23 Things I’ve Learned at 23.

23 Things I’ve Learned In 23 Years…

  1. When you shake someone’s hand do it firmly and look them in the eye. (in a nice not scary way)
  2. When chocolate burns in the microwave there’s NO getting it off the dish – it’s all over.
  3. The length of your eyebrow hairs is just as important as how well they’re shaped.
  4. Don’t dye your hair at home. 
  5. Family is more important than your friends.
  6. When someone introduces themselves to you remember their name (for the conversation).
  7. You can’t control other people.
  8. G-strings really make any pants/jeans look so much better on you.
  9. Have the confidence to defend yourself – Don’t say sorry for things that aren’t your fault.
  10. Never change your plans for a guy. He wouldn’t change his for you.
  11. Clean out your lunchbox at the end of the day. Seriously, learned this one after years of mould-filled Sunday afternoons.
  12. Always take off your makeup before you go to bed.
  13. Just because someone desires you does not mean they value you.
  14. Asking a guy why he likes you is not cute – its annoying. he just does.
  15. Travelling makes you appreciate home much more.
  16. Make the most of the holiday season. Be christmassy, listen to carols, decorate, do DIY, its only once a year, don’t let it fly past!
  17. You don’t need to wear skin-tight clothes to be hot/attractive.
  18. One day of bad (and I mean terrible) eating won’t make you fat.
  19. If you can’t stop thinking about something – just buy it!
  20. Oatmeal is easily the best breakfast you can eat.
  21. Embrace your differences. 
  22. Encourage others in their dreams.
  23. Once you open a packet of chocolate-backed scotch-fingers, there’s no going back…

Bedroom Decorating with a Budget

The first stage [one of three] of Sydney bedroom decoration and organisation!

My colour scheme is blush pink, light grey and rose gold after I was inspired by some stunning and impossibly perfect bedrooms on Pinterest. I however, have to do it on the budget of a graduate journalist; which in my opinion makes it that much more of an exciting challenge. I can’t wait for my first days off this week when I finally get the time and freedom to explore the city properly and tick off some more things from my ‘to buy’ list. A trip to IKEA and the local garden centre are also very much on-the-cards!

When I am finished I will do a full post/video of the prices and places-of-purchase for each of my most-loved items… but for now – a short vlog!

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…and be sure to check out my bedroom pins!

WORK EXPERIENCE TIPS: JOURNALISM

Having just graduated University with a degree in Journalism, I can certainly say I have done my fair share of work experience/industry placement (or whatever you call countless hours of unpaid work.) I learned so much from the time I spent shadowing the professionals, sometimes even more-so than I did at university. Journalism is a very practical industry, and no amount of studying or examinations will prepare you for the real world like work experience will.

I thought I’d put together a collection of things aspiring journalists would do well to follow when setting out on their very own industry experience journeys.

All starts before you get there…

  • Consume all media and news you can… All. The. Time. You want to make sure you are completely on-top of the latest local, national and global news before you even set foot in the door. Watch the news the night before, listen to the radio on the way there and be listening out in daily conversations for what the general population is currently talking about. 
  • Particularly if you are heading to a TV News station, think of a couple of story ideas you could pitch to the news director if he/she asks you. They very well may not, but its much better to be prepared. If you are going to a regional television station there is even a chance you may get to chase your story, shoot it and get it to air.
  • Good personal hygiene is paramount. Shower with a nice body wash, use perfume and deodorant. You never know what situation you’re going to land yourself in, you don’t want to stink out the room or your mentor with your heinous body odour.
  • Don’t skip breakfast! Eat a healthy and filling breakfast, you don’t know how long it’s going to be until you get the opportunity to stop for food, and it’s not a good look to be ducking out for a sandwich an hour after you arrive.
  • Pre-make your lunch and bring it along. Journalists are always running against the clock and furiously working to deadlines. It’s highly unlikely you’ll get to stop for lunch and you don’t want to be that person making everyone stop just so you can stuff your face with a sausage roll.
  • Dress to impress (appropriately) – The best outfit to wear is a skirt/pants, a nice top/blouse or shirt (that doesn’t show any cleavage) and a casual blazer. You should also prepare for all weather conditions. Wear layers so you can adjust to different temperatures, and if it’s winter make sure to pack a small umbrella in your bag. 
  • Pre-plan your parking and you route so you will NOT be late (in fact you should aim to be 10 minutes early). Most-often high profile news stations and outlets are located in the city which means street parking is either unavailable or very expensive. Check public transport options and/or find the closest and cheapest parking-lot that you can use. 

Once you arrive…

  • Shake hands with people you meet. Extend your hand when you are introduced to people, make eye contact and smile. It’s important to always be wary of you body language. 
  • Join in on conversations that you feel you can add something to. If you can put your two cents into a topic without sounding overly ‘smart-ass’ or self-important, then join in! You want people to be able to imagine themselves working along-side you one day. You want to be the perfect balance of confident, hard-working and personable.
  • Ask questions of your mentor/s. This is an absolutely un-precedented insight you are getting into the real-life working day of a journo. If you don’t understand something that’s going on, just ask! They know you’re not a professional yet and its also very likely they stood where you are standing once upon a time. They will be happy to help (providing they have time)
  • Know how to read the room. Acknowledge times where your mentor may be busy and leave them to it (while working on your own things). When you’re out on the road and a press conference or court hearing has just finished. This is generally the time where a journalist will often need to compile their notes, summarise proceedings and maybe file a voice report for the people back in the studio. You should be quiet and let them concentrate.
  • Do exactly what your mentor does at all times. If they are writing notes in the court-house – you should too! If they’re scribbling down interview questions for their next talent – you should too! And if they’re writing a voice report to call-in to the studio – you should give it a crack! You may not be as polished or speedy as them but hey, you’re learning and by doing it in real-time sometimes situation-specific questions will arise that you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. 
  • DO NOT sit on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or text people. If there is absolutely nothing you can do (and you’ve even asked) then surf Twitter and local news sites for potential stories.
  • Stay the full day. Don’t plan your dentist appointment for 5:15 if you know work experience finishes at 5. You don’t want to be rushing out of the door, or having the leave early. You want to give yourself time to appropriately farewell the team and thank them for their time and help. 

So there you have it guys! If you can relate, or add to this list be sure to leave a comment! Also – please share this article with any aspiring student journo’s you may know! Hopefully it helps someone!

10 Things I Wish I Knew as a Teen: Advice

My First YouTube Advice Video: (let me know what you think in the comments)

I can’t believe I have officially been an ‘adult’ for five-and-a-half years. Time has absolutely flown. Now, that’s not to say I haven’t achieved anything, because I certainly have, but thinking back to high-school… back to friendship troubles, puberty, pushy boys and peer pressure, I don’t exactly ‘miss’ it. But, I am grateful I came out relatively unscathed. Age 13-19 is a pretty tumultuous time in a young person’s life, particularly for girls. There are a number things that I know only NOW that any teenager would do well to understand. So take it from a happy-go-lucky, hard working, independent 23 year old…

The 10 things I wish I knew as a teenager:

  1. Your ATAR is pretty damn insignificant (In Western Australia, your ATAR is the grade you get when you graduate high-school). Firstly, unless you want to be a doctor, scientist, lawyer or engineer you don’t even really need a high grade, and even THEN, there are bridging courses, TAFE courses and many other pathways you can take to reach your goals. If you want something bad enough, you can have it, regardless!
  2. Parents are actually awesome! Now I’m sure a lot of you are culprits of shouting and snapping at your parents. Those days where your emotions are so high, and every little thing is tugging on your final straw. Hey, I’m embarrassed to say I screamed “I hate you!” to my Mum on a number of occasions as a teenager – totally unacceptable. But your parents believe it or not are actually pretty cool, they will always be on your team, always defend you and will be side-of-court at all times as your biggest cheerleaders .
  3. Everyone is insecure as you are. You’re not the only one going through puberty. You’re not the only one with hair under your arms, pimples on your face or a uterus that feels like its about to implode. You’re a teenager! Bodies are changing. Everyone will get boobs, bums and hips, maybe a little bigger, smaller and at different times, but you’ll all get there! Everything is normal and everything is going to be fine. It’s ok to be nervous about or a little bashful of your new body, but just know you’re not alone and you’re bloody beautiful!
  4. You don’t owe boys ANYTHING. Hear that? NOTHING! Boys will tell you you’re ‘hot’ and ‘sexy’ and unfortunately you might even find out one said you’re ‘ugly’ (disgusting I know, but it happens). Boys will try and pressure you into sexual things… YOUR job, is to completely ignore them.  YOUR job is to see yourself as so high-value, so incredible that you don’t need to rely on anyone’s comments to tell you what you are and what you are not. (Check out this post I wrote to help you with this one)
  5. Nothing lasts forever – in fact it usually lasts just a few days! All those fights and disagreements, those days where nobody will talk to you or your ‘best friend’ is hanging with other girls, they don’t last! High-school fights often seem more explosive and brutal because everyone involved is forced into close-contact with each-other every single day. You can’t escape the person who you wish would just disappear for 24 hours. This being said, the close proximity will often mean that fights need to be resolved/confronted much faster and so are often short-lived. Regardless, time heals everything and everyone’s human, so more likely than not that the instigator will realise the error of their ways pretty damn fast. 
  6. You will most likely lose the majority (if not all) of your high school friends – After you leave school you go from being forced to seeing all your 100+ school-mates on a daily basis, to literally never seeing anyone unless it is actively organised between you. This inevitably means, you won’t stay in contact with everyone. In the first couple of years out of school you may still see many of your school-mates but now being six-years-out, I have a very new group of friends and stay in close-contact with around 5 of my school friends. This isn’t to say I dislike my school friends and neither will you, it just means priorities change and a time-poor work-orientated lifestyle forces you to pick-and-choose your social interactions. So focus your time and efforts on the friends you see a seriously long-term and don’t worry too much about trying to be friends with everyone. Quality over quantity.
  7. Have a hobby! Anything! Journalling, scrapbooking, walking, photography, even reading. Just pick something productive that you can focus your brain on in your spare time so your life doesn’t revolve around social media, drinking or getting caught up in gossip and boys. 
  8. You don’t have to do things just because your friends do – Peer pressure is something that I can say I definitely gave into a lot in my teenager years. There were many dangerous and frankly stupid situations I look back on that could have been avoided if i’d have just had the guts to say ‘no’ Any friend that deserts you just because you won’t do exactly what they’re doing, is not a real friend to you. 
  9. Everything that happens to you in life is setting you up to something bigger –This one I can’t claim as my own, as I learned it from the ever-wisdom-filled Oprah Winfrey. This lesson doesn’t just apply to your teenage years, but I definitely wish I knew it back then. Every mistake, argument, wrong turn, fight just any little thing, is just setting you up for something else, that will make sense in time. Honest mistakes will only ever make you become stronger, wiser and more interesting.
  10. The best is yet to come – When I was a teenager I thought I knew everything about life,  that I had experienced everything, and I understood how life ‘worked’. As I get older, each and every year I feel more happy sexy and confident in myself. If you’re having a tough time, Your 20s rock!