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The Ugly Side Of Love

Posted on Oct 13 by

They say it is better to have loved and lost, then to have never loved at all. but in some ways I disagree. One of the best things about being young is being able to fall in love fiercely and fall head over heels for a significant other. Those who have been in love before will know how that feels. You are totally consumed with emotions and you crave the presence of the person who makes you feel that way. You almost have a spring in your step as you as so full of happiness and are almost intoxicated on love. But there are a lot of us who have been in love and have experienced the ugly side: heartbreak.

Unfortunately for me I have experienced the ugly side, as I am sure many of you reading this have also. I got involved with the typical guy: handsome, funny, and charming but someone who unfortunately didn’t want a ‘’serious’’ relationship. Now forgive me if I am wrong, but if you are seeing someone multiple times a week, going out to the movies and on dinner dates all the time, that is kind of classified as dating, don’t you think?
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Stop – Hurry Time

Posted on Oct 12 by

Okay, so I’ve got time to schedule milkshakes with you in between going to the gym and that meeting on Thursday, but I’ll only be able to stay for 45 minutes in order to make it back in time. Na, that works best because I’m flat out the week after”.

I was reading somewhere recently that it has become part of our culture to wear ‘busy’ as a badge of honour, with the response to ‘how are you?’ becoming ‘busy’ as if that is a compliment to how we must be so productive in order to live a successful life.
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The ‘G’ word

Posted on Oct 12 by

I want to talk about something that absolutely drives me up the wall: GOSSIP. One would think that once you have survived the doggy-dog world that is high-school and transitioned into the adult world that gossip would cease to be a problem. How very wrong that statement is.

I do not, and will never, understand how some people think they have the right to intrude on other people’s lives and make judgements on a false basis. If that’s what people wanted then they just go to the closest media outlet and place their life story on a silver platter for the world to see. It seems in the current age that no matter what you do, what you say, or what the true story is, someone will manage to add in a twist the mix and share it round the table. And to be honest, I think it is nothing short of childish.

If you ask me, I think it is time that some of society realises that the personal lives of others is not their individual concern. Unless of course you are in a relationship or related to another, their business is their business. It’s as simple as that. Don’t brew up a storm of unnecessary drama, don’t make life more difficult than it has to be for others and just realise that gossip is an absolute and complete waste of breath. Period.

How about instead of bickering about what everyone else is supposedly doing in their life, you concentrate on your own life and your own aspirations. At the end of the day focusing on yourself is going to get you further than spending your time speaking badly of others. Sounds like common sense, I know, but I think sometimes people become easily caught up on false perceptions of people and gossip becomes an outlet for them: like word vomit. In reality if they were being spoken about similarly, they wouldn’t be feeling on top of the world, would they?

Gossip can diminish people’s confidence, charisma and can even push people to harm themselves, so why see it as a form of entertainment for yourself? It is simply ridiculous. When it comes down to it, I am pretty positive that people are aware of what they have and haven’t done in their lives, and they don’t need you to make accusations.

You want my advice? The next time you hear something about a friend, a co-worker or even an acquaintance- instead of spreading the world like wildfire, check the facts; or better yet ask the actual person about it rather than getting involved in a misconceived game of Chinese whispers. Chances are they will tell you the honest truth and it save a heck of a lot of miscommunication, making life easier and more pleasant for everyone. Now that sounds better, don’t you think?


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Jess is a 20 year old freelance writer living in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. With a severe case of the travel bug, Jess loves to document and share her interactions with the World as she experiences them. She has a passion for the arts and always believes that something beautiful is on the horizon.

I’ll drink to that! Or will I?

Posted on Oct 12 by

Alcohol consumption has become quite a prominent part of Australian culture over many decades. I can remember being so close to 18 and being so excited to be able to have my first ‘’legal drink’’ and go out to pubs and clubs. Anyone else know that feeling? But now that I am older and over that feeling of finally being able to do something I wasn’t prior allowed to, I have really come to realise how much people let alcohol control their lives.

It seems that a lot of people look for any excuse to drink nowadays. I understand that drinking can be a big part of celebratory events, but lately it seems that every time I catch up with someone or go for dinner, or even just for a birthday everyone is trying to turn it into a big bender. And personally, it concerns me as it is quite an unhealthy behaviour. I mean, you may be sitting here reading this and thinking that I am a prude or don’t know what I am talking about- but I can tell you that I have definitely been through that party stage. I used to go out drinking every weekend and dance at nightclubs and spend money on drinks, but my body hated it. And most of the time I just ended up acting stupidly in front of my mates and being embarrassed the next day.
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I didnt always chooseREAL…raw exposure, what I now know

Posted on Sep 24 by

We are stoked to have a guest post by the creator of the ChooseReal Campaign, Ruth, who shares her experience of learning to chooseReal.

Ok, here we go… My real and raw post sharing that I didn’t always ChooseREAL. Full exposure and some of what I now know. It’s not embarrassing to be vulnerable and real. Hope this brings freedom for you to share your own journey and know your infinite worth. You are more than enough! x
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‘Does anyone want to play a game?’

Posted on Sep 14 by

‘Does anyone want to play a game?’ is a semi-common phrase in our house. Whether it be Balderdash, Scattergories, or Monopoly (which only comes out on family holidays longer than 3 days and my brother wins regardless of what else happens in the game), we gather around the table after dinner and play a few rounds.

Playing board games in our family is more than just laughing at the antics of particular players, marveling at game-winning dice rolls, and arguing over whether something was a legit answer or not. For us, it’s a time when we all sit down, phones away, and be part of one of the most important communities in my life. Seriously, if I’m test driving a car, trying to figure out the best way to get rid of the flu, or just wanting a chat, the highest level I have achieved on Candy Crush isn’t going to help much. Instead it’s my Mum and Dad that I call. Since when did Facebook Messenger become more important than the people sitting right in front of you? And yes, I’m guilty of spending way too much dependence and time using technology.
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Posted on Aug 10 by

Most of us would know that this acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
But how many people know what the ‘+’ stands for?
There are names for sexualities and genders that some of you guys wouldn’t even know existed and I admit that I am no expert myself so I won’t go into detail about them.

  • Demisexual
  • Asexual
  • GenderQueer
  • Intersex
  • Pansexual
  • Ally
  • Questioning

These are just a small handful
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Some People I Know…

Posted on Jul 27 by

It is inevitable to know that people come and go in life. Some people enter our lives for good, and others enter our lives for a short time and will leave thereafter for any number of reasons. But regardless of there being both permanent and temporary people in our lives at any given point, there are learning lessons that revolve back and forward just as people do.

There comes a point in time when you decide that some people in your life are no longer who you thought they were. Whether it be a certain event that has revealed their true colours, or just a course of nature, you discover that rather than be a valued friend they reveal themselves as someone who feeds off of drama and negativity, creating unnecessary pessimism in your life . Personally, I think maturity plays a major part in making the decision to detach yourself from an unhealthy relationship or friendship and remove the toxic people are in your life.
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Promotion Demotion

Posted on Jul 10 by

Working in promotions and entertainment is a fun filled and atmospheric job. It is a bright and exciting line of work that allows you to attend cool events, meet wonderful people and participate in some pretty awesome networking while you are at work. But, there is one thing that has always bothered me about working in promotions: the fact that a large proportion of people that you interact with at work judge you by your line of work. I can guarantee a large portion of people who work in promotions would have experienced the pre-opted stereotype that is, ‘all girls who work in promotions sleep around,’ or ‘they only work in this line of work because they like attention.’ Sounds harsh, but it’s true.
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The Great Kid Debate

Posted on Jul 02 by

Let’s open up the floor to talk about something that is a huge part of most family’s’ everyday lives: kids. Most people may agree that their children are the best thing that has ever happened to them, others may say that it is a struggle having children, but the love they have for them overcomes any challenge having children may produce. Kids are funny, charismatic, gentle, innocent, mischievous, and energetic, and can prove difficult at times, but are the future of our generations to come. Most children are loving and have kind souls as they learn and grow, but some people decide that children are not a prospect that they want to pursue in life. Myself? I am one of those people… but it wasn’t until a couple of days ago when I was judged by a complete stranger that I felt somewhat guilty about this decision.
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The Before Travel Plans

Posted on Jul 02 by

It’s 1:48pm. In 4 hours, I will get on a plane and fly to Melbourne, wait there for a number of hours, jump on another plane for a little over 9 hours, arrive in Hong Kong, then repeat all over again until I’m in Taiwan by this time tomorrow. I’m fortunate in the fact that my degree enables me to travel, but that’s not the only reason people go overseas – family, holiday, to see friends, to explore…. And that’s why I thought I would give you my guide to travelling overseas.

This will be my first overseas adventure solo, but I have been to various countries before this. It does get easier organising each trip, as you begin to develop your own tricks to getting prepared for your adventure. If you aren’t sure, here are a couple of the strategies that I have found help me:
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