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From Twitter gaffes to sea swimming, and an exciting campaign announcement, this weeks Sparkles are jam-packed.
I had a lovely chat with a seagull this week. He was such a good listener.

Hello Everyone!

As I write this, I’m mentally preparing myself to go back to work this weekend. Although I’ll be wearing every sort of protective gear imaginable, and I’m by no means “fear-free” about being surrounded by people again: change is good. I’m going to keep telling myself that this week and I shall report back to you all next week to see how “good” change really is.

I’m sure we’ve all become masters (or mistresses) of sending the odd professional email during the last six months, if we weren’t all before. Has anyone found the perfect opener?

Now whenever I start an email, I’ll just imagine the recipient in this get-up.

IS IT TAX SEASON ALREADY?

Taxes are never that much fun, but with the confusion, changes, and already tricky situation most artists find themselves in around tax-time, this year is going to be a doozey.

I loved this exchange between Clare Monnelly and Aisling Byrne, because without an edit option on Twitter, we’ve all made a mistake here and there. Perhaps there’s a lesson to be learned around accepting our mistakes and moving on, yadda, yadda, yadda. Or maybe we can appreciate this #GifGaffe without the getting too meta.

Although my limited Twitter experience led me to think Aisling may have created the greatest hashtag ever (go, go gadget #GIFgaffe), a further search brought me to a wealth of hilarity. Give it a look here: #GIFgaffe.

My favourite is the dancing Spiderman. (Did you find him?)

PERFORMING IRELAND

It was delightful to see Simon Delaney, who joined us on our #IrishBornMusicalTheatre episode of Stage Door Live, in the director’s chair during last week’s “behind the scenes” glimpses of this exciting teaser for Performing Ireland, featuring Colm Meaney. We can’t wait to hear more about this campaign, shining the light on those who make our performances safe and spectacular.

If you missed our interview with Simon, you can check that out HERE!

A SWIM IN THE SEA, IF YOU PLEASE

I hope you won’t judge me too harshly, but I only just had my first swim in the sea a few weeks ago. AND. WHAT. AN. EXPERIENCE.

Although I’ve had the best intentions to make the dip since I first arrived, things never lined up. I nearly convinced my dad to join me when he last visited, but my grandmother put a nix to those plans, claiming the cold would cause a heart attack.

So I’ve waited. And wistfully watched as my Instagram feed filled with photos of the 40-foot this summer (after restrictions lifted, of course). I was buzzing when a friend offered a ride to a prime local.

And now, I want to do it again and again!

From the sound of it, I’m not a sea swimmer until I get a “dry robe.” These are a rise in numbers that for once, don’t make me nervous.

In lieu of my usual question, I want to highlight an important resource we all can take advantage of.

If you tuned into our #WellnessInPractice episode of Stage Door Live, you will have heard from Rory Fitzgerald, the Regional Director of Samaritans Ireland. Along with their free phone number and email, there is also an app available to help those who may want another support option.

Sometimes it can be difficult to talk about your feelings. Even knowing exactly how you're feeling can be hard. We've…

Posted by Samaritans Ireland on Sunday, August 2, 2020

Check out Samaritan’s Self Help App to track your mood, create a safety plan, practice techniques, and receive suggestions of helpful activities during the difficult times. This time is hard in many different ways for all of us. Talking about it can help, and Samaritans is listening.

Take care of yourselves, and take care of each other.

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