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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A 'kind' of difference

If I was asked what one thing I would want to change in the world, I would be sitting here all day trying to cut down the list. I would want to find a cure to all diseases and illnesses, eradicate poverty and hunger in third-world countries and find homes and enough money for homeless people so they can enjoy their lives. They are just a few of the many things I would want to change! 
Something that may be a little closer to home for some of us is bullying. Bullying is something that makes me really upset. To be honest, I don’t quite understand why we can’t all get along. I mean, I get the fact that we are all different and unique and sometimes our personalities clash with other people’s, but why do we hate? Why do we get jealous? Why do we talk behind each other’s backs? Because let’s face it, girls are good at doing that! Why do we hurt each other’s feelings? Why do we back stab? 
If only we could live in a world without sin and where we could all just get along! Or at least, not hurt each other; whether that be physically or emotionally. We need to lift each other up, not tear each other down.
Not many people realise how hurtful their words can be. Sometimes we push that one little joke a bit too far. Bullying hurts. Studies show that most bullies pick on other people because they were bullied once upon a time or they are insecure about themselves. As much as we may want to hate these people and tell everyone how mean they are, we shouldn't. It's hard to love your enemies, but there is one way you can show them that you aren't letting what they say get to you and make you upset. Smile. At them. All the time. No, I don't mean stare at them in a creepy way with a massive grin on your face for the whole of Science class! :P I mean, make it obvious that you are happy regardless of their words and actions. They don't like seeing you happy, so smile your little face off! :D 
We can make a difference! Ok, so it might not be finding the cure to cancer, but just by being kind to each other we can spread the love. It isn't hard. Maybe challenge yourself to make a new friend this week? Change begins with you and me. Today. Let's do this! :)

Keep smiling. x

Friday, August 3, 2012

Challenge Accepted.

I was reading an article the other day about being confident and happy and then sharing that with other people. It was really interesting. Let me warn you, this next bit will probably sound cliché, but I have decided to make a pact with myself. I am going to aim to make at least one person genuinely happy. Every. Single. Day.
Don’t get me wrong, I usually try to do this anyway, but I have realised that I’ve been getting pretty slack as of late. For example, if I wake up feeling like crap one morning, then I will rock up to school without a smile on my face and I will be really quiet – and if you know me well enough, that isn’t the usual me. Let me introduce you to the “real me”.
I’m loud. I’m crazy. I’m out-going. I talk way too much. I embarrass myself on countless occasions by saying really cheesy jokes. I have my fair share of blonde moments, despite the fact I have brown hair. I love smiling. I will talk to anyone and everyone. I laugh a lot and there is a slight chance that I might just be um...completely insane! But hey, I guess that’s just me!
It’s funny though, when I am having a crap day everyone seems to notice that I am not acting myself. They will all ask me what’s wrong and sometimes my bad mood might even rub off on them. After reading the article, I had one of those ‘epiphany’ things; a sudden realisation. I realised that your mood can potentially spread to other people and I hated the fact that I could have been doing that.
So, I have created a challenge for myself. To make at least one person happy each day! Whether that be my family, my friends, the same person I see at the bus stop each week or even a complete stranger! I love making new friends and I love seeing people smile, but even more than that, I love being the reason why they are smiling. I believe it is one of the best feelings in the world. Despite what mood I am in when I wake up, I am not going to let that ruin my day and possibly ruin someone else’s. Everyone deserves to feel special and I am going to do whatever I can to make as many people smile and ultimately happy!
Challenge accepted. Let’s spread the smiles.
Keep smiling. x

Tuesday, July 10, 2012



This week has been crazy so far and it is only going to get even crazier as it progresses.
STORMco stands for 'Service To Others Really Matters'. It is a team of people who get together and help out by serving others.
During these school holidays, the Kellyville STORMco team are running a Local Kidsclub in North-Kellyville from 10am - 12pm.

Have bored kids sitting at home these school holidays?
Send them to Kidsclub! :)

Yesterday was our first day and we had 74 kids rock up with smiling faces - that were soon disguised as tigers, butterflies, spiders and lots of other fancy creations at the face painting station! Thankfully the weather was beautiful and the sun was shining! :)

Today, we had a massive 92 kids running to Kidsclub, excited for another awesome day! Despite the cold weather and all the fog, the rain held off and we were able to still play games outside and the kids had a ball!

The kids are split up into three different colour groups depending on the age bracket they fit in to. There are three activities that the groups rotate to every twenty minutes. There is Master Chef, which obviously involves cooking some quick, tasty treats that the kids can eat during the day or if they are feeling super nice, take home to show Mum and Dad before they completely devour it. 

Another activity is Craft, where the kids get to let their crazy imaginations wild. They have been personalising some mirrors to hang on their bedroom doors at home and made some really cool key rings today! 

The third activity is Sport - a time where the kids just go insane. Just when you think they have no energy left...they prove you wrong. Same goes for the Games Activity Leaders The kids love to get involved and just seeing their faces with huge smiles on them makes my day.

I am so grateful to be a part of the STORMco Team! As the leader of the Registration team, I get to talk to a lot of the parents when they sign their kids in and out of Kidsclub.
A lot of the parents don't understand why this team (majority of which are school kids) would want to take time out of their own school holidays to do something like this. Instead of hanging out with friends and watching movies all day, we are playing with little kids and organising activities. The parents didn't seem to understand this...

OK sure...as individuals, we may not be getting paid for helping out and being a part of the STORMco Team, but you can't put a price on seeing all these kids so happy. Even if it is just one smile, you know straight away that all this hard work is completely worth it! :)

Keep smiling. x

Friday, June 29, 2012

Day 5 - Last Day at Work!


So today was my last day working at ACP. It was exciting, but at the same time, I was a little bit sad too. I had met some really nice people during my week there and they had taught me so much! I had experienced a lot too and I know that it really was an amazing opportunity!

The low-down on what I did today goes a little like this. The people at Woman's Day were out of the office until midday at a meeting, so I went back up to Roma on Level 10 from Good Health magazine. I helped her upstairs with some more gift wrapping and then had to walk all the way to Castlereagh Street, about three blocks away. Thank goodness I chose to wear my flat shoes after ten minutes of contemplating whether to wear heels or flats earlier that morning!

I had to collect a handful of magazines from the other ACP office and then walk back with them...and yes, they got very heavy after a while! I discovered muscles in my arms that I never knew existed until now.

When I got back to the ACP office on Park Street, I delivered the bunch of mags to Roma and then had to make my way around the whole building and collect a list of magazines she had written down for me to get from the different floors. It took me about half an hour.

Once I finished, I was on my way back to Roma when she met me in the elevator, along with about six other overly-excited women. Something exciting was obviously happening! She was quick to inform me that Cosmo was having a sale on their beauty products. I told her I didn't have my wallet with me, but she pulled me along with her anyway. I picked out three products for only $6 and paid her back afterwards. There were flat irons available for just $14. Perfumes with very fancy names for just under $10 and nail polish, creams, make-up and deodorant for a small $2! It was "cray-cray", as one of the ladies in the long queue to enter the small, busy room announced. Indeed it was. Not only was it quite 'cray-cray'. It was any make-up savvy woman's (er, or man's...) paradise.

By this stage, my tummy was telling me loud and clear that it was definitely lunch time! I text Mum and met her near the QVB for lunch, which was really good :) I went down to the Women's Weekly office and spoke to Ella for a while; thanking her for the week and all that jazz. She gave me a letter that I can put in my resume saying I did work experience for that week, which is great!

For the rest of the day, it was pretty chilled out. Roma took me on a tour of the building, which was awesome! She showed me the Gym downstairs - which was incredible! The whole bottom floor is a heated swimming pool and there are exercise bikes, boxing bags and yoga mats inside separate rooms. 

Roma also showed me the Kitchen in the basement. I was salivating as soon as I stepped foot in the room. A lady was pulling a massive leg of ham out of the oven and it smelt absolutely amazing. It made me wonder what they do with all the food they cook once they have photographed it for the magazines. I would be more than happy to do any necessary taste-testing :P

We then went back up to Level 10 and I read through some magazines and then helped out another lady from Good Health with typing up some spreadsheets. I said my final goodbyes to everyone - mmm, all sounds very dramatic, I know. They gave me some goodies to take home with me, which was really sweet. They wished me good luck with my studies at school and hoped to see me in the near future.

So all-in-all, my week at ACP Magazines has definitely been an amazing week! I have met so many people, learnt so many things and I know that I will never forget this opportunity. They even said I am more than welcome to come back and work for them again! Umm...yay! :D All smiles at this end!

Keep smiling. x

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day 4 - In the Office


Worked in a different department today. Grazia and That's Life on Level 11 - yes, I am slowly working my way up the building! :P I have been meeting lots of new people and learning lots of new things! It was however, a very long day and they kept me extremely busy that is for sure!

I began with removing lip gloss palettes from a piece of cardboard and then putting them in piles of five, so that I could count them later. I finished two boxes and counted over 200.

I went out for lunch and met a couple of my friends, which was really good! I returned to the office and had to sort through some mail; staple cheques to letters, all obviously very riveting things.

Just when I thought I was done, the lady - Tamika, gave me another two boxes of lipgloss palettes. *insert long sigh here*
It was the same procedure as before. Remove them from the cardboard, put them into piles, count them and then stack them in a box. I finally finished at 3pm and altogether there were 959 palettes of lipgloss! I think I have seen enough lippy to last me a lifetime!

For the next hour I sorted through clothing they had used in a photo shoot for the Grazia magazine and had to sort them into piles according to their sizes. Then I had to wrap them up in bubblewrap. Yes...bubblewrap >:D mwahaha! I am not too sure if the rest of the people in the office at the time were all that impressed with me being in control of a huge roll of bubblewrap, but it was oh-so entertaining!

And that was my second last day in the office for the week! No creepy old guys today...yay!

Keep smiling. x

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Day 3 - Women's Weekly Office!


So today was pretty hectic! A good hectic though! It kept me busy and I had plenty of things to do. I must admit, after the past two days of just typing Ed's Mentions into a spreadsheet, I wasn't all too keen on coming in to work today. However...I got a bit excited when Ella told me that I was doing something different today! :)

Instead, my first task for the day was to distribute a whole heap of July Women's Weekly mags to a variety of companies. I had to write the address on a big envelope and put the correct amount of magazines inside, then seal it off, all ready to be sent off! That took me just over an hour.

Then, Ella shot around a quick email to everyone asking if they needed a "lovely, amazing, awesome intern" (er, or maybe she just wrote "intern" but hey...it doesn't hurt to stretch the story a bit yeah?) to help with any jobs that needed to be done. Within ten minutes, a lady from Level 10 had replied, asking for an extra pair of hands.

Oooh, I was going to visit another level! How exciting?! :P It is actually quite funny though. It's as if each level higher you go in the building, the harder it is to find your way around. It's like a more complicated maze to navigate through!
After asking a couple of friendly people I like to call my 'Workplace GPS friends' (they happen to change every day), I finally found Romi, the lady from Good Health magazine that needed my trusty assistance.

She was extremely nice! She asked me lots of question, talked to me a lot and taught me so much! I learnt lots of new things and some very interesting statistics about magazines. I helped her with some printing and binding and then had my lunch break.

Ha! Lunch break. Now, that's another story!
So, I walked to the two-storey McDonald's on the corner to eat my lunch somewhere else rather than at my desk. I walked upstairs and sat down at the only spare table - which happened to have two chairs. I was eating my lunch and texting on my phone, then suddenly a man stood opposite me and asked me if any one was sitting in the other chair. I shook my head, so he sat down. I took a bite of my food. He took a bite of his food. After a while, it sort of felt like he was mimicking me! Mmm, awkward. Little did I know, things were only going to get more uncomfortable.

The man was probably in his late 30s and was from Pakistan. He started talking to me, "So how is your day?" It was hard to understand him, because of his very strong accent, so the majority of the time I just smiled and nodded and a lot of the time he looked at me funny - so I am guessing it was then that I shouldn't have smiled or nodded.

I told him that my day was good and asked him how his was. He then started a conversation with me, telling me how he had arrived in Australia only last week and that he doesn't know anybody here and is looking for some friends.
"Don't worry, I am sure you will find some good friends soon enough!" I said. He smiled at me and said, "So, can we be friends?" I didn't really know what to say at this point. I had known this man for about a minute and had been staring at his fillet-o-fish that he was dipping in the container of tartae sauce, only about a million times.

I said, "Umm yeah ok." He asked me what my name was and commented on how "nice" it was. I think I can recall his name being something along the lines of "Aasrakjzajkcoinqjglq". Or something similar to that.
At this stage, I was beginning to feel a bit uncomfortable. I fiddled with my phone for a bit and then he asked me for my phone number. The first thing that crossed my mind was: "Jess. I think I can hear Mum calling you!" (In other words...get the hell out of here!) I know he was probably just being friendly. Maybe that is what they do in Pakistan? But inside, I was just freaking out. So I tried to keep my cool and said, "Sorry, I don't have a mobile." Meanwhile, there I am burying my phone into my lap and switching it to 'silent'. He looked at me as if to say, 'I'm not stupid', so I told him I only have an iPod, so I can't make or recieve calls.
He sighed, muttered something, got up and put something in the bin. This was my chance. I made a run for it. I got up and put my rubbish in the bin and then subtly continued walking down the stairs and straight out the door. I was now speed-walking back to work. I sat down on a couch in the reception area of the building and a lady came and sat next to me. Initial thought: you better not be a crazy fruitloop too!

We had a conversation for about twenty minutes and she was... lovely! :) Thank God! I was very relieved. I returned to work with Romi after I had wished my new friend at reception good luck with her job interview. I helped Romi gift wrap some magazines, so that she could send them to some other advertising companies and then helped another lady in the same department organise some showbags and empty some boxes full of goodies. I even got to take home some of the July issues of a handful of mags and a cute little water bottle!

Before I knew it, it was 4pm and I was ready to go home. A crazy day indeed, but much more exciting than the past couple. I am in for a good nights' sleep tonight, that's for sure.

Keep smiling. x

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Day 2 - Women's Weekly Office!


Yep...I spoke too soon. So Day 2 at the office! I walked in and had literally just sat down when they told me I had to do Ed's Mentions again for the July mag. This one took me two hours! Yes. Very intense.

I met up with a friend at Maccas for my lunch break, which was good! We did some people-watching...you know, as you do!

I started walking back to work and unfortunately it was raining. AND being the nice person I am...I had given a lady in the office my umbrella to lend, so that she could grab some lunch from the shops, but by the time I needed to go meet with my friend, she hadn't returned. Meaning...HEEEELLLOOOOO FRIZZY HAIR! -.- and, that's only after being outside for a minute or two!

Got back to work and then was given another job to do! Sort out roughly 300 magazines in chronological order according to their release dates. It took me about an hour to get half of it done!

So, that was day number two in the office! Quite similar to yesterday really, but it was alright. The environment at work is very friendly and everyone has a very happy and positive attitude, so it is a fun place to be!

Looking forward to tomorrow!

Keep smiling. x

Monday, June 25, 2012

Day 1 - Women's Weekly Office!


You know that feeling, right? When you can't stop moving. You feel really jittery. No matter how tight you tense every muscle in your body, your legs still shake. Well, that happened to me this morning. I was sitting on the bus on the way to work at ACP magazines and I started getting this feeling.
Perhaps I was just cold? Nerves? Excited? Maybe. Personally, I think it was all three!

I didn't know what I was going to be expecting. Work experience week had finally arrived and I couldn't have asked for anything better! I was going to be working in the offices of Women's Weekly for a whole week!

Fast forward to 9:30am and I am hopping off the bus, walking to work. I went up to the front desk and collected my oh-so-fancy swipe card. You'd think since it is a swipe card, it would be easy to understand how to use it. Mmm, that's what I thought too. I tried swiping it. Didn't work. I turned it around and swiped it. Nope. Flashed it in front of this sensor thing. Nup. After what felt like hours, the cute little glass gate-type things opened and let me through. Ha, luckily I wasn't running late!

I walked out of the elevator onto Level 4 and met Ella - the lady I would be working with for the next week. I felt like a midget standing next to her, but I suppose her three-inch heels didn't help!

She showed me to my desk and of course, with my luck, some technical difficulties with my computer began. After we sorted it all out, I started work! My first thing to do was to read through four of the latest issues of Woman's Day and find any Editorial Mentions. Let's pause here for a second...an "editorial mention" is when the editor has mentioned a product or brand in the magazine, but that company didn't personally ask them to include it.
Still not clicking? I will dumb it right down for you...it is an advertisement that hasn't been paid for.
So that is what I spent my first four hours at work doing. Yes, it took that long! Flicking through every single page of four magazines and recording every Ed's Mention can take a while!

So, that was my first day on the job! :) I got to speak to the Editor-in-Chief as well! She was really nice! I gave her a few copies of some small newsletters I make in my spare time and she said she would have a flick through them and give me some pointers.

Hopefully, I won't be doing Ed's Mentions ALL day tomorrow...we'll see.

Keep smiling. x

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The work experience


I am currently in Year 10 at school and after months of trial and error in regards to seeking work experience, I was beginning to lose all hope! I have had a passion for writing for a looong time and when I finally got an email back from Women's Weekly saying that there was a place available for me...let's just say I jumped up and down a bit (insert happy dance here).

After almost giving up completely, I was so excited to finally have something come together! This week coming up is going to be super crazy for me, but uber exciting at the same time! YAY! :)

Why am I telling you this, you may ask? Here is why! No matter what your passion and dreams are, whether that be to open a 5-star hotel in a hundred different countries, write a book, change the world or be a garbage collector...you can achieve your dreams (big or small!), if you truly believe in them and follow your heart! We all have a purpose and you can do whatever you set your mind to!

"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve." - Napoleon Hill
Keep smiling. x

Friday, June 22, 2012

Crazy, out-going, happy girl? Enter: Me.

Hey, name's Jess.

I truly think that writing stuff down helps you to clear your head and is a way of expressing your inner-most feelings and emotions in a creative way. I have enjoyed writing for a long time and one day hope to work in a magazine!

I am new to this whole 'blogging' world, so thought I would introduce myself. 
I am not your typical teenager. I don't go out on a Friday night partying hard, smoking and doing drugs. To be honest, I don't even see how that is labelled in our society today as even being "cool". What's so cool about getting drunk and waking up tomorrow not remembering what you did last night? Instead, I have my own set of beliefs that I stick by...

I believe you don't know what you've got til it's gone.
I believe what doesn't kill you makes you a stronger and better person.
I believe that you should live your life to the fullest!
I believe that God never lets you go through something that He doesn't think you can handle.
I believe in living your dreams.
I believe long pants should never be worn with thongs.
I believe there is no such thing as the "perfect body" and that your imperfections are what makes you beautiful!
I believe a smile is a girls' best accessory.
I believe the best things in life are free.
I believe in long hugs where neither of you let go.
I believe you can do whatever you set your mind to.
I believe in miracles.

Keep smiling. x