Monday, 23 November 2020
Tuesday, 10 November 2020
Friday, 30 October 2020
I would like to share this great podcast which is a Halloween gift from me to you all. It is a spooky piece of work written and directed by my friend and colleague, international award winner, Peter Dunne.
I won't tell you how excellent Peter's work is because I know you will notice once you listen to the podcast.
A new radio station has misteriously appeared in Ireland in time for Halloween - Spooky FM! It's most terrifying show, Scare Me if You Can, is hosted by Uncle Vlad, a vampire from the heart of Transylvania, and Zombetty, surprisingly chipper considering she's been dead for 100 years. It's time for the children of Ireland to turn the table and scare the devilish duo with their own tale of terror! Filled with werewolves, witches, evil fairies and slimy sea monsters, are you brave enough to listen?
If you are, click on below and listen
Thanks for supporting my friend Peter. He is awesome.
Tuesday, 20 October 2020
For those who live out of Ireland and read Marlife, you might have heard that the whole country has been put on a second lockdown until the beginning of December. The government more or less said that this harsh decision is the only one they had to make in order to tackle the spread of Covid. Even though it is not we want, I guess it is the right decision.
This pandemic has affected us all, in different ways, and it is true #WeAreInThisTogether. Sadly, some people have died, some people have lost loved ones and have not been able to have a proper funeral; businesses closing down for good; some people have lost their jobs. It has affected mental health, domestic abouse has increased, and the list goes on and on and one. It has been very hard and, for some very sad.
Counting our blessings
I consider myself a very optimistic person, and I try to keep my hopes up by saying to myself "this won't last forever". However, if I have to be completely honest, I have to say that sometimes I find a bit hard to be working from home, because it's like sometimes I can't separate one from the other. I am quite good to try to separate my domestic life from my working life. Now this was prior Covid. Having said that, I know it is nothing in comparison other people's situations.
I feel for those who live on their own; for those who live on their own and are sick or have a medical condition. I REALLY feel for the erderly who also live on their own. My heart goes out to them. My feeling was exhacerbated even more when I read an article written by David Monaghan, who I know through GCN - Gay Community News - where I work. In his article titled "For Many Elderly People, the Pandemic has Worsened a Sense of Lonliness" - David speaks about the impact this pandemic has had on older people. When I read the article, which is written in a very informative yet candid way, the first thing that came to my mind was "What can I do to help?" - so I am doing some research to find a way to lend my helping hand to bring a little bit of solace to some elderly who live on their own and feel lonely.
David in his article mentioned NGO - ALONE.
Counting our blessings
I feel lucky I have my hubby, John. This pandemic has taught me to appreciate him and what we have as a couple even more. However, yes, sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming (for him more than for me) 😅 I am grateful I have his company. We are very much relying on each other's company. Also I have Sammy, our dog as part of my blessings.
What can I say and/or offer?
First of all, remember nothing lasts forever, including this pandemic. We will eventually get there. Try to remain hopeful and positive. I know it is easier to say it than do it, but at least try.
For those who are able, excersing and walking is always great. It will keep us fit and good for our mental health. We are walking with Sammy a lot as we have a park nearby, and it feels great.
Use your creativity. I am sure your imagination is flying aorund in your head. Use it even if it's for making trivial things. Read a book, watch movies, watch TV. The internet is always very useful if you would like to use it to amuse yourself or stimulate your curiosity.
There plenty of great podcats out there. No matter the topic you are into politics, fashion, humor, music whatever topic you like to listen to, there is a podcast for.
Call family and friends on the phone more. I have been doing this more now than ever before.
If you are into social media, I am humble to tell you that if you would like to follow me, you are more than welcome. As part of trying to amuse myself, I am always creating content that is light, positive, sometimes inspiring, sometimes crazy and silly, but I am always putting stuff out there and a lot of people love it. I am on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and I also have a podcast, MarlonDublinSouthFM, of a radio show I am part of called "The Power Of Dreams Show" on Dublin South 93.9FM.
Cooking is also a great way to find joy. My hubby is the cook in our home, but again, I try or together we try to make it an adventure when we can. So yes we are eating a lot these days hehehe.
I would like to finish by saying, remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. After a very rainy day, we can see a rainbow. Stay positive, motivated and optimistc, or at least try. You are not alone. Reach out to people if you feel you need to or want to. Feel free to reach out to me, I like helping when I can.
And remember, always remember that the last thing that remained in Pandora's box was...HOPE! And #WeAreInThisTogether
Thanks for reading!
Sunday, 11 October 2020
Hello my Marlifers
I get a lot of private messages like the one below - which I will use to convey a very sincere message
Wednesday, 30 September 2020
I posted the below note on my Facebook and LinkedIn to express my gratitude for the support my hubby, John, and I received as a result of being part of the TV series "First Love" on Virgin Media Ireland.
You can watch the episode on Player here.
First of all, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much to whoever tuned in to watch the 2nd episode of the series #FirstLove where my hubby and I took part in. The reaction has been incredible both off and online.
Talking about online, I am grateful the internet and social media exist. Social media has been profusely pivotal to promote everything I do. SM has been and will always be part of the channels I have to convey my message and promote my work. And to talk about us and ME 😂
Thank you to the production team involved in the series. In particular Yvonne Kinsella and Gerry Nelson. It was an absolute pleasure working with you. Thank you for giving us such a great opportunity that I can now add to my media portafolio.
Thank you to my GCN family for always reporting on the external projects I am part of. Thank you guys, I love you.
I am grateful to see the way life keeps smiling at us, as a couple. Our life, like life itself, it’s not perfect, but it is very real. When you truly, really love someone, like the way we do, that is more than #FirstLove.
Lastly, thank you to the haters. Thank you for hating me because you validate my philosophy, that is, if we are able to hate, we will never be able to love.
Watch this space guys, there is more to come.
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
It is unquestionable that this pandemic has affected us all. In a way, we have been forced to live under circumstances we were not expecting at all, and oh boy, we have felt the burdens of it. As you might have noticed, I am a happy go lucky kind of guy, but I am not going to lie and, I would like to say, I think I need my life back. I need to get back to normal. I think Covid has taken all that away.
In a way, I feel lucky to realise I have a voice and a platform with my social media and my radio segment for The Power Of Dreams Show on Dublin South 93.9FM, and some people have asked me how am I coping or what am I doing to cope? And honestly, it has not been easy, but...
So just a few things - tips
I am working from home. For the last seven months, my kitchen has become my office. This has been particularly challenging because I am the type of person who has healthy boundaries when trying to separate home from work, and in this moment in time is not the case.
A way I have tried to use to accept this reality is by enjoying that my husband, who is a great cook, sometimes is in our kitchen, as I am working, cooking a nice meal for us to eat when the working day is done. And it is really lovely!
Cooking is a big thing in our house. I am good at it, but my hubby is the best. He loves it and the passion he put into it when he cookes for me, and in general actually, to enjoy it, gives me joy and a internal feeling of security it is hard to describe, but I love it.
My hubby is great at making a dish from scratches. However...
A couple of weeks ago, I woke up really early and I decided to cook myself a nice breakfast (John is not a breakfast man), and I used the leftovers from the dinner of the day before: Chicken, potatoes and other bits. I made an omellete which was delicious. Even my hubby tried some of it and liked it, too. So I felt it was like a double acomplishment.
To keep it short, when in the house, I can say that cooking has been crucial to survive these times. We are also walking in the park and bringing our dog, Sammy, with us. It has not been easy, but we have compromised in order to survive.
So I guess my advice is try to find to do something or emphasize it that would work for you. Whatever that may be: nitting, cooking, excersing, cleaning etc etc etc. This pandemic can be as much taxing as we might allow it to be. Always always remembering it will not last forever.
Thanks for reading.