Art making is SO good for your mental health

August 9th, 2016

My name is Alana and I am a 22-year-old Brisbane artist. I deliberately make mental health a focus of my art practice because for me, art has been an outlet, a place to say what I need to say, and a way to clarify my own thoughts. I struggled as a teenager- and sometimes still [...]

What needs altering our bodies our our mindset?

May 23rd, 2016

Hi Tarsh here, back with another installment of my blog series taking look at body image and self esteem. I recently read an article where Ronda Rousey (former UFC Champion) uploaded a photo-shopped picture of herself to her social media. The photo was sent to her to post in order to promote a TV appearance, [...]

How to Fix Your Body Image

May 4th, 2016

Hello! My name is Tarsh and I’m going to be doing blog posts pretty regularly from now on. I have an honours degree in psychology, and will be talking mostly about body image and related topics. The honours thesis I wrote last year was all about body image, exercise and eating so I have done [...]

Stop – Hurry Time

October 12th, 2015

“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 [...]

I’ll drink to that! Or will I?

October 12th, 2015

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 [...]

I didnt always chooseREAL…raw exposure, what I now know

September 24th, 2015

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 [...]

The Great Kid Debate

July 2nd, 2015

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 [...]

The Before Travel Plans

July 2nd, 2015

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 [...]

Questions to ask before giving up

July 1st, 2015

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 [...]

Cats or Dogs

June 22nd, 2015

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 [...]

Escaping from a possessive and controlling relationship

May 27th, 2015

When you’re young and inexperienced, a new person in your life can have a major impact on how you develop mentally and physically; whether for the better or worse. I’m still a teenager and I wasn’t expecting such a possessive and controlling relationship to be my first. In high school, Person A will say to [...]

Ouch – Wisdom Teeth

May 5th, 2015

Wisdom teeth. Just the words make you want to clamp your mouth shut whilst simultaneously chewing on a baby’s teething ring. Some people get them, the lucky few don’t (say what?! You miss out on a such a wonderful experience of having four more teeth that seem to have forgotten that teething is meant to [...]

Modern day youth and their involvement in the community.

March 31st, 2015

The other day I was sitting down with my local youth group (of which I’m a member of over 5 years) and we were discussing how to recruit new members and we had to seriously think how to encourage the younger people in our town to join because their priorities aren’t the same as ours [...]

Doing something new

March 25th, 2015

For something to be new, it is to be novel or unfamiliar (Merriam Webster Dictionary). By definition, doing something new means doing something that you aren’t used to, or something different – and that can be scary. Whether it be your first day in a new class, at the hockey club, or at a new [...]

Go find the sun

February 16th, 2015

Life can be pretty crazy at the best of times. School, traffic, family – everything can cause us to be stressed. Just the right amount of stress can be ideal for performance in day to day life, however too much stress isn’t real good for you though. You feeling it right now? Finished exams and [...]


February 4th, 2015

We live in a day where the words of Macklemore are more influential than the words of Jesus. Mention religion, and people instantly begin to quote something regarding how religion is related to terrorism. As a Christian all my life, I believe that faith through Jesus Christ is the right way. That, however, does not [...]

But Facebook told me so – why Facebook isn’t the real life.

February 3rd, 2015

Facebook is one of the world’s biggest networks, with approximately 1.23 billion users this year ( People from all around the world, in almost every country use it. This picture is one of my favourite descriptions of the impact Facebook has on the world, as it visually describes 10,000 virtual relationships – parts with the [...]

Help! My parents are staying together!

January 28th, 2015

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 [...]

Entertainment Envy-off!

January 15th, 2015

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. [...]


December 16th, 2014

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 [...]

Dealing with Exam Stress

December 16th, 2014

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 [...]

Giving the World to Others

December 15th, 2014

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 I hate running.

December 2nd, 2014

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 [...]

To share or not to share

November 26th, 2014

Moving out can be a crazy time. It’s not just about physically packing up your gear and transferring it to another (sometimes very far) building, but also about majorly readjusting to your life of independence. Even if you have already lived out of home, moving house can mean adjusting to new suburbs, figuring out how [...]

When the world blows up – before and after

November 26th, 2014

There are certain events in our lives that often make us feel like there is a before and an after – defining moments, which often get treated as detrimental milestones. A house fire, a family or relationship breakdown, a car accident – moments when the rest of the world seems to cease in existence, and [...]

The Gift of You

November 19th, 2014

Something I have learnt lately is that you never really discover who you are until you are completely removed from the comfort of home and placed in an entirely new reality. For the past four months I have been living in the United States and working for one of the most prestigious companies in the [...]

100 Happy Days Challenge

September 24th, 2014

In this post our blogger, Xin, tells us about undertaking the 100 Happy Days Challenge. A little while ago I completed the 100 Happy Days Challenge. The idea of the challenge was to post a picture of something that made you happy to social media, or if you didn’t want to publicise it you could [...]

Addiction to Online Gaming

September 15th, 2014

Xin gets us thinking about addiction in this blog, and when a passion has started to negatively impact on our lives. In 2003, I started playing an MMORPG called RuneScape. In case you’re not familiar, MMORPG stands for Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. This is a game where a large number of people can [...]

Image Expectations

July 31st, 2014

With Fresh Faced Friday coming up on the 5th September, Bethwyn gets us thinking about image expectations, both the ones we place on ourselves, and ones people place upon us. ___ During the end of Primary School, and all of High School, I convinced myself that I was ‘average-looking’. This may not sound too bad, [...]

Differing Signals: How to be who you are despite confusing messages

July 31st, 2014

I’m quite introverted. I have nothing against extroverts at all – I think it’s so great that they are able to go out and socialise so often, and to have personalities that are often described as ‘go-getters’ or ‘bright sparks’. That’s amazing. But it’s not me. I spend a lot of time either alone or [...]

Releasing Control

July 31st, 2014

There have been so many tragedies on the news lately, planes going missing, planes being shot down. Wars happening. World leaders acting less than ideally. And so many problems happening within Australia that people are beginning to question whether we are really the kind and calm people we were once painted to be. And then [...]

Be Kind to Yourself

July 30th, 2014

“To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” ee cummings   When was the last time you looked in the mirror and thought, “I look great; I am [...]

What I would say to High-School-Me

July 24th, 2014

Inspired by the blog DearHolly, our blogger Beth writes to her High-School-Me — I don’t really like the idea of regrets – so I feel like either you do something or you don’t. Having said that, though, I think there are quite a few people who would like to go back and talk to themselves [...]

Are you acting listening or actively listening?

July 22nd, 2014

There are always going to be people who offer you advice, regardless of whether you asked for it. We do it to others, they do it to us. We want to relate, to interact with one another, and so the more logical choice when someone is telling another of their issues is to immediately search [...]

DearHolly If I could talk to my 13 year old self…

July 11th, 2014

We are very pleased to have a guest blog post by Jessica Barlow of the DearHolly Project -   -   – How many times have you wished that you could hit rewind and try everything all over again? If you’re anything like me, I’m willing to bet that the number in your head is spiraling into [...]

A Guide to Not Complaining

June 23rd, 2014

I would like to start by remarking on an observation I have made. Previously when people have asked me the generic opening line “Hi, how are you?”, I made it my goal to give them an honest and unique answer rather than the generic “I’m good thanks”. I would pick some part of how I [...]

Who are you – but those around you?

May 21st, 2014

Being a human is a constant battle of identity development – deciding who you are going to be, what you are going to do. It can be a real challenge trying to ‘be’ the right person, and figuring out how to go about this process at all. Last night I heard a quote that confronted [...]

How to: Schedule Life In

May 13th, 2014

*If anyone freaks out partway through, you can jump ahead to the bottom – but try and read through the rest J 1. Take a blank piece of paper. Stare at it a bit, turn it round, scrumple it up, unfold it, and flatten it out. Now you have an accurate canvas to start with, [...]

Music – finding a common ground

May 5th, 2014

As a US-native 20-something living in Australia for the first time, Tune In Not Out (TINO) struck me as a resource which I intuitively understood, and have never seen the likes of before. The ‘Tune Your Mood’ page with its interactive playlists and ability to talk about what the music does for you [...]

When worlds collide

April 22nd, 2014

As a sociology student, I’ve learnt about societal norms – things that are accepted as normal within society. Part of this concept is the fact that sub-cultures (e.g. mini groups of people) in society may have different ‘normals’ to the big culture – and as you can guess, this can cause issues. I’ve discovered this [...]

Breaking Down the Door Day

April 11th, 2014

  Arno Bay has a population of just 220 people. Dayna has lived there her whole life and says she’s probably related to half the people in town. Dayna’s proud to be a young woman from the country but there was one thing about life in Arno Bay that wasn’t sitting right with her.

How to Recover from an Operation: Simple Hints

April 1st, 2014

A few weeks ago I had to head into hospital for a day procedure – mostly to check that certain parts of me were working effectively. I don’t know if anyone reading this will ever need to have an operation but, if you do, keep the below in mind so you can recover – not [...]

No one has to be superman/women

March 25th, 2014

It started with what I thought was a bad case of the flu that didn’t go away – and so the doctors’ visits began. Waiting rooms began to blend into one another, blood tests became as normal as eating breakfast, and results came back as negative as I felt. No one could give me an [...]

Getting my priorities straight

March 19th, 2014

Someone once told me that I ‘needed to get my priorities straight’. That ticked me off. Here I was, studying year 12 as well as working weekends and someone had the gall to tell me I needed to get my priorities straight – ha! I have always been a high achiever – with school work, [...]

You never know how you can make a difference

March 13th, 2014

This post is from a story submitted to our Tune In Not Out to Youth Health campaign by Emily One day, when I was in primary school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was daniel. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought [...]

9 helpful tips for those having a hard time

February 5th, 2014

This is the winning entry to out TINO:YH 2013 competition where 100′s of you shared your tips and personal Stories. Samantha’s entry was written for her friend and others who may find these tools helpful when they too are finding it hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Lately I’ve had [...]

What To Do When Nobody Knows What’s Wrong With You

January 21st, 2014

Hi there! The title of this post may sound pretty gloomy and… maybe even a little judgemental now that I think about it, but for those that have read previous blogs of mine, this is just a continuation of one of my main topics: chronic illness. Sometimes in the course of our lives, we start [...]

Synesthesia: Taste the Rainbow

January 10th, 2014

Is Wednesday red? Is the number 5 an upbeat young girl in a floral dress? Is that new pop song on the radio the most perfect triangle that you’ve ever heard, and is July somewhere to the right, just above your shoulder? Confused? Welcome to the world of Synesthesia. Defined as sort of “mixing of [...]

Becoming Me

January 6th, 2014

Your value doesn’t decrease based on someones inability to see your self worth. Throughout school, I was liked by everyone. I was the quiet, community orientated girl who would do anything for anyone…essentially, I done what I was told. As I never wanted to stand out or like things that other people didn’t, I started [...]

Why living in a Small Town is vastly different to living in a Big City

December 30th, 2013

Living in a small town is a little like living in a glass bubble. Sure, it can get a bit cramped sometimes with everyone knowing exactly who you are and the air may always smell like cows and dry grass, but your little town in its own little glass bubble is exactly that; a protected [...]

Ready, Set, Go

December 27th, 2013

Once in a while in our lives, we feel like we lose our sense of direction; not in a literal sense but in a sense where we experience that feeling of having nowhere to go or not knowing which way to go from here. Personally, I’ve had that experience before and it was not very [...]

On Self-Love and Beauty

December 23rd, 2013

I realised something pretty interesting today. I was watching an inspiring video over on YouTube by a favourite vlogger called Ashley (watch it above – about 6 mins, you will enjoy and also learn how to do a cool ponytail ‘thingie’),  and she was talking about how beauty is perceived and how nobody has that [...]

Dreaming of Africa

December 19th, 2013

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to go to Africa. Don’t ask me why. It was just something I had grown up wanting to do, but somewhere in the business of high school and university I forgot about it, and focus became on passing subjects, making enough money to survive another week, and [...]

My somewhat delayed Travel Story! (Part 1)

December 13th, 2013

So, as you know from my first blog post a while back, I am the Australian Leo of the Year for 2013-14. This requires an awful lot of travelling and a constantly cheery disposition, and can be exhausting BUT, it has been an amazing journey and I am happy to be it with you all [...]

Year 12 Pressure

December 4th, 2013

“I’ll be the first to admit it – I’m a stresser. Two years into uni, and every time exams come up I still feel like I’m going to spontaneously either hyperventilate or breakdown in the middle of an exam, which will then ruin my chances at everything I ever do for the rest of my [...]

Dear You

November 29th, 2013

“Dear you, Before we start, I want to tell you that it will be okay – I promise. Sometimes the world sucks. The saying is true – s#!% happens, and there is no way we are ever going to be able to deny that. Bad things happen to bad people, but bad things happen to [...]

On Not Being a Parrot

November 27th, 2013

A little while ago, I was struggling with learning how to enjoy life despite walking alongside anxiety (a process at which I’m much better versed since seeing my counsellor. I was working at a pet supply store, and I was thinking about parrots (who are really intelligent birds) being locked in cages, so bored and [...]

End Of The Year Cheer!

November 22nd, 2013

The end of the year is fast approaching! We are nearly half way through November and December is looming just around the corner, which means Christmas and New Years are just a tick away! Are you in panic mode yet wondering what to get people for Christmas? Or are you trying to decide how to [...]

The Problem with Vitamin I

November 12th, 2013

There is an overdose of Vitamin I in the world. What’s Vitamin I, you ask? Well, noble reader whose silence I interpret as a polite curiosity, let me explain. It is the attitude that “I” am more important than “you”, or “they” or “anything else”. And this might seem reasonable, sensible even, but I believe [...]

Unplanned Pregnancy

November 8th, 2013

Monday morning and I was the happiest girl ever, nothing could break my mood. School drifted along effortlessly and fast, why? I just spent the weekend with him, drinking and doing some not so legal things. I had fun, and so did he. Every morning I would receive super cute messages telling me I’m beautiful [...]

Biting Back

November 6th, 2013

My name is Elia; I’m a 23 year old singer-songwriter from Sydney. I am running a campaign called Unbreakable to raise awareness and funds for the treatment of Eating Disorders. Unbreakable is about the strength and resilience you have within yourself to get through an Eating Disorder. Six years ago I was in hospital being [...]

Breaking Point

November 4th, 2013

I am the happiest I have been in years, I look back at all the things I have achieved in my life and feel very happy with my direction in life, I am a mum, I have travelled Europe, I paid off my car, bought a house, worked hard in a job that paid well, [...]

Immerse Yourself- Say yes to an international experience!

October 24th, 2013

Culture is something we can all be proud of. Being an Australian I enjoy a good barbeque, the beach, a game of cricket with my mates, dressing up ridiculously on Australia Day and singing the national anthem at the top of my lungs no matter where I am! Being Australian is something I am truly [...]

Making room for Twilight

September 17th, 2013

Okay, from the title of this blog, you’re probably thinking that I’m going to talk to you about the intellectual merits of books written by Stephenie Meyer, or perhaps wax lyrical about why Jacob is superior to Edward in every way. Well, sorry to disappoint, but that’s not my main purpose to writing this.   [...]

Fighting: Advice from a martial artist

September 17th, 2013

I’ve been practicing the martial arts for a long time. In over ten years of study (some of which I was training five or six days a week), I have learned many lessons, and there is one in particular that I want to share with you. There is a persistent but unspoken assumption that being [...]

Land of Mindfulness P2

August 27th, 2013

Follow-up Smiling Mind Thoughts For the last two months, Xin and Bethwyn have tried out the free guided meditation service Smiling Mind (available online here or for from the Apple App store). After writing about their initial impressions, this time they will discuss what benefits and challenges they have experienced from Smiling Mind since they [...]

Low Life

August 15th, 2013

An Australian Director (Luke Eve) and an Australian writer (Adam Grossetti) both found a common ground through their own relationships with depression, and noted the hesitation they both felt in discussing what they were going through and saw a desire to break down some of the barriers and be free to say discuss the issue, [...]

Tick Tock! It’s Decision O’Clock

July 29th, 2013

Sometimes you may find yourself sitting at a cross road. Left, right, forward, back, which direction do you choose? Making decisions can make you feel confused, lonely, doubtful and cautious, but at the end of the day if a decision needs to be made there is no avoiding it. When you’re sitting at that crossroad [...]

Make-Up Madness

July 22nd, 2013

I think I am safe to say that I am among millions of girls, even women, who wear make up on a daily basis…correct? The list of makeup products available on our shelves today is almost endless! You have foundation, powder, mascara, eye shadow, bronzer, lipstick, lip liner, eyeliner, blush, primer, concealer, brow gel and [...]

The Art of Joyriding

July 7th, 2013

A little while ago, a man told me this story. One day he was driving along on the freeway when there was a crash on the road ahead of him. A truck carrying watermelons had been rear-ended by another car, and the two drivers got out and started arguing furiously about whose fault it was. [...]

Land of Mindfulness Pt 1

June 20th, 2013

Hi guys, this is Beth and Xin here, and today we’re just going to share our experiences on the meditation and mindfulness program “Smiling Mind“. So let’s get started. About the Smiling Minds Program Beth: Both of us have talked about mindfulness in our previous blogs Keeping Calm and How to be Unemployed and Meaningful [...]

Speaking Out

June 13th, 2013

As part of Men’s Health week we welcome Jake to our blog, writing for us the first time this week… As a writer, ambassador for equal rights and advocate of mental health; I’m often asked about how I can be so opinionated and unafraid to say what’s bothering me or what’s on my mind. I [...]

Uni students call for mental health education in high schools

June 12th, 2013

We are six students from Swinburne University and we are calling on the Victorian Government to introduce a new mental health education system in high schools in the Chambers of Parliament this July. We have written a piece of proposed legislation entitled Mental Health Education in High Schools, which will debate as part of the [...]

Book Review: Secret Men’s Business

June 3rd, 2013

John Marsden’s Secret Men’s Business is one of the greatest coming-of-age books ever written. It is a straightforward guide to how to be a man. And not just a stereotypically hyper-masculine sort of man, but a real, genuinely mature, responsible bloke that people will have reason to respect. Although I’d say it’s aimed at young [...]

Talking to Walls

May 14th, 2013

As a writer (I still get a jolt when I refer to myself as a writer, I wonder if that will ever go away?), I have had my fair share of blocks. A lot of mine are to do with my health, but a lot of them are also to do with my mental patterns [...]

Hello or urgggg Sunday Morning

April 28th, 2013

Did you wake up this morning saying ‘Heeeelllooo Sunday Morning’ or ‘urrrrrr ouch I’m going back to bed and ignoring Sunday I’m hungover…’ Either way you are not alone. Chris Raine spent most his Sunday mornings doing the later every week until he decided he might try aiming for the first options more often by [...]

Labelling and Mental Health

April 4th, 2013

In this blog Xin takes a look at how a mental health label can impact on you and how others perceive you, sometimes this can be helpful, and other times we have to take a moment to look beyond the label given. I recently wrote a blog article on the power language has of shaping [...]

The S word

March 25th, 2013

Language shapes the way we see the world. When we are infants, we have no way of articulating the overwhelming flood of stimuli we are experiencing. As we learn to speak, we start to categorise the world into easily-understandable groups. We understand “dog” refers to the small things with four legs, “tomorrow” is the day [...]

How to be unemployed and meaningful

March 18th, 2013

I studied for about eighteen consecutive years before I decided that I would take some time off. Study had been all I’d ever known, and for the most part, I was pretty good at it. But in my fourth year of my degree, I realised that (for various reasons) I was no longer passionate about [...]

What’s your dream, are you ready to live it?

March 14th, 2013

So where are you? Are you in high school feeling the pressure of having to think about what career you have to choose before looking at university courses? Or are you at uni and having second thoughts about the course you chose? Maybe you dropped out or just finished a degree and are unsure of [...]

How do you feel about you?

March 5th, 2013

In today’s blog, Skye asks how do you feel about your body image and reports on a survey she undertook amongst her peers about body image. First of all, what is body image? Is it the way we see ourselves? The way we feel about our body’s appearance? The thoughts and beliefs we have about [...]

Is it OK to see a counsellor?

February 26th, 2013

In today’s post Xin takes us on a personal story exploring the question is it Ok to see a counsellor. He explains the simple yes, yes, yes in a personal and insightful way. I had a pretty bad time in high school. Without going into details, I was bullied, I knew what it was like [...]

Living a balanced life

February 19th, 2013

TINO has a really great Topic page dedicated to health and wellbeing. It talks about some ways to live and be healthy, and I recommend the factsheet by Reach Out which you will find on the page in particular. But there’s more to being healthy than just diet and exercise (though those can’t be overlooked). [...]

Summer, Summer, Summer!!

February 5th, 2013

It’s that time of year again! Summer is here! It is time to ditch the jeans, beanies and scarves, and bring out the shorts, singlets and sunglasses! The sun is out and ready to say hello with some heat and gorgeous rays of sunshine! Summer is the time to kick back, relax, soak up some [...]

Proud of my Dreamtime roots

January 29th, 2013

My whole life my mother has explained to me that being Aboriginal is an amazing thing. She use to tell me the Dreamtime stories as I was younger and they were so powerful such creative moral inside each and every story. So in primary school, I thought telling my friends that I was aboriginal would [...]

To get inked or not?

January 22nd, 2013

If people knew me they would think I was very hypocritical to debate about tattoos, I have a few but I have friends who have a lot more, we love our ink and do not regret any of them just like all the websites and facebook sites say, or do we? Two of my friends [...]

New year, new you?

January 15th, 2013

3…2….1…HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! We all know the sound of the iconic new year’s countdown that greets us as ten seconds to midnight on December 31st every year. The dawn of a new year can bring hope and happiness to people all around the world. For some it can mean a fresh start and a second [...]

Hitting the RESET button

January 10th, 2013

Sometimes it takes almost falling over to realise, but we tend to be on overdrive a lot of the time. Our society tends to value people who keep going and going – keep doing more and achieving more – all the time. And while that’s great at times, it’s almost impossible to maintain (unless you’re [...]

How to Make Every Meal Taste Better

January 3rd, 2013

I recently wrote a blog post on healthy eating, but I realised I left out something important. I talked about what to eat, but I didn’t mention anything about how to eat. And that’s probably even more important in terms of having a healthy diet, as well as really enjoying the experience of food. One [...]

A Frayed Rope Hanging by a Thread

December 20th, 2012

A piece of rope seems simple enough. When there are more strands that are woven together in the rope, the greater its strength. A piece of string on its own cannot lift much weight because of its weak composition. On the other hand, a rope can lift hundreds of pounds, being composed of several strands. [...]

Attention job seekers!

December 13th, 2012

It’s the summer holidays and you want to go out but you need money. You don’t want to ask your parents because they’d get annoyed at you so what do you do? Get a job, perhaps? Getting a casual or part-time job is one step to proving to your parents that you can take care [...]

Tough Decisions

December 11th, 2012

There is always two sides to every story. That’s what we were told in school and it taught us to always listen to everything before making up our minds. But what happens when you listen to both sides and still don’t know which one is right? As a teenager there is never a shortage of [...]

Ways to pull yourself out of a slump!

December 7th, 2012

To bring yourself up when feeling down is much easier said than done. However, it is vital to your health and happiness that you do. Feeling sad, bored, and blah about life accomplishes nothing and makes you miserable in the process. It is a waste of your precious life! I too have been stuck in [...]

What defines beauty?

December 6th, 2012

It’s a word we use almost every day to compare ourselves to others, judge others and to make a choice over which product to try based on its better-looking packaging. However, not one of us knows exactly what “beauty” or “being beautiful” is. Why then do we aim to be something we do not know? [...]

Do I look fat in this?

December 3rd, 2012

As part of the Butterfly Foundation’s – Fat Talk Free Week, a week to encouraging us all to shut down Fat Talk. Don’t let it become normal, we have a range of posts written by young people about creating a positive self body image. – – – – – – – - One of the [...]

I said do you speak-a my language?

November 28th, 2012

I wanted to travel from the moment I understood distance. As a 5 year old I was begging my parents to take me to Africa to see lions and elephants (at this point I didn’t understand expense). Growing up the destination list kept expanding until at the age of 11, Italy was my number one [...]

Are you switched on?

November 26th, 2012

There is a pervasive condition that’s infiltrated our lives, and I’d go as far to say that at least 95% of the people you know have it. Most people aren’t aware that they’ve contracted it from somewhere- it probably came into their lives so early and so subtly that they just accepted it without knowing [...]

How do you know if you’re suffering from depression?

November 21st, 2012

Sometimes it’s easier to assume you feel the way you do because of ‘teenage hormones’ or the stresses you’re under as an adolescent, especially if you’re in your final years of schooling. But when does a constant bad mood turn into depression? How do you know if you’re suffering from depression? It can be very [...]

Isn’t that old persons disease?

November 13th, 2012

This is a question I’m asked commonly and the answer is no. I’m 16 and live with Juvenile Oligoarticular Arthritis and Hypermobility. This means that I’m a young person with a condition that can cause pain, inflammation, fever and rashes in less than 5 of my joints at any one time. The hypermobility means that [...]

Leaving the nest

November 12th, 2012

We all (well most of us) reach a point of our adolescent or adult life when it is time to move out of home. How scary does that sound?! For some we may decide at about 18 years old, maybe younger, or at 30 to finally take the giant leap of faith and find our [...]