Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Project

Tonight I was featured on the TV show The Project, it happened so quickly that I didn't tell many people about it. They wanted people to email in and tell them about spying in the workplace, this was something that I unfortunately experienced when I was 17 so I wrote in and didn't think much of it. Of course my email signature contains my mobile number, favourite bible verse and blog address so yesterday when I got a call from them asking more about it and if they could send someone over to film and interview me, I thought I would give it a shot. It took just over an hour of someone filming me answering questions that someone was asking me over the phone to get the footage. I didn't know how it would turn out but I was quite happy with how I was portrayed and the topics the segment covered.
Here are few things that I feel the need to point out:
  • I was so close to wearing my Sportsfest (which is purple and has in bright orange writing "BAM AND THE SIN IS GONE") shirt but I changed before we went out and was thankful that I did, as when we came back the camera guy was there!
  • The interview was done in my house near the family computer and I was focusing on a picture on the cupboard pretending that that was the person I was talking too.
  • The shots of me outside were done at the local shopping centre and I had a few people asking me what was going on after the shooting was finished.
  • I felt that I needed to tell my story, as work place surveillance is becoming more common and no one should have to feel like they are being watched and its not ok. I was 17 when it was happening and I honestly thought it was the normal and it still takes me a while in new workplaces to feel safe and that I am not being watched via camera.
If you want to watch the segment you can go here and feel free to let me know what you think :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Week That Was

This past week has been crazy busy, it started out slow and I barely did anything on Monday but on Tuesday my life got busy. On Tuesday morning I woke up and decided to check the Seek app on my iPod and apply for a few jobs, I applied for one that was advertised via a recruitment agency and wanted an immediate start, as I was applying for it I wondered if there was a chance that I would hear from the agency that day. Half an hour later as I was checking my emails my phone rang which caused me to jump (it always does and if I change ringtone I don't answer it) and it was the agency asking if I could come in at 1.30pm for an interview. This meant I was running around washing my hair, looking up directions to the company, doing my makeup and working out what to wear before catching a bus and a train into the city for it. The interview was short as most are with recruitment agencies but I did my best and left it in God's hands (today I got an email from the company saying I wasn't successful but I didn't really mind as the job was bordering on hard to get to ).
Then on Wednesday I was shopping and my phone rang of course it had to be at the bottom of my bag (I swear I have the biggest bag yet I can't downsize at all) and it took me a few goes to answer it (stupid phone!) and it was another recruitment agency asking if I could come in for an interview that day or tomorrow, so yesterday I once again got ready and caught a bus and a train into the city. The interview went well but I won't find out if the company wants to meet with me until early next week but I am praying they do!
This has all come after my employment agency was telling me to give up on my dream of admin and settle for retail but at each of the interviews I was told I had great potential and that they would love to keep my resume on hand to put my name forward for any jobs that I may be suitable for.
Once again God has proven to me that I have what it takes to work in admin and that he will provide.

Because a lot of people think that employment and recruitment agencies are the same thing I thought I would explain it:
Employment agencies work for the people and finding them work, they help by providing support and giving advice on how to be professional, many companies approach employment agencies to help fill positions. Employment agencies work with the people on keeping them employable and providing them with the resources they need to get employed (and providing them with support once they are employed).
Recruitment agencies however work with the company (normally larger companies). What they do is advertise the position and then interview a large number of people and forward on a percentage of those to the actual company who will then deal with the rest of the recruitment process (as the going through applications is the longest process). Many companies keep a file of potential workers and may put them forward when a job comes up that they may be suitable for, it just depends on the company.
Many people work with a mix of the above when they are looking for work, though you can only be registered with one employment agency at a time but there is no limit to the amount of recruitment agencies you can be registered with.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Just a Random Recap

I haven't had much inspiration lately when it comes to blogging, but as a lot has been happening in my life I thought I would do a random recap.
  • We have adopted another cat. Her name is Bella, she is one years old and very fluffy (she is a medium haired cat). She has settled in really quickly but is taking time to adjust to Alfie and Maddy. When I'm at home I spend a lot of time dealing with her and Alfie, but there is hope that they will become friends eventually just not in the near future. The photo of her really doesn't do her justice, her tail is so fluffy which makes me want to put a bow on it.
  • The job market is finally picking up, which means I am applying for at least one job a day compared to one job a week (God willing I will get a job soon!).
  • I haven't driven since my failed test, I don't really know while but I think subconsciously I wanted a while to recover, so thinking tomorrow might be the day I finally get behind the wheel again. I got another set of L plates on Friday so we are keeping one set in my Mum's car and another set in my Dad's car as the new learners is similar to a drivers license and doesn't require another form of ID to validate it (it has my photo, birth date, address ect on it) so it means as long as its in my purse I can drive. The old learners was paper which was bulky and required another form of ID with it.
  • According to my employment agency I seem to be more focused, I have no idea what would make them think that but my last appointment wasn't a disaster. Mum thinks its because she is making me take fish oil (4 tablets a day no less!) to help with my concentration, as sometimes I 'switch off' when I am driving.
  • It rained today!!! I actually needed to break out my umbrella today when I was walking to the bus stop to catch the bus to go to the shops (a DVD I had pre-ordered had come in and I needed a few other things), which was nice. I am looking forward to winter, mainly because I have a new pair of boots that I got at the end of season sales last year that I am dying to wear. I haven't even taken them out of the box yet (they only cost me $20 and are in a style that suits me).
  • A while ago I slipped a note into one of my favourite books when I was at the library, I wrote a short message along with a few other books I thought they would like and my email address. It had slipped my mind until a week or so ago and a day after I had thought wondering if someone had discovered it or not, I got an email from a girl who read it :) it turns out we have a bit in common (she is a Christian too!) so hopefully this is the start of a good friendship. I intend to do it more and see if I get anymore emails :)
I hoping that in the coming weeks inspiration will strike more and this blog won't sit vacant for days at a time :)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Just keep driving

This past week has been really tough, I'm not going to lie and I am happy to have made it through it alive. On Wednesday I had my 3rd driving test, now to be honest I have been keeping really quiet on the whole driving test thing as I didn't want to get my hopes up and then have them crushed and go through telling me that I failed the test (I did tell some people in person but I didn't put it on Facebook or anything) but on Tuesday I decided that I would tell people that I had a driving test the next day this turned out to be a blessing as when I failed it for the 3rd time I had a support network.
I honestly thought that this time would be it I would pass it I hadn't been up coughing since 3.30am like with my first attempt and it wasn't Christmas Eve afternoon like the second attempt, I felt prepared and ready but of course my anxiety decided that it would be the perfect time to flare up. I freaked out couldn't breathe and could feel an anxiety attack coming on but of course when you are driving its hard to do your breathing exercises and avoid a car that was parked on the road and of course the tester had to grab the wheel which meant I failed after 15 minutes. Which meant I had a full blown anxiety attack I felt shattered and stupid, why my anxiety decided to flare up that minute I do not know but it cost me the test (and my parents $200). When I got home my dad hugged me and said that it didn't matter and there was always next time. Both my parents also once again reminded me that due to my anxiety and Dyspraxia (just google it, its too hard to explain and its not like Dyslexia in the slightest) things will always take me longer to do and that's fine. My dad and I sat down and decided that next time (which is on the 30th of April - I wanted a good 6 weeks to get myself prepared and refocused) it will be at a different centre, not with my driving instructor and in my Mum's car because we both think a change of scenery is needed.
Thankfully today and Thursday were better days! On Thursday 2 of my unemployed friends came over for lunch and it was nice chatting to them about life and what was going on, on the work fronts for us. I am hoping to make this a fortnightly thing as there is 6 of us at church who are unemployed and young adults so it would be good catch up on a regular basis.
Then today I met with a high school friend for lunch and some browsing and next week we plan to see Vampire Academy (she hasn't seen it and I want to see it again plus I have a free movie ticket to use up). Which was great, we try to see each other monthly but over Summer we kinda lost touch so it was to see her again.
Tomorrow is looking at being busy but fun as we are going to adopt another kitty cat from the Cat Haven, to join our crazy family. We want a 6 + month old to add to our family but we have no idea what personality or type we want, its normally the cat the chooses us. Maddy and Tom chose us many years ago and Alfie chose us (or me, he kept staring at me until I met him and by that stage he had wormed his way into my heart and my Mum's heart!) so it will be fun to see who we end up bringing home. Of course it has to be a semi crazy cat as Maddy likes to scale screen doors for fun and Alfie loves bells and chasing balls around the backyard.
I have also applied for a few jobs this week so it appears that the job market is picking up (finally!) so God willing I will have some interviews soon. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Movie Review: Vampire Academy

Today to escape the heat I decided to head to the movies to see Vampire Academy, I had read the books ($30 for all 6 books on Kobo and I couldn't stop reading them which meant 3 weeks of me with my head in the books and I am considering re-reading them in the very near future as soon as I finish the current 2 books I have recently downloaded) and loved them. I hate Twilight, I tried to read the first book and fell asleep while I was reading it but this isn't Twilight its as far away as you can get from Twilight while still involving vampires.
I pre-booked my ticket online (I didn't need to as there was only 10 people in the cinema including myself) for the 11.00am session grabbed a Diet Coke and some chocolate (pre-bought as the food at the cinema is a daylight robbery) and went in with an open mind. I am one of those fussy people when it comes to turning books into movies and I get that its impossible to turn a book into a movie word for word but some things need to stay the same or similar. They nailed the actors gotten to play the characters and the setting while also keeping the plot line as close to the book as possible. Apparently Richelle Mead worked closely with the directors and script writers and it shows.
Lucy Fry (who you will recognise from Lightning Point and Mako Mermaids and I adore her) plays the role of Lissa Dragomir perfectly and is everything you imagined she would be in the book and more. Zoey Deutch (who you will recognise from Beautiful Creatures and a cameo in Switched at Birth where she plays opposite her actual mum) plays the role of feisty and loyal Rose Hathaway perfectly and its hard to believe that they would ever consider anyone else to play Rose. The rest of the actors they got to play the rest of the characters are spot on too. The setting is amazing and regal like while also keeping an element of darkness and mystery too it just like in the books.
The plot will keep you on the edge of your seats regardless if you have read the books or not. You will laugh at some parts and feel the emotion of the characters on the screen. I loved how they showed Rose connecting with Lissa and going into her head and Lissa almost reaching breaking point. The special effects were done really well and looked really realistic. Honestly the I couldn't (majorly) fault the movie and can't wait for it to come out on DVD so I can re-watch it again and again
I am hoping they make the rest of the books into movies as if this one is any indication they will be good too! Even if you haven't read the books be sure to see the movie if you are in need of a good action chic flick.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Book review: Captivate by Vanessa Garden

Title: Captivate
Author: Vanessa Garden
Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 2014
You will like it if you like: The TV shows Mako Mermaids and H2O-Just Add Water, The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, the beach and the ocean,

Confession time I love mermaids and am kinda obsessed with the TV show Mako Mermaids (don't judge, its awesome!) so when I came across this book I thought I would give it a shot. Now though this book is based under the sea, it doesn't actually contain any mermaids it has a mermaid-y feel to it.

The blurb reads (taken from Vanessa's blog):
For the past twelve months since her parents’ death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret — a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda’s grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded beach holiday. Except before Miranda gets a chance to confess her life-changing secret, she’s dragged underwater by a mysterious stranger while taking a midnight swim.

Awakening days later, Miranda discovers that she’s being held captive in a glittering underwater city by an arrogant young man named Marko...the King of this underwater civilisation.

Nineteen-year-old Marko intends to marry Miranda in order to keep his crown from falling into the sinister clutches of his half-brother, Damir. There’s only one problem. Miranda is desperate to return home to right things with her sister and she wants nothing to do with Marko. Trying to secure her freedom, Miranda quickly forms an alliance with Robbie — Marko’s personal guard. However, she soon discovers that even underwater, people are hiding dangerous secrets...

I have never read a book quite like this and found it really enjoyable and an easy read. The characters were relatable and I could see myself even being friends with a few of them. The way the setting was described was beautiful and I found myself wishing I could visit it! The story line was easy to follow but still had twists and turns and the ending leaves you wanting to know what happens next but answers a lot of the questions you may have (the best type of ending in my books (no pun intended)!). It has this realistic edge to it that gets you thinking that maybe an underwater civilisation like in the book exists. To me this book screams summer and is the perfect read to take on a holiday (maybe to the beach?).

I have actually met Vanessa Garden (she works at a local book store!) and she is super nice and we ended up discussing our favourite young adult novels. I can't wait to see her what she writes next and love that this book was written by a local author.

If you're after a book you can't put down and is a little bit different then read this book :)

Please note that I was in no way paid or compensated to write a review on this book, though Vanessa Garden knows I exist, I just love this book and wanted everyone to know how much I enjoyed it :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Average day

Today I spent over an hour at the licensing place trying to renew my learners in time for what will be my 3rd attempt at my practical driving test.
Today I wondered if the government knew how discriminating they are being for making me go through another medical test just to renew my learners when nothing has changed since my last medical.
Today I wished I didn't have anxiety because then it would be easy to renew my learners
Today I wished that things came easier to me like driving and that there was an easier way to explain to people about my Dyspraxia and how that affects my co-ordination making things harder for me
Today I bought a farewell card as one of my friends is going back to America never to return
Today I had an idea that could actually be possible and help unemployed young adults
Today I was thankful that I can get my medical tomorrow because Dad already has an appointment with my doctor and it will only take a few minutes
Today I wondered if things will ever get easier for me
Today I wondered if I should give up on ever getting admin work and instead find work in a café like so many people keep telling me to do
Today I once again felt helpless about my whole unemployment situation
Today I reminded myself that God is always in control and that I should never doubt him
Today was just an average day in the world of me