23 December 2015

AN OPEN LETTER TO 2015


Dearest 2015,

Right now it is the twenty third day of the last month. I have just eaten lunch and am about to head back to work.

This year you have brought me two new jobs: one which I loathe entirely, and one which (although is unpaid) I'm finding pretty darn good. I've started this blog, graduated high school, completed the HSC, been to some cool parties, met some new people, got a good ATAR, and applied for university. That's some pretty cool shit if you ask me.

But I'm still struggling to figure some stuff out. Particularly what the f*** I'm going to study at uni and what I want to do with my life. Can't you like, give me a sign or something?

Pfft...if only, hey?

There are things I was hoping to do this year that just didn't happen for me. Travel, mainly (gotta love fast food wages!), so as 2016 starts to roll in, I've got a couple of goals I want to achieve in the new year. Travel, study, and health are all things I really (like, seriously) want to focus on next year, and I promise you 2015, I will do my best to outdo what I've achieved with you.

Keen to greet 2016 with a smile and a whole lotta enthusiasm.

Merry Christmas and Cheers. It's been a good one.

Lizzy xo



8 December 2015

ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

I had my first ever christmas tree experience today after we decided this year we should do christmas the proper way and get a real tree. We newbies had no clue that you had to get in early to reserve the good trees so wandered round the tree farm for half an hour before we found a lovely 7-footer. In good old aussie christmas fashion, we decorated it in the heat with the fan blasting in the living room...december is definitely here!
Already broke from xmas shopping but can't wait to see the reactions on people's faces...how are your celebrations going???
xo Lizzy

6 December 2015

year 12/hsc survival guide


So I recently completed the HSC (The equivalent of the SAT's or A-Levels for you non-Aussie folk). It was a struggle, it was difficult, it was all-round stressful. If you're in year 11, or are just starting year 12, you've probably heard every piece of study advice under the sun from teachers/parents/lecturers/study programs, but it seems to be that we lack advice from our peers before us who have actually had recent experience in this torture BOSTES has put before us. So here are some tips from me as to how you can work your way through the HSC and come out alive.

Someone out there feels your pain, and they've uploaded some useful shit

My class did shelter as one of the options for Legal Studies, which is possibly the worst decision the HSIE department ever made. Their reasoning behind such a callous decision was "well if we teach it well, we'll get ranked well because no one else does it!" Long story short, we were all stressing about not having info for our notes, until a week before our trial exams, somebody discovered an app full of SUPER helpful video tutorials...you've got no idea how stoked we all were to have discovered it! It's also worthwhile making an account on the Bored of Studies site...if you're ever in a jam this site will be your saviour.
*Click here to see the developer for said app on the App Store...you can find their apps for other subjects too


Practice Makes Perfect

If you do anything in preparation for anything, be it an exam or an assignment, hand in a draft. The feedback you get from a draft is priceless and will definitely boost your marks. In the case of assignments and in-class essays, there will often be restrictions on drafts. For example, you can only hand in one draft and only for one question. Don't just leave that offer hanging! The change in marks I saw in my senior years from finaly handing things in to my teacher for review was astounding. Put effort into a draft and submit it! Also, complete as many past papers from the BOSTES website as possible and hand extended responses in to your teacher.  Just do it. You got that?

Kick procrastination in the balls

Procrastination is something that I really struggled with and so does about 98% of the human population. There are lots of simple ways to overcome it, just don't wallow in self loathing if you cave! Self Control was my saviour. You create a blacklist of your most distracting sites and they'll be blocked for a certain time frame. What I like about this app is there is no way out of it - even if your turn computer the off, the timer will continue to run. Cruel, but necessary.

Don't leave things until the last minute

This one seems obvious, but it can be pretty difficult not to do. Add to your notes as you go along! Do yourself a favour a don't leave notes until 2 weeks before an exam. You'll be spoiling valuable time you could have spent studying.

Just take a chill pill

You're going to have those days where you think "what even is the point of life?" and you'll wish you could somehow gloriously defeat BOSTES but you've got to keep going! Meditating helped me a tonne. I'm no yogi, I just took 10 minutes out every now and again to chill. I'd totally recommend headspace, which talks you through a meditation exercise for just 10 minutes. It super easy and you feel great afterwards!


21 September 2015

DIARY #2: FIN.

Five and a half years ago, I sat on the steps of a corner store with my school supplied stationary pack and an utterly dorky pair of mary janes on my feet. Year seven was the real deal. There were to be no story times here and absolutely no bickering over who got the handball courts at recess. We were big kids, and there was a whole new world waiting for us to explore. 

On Thursday I graduated High School. Thirteen years of pre-determined toilet breaks and strict rules about where my skirt was supposed to sit are officially over. And that's both incredibly exciting and absolutely freaking terrifying. In some ways, it still doesn't feel like school is over - it kinda just feels like I'm on school holidays again, and in 3 weeks I'll be back in a classroom being asked for another practice response. But really, I, and thousands of others, have gained a sense of freedom and that's pretty cool. 

Thursday was an awesome day. Our year 12 assembly was a success, we had an awesome time, we celebrated, we had a beautiful mass, we graduated. We cried. We took selfies with our teachers. And then we ambushed the internet with photos.  I feel so lucky to have spent the last five years with an incredible group of girls and to have had so many awesome teachers along the way. The last day was a great way to spend it with them, so thanks guys. You rock. 

I'll be applying to uni's within the next few weeks and then I'll have my final exams. Then I'll a vast amount of empty time to kill (five months to be precise...shiiiiiiit) so I want to try and post more on the blog. My mission is to take more photos and post some more photo diaries so stay tuned.Until then, I'll leave you with two photos from my last day. 
+ The beginning of our year twelve assembly, when in all the excitement a group of people managed to break the stage from jumping, creating a whole in the floor of the hall. lol. 

 + The sunrise shining over the playground hours before we graduated.

Lizzy xo


18 July 2015

DIARY #1: MUSINGS AND QUESTIONINGS

After 50 terms of schooling, I'm finally onto the last term. It's a terrifying, wonderful, and exhausting concept to have to deal with that's just the way the cookie crumbles. There's a lot that's going to happen in the next 6 months and it's all slightly overwhelming - I mean, I've got to pick a uni course, I have to face the big bad HSC (after I sit my trial exams - which are next week btw...haha...hahaha...) and by golly, I haven't even picked a formal dress! The struggle is real, my friends. 

But in all seriousness, there's a lot of pressure placed on people my age at this time of their life. Questions regarding your future such as "so what are you going to do after school?" and "what do you want to do at uni?" are thrown at you by every adult you come across. These questions demand answers as if every single little aspect of your next 70+ years alive needs to be clearly marked in your life's planner. But quite frankly, these questions are stupid. And, like, super annoying.  Petition to make these question illegal, because we are only very young still and have an entire lifetime ahead of us! I just want to enjoy today without stressing over my lack of life planning. 

Although the uncertainty about what to do next is terrifying, I think we all just need to chill, ignore these questions, stick our chins up and enjoy year 12. And try to beat procrastination with a hammer because when we do decide what we want to do, having the ability to focus is an important skill to possess. If anyone has any tips on keeping focused (and motivated), you're quite welcome to share.

By the way, I dyed my hair and feel freaking good about it.

Here's to the School of Hard Knocks. 
xo Lizzy

8 June 2015

VIVID 2015

Well hello again! Yes...I know...it's been a while. Sorry about that. Really. I'm ashamed of myself. Now that I've got the apology over and done with: how have you been?A couple of cool things have been happening over the past month - for starters, I got my first job. Yep, I now cook fries for a living - thrilling stuff, right? 

So a week ago I went to Vivid, Sydney with a few friends and thought I'd share some snaps from my phone. For those who don't know, every year around May-June, the City of Sydney has this giant light festival called 'Vivid'. They have these awesome light displays scattered all around the city including light projections on the Harbour Bridge and Opera house at Circular Quay, artsy fartsy light installments and this year they had a water and firework show at Darling Harbour. I look forward to it every year....and so does the rest of Sydney (it draws MASSIVE crowds). 

It's definitely a must-do if you're ever in Sydney during winter. Just make sure you wear you walking shoes and bring your patience because thousands of people rock up. But trust me, it's totally worth it. 

 
I promise not to ditch you for that long again...I'll be back soon.
Promise. 
Lizzy xo

19 April 2015

"JUST ROCKS"

After many failed attempts to plan a day trip to the Blue Mountains, we finally took the journey into Leura and Katoomba. The train trip from Sydney is two hours, but I have to say it's pretty enjoyable. Once you get to the Blue Mountains, there are gorgeous views outside the train window and the final destination is even better. 
On arrival into Leura, we headed straight for The Candy Store (which was super awesome seing as they stocked L&P and Hershey's Kisses - my favourites). We returned here after lunch (naturally) because of course, we needed to stock up on sugar for our trip home in the afternoon.
We had lunch at the Red Door Cafe where, after three attempts at finding a table that had regular chairs instead of stools, I had an incredible goats cheese and caramelised onion tart and enjoyed myself as I watched Clare attempt to eat that ginormous sandwich. 
A five minute train ride away, we made it to tourist central (perhaps more commonly known as Katoomba). I've been a few times, but each time I'm blown away by the view at Echo Point. The view is incredibly peaceful, despite the extreme amount of tourists armed with selfie sticks. 
Francesca's quote of the day: "They're just rocks"


This man offered Georgea his binoculars then handed her a booklet on Christianity. I love people.

Btw, how awesome is Clare's phone case?
I hope you had a peachy weekend,
Lizzy xo