Author: AnushkaB

Change, my dear. And it seems not a moment too soon.

Protect Jodie Whittaker at all costs.

Doctor Who is at its best when it makes big bold changes and this is huge.

I already adore her, and I am cheering for her and new showrunner Chris Chibnall to really knock it out of the park with an amazing Series 11 of Doctor Who. Like any other Doctor that has come before her, I will defend her so hard. Like any Doctor before at first its going to be so weird to see her occupy the TARDIS, not because she is a woman but because she’s the new Doctor. In my experience there has always been a bit of uncertainty when a new Doctor shows up, actually apart from David Tennant I was sold on him immediately (11 is my favourite and I wasn’t sold on him straight away!). I’m all for embracing the change though. There will be higher expectations now, the show will be scrutinized even more with a woman in the lead but I can’t wait to see what they do with it.

I’ll admit four years ago I wasn’t ready for a female Doctor, and this time around I was actually hoping for a male actor to take on the role, someone like Sacha Dhawan would have been perfect (and I hope he gets his chance a few years down the line). I just didn’t think it was possible that the Doctor could be a woman. But a day or two before yesterdays big announcement I started imagining the idea of an actress taking on the role, someone like Hayley Atwell, I was excited by the idea and the fact they have gone ahead and done it is actually incredible. I was so sure they were going to play it safe and now I am glad I was wrong. The new Doctor Who is going to inspire so many young girls and boys around the world it is going to be wonderful!

I’m kind of surprised I didn’t think of Jodie Whittaker at first, I do remember seeing her on potential lists on news sites. But it actually makes sense that it is her, Chris Chibnall worked with Whittaker on Broadchurch for 3 seasons, they must have a great working relationship together like I imagine David Tennant and Russell T Davis did on Casanova and then latter on Who. Taking on a show as big as this you got to have people around you that you know and work well with.

A female Doctor has been on the cards since Missy was introduced in 2014, and Missy was brilliant! There is no reason why 13 won’t be either. We got hints of her arrival throughout the latest series too.

The only constant of Doctor Who is how it keeps changing and evolving, there is no original format to the show it is constantly moving forward bringing in new creatives and that’s one of the many reasons the show is so exciting to watch. This is only the second time I’ve gone through the announcement of a new Doctor, I got in to the show late 2011. I remember when Capaldi was announced I adored him instantly, and the exact same thing happened when Whittaker was announced, she’s a terrific actress and I have no doubt she will make a fine Doctor.

We all change when you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives, and that’s okay, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you use to be – Eleven

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*insert this is fine gif* #2017

Every time I see a new story break on Twitter, I want to reply to it using this gif.

A while ago I wrote a post about how to keep up with the news. But now I bring you a counter point, take a break from the news if it is getting too much.

There has been a lot of news happening lately that make you lose faith in humanity a little, terror attacks continue throughout the world, Donald Trump is still president, fear mongering is rife and everything kinda sucks. The other day I was listening to the latest Podcasts from Pod Save America and the New York Times, both focused mainly on the health care debate in the USA and I found the listen truly depressing. That people would want take away fundamental rights of their own citizens is horrifying.

Take a break from the news, its okay, people should not judge you for wanting to do so.

How can you do that though? Especially if you are like me and the first thing you do each morning is check Twitter for the latest news.

Think before you click.

I took that heading straight out ofΒ  an article in Psychology Today, because I couldn’t have said it better, the article says that “exposing ourselves to too much, too often runs the risk of making us become numb or overwhelmed.” I have done this in the past, I’ve seen a headline online that while it is near to my interests and is an important story itself, I wouldn’t read it because I knew it would overwhelm me and contribute to me feeling anxious. Instead the article talks about taking time to read up on the general issue and taking action or making a contribution financial towards the cause.

Radio silence.

Just take a break get rid ofΒ  all technology for a week and see what happens. The last time I remember doingΒ  this completely was when I was traveling around Sri Lanka in December 2010. I recently deactivated my Facebook for a week which was great, I don’t feel the need to constantly go on it anymore.

Reach out to your family and friends.

If the world is getting you down talk to someone. Surround yourself with all your favourite people and all your favourite things and forget about the rest of the world for a while Don’t feel guilty that you aren’t paying enough attention to world events.

Remember there is still a lot of good things happening in the world.

I think about this quote a lot.

‘Humanity is good. Some people are terrible and broken, but humanity is good. I believe that‘ – Hank Green.

BBC Newsround published an excellent story following the Manchester Attacks in May Advice if you’re upset by the news

While this was directed mainly at younger people who may be upset, I think it gave advice that is applicable to anyone regardless of their age.

To conclude let me quote another Green brother, this time John:

“Bad news happens all at once. Good news happens slowly.” – John Green

He was referring to this story First Ebola Vaccine Likely to Stop The Next OutbreakΒ when Ebola first broke out it was all over the news and then we stopped hearing about it, it became that 60 second soundbite that you would hear during the world news section of your evening bulletin. Although the news stopped talking about it, people were still working away to create a vaccine.

Good news is still happening all around, never forget that.

Mid year report card

Okay half year mark of 2017, where did the last 6 months go? I say it every year but the last 6 months have flown by especially quick. I also say that every year.

I remain cautiously optimistic although while still feeling incredibly frustrated with myself and my inability to find work. I don’t want to moan though, today feels like a good opportunity to reflect on the last 6 months, on the cool things that have happened and what I have learned along the way.

January

It was wedding season in Wellington, I was in a wedding party which took up my January. It was a fantastic time, I kept busy and got to hang out with my friends. I don’t want to sound overly confident or anything but I reckon I can throw an excellent bridal shower.

I make good cake.

February

I finished up at my job of the last four years and officially booked my ticket to Melbourne. It was a month of ‘see you laters,’ it was emotional af. The anxiety of moving countries would come and go, one minute I would feel absolutely fine and then without warning I would feel overcome with nerves and would joke about taking my dog to Australia with me.

This is Millie, my dog.

March

I did it, I left Wellington. Part of me wasn’t sure I’d go through with it as I have been known in the past to say I was going to do things but then it would never happen. The first month I just explored, hung out at NGV, got use to the trains and buses and got myself acquainted with Melbourne. I saw The Book of Mormon which was the coolest thing I have seen on stage, period.

April

Not my month, although it really should be my month, after all I was born in April. I was dreading it though, first birthday away from friends and family. Nothing particularly noteworthy happened, I went to my first networking event which was good, but I would urge anyone new to networking to not wait two months to get in touch with the people you meet. Follow up asap!

May

My first interview! For a job I did not want…

I was relieved I didn’t get it, although proud of myself for getting through a group interview for the first time and putting myself within shot of being considered. Any interview practice is good.

I was also social for the first time in months with people my own age, I needed that. I set up a Instagram food account with friends, and I started this blog!

June

I networked more, I went to a party after a very long time, I talked about that here. I had another interview with a recruitment agent and it went really well, it was the most relaxed I have felt in such an environment ever.

And finally to cap of my June just yesterday I did my first temp job! My recruiter literally woke me up and sent me to cover reception for an organisation. I was flustered and did not know what was happening for the first hour, but I got it done and that’s a tad more experience now under my belt!

That’s it. First 6 months gone just like that. If I could grade myself I would probably give myself a C+. I’ve done okay, so much more to do though. I will give myself a higher grade in December.

Time to get to work.

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Harry

I know its not actually his birthday, but its been 20 years since his world came in to our lives.

I owe the Potter universe and JK Rowling so much, who knows if I would be such an avid reader if I did not pick up those books when I was 11.

The characters in these books were my superheroes growing up.

The way I got in to this world was maybe quite different to others. I had been gifted the books by a number of people, but I didn’t read them, maybe I tried but I would get easily distracted when reading (I still do) so I never got far with the books. But then November 2001 we went on a school trip to see the Philosophers Stone and my world changed, I walked out of cinema thinking oh. my. god. why haven’t I read these books yet? When I got home, I went straight to my room and picked up the Chamber of Secrets and that was that, I was hooked. It took me a month to finish book 2, but then I binged the rest, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire and back to the Philosophers Stone all in a month and for an 11 year who barely read up until that point it a huge deal.

Then the long wait. It would be another 18 months till I could read another Harry Potter book. Harry Potter was my first fandom, I was up in all those forums, constantly checking all the latest news, the first fan fiction I read (which was completely PG) was Harry Potter related. The first time someone spoiled a plot development of book, tv show or movie was with Harry Potter (It was Sirius dying btw, I was so mad). Harry Potter was my gateway fandom, one minute I am reading the books then before I know it I am holding a sonic screwdriver on one hand a light sabre on the other, while waiting for the Avengers to come help defeat us from evil in this world. If it weren’t for my fandoms, I honestly don’t think I’d be the person I am today and it all started with this series.

So thank you to Harry Potter, I can’t imagine a world without it in my life, I would not be the person I am today. A few of the books are now in tatters, but I will treasure them forever.

Happy Monday

Green Light came out about 3 days before I left NZ to move to Melbourne and I had this song on repeat on the plane ride over. I had it on repeat as I was too tired and too emotional to change the playlist, I felt like I was in some cliche movie montage of a female 20 something about to make a massive change in her life, which I was. Anyway Melodrama is an excellent album, I’m sure you’re already listening.

Hi I would like some friends please

I would like some friends please.

When I first went to university in 2008, I lived in a hall of residence, best time of my life right? No. The first few weeks were the worst, I was incredibly shy and not sure how to come out of my shell, that set me up for the rest of the year. I went the whole year with not many people knowing who I was which was incredibly lonely for an 18 year old. That is not to say 2008 was a terrible year altogether I had a good group of school friends who kept me going and some fun was had. That experience of not being able to make friends has kind of held me back ever since, and now having thrown my self in to the deep end of moving to a new country I am reminded that I have grown a lot in the last 10 years but there is always the danger of me going in to my shell.

Making friends as an adult sucks, especially when you have moved to a city where you barely know people your own age. But I went to my first party over the weekend, my first party since my own farewell party from Wellington back in February. I was so so close not to attending, I was coming up with all the excuses:

  • I’m currently about an hour out of the city coming home at night would be a mission (and it was a mission).
  • I’ll be awkward (I was a little bit)
  • I’ll say something stupid (I did).
  • I don’t know anyone going (big lie I knew a bunch of them).

I am happy to report that I am pleased I attended, it was a boost to my confidence. That evening reminded me that I could still socialise and talk to people. It was the first time in months where I got to meet people my own age. I’ve been so use to hanging out on my own for so long I think I definitely needed a night out. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t dreading it, I spent all day in bed thinking I don’t want to go, but I have to go. I was saying things to myself such as “You can do this Anushka, you are a grown up 27 year old person who can go out and be social.” Once I got to the bar and the liquid courage set in I was alright.

I met some nice people and who knows if I will actually get the chance to hang out with them again, it might just only be through their Facebook updates, but hopefully I can continue to push myself to go out and do more. Melbourne is a pretty rad city to live in even if you don’t know many people, so it should be even better with a good group of friends.

I let that bad experience in 2008 define me for a long time, although insecurities remain, I am more confident and more sure of myself now. As I have mentioned before in other posts the more you push yourself, the better it will get. I really need that to continue to be true. In order to get out and meet people you have to find that extroverted side of yourself, its definitely there and ready. If there are other shy introverted people reading this post, I hope my little story of hanging out in a Melbourne bar for a few hours on the weekend can encourage you to go out and find what you want too.