UPDATE: NEW BLOG

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 10.47.43 pmHi everyone,

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:

Introducing…

TWENTY & CO

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 & CO is 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.

Lots of love,

JΒ 

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Rest in peace, Robin Williams

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 11.48.51 am“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most”

Β Rest in peace, Robin Williams

AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS:
For a full list of mental health hotlines, click here.
For suicide and crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14Β 
If you are in an emergency or immediate risk to yourself or others, contact 000

Social media shout out

Hey guys!

Are you an avid follower of bloggers’ social media accounts? Do you love pretty pictures, thoughtful quotes and reminders when something new is posted?

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Once again, thank you all for taking the time to read and respond to my posts. I appreciate every view and every comment.

Lots of love,

J

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One small step for man, one giant leap for man kind

Fotor0728124014Last night as I sat watching a documentary about Neil Armstrong, I couldn’t help but think of all the unforgettable events that occurred in the 20th century. The footage of the first moon landing is imprinted in the minds of all who watched it in 1969. Everyone remembers the premier of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video.

I wonder, what have been/will be the world- changing moments of the 21st century? Nothing comes to mind. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the monumental moments of the past and future. Which events will we remember forever?

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Procrastination problems

to-do-listProcrastination. It’s something we all experience from time to time – or for what seems likeΒ most of the time. It seems impossible to focus on the task at hand, causing you to do anything else to avoid it. Everyone knows that the best way to get things done is to not procrastinate, but sometimes it happens without us even realising.

The strangest thing about my style of procrastinating is the fact that when I have something important to do (i.e. a NEED), I get so many other things done that I always WANT to do. So in a way, procrastination is productive for me? I exercise, I take time to eat healthy, I clean my room and the entire house. It’s ridiculous! Once the task is finally over, I almost wish I still had it so something was
motivating me to do all the things I otherwise never find the time or effort to do.

I’m curious to know if other people are productive while procrastinating. Let me know in the comments box below and tell me what it is you do while avoiding the important task at hand.

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Family values

It should come as a surprise to no one that our family plays a huge role in who we are. I often find myself reflecting and acknowledging the fact that I would definitely not be the person I am today if it weren’t for the people I have lived with and loved for the past eighteen years. Not only do I admire them for their individuality, but for the way they live their lives. Thanks to my family, there are four values in particular which have become an integral part of who I am and/or which I try to remember in my everyday life; empathy, respect, passion and confidence.

It is impossible to fully understand the inner workings of another person’s mind – what is possible is attempting to put yourself in another’s shoes. A teacher renowned for being wordly and wise once told me that he noticed I am very empathetic and in touch with the emotions of other people. Since he pointed it out, the more I noticed it to be true. However lately I have done my best to try even harder to always consider the feelings and viewpoints of others and use it for good – whether it is inspiring myself to be more positive or helping the others with their struggles. So often we forget that everyone is a human with a life and feelings, just like ourselves. Remembering this and understanding (even if it is only slightly) the emotions of others and the way they cope with the ups and downs of life is a beautiful part of life.

Respect – it seems fairly simple but not everyone understands the concept. To be respectful is to try your best not to offend or upset another individual/group and their privacy, beliefs or goals in life. Of course everyone has the right to disagree – but as discussed in my earlier post, there is a fine line between acknowledging and discussing a difference of opinion and totally disrespecting another person’s right to have that opinion. If you respect others, they will respect you and it is the best way to build healthy and trustworthy relationships.

When a person is truly passionate about something – whether it be a hobby, a special cause, work or even simply life – it radiates from within and everyone is drawn to that passion. If you feel strongly about something, don’t let anyone or anything hold you back. It’s not every day that a person finds something they love and enjoy enough to call it a passion.

Confidence comes hand in hand with passion, if you feel strongly about something – do not be afraid to show it. Putting yourself out their and pushing out of your comfort zone is the best way to find success and happiness. If you do it with passion and confidence, good things will surely find their way to you.

Luckily, I have my beautiful family to remind me of these ideals every day.Β I believe they are extremely important and huge parts of being healthy and happy, and if I could impart one piece of advice to those reading – it would be to remember and implement these values in life.

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