How to get help for gambling

by Kylie on July 23, 2014

Gambling Help

Addictions are a real issue that can ruin your life and the lives of those around you. They can tear families apart and sadly, we often don’t realise we are hooked. But thankfully there are many ways to get help.

I recently posted tips for a family member who has a gambling problem, but what if you are the one addicted? Where do you go for help and what can you do?;

I’ll be very honest here. I know I have an addictive personality. I can get completely engrossed and obsessed with things, so while I’m no longer a Mormon, I still avoid alcohol, gambling, smoking and anything I view as being easily addictive.

Had I not been raised the way I was (thanks mum and dad!), I know I would have started smoking at 14, drinking at about 15 and gambling at 16 because those are the ages I had easy access to each and who knows what else over time. I am fortunate to have strong will power, but I know I could very easily be hooked to gambling or drinking if I let myself. The adrenaline rush from gambling is something I understand. I have tried it and I know many who gamble for fun but within reason. However, I know for myself, it could easily become a problem.

Becoming addicted to anything, especially gambling, can happen to anyone, but the important thing if it does, is to get help. It is difficult to overcome addictions on your own. There are many ways to gamble, but there are also many ways to get help.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you think about gambling every day?
  • Do you hide your gambling from loved ones?
  • Do you ever borrow money to gamble?
  • Do you let bills go unpaid?
  • Is your gambling affecting your work or role as a parent?
  • Do you think you can use skill to win on a pokie machine?
  • Do you gamble to forget your problems?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing an issue with gambling.

What should you do?
The fact you have recognised that you may have a problem is huge. Next, it is a matter of finding the right support and method of help for you. Check out Gambler’s Help for a variety of options and information on getting help, plus tips for family and friends. Support is available 24/7 and honestly, it is the best site I have come across for gambling problems. You can get support over the phone, face to face or online. There’s also self help options, financial counselling and support for young people under 25.

The fact that you are aware and seeking help is a big step!

We all face challenges and we all have things we need to overcome but the great thing is that once you are aware, it is easier to find the help you need and there is so much help out there. No matter how many mistakes you may have made, you can always get help and change your life.

In this day and age there are so many options. It is no longer a matter of only going to group therapy or anonymous meetings. There are online resources, support groups, online chats and help over the phone. You can do what works for you, your personality and at a time that suits you.  

Where to look for help
Gamblers Help

If you or someone you care about is experiencing problems with gambling, there are many ways to get help. For free, confidential support call Gambler’s Help on 1800 858 858 or visit to find the support that’s right for you. 


18 Jobs In Language

by Kylie on July 22, 2014

jobs in language
I’ve been a linguaphile since I was a small child. I loved writing in my native English. I’d fold a stack of papers in half, staple them together, and fill the pages with my “novels.” I relished the dreaded Language Arts section of our primary school schedule. I even enjoyed the grammar sections of our courses.

I also enjoyed studying other languages. I remember being in a book store when I was about six. My mother told me I could pick out any book I wanted. I picked up a book on French grammar aimed at teenagers. I learned languages from my friends who were non-native English speakers, and awkwardly tried to adapt to their cultural norms, even when there was absolutely no need for it.

I’m so glad I was encouraged in my endeavors by my parents, my teachers and my peers. As an adult, I work with language not just as a writer, but also at my day job. As children and adolescents, we tend to have a limited view on what we can be when we grow up if we want to be successful. CEO, lawyer, doctor, architect, fireman or woman. The reality is, there are so many jobs out there we don’t even know exist. If we chase our talents and interests, the opportunities available will astound us.
Without further ado, here are 18 jobs fellow linguaphiles can pursue if they’re not sure where to start:

  1. Author. Fiction or non-fiction. In the days before self-publishing, this meant submitting a pitch to a publishing company and having them print and distribute your book. It still can. But if you have some marketing skills, you can self-publish and still make a living from it.
  2. Freelance Writer. When I was a child, print magazines and newspapers were the most common sources hiring writers either as full-time staff or for individual projects. With the invention of the internet, there is a much larger market out there with websites needing well-written content.
  3. Blogger. While it is becoming increasingly more difficult to make a full-time living out of blogging, it can be done. You pick a niche that you’d like to write about, create a website, and furbish it with content. There’s a lot more involved if you want to build an audience and therefore an income, but countless other articles have been published on this subject.
  4. Copywriter. This job is similar to being a freelance writer, but tends to have a different nuance. Generally copywriters work for businesses to create content. That content can be advertorial in nature, it can be technical, or it can simply be content to pique customer’s interest in the field that the business operates in. You may also find yourself writing documents for the company such as brochures or training manuals.
  5. Speech Writer. If you excelled in oral communication in school, you may want to look into this field. Generally speeches are written for politicians or other government officials, as well as business big wigs who regularly give presentations.
  6. Interpreter. As an interpreter, you must be fluent in at least two languages. (The more languages you speak, the more valuable you will be.) On top of that, you must build the unique skill of internally processing a source language into a target language via consecutive or simultaneous interpretation. You can work in almost any setting: business, medical, legal, immigration services, education, the United Nations, a contractor for the military…the list goes on. Certification requirements and pay grades vary largely depending on the language, your location, and the setting.
  7. Speech and Language Therapist. You work with people who have troubles with communication. That can be anything from producing language at all, to annunciation, stuttering, or auditory processing. A bulk of the work is aimed at children, but there are also job availabilities to those who prefer to work with adults.
  8. ESL Teacher. ESL stands for English as a Second Language. If your locality has a different accepted language besides English, you can replace it with your area’s local tongue. These teachers work with students who have a different native tongue than the area’s norm. They teach them, in this case, English, but also lead direct instruction in other subjects, such as science, history, and math, in the students’ first language. The idea is that direct instruction will allow them to keep up in other subject areas as they attempt to master the second language.
  9. Teaching Your Native Language Abroad. While the ESL teacher primarily functions in an educational setting, there are programs that seek any native speakers of certain languages to travel and teach their native language abroad. These programs usually provide housing free of cost in addition to a living allowance.
  10. Translator. What an interpreter does with spoken language a translator does with written language.
  11. Linguist. This is a very broad term, but essentially what you do is look for patterns in language. You can work for the government, at a university, or even in technology. Many tech companies want to hire linguists to help them program speech recognition software. (Have you seen the closed captions on YouTube? They’re awful!) That software can be used for YouTube CC, Siri, or things like computer apps or programs that serve as interpreters. Linguists can also work on writing standardized tests, or studying whichever aspect of linguistics they find to be most interesting, producing academic papers on them while working at a university. You can also enter the field of anthropology as a linguist, studying a newly discovered or little-known-about language and recording it’s grammar, from sentence structure to prosody. These are just a sampling of the opportunities available if you’re really interested in the production and the nitty gritty of language itself.
  12. Editor. You can work as an editor for a newspaper, a website, a magazine, a publishing company; pretty much anywhere writers work there will be a need for editing.
  13. Foreign Language Teacher. Most K-12 settings offer foreign language as an option to their students, and they need teachers to educate those students. The languages in demand vary greatly depending on which region of the world you are living in. For example, in Australia Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin are regularly taught (though many other language courses are generally available,) whereas if you’re in the United States there is more of a focus on Spanish, French, and German (almost exclusively in most parts of the country.) If you’re interested in this field in Australia, a good organization to look at is AFMLTA.
  14. Communications/Social Media Specialist. This is a relatively new field that incorporates many of the advertising aspects of the copywriter position. There is a lot of emphasis on building an audience for a company, as well, including things like working knowledge of Google Analytics, SEO practices, and other responsibilities you’d relate more to a marketing specialist than specifically a “language” job. Many people with degrees in journalism and experience in writing online have entered into this field, as well.
  15. (Insert Your Native Language Here) Teacher. If you live in an area where your native language is the first language of the community at large, they will be teaching it in schools. Even if you’ve never studied anything other than your own language, you can get a college degree in it and teach it.
  16. Cultural Mediator. Language is the glue that binds together culture. Different cultures have different customs and norms, and when you study language you should be inherently or explicitly learning about the cultural norms of the people who speak it natively. Because of this, most jobs that involve cultural mediation are already listed above, such as an interpreter, teacher, or in some cases, linguists. But some organizations, particularly minority schools, hire cultural mediators to bridge the gap between either their clients or one of their clients and the majority culture.
  17. Journalism. With the shift from print to on-line media, the journalism world is changing. You can still go to school and study it, however, and many reputable jobs still require this degree. There are people who can break into this field without going to university.
  18. A job in nearly any field. Bilingualism or multilingualism can be a deciding factor in landing you any job, even if you decided you wanted your major to be finance. Being able to directly communicate with a wide array of customers is an extremely marketable and sought-after skill.

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Best Dressed Communities@Work
Winner Amy Jones
Communities@Work have their Best Dressed sale this weekend and I have 2 tickets to giveaway for Friday night. I went to the last one and scored the best dress I have ever worn. I have had more compliments wearing it than any other dress I own!

Another little gem is the belt I am wearing in this photo.Hyatt High Tea #Canberra #Humanbrochure

Photo was taken at a High Tea at the Hyatt.

It was worn by the model with the dress I bought at the last Best Dressed sale and I have paired it with so many dresses in my wardrobe. It gets so many compliments and it only cost $5!

What is Best Dressed?
It’s a clothing sale with a huge variety of quality items of clothing, accessories, shoes etc. All money goes to Communities@Work to help the disadvantaged here in Canberra.

On the VIP night there is a whole lot more than just clothing racks. It’s a shopping experience and it gives you the chance to get the best buys before everyone goes in on the Saturday, it is less crowded and now if you spend over $100 you go in the draw to win a high tea for up to 10 people valued at $500!

How do you get tickets?
You can purchase tickets for $35each here or enter below to win a double pass.
This is a quick giveaway, opening Sunday 20th July, 2014 and finishing Tuesday 22nd July at 10pm. Winners will be selected and announced WednesdayJuly 23rd, 2014.

Only residents of Australia may enter and you need to be in Canberra on Friday to be eligible.

To enter simply fill in the rafflecopter widget and leave a comment with your best second hand clothing buy and why it is. Comments can be left on this blog post or on my Facebook page and feel free to post an image of your best buy on my Facebook page too.

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