It's not easy to follow your passion. It's a terrifying thing to take that step, to put yourself out there, to make yourself vulnerable. But it's liberating too.
For my whole life, my first love has been Ireland- her history, her culture. I've traveled there and filled my bookshelves with books that take me back to a place I love. I've followed blogs and joined website communities like The Wild Geese. And I love talking to others about Ireland too, sharing stories and discoveries with others who are just as passionate.
So I decided to take this passion, bottle it up, and put it out there in the form of a website. I officially launched it this week and I hope some of my Wild Geese friends will check it out. It's a travel blog, a culture blog, a history blog..... but mostly it's a website that allows me to discover and then share the things I love most about Ireland.
I'm calling it "Wild for Ireland" because not only does that describe my passion for this place but it also ties back to why I love it. Because Ireland is a place of wild beauty, wild dreams, and wild opportunity. Because being wild is my favorite place to be.
I encourage you to check it out. Head to www.wildforireland.com or Like it on the Facebook page. Any feedback or ideas are very much welcome.
This community is fantastic. Thanks for all of your support and passion!
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Yay! Good for you; I'm going to your site now!. Thank you for the post. I'll spread the word!
Heritage Partner Comment by That's Just How It Was on September 30, 2015 at 8:45am
Hi Jill ; know exactly what you mean about the air being fuller in Ireland . It has a sense and smell all of its own. Everyday things like shopping or going for a walk ; bring about a sense of peace and happiness not found anywhere else in the world . In my opinion anyway.
Good look with your website ; have opened it ; looks good ; a unique way to share your passion .
Admin Comment by Fran Reddy on September 30, 2015 at 9:06am
Lovely site Jill! Glad to see you have included a link back to The Wild Geese as well! I understand the passion that is driving you.. Ireland just does that to a person open to 'the connection'. It's deep in the heart and soul and must find a way of expression!
Best of luck with the site and I hope you will share new experiences with us here as well!
Thank you so much, everyone! The response to the new site has been so encouraging. Claire, I'm grateful for help in spreading the word. That's Just How It Was, I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who has experienced that. Ireland is certainly a country that benefits all the senses. And Fran, thank you for your comment. I love your line about the passion needing to "find a way of expression." I couldn't agree with that impulse more!
That's wonderful Jill. I'll follow along for sure. If you would like to introduce your website to readers on my blog, I'd be delighted to publish a guest post. I can be found on Irish American Mom. Wishing you inspiration and happiness as you share your stories of Ireland. All the best!
Mairead, that would be wonderful! Thank you for the offer. I've taken a look at your blog and I just love it. I'd love to connect with your readers. I'll be adding it to my list of recommended blogs on Wild for Ireland! Let me know what you'd like me to write, word length, when you'd like to publish it, etc. and I'll make sure to get something to you! (You can contact me either through here or on the "Get In Touch" form on Wild for Ireland's homepage. Thanks again!