I’d like to start off by saying thank you to everyone who has followed, liked, commented on and responded to my blog in the past couple of months. It has meant so much to me – I’ve always wanted to start one but until the start of this year, I was too scared. FINALLY I took the plunge and it has been oh-so rewarding. So much so, that I have decided to upgrade:
My new blog. Yep, I officially own my own .com. And it feels fabulous. Why TWENTY & CO? Well, as you may have noticed, The World by J doesn’t really have a “niche”. I’ve written about fashion, done reviews about books, random rants about topics in the news, and so on. So I decided, in order to make the name and my blog relevant to readers, I’m still going to write about all that stuff and more – BUT – TWENTY & COis dedicated to all of us who are close to becoming, or are already, a “twenty-something.” In Australia, 18 is considered being an adult, but I still don’t really feel like a “real” adult. Will I ever feel like a real adult? I don’t know. But I’m looking forward to writing about a whole bunch of different topics as I begin my journey into the twenties. Over the next week I will be uploading some of my favourite/most popular posts from The World by J before I begin posting new content. First up is my career profile on Chloe Clark from Beginning Boutique. I hope those of you reading this decide to come along for the ride. If not, thank you for being so supportive and interested in my work here.
So often we spend our time complaining about things. The things we don’t have, the things we don’t want to do, or the things that are hard. Below is a video of Sam Berns talking at TEDx MidAtlantic. In January of this year, Sam passed away from progeria, a rare “rapid ageing” disease. However, his life was not filled with suffering. It’s rare to see such honest positivity – Sam doesn’t deny that he has bad days, but instead chooses to focus on the good ones and keep moving forward. Remember Sam the next time you choose to manifest negativity instead of living your life to the happiest and fullest. I know I will!
Are you starting university next year, or a current student looking for guidance? Head over to First Year La Trobe for some tips, tricks and anecdotes from students currently studying at La Trobe University – including me! To read my posts on First Year La Trobe, click here.
Although the blog is targeted towards first years, the advice given by my fellow students is applicable to all stages of your university education, and to life-after-highschool in general! Hello, welcome to the real world! First Year La Trobe is a perfect read for anyone who is worried about making the transition next year, wondering what university is like or interested in studying at La Trobe.
How many times have you heard the phrase “don’t quit your day job”? It may be said as either a genuine concern, an insult or a joke – but no matter the context it still sends out a very negative message. It says “don’t try because you will fail” when in reality, the only sure way to fail is to never try at all.
Therefore, this post is a reminder to hold onto your dreams. For the majority of us, it is necessary to work in order to feed, clothe and shelter ourselves. But it’s also important to remember to never let anyone else influence you to let go of your aspirations. Your job may be necessary to your survival, but if you have a dream and a potentially viable way of achieving it, go for it. No one can tell you that it is wrong or stupid. To quote another overused phrase; “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” So many people give up when it becomes too hard or too much effort to achieve their goals and that’s why they discourage others. If you put in time, effort and passion – maybe you will be able to quit the job you hate, focus on your dreams and live a life less ordinary.
Problems in life can feel so overwhelming that we doubt our ability to fix them. It is during these moments of doubt that the issue we are facing seems to triple in size, intensity and danger. This causes us to feel trapped in a corner, unable to escape. Often, the problem stays the same, but our perception changes. The longer the problem remains unsolved or the more failed attempts at removing it – the more we perceive the situation to be helpless.
There are so many little things that brighten each day of my life. Yesterday, this was one of them:
Since starting this blog I’ve had quite a few people I know come up to me and say they enjoy what I’ve read or I have inspired them to start a blog about something they are passionate about. I couldn’t be happier when I hear this! Not only does it make me want to continue doing what I’m doing and constantly improve, but it washes away any doubts I’ve had. I have doubted myself because I know there are a tonne of judgemental people out there who may think “The World by J” and the things I write are stupid. It’s the people who seem to take pride in making mean, unprovoked judgements that I am wary of. Don’t get me wrong, everyone is guilty of being judgemental at times, including myself. However, I am confident in saying that my past harsh judgements have taught me lessons and I regret what I have said or done in certain situations. We’re all human, none of us are perfect and we learn from our life experiences.
Treating people how you want to be treated is the bottom line and it is something I am trying to always remind myself of. At the same time, it’s important to remember that the people who are secretly judging you or degrading you are jealous, scared or sad and their opinion is not your concern. Just do what you love and what makes you happy – for all you know everyone is actually cheering you on and admiring your courage!
In saying this, I’d just like to say a big, big thank you to the person above (you know who you are) and to every person who has encouraged me or read my blog posts – family, friends and strangers. It means a lot and I appreciate you taking a little time out of your day to click on my links and read what I have to say.