (Which was just a FETAC Level 5/6 courses college only) I went on the dole. From June 2011 to January 2013, I was on the dole. Me thinking back to that time now, it was possibly the worst part of my life.

I was a disgusting slob with no intention of working and no intention of actually doing anything with my life.

My father, being who he is, put me in my place and I got up off my lazy ass and done something about it. (Thank you Dad)

In January 2013, I started a JobBridge in a national school, being a IT manager of sorts. That lasted 6 months and then I was back on the dole again until May of 2014.

I still had 12 months of JobBridge remaining, so I thought I would give something else a try. I applied for a Digital/Retail Assistant internship at PetShopOnline and that is where I got my first job. It took me until I was 22 to get my first job.

Those 2 years between 20 and 22 had to be the worst now I think about it further.

So fast-forward to August of 2015 and there is a job advertised for Customer Service / Tech Support at Blacknight. My thoughts were “Let’s see how far I get with this” and I applied for the job.

Sure enough, here I am now, 4 weeks later living in Carlow and about to start my 3rd week of work with them.

But it hasn’t all been plain sailing when moving to Carlow. I had to leave a lot behind and sacrifice a few things.

  1. My parents.

Maybe it’s just home sickness talking, but I miss my parents…Yes, I can talk to them on Skype, but it’s just not the same as being there in person.

2. My friends

Even though most of my friends have left Monaghan already to go to college in other counties in the country, I obviously still had friends in Monaghan and I do miss talking to them. :(

And what’s worse is, I know no one in Carlow. (Besides the people that I work with of course) And it does feel lonely in the evenings when I come home from work as I have no one physically to talk to. At least in Monaghan, I could talk to my parents…Now I just talk to myself.

A friend of mine made a small post on Facebook about Anxiety and Depression which linked to this post on, and it hit me hard. It’s OK to be having this job and living in your own flat, but when you miss your family and friends, no knowing anyone in a new place, it can lead to depression.

And I will admit, I have been a bit depressed since moving to Carlow. There has been a lot of change in my life this year and Carlow overall has been a big change for me. I take my mind off things by cleaning, doing shopping or working on my website.

On my way to work last Thursday, I thought about how lucky I was to be in this position. And the one person who would have been proud of me, is my grandfather. My grandfather was a great role model and I look up to him.

Without him, I wouldn’t be here. Thank you granddad. :)

I just hope that the next few months can be kind to me.


New Job!

I was going to hold off on announcing this, but I am very excited to say that I will be joining Blacknight as part of their Support team starting mid-September.

The past year and a half has been a roller-coaster for me. It took me a while to get a job in the first place with the Pet Shop and I am very grateful to my boss Jamie-Lee for everything that her and the rest of the staff has given me over the past year.

Starting with just some communication skills and a computer knowledge, I joined the Pet Shop as part of JobBridge and then became full time from March and now here I am, joining a company that is not part of the JobBridge or some Government scheme…not going back on the dole and not going back to local college.


My confidence with customers has greatly improved, my social skills has increased, my customer service towards to customers and suppliers has been developed and I would not have got those skills without them. Thank you to Mary, Paul, Jamie-Lee and Brendan. It has been a huge honour working with you all :)

But now, as I am now going to be working at Blacknight, I will unfortunately have to leave Monaghan and move to Carlow which means that I will be moving out of the house and living away from my parents, which is very very weird to me…But I am 23, it’s time for me to grow up and move on with my life.

I am looking very forward to be joining the Blacknight team.

There is so much I want to say right now but my emotions are all over the place haha.

My day to Carlow

I don’t get out often but when I do, it’s never ever far. So today I went out of Monaghan today and took a trip to Carlow.

Never been before, but I certinely enjoyed it. Took a couple of photos from the beautiful park.




Would I come back? Most definitely. A lot bigger than Monaghan and more populated. It would be a ‘breath of fresh air’

So why did I come down? I had the opportunity to have a job interview with Blacknight. I won’t know for a week or 2 if I have got the job or not, but if I do, I will probably be moving to Carlow.

So, as I make this blog post, I am on the train back to Dublin with a big smile on my face and my future starting to build. Even if I don’t get the job, it will defiently make a lot more confident in my interview skills.

Right, let’s get back to Monaghan and let’s get back to my little Nologam community :)

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Getting back in Anime

Something that I have always enjoyed doing but never having enough of time to do so is watching Anime.

I wouldn’t go out there and watch the Naruto’s or the One Piece or the big guys, I prefer the smaller 12-24 episode shows that are being shown. Another problem that I have had was that I would never bother to finish any series that I was watching. Yes, I have the whole series on my personal seedbox but it would just sit there and I would never watch it.

So, when I was out last weekend with a friend, we were talking about anime and he was saying that started to watch GATE and that it was a really good anime. I said to him that I would check it out…So I did.

At the time of writing, there has been 6 episodes aired and another 18 episodes to go. Over the next few days, I watched the 6 episodes of GATE and I bloody love it…to a point where I can’t wait till the next week to watch the next episode.

It seems like a weird thing. I prefer to wait a week for the next episode to release than binge watch the entire show in one sitting.

Funny how that works, eh?