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Exam Advice October 10, 2009

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Ok, so I only have one down
But I blitzed it!
So let me share  some great damn advice which I am working on following myself!
1) Have a time where you regulary do the subject you hate the most.
This helps you do it automattically instead of waiting until you feel motivated to do it. For instance I study for one hour after tea Math Methods (which is a tortuous subject for me)

2) Know you stuff backwards

That how I blitzed todays Music Performance Exam – I knew my pieces from heart which meant that even if I got nervous my fingers would automatically trace the patterns of Bach (or whatever piece I was playing) and allow for my mind to get in gear again. I was confident because i knew I could do it because of the hours I had put in. I had the freedom to show off! I aim to put this into work by writing an essay a day (at least) until the English Exam. Now that I’ve written that I’ll HAVE to do it!

3) If your getting nervous about an exam DISTRACT THYSELF
Nerves can kill even an exam you’re prepared for. So don’t think about it. And if you do,  think positively. I found that if I thought about my exam today the nerves started pinching my insides. So in the car on the way down I immersed myself in reading my Literature books and played my favourite music in the car (bopping along and singing as loud as possible!). Other-study distraction is probably best but if it’s what you need I give you permission for a bite of Facebook.

4) Be confident.
If you’ve put in the hours it will pay off. You have never been as ready in your life to tackle these challenges as you are now.

Here’s to us suffering the rigours of exams! See you on the other side when I can get a chance to kick this blog into shape!


64 Things I want to Do Before I Die – 2009 update! August 15, 2009

I started this list when I was 10 and have been adding to it, and crossing off it ever since. When I first started this blog I wrote a ’57 Things I Want To Do Before I Die’ and after a few more ideas and modifications (and I full more cross outs – woo hoo!) I decided it was time for an update! Also, I plan to write a series based on the ones I have crossed out ala ‘Mighty Girl’. Keep posted!

1. Make a difference; rattle the world with something that will last and change future generations, the way people live and think

2. Be in love with life – capre diem!

3. Change someone’s life, inspire them,

4. Fall in love totally and completely

5. Write and publish a book/novel – or a few! Something classic, like the next Jane Austen

6. Record an album with at least a few originals, tour with a band

7. Have a family and raise children to look at the world with innocent, loving, curious eyes (in other words – not brats!)

8. See the Australian Chamber orchestra live in concert (and meet Richard Tongetti!)

9. Play in an orchestra for a full length symphony and/or the Messiah with a full orchestra!

10. Play these pieces on violin

  • Meditation
  • Bruch’s Violin Concerto
  • Montagues and Capulets
  • Nigun
  • Banjo and Violin

Play a violin concerto with a full orchestra backing

11. Get a lead role in a musical

12. Visit Prince Edward Island

13. Travel Europe

Other places to see:

  • Grand Canyon
  • Spain
  • Canada
  • Russia
  • Africa
  • New York
  • Jerusalem and Israel

14. Go on a missions trip

15. Go on a pilgrimage(could be linked to #13)

16. Visit Broadway. See Les Miserables, Rent, Lion King,  Sondheim

17. Spend a month in some foreign city i.e. Paris

18. Ride the Orient Express

19. Read as many books as possible, prehaps even finish my list!

20. Hanglide like a bird

21. Sing at Carols by Candelight in Melbourne

22. Write a musical

23. Act in a movie or a stage show (even a commercial!)

24. Go to a U2 concert

25. Be a hero to someone

26. Make friends with someone I dont like

27. Meet a gypsy/Bohemian

28. Discover something

29. Conduct an orchestra

30. Fly an aeroplane

31. SEE THE SNOW, feel it, play in it, have a white Christmas

32. Find every planet on a telescope

33. Meet/Interview a famous person

34. Stay awake for 48 hours

35. Learn to tap dance

36. Go to a real ball (like the ones in fairytales)

37. Host a radio show

38. Go to the Hillsong conference

39. Paint an oil

40. Set up my own webpage

41. Do something no one’s ever done before

42. Start a club, society or band

43. Be a leader on a summer camp/music camp

44. Graffiti something public

45. Sleep under the stars with only a blanket

46. Learn self defence

47. Climb a ridgy-didge mountain

48. Have a two storey house with a designated guest bedroom full of guests

49. Get lost in a forest

50. Go to these music festivals:

  • Byron Bay Blues and Roots Fest
  • Tamworth Country Festival (enter Fiddle competition)
  • Port Fairy Folk Festival

51. Dye my hair red

52. See the Olympics OR the World Cup

53. Touch the clouds

54. Fly in a balloon

55. Make an outfit by myself

56. Learn how to yodel

57. Own a camel or llama or alpaca

58. Be conversational in seven languages

59. Orgainse a retreat for young teen girls

60. Organise a Christian Music Camp

61. Live in a house with a bunch of other creative people

62. Ring a church bell in one of those massive cathedrals

63. Go for a month without a computer or television

64. Make some grand unforgettable loving actions


ASSORTED NIBBLIES #1 April 24, 2009

Being a busy (newly) 18 year old with her final year of high school, production and violin to keep her constantly on the go…it’s hard to write my usual superbly crafted articles for this blog on a regular basis (note sarcasm intended) therefore every so often on a much more frequent basis I will include these ‘Assorted Nibbles’ – much like assorted nibblies you find at party they are small interesting snippets full of flavour that satiate your taste buds until the next meal arrives.

So enjoy!

Party Aftermath

“You left your mask behind

Hanging on my tree

And with a fixed grin it is

Completely mocking me”

Erin’s Study Tip: Do not do you study within arms reach of food. But do have it in arms reach of water

“He looses it in the most beautiful way” Julia Lester Classic FM Radio Announcer. What we could hope for every musician at one point in their careers.

Song I have a crush on at the moment: ‘Times Are A Changin’ cover by Tracey Chapman yeah I know classic oldie right but I am young and so have only just discovered it for myself. The words are so powerful and I’m just praying that they have as much relevance to this decade as it did in the 70’s cos there’s so much out there that needs some ‘changes’ and yes i do want to be one of those ‘writers and prophets’…and Tracey’s voice just fits suits this song so well.

Latest Mission: Making people I come into contact with feel like they matter and that they’re worthwhile. Inpisred by Gandhi who I’ve been reading about lately and how he abolished the Indian caste of the ‘Untouchables’ – let no one be an Untouchable in your life – instead reach out and touch their lives and who nkows you could change it. There’s also an Indian Caste of the ‘Invisibles’ who people dont even see. Wouldn’t it be amazing to them if someone actually looked them in the eye and noticed them for who they were. So dont ignore people even if you feel awkward around them – meet their eye and even with a simple nod acknowelge their prescence!


Why it doesnt really matter that you have the longest dress in the school March 29, 2009

Ok, so your Mum absolutely refuses to take up your dress even a half of an inch because she hates sewing and as she says, “besides as if you want to look skanky I bought you up to be a decent girl you have brains you don’t need to be there showing off everything etc etc etc I’m sure you get the picture. So you are forced to go to school everyday amongst all these other girls simply flaunting it infront of you and the guys asking why you dress “like a nun”. There has to be some good in this situation right? Let’s do a Pollyanna and paste a smile above our long dresses and think of the following positives:

Hardly anyone will notice that your dress is long and how worthy are their opinions anyway?

People are too busy worrying about their giant pimple on their nose and their “frizzy hair” and their late homework assignment and their sloppy lunch to even SPARE a thought to the length of your dress. It really doesn’t matter. People are dying in Africa and here you are worrying about a few inches of material. And anyone who makes fun of you for this seriously needs a life and is probably feeling so insecure about their person they’re taking any little tiny weeny thing they can point out about you that is different

Your other features will become accentuated without the distraction of a short dress

My boyfriend agrees with this one. You know when you’re walking down the street and see a girl with a realllly short dress. You don’t think ‘man her hair looks fantastic today’ or ‘that’s a really individual fashion sense’ or ‘she has cute dimples’…you think, ‘man she has a short dress she looks like her self esteem is way low’. Whereas you see a girl in a long dress and you look at all the other things – you’re not distracted. And guys will see you as a person not an object to be lusted over. They will be listening to your sparklingly wittingly conversation and not constantly having “slippery eyes”.

You don’t have to worry about flashing people inadvertently (or not)

There is seriously nothing sexy in flashing people all the time. I find it quite disgusting, and people especially older people (such as you boss and teachers i.e. people who you WANT to think better of you)

You will either not remember when they look back that you had the longest dress. And if they do you can become known as the girl with the long dress and wear this badge proudly unlike those other conformists in the short dress

Who wants to be like everyone else? It’s way overrated. People wont even remember that your dress was a tad longer than most but WILL remember when they’re lives were falling apart and you were the one who stopped and asked them if they were alright. Or that you were this cool non conformist who jumped in the pool fully clothed and could play a mean mandolin… It’s your choice…be like a sellout pop singer or like an Indie artist who invents their very own genre and amaze the world…


How I’m Going to Live My Life From Now On March 16, 2009

A Few More Resolutions/Thoughts

Lach + Erin

Lach + Erin

  • I’m going to try and live by humility and gratitude (as opposed to whinging and selfishness)

  • Stay Inspired and Stimulated

  • I’m going to speak. To sing. If only for eight half deaf people!

  • Let joy…sparked by love of God and people…be my defining characteristic

  • Life is there to….enable/spark changes in other people’s lives by leaving a bit of your soul behind whether on stage, through a blog post, or in day to day contact

  • Be enhanced everyday by my relationship with god

  • Unplug this darn computer for a day each week!

  • Try to go for a Walk everyday for refreshment

  • Read before going to bed FOR FUN

    Take it Each Step at a time Honey

  • Lach – love him, support him the best way I can, apply 1 Corinthians 13

  • Take notes of what interests and inspires me

  • Try to do all my homework before Sunday arvo so i can take it off


How to Have Your Best Swimming Sports Ever! February 28, 2009

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Here’s some ideas based on my 6 years of experience of attending Swimming Sports both the good and bad…

Getting Into the Spirit of Things

Getting Into the Spirit of Things

1. Get into and push the spirit of the day!

This starts with the House Captains. They have to be sold out to winning and having fun, but all the same not taking it too seriously…make sure all your team members feel like they’re valuable and contributing to the day and you will find them willing to do anything for you…even an Individual Medley…This means rousing speeches to motivate your team, lots of encourgaement, make up some chants – maybe you would even consider having a cheerleading section for your team. This means decorating the pool with more decorations than the other teams, it could mean dressing up in a large animal suit of the colour of your team….whatever it takes!

2. Have a commentator

Get some of your gregarious Year 12’s or a funny teacher to commentate the day so that those sitting back under the trees and stuff can still know what’s happening. This also generates excitement and atmosphere.

3. Have a DJ

Fact: Nothing creates atmosphere like music. So gets some beats happening (even if it’s just someones Ipod with Ipod speakers) to have that Summer-by-the-pool vibe about the event. This is also a good feature for your non swimmers (and there’s also more non swimmers than actual swimmers so be nice to them!)

4. Use imagination when designing Events

Make the day memorable. For example our House Captains utilized a giant “pool monster” for the traditional ‘Captains Race’ which the kids could then use in the free swim. My Dad speaks fondly of his Swimming Sports where they had mostly novelty events such as a watermelon being thrown into the pool where you had to try and get it (but it’d be slippery and heavy so it would be a real team effort). The high school has mostly novelty events such as the clothes relay where you dress your member in clothes they then have to swim to the other side and exchange their clothes with the next person (obviously not ALL of their clothes!). This makes swimming sports much more accessible for those non swimmers, and, dare I say, more interesting.

5. FOOD! Have a BBQ or a Cake Stall or both

School Athletic events are the perfect opportunities for the SRC or a social justice group to make money from hungry competitors who even better have parents around to give them cash. Design a roster, make sure you advertise and get numbers so you dont cook too many sausages. Also gives non swimmers something to do!

6. Bring a Guitar

This works trust me, it will get passed around more than a newborn baby.




I think my snack time is about to become revolutionized….I stumbled upon this CAKE IN A MUG recipe on ehow


How to Make a Cake in a Mug

Comment me if you try it and tell me what you think! Or any variations…

Mmmmm looks good

Mmmmm looks good


Advice for Surviving Year 12 (in style)! January 26, 2009

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So, gearing up for Year 12, I’ve been hearing and hearing mountain loads of advice on what to do, what not to do, how to achieve that highest possible glittering gold enter.

So, in sum, I shall collate it here:


Study! Study! Study!

Study! Study! Study!

Qualification: Just finished Year 12 with an Enter of 93

“dont think of it as a whole year, it feels overwhelming, just look after the current day and it will work out

and do it in the interests of education rather than enter score

so if your enjoying what you do as much you can then it should be a good year”


Qualification: A Camp Leader of mine who has some great advice

“The best thing I did for year 12 was to have coffee with my friends once a week”

“Read all your English books in the summer holidays”

Nicholas Mannering

Qualification: Kwong Dow Lee Young Scholar

“You’ll see the HSC is a test on you as a person, where you are what you want to be and if you’ve got the guts to hang in there.”


Qualification: Kwong Dow Lee Young Scholar

“Definitely maintain your social life. I personally think you shouldn’t drastically change it because your brain needs ‘break time’ to take in and process the information you’re studying (which is the same reason why sleep is important). For me, I actually decided to commit myself to an hour’s study a night. However you all know as well as I do that it’s not the hours, it’s how you study.
And if you have a hobby or something, or regularly go out somewhere different every weekend, that’s always a good distractor.”

Xavier Snell

Qualification: Kwong Dow Lee Young Scholar
“Just a couple of tips I found useful last year, and yes keeping in the theme of ‘balance’

Sleep is important and cannot be compensated with caffeine, staying up to 1am may get some homework done, but it will be of poor quality and the next day you will be tired and this will cause your workload and stress to increase.

Find a group of like-minded (ie study orientated) who are doing some of the same subjects, being able to talk with friends is a great help, for you and them, and if you share subjects you can draw paralells between the subjects and study effectively

Use your school’s facilities as much as possible, most teachers are willing to help students who want to learn at lunch time and after school, and the school library (or other areas that are quiet and have resources) is a great place to study, if you feel your not getting study done at home or a friend’s house.

But with that, you need balance. Year 12 is not entirely about studying, you have to take time out to enjoy life, friends, family, a party every now and then, a good book, that isn’t on the text list, or just watching the odd movie or favourite tv show are always great relaxation and stress relievers.

But no matter what you’ve got to remember that it is your year, not your parents’ not your teachers’ or a future uni’s year, you have to find a balance, and how you want to work, and within a few weeks of year 12, the euphoria and excitement of the final year wear off and hopefully you will find your niche and enjoy the year.”


How to Get out of Your Comfort Zone these Holidays January 25, 2009

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Summer holidays…perfect for chillaxin’ and sleeping in, but also for stretching yourself beyond the norm…grasp the opportunity of breaking out of the routine these holidays

Here are a few ideas:

  • Do something you’ve never done before

This could be taking a different route home, going to a nearby town you’ve never been before, talking to a different person you’ve never talked to before, watch a Sci-fi movie if you usually watch Romantic Comedies…you get the idea. Try the opposite concept – whatever you usually do try the opposite of. You usually stay up late? Try getting up early, really early, to watch the sunset. You usually listen to classical music? Try some heavy metal. Or if you’re usually into rock try some jazz.

My “new” thing this summer was starting this blog! I had always intended to try something like this out and with the extra time needed to set one up, I went for it! And voila, here’s the product.

  • Do something crazy

Wear crazy clothes – mismatching fluro colours, top hat, feather boa and blame it on the summer heat. Try eating some wacky foods from other countries. Snails can be quite nice, or even better try cooking it yourself to REALLY extend yourself. Crazy things are always more fun – and get more out of hand with friends so grab a crowd and try speaking in a British accent all day on the trains.

A group of my friends and I started singing the song we were learning at a camp down the street, harmonies, facial expressions and all in the middle of a busy Melbourne street and the reactions of the people around us were hilarious! We even had a bride in dress and all come down and boogie with us.

Get into the spirit of Summer!

Get into the spirit of Summer!

  • Learn a new skill

You have all this time, so why not?! Check out a TAFE course or a short course at a university. If you’re a teen or a kid there are plenty of summer programs out there in anything you could possibly want from Jewellery Making to Martial Arts to Waterskiing. Dance is always fun and aerobic. You can meet some great people this way too; people you wouldn’t normally hang out with who add an extra dimension to your life.

I did a Musical Theatre Group at a music summer school this year and made a heap of new friends and improved my vocal technique and stetched myself.

  • Stay at a random relatives place

This idea has many upsides to it:

Firstly, it’s free and a chance to see new places and meet new people which goes well with our first step

Secondly, it gives you a chance to connect with people who face it ARE related to you. You can get to hear some great family stories that prehaps you’ve never had the chance to before.

  • Volunteer

What better way to spend the summer than to spend it helping other people. There are countless organisations where you can volunteer. you’ll find that although you set out to try and help other people, they end up helping you in deeper ways than you can ever imagine!


How to Get your Butt off Facebook and Stop Wasting Time January 12, 2009

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Alright I basically wrote this for myself cos I let Facebook eat up way too much of my waking hours that could be spent in some other way. And judging from what i see of my friends, they do too. So I write this for all of us, sharing advice that hopefully I will make myself follow one of these days!

….New Years Resolutions anyone?

From what I can see it’s a cycle, I feel I have to check it at least once a day to stay in the circle of gossip but then realise that most of the ‘friends’ I am reading up about are people I met years ago who I’m not actually all that interested whose contact should have been naturally died ages ago.

That’s not to say I dont love facebook but it’s just so time consuming and doesn’t really bring much in return, only shreds of lukewarm gossip.

And so I’m thinking less time on the darstardly thing will be a good idea

So, here are some strategies:


Set yourself a limit to how much time you ARE going to waste on the thing cos cold turkey is so hard.

So set a timer i.e. ten minutes and stick to it

And limit yourself to checking it once a day or whatever, this helps wean your dependance from it


When you go on the computer, or on facebook I find that I am most productive and less time-wasting if I have a clear idea of what I’m doing.

So, if need be write down exactly the tasks you hope to achieve e.g. “send comment to Elisa”, “send gift to Hugh for birthday”, “check mail” or at least have a clear idea in your head what you want to do and STICK WITH IT and DONT GET DISTRACTED and GET OUT OF THERE as soon as it’s all done

Do something Else!

There are countless other things to do. turn the computer off. Go outside for a walk. Call up a friend. Read a book (go Terry Pratchett!!) Get ideas.

As one of my favourite posts of all time from Alex the girl says,

“Please go out there and do. Live. Don’t be the same as yesterday. Don’t live vicariously online. Don’t use language that has no meaning or talk ideas you don’t really live. Don’t hide. Don’t copy others or live their ideas or life. Don’t fear doing your thing. Don’t fear doing. Instead of reading a decorating magazine, paint that room. Instead of thinking of baking, do up a cake. Run, walk, bike. Put that self help book down and pick up yourself.” (read the whole thing at it’s excellent!)

So I go now, and I’m going to try not to be a hypocrite and so I’ll follow my advice and go and DO something!