About Me – the happihippi

My name is Mia McVey, i’m 24 and im a student @ IADT in Dublin . I’ve had to defer two years in the middle of my course due to chronic lower back pain – after multiple surgeries its slowly starting to get a little better – ive had (hopefully) my final operation – Spinal Fusion in Dec 2015 – so that hurts like a motherfucker – being in and out of hospital for 2/3 years gave me a lot of time on my hands to create this blog . ill be talking about different 420 movies and TV shows & a bitta my experience with Chronic pain, aerial hoop + other interests .

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I started this because i adore TV and Movies . i love finding gems of shows that no ones heard of . i enjoy smoking a bitta herb too – that was the main premise for this blog . what to watch when your high – mainly aswell the different categories that you can browse through . I also plan on having a few pages on music i love, my cirque + aerial hoop / silks and of course some funky stuff to watch on all sorts of occasions – while your smoking away n chatting – or music when your reading / when your in a pensive mood . there’ll be something for everyone .

I’m no stranger to the odd festival either – myself and my friends chloe (pictured below) went to a good few – Longitude and Electric Picnic being the most recent .

1st day of Longitude 2015 …

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one little silver lining of the pretty crappy few years i’ve had is that ive got to explore so many new things – types of shows i’d have never heard of or looked into if i had – found some genuinely incredible things – and also kind of found myself throughout these few years – i thought i kinda knew who i was when i was 18 -21 – i really didnt – i had the basics but i didnt act 100% myself – i was still caught up in some trivial things – im well aware that how i feel about myself at that age is more than likely how i’ll feel about myself now in a few years time . But yeah i just kinda grew up a good bit – when you spend your life in hospital your perspective on a lotta things really changes . Finding out what was causing my back pain was one hell of a long journey – that ended up leading us to Belgium where their doctors figured out in a ludicrously short time what was wrong.

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We flew over there because my moms brother John – who has had issues with his back aswell and asked if we’d like to get a second opinion of the options we were being given in Ireland – he married a beautiful Belgian girl 25 + years ago – and settled in Oostend – such a ridiculously beautiful place – so whilst over there we stayed with him and spent some time with our cousins – who whipped out some ol family photo albums which produced one of the nicest pic of my mom and her delightful daughters .

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I wanted to document my experience around my final surgery (Spinal Fusion) aswell because its a pretty big part of my life (well the last three years anyway) So if you click on this – page about my chronic pain and little helpers i found – it will bring you to the page / pages about first hand – my experience the last three years – and also – what little comforts i could find, there’s not a lot of literature out there on people my age dealing with chronic pain so i wanted to put up a few suggestions i wish someone could have told me a few years ago . Also, im aware that there’s not many 24 year olds who had 11 different surgeries on their spine, so i thought if my view point can give someone else a helping hand then why not.

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so yeah i just wanted to make a site where i could unload different thoughts & ideas – write about shows and things that are thought-provoking and entertaining. thankfully ive had my furry friends to keep me company .

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I think because my life was limited for so long – like a solid 2 years i wasnt able to go to town on nights out – no clubs – no pubs – no bars, restaurants, coffee shops – literally anywhere other than my couch with my hot water bottles and lumbar support cushions was kinda outta the question – not only that but i was always very aware that going anywhere new or unknown will be adding extra pain, im already in so much pain and going certain places – doing certain things only aggravates it – initially i kept trying to do things like go to lunches w the girls or meet the lads for a few pints in my local but every time i deviated from what i knew helped and eased the pain – it bit back – so eventually mia learned it was best to just suck it up and have people over to mine where i could be somewhat comfy + we could shmoke up – so yeah any of the money i spent on clothes was gonna be really nice soft comfy stuff i could wear daily – since i was kinda housebound alot of the time apart from the gym – and so a LOT of the cosy clothes were bought in H&M – the mens section has the nicest jumpers – i may upload some pics of the solid half of my wardrobe which is just cosy wear .

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Same with music – if my back is killing me & i could either sit there and “breathe” or lie on my bed put on my big headphones and blare some James Vincent McMorrow – breathe – and have the volume up hella loud – thats my version of a ‘meditative state’ and it really does take your mind off things.

I quite like adult colouring books, they may sound strange or childish but they’re brilliant. Granted there are some crappy ones out there but theres also a lot of gems too. They’re enjoyable to do when your watching something that doesnt require your full attention (ie. easy watching shows that you can doodle throughout). Its a surprisingly therapeutic hobby to take up. Several of the books are quite thoughtfully made, prompting you to meditate on your artwork as you mindfully fill the pages with colour. I’ll point out that when i was 20 and all this began i’d never given much thought to them, but  had done art in school and do still sketch occasionally so it was a natural progression given that your habits will change when your not able to have a social life outside of your couch.  you adapt new interests that fit within the confines of your limits. 

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colouring books

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nowadays there are several specific ‘Mindfulness’ colouring books that have intriguing quotes and highly regarded artists doing the illustrations – this one in particular i enjoy

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one year wiser

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I’ve got some family over in Oostend in Belgium so we normally try to go at least once a year for a week or two + i have found this store called “Ferm” – and dear buddha i would buy out everything in the store if i could.

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I’m intrigued by fashion + have a slightly quirky style, but im very very far from a girly girl – i dont own many dresses and i never ever wear makeup but i do find certain pieces i fall i love with and have to purchase – my mother has quite a normal sense of dress & me rocking up home in my alladin pants when she has her girls over for afternoon tea doesnt always go down too well. On the note of things i found and adored i recently bought this high neck Bikini top with a tweetybird print that is just perfection.

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 ive fallen in love with thick Velvet collars – the one in this pic is the smaller one i own but its still gorgeous …

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velvet

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so yeah i’ve had a lot of free time sitting on my ass cause the pain just got worse and worse – but that gave me time to start doing some writing and watching so many series and finding new crazy ones to watch – i ADORE David Attenborough and have watched nearly everything himself + the BBC have put out – aaaaand i do love weed – its just a little magical – im not a huge drinker when im not in a pub or club – for example when im at home having movie nights on my couch – im not really a wine person at all so instead of cracking open a few cans if the mood struck me i’d have a joint or two. It has always helped with the pain – never eradicated it – but nulled it a little – even the ridiculously strong medication ive been on for years doesnt get rid of the pain but it lessens it – and let me a have a semblance of a limited existence . (one thats much improved now post surgeries)

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Its also a nice release – since for quite sometime i couldnt really go anywhere and blow off steam – if the lads are over for a movie night or marathoning some show sitting round and having a few jiints + chinese /pizza etc is a pretty sweet time. especially if your watching something hilarious cause some shows were literally MADE to be watched when your stoned . I’m quite an animal person + these cuties tend to lie down wherever i am.

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aaaaaand then theres some pages on things i love – wild animals i adore . and yeah random bits n bobs – i’m kinda looking at my blog like – this could be a cool time capsule to look back on in years to come. So regardless in someways of the visitors it gets, the personal side of it can be something to look back on.

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Also, another thing i want to evetually get around to putting up is a few pages on the travelling ive done – like the month i spent travelling Japan which was beyond incredible – got to dress up as Geisha’s for a day.

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thehappihippi

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Also loving mini buns – they’e a tad uneven but i quite like them, also think they’re not something that will go out of style, my prerogative is if you enjoy it, go for it, plus there a little princess Leia-ee which is always good!

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Im all about the casual tees – specially as for awhile after my ridiculous amount of surgeries – my last one being : Spinal Fusion (+ a bone graft taken out of my hip) – so i was crawling round my gaff like a granny after i’d been released from hospital and had to wear these thigh high hospital socks for 6 weeks after (to prevent blood clots as your not very mobile after invasive surgeries) but yeah far from fashionable .. from the waist up i look aiight but they were annoyingly tight + restrictive, far from comfortable.

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mickey nmouse

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a little snapshot of my Aerial Hoop Class : post on which you can find here : My Aerial Hoop – this is something that makes me very happy my spine is in a better position (metaphorically) doing Aerial Hoop and Silks is something i’d always wanted to try but couldnt for years. Ridiculously challenging but an insane amount of fun.

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The Happi Hippi Aerial Hoop

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Got a massive soft spot for Fennec Foxes and Savannah Cats / Servals – there will eventually be a fair few posts on each!

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This is Savannah the Fennec Fox! She's only 10 months old. She's training to be an animal actor.

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thehappihippi savannah cat serval cat

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im still pretty new to the blogging world so this wont be a speedy speedy operation + also ive just started back at college so my free time has become infuriatingly limited. Also – quite dyslexic so there will more than likely be spelling mistakes dotted around.

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