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Work hard, reap the rewards.

I have had one of the best days of my life today. Well, best afternoon to be more precise! Today I found out something so exciting that made me jump up and down and smile non-stop for hours. My friend told me he’d seen another piece of my writing published in the New Zealand Herald College Herald!!! At first I was really confused and thought he just meant the last piece I had published, but then he was like “the one about your Grandma” and instantly I knew he wasn’t joking because how would he have known? After our year 11 and 12 class plays (which were great by the way) I stopped by the supermarket with mum on the way home and bought a copy of today’s Herald and this months issue of Girlfriend magazine which I’d been told I was going to be in (exciting coz I actually got to write my own story). I told mum that if I become successful in Journalism it’ll probably become quite costly for her haha.

Sure enough, I opened the herald and found this:

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This has been particularly exciting for me as Breast Cancer is something so close to me as I’ve lost my Grandmother and currently have a very close (and young) relative battling it. I’m trying to help raise awareness and for that to be in the New Zealand Herald just meant so much.

Secondly, I was super stoked to firstly just be in the same issues as Katy Perry! hahaha, that sounds ridiculous, but I think she’s amazing.

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I opened it up and saw my piece and it looks so beautiful and so bright and colourful 🙂 I couldn’t have been more pleased.

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I also got some part-time work in the holidays at the local Newspaper!!!! EXCITEMENT!!

Not bad for a days work, eh? 😉

In other news…

My mother bought the most incredible… amazing… beautiful contraption I’ve ever seen in my life.

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It is funky and awesome and retro and rides like a dream! I took it for a 40 minute bike ride the day mum got it and it was amazing. It was the best exercise I’d had in ages because I was so content and happy and relaxed. I was just taking my time, enjoying the sunshine, watching people garden, walk the dogs, little kids play hide and seek as well as enjoying the beautiful smells of spring and fresh flowers blooming. Nothing could ever compare to the happiness I felt during that ride. In my previous blog I talked about ways to make exercise fun and I think this new bike may just be my spring and summertime love. I’m selling my scooter (because I never use it) and will by my own vintage bicycle for myself. If you think biking is lame, then quite frankly YOU’RE the lame one. It is a great form of exercise, fast-paced and extremely invigorating. Be thankful for helmets as well because those things could save your life. NEVER cycle without one. Just read this post on Kelly’s blog to hear exactly WHY wearing helmets is so important.

Tomorrow afternoon I’ll probably take it for a bike ride after school, a long one and I’ll just cruise along and enjoy myself 🙂

August 31, 2010 at 9:08 am 4 comments

Find a way to make exercise fun

Exercise is so often viewed in a negative light. You think “oh I’m too lazy”, “oh it’s too hard”, “oh I can’t be bothered” and it’s really no surprise if you go out there, try to run when you hate running and then come home with a bad attitude. The best way to try and incorporate exercise into your life so it’s a regular part of your lifestyle is to find something you love. Find a sport or a hobby that’s physical and do that. You don’t necessarily need to go to the gym everyday and pump out 10k’s on the treadmill or on the stationary bike to stay fit and healthy and see results, and believe me you won’t stick with it with that cycle either. There are loads of fun things you can do for exercise and most of the time you don’t even realise you’re working out! One of my favourites is to go bush walking on a beautiful sunny day with my family or a close friend, I’m very nature-orientated as well as family-orientated so it ends up being a perfect combo for me. I get to see some beautiful sights (especially living in Whakatane, there are SO many beautiful places to check out), catch up with a friend or bond with a family member and get my heart rate pumping at the same time.

Bush walking isn’t the only option though, there’s Zumba if you’re into dancing and I’m pretty sure there are loads of classes in every town/city (I know for a fact that there’s a Zumba class every night somewhere in Whakatane), there’s Pilates which is more relaxed but still a CRAZY INTENSE workout if you’re not so keen on the overly physical side of exercise, take a friend or family member and go for a nice long walk (bring a dog if you have one too, you’ll both benefit) and loads more. You could even go on a leisurely bike ride with a friend and bring a picnic with you, with Summer fast approaching that one would be a really lovely idea. Just be creative and think of ways you can enjoy yourself outdoors rather than inside watching the tv or staring at the computer screen.

Today I stepped outside my comfort zone and tried something I’m not used to and have not done since I was a small child….

ROLLERBLADING!!!!

There are a few key components that are important for rollerblading:

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Drink Bottle

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A Snack (that’s a Herbalife protein bar) 

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The actual roller blades (I borrowed mine from a friend)

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A beautiful sunny day

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And a dorky attitude to prepare you for indeed, looking like a dork for a little bit

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I rollerbladed along the riverbank and was freaking out because I suck and haven’t roller bladed since I was a little kid so I was basically a beginner all over again. I must’ve looked so ridiculous initially and I nearly fell over while people were watching about three times. I was laughed at but oh well, I wasn’t embarrassed because everyone has to start somewhere, right? No one is perfect at anything first time round and I just thought to myself, hey, at least I’m out here DOING something instead of sitting on my backside at home doing nothing. I ended up really enjoying myself and it was great to see the noticeable difference in my skill level from when I first started to when I finished. I went for just under an hour but got bored pretty quickly. That’s an issue I have… serious boredom :/ I was starting to wish I’d packed my running shoes in my bag so I could’ve gone for a decent run after but I had no where to put my roller blades anyway and I wasn’t wearing running-appropriate gear.

Oh well, you live and you learn. I’ll carry on with rollerblading especially with summer approaching, but for future reference I’ll know to bring my running shoes and clothes along with me 😉

I have Jiu Jitsu tomorrow night which should be good and then Zumba on Friday night which should be super intense. Weather permitting I might go for a 10k run on Saturday, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Goodnight!

xoxo

August 25, 2010 at 4:01 am 1 comment

Solidarity

There was some drama in my household today regarding these three:

The Victim.

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The Culprit.

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The Hero.

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Since we got our new Puppy, Coco and Jazz have had a few altercations. Jazz isn’t tough enough to put Coco in her place and teach her a lesson about not messing with her, so Coco has taken to tackling Jazz, pinning her down and then proceeding to try and eat her… :/ This never happens to Lulu however because she very swiftly established the pecking order with Coco the day we got her, but as I said, Jazz isn’t that tough.

Lately Coco has been becoming more and more aggressive towards my baby Jazz and it’s been a growing concern to me coz as the Pup gets bigger I fear she may do some real damage to my poor kitty 😦 Today was particularly bad, Coco just wouldn’t let Jazz be and she kept chasing after her and trying to bite her and when I’d grab hold of the dog to let the Cat run, she’d just stay there! So there wasn’t very much I could do, even attempting to separate them wasn’t really working :/ So anyway, eventually it got too much for Lulu and she’d been sitting on her chair watching this injustice happen, and then she did something I have never ever in the whole 8 years that we’ve had her seen her do… She leapt off her chair (which is astounding in itself due to the fact that she can’t even jump up on the couch anymore due to her being obese lol) with such force it sent it flying across the room, and ONTO THE DOG and went CRAZY!! She had all her fur spiked up and it was a blur watching her attack the dog, complete with hisses and loud meows. The dog was terrified and when she finally managed to escape she ran whimpering to my Mum.

I hope that teaches her!

Mum and I were really glad because Coco has nearly killed Jazz and finally I hope this teaches her that EATING CATS IS BAD!!! It was so cute watching Jazz go to Lulu and let her lick her head. They have the cutest little relationship. Lulu really is a special cat though, she seems to actually have some sort of motherly instinct. I remember when my brother Sam was a new baby, whenever he’d cry she’d go to him and lick his head for ages until he stopped crying. SO CUTE.

It was awesome to see her sticking up for Jazz ^.^

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August 24, 2010 at 2:04 am 2 comments

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Hey there, my name's Jenny. I have a huge passion for cooking/baking, writing, yoga and photography. I love nature and my favourite thing to do is spend an entire day outside, breathing in crisp, fresh air. Even better if I have a pen and paper with me. I started out running in March 2009 but sustained an injury in October 2009 which has unfortunately prevented me from running. I've been experimenting with other kinds of exercise to find another one that clicks. Follow me on my journey to maintaining good health + surviving high school and pursuing a career in Journalism. I Hope you enjoy reading my blog!

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