Monday, 21 January 2013

My New Toy: iPad Mini

Hey everyone!

Ok so this blog post is going to be a bit of a review on my new toy.

Clive and I both needed some new clothes and stuff for work so over the weekend we decided to do a little bit of shopping. We went to Chermside for a bit of a change to our local shopping centre.

While we were there we decided to have a look in the Apple store, as there are very few in Queensland. The store was packed!! The few times I've been past the store it has always been full of people. I suppose the fact the stores are so few and far between make it a bit of a novelty.

I wanted to have a look at the iPads as we are moving house soon and it's going to take me an hour on the train to get to work. I want the option of something else to entertain me besides reading books.

The iPads were a little out of my price range, but I decided to have a look at the minis they had on display. The cheapest one the had was the 16GB wifi only mini, but it was still $370.00.

I asked one of the salesmen a heap of questions about it and seriously contemplated buying it, then decided to think about it. I wasn't really sure I wanted to buy it.

We spent a few hours finishing the rest of our shopping and on the way out I decided to throw caution to the wind and bought myself an iPad mini!!

I was really impressed with the service I received at the store. Even though the place was really busy I didn't have a problem managing to get the attention of a salesperson. And once I'd made the purchase they helped me go through and set it all up with my email account and that kind of thing.

I did find it funny though that every time someone bought a product the entire staff burst out in applause, which also encouraged the customers to do the same. There was a little girl there who was having her fifth birthday and they all sang her happy birthday though which was adorable.

I've only had the iPad for about 30 hours or so at the moment but I LOVE it!!!

I was able to download all the apps that I've got on my phone to the iPad through the App Store. Most of the ones that I'd paid for on my phone I didn't have to pay for again which I was happy with.

The only issue I've had with it was downloading my purchased music from iTunes. It kept freezing up and I had to delete a lot of the songs and do it again, but in all honestly that was more than likely my fault for trying to download 550 songs in one go.

I basically wanted something that I could put movies on and watch on the train on the way to work, but its already proving to be better than just that. Its a lot easier using Instagram ( ) and twitter ( ) and my other social media, and I can lie on the couch and watch tv at the same time! Plus I'm planning on using the calendar and the reminders to organise my life a bit better.

At the moment I'm extremely happy with my new toy and I think my opinion is probably going to stay that way for a while.

What do you all think of Apple and their products??? Does anyone else have the Mini? What do you like most about it?

Until next time,
Emm xx

Friday, 11 January 2013

What is a True Friend???

Hi Guys,

Well it's the end of the week and it's been a pretty full on one at that! I started back at work on Monday for the year, and as I predicted, it was a very busy week of catch up (which I still haven't managed to do).

A couple of things happened this week that got me thinking.

We have people come in and out of our lives every single day. Acquaintances, strangers, work colleagues, team mates, lovers, enemies; the list is endless. A lot of these people we also refer to as friends.

But how many of them would you consider a 'true' friend? And what does a 'true friend' mean to you?

To me, a 'true' friend is someone that is there for you regardless of the time of day or night.

Someone that doesn't need social media to remember the important dates in your life.
Someone that would drop everything for you just because you asked.
Someone that gives constantly and never expects to receive in return.
Someone who supports whatever choices you do make and doesn't judge you for them.
Someone who loves you unconditionally for who you are.

Imagine you were in trouble. Or you needed help with something. Or you just needed someone to be there for you. How many people do you know that would actually come through? My guess is that if you sat down and really thought about it, and was completely honest with yourself, you could count the number of people that would be there on one hand.

Check your Facebook friend list. How many friends do you have? 100? 200? 1,000? How many of them actually wish you a happy birthday on your special day? 50? 60? Now, take your birthday offline. How many of your 'Facebook friends' would still wish you happy birthday? A couple? Maybe 10 if your lucky? For most people, if they don't have social media remind them, they don't care. Which means you need to ask the question: Do they actually care about YOU? 

Sadly too many people are selfish. Too many people are invested in 'friendships' for their own purpose, whether it be because they want something from you, or because it suits them at the time. They don't actually care about your feelings, or how their 'friendship' is going to affect you. And the worst part is sometimes you don't realise what they're doing until its too late.

I had a 'friend' like that. I went through a lot of stuff a few years back and had a 'friend' support me the whole way through. He would call me a couple of times a week, to find out how I was going and would help me out if I needed it. It seemed like he was always there for me, and would help me with anything.

Then everything I was going through was finalised. I haven't heard from him since. It was like he had dropped off the face of the earth. He stopped answering my calls, didn't return messages, all that kind of stuff. It wasn't until I gave it a lot of thought that I realised how blind I had been. He never actually called to find out how I was doing. He was calling to find out how the situation was progressing. He didn't actually care about me at all. I realised (too late) that all he was after was gossip, and where better to get it than direct from the source. Once there was no gossip left to take, he no longer had a need for me.

I learnt my lesson though. I learnt that sadly there are a lot of people out there that are just trying to get as much as they can, of whatever they can, as quickly as they can. They don't care about anyone else. They don't care that what they do could hurt someone.

Now I'm not saying that you shouldn't be selfish sometimes, or that you shouldn't put yourself first. We all need that occasionally. It's only healthy.

But when you're playing with other people, and their emotions like my 'friend' did to me, that is just wrong. It's not nice. It's not fun. And it's definitely not fair on the poor soul you leave behind wondering what happened, and why the friendship no longer exists once you're done with them.

The events of this week made me wonder. What if I needed someone to just be there to hold my hand and tell me that everything will be OK, regardless of whether you thought what I was doing was right or not? How many of you would actually be there, instead of being judgemental from the sidelines??? 

How many of you would be the 'true friend' we all claim to be?

Some of my favourite quotes on friendship:

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. 
Walter Winchell

Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is. 
Jim Morrison

What's the use of having so many friends if you cannot depend on any of them? Forget about fake friends, and start searching for the real ones. Those are the ones who will never leave you alone, the ones who'll always come running when you call their names, the ones who can turn your sadness in to happiness.

A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
William Penn

Your true friend is always there, not just for a day or two, but forever.


Monday, 7 January 2013

Just a Little Intro...

Hi Everyone, 

Well I decided I would finally start a blog. I used to write a lot as a kid but then life got in the way and I stopped. I've been craving a bit of a creative outlet lately so here I am!

This blog is going to be a combination of everything I think. My life, who I am, my beliefs, music, quotes, reviews.. You name it I'll probably include it at some point or another. And hopefully in the process I'll work out how to make the layout look a little bit better. :)

So who am i you ask?

  • My name is Emma. 
  • I'm 23.
  • I was born in Brisbane and I've lived within an hour or so drive my entire life. 
  • I love the simple and beautiful things in life like family, friends, food, music, art, reading, nature and animals. 
  • I have an amazing partner. His name is Clive. He has two kids who are 3 and 6 so I suppose I'm a step mum to a certain extent. 
  • I work full time. 
  • I am the accounts manager for a collection agency. It's always busy. Sometimes it's stressful. But I love it. I've worked there nearly 5 years and have the best bosses!! 
  • I used to dance. I did modern jive. I'm planning on getting back in to it this year!
  • Depending on my mood my favourite colours are pink, blue and green. 
  • I have a beautiful 3 year old green cheek conure by the name of Silver. I've had him since he was a baby and love him to death. He talks a little bit but generally only says "Hello Silver" or "Hello Silvy". 
  • I love birds, elephants, squirrels and turtles!
  • I love Mexican, Italian and Indian food. 
  • I love reading. My favourite books are by Robin Hobb. I'm also interested in True Crime, mainly serial killers. I don't know why. I've always found it fascinating. I wanted to be a criminal profiler for a while a few years back. 
  • My family tree is extremely complicated, but long story short I have 2 brothers, a sister, a step-mum, and an adopted family of mother, father, brother, sister. My dad passed away when I was in primary school and I miss him every day. 
I could probably go on and on forever, but I don't have the time today, and besides, if I did, there would be nothing left to write about in my future blogs!! 

BUT! If you want to know sooner, all you have to do is ask!

I look forward to sharing my story with you all!