Hello AGAIN!

Hello AGAIN!

It’s been 8 months or longer, since I have given my blog any attention! Life has been busy but great, so with that being said I thought I would update you on the past year!

I have just finished my first year at AIME mentoring as a presenter – and my goodness was it life changing.

Aime stands for the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience and 150 staff and 2000 mentors head out to high schools all around Australia to walk along side Indigenous Students through school. Our goal for our students is to not only make it to either Uni, Tafe or obtain an apprenticeship, but to live a balance healthy life inside and out of school. The way the program runs, is we enter their high schools and tutor them in the subjects that they may need assistance in for the first half of the year. The second half of the year is where the magic happens. We invite students all around the Illawarra region, into the University so they can get can not only get a taste of how different University is to high school, but also to show them that making it to university achievable and they can do anything that they put their minds to.

Now this is where I come in…

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As (sometimes) hundreds of nervous, lost, excited, anxious and ready students walk in to my room, I breathe, pump music, welcome them in and wipe any sweat thats on the inside of my palms off.

Mentors walk in amongst the students, as they take a seat I breathe and dance shaking off any nerves that I have so that I am ready to kick off a killer session for these amazing people.

As it all goes quite, I share personal stories about myself, both funny and heartfelt, in hope to move and inspire the amazing students and mentors. I work hard to link my stories to the activity that the students will be undertaking. The link between the storytelling and the logistics of the activity have to be clear and concise, otherwise I would have a room full of students who won’t understand the point of the activity. Stage training and a lot of practice goes into making each session pop, and every session I literally learn something new! #alwayslearning

While I deliver the content, the mentors personalise it which we like to call it #mentormagic. Believe me it is like magic. They inspire students by opening the doors to success and happiness, just by believing in them. The room is full of smiles and sometimes tears, because the mentors delve deep into personal stories, and experiences.

Sometimes the students get up and present their speeches, or say their dreams out loud. It is so incredible to be a part of watching each individual student accomplish so much in 1 session. I have been lucky enough to witness each student grow as a person, and develop confidence, motivation, determination and drive to be successful and chase after their dreams. They overcome so much each time they come to the University and the relationships between one and another are indescribable.

If you want to know more head to the AIME website – and don’t forget to grab a tee, or hoodie like me! Everyone is wearing them, you’d be weird if you don’t.

“I swear all I see at the UOW now is those bright AIME hoodies that you wear Amy!” 

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Aside from my deadly students, I developed as a presenter and a person too.

‘Aimeing’ to inspire many other people, leaves the door open to reflection and self growth. I have learnt more about myself in the last year then over my whole life. Learning to listen to people and their stories is a powerful skill, that I will continue to learn for the rest of my life. That is inside and outside of the AIME world. By actively listening can change lives, build friendships, and relationships. Being mindful of others, and how different each individual is in this world has strengthened my relationship with my family especially. As it is easier to reason, and understand other peoples though processes.

The most important thing that I have learnt is to always appreciate the small things in life. Surround yourself with positive people to inhale positive energy into your mind, body and soul, and you will then exhale good vibes into the universe! YEAH BRAH its that simple!

I won’t go on forever, but AIME is definitely an experience and I highly suggest ANYONE to get amongst it!

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Now as some of you may have notice throughout my daily instagram selfies, and sometimes #doubleuploads, I am now an Aunty to the most incredible Niece ever.

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Day trips to the shops are definitely eventful with Aunty.

Lexi Lee, is the highlight to my life. I don’t know how or what life was like before she was born, I can not even imagine going home of an after noon after work and not seeing her smile or not so cuddley personality – (one day I won’t have to force the cuddles).

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Now my blog wouldn’t be my blog without a picture of my one and only indescribable family.

Each and every single one of these people guide, inspire and teach me ways to work on myself and flow through life easily and happily. Support is a weapon they use to build me up and encourage me to keep going every day!

Nothing but love for each and every single one of them!

…and hey! We have 5 GENERATIONS!

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And finally my beautiful boyfriend.

Each day I fall more in love with his calm, happy and understanding personality.

It’s so cool to have someone by my side as fun as you.

I love you 

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Be happy, Be you.

xx

Life isn’t about the setback; it is about the comeback

Life isn’t about the setback; it is about the comeback

Being the ‘baby’ of the family, I was never short of attention. ‘Watch me!’ was, and still is a phrase that you may often hear come out of my mouth. Whether I was in the pool believing I was a mermaid, or on the soccer field running just ‘like a boy’ or wearing my clothes inside out, my family were always encouraging me to be who I wanted to be. My mum put great emphasis on being myself and supported any hairstyle, or clothing item I chose to wear. Being so supported at home made school much of a shock. Most of my peers couldn’t tolerate my eccentric personality, and confidence I had in any situation. I liked teddy bears and didn’t care about makeup or what anyone thought of me. No harsh words stopped me from dancing or holding my grandmothers hand in public.

Year 8 was the year. The year I was able to start acting, something I always dreamed of doing. I chose it as an elective and worked hard to prove that even without experience I could exceed expectations…and I did. I managed to come 1st in drama for 3 years in a row. Performing on stage as another character helped me escape the struggles I was facing in my own life. All my energy and emotion would go into every performance. Unfortunately, over time bullying had a vast impact on my self-esteem and spirit. Although my family continuously reassured me that the bullying stemmed from jealousy, the words were no longer comforting.

Each time my family would show their support I would get knocked down again by my peers. Up and back down. Changing schools did not fix the situation. The bullying became physical and the harsh words took a toll on my emotional/mental health. Catching public transport and attending the local mall became a place of fear and anxiety. Being chased down the street, and punched was common. The more I felt authorities and teachers were not protecting me, I became a nuisance.

After the bullying spread to social media, I began to lash out and hate the world. Slamming doors, screaming at teachers, and crying became a daily routine. After skipping class and failing every subject, I became that ‘student’ that was no longer cared about. Luckily, I was introduced to the AIME program, which at the time I did not use to my advantage. However, attending AIME taught me the importance of education. That it isn’t what happens to you, it is how you comeback stronger.

After begging my family to leave high school, AIME made me feel that it wasn’t too late. I realised my family weren’t biased. I am different, but we are all different and it isn’t a bad thing. I was inspired to get through high school. I then made the decision to repeat year 11 and took part in extra curricular activities such as AIME and IPROWD.

Fast-forward 3 years and I am now a presenter for AIME and studying a double degree in Creative Arts and Communication/Media. Thanks to AIME, I now have a purpose in life. And that is to help young Indigenous students who are struggling. I have the power to show young Indigenous students that it is about choices that define us. I have motivation and passion to show these students that their life doesn’t have to be the way it is. It is about turning a negative into a positive. Again, life is not about the setback; it is about the comeback.

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Life is not about the setback; it is about the comeback.

Life is not about the setback; it is about the comeback.
Life is not about the setback; it is about the comeback.

Culture shock //

Culture shock //

A Montage of memories to my first insight of a 3rd world country!
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What an eye opener – The comparison to streets in Australia is completely different to the main highway, so you say in Bali.

The heat smothers your sunburnt chest and sweaty face, but there is nothing more refreshing that a cocktail at a local bar. For some Bali is chaotic, for me Bali is peaceful. Despite going to bali right in the middle of a media frenzy (the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran) I was able to explore my spiritual side.

To go from mimco bags priced at $100 to locals walking around with no shoes brought me back down to Earth. It doesn’t matter about the fast cars or latest phones in bali, it is about people. The locals are connected and explore beaches, bars, and go on bush walks!

We are all the same, but why are we so different.

My one true love…

My one true love…

A little Dr phil, never hurt anyone.

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Today I found myself reading one of Phil’s books while watching him on TV…OBSESSED!

I literally can not express my adoration for Dr phil – a wise man who really guides me to be a better person. The humorous part is, he doesn’t even know I exist yet I am so intrigued by his lifestyle, all in which created by his choices.

I advise anyone to read his books, website and watch his 10th year of his famous talk-show.

The addiction only gets worse!

The addiction only gets worse!

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Finding happiness is just as important as being physically healthy – a balance that makes life so worth it!

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Nothing feels better than legs that tremble, a stomach that screams for sushi and an excuse to go home an eat a whole block of chocolate – YUM!

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Happiness is a choice – Thankyou Universe

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Now to the good bit – Do I really need to say much more… TACO’s