It’s coming up to that time again in Australia – January 26. You know, ‘Australia Day’. The date marks that day Arthur Philip raised the Union Jack at Port Jackson in 1788, establishing Australia, then known as New South Wales, as a British Settlement. It’s essentially Australia’s birthday? But like, it’s kinda not Australia’s birthday, and actually also marks that day that our First Nations peoples lost their land to Europeans, starting a whole tidal wave of mistreatment that still exists today, over 230 years later. White Australians know the day as ‘Australia Day’, but our First Nations peoples know it as ‘Invasion Day’, ‘Day of Mourning’, and ‘Survival Day’. And it’s a day that a lot of people want changed.
Happy Sunday Everyone!
Cue the quarter-life crisis because the clock has struck midnight which means I'm now TWENTY FIVE. That's freaking scary because I swear we've skipped a few years at some point. I swear it's only been a couple of years since I graduated high school, not bloody SEVEN. Time is a crazy thing, huh. Anyway, I thought I'd do the totally cliched birthday content of sharing 25 things I've learnt by the age of 25. It's a bit of a random list, but so is everything I've learnt over the past 25 years.
Happy Isolation Everyone!
We're all stuck at home, or most of us are anyway, and I'm sure we're all struggling a little to stay motivated and positive as the world seems to fall apart around us. And if you're sitting there staring at the wall because you don't know what you should be doing during this time, this is the list to spark some inspiration and motivation. I'm sure there are hundreds of lists like this popping up online, but one more can't hurt when we're all stuck in the same situation!
Happy New Year Everyone!
Oh. My. God. Tomorrow is 2020! Like it's actually two-zero-two-zero. Two thousand and twenty. 2020! It's crazy how fast 2019 flew by, and I honestly swear we skipped a few months there at one point. Before we dive into the new year, I though I'd take a moment to look back on 2019 one last time and share some of my top fives for the year, from music and television to books and beauty.
Over the weekend I was invited to the ASC Next Gen ShowSkills Seminar as a guest speaker to talk about social media and how agricultural shows can best utilise various online platforms to connect with their communities. The Seminar itself was really interesting, insightful and inspiring, and it was great to connect with like-minded people who are also passionate about the Show Movement. Being a presenter was definitely a daunting task, but it was a great experience. So I thought I'd share my presentation here for anyone interested - it's a bit long, but full of tips & ideas you are sure to utilise.
This Saturday, January 26, is Australia Day - Australia's national day, celebrating all things Aussie. But is it? Celebrating all things Aussie, that is? Controversy surrounding the date and day has always existed, but in more recent years the #ChangeTheDate debate has increased, with more and more people voicing their wish for the date of our national day to be changed to be more inclusive of all Australians. Here's a look into Australia Day, why it's celebrated on January 26, and why changing the date is an important debate to be had, and one you need to get involved in.
I don't know about you, but I'm feeling twenty-three?
Taylor Swift really should have done a whole remix album perfect for birthday memes, because I waited 22 years to use it, and it only lasted 365 days! Anyway, it was my birthday last Thursday and I'm now officially twenty-three, which is totally scary because I swear I skipped a few birthdays along the way. Seriously, when did I actually become an adult? Last week also marked five years since I graduated from high school, which is also completely crazy, because I swear it's only been two years. Enough rambling, today I wanted to do a little birthday haul and have a bit of a birthday chat along the way.
Over the Queen's Birthday long weekend, I spent five days working at the annual Sheep Dog Trials hosted by my local Show Society. Why? Because I'm one of the many committee members who work hard to make the event successful. And although I was exhausted at the end of it, I enjoyed every second of it.
Does this intro sound familiar? It should, because I started off my 'Volunteering: Why I Love It' post from a year ago tomorrow the exact same way. After the exhausting five days I had last week (six if you count the hectic day of final preparations before everything kicked off), the idea for this blog post hit me and I knew I had to share my thoughts with the world in the hopes that someone, just one person, would be inspired to get involved.
Today is Australia Day here in Australia, marking exactly 230 years since British settlement. This morning, I attended our Shire's Australia Day breakfast and Awards, and I was also one of the guest speakers.
Last year, I was named the 2017 Young Citizen of the Year for my local Shire, and so was invited back this year, along with the Citizen of the Year, to give a 5-10 minute speech on Australia Day and a bit about myself. Writing the speech turned out to be a lot of fun and I was excited, although nervous, to speak and share my thoughts and opinions.
Hey There Everyone!
There's just one week left until Christmas! Are you ready for the big day? Bought all your presents? Finished decorating the house? I somehow managed to get my Christmas shopping done early for a change, so I've been able to spend December really getting into the festive spirit, decorating the house, listening to Christmas Carols and watching holiday films. Today, I'm sharing with you some of my favourite decorations that I've put up this year!
This week I thought I'd share with you all some of the podcasts that I've been listening to recently, and hopefully get some recommendations for you guys! Podcasts have always been things that I've listened to, but more recently I have been listening to them more consistently when new episodes drop.