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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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Questions to ask before giving up

Posted on Jul 01 by

We came across this fantastic list of questions and actions to take if things are feeling really awful and you just feel like giving up, it is so good we thought it deserved a blog post all of it’s own. It has a list of questions that are easy to follow and some fantastic tips and ideas which can help us pause, take a moment and feel stronger to push forward.

You can download your own copy right here – why not print a few copies out and stick one on your bedroom wall, tuck another away in your bag and even hand a few out to friends and help them stay safe too.

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Wandering Heart

Posted on Jun 24 by

Wanderlust: a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world. Once you get a taste of travel, it sparks a desire for more into your DNA. Living overseas is like living in fantasy land. Everything is new and exciting, and the people you meet have stories to tell and experiences to share; you are cultivated by curiosity wherever you turn. It is addicting. The longer you stay, the more intertwined you feel, and you add more and more pages to your ongoing book of life. But at one point or another, you have to finish one chapter in order to move onto the rest.
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Cats or Dogs

Posted on Jun 22 by

People say they’re a cat or a dog person. When I was a kid I thought this meant they secretly had a cat tail or dog ears hidden beneath clothing. Looking back, that would’ve been pretty cool, but I quickly learnt this wasn’t true.

So, what makes someone a cat person and what makes someone a dog person. I recently asked my friends this and I was and wasn’t surprised by their answers. Cat people like cats because of their independence and keen minds. Dog people like dogs because of their unending loyalty and unconditional love.

This got me thinking; do what type of animal people like reflect what’s deep in their hearts?
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Middle Child Syndrome?

Posted on Jun 11 by

Growing up, I had a little sister and a big sister, which is not really a big deal. When we were younger I found it was great; I had two playmates when I was at home and two friends that liked me regardless of what happened.

Now a young adult, I still have a younger sister and an older sister, but it wasn’t always great.

When everything was innocent and I was still naive I didn’t pay much attention when my older sister was called mature and strong, or when my younger sister was called cute and then beautiful. I was happy for them and I was happy in myself. Then I realised that high school has a great habit of shaking your self-confidence; as years went by and my older sister was complimented again and again for being so sophisticated, and my little sister was complimented again and again for being so beautiful and so thin, I kind of sat behind them and felt like I was being seen less and less.
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