Create Space

Creating, living, learning.



Sleepy Sunday!

Bella is the Master of Sleepy Sundays…and I only learn from the best!! Thank’s Siobhan for sharing this lovely photo of Bella to remind us of the importance of self love and self care!

Daily Prompt: Conveyor & Purveyor!

via Daily Prompt: Conveyor


I’ve just seen today’s prompt… conveyor and I’ve had an idea…

A conveyor is a person who communicates something and a purveyor is somebody who spreds an idea!

I’m going to consciously and proactively communicate and spread love and kindness for the next few hours.  What could you do to spread a little love and kindness?  Please join me as a conveyor and purveyor of love and kindness!  Have fun!

Much love,

Marie xx

Twelve Days of Quotes…Eight…Living.

“This life is for loving, sharing, learning, smiling, caring, forgiving, laughing, hugging, helping, dancing, wondering, healing, and even more loving. I choose to live life this way. I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, ‘aw shit, he’s up!”

Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

I came across this wonderful quote today which to me simply exudes life and sums up what living is all about. I had the pleasure of sharing lunch out with some of my students today and what a lovely experience it was…all of the above and more!  My heart and soul left that gathering, dancing and singing and I’m so grateful for the wonderful people I have met on my life journey and for the experiences that open up to me!


Seomrah Feithimh…Waiting Room. Don’t live your life in the Waiting Room…waiting for the right person, the right moment, the right weather!

Is your life packed with living? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Much love,


Twelve Days of Quotes…Seven…Create.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw.

I love this quote…as it reflects my blog title “Create” Space.  My goal in starting this blog was to create a little “me” space in my life, a space that would lift me above the daily concerns of family life and living and that would allow me indulge my love of writing.

We give years of our life and vast amounts of our energy on a search for our real selves when all along we should have realised we weren’t lost or missing or in need of being found…instead we just needed to value ourselves and continue to sculpt and shape ourselves into a better, more advanced creation!


Creating comes in many shapes and forms and this beautiful creation is the work of my amazing daughter Emma, made with love from scratch over two evenings.


Emma lost in flow!

Thanks for visiting my “Create Space” and please feel welcome to visit and comment anytime!  What do you do to create yourself? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Much love,


Twelve Days of Quotes…Five… Significant

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

Dalai Lama.


The mosquito is not hung up on its size or how it looks. It goes about its business anyway!  Don’t hold yourself back, speak your truth, be yourself, reach out and make a difference. It doesn’t have to cost anything. A helping hand, a smile, a word of encouragement or a hug… these are all free and could make all the difference!





Be a significant life…think big…start small!

Much love,



Twelve days of Quotes…One…Smiling!

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about” (Marilyn Monroe)

Only 12 days to Christmas, can we create a dozen waves of blogging positivity?

Can we start with a smile? Share a smile…pass it on!

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Much love,


Guest Post…”Who am I today?” The Superpower that is a Writer’s Voice!

Today I am really proud and excited to have the opportunity to share a beautiful piece of writing by one of my students, Liam Cleere.

Liam returned to learning a few years ago having struggled with literacy difficulties for many years. However, within a very short space of time he moved from a place where he struggled to write two sentences to realising that he loved to write!

Liam has now written numerous pieces of fiction, non-fiction and poetry and has pieces published in Tipperary ETB’s (Education and Training Board) Adult Learning Scheme Annual for a number of years and last year in NALA’s (National Adult Literacy Association) Magazine, Literacy Matters, which is distributed throughout Ireland.

Liam also wrote a poem for The Clancy Brothers Festival “If these chairs could talk’ project, held in June and he also agreed to read his poem to a gathering in Carrick-on-Suir Library for Culture Night.

Liam is eager to encourage anyone who has difficulty reading or writing to reach out and join adult literacy classes.  With this in mind he was an Ambassador for Literacy, speaking at NALA’s Student Day; which gives students the opportunity to meet other students with similar concerns, helps students build their confidence, self-esteem and realise the value of their unique voice.

All these new challenges demonstrate Liam’s determination to overcome obstacles in his life, further his new-found love of writing and enhance his personal development.

Liam’s non-fiction piece, “Who am I Today?” which speaks for itself…

In it Liam reminds us of two important things;

that…”as an adult, dreams can come through with a bit of luck, work and imagination

And…”Sometimes us adults need to forget about everything and just play and have fun”. 


Who am I today?

There was an awful row, well it was more of a battle in our house the other morning. The fighting and violence was terrible. And where was I you might ask, and what was I doing? Well, I was in the middle of it, and what I was doing?  I was having fun!  I’m Superman you see!

Not the real Superman of course, I can’t fly but on that morning I was!  No, I’m not going crazy or popped too many Happy Pills. I was saving the house from The Joker and Harley Quinn and a load of other bad guys, with my daughter Caitlin, who was Wonder Woman, complete with mask and cape and Sierra the Wonder dog. We were playing out one of Caitlin’s games and I had the best time. We both did!

Imagination, there’s a lot to be said for it and Caitlin has a powerful one. We have always encouraged her in her imagination and I play with her often.

In the days before the battle between good and evil I had been Batman and Fred from Scooby Do and in Caitlin’s words, I was a baldy Fred! To me it doesn’t matter what we play as long as we have fun and enjoy it. I have been everything from a Princess to a Pony in Caitlin’s games. I’ve had my nails done and even been treated to a makeup session (didn’t look half bad if I say so myself) and I loved every minute of it! I believe that once a child has a good imagination they can be anything they want, and as an adult, dreams can come through with a bit of luck, work and imagination. All the toys in the world, or computer games, phones, tabs or whatever can’t match the powerful mind of a child. It’s fun to watch and even better to be asked to play.


Sometimes us adults need to forget about everything and just play and have fun! Does me the world of good and who cares if I look silly, Caitlin certainly doesn’t and neither do I. Who will I be tomorrow?  I can’t wait to find out!

Ps    In case you’re wondering who won the battle? Wonder Woman and Superman of course. It was very close until Wonder Woman zapped them with her electric power and saved us all!

Liam Ceere


Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!

Would you agree Liam has come a long way from struggling to write two sentences?

Would you send him any words of encouragement?  I’d love to hear what you think and I will happily pass them on to Liam!

Much love,

Marie xx



Probably the best Christmas present to give yourself!

To All Nursing Students, including my own: If I were to assign any homework this weekend it would be to take a break. 10 minutes at a time. 5 times a day. Because you have all worked exceptionally hard the past two weeks. And a good rest is half the work. Although things may not […]

via Work hard. Rest. Repeat. — Thriving Under Pressure

I JUST HAD TO SHARE THIS GREAT ADVICE from Dr.D for all paths in life, step back, pause, recoup and learn to CREATE the balance as “Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create”. Otherwise we will never find it, be given it, buy it or borrow it!

What will you do today to CREATE balance in your Saturday?

A Turning Point…


Tonight as I sit in the quietness and comfort of our dimly lit livingroom I’m reminded of the amazing TED Talk by Louis Schwartzberg ‘Gratitude’.  That inspiring 10 minute video of time-lapse photography played an important part many years ago, in my new found focus on positivity and gratitude. It was a turning point…

I hope this link works for you, if not a quick search will find it for you. I hope you love it as much as I did and I hope it inspires you!

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Much love,

Marie x


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