About Me

Nice to meet you, I’m Molly!

Hi there! My name is Molly Coyle Shibley. I am a freelance writer and blogger. I’m an American living in Dublin who writes about mental health, ex-pat life, food, travel, and parenting. I live with my husband, toddler daughter, and two cats Sense and Maeve. I love seeing new places, trying new things, spending time outside, reading, and listening to music. I’m opinionated, nerdy, and a little neurotic.

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Since I’m terrible at these types of things, here’s a little game so you can get to know me better:

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Somewhere in a cabin by a lake in the mountains.

What is the toughest thing about being an ex-pat?

Being away from friends and family. I now understand why people say, “it takes a village” to raise a child.

What is your biggest fear?

Being trapped in a falling elevator.

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?

1968. I would have loved to be alive during the “Summer of Love.”

What is your favorite book?

I don’t think I could pick just one, so here are my top 5 favorites:

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Depending on how I’m feeling, either “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” by Dusty Springfield or “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Shrimp and grits from The Hominy Grill in Charleston, South Carolina. I wish it was still open!

What kind of -verted are you? Introverted Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Before the pandemic, I would have considered myself a pure introvert, but after being in lockdown after lockdown, I would say I’m more of an omnivert.

If money was no object, what would you do all day?

I would relax in a hammock under a big, beautiful, old tree, and read.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

  • Oscar Wilde – He was such an icon. He was true to who he was despite who society told him he should be
  • Michelle Obama – She’s funny, down-to-earth, and uses her platform to promote important causes
  • RuPaul – I’m a huge Drag Race fan, and he has such wise life lessons to impart
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg – She was an icon in her own right for standing up for what she believed in

What are your two biggest pet peeves.

A lack of common courtesy, and the phrase, “deja vu all over again.”

Who are your celebrity hall passes?

Jon Hamm and Charlize Theron.

What is your favorite quote

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Oscar Wilde

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