Back to uni

For most, Uni has now started again here in Australia.

It is a time of great apprehension, excitement, clothing blunders and unmeasurable hope. This being my 5th year of uni, I’m quite used to the routine each new year brings, but I can still remember my first day and how I felt. It was for some stupid breadth subject that I absolutely loathed. It was such a waste of time but because of the Melbourne model we had to do it. It was probably at that time I thought “damn, should’ve gone to Monash”.

However, despite the many pointless subjects and stressful nights, I wouldn’t’ve had it any other way. And this is what I wish to tell my sister.

Yesterday was her first day and although it was uneventful and bland, I want her to know that uni will be some of the best days of her life. It is where i had the most fun and met the most incredible people and she will too.

I understand that when you start, it seems boring and totally overrated (at times it is 100%) but I don’t think many people look back on uni and think what a waste of time. Yes there are subjects (cough breadth cough) that are, but the lessons you learn, the person you find within yourself, will go with you even when you leave.

So if you too are starting Uni and are not looking forward to it, give it a chance. 3 or 4 years may seem like a long time, but in the grand scheme of things what’s a few years when finding out about yourself and the world? They will fly and before you know it, you’ll be working and looking back at your time now with a smile on your face.

So dress weird, cut your hair, travel, get a tattoo – whatever! Just enjoy 🙂

xo

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Melbourne’s top year

Far out! Another year practically done and dusted – how did that happen?

I’m finding myself ask the same question over and over again – why has this year gone so fast!

I can only assume that this poignant question will make a reappearance this time next year. #imgettingsoold

Yet even though this year has again come to a hurtling end, I thought it’d be nice to take a look back at all the amazing things that happened and pick the top things that made it so incredible, here we go:

Bar/Club
Melbourne is notorious for it’s nightlife which means that like everything else (as you will soon find out) it was difficult to choose a place. The place I chose was not new, but I had not been there before (not sure why really) and I loved it. It had food, cheap drinks and r’n’b all night long. Mr scruffs on Smith street, was definitely the best this year.

Book
I love books. They allow you to enter a world that is designed by you and nothing is impossible. I love them. And this year there were no shortages of incredible stories and personal bios which made this decision sooooooooooooo damn hard. In the end i couldn’t look past Girl on the Train. I love everything that incorporates mystery and suspense which I definitely found here.

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Song
Ok so my choices (as you are probably already finding out) stray 100% from the mainstream. Yes, it does say Melbourne’s top year, but since i’m in Melbourne and I had a top year these things will reflect my amazing year in Melbourne 🙂 Despite Spotify telling me that Cheap thrills by Sia was my fave song this year, I’m going to have to say that Otra Vez by Zion & Lennox (feat. JBalvin) was by far the best. Obviously it will never overtake Viva la vida, but for 2016, it did pretty well.

Movie
AAAHHHHH this is so difficult, probably more so than choosing a song. This year provided highs and lows with movies, yet the one that impacted me the most and caused me to think about my life in a much deeper way was Cowspiracy. While it’s not your average “movie”, it’s a documentary about how the agriculture sector is the leading cause of Global Warming and why no-one seems to want to stand up to the big meat bosses. Believe me, even you don’t change your eating habits it’ll open your eyes to much injustice occurring throughout the world.

TV Show
Ok so for this one I couldn’t decide between 2. This is us and Designated Surivor were 100% the best shows I came across this year and I can’t wait for the new seasons to start!

Images
1. Linda Xu via Unsplash

Forgetting happiness

How often do we find ourselves sitting down at a table or chair, or in front of a fridge wondering how it is that we got to that place? I know I’ve done it more times than I care to admit! The horrible thing about it is that we can’t remember – we can’t remember the thing that brought us to the place. We focus on why we are there so much we forget to stop, think, breathe and allow our minds to wander without the constraints of stress or anxiety.

Unfourtunately, I’ve found that this not only happens with random thoughts on the way to the kitchen, but with happiness too.

Society tells us that to be happy and successful in life we have to make money (albeit not explicitly). Don’t deny it. Every business, organisation and job is centred around how much money you make. If it weren’t about the money, why would you be looking for a better job?

Let me guess – to get a house, provide for your family, be financially stable, buy an investment, save for a holiday etc? They all require money. We get jobs to make money to buy what we think is essential for us to be happy in life when really, what we should try to do is take a step back, get the old photo album out and look at pictures of our childhood.

Childhood?  how random? I know.

I know that not everyone had a fantastic childhood – some had horrendous ones and prefer to forget it, but I’ve found that everyone during their childhood had one special memory, one special event or thought that triggered happiness -and it usually never had anything to do with money.

Children have a beautiful ability to see the world as one full of possibility, hope, love and happiness. They take pleasure in the small things whether it be a butterfly, the ocean or even a hug. They know what makes them happy and don’t forget it.

However, for some reason, as we grow up we lose that ability to know what makes us happy and seek it in the most mundane thing of all things.

Tell me something – what will be your legacy? What will people remember you for when you die? Your zest for life and it’s infectiousness? Or everything you owned but can’t take to the grave?

Thought of the day

“Transformation in vision and consciousness will automatically create favourable circumstances”

How often do you want something, but realise it’ll take a bit of hard work and effort so you decide you don’t really want it anymore?

Unfortunately I’ve done it more times than I’d care to admit!

I see or think of something that I want or want to do and as soon I see that it won’t happen straight away or I won’t get it straight away, I come up with excuses as to why it’s better that I don’t get it or do it.

Like baking a cake. I want to eat cake. I want to bake a cake – but can I really be bothered mixing a few ingredients together and then putting them in the oven? Usually the answer is no.

Recently, I have found that optimism is a virtue we as a society don’t work enough to spread and maintain. It’s quite easy to say, “be optimistic” or “see the silver lining” but in practice it is much harder. When you have a back breaking job, miserable friends or if you’re terminally ill, optimism is hard to come by.

Yet the wonders it can do for you when you apply yourself and commit to seeing the best in everything will truly transform your life and create favourable circumstances.

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I’ve seen and been on both ends of the optimistic spectrum and let me tell you that when you are down low and can’t see the sky, you have to find it in yourself to consciously make the decision that you will not be put down by what has been chucked at you. You have to choose to make that conscious effort to see the light, because once you do it will shine brighter and bolder.

Will it be easy? Ironically no. Being optimistic all the time is by far one of the most difficult things to do and it takes a lot of hard work. But If ever in your life you have wanted to strive for something, strive for optimism. Transform that negativity into positivity – the world will thank you for it and become a better place because of it.

I truly do believe that transforming how you see the world changes your life. Just make sure your vision isn’t darkened, rather transformed so it can always catch even the faintest ray of light.