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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.


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.

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

Just Write Recap Part 2

Sunday morning was harrrrd to rise from… The combination of two very very late night for me followed by an action packed day was getting to me. Nevertheless we needed to check out at 8.45am so I got up and moving. Showered, had breakfast and packed my bags. Leaving my favourite face-wash in the bathroom accidently on the way 😦
We headed to Global Focus Aotearoa after checking out to do some further research for our podcasts and to finish writing them.

The view from Capital House when we were leaving was pretty cool.

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Upon leaving we stopped to have a group photo.

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Once we’d written our podcasts some more we went into a conference room to have a workshop on “Eating The Media Lunch” which was all about what to expect when you flick on the news or open a newspaper. After that we went to Access Radio to record our podcasts!

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We got a tour of the radio station and taught about what everything is and how it works.

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My group were really really nervous but it went surprisingly well. After that we headed to civic centre for lunch!

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We had a feast and then decided to take one final group photo before heading back to Global Focus.

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Back at Global Focus we had a journalist come and speak to us about their journey to success and things to consider when going into the industry. It was really really thought provoking and enjoyable. At that point it was just about time for two of the group to head to the airport to catch their flights back home. We went through some goodbyes and then they were on their way and we got to talking about potential topics to write about and publishing opportunities. Before long it was time to head to the airport.

I was really nervous about flying home and my flights were both delayed for quite a long time that lead to some stress, but in the end I got home safely 🙂

It was an awesome weekend and an amazing opportunity that I was STOKED to get. I’m off on my P.E Ski Trip now so another 3 days without blogging. Enjoy the rest of the week!


August 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

Just Write Training Weekend Recap Part 1!

I have had the most AMAZING weekend of my entire life! This weekend was the weekend of the long-awaited Just Write training weekend as a part of my involvement in the Just Write project.
For those of you who don’t know what the Just Write project is, it’s a part of the Just Focus network (hosted by Global Focus) which aims to strengthen youth voices on important global issues in the New Zealand media.

10 students were selected to take part after an application process. I was one of the lucky ones chosen!

On Friday night I flew down to Wellington after school, and let me just say that before then I had NEVER EVER flown in a plane before. I was so nervous! I had no idea what to expect and I was convinced I was going to lose my luggage or miss my connecting flight to Wellington.
I checked in at the Whakatane airport and waited anxiously.

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Eventually it was time to board the plane and after much reassurance from the staff that I would be fine and all would run smoothly, I felt comfortable getting on the plane. It was tiny! It seated 20 people and it was very loud. I was amazed when we took off and looked out the window to see all the land beneath us and I was so stunned at the sight, it was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before and it felt surreal. I also got to watch a WICKED sunset.

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The trip went super fast and we landed in Auckland and I rushed to catch my connecting flight to take me to Wellington. It was in a MUCH bigger plane this time- and Boeing 747 and it was complete with flight attendants and refreshments! haha. That trip also flew by (like my pun? 😉 lol) and before I knew it we were preparing for landing in Wellington. I didn’t have a clue where to go and a lovely man who I’d made friends with on the flight took me to baggage claim- bless him- otherwise I would’ve been wandering around like a headless chicken. It was at baggage claim that I first met two of the people involved, Jamie (a team member) and Mel, one of the coordinators.

We left the airport once I’d gotten my bags and we went to collect Hells Pizza for dinner before heading to the Capital House where we were staying. As soon as we met the rest of the team there was instant chemistry. We all got along from the moment we met and we connected in such an amazing way. There was no awkward small talk and we hit it off right away. We had a great dinner and then head to our rooms to settle in before coming back down to watch some short films with powerful messages and to eat some delicious fair trade chocolate 🙂

The view of the Wellington lights from my room was AMAZING!!! I tried to capture it on camera but it doesn’t even come CLOSE to doing it justice.

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Watching the movies was great and they held some really really powerful messages. We all talked about a lot of really huge issues that related to the messages in them and didn’t end up getting to bed until 11.30!!! I slept solidly and was up early the next day to prepare for the action-packed day ahead.

Here’s a day-time view from my room:

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We got straight into things at 9am in our conference room which looked like this:

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We started with a session on Globalisation and how we’re involved, also the key word: Interconnectedness! I could go on for pages on each session, but for the sake of my time and yours I’ll keep the main points pretty simple.

After that we had a workshop on writing basics, things like how to actually WRITE a piece. Relevance, audience, tone, structure and tone. Following that we had a workshop on writing basics part 2 which included interviewing people and researching.

Then we had a session on learning about the Official Information Act and how we can utilise that to the best of our ability. Each workshop ran for 1.5-2 hours and in between we ate LOTS of food.

like this: (my lunch)

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We were fed so well the whole day with scones, cake, what you can see above and more! It was a feast at every meal!

After lunch we decided to get some fresh air and give our minds a chance to recover from the cramming of information we’d had all day. We went for a walk to explore the Capital House grounds.

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Then it was back to work to start planning our podcasts. We had to think of a theme and then branch off from there to think of our own individual podcasts. In amongst all that we managed to lose like, an hour or two and then it was afternoon tea, back to planning and then we had to get ready to go out for dinner and to see a show called “Dog Sees God” at Bats theatre.

We went to see Parliament and have some photos:

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Then we headed to a food court to get some eats before the show.

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We had quite a wait at Bats before the show started and gave us all a chance to kick back and have some bonding time. We had some good laughs 😀

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The show was AWESOME! The acting was amazing and we all really really enjoyed it. It ended up running a lot later than we expected, but it was well worth it. Once again we had a very late night but an excellent day full of useless information which I think will REALLY help me with my writing which means you can look out for improved articles from me. I’m working on a brand new one at the moment which I’m very excited about.

Stay tuned for part 2 which covers Sunday!

Goodnight, xoxo

August 9, 2010 at 4:54 am 1 comment

It’s all happening this week.

I have had possibly one of the most exciting weeks of my life. Remember that College Herald competition that I’ve been harping on about for weeks? Yeah well one of my stories was chosen to be published 😀 I was so so ecstatic when I found out! I also won a $100 JB-Hi-Fi gift voucher!! For anyone who knows this store and who knows me, they’ll completely understand what a HUGE deal that is. I see a new Ipod in my future!! 😀

I found a copy of the paper it was in and photocopied the page. Nothing will ever compare to the elation I felt when I read my name in bold lettering under the title and above the body of a story I’d written, published in a national paper that is read by upwards of half a million people every day. It only proceeded to further solidify that this is what I want to be doing with my life, it’s the career path I’m going to follow.

Guess which story was chosen? THIS one. I’m so happy! It’s the first submission I made and I am quite proud of it so I’m very glad to see that in the Herald. This couldn’t have come at a more convenient time as I will be applying for Wintec at the end of the week. Also, this Friday I am flying down to Wellington to embark on my training weekend for the Just Write project!!! 😀 The time has finally come, and the combination of being published in the Herald and getting the opportunity to be involved in this training weekend should dramatically increase my chances of being accepted.

In other news… Here are some photos I’ve taken recently. Winter is good for one thing and one thing only… Interesting pictures.

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I think I’m going to start going back to Jujitsu as well. I have a new friend who’s interested in going with me so that’s new motivation and potential fun 🙂 I’ll keep you updated.

Hope you’ve all had a good start to August!



August 2, 2010 at 5:24 am 2 comments

Short Films

Recently I have had a growing interest in short film. It kind of sparked about a month or two ago and I started watching a few videos on youtube and reading some information on the internet about how to create them, what different kinds there are and what you need. I never bothered to try anything because it all seemed way out of my league and a huge undertaking to get anything done, but when the teacher of my Elective, Digital Film, explained that we would be making our OWN short films throughout the duration of this term, my hopes were ignited. She explained how simple it can be to create just something small with a small idea and have it be up to three minutes long. I also learnt about Stop-Motion film, a kind that I’d never considered before.

We watched some videos in class and I immediately decided that it is a form of film that I would definitely like to have a go at. Here are a few of the stop-motion films we watched in class:

Pretty amazing huh??! These people are so talented!!! I’d give anything to be that talented! I guess it’s all practice and experience 🙂 Maybe I’ll get there one day…

Anyway, speaking of which, today I went out and bought a cute little Polly Pocket set to use for a stop-motion film and tonight I tried my hand at it.




It is SO not as easy and smooth as they make it look in the videos!!! It’s a very long, slow process that involves a lot of tweaking and photo taking. I created a 51 second video and it’s rugged as. It’s nowhere near as smooth transitioning as the ones you see above. I did my best though and did what I could given my lack of experience and aching back, neck and knees. Also, Polly Pockets turn out to be rather difficult to “tweak” :/ It’s hard to get them to cooperate efficiently lol. The hardest part actually was trying to keep the camera balanced and not move anything so that the picture wouldn’t change too dramatically in the wrong ways. Clearly I did not do that well, but like I said, I did my best!

Here’s the video I made:

I sort of gave up in the end. But hey, it’s a start! Right?

I really look forward to creating some more and trying some new ideas. I have a lot brewing and I’m excited to practice so that maybe one day in a few years time I’ll be producing works of art like those examples I showed you.

Do you have any interest in film? Have you ever tried to create a short film before? What’s your favourite short film that you’ve ever seen?

July 24, 2010 at 9:09 am 2 comments

Article: The Pressures of Media and Society on Body Image


It has become hugely evident over the years the change and shift in the way women view themselves and their bodies. We’ve become a totally media dominated world and whether we’d like to admit it or not, we’re all influenced by the things we see and hear.
Body Image is something that is constantly causing a stir and creating controversy. No matter how we try to avoid it, we are surrounded by magazines bearing covers with beautiful, stick-thin models wearing the latest “trends”, with stand out headlines on how we can “Burn Fat Faster Now!” or “Lose 5kg’s by Friday!”. Television shows such as “The Hills” and “Vanity Lair” show us the only way to be beautiful, memorable and successful is to look a certain way. It seems that we’re never ever good enough.

The pressure has just been constantly increasing, whether it’s a conscious act or subconscious. There have been magazines that have tried to create more publicity for themselves by advertising that they’re starting a “body love” movement to give us the idea they’re changing and advertising “real” women. There was one magazine that advertised on their front cover that the cover-girl was untouched and realistic. Well, how realistic was it really? The cover girl happened to be the former Miss Universe, so of course she would look absolutely beautiful just as she is! What kind of message is this sending out to all of their readers? That even untouched we should look absolutely perfect?

Looks like that magazine took two steps back as opposed to one step forward.

It seems ironic to me that through all this publicity of employing a healthy body image, the media are presenting us with photos of perfectly healthy looking celebrities, and making a huge issue out of calling them “fat” or saying they’ve “let themselves go” just because they gained a few extra kilograms. How is that supposed to make us feel? Take for example, Mischa Barton. This A-lister has a love-hate relationship with the media for the different lights in which they show her. One minute they say she’s looking “frail and gaunt” and the next they claim she’s “bloated and barely recognizable”, what about those women out there who are naturally that size? How would they react to reading such things? It sounds like like the media need to make a decision about which angle they’re going to come from- healthy body image? Or over-analysing weight fluctuation and size?

My own experience with the pressures of media and society on body image has not been a pleasant one. I’ve battled with disordered eating due to hating my body shape because i’m of the curvier end of the spectrum, not one to be highly praised and sought after. I would starve myself for days on end and then become miserable and so depressed because I was hungry, tired and obviously seeing no results that I’d give up and binge on unhealthy foods that would give me instant satisfaction, but make me feel worse in the long run. It took a very long time before I was able to separate myself from the media and societal pressures to learn to love myself in the skin I’m in, and I was only able to achieve that after adopting a healthy eating and regular exercise routine. Because of the way our views of body image have been manipulated and warped, what should come so easy to us- a healthy frame of mind- now requires extensive work to achieve.

It’s hugely disheartening to see the changes that have been made to the way women view themselves over the years, it’s tragic that beautiful women are unable to recognize their amazing qualities because they’re too caught up in stressing over what they ate for lunch or whether they’ll fit into a size 8 pair of jeans.
We shouldn’t be focusing on the “ideal” body shape or weight, which is simply unattainable for the vast majority of females. How long can we sit around and allow this brain-washing to happen? When is someone truly going to take a stand and start transforming the way we view ourselves? Let’s hope it’s soon because sooner or later the damage will be irreversible.

May 31, 2010 at 9:44 am 2 comments

Day 2- Your Favourite Movie

This is EASY! There is one movie that I loved from the moment I saw it right until the hundredth, it extremely intense, stirs up huge amounts of emotion and is one that I firmly believe should be shown throughout high school all over the world.

I present to you…. Thirteen!!!

This film honestly stirs up more emotion in my heart than any other film I’ve seen. It’s so frighteningly realistic and sad… SO well done though. Here’s a brief synopsis:

At the edge of adolescence, Tracy is a smart straight-A student–if not a little naive (it seems…she smokes and she cuts to alleviate the emotional pain she suffers from having a broken home and hating her mom’s boyfriend, Brady.) When she befriends Evie, the most popular and beautiful girl in school, Evie leads Tracy down a path of sex, drugs and petty crime (like stealing money from purses and from stores). As Tracy transforms herself and her identity, her world becomes a boiling, emotional cauldron fueled by new tensions between her and her mother–as well as, teachers and old friends. Written by Miss Kittin

It’s a fantastic movie. I absolutely love it and god knows how many times I’ve seen it. There isn’t one person that I’ve shown it to that didn’t like it, positive reactions all round!

There are two that come in close at 2nd place favourites… First one is…. Girl, Interrupted!

This stars the lovely Winona Ryder who gets submitted to a psychiatric ward for “attempted suicide” which she profusely denies, claiming she had a “headache”, which caused her to follow a bottle of aspirin with vodka. It’s based off a true story and once again captures the truth and reality of some people who are in that situation, stirring up thoughts and emotions and bringing you face to face with issues you may never have considered before.

Here’s a brief Synopsis for Girl, Interrupted:

Susanna is depressed and directionless after finishing high school in the late 1960’s. A suicide attempt lands her in Claymore, a mental institution. She befriends the band of troubled women in her ward (Georgina the pathological liar, the sexually abused Daisy, the burn victim Polly) but falls under the hypnotic sway of Lisa, the wildest and most hardened of the bunch. Will Susanna “drop anchor” at Claymore and perpetually act out like Lisa, or will she finally pull her mind together and leave institutional life behind? Written by Martin Lewison <>

Next on the list is True Romance:

This is an exciting, action packed film about a couple in love who happen to have pretty stink luck. But true love prevails in the end, after a massive shoot up, leaving all but themselves dead.

Here’s a brief synopsis for True Romance:

Clarence and Alabama are newlyweds who acquire an unexpected wedding present. Unknown to the blissfully happy couple, ruthless gangsters are on their tail, determined to reclaim their lost property Written by Rob Hartill

So there you have it! My favourite of all time is Thirteen, that’ll never change.

What’s your favourite?


May 31, 2010 at 4:01 am Leave a comment


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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