Life is one big adventure

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Do you know what it feels like to live on the edge? Do you feel daring enough?

Something I have had figured out lately is that life is full of challenges, and every day we are faced with either a routine or spontaneity. I heard someone say to me today how they volunteered to work for a radio company for 2 years of their life, without getting paid during both of those years, just for the passion for that particular industry; and that only.

I would much rather do something I love and not get paid for it than go to work every day dreading what I do; it would make me so miserable

An amazing outlook, I thought. It’s fascinating nowadays how many people you speak to that say that they are chasing this big dream job just for the money. When you dissect the core interest in the profession, it is usually very minimal.

“Money makes the world go round.” – You must all of heard that one before. It sure does, but I would rather make money for a difference than let it make me different. With lots of money, usually comes more responsibility. Life is all about balance, acting on impulse and doing what you love best.

So this is where I correlate back to ‘living on the edge’, and exploring your “adventurous” side. Before I went travelling back in 2012, I was the most shy girl in my class. I would never had said boo to a goose, and my parents were so shocked that I decided to take the leap of faith and explore the world: on my own. I done it though, and it was the best thing I ever did up to this point in my life. It grew me as a person, it helped me learn things about myself I never previously knew and I had the opportunity to make friends all over the planet.

Life is one big adventure, so why not live your dreams and don’t hold yourself back from what it is you really want to do? Don’t let an external factor of way, a way of living or another person dictate – only you know what it is that makes you truly happy!

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Love and Communication

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I saw this photo the other day and it really got me in my own bubble:

Beyoncé and Jay Z: be together, work together, real Bonnie & Clyde.

How sweet!

Behind most powerful men there is a powerful woman. When one has the ability to become huge and that is combined with another person, possibilities are endless.

You often see power couples who soar through the media. Victoria and David Beckham: together, seemingly happy, both pursuing their career of expertise and succeeding in so many different avenues including building their own family.

Society has become so driven by money and success, relationship buildings almost seem to be at the back of the agenda now.

Many times before when things were broken between two people, they fixed them instead of giving up and moving on. It wasn’t as easy as it is now to just ‘walk away’, but isn’t it all down to fighting for what you want and not giving up?

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Motion is Emotion

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Motion is Emotion.

Huh, what does that mean? Can you remember the countless times when you have sat there, usually not up-right, and you feel like the whole world is against you. Give it an hour or so when you’re walking through the local park with the fresh air brushing your face and instantly you feel alive again.

An inspirational guy called Tony Robbins once used this quote in explaining how human beings reflect their emotional well-being with how they treat their body. By jumping out of bed in the morning and going for a run you set up the day as you mean to go on. You usually find the more you sit in-front of the TV the lazier you feel. There is no energy bursting to be used, and you find yourself comfort eating just to bide some time. Yet the busier you are, the higher your work load the more ammunition you have to exceed your comfortable limits of achievement.

How do you keep on top of all of those things – your academic work, your paid job as well as having a great social life? I couldn’t do it.

But that is wrong. Yes you can. We are the ones that decide what it is we want to believe or not. We can push the boundaries and tell ourselves – promptly – what it is we wish to achieve in any given day.

Bring out the best of you and show the world exactly what you’re made of – it will be worth it when you look back.

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Every day better yourself

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It can be hard waking up and wanting to just roll over and nod off back to sleep, to a dream where life was angelic and perfect and you dwell on the days comings.

It should be a task of yours – every day when you wake up you should aim to better yourself and become something bigger, wiser and more inspired.

– A sibling once said to me.

It stunted me a bit as I realised how true and worthwhile it was, yet how hard it can often be and feel to actually do so.

Procrastination is a big flaunt in human nature where we tend to put things off until they are more convenient, or even urgent. We dream and imagine big things, and ideas come into our heads but we don’t know how to act on them. Yet what most of us don’t realise is we are the creators of our own destinies and when these spontaneous thoughts do come to mind as a financial benefit, we should respond and act immediately.

I read in a book today – Think And Grow Rich – how schools teach us that knowledge is power and how an education will equip us for that dream job, but what they tend to not excel on is how to use this knowledge to acquire what we want. Organising our skills into a plan of action, whereby we build our own circle of ‘mastered intelligence’ – as a huge collective – who can work together with a wide skill set to achieve that desired goal. Just entering the world of work and getting stuck in a comfortable rut may not be the answer to long term happiness.

It’s like in the news for example, we are constantly being injected by the media with stories about how cruel and hard society is. Political debates flood our screens, as the power and control is given to a thin minority of elites who do, in effect, have the final say over things that govern our lives. Why not be different? Why not break the rules? You will then discover how far you can really go by not just conforming but, instead, listen to yourself first over anyone else.

Believe in yourself, have the confidence and faith in your thoughts and passionately obsess yourself with that thing you want most.

Do not let temporary defeat trick you for failure because it’s only a tester to see how far you will go.

Persistence will get you there.

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When you think you are on your own

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It must just be me, why do I think all of these crazy thoughts? I wish they would go away.

All over the world there are civil wars causing destruction to the country. As a life is lost, a life is born – and that is just a matter of fact and a matter of inevitability. Life is definitely far too short to be anything other than yourself and happy, so be grateful and appreciate every moment of joy that comes into your experience.

In the media we are faced with horror story after horror story and then left with a ‘softer’ weather update to enlighten or rather darken our mood (depending on the forecast). The dependency on social media to communicate is certainly visible, and perhaps we have become less inclined to make that effort to talk in reality. Does this isolate people and make us more narrow-minded?

Someone said something today that I found very interesting.

There is this sort of pressure, nowadays, to be reachable at any point of the day no matter where you are.

The horror that drowns people’s faces when their phone dies is quite sufficiently obvious, but what does this say for our future? How will the next generation be living their lives with the ongoing use of the Internet? We can only wonder and guess, but the consequences are certainly worrying.

The other flip of the coin can be said that the advancements we are exposed to are credible and have facilitated the human way of life. This is true, but we still need to feel part of something in real life, and leave conversation to be truly discussed and expressed with feeling and emotion in more ways than just through text.

Hardships are felt and experienced by everyone, and I just think that when times are rough and I don’t see any lift at the end of the tunnel, there really is hope and wisdom if only we ask for it. Most things happen for a reason, and we all need to realise we are not alone. Quite often when you open your heart about an issue you’ll find others feel the exact same. We are not alone. We are a collective.
And as a collective, we can make a huge difference for the better.

Just like that film Planet of the Apes, all of the apes get together to bring about change in a world where there otherwise seemed a disastrous end and with no space for their voice to be heard. They stuck together and step by step conquered their goals.

Be a shepherd, not a sheep.

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GeordyLand

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Absolutely loved my time here at the MalMaison Hotel on the Quayside in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne! Highly recommended.

Fantastic service, great location and the room was immaculate. The Quayside really is so beautiful, it reminded me of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge a little and made me emotional!

A pre-holiday getaway for my 21st birthday celebration was heaps of fun, and I would recommend the Diamond Strip to anyone who is visiting the area themselves for a pleasant evening out. Newcastle is a fantastic place, and it felt very different listening to the Northern accent but I couldn’t get enough of it! I love to see different cultures and notice the differences in the same country, but surprisingly enough the prices were pretty similar and the people were equally as friendly. 20140413-172921.jpg

 

20140413-172942.jpgThis photograph was taken during the day and ‘slightly’ resembled Sydney’s Harbour. An unforgettable day, and the only down-side is the fact that I will soon be one year older!

 

The future of journalism and life in the newsrooms

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At my NUJ conference, there was a long speech delivered to us by a panel of experts within the industry. They spoke of their experiences and also suggestions about the changing face of the profession, and where they could realistically see the future leading to.

There was a huge emphasis on the fact that journalism is all moving online now, and we either keep up or we are left behind. The rush and persistency in efforts were highlighted, as journalists face increasing pressures to turn their stories over quick. This mean that the vast majority of news stories came from larger, and recognised ‘trustworthy’ sources, such as Press Association, Reuters and numerous PR companies. Light shun on the authenticity of these stories as a debatable factor, but this is an aspect within the career that has become a ‘norm’ as daily activity in the newsroom.

Is this a good thing? Isn’t the job of a journalist to report – truthfully – the happenings of the world to the public for their own interest, holding the powerful to account? How do we know that we can trust these ‘external’ sources by not verifying the stories ourselves?

Journalism is definitely under threat, but on the opposing hand many doors have been opened for us in ways which were never previously known such as social media jobs, a responsibility to write news stories online and managing online blogs.

It definitely has it’s pros and cons, but it’s down to us – the upcoming generation – to shape things the way we want and change the face in a way that is more acceptable, trusted and accountable in every way.

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NUJ Conference in Eastbourne

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The National Union of Journalists held a fantastic event in Eastbourne at the Winter Gardens venue last week. Becoming a recent member of the union I thought this would be a great chance for me to meet the other members, as well as learning new knowledge about the Journalism industry. Getting up at 4am to travel down to the bottom of the country I was looking forward to the ‘unknown’, and despite the tiredness washing over me I kept on smiling.

Arriving bright and early I checked into my hotel across the road from the venue for the conference. Sharing a room with a stranger was something I was used to, and luckily enough we got on absolutely perfectly. We had loads in common, including the fact that she goes to the University of Westminster!

The conference was both insightful and compelling, and from the moment I entered the venue we were all welcomed with open-arms, and chauffeured to the correct location. We listened to some in-depth industry talks – including The Future of Journalism and other speeches from people within the working profession – and we had the chance to ask questions and take notes simultaneously.

I would definitely advise anyone to get involved in the NUJ! You get to go along to great events for free as well as having that forever-lasting support throughout your career no matter who you work for. It’s kind of like an insurance policy, and you have the perfect people within your radar ready to assist you with any challenge you might face. Networking is essential to growth, and it really does make you feel alive when you surround yourself with like-minded people. Finishing the night off swiftly, we all sat down to watch an exclusive stand-up show: Mark Thomas. I can honestly say I have never been so blown away by a comedian in all my life, and I have huge plans to follow him in the foreseeable future. A must watch!

Embarking on new adventures: just what I am all about as a person. It lifts me, gives me a strong emotion that I basically find very difficult to explain. So many people question the fear of challenging yourself and having that courage to just get up and go, but don’t let that override determination to achieve exactly what you want to. We can have and be whatever we wish to; once we are ready.
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SU Ball – University of Westminster

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I have always dreamed of a fairytale night at a ball – something similar to Cinderella’s style – and prior to my university ball, I had never been to something so prestigious.

The University of Westminster, on the 4th of April, held the end of year student ball at the Oval Cricket Ground in Kennington. Going out to shop for my dress was extremely fun, and of course I chose the perfect one for me. Anyone who knows me needn’t ask what colour it was because it was certain that I would choose pink. Making the whole night memorable from start to finish I decided to get my hair and make-up done, alleviating any ‘getting ready’ time and pressure making the whole experience more enjoyable. If you’re going to do it, do it properly right?

I had a fantastic time, and despite arriving late at the venue due to the hectic traffic London throws on you, myself and my friend made a pretty good entrance. Dressed as princesses we began the night as we meant to go on, drinking champagne and feeling a million dollars.

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A Messed Up Generation

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Communicating can be difficult at times when technology and distance hold a strain on that line, when you have no internet or that person is miles apart. We’ve all heard that saying:

Distance makes the heart grow fonder.

But does it? Does not seeing that person for a long period of time make you get used to spending your time without them? It’s a hard one to figure out. Most of the time it depends on the strength of the bond that you have with that person, and how you stay in contact throughout the hard times.

I read something not so long ago about how times have changed so much from the – what we would consider as – ‘older days’, where it is a lot easier to just give up and move on rather than figure things out. The options available to us and our generation as a whole are overwhelming. We have endless opportunities open to us, and the digitisation of the new media has facilitated these processes by miles. Is it a good thing that we have become a nature full of resignation and acceptance? Rather than standing up for what we truly want and believe in we just nod our heads and say okay. What happened to fighting for what you love?

Communication is the key to all problems. If you talk and you can be open with someone, you will generally find that the understanding between you is so transparent there is no room for confusion and mis-communication. You need to both be reading on the same page, and that’s when speaking your mind is – by far – such a brilliant thing. When you know where you stand with someone you feel free, free in any way that may be. You can move on, you can continue your day and that issue isn’t the first or last thing on your mind.

As a girl, we are mad for over-analysing things. We like to look deep and really depict the reasons behind ‘why’ something has happened rather than just accepting that it has. Guys on the other hand, stereotypically, are quite literal. A girl when she is upset may tell a guy “Go away, leave me alone!” and a guy will say okay “Okay no problem.” But the girl doesn’t really want that, she just wants the emotional attention. Then before we know it we are in a complete mess. A complete messed up situation with broken communication.

Rather than accept that there is a dent in something, make it better. Improve it. Then before we know, it we will be a generation full of joy, happiness, laughter and understanding: all the things that make us feel alive inside, and of course, complete.

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