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Help! My parents are staying together!

Posted on Jan 28 by

I’ve never been a child of divorce. My parents married young, and have happily had 25 years of marriage together. ‘So what?’ you say. My point is, sometimes I’m starting to feel like I’m part of a minority – I get to see both my parents together at Christmas, and don’t have to worry about them running into each other at my graduation. Divorce rates are something like 40-50% in Australia, which means that almost every second marriage isn’t for life.
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When a suicidal friend talks to you about what they’re feeling.

Posted on Jan 20 by

In the past I’ve had many different friends, with many different feelings, talk with me about a various amount of things, but a few weeks ago for the first time one of my friends came out as having severe depression and that he’s thought about suicide before. It’s a confronting thing, and hard for both the person sharing their feelings and the one being told. When my friend – who I’ll call Matthew in this blog as to not reveal his real name – told me that he’s almost always depressed and has tried committing suicide before, I was shocked beyond all belief. Matthew is the type of guy to always make jokes, smile constantly, and has a overall sunny disposition whenever I’m around him, so to be told he hates himself and his life was shocking.

Matthew and I met a little over a year ago and we’ve been close friends ever since. I can’t explain the pain I felt when he told me how much pain he’s been in internally for years now. He comes from a house with an alcoholic father and a mother who prefers to impress her housewife friends over caring for her son. When Matthew told me how he’s been feeling he said it was part because he was afraid he’d become his father, part because his mother only ever talked to him when she wanted him to drive down town and pick her up some alcohol or food, and part because of bullying he’s suffering at his high school. He said that lots of little things keep adding up and up and up, and they chip away at his confidence and has left him questioning the worth of his life.
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Entertainment Envy-off!

Posted on Jan 15 by

I want to share some advice to those of you who wish to pursue a career in the performing arts industry. Today I went to an entertainment audition. Just like everyone else I got up early this morning, did my hair, put some makeup on and shrugged into my gym clothes: the usual audition attire. But when I arrived at the audition it dawned upon me that not everyone else there was as laid back and stress free as I felt, and they were most certainly not as friendly as I was towards their “competition.” It comes as no news to me that the entertainment industry is EXTREMELY competitive, but the nastiness of some people towards others, even sometimes their colleagues, just astounds me.

Truth be told that every time I attend an audition I bring my A-game. I am focused on the task at hand and I give one hundred percent energy to make sure I am doing my best to cease the opportunity at hand. However, what I definitely do NOT do at auditions is feel the need to become completely and utterly horrible towards others who are their trying to do the exact same thing as me: try to make the most of the opportunity at hand.

This morning when I looked around the room I saw three types of people. I saw people who were conversing happily and exchanging good luck wishes, I saw people who were keeping to themselves in their own space, and finally I saw those who felt it was necessary to put others down.
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Hearing Voices

Posted on Jan 12 by

Throughout history, every culture has had a small group of people who have experienced things that no one else was aware of. Sometimes they heard a ringing in their ears, a buzzing or other annoying sound (ala tinnitus). Sometimes they saw visions of ghosts, angels or animals. Most commonly, people have heard voices in their heads. Sometimes the voice was their own, or that of a family member or friend. Other times it belonged to someone they’d never heard before. Generation after generation, these have all been common experiences throughout human history. For the purposes of this blog post, I will refer to all of the above experiences and more under the general term “hearing voices”.
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Five Little Words

Posted on Jan 09 by

There are five little words that no one in a relationship wants to hear: “We need to break up.”

Coping with 'After the break up' can be tough

Isn’t it funny how five little words can change your present and your future instantaneously? Sometimes no matter how hard you try or how hard you work at something, sometimes it just isn’t meant to be. The thing about break ups is that not only are they hard and hurtful, but they can also get ugly… and ugly is never fun, so from personal experience here are some little tips to help you and your partner be civil with one another in an attempt to not make things harder than what they need to be.

Firstly, I would not recommend using Social media as an outlet to vent your feelings. I understand it can be comforting to express these feelings through a status and that you want your friends to be aware of your parting ways, but your business should remain your business. By advertising your feelings or expressing a disliking towards someone over social media it provides others with an excuse to become involved in your private life and to post their opinions on the situation or towards someone which doesn’t always end well. The last thing you need when going through a grieving process or a tough time is people ganging up or taking sides: it only adds to the drama and puts a bigger burden on your shoulders. It’s unnecessary and makes everything a lot more painful not only for you, but for your ex-partner as well. Remember that you cared for this person a lot, otherwise you wouldn’t have been in a relationship with them, and feelings don’t turn themselves off at the drop of a hat.
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Words…

Posted on Dec 16 by

During November we held a competition inviting everyone to share their tips or stories about navigating one of life’s challenges. Below is one of the 4 winning entries.

By: Phoebe

This is a poem I wrote during a time when I was being severely bullied by a particular girl in my grade. Writing my thoughts and feelings down, particularly poetry, helps me deal with emotional struggles. This is a strategy that has helped many people.

Words

The words you say, the words I hear,
So sharp I can’t get near.

Quick thinking, quick tongue.
You think it’s joking, you think it’s fun.

The glares, the taunts, the exclusion.
Want to escape, run from seclusion.

No escape. No hope.
Can’t run. Can’t cope.
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It’s not what you think

Posted on Dec 16 by

During November we held a competition inviting everyone to share their tips or stories about navigating one of life’s challenges. Below is one of the 4 winning entries.

By: Jacob

life isn’t what you think, you need to look around and see yourself through another perspective, only then will you find out what your true purpose is…

Okay, let’s talk about something, the word ‘perfect’. A lot of people think that the word perfect is over used, mostly because of people saying simple things like something that someone likes is ‘perfect’ or saying someone they like is perfect and from the over use of it, so many people now believe that no one is perfect or that there is no such thing as perfection anyway. Well I am going to tell you other wise. Everyone is perfect. Everyone has a different perception of perfection, so some people may not see it, but I do. Everyone is still perfect. Just because one or two people don’t see how amazing you are, doesn’t mean you’re not perfect, because you are. Don’t believe anything else that anyone else says, because; You, Are, Perfect!
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Dealing with Exam Stress

Posted on Dec 16 by

During November we held a competition inviting everyone to share their tips or stories about navigating one of life’s challenges. Below is one of the 4 winning entries.

By: Jennifer

How an individual can overcome the stress that is thrown upon them leading up to exams such as the HSC…

Having just completed my last exams of my schooling life, I have faced many challenges that have been bought upon me by both the people surrounding me and by myself. I was always one who had high expectations for myself as my siblings had sat their past HSC exams with high ATARs, as a consequence when it came to exams I would have panic attacks.
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My View on Depression

Posted on Dec 16 by

During November we held a competition inviting everyone to share their tips or stories about navigating one of life’s challenges. Below is one of the 4 winning entries.

By: Wendy

This is my experience with depression and what I want to tell others with depression how to get through it.

Depression is not a small matter as it mentally affects you in many ways. I know this not from a medical point of view but from the experiences I had from going through depression and anxiety. My depression started when I was 12 and I battled it for over 4 years.

I often thought what was the point of living if I feel this way and kept worrying about how to get better. I couldn’t sleep and didn’t eat properly and realised that it was affecting me physically and mentally. I eventually realised that it was not only affecting me but it was affecting the people around me especially my mum. If I didn’t eat she wouldn’t eat if I didn’t sleep she wouldn’t sleep. So I thought I didn’t want this affect others and started to think positive instead of negative. Instead of think when I will get better I thought I will get better for me and my mum.

I think the best way to get through depression is to not force yourself to get better but to slowly get there step by step by making changes in your life like thinking positive and keeping yourself busy. I started drawing when I was getting through depression and that kept my mind off it which was a big help and has even allowed me to develop a skill in art. To all those who have depression or anxiety I just want to say never think of taking your life because things do get better and there are always people to support you including people like me who have gone through depression.

Wendy

 

 


Giving the World to Others

Posted on Dec 15 by

Have you ever sat down and wondered how lucky you are to be alive? How lucky you are to have a family and hopefully for the majority of you, how lucky you are to have your health? Recently I have been thinking about this a lot more than usual and I’m about to tell you why…

As Christmas is fast approaching I thought it would be appropriate to sow some giving seeds into the community and encourage you all to do the same. If you have read any of my previous blogs you will be aware that I am currently working In Orlando for the Walt Disney World company. As a part of my time here in America I have been volunteering at the ‘Give The Kids A World Village’ that is close by to Disney World. For those of you who are not aware of this village, let me explain what it is. The village is a special place for children and their families to come and stay when they are participating in programs such as Make A Wish: which is an organisation that grants the wishes of seriously ill children and their families. The village is a place for children and their loved ones to stay who have chosen to come to Disney World as their wish, and it is here that they get to cherish moments and enjoy the most magical place on Earth as a family. It is a place where for the duration of their visit they can try and forget doctors’ visits and medical check-ups and just enjoy the happiness of family time and the magic of Disney.
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Why I hate running.

Posted on Dec 02 by

These feet are made for...nor running

I’m the first to admit that I’m not naturally an athletic person. If there is a ball or any other object flying towards my head, please don’t expect me to catch it – instead, my instinct is to move into a stance that can only be described as an upright foetal position. If I was a superhero, I would be Captain Unco. And I really don’t like running.

The number of times I have tried running is a lot. I can walk, but as soon as the jog button switches on, I switch off. Developing the mental capacity to enjoy running is something I have never managed to do. Yes, I’m aware of the benefits of it being free exercise, out in the sunshine (get your vitamin D levels up people!) and improving your cardiovascular system – but I just don’t enjoy it. For ages I battled with this. Why does everyone else seem to enjoy this process of what for me felt like dying? Over and over I attempted to take up a regime – it always lasted approximately 500 metres. I needed to come up with some sort of strategy…
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