Got a Chop!

What is it about new hair? Makes you just feel like a new person. I mean there’s a REASON why girls get new do’s when they break-up with their boyfriends, when they move cities or when they are feeling like serious s**t. It just gives you a whole new lease on life. And to be honest right now I kinda need one…

Hair done by:

Esstudio Galleria
Chippendale
5 Queen Street
Chippendale, NSW, 2008
T: 02 9698 1135

 

http://esstudio.com.au/

 

My Happy Place #001

Black Wattle Bay / The Anzac Bridge – Sydney, NSW

It may not be the Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Blue Mountains, botanical gardens, or Bondi Beach. But this area of Sydney is easily my favourite. It’s right at the end of Glebe Point Road, Glebe, 2037. Every time I go on a walk, I just cannot go past it. Every time I think about exercising, I sit at home considering whether I should try a new route (after all I live in one of the most picturesque cities on the planet). But no, I love this route. It’s open, airy, not overly populated and my god is it pretty. The Anzac bridge, the city skyline and the ripples moving through the calm water. Granted I’m certainly known to cry a lot. But no place has ever given me more happy tears than this walk on a nice day. All you need is a good pair of earphones, a great playlist of music, suncream (if you’re me) and a cute little exercise outfit and you’re absolutely set for the most rewarding exercise you’ve ever done!

From here you can walk to the Sydney Fish Market, the new and freakin’ awesome Tramsheds complex in Forest Lodge, stroll down the Glebe point road cafes and restaurants, or just bring a rug, some hummus and crackers and sit with your best bud and chat about life.

Love Jen xxx

Top 10 Ultimate Christmas Songs : of a 23 year old Christmas freak

I’m well aware of the absolute hatred many people have for Christmas songs/carols/hits/covers of classics – but I just can’t relate. So please scroll ahead if you’re one of those people! In the spirit of Christmas (only three days until I get to open my first door of my advent calendar!) I have created my favourite Christmas songs – and compiled them. It’s not any order – I just kinda added them as I went – so think of it as a mixtape!

SONG — ARTIST

 

Last Christmas – Wham!

All I Want For Christmas is You – Mariah Carey

Do They Know it’s Christmas? – Band Aid

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Jackson 5

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Michael Bublé

Feliz Navidad – Céline Dion

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree – Brenda Lee

Christmas Love – Justin Bieber

Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

 

 

Australia Voted to Legalise Gay Marriage!

FINALLY. Australia joined the rest of the civilised world and voted to change the law to allow same sex couples to marry.

We voted in a SORT OF plebiscite – which I can only describe as a glorified opinion poll. A plebiscite you see is supposed to be a compulsory vote – that is non-binding. But OURS was non-compulsory – AND non-binding (and sent in the freakin’ mail). However our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has previously vowed to honour the result of the survey – and has declared he and his wife Lucy voted yes.

The survey was conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics – the same group that conduct our census every five years. Now they don’t have the greatest track record after their system crashed in 2016. But they did assure us they had learnt from their errors and would seamlessly co-ordinate the same-sex marriage postal survey.

And kudos to them… they did. 

What an incredible day for Australia, my friends, friends of friends, possible future family members, family of friends and friends of family (and everybody else). We had a 79.5% participation rate across the nation. My home state of Western Australia had a respectable majority of 63.7% which makes me happy. The state in which I currently reside (NSW) had the most dismal ‘yes’ response with 57.8% – but a majority is a majority. The rest are as follows…

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Being a journalist and following this debate right the way through I thought i’d explain what happens now.

So this ‘yes’ vote does not actually mean same-sex marriage is immediately legal. Bureaucratically speaking, Australia is no closer to same-sex marriage. 

A private members bill will be introduced to parliament tomorrow – and from there parliamentarians will be able to vote on it. You might have heard of something called the ‘Smith’ bill – well that is in fact the bill to legalise same-sex marriage. It’s called so because it was developed by Western Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith.

However Conservative Liberal MP James Patterson has introduced a bill to protect ‘religious freedoms’ which would give those who oppose same-sex marriage to deny same-sex couples of their services in relation to weddings. It would also allow parents to pull their children out of sexual education classes which teach about same sex relationships. Among other things…

Ultimately… the war is not over yet. But if our Government manages to keep just this one promise – for once in it’s bloody life. We should have some weddings before Christmas!!

Once again – I’m over the moon!

Oops! I’ve done it again, I’m halfway through the month and I haven’t done my October review or November goals – so we’re going to do it a little differently. I’m going to make a HUGE goals list and make it carry through to the end of the year (eek scary that it’s almost 2018). I had an awesome October – as per usual it absolutely flew by but I’ve definitely learned a lot and kept enjoying my time in Sydney.

So let’s review…

OCTOBER REVIEW

  1. Wash bedsheets – may or may not have crashed into bed wearing makeup after a night out and there’s a serious crime scene on my pillow. – YEP!! Took them to a dry-cleaner muahaha.
  2. Write at least 3 decent blog posts – as it seems last month’s goal of 4 was too steep. – Sure did – and more!
  3. Do two bedroom YouTube Yoga sessions per week (now that your work colleague has given you her old yoga mat) – Yeh look…
  4. Become confident at WEEKDAY afternoon editing and WEEKEND morning editing. – I can’t believe I am,  but I am! Being a journalist you learn how much you can actually get done in the space of a minute haha!
  5. Eat two or more serves of vegetables every single day – my health has really been slipping, lets just say there’s been a lot of Weet-Bix, porridge and sushi – Still a fair bit of that trio… But I have certainly been trying. But seeing as these goals are a YES or NO answer. It has to be red.
  6. Focus on more succinct, snappy writing with no word repeating – and properly sub all bulletins – YEH
  7. Get back showreel and look at available casual presenting roles – Only got it back a few days ago – but love it!
  8. Buy a whiteboard for bedroom for goals and to-do-lists – Yep – great buy!
  9. Buy a piece of artwork from the Newtown store you like to hang in your bedroom – Still waiting for that disposable income (spent the last of it on two new pairs of glasses yesterday)

So it looks like I had a pretty darn successful month if you ask me – the failures are health and fitness (go figure). But I am planning on joining a gym this month so all should be fixed (see below for new goals)

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER GOALS

  1. Join Anytime Fitness
  2. Do Christmassy crafts and activities (blog post coming soon)
  3. Create a Christmas playlist (blog post coming soon)
  4. Try to make story re-writes more different.
  5. Finish reading ‘EVERYBODY LIES’ and ‘THE EXAMINED LIFE’
  6. Pick one more book to read to reach the goal of four books read by the end of the year.
  7. Ask better interview questions. (more succinct, pressing, thought-out)
  8. Create two YouTube videos – and put some show-reel clips online.
  9. CLEAN bedroom.
  10. Meal prep once a week. (even if it’s only like 5 meals.)
  11. Book trip to Perth
  12. Be THE single best employee at 2SM.

I can’t think of anymore… is that bad?

Celebrate The little wins!

Recently I’ve received 2-3 calls from a ‘No Caller ID’ which I have swiftly ignored in fear of telemarketing or just an unexpected hour-long discussion that I can’t escape. To be honest, I didn’t really think too much of them. Until yesterday, I received an e-mail from the ABC.

I’m not sure if I ever mentioned it on my blog at all, but I filled out an application to do a cadetship with the ABC (Australian News Broadcaster). Oh, and if you’ve never read my blog before – my ultimate career goal is to be a TV news presenter/anchor.

Anyway, basically this e-mail from the ABC, detailed that I’d missed multiple calls from them… and that I’d made it through to the next round of the interview process for one of their coveted cadetship positions! Now an ABC cadetship sounds like work experience really doesn’t it, but let me assure you it isn’t. More than 1000 applicants apply for the cadetship every year – to earn one of seven positions offered to budding journalists.

I called the lady from the e-mail, her name is Polly. She was lovely and congratulated me on the phone, and was very polite when I (probably too loudly) shouted ‘AWESOME, HOW EXCITING’ down the phone-line.

So basically, the next stage is a screen and voice test which involves a mock live-cross and a mock radio news bulletin. The latter I feel incredibly comfortable with – as I do it every day for work. But the former, I will have to get practising. But I do have a lot of experience behind a camera from YouTube, my course at TV Pro Global, and my screen test with the Finance News Network (a position I was offered but felt it just didn’t fit me).

So look, there are two more stages of the interview process – and yes I know the chances are slim, but I think it’s pretty bloody awesome that I have managed to get this far! Keep you posted.

Jenna xx

On Wednesdays we make Pancakes!

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Had such a lovely day yesterday, I just got so many little things done! So let’s do a little dear diary…

I slept at my friend Emma’s house and we got up pretty early in the morning as we had planned to make pancakes. We woke up her dog and the three of us walked down to the local shops AKA the Tramsheds. There were film crews, marquees and a fair few people down there and we later realised they were filming My Kitchen Rules (after we saw Pete Evans and Colin Fassnidge). Anyway after getting slightly star struck we bought our ingredients and a coffee and went on our way.

After ticking breakfast (pictured) off the morning agenda it was time to go Halloween shopping. We came up with a great idea to be dead ‘Festival Goers’ and dress as girls who really go all out for festivals like ‘Burning Man’ and ‘Coachella’ and ‘Splendour in the Grass’. I’m excited to see how it all comes together I think we got some good stuff.

Emma then kindly dropped me at Central Station because I had an appointment booked with my mentor/agent to get some head-shots done in West Ryde. More than half-an-hour on the train, a hot day and not being home for more than 24 hours started to grate on me a little, and I managed less than half-a-smile on the entire journey. Once there though, it was a lovely afternoon. I’ll put the headshots up when I receive them.

Hours later, I finally made it home and had planned to go to Body Pump with Emma at the gym. A plan I soon regretted when I slipped into the freshly washed Sheridan sheets slathered over my double bed. But as good friends do she forced me to commit the class and it was so much fun! We later got Guzman and Gomez (my latest favourite mexican chain sorry Zambrero) and had an absolute laugh trying on potential halloween outfits.

Now I’m contemplating a gym membership… too bad my current income is enough to feed a small child!