It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

I love Halloween. It’s my favourite time of the year. And no, I’m not an American. I can’t remember the first year I started celebrating Halloween. I was obsessed with all things magic from a young age. I used to try and stay up to watch Charmed despite my parents banning me from watching the series because I had become that fixated on witchcraft. And perhaps, … Continue reading It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

How I Ended Up Studying (and completing) a Journalism Degree

  After three years, two degree swaps and copious amounts of coffee, I’ve finished my undergraduate course at Deakin! Hooray! While I don’t officially graduate until February 2018, a chapter of life is now finishing and it feels bittersweet. There is so much I could write about my time here at Deakin – all the ups and the downs. But I think, perhaps, the thing … Continue reading How I Ended Up Studying (and completing) a Journalism Degree

The One That Keeps Me Up At Night

There is something that I saw once, somewhere on the interweb that caught my attention. At first, I thought it was a load of utter bullshit and pushed the damn thing aside, because of course, what this person was saying was just wrong. But now, at 22, I’m starting to realise it might’ve, in fact, been me that’s had it all wrong. Growing up is realising … Continue reading The One That Keeps Me Up At Night

My Home Away from Home- A Love Letter to The City That Holds My Heart

Dearest New York, You are my home away from home; the city that stole a piece of my heart. I’m trying to recall the first time I fell in love with you. I know it was long before I got to see you in person. I think my obsession with you first began when I was twelve years old, watching a TV series called Ugly Betty. … Continue reading My Home Away from Home- A Love Letter to The City That Holds My Heart

The Harsh Realities of Living with a Congenital Heart Defect

  Poppy Smith is unlike most other kids her age. At just four and a half years old, Poppy has undergone five open heart surgeries. Five. Almost one for each year of her life. When I ask her what her favourite colour is, she replies that she likes all of them- all the colours of the rainbow except for one- red. Perhaps this is because … Continue reading The Harsh Realities of Living with a Congenital Heart Defect

Treat Yo Self…to a look inside my current shopping wish list

Hello, lovely readers. So my blog has turned into a bit of a lifestyle blog of late, and I must say, I’m absolutely loving it! Okay, so I’ve only written one post so far that I would categorise as semi-lifestyle. But hopefully, with the way things are travelling, you’re going to see more light-hearted content on Caffeinated Words, as well as my usual, more serious … Continue reading Treat Yo Self…to a look inside my current shopping wish list

Remembering the past- my recent visit to Melbourne’s Jewish Holocaust Centre

Last weekend, I was invited to join the current ALC203 Digital Media class on an excursion to the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Elsternwick, Melbourne. I had previously visited the JHC as part of my year ten high school curriculum. We had been studying the Holocaust in Religious studies for several weeks and had just finished watching Steven’s Spielberg’s Schindler’s List.  It was an overwhelming and confronting excursion- probably … Continue reading Remembering the past- my recent visit to Melbourne’s Jewish Holocaust Centre