The Ugly Side Of Love

October 13th, 2015

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 [...]

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 [...]

The ‘G’ word

October 12th, 2015

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 [...]

‘Does anyone want to play a game?’

September 14th, 2015

‘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. [...]

Some People I Know…

July 27th, 2015

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 [...]

Promotion Demotion

July 10th, 2015

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Wandering Heart

June 24th, 2015

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 [...]

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 [...]

Middle Child Syndrome?

June 11th, 2015

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 [...]

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 [...]

Dating 101

April 7th, 2015

  — STOP PRESS — I’ve figured it out! The ultimate dating handbook (on sale now in your closest bookstore for only $19.99!), absolutely guaranteed to get you a date who won’t be able to resist your wit and good looks, but will also see that inner beauty shining out. All you need to do [...]

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 [...]

Hosting an exhange student

March 19th, 2015

Our German exchange student was only 15 (turning 16) when he came and stayed with us. “We will only take him for a couple of weeks while you find a more permanent home,” Mum had told the company. Well, that worked well….when the agency called back a couple of weeks later, Mum renegotiated because she [...]

Online Friends vs “Real Life” Friends

March 4th, 2015

All my life I’ve been an avid video gamer, ever since my mum bought my sisters and me a Nintendo 64 at a Car-Boot Sale back in the years before touch screens, Ipads and Candy Crush Saga was a “thing”.  As my experiences went from Nintendo 64 to Playstation 2 to PSP to Playstation 3/Xbox [...]


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 [...]

Five Little Words

January 9th, 2015

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


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 [...]

My View on Depression

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: 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

House Rules

November 26th, 2014

I am almost positive that at least once throughout your student life you will get to experience living with housemates. Before moving the States I had been sharing with some friends of mine from high school and things weren’t too bad, yes we had our ups and downs but we made it work. This year [...]

How to Survive a Break Up

November 24th, 2014

In today’s post, our blogger Sara giving some advice from the heart and experience about how to survive a break up. Unfortunately, most of us will experience an emotional relationship break up in our late teens or early adulthood. The good news is, you will get through it. The bad news is, it won’t happen [...]

Self respect and setting boundaries in friendships

October 22nd, 2014

I think the only time parents and other adults used to talk to me about self-respect when I was younger was when the word ‘sex’ was introduced into conversation, or even ‘ relationships’. For that reason, I always thought that self-respect and setting boundaries were only something you did when you were a bit older [...]

The Kinsey Scale

October 13th, 2014

Did you know that sexual orientation doesn’t fall neatly into the categories of “gay” or “straight”? Sexual orientation (that is, the gender that a person is attracted to) is often conveniently thought of in binary: you’re either one or the other. You either like boys or you like girls, and depending on which one you [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Equal Community Part 2

April 15th, 2014

If you missed it, here is part one of my blog series on creating an equal community. White supremacy in Australia only involves a small number of people. There is no current information about the size of the white supremacy movement in Australia. However, white supremacy groups are active in Australia and being involved with [...]

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.

Equal Community – Part 1

April 8th, 2014

I’m in my early twenties and currently studying at University. I am also a volunteer research assistant with Exit White Power, a project run by All Together Now that aims to offer an alternative view for Australians who are considering joining white nationalist movements. I’m writing this to share what I have learnt during my [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

The Great Depression: Helping Those Suffering From Mental Illness

October 16th, 2013

This blog post was written by Serina Hajje for vibewire who have kindly shared it with us – a fantastic read with great tips for helping out a friend or loved one.. Living with a mental illness is reality that many Australians struggle with: 1 in 5 Australians aged 16-85 are affected by it. Over [...]

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 [...]

Asexual, not A Sexual

July 15th, 2013

If I was clicking through TV stations and flicked on to an episode of Pride and Prejudice, I’d probably skip straight past it. I know a lot of people love the show, and some find it incredibly important to their lives and lifestyle – and all of that is fine – but, personally, I just [...]

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 [...]

A ‘Short’ Story

May 25th, 2013

In today’s blog Liv shares her opinion piece on how size doesn’t matter. Girls, imagine the most romantic thing a guy could do for you. Send flowers to you at work, serenade you with a love song or skywrite his underlying adoration for you. Pretty heart melting stuff right? Now imagine if a short man [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The power of a smile

November 2nd, 2012

Have you ever heard the saying sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can rise up? I have because I was someone who hit rock bottom and needed to rise up. I was for such a long time a very angry person who did not appreciate the world, I had no respect and [...]

Simply Living

October 7th, 2012

Life is simple. Really, really simple. I’ve come to believe that all you really need to be happy is food, sleep, and shelter from the elements. Companionship is good too, if you have some handy. Everything else is superfluous and just serves to complicate things. As I mentioned in a previous post about healthy eating, [...]

Stuck In The Middle With You

September 24th, 2012

I can bet your bottom dollar that sometime in the past, or maybe even right now, you have been dragged into an argument between two friends fighting which has zip, zero, zilch to do with you. I can bet you have been used as a messenger, a halfway point between snarly comments or rumours or [...]

A Curious Observation of the Opposite Sex

September 17th, 2012

Lately at school we have been observing social behaviours of human beings and investigating the stereotypical labels that society places upon males and females. It has been said that men oppress women and vice versa. I was intrigued and decided to investigate further through by own super observation skills, not how males treat others, but [...]

A Cultural Experince

August 20th, 2012

Have you ever dared to wonder what it would be like to live in a stranger’s house away from your friends, family and most importantly away from your country? It sounds scary right? But have you ever wondered what it would be like to take someone into your home in your country and be able [...]

Flatmate Finances

July 30th, 2012

When it comes to flying the nest and renting a place of our own, often a shared house is one of the first steps. Finding housemates can range from the best of friends to people you don’t even know yet. Either way one thing you have to sort is the good old money money money [...]

The Juggling Act of a Young Carer

June 5th, 2012

When I think of young carers, I like to picture covert agents sneaking in and out of situations with that Hollywood style grace. I imagine superhuman leaps between school and home, getting the person that they care for out of bed, dressed and fed while finishing the assignment that was forgotten the night before. But [...]

What is a Polyamorous Relationship?

June 4th, 2012

What is Polyamory?: An Introduction   Polyamory is the idea of having multiple partners at the same time. Polyamory is a form of “ethical non-monogamy”- that is to say, it is a consensual choice to not be limited to having only one significant partner at a time. It is entirely different from non-ethical non-monogamy (i.e., [...]

The ‘R’ Word

May 24th, 2012

By Jess Relationships. They all have a start and sometimes they have an end too. Relationships can have high and lows, ups and downs, happy and sad moments and of course, heartbreak, but the one thing they always bring you is memories. And memories, no matter what the circumstances, last a lifetime. Having a relationship [...]

Interview with Two Music Therapists

May 22nd, 2012

This week is Making Music Being Well week, as part of MMBW we have launched a new topic page all about Music and our Mental Health and a competition; Tune Your Mood where you can create an online music playlist that you find helps you navigate life. So all this centres around music therapy – but [...]

The Key to Really Great Sex

February 13th, 2012

Author: Xin *flashing warning lights*. This blog post talks sex, not just what it is – but how to do it. If you are uncomfortable with words like masturbation or anus, this article may not be for you. You have been warned! Sex. It’s everywhere, and with good reason. Human beings are inherently sexual, from [...]

KISS – Keep is Safe, Sugar!

February 13th, 2012

It’s Sexual Health Awareness Week! To help us find our way through this maze of sex and relationships we have the YEP Crew bringing us a series of blogs this week on the theme of Safety, Pleasure and Respect in young people’s sexual and romantic lives! Before we delve into the nitty gritty, here’s the [...]

Putting the U in Pleasure.

February 13th, 2012

author – Yep Crew Yes, putting the U in pleasure, or even the pleasure in U – It feels good to say! And just a little bit naughty. I think it’s funny how words can have such a different meaning, depending on the context they’re expressed in.  For example, saying to someone, “It was a [...]

How to win at relationships

February 13th, 2012

Author: Xin Relationships. They are what bind societies, and in many cases what allows the survival and continuation of the human race. Love has cost trillions of dollars, sent millions to their death in wars and literally changed the face of the earth. It’s no understatement to say that good relationships are a pivotal dimension [...]


February 12th, 2012

Find out what it means to me!     Here’s a bit of Aretha to get us in the mood: Welcome to the final blog in the YEP Crew series ‘Safety, Pleasure and Respect’ for Sexual Health Awareness Week 2012 (13 – 17th February). We’ve written already about safety and pleasure, but central to all [...]

Harassment In The Workplace

January 19th, 2012

The workplace should be a safe environment.  A place where you come to do your job and a place that you should feel comfortable around your co-workers, managers/superiors and customers. The workplace is a place where you should be free of harassment and a place that you should feel confident in at all times. That [...]

Sibling Wars

January 4th, 2012

I am 16 years old and I already have 3 brothers and 2 sisters. If anyone has a sibling they will know what it feels like to compete with your brothers and sisters on a daily basis. Whether it be silly things like who gets to have a shower first, or who gets to sit [...]

The best things in life are worth waiting for

December 13th, 2011

Only one month and 17 days left till I can hug and kiss my hunnie back home in Tassie. At the moment, I am visiting my family at my home-home where I grew up in America, New Jersey to be exact. I am really enjoying catching up with friends and getting to hang out and [...]

Sex + Text = Sexting

August 24th, 2011

The term sexting is becoming a common term to us now. It can involve the use of words and/or taking nude or explicit images/videos, and sending it to friends or a boy/girlfriend via a mobile phone or online communities like Facebook. Although at the time of sending the message it can seem to be fun [...]

Abusive relationships: More than just violence

July 18th, 2011

What do you imagine when you hear the words “abusive relationship”? Many people think of violent scenarios like a woman being beaten by her partner, or a friend coming to school with a black eye after a fight with her boyfriend. But victims of abusive relationships don’t always have obvious symptoms like bruises or black [...]

The Rant…The Guilt

May 23rd, 2011

So I’m sitting there…alone…on a Friday night just watching TV. Having given up casual sex and drinking in order to regain a little self control,  I am constantly amazed at the plethora of other exciting activities available. So there are I am, home alone, just me and the TV. And then it hits me! I [...]

Boundaries – Mine, Yours

May 16th, 2011

You know what really grinds my grill? When I’m out dancing with friends, and a guy comes up to me and grabs my butt. I immediately feel like telling the DJ to stop the music, telling the manager to turn the lights back on, and sitting said boy down for a chat I’m sure he’s [...]

“OK babe better run” Casual Sex

April 19th, 2011

Five , Four , Three , Two , One .. Here it comes.. “Ok babe, better run (insert any random name) is waiting for me.” I lay there, just lay there trying hard to look unperturbed, poised. I knew it was coming, so why do I feel so abandoned? Did I actually think tonight would [...]

22 and homesick

March 8th, 2011

Living a 24-hour plan ride away from your parents may seem like the dream to some but for me it is quite the hardship. I came to Tasmania about a year ago on exchange and the plan was to just stay for the semester, which turned into a year, which has now turned into two [...]