Checklist

1. Pack everything I own into boxes. Believe that it will all fit in to 10 boxes when I actually needed 65. Check.
2. Transport these boxes to my new flat. A moving truck would have been more appropriate for the amount of baggage I have. Check.
3. Spend the entire day unpacking and questioning why I own so many things. Check.
4. Regret not buying food. Open the pantry 3-4 times hoping food will magically appear. Check.
5. Wait for my new flat mates to arrive. Check.
6. Hang out with my flat mates and lose horribly playing board games. Check.

This year will be great.

Quote of the Day

“The best journey always takes us home.”

I didn’t understand the true meaning of this quote until I lived overseas. My adventure in a new home made me realise that my true home, the home I will always return to, is where my family lives, in New Zealand.

P.S. I was tossing up this quote and a special, meaningful line from 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James:

“Yes, I’m rich. Get used to it.”

– Christian Grey

As inspirational as this quote is, I chose to stick with my first quote.

Walking On A Cloud: The Milford Track

In 2010, my family embarked on our South Island adventure. Along the way, we rode the luge at Queenstown and saw the glow worms at Te Anau but the highlight of our trip was walking the Milford Track.

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Known as the ‘finest walk in the world,’ the Milford Track offers trampers (hikers) the opportunity to traverse through glacier carved mountains, valleys and forests.


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A city girl my whole life, I was in awe. Avalanche paths. Endless waterfalls. Native bird sightings. Snow capped mountains and forests. One moment, we approached a cloud. Next, we were walking in the thick of it and then looked down on the cloud from the summit.

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Reaching the summit was an experience I will never forget. It made us reflect on how far we had come.

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Blisters. Mosquito bites. Heavy packs. Impossibly sore muscles. One proud grin on my face. We made it.

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53.5 kilometers. 4 days. 1 incredible experience.

Additional information can be found on this website: http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/fiordland/northern-fiordland/milford-track/

Trick Questions

Inspired by a prompt about an article about me being written by an Pulitzer-winning reporter, here are 3 questions I hope to never be asked;

1. What are your thoughts on the current state of the global economy?

A question about the economy would leave me confused and also angry at myself for not paying more attention in my high school Economics class. My best option would be to ask the reporter what she thinks about the state of the global economy and just agree with everything that she says. If this plan fails, my nervous response would sound something like;

“The global economy … it’s … ah… it’s going good. You know, it could be better but it could be worse. There’s that stuff going on in Greece. And we’re not in a depression anymore (I think), so the economy has that going for it. Next question please.”

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Source: Flickr

2. What do you plan to do after graduating from university?

Much like the opening question, I would be stumped. In this situation, I would probably divert the conversation back to talking about the global economy because I know more about the economy than what I plan to do in the future. And that is saying something.

3. What is your biggest regret?

In contrast to the first two questions, I could write a 200 page essay response to this question. There’s that time I pushed my friend in the pool which caught her by surprise and resulted in a week of silent treatment. Last year, I blurted out a stupid comment and embarrassed myself in front of 50 odd people. Oh, I cannot forget my regret about doing this interview.

I have crossed my fingers and hope that I will never be asked to respond to these these questions, although the likelihood of Question 2 coming up is great. To those who ask, I suppose I could always answer “After university, well, I plan to have your job.” This may not be an appropriate response but it will certainly shun the questioner away.

Inside the Actor’s Studio (Q+A)

James Lipton, the host of Inside the Actor’s Studio, has asked each of his guests ten questions. I have no idea exactly how I ended up on the show but I went with the flow and here are my responses:

  1. What is your favorite word? Bell-end
  2. What is your least favorite word? It’s difficult choosing between fleek and YAAAS. There are just so many dumb words kids these days use
  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Inspiration from the world around me
  4. What turns you off? A light switch
  5. What is your favorite curse word? Sh!t-balls
  6. What sound or noise do you love? Rain drops falling on a rooftop
  7. What sound or noise do you hate? Screeching school girls
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Journalism
  9. What profession would you not like to do? Bungee jump rope tester
  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? “Oh no, not you!”

Soon after, the show’s producers realise that I am in fact NOT the famous actress I have been impersonating but a nobody and quickly I am kicked out of the studio.

Recently Acquired (Knowledge about Blogging)

After nearly two months of daily blogging and 48 published posts, I have learned much about the world of blogging. I have twisted this prompt (Recently Acquired) to include not just one blogging discovery but three.

  1. Jot every idea down. If you are anything like me, a cool idea can pop up in your head one minute but disappear as quickly as it came. It’s like walking into a room in your house for a particular reason only to forget why you went in there in the first place. I type any blogging ideas into the Notes app on my iPhone.
  2. Scratch my back. This isn’t some weird command but a discovery I have found on WordPress. I have discovered that the bloggers I follow often follow me back. When I gain new followers, I follow them back. Followers read, like and comment on my blog so I try to do the same to theirs.
  3. Photos add appeal to a post. My early posts on WordPress look uninteresting and bland without any pictures. Photographs can bring a post to life, telling a story in a way words often cannot.

I am by no means an experienced blogger and I have much to learn from blogging. However, I hope these tips can help you and your blogging journey.

Songs To Make You Feel Empowered

Every once in a while, I need to listen to music which leaves me feeling cheerful, confident and empowered. Here are 5 hit songs that can prepare you to take on a new day.

1. Don’t Stop by 5SOS

This song is about crushing on a ‘perfect’ person. 5SOS encourages you to never change because your unique qualities set you apart from the crowd.

2. Anything by Hedley

Hedley says stuff your parents ambitions for you to become a doctor or lawyer. Follow your heart and become the video game tester you have always wanted to be! After all, you will spend most of your life at work. You might as well choose a job that will make you happy.

3. The Nights by Avicii

Following his father’s advice, Avicii advises listeners to work hard and live a life that is worth remembering.

One day you’ll leave this world behind

So live a life you will remember

My father told me when I was just a child

These are the nights that never die.

4. Bring It All Back by S Club 7

This upbeat song released in 1999 preaches messages of perseverance through tough times, dreaming big and the importance of self-confidence.

5. Opposite of Adults by Chiddy Bang

Chiddy reminisces on the easy, carefree life he led as a child. He raps about making the dreams he made as a child become a reality.

Life Hack #3

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Perks of Having a Part-Time Job

Anyone who has had a job in customer service has experienced the highs and lows that come with dealing with customers. My god, some of my experiences have been bad. Whenever I serve a rude customer, I get so down by the situation that it impacts the rest of my day. Listing a few positive aspects of my work helps me appreciate my job.

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Source: Flickr

1. Money

Money is nice, isn’t it? Having a little more cash in my wallet helps. Ironically, that money is often then invested back into shops to feed my spending-the-little-that-I-have addiction.

2. Social skills

Having a job in customer service helps you develop your social skills. When I first started my job, I was quiet and shy. Well, to be truthful, I was quieter and shy. But I soon discovered that I couldn’t be so reserved as a checkout chick. Although 40% of my day consists of scanning and packing groceries, the following 60% is with customers.

Greeting and chatting with customers, pleasing those who are angry and attempting to make their grocery-store experience a good one are all in a day’s work. I have more confidence talking to strangers because of this job.

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Source: Flickr

3. Friends.

Thirdly, and most importantly, part-time jobs allow you to make new friends. Looking back on my first few weeks on the job, I remember thinking that my colleagues were intimidating and strange. As months passed, I learned more about some of these people. They became less strange and more like friends.

We connected over things we had in common, in particular our hatred over the grocery store’s poorly chosen music playlist. Often after each rock song is played, one of Taylor Swift’s older tracks follows, for the third time that day. When this happens, my friends and I simply look at each other and grin. We smile to hide the pain.

We are all ambitious and down-to-earth young adults. The friends I have at work make my job enjoyable.

To any university/college/young adult thinking about getting a part-time job, I highly recommend it. Sure, without this job I wouldn’t have to deal with difficult customers but I also would never have met some of the closest friends I have today.

DIY Vision Board

Also known as dream boards, these posters are great for inspiration and motivation.

My vision board was inspired by places I want to travel to in the future, such as America, England and Italy. I made it in anticipation of the many late nights I will spend this year putting last-minute touches on university assignments. Often during these late night/early mornings when I am a delirious state, I go to a bad place and question why I am at university and how I even was let in.

This poster will remind me that my admission into university was (probably) not a mistake. Also, to avoid these moments from happening in future, I should STOP leaving assignments to the last-minute.

What you will need:

– Scissors

– A glue stick

– Paper

– Magazines

– Sellotape

Here’s how to make a vision board in 3 easy steps:

Step 1. Cellotape four A4 pieces of paper together

Step 1. Sellotape four A4 pieces of paper together

Step 2. Start cutting out any words and images that stand out to you

Step 2. Start cutting out any words and images that stand out to you

Step 3. Either plan where everything will go and stick down or glue as you go. Here is my finished product.

Step 3. Glue each picture down as you go. Here is my finished product.

This project took me two hours to complete. It would have taken far less time had I not re-read each magazine as I flipped through them collecting cut-outs.

Enjoy!