Author: elisehughan

I like telling stories. Mostly they're my own, about cooking, reviewing, my portfolio or life. But my favourite stories are the ones for others. The stories about people who don't have a voice to tell their own. Those are the stories I truly love.

Showing off their skills

Yesterday marked the start of a full week of open days, career expos and student showcases taking place across the country in aid of one larger event; it’s National Skills Week and SkillsOne and the Government are teaming up to advocate for vocational education and applied training.

The week is about getting involved by encouraging schools, TAFES and workplaces to register their own events and promote hands on learning for young and old.

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This week I learned about unlikely motivators

Every so often I stop to think about how productive I’ve been in all the goals I set myself earlier in the year, and realise I haven’t been acting on them.

Even more often someone says or does something that actually prompts me to remember them, meaning I’ve forgotten to do them in the first place.

This week was one of those weeks.

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This month I learned about taking things for granted

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been on hiatus for a month. But just because I haven’t written, doesn’t mean I haven’t learned. And the most pressing lesson I’ve learned in that time is not to take things for granted.

Or even more accurately, to be grateful for everything you have.

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This week I learned about procrastination

For all of those times a blog has opened with the phrase “we’ve all done it”, procrastination is universally understood.

Whether it’s doing the housework, homework or starting a big work project, many of us have strategically avoided the task at hand. Often our avoidances can be monotonous to waste the time, such as going on Facebook or watching television, while other times they’re more ambitious, such as deep cleaning your entire house or my favourite from a friend at work, procrasti-baking.

This week a quote from Marthe Troly-Curtin (and arguable several others) popped up in my newsfeed, and as I procrastinated finding an idea for today’s blog by reading and playing video games, it struck a chord:

“Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time.” 

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This week I learned about ‘stuff’

In the past few weeks my partner and I have spoken a lot about moving out of our poor quality flat and into something a bit newer (and considerably less mouldy). With rental prices and area codes upping the price of several apartments we’ve looked at, a lot of the time our move would also involve downsizing from a two bedroom to a one bedroom flat. Despite deciding against the move, our search has taught us at least one valuable lesson.

We own a lot of crap.

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This week I learned what I haven’t learned

This week I spent a day shadowing a reporter from my former workplace to develop my journalism skills. While I had been on interview pick-ups and to small events before, I was surprised by the amount of time that goes into waiting for a single story.

Every shot and grab you see in that minute and a half story on the nightly news has taken hours to collect. In this particular case of a fatal accident, we waited until every element of the story was complete; the police had returned to the crime scene, neighbours had described what happened and friends of the deceased had arrived to pay their respects.

I studied journalism at university and have worked in newsroom production for over two years, but the differences between what you learn in books and what you learn on the job are astounding.

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This week I learned that, O.M.G like, the drama

FacebookDrama(noun)

  1. A play for theatre, radio or television
    1. Plays as a genre or style of literature
    2. The activity of acting
  2. An exciting, emotional or unexpected event or circumstance

It’s in our basic human nature to be attracted to drama, whether we act it, watch it or live it.

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