Posts tagged ‘happy’

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:

027 026 
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.

018 020

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

Body Image and Self-Esteem.

I am embarrassed to admit that recently I have been battling with issues surrounding my body image my my self-esteem. I spend a lot of time browsing the internet and passing by photos of beautiful models, and I guess it begun to get to me that I didn’t look like that.

Last night though, after going hard at the gym for an hour in an attempt to make myself feel better, I had a sort of realization… Here’s a short paragraph that I wrote on Tumblr:

“Today I was having a “bad body image” day…

I felt so stink, I see all these insanely beautiful models on here and I struggle to understand why I’m not one of them… I’m never been the girl that people constantly discuss about how beautiful they are, people never do a double-take when they look at me…

But, after my workout at the gym today I realised something.

I’m not tall and thin, but I’m well-toned, curvaceous and healthy.
There’s no need to feel jealous of those women because just because I don’t look that way, doesn’t mean I’m less of a person.
It doesn’t matter that I don’t have legs that go on forever, because I’m smart, intelligent and hard-working. One day, I’m going to seriously make something of myself.
I’m interesting, and people usually enjoy being around me.
I’m extremely determined, and rise to any challenge presented to me.
I’m a loyal friend and a loving member of society.
I’m non-judgemental and open to multiple different ideas, themes and such.
I have the confidence to do something drastic because I want to, and not stress about the consequences.

So you see, I realized that it doesn’t matter that I don’t look like them, because I’m just as good of a person with who I am, myself.”

Even just after writing that I felt better 🙂 But I know that for some people, it’s not that easy to feel better about themselves.
It actually took me many years before I started to develop and healthy body image. In fact, it was really only towards the end of last year and the beginning of this year that it happened.

I’m not sure why recently I’ve been feeling a bit down in the dumps, but I found a link on the Operation Beautiful website which I found really inspiring and I wanted to share with you guys.

Click here to view the page.

It’s called “20 ways to love your body” and it is FULL of fantastic ideas to get the positivity flowing! There are a few other useful links on the previous page that some of you may find helpful, such as the post about learning to stop “fat-talking”.

I liked the idea of Number Four because I’ve realized that something that tends to get me down is bad hair days with my short hair. I feel more masculine some days and really unattractive. So I’ve decided to create a list of powerful and inspirational woman with short hair, to make myself feel better 🙂

1. Ellen Degeneres. Obviously, she is amazing! She’s a huge inspiration of mine and I love her attitude.


2. Ruby Rose. My second greatest inspiration. She is beautiful, talented, has incredible style and seems like someone I would get along famously with. Also, where she is now, is where I want to be in 6 years time.


3. Winona Ryder. She is insanely talented, an incredible actress and she’s beautiful.


4. K.D. Lang. She’s a brilliant musician with one hell of a voice. I love her individuality and style.


5. Pink. Does this even require an explanation?! SHE’S BADASS!!


I love those 5 woman, and seeing how strong and powerful they are gives me a feel confidence kick 🙂

I hope this post can help at least one person struggling with body image issues!

Feel free to email me for more details, or leave me an anonymous comment on Formspring for me to answer if you wish 🙂

I’m off to Body Combat tonight!!!! Super excited 😀 I haven’t been in 2 weeks and I love that class.

Have a good night!

April 22, 2010 at 4:22 am Leave a comment

Things that make me happy :)

Ok, so today I have been faced with the very serious issue of WRITERS BLOCK!! :O  This is so unlike me, I never get writers block, especially not with my blog.

So I had no idea what to write about and I knew I had to post a blog because it’s been like 3 days or something crazy like that, so I turned to my facebook friends (lol), and my best friend Emma (who is actually the most talented, creative and original human being I’ve ever met) came up with the idea that I post a blog about the things that make me happy. Then I can either post the list or pick something out of the list to write a blog about.

PERFECT! This will have me set for many many future posts 🙂 This has me inspired, I’ll post the list today and then every now and then I’ll come back to the list and write an individual post about one thing from the list. GENIUS right?! THANKS EMMA! 😀

Things that cheer me up and/or make me happy:

1. Anthony Kiedis- The most beautiful man to walk the face of the planet.

2. Corgi Puppies 🙂

3. Red Hot Chili Peppers music.

4. Exercise and fitness

5. Emma 🙂

6. Autumn. I love getting up early in the morning and going for a walk or run just as the sun’s beginning to rise and having the air taste and smell so crisp..

7. The painting on my wall that Emma did.

8. My bed

9. Kick ass classes at Sunny Gymz like Body Pump and Body Combat 🙂 (body combat looks something like this, minus the punching bag: )

10. My gorgeous cat

11. The Ellen Show 🙂

12. Fridays and Saturdays

That’s all I can think of right now… If anything else pops into my head I shall add it to the list 🙂



March 19, 2010 at 3:58 am 1 comment

Street Fiesta + New scooter!!!!

I bought a scooter today!!! It’s so cute, seriously. Check it out:

I love it! 😀 I’ve been driving it round today and really getting used to it. It’s going to be so nice to be able to drive to work instead of cycle. It won’t be so frantic and I won’t be so exhausted at the end of the day.

Anyway, today I went to the Street/Tuna Fiesta with Emma.

We came into town at around 2pm because Emma wanted to buy a skirt before we went to check out the music. She didn’t end up finding anything she liked, so we headed over to check out the festivities. Nothing interesting really happened until it was time for A New Era to go on stage.

It was so cute, since the music was up so loud, Emma and I saw this little girl with her fingers in her ears. It was adorable!

Emma and I had some fun during the performance. Photo within a photo….

We’d promised Dal we’d take lots of photos of him.  I stayed true to my promise 🙂

At the end I wound up holding his guitar coz he was stuffed and I wanted to help ease the load.
I had a great time lol, but ended up being a bit of a danger to passers by…

We met up with Dallas in the Craic shortly after to give him back his guitar. We had some fun…

After that we hurried off to catch Attic Skies. They’re another local band, and omg they are GOOOD! They were my favourite act of the day. They were entertaining and refreshing and there were just some kick ass vibes goin’ on with these guys that radiated to the audience.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching these guy perform 🙂

Anyway, we hung around a bit after their act, we listened to a little bit of another band but by then it was 7pm and I really wanted to get home before it started getting dark. I ended up driving with my sun in my eyes anyway… but oh well.

A great day has been had by all I’d say! If anyone from A New Era or Attic Skies want extra band photos, just leave me a comment. I have TONS!

I have work tomorrow and it’s a long shift… I’ll see you after! Goodnight 🙂


February 27, 2010 at 8:31 am Leave a comment

Project Glow update

hey guys 🙂

Have you all been enjoying this beautiful sun?!?! I know I have. I’m sorry to say, but my blog updates will probably be less frequent. The sun calls to me and I’m far more interested in enjoying the beautiful sunshine outside than anything to do with the computer.

Right, now onto what’s important:

Project Glow update!

I’m happy to say that after 6 days, I am seeing some fabulous results. the skin on my face seems to have so much more of a natural “glow” to it. Also, after chucking out that awful Clearasil, I’ve had far less breakouts. I’m so pleased!!

I never expected this to work like I had wanted it to, and after drinking a Green Monster everyday, exfoliating with an exfoliation glove + face wash every couple of days, washing my face twice daily and making sure to use correct face moisturizer, I’ve seen FABULOUS results.

I’d definitely recommend this plan to anybody wishing to try a more organic/natural approach to acne management. I’m not saying it’ll work for everyone, but it’s worked for me.

UNFORTUNATELY, and I’m not too happy about this… But I’ve decided to take Doxy again until after Christmas.

This is because my christmas plans have changed and instead of staying in Whakatane with Mum and the rest of them, I’ve chosen to go to Auckland with Dad and my brother and sister to meet up with more of our family. I’m so so SO excited about this because last time we did this, it wound up being the best christmas I’ve ever had 🙂

Anyway, I haven’t seen these family members in a very long time and the last time they saw me, I was considerably fatter with really nasty skin. This time, I want them to see me and be amazed at how different I look and how much healthier I look and feel.

This means I want beautiful, clear skin, and the only way I’m guaranteed to get that is by going on Doxy. It’s because when I go away I always break out. Sounds weird, but it’s inevitable. Doxy can help stop that.

I’ll still be continuing on with all the natural steps of Project Glow, I’ll just be taking Doxy as well until just after Xmas.

Sad thing about going away to Aucks for christmas is that I will miss this:

😦 I will miss him. A LOT!

Rewinding back a bit to Green Monsters, I am LOVING them and I’m so so impressed by how much they’ve helped me and increased my energy and general well-being, tomorrow I’ll do a special blog post about it to go into more depth.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I got a really nice trim today and I coloured my hair dark brown again. I had scody regrowth.

All part of the big transformation for my cousins and aunties, uncles and grandparents to be shocked by! 😀

Hope you’re all enjoying summer.


December 8, 2009 at 4:47 am Leave a comment

I have all I need :)

I am going to have the best christmas I have had in a very long time 🙂 As I’ve gotten older, christmas is no longer about the presents I get, but the people I spend it with.

On christmas, all I want is to be with my family. Truly, I’m a really family orientated girl, and christmas is such a happy time for me. My family are spread far and wide throughout the world (Scotland, China, Australia, England, Auckland, Canada) and Christmas is the one occasion where I might get to see some of those family members.

I am so happy and satisfied with my life at the moment, I really couldn’t ask for anything more. I’m so so SO grateful for everything I have, I am seriously so blessed and so lucky to have what I have.

I’m healthy, I run, I look and feel great, (and might I just mention that I have lost SEVEN Kg’s since the beginning of the year?!) I think that once mum gets back from her holiday, her and I should go to Bayfair for a day and go shopping. BARELY any of my clothes fit me anymore, they’re all too big.

– I get the crazy, awesome endorphin kick from exercise.

– I have a healthy, nutritious and well-balanced diet. I can eat chocolate and ice cream whenever I want and not feel guilty about it.

– I have THE MOST AWESOME boyfriend a girl could ask for! 🙂 I am so so happy with him and I have the best time whenever I’m with him. We have the strongest, happiest relationship and I’ve never met anyone that I am more compatible with. He has been one of the best things to ever happen to me.

– I have a loving family. I have great relationships with ALL my family members now and it feels so good. All my life, I’ve had conflicts with at least one important family member, but now as we’ve all grown and learnt from the past, we’ve moved forward and worked past that. Now we are stronger than ever 🙂

– I have a roof over my head, food on the table and clean water. These are the little things we often take for granted. So many teens my age don’t have these simple things.

– I have THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS EVER! And they are ALWAYS willing to show me love 😀

– I’m strong and confident enough as a person to be able to make better decisions and not get so worked up over little things. I’m able to let things simply roll off my back and not stress me out so much.

See! I have all the components to make for one HAPPY holiday 🙂 I’ve been on cloud nine for ages as I’ve been thinking over everything I’m lucky enough to have. I’m so happy with my life and things really don’t get any better than this.

I hope you all have amazing things to be grateful for. Leave a comment with some things that you feel lucky to have 🙂

I’m off to Edgecumb Xmas in the Park with Joy today! I’ll take loads of photos and post them on here tomorrow. I also have a 10K run in the morning.

Have a FABULOUS day 😀


November 27, 2009 at 9:11 pm 3 comments

Four down, One to go!

Today I had my english and Music exams… English was easy peasy (mind you, I study for a good FIVE HOURS last night), but music sucked. I flunked that one HARD.

Yesterday I had Maths, and that was dreadful too. I felt like stabbing myself with my compass to put myself out of my uttermost MISERY!! There was so much stuff in there that we hadn’t covered in class. Later when I had finished, I went to see my math teacher and she said that stuff shouldn’t have even been in the test because she’d tried to get it taken out since we hadn’t learnt it yet. So yup, FAIL on the maths front.

I have one exam left which is Health. I’m sitting that one on Monday and it should take me about an hour.

On the positive side, I’ve been rewarding my hard efforts with exams by going for nice long runs 🙂 Well, today wasn’t very long, but hey, quality, not quantity right?

Yesterday I went for about a 50 minute run. LOTS of hills and steps involved + torrential bloody rain which made it impossible to see where I was going properly. At one point, I had so much rain in my eyes, I was running with my eyes closed for about a Kilometer, I thought I was going to lose my footing and fall down the VERY VERY steep drop (We’re talking a good 50 meter vertical drop) to land on hard concrete at the bottom. Not so good.

But I was ok 🙂 The rain eased off a little and I could see again! The whole route was about 7k’s and I would’ve been faster but it was up hills + steps and it was raining really hard. So I credit myself for my efforts 🙂

I felt good afterwards too.

More than I can say for myself today anyway…

Today was just an easy 5k, but MAN was I exhausted. I think it was a combination of over-working my body (running is really hard on your body, throw trail runs into the mix and your poor little bod may not be able to handle the jandle), lack of sleep, stress and dehydration. But I’m always glad when I get back from having gone for a run. It’s really really satisfying to know you’ve done something good for yourself.

Still, tomorrow I shall take a rest day 🙂

I have the day off on Tuesday! Yay! Happy days. I’ll go for a big run in the morning, then I’m treating myself to a hair appointment at 12.30pm. I haven’t had a trim in months and months, which is ages for me, and my hair is really starting to need it because when left unbrushed for over an hour, my hair gets so knotty, a family of Starlings could nest in it!

I never usually brush my hair, so the fact that I NEED to now, is a warning sign that things are getting out of hand! lol

I’m sticking to the bet I made though, I’m a girl of my word. I’m only getting a trim and getting it thinned out, and I have every intention of keeping it dark brown.
There’s no way I’m losing and going ranga!!

God, I’m going to have an absolutely HELLISH time running in the summer… even today, when we’re just into spring, it was SO HOT! Sweat was pouring off me and after a pathetic 20 minutes, I was dying for a drink. Obviously I didn’t have one on hand, so that complicated matters a little bit. I can deal with heat, but there are two things I’ll have to make sure I have for future sunny day runs, they are:

1. Sunblock– gotta protect your skin! Especially if you’re a road runner and are exposed to the sun on a very regular basis for long periods of time. The tan is hot till you hit 30… then it’s all a downhill slide from there. Also, think about the risks of skin cancer.

2. WATER!!! This is a must. It’s so important to stay hydrated on hot days when running. Without water you can’t function properly. Keep your body happy and healthy! I’ll be investing in a Camelbak over the holidays to make those long runs a little better 🙂

Anyways, that’s all for today folks. Any tips on running in the Summer?

October 16, 2009 at 4:45 am 1 comment

Older Posts


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!

Questions? Comments? Email me at

December 2019
« Oct    


Tweet Tweet!

Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.