Edwina Elizabeth O’Connor – Creator and Chief Editor
I’m a lover of stuff but I’m not a hoarder … Music, Culture, Travel, Fashion, Beauty, Food, Drink, Learning, Understanding … the list goes on … I’m a lover of life!
I was born in Dublin and lived there until I was two years old. My parents bought a business in Athy Co. Kildare so that’s where we moved, and that’s where I spent my childhood years.
I left Athy at the age of seventeen to study in Belfast, and graduated four years later with an Honours Degree. Shortly after that, after a brief stint in Dublin, I packed my bags and moved to South Korea at the age of 22, where I taught English and caught the travelling bug.
A year and a half later I moved to Dublin where the plan was to work and save to travel again. What wasn’t in the plan was to fall in love but I did, and to Patrick.
Patrick and I quickly became inseparable. We both lived and worked in Dublin and my passion for travel rubbed off resulting in us both travelling the world together.
Three months were spent travelling around South East Asia, almost a year was spent travelling the world from India to South America – flash-packing and work free! Summer holidays were spent travelling somewhere new and long weekend flights were booked when possible.
In the past six years I studied more, worked hard, played hard and set up a blog that happily celebrates life, Ireland and the world.
In 2010 we got our little dog Charlie. During a visit to Paris in February 2011, after Patrick and I had dined in the Eiffel Tower, Patrick officially asked me to marry him, and I said yes. In July 2013 I got married to Patrick (my best friend) on our 10 year anniversary, on possibly the sunniest day Ireland has seen in years.
Having seen the world together we decided to combine all that we loved and went on an amazing road-trip honeymoon around the South of France for two weeks.
In March 2015 I gave birth to the most amazing little boy and we named him Smith (my maiden name).
In the November of the same year we bought our first home, back in the town I spent my own childhood in, Athy. Isn’t life full of surprises! Would my 17 year old self believe that 33 countries and 20 years later I’d be back in the town I grew up in?
In April 2017, we gifted Smith with the best gift possible … a beautiful baby brother, whom we named Cassidy.
Life isn’t just GOOD, Life is GREAT, and the adventure keeps on going!
… so, over my years I have graduated from college. Whoop! I have completed courses, some for knowledge and understanding, others for fun. I have studied and been tested but I have also studied and tested. I have achieved and failed. I have worked harder and played hardest. I have travelled to the four corners of the world and have seen the most wonderous sights and sites. I have met the most amazing people and still do, most of which I can call my friends. I have danced and still dance. I have sung and still sing. I eat, I drink and I get merry. I love, I have fun and I love to have fun. I love this adventure called life and enjoy it every day with help from my hubby Patrick, our beautiful sons Smith and Cassidy (they have been the best adventure btw), our family, our friends and our dog Charlie.
What’s this blog about? … It’s about The Life of Stuff, the stuff of my life, my (and my family’s) adventures, my interests and bits from my everyday life.
Patrick – Blogger of Drinks
Patrick blogs about Drink! … of the alcoholic nature. With over ten years work experience in the Wines, Beers and Spirits Industry in Ireland and many more years experience as a hobby … He’s the right man for the job! Patrick blogs about a different drink every week and the types of drink will vary week to week but will fall into the Wines, Beers and Spirits categories. Keep an eye out for his recipes too.
What to expect when you read his posts? … Some pretty good recommendations that will tickle your taste buds … A variety of drinks recommended … so there should be something for everyone (as in those over 18 and those who do drink alcohol!) … Straight shooting and often humorous posts that bring smiles …
What not to expect? … Recommendations on drinks that do not contain alcohol … Bad recommendations but if you don’t agree or you’d like to have your say on a recommendation that Patrick has given, you can leave a comment on the post or contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
From time to time The Life of Stuff will feature the work of ‘Guest Bloggers‘ – you will know the blog/article you are reading is a ‘guest blog‘ as it will be signed off by the person who wrote it. Edwina does not allow any willy-nilly articles to be published by any ol’ guests here on The Life of Stuff as it is very important that what is published is of interest and value to The Life of Stuff readers … The Life of Stuff’ers.