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ETHICAL DESIGN?

2 months ago I was contacted by a renowned design consultancy looking to recruit designers for their new London offices. I was flattered and thrilled by the new opportunity and couldn’t wait to become a part of a company that declares that ‘We focus on three major themes that define our future: Future Citizens, Smarter Living, and Healthier Lives’. Reading this statement I was positive that the design work they were producing would be responsible and ethical. Claiming to ‘shape our future through design’, I was surprised to find out that the agency’s main clients were financial institutions and an oil company. I wondered whether the design agency actually believed that banks and energy companies should be those who shape our future and if so — what kind of future would that be?! Taking a s...

SKIPPING MY COLLEGE GOLDEN YEARS

Somehow, I didn’t receive the message that binge drinking is the only way to become an adult.  I didn’t think my preference for reading a book cozy in bed over blacking out made me boring, but I can’t help but feel like I’m missing something. Somehow, my glory days are wasted by not having wild party stories to tell, but instead being able to relate back my “fun and exciting night” of writing, doing homework, or editing my photography. I know I’m not the only one that prefers to stay in, but some nights that’s what it feels like when no one will answer my texts or spend a night in with me.  I don’t even bother asking someone to spend a night exploring Boston with me because I know what the answer will always be: a no followed by a lame excuse, and then pictures from a party they atte...

PLEASE JUST GIVE US A BREAK

Fueled by intense, passionate feminine hormones, I’m totally embracing the fire that is being created within me and putting my fingers straight onto the keyboard. You know what really annoys me, is the lack of respect for the Winter/Spring part of a woman’s menstrual cycle. The lack of respect for the whole menstrual cycle in general irritates me. The lack of respect and care from the people in your life especially from people like; your father, brother, boyfriend. Maybe even your girlfriend, mother or sister, as there are still so many woman who do not fully understand or respect their own beautiful cycles, especially the overwhelming Winter & Spring phases. So instead of ranting about how a lot of people (which sadly, includes many women) still don’t understand and ...

BE THE CHANGE

Being a preschool teacher and having to entertain seventeen 4 to 5 year olds every day can be exhausting. However, in the beginning and the end of each day, I remind myself how much of a difference I am actually making in the lives of these children. YOU are their first impression of being in school and away from their parents for a full day. YOU are the one teaching them at a young age that learning can be fun. YOU are the one holding their hand from the first day of school and teaching them how to be independent little individuals. Since the beginning, I have received many hugs and thank you’s from parents telling me how much of an impact I have made on their kids in such a short amount of time.  In just a matter of my first 2 months of ever teaching, I have had a student bring me flower...

FREE WORDS POST ELECTION

FREE WORDS POST ELECTION We are eleven days into this country having President-elect Trump hold his title. When my roommates and I watched as each state fell red, I couldn’t help but wonder how my life would be affected by that moment, by those few seconds of Rachel Madow losing her shit on live television. The world isn’t in flames and he hasn’t declared war on the rest of the world, but I can say that my relationship to this country has changed. I didn’t notice it right away, but as time ticks and the day’s slip by, I begin to find myself disassociated from current events. The country looked to the Millennials as the defining generation for this election, and somehow we failed. We failed in defining the futures of our daughters, of immigrants, of the LGBTQ community. Looking for solace i...

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

FOOD FOR THOUGHT                   I’ve never written a blog, but I’ve always been an avid reader.  One topic I’ve always been compelled to talk about or discuss is food… that’s right, FOOD.  I’m not sure about anyone else but here recently I’ve been making some big dietary changes and trying to educate myself on what goes into my body—so I thought I’d share my experiences and hopefully pass along some useful thoughts to all the wonderful people of Harness. Lets make a long story short, I’ve never had any food allergies or problems of any sort until recently I was having the most insane stomach pain. Stomach pain turned to bloating, and not like normal girl bloated because we were all so blessed with menstrual cramps and what not, I mea...

8 LESSONS THE ELECTION TAUGHT US THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS

8 LESSONS THE ELECTION TAUGHT US THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS Like so many Americans, this election had me in tears. Tears of sadness. Tears of frustration. Tears of bitterness. Tears of what could have been. My brain literally has been unable to comprehend how I live in a country where the majority of my fellow citizens are standing behind someone who is the antithesis of goodness and logic. I have stopped trying to understand it (at least for the time being), and instead am using it as a time of reflection on the themes and lessons of this election that apply to other areas of life beyond politics. We are far too passive. We talk about needing change and wanting to change, but what do we actually do to make that happen? We want new jobs. We want new career opportunities. We want...

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