Archive for the ‘Encouraging Special Moments’ Category

Laughter Truly IS the Best Medicine!

September 20, 2011

Laughter Yoga - Yes, you guessed it - HILARIOUS!

Yesterday, I had the good fortune to be invited to train as a Laughter Yoga Facilitator. The training took place, not on a beach like this photo (because this is Ireland!), but at the Hope Cancer Support Centre. A group of therapists and volunteers came together to train to facilitate Laughter Yoga. We knew nothing about it. We were apprehensive and curious, and we were so, so lucky!!! It was fantasic! We laughed and laughed and laughed. I felt silly, I felt relaxed, I felt light-hearted, I felt just bloody great!

I tried to explain what the workshop had been like to Tony and the lads when I got home, but they thought I was mad! I think I am going to have to get them to experience it for themselves. Tonight, I am going to see if I can get a laughter session going at home … I’ll report back!

Wishing you love and lots and lots of laughter!

A Weekend of Continuous Special Moments!

September 20, 2011

My God, what a weekend! It was just one Special Moment after another!

It started off really well when a lovely client arrived for her session at the Cancer Support Centre with a beautiful gift for me. Well, you could have blown me away! I was absolutely thrilled and touched with her thoughtfulness. It made my day!

On Saturday, the Irish rugby team had an incredible win against Australia in the Rugby World Cup, and the buzz was amazing! That was followed by a visit from my gorgeous sister, Debbie, and we had a faulous walk along the banks of the River Barrow at Graiguenamanagh. That evening we headed to a friend’s house to help celebrate their son’s 18th birthday and we all had a great night.

On Sunday it was party time again – this time at our house. Dublin were playing in the All Ireland Football Final and we decided to have a party in Kilkenny – to make our living room into a Mini Croke Park for the afternoon. We had people from Kilkenny, Donegal, Dublin, Wexford and Cork, but on Sunday afternoon – if they wanted to get fed – they all shouted for Dublin! The craic was great, the buzz was fantastic, and Dublin WON!!!!!

I’m delighted to be blogging about this weekend just gone, because it was a cracker, and now it is preserved for posterity and will be remembered.

Here’s to happy times, celebrations, and fantastic sporting events!

Special Moment – A Phonecall from an old Friend

March 12, 2009

I had a lovely surprise last night.  At about 9 o’clock, my son called me for a phonecall.  The voice was one I hadn’t heard for a long time – it was my old friend Margaret, and we hadn’t managed to catch up with each other for absolutely ages – could it even be a couple of years?  We send notes with Christmas cards every year, but with busy lives its very difficult to keep up to date.

Well last night we spoke for ages.  We caught up on all the old mutual friends, what our kids are up to, news about our lives now, and – even better – we made a plan to catch up in person over the summer.

It has woken me up out of my reverie, and I am thinking which other old friends I can surprise with a phonecall.

Pure therapy.

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.



A Little Bit of Effort – A Whole Lot of Reward!

February 18, 2009

Yesterday we decided as a family to get a Chinese Takeaway to mark the end of the children’s mid-term break from school.

I was busy getting information together for a course I will be running, and I was delighted not to be cooking dinner so I could have more time to work on it. 

Tony headed off to collect the takeaway (no deliveries in rural Ireland!), and I was aware that I had to PULL myself away so that I could set the table and have everything ready when he got back.  I knew that if I didn’t, the meal would just be ordinary, and it would be extra money spent for nothing.

Well, I reluctantly put the laptop aside and started to set the table – tablecloth, candle, the works.  As I was doing this, the kids came out to the kitchen and they got in on the act.  They got the special cutlery out, the wine glasses.  Tony came home to a gorgeous table, subdued lighting and soft music.  We all sat around and had a fabulous Special Moments meal together.  Everyone’s spirits were lifted, and there were lots of jokes and good times.

After dinner, I didn’t want to just leave it there.  There was half an hour before bedtime, so we got out the book we had been reading, but had forgotten about for the past few days, and we sat around the stove and finished it.  It was great!

I was delighted with the evening, and I was delighted that just a little bit of effort that made a very simple evening very, very special.

Wishing you magical moments in your day.



Snow in Ireland – Concentrated Special Moments!

February 2, 2009

We had snow today – by that I mean PROPER snow!  The place looked beautiful! 

This afternoon we were all home and all the evening activities were cancelled because the roads were dangerous.  We were all doing various different things in or around the kitchen when Tony came in, all dressed up for the weather, and made us all go out to make a snowman!  I was reluctant, if I’m honest, but we had fantastic fun, and “Snowy” is currently staring in the patio doors at me!  He looks great.

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day!


A Murphy Winter Wonderland

A Murphy Winter Wonderland

Make Someone’s Day – It’s So Easy!!!

November 6, 2008

A really lovely thing happened to me today.  I was at the gym (reluctant to go, but when I went I really enjoyed it).

When I came out to my car, my husband, Tony, had seen my car parked outside the gym and had left me a note scribbled on a scrap of paper on the front of the dashboard.  Now, I won’t tell you all what it said – that was just for me!  But I was simply delighted.  It gave me a real lift.

I paid for someone’s coffee today, without them knowing until after I had gone.  Also, it’s my son’s birthday today, and he’s not expecting a surprise when I collect him from school.  Its a little surprise, but I hope it helps make his day.  I’m sure there will be lots of other people I can help feel good.  This is great!!!!

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.


Two Welcome Nudges

November 6, 2008

I have been completely out of tune with Special Moments for the past while – you might have noticed a lack of blog entries. 

Yesterday, my first nudge came from my gorgeous sister, who said she had been checking into the blog to see new entries and was disappointed each time.  It was lovely to hear that people out there like the blog.  I am still a reluctant blogger – it just feels weird.

The second nudge came yesterday morning at work.  (I got a fabulous new job working with children with learning difficulties in a special school in Kilkenny.  I give them reflexology treatments, and to say I love it is to understate how I feel about it entirely.  They are all really special little souls, and it is a privilege to work with them.) 

I was getting my case notes out of my bag, and out fell my Special Moments notebook.  Hmmm.  It has been underused of late – in fact completely forgotten about.  Well, always one to take a nudge, I had a few moments before my first client of the day, so I decided to write that mornings Special Moments in the notebook.  Result?  There had been many Special Moments that morning, and the moments I spent getting ready for my first client became even more Special because I spent them noting the Special Moments I had already had, which made me feel great!

Why, when we know that something is really really good for us, do we forget about doing it?  Why, when I know that something is really really good for me, do I allow myself to forget about doing it?

Hmmmm.  That’s the only answer I have to that conundrum so far.  If I get a better one, I’ll let you know.  If you have a better one, please, please, please let me know!!!!!

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.



A Passion for Books

September 8, 2008

I had an incredibly Special DAY on Saturday.  I was driving along listening to the radio last week, and I heard an interview about a book event that was to take place in Dublin last weekend. 

When I looked at the website, I just knew that my son, Ciaran, who has a website about books, ( would simply love to go, and that I would love to be the one to take him.  Luckily, Ireland were playing an international match which was on television in the afternoon – so no negotation needed!

Off we went and we had a fantastic day.  Ciaran was allowed to choose the music for the journey – all The Dubliners and Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem.  Then we met my mam for breakfast in Dublin, which was lovely, and off to the Book Event.  We went to two talks – one by Derek Landy, which was hilarious, and one by Anthony Horowitz, which was high energy and very informative.  Best of all though, we queued for autographs, and both authors agreed to do email interviews for Ciaran’s website.  He was thrilled!

We had a fantastic day one on one, which I realise now I need to do much more of, and we just had lots and lots of fun!  We bought books and cds – both Ciaran’s passions in life – and we had our tea out and headed for the journey home – more Irish folk music, but hey, I’m getting to like it!

Wishing you countless Special Moments every day.



J K Rowling – I thank you from the bottom of my heart

September 8, 2008

Why am I thankful to J K Rowling?  Let me tell you:

I have had many, many Special Moments sitting reading Harry Potter with my 3 kids.  The 2 boys, who are 10 and 11, have both read all the Harry Potter series – the 10 year old has read them several times!!!  He is a Harry Potter nerd – his potential to remember Harry Potter trivia about any aspect of the books, films, actors, JK Rowling news – is simply phenomenal. 

Niamh, who is 7, is not able to read Harry Potter books to herself yet – thank God, I say!!!  I wouldn’t have read them, except for the kids, and I am delighted that I had the opportunity to get hooked.

We have read the first two books together now, and we’re in the middle of the third.  We spent a magical afternoon last Thursday ignoring the wahing up and the homework and the ironing.  Instead the 4 of us sat in comfy chairs and I read the third last chapter – we were spellbound and there was no way we were giving up so I read to the end.  It was simply magical.  We were all enthralled and it was really special time with the kids.

So that’s one thing I’m thankful to J K Rowling for, but more than that, Harry Potter is a way we can connect better with each other.  In our family it is like supporting a team, for example.  The kids chat about it, and now I can join in.

Also, when the boys caught the Harry Potter bug, it didn’t stop there.  They are now avid readers, and Ciaran has even started his own website about books!!!  He’s 10!!!  You can have a look at

So, J K, you have had a huge impact on our family life, and I can only imagine how many times that is replicated throughout the world.

Wishing you many, many blessings and happiness beyond your wildest dreams in return.


Holiday times – Concentrated Special Moments

September 2, 2008

We are just back from a glorious week in Portugal, and it was a week of concentrated Special Moments. 

Now don’t get me wrong – it was not all perfect – far from it!  There were plenty of moments which felt very far from special!!!  That said, though, the magical moments far exceeded those few ‘pressure points’.  It was nothing short of glorious.

Oisin Murphy

Photographer: Oisin Murphy

My best moment was sitting by the pool on the second last day, watching the kids in the water, and I just realised – oh my God – I feel great!  My sparkle, my energy, my enthusiasm, its back!!!  Now that is worth any money.

Here’s to holidays.  I am now a firm believer that we all need a complete break regularly to recharge the batteries, and have a look at your life from a different perspective. 

So, I’m home, we’re back in routine, and I’m scheming to book our next break away!!!

Wishing you countless Special Moments in the holiday moments, but especially in the ordinary every day.