Brigid Gallagher moved from Scotland to Donegal in 1999, four years before being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. She said she was “forced her to reassess her life” and turned to creative writing during her recovery.
“I began my blog, watchingthedaisies.com, in February 2016, as a platform to promote my self-help and travel memoir
Watching the Daisies - Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow,” she said.
“In my first year of blogging, I posted a lot of self-help tips and inspirational quotes for others with fibromyalgia and chronic illness. I also participated in a ‘52 Weeks of Thankfulness’ for the best part of a year.
“I have expanded my range of topics and now write a monthly garden post, and posts on the beauty of nature and life in Donegal, a few posts on my travels and creative hobbies as well as tips for new authors and books I have reviewed.”
Before leaving Scotland, Brigid was one of the first natural medicine practitioners in Scotland. She later became a tutor for community projects at a woman’s prison and the Open Studies and Summer Schools of Stirling University.
After moving to Ireland, she retrained in organic horticulture and worked in the gardens of Glenveagh Castle before retiring in 2016. Brigid enjoys the blogging process.
I find writing incredibly therapeutic, and I particularly enjoy taking photographs and including them in my blog posts. Blogging takes a lot of time and commitment but it is very rewarding
She is conscious that she has to occasionally step back from writing.
“My health can vary quite a bit, so being mindful of following my own advice of taking things slowly can also be a challenge. It is important to take regular breaks and recharge, like any other career.”
Brigid has met many friends through her website and social media accounts.
“Blogging has brought an unexpected bonus of lots of great friends who are incredibly supportive. I get lovely feedback on a daily basis, which helps me enormously.
“Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends and it has some great groups of like minds. Twitter creates links with an amazing range of people that would not normally cross my path.”
She said being a member of writing groups on social media “is like belonging to a huge support network — good for our mental health.”
She has also found support from her fellow bloggers.
“I find if you comment on other blogs and encourage and support other bloggers, they will return your support. A win-win bonus for all.”