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THE DEATH OF HARAMBE DEMONSTRATES AMERICA’S ENGRAINED HYPOCRISY

Last year, the country broke out in rage when the 17-year-old silverback gorilla, Harambe, was killed. Cincinnati zoo officials were forced to make the difficult decision to kill Harambe after a 3-year-old boy crawled into the enclosure and fell into a 12-foot-long moat. Harambe drug the boy through the moat and inadvertently risked ending the boy’s life. The encounter lasted 10 minutes before the decision was made to kill Harambe and save the little boy. This incident obviously shows a severe lack of responsibility of the zoo and a degree of negligence of the parents, but more importantly, it shows the extreme hypocrisy of the American people. First of all, many people responded to this violent tragedy and parent’s reckless behavior with violent and thoughtless remarks. There ...

REFRAME YOUR ENDINGS INTO YOUR STRONGEST BEGINNINGS

The Art of Transition: How to reframe your endings into your strongest beginnings. We are nearly six months and one new moon into 2017 and I’m still amazed at how the pace of our days seem to accelerate.  Who knew that on January 1st, 2017 we would experience such a shift in our collective consciousness. With every celebrity or prominent figures’ death, we are constantly forced to deal with our mortality and reminded that our days are few here on Earth. With all these shifts that are happening I can’t help but wonder about my parents generation (Baby Boomers) and their peers trying to make sense of their beliefs about what it means to human. We live in an era where we are discovering the spectrums of gender, sexuality, race and cultural identities. How confusing must it be for them t...

HOW I LAUNCHED A BUSINESS WHILE PREGNANT

Most women will tell you not to make any major changes in your life when you’re expecting. But then, I’ve never been one for convention. So, the day after I found out I was pregnant, I put in my two-weeks notice at my cushy tech job and set out to launch my own creative marketing consultancy. Not even 24 hours had passed since I saw those two pink lines on my third test (because every good entrepreneur needs at least three sources to confirm a theory) before I made one of the most life-changing decisions anyone can make. While the news of my pregnancy was met with joy and a few It’s about dang time! responses from most, my plans to start a business received some cautionary replies like Are you sure you want to do this?, What about health insurance?, What are you going to do once the baby c...

POISONOUS PLASTIC

We’ve all heard “microbeads are bad,” “don’t use plastic,” or “plastic is bad for the environment” but very few people really know why plastic is bad for their health. I’ve been working as a 5 Gyres Ambassador for nearly a year now and I’m still surprised by all the side effects that plastic products have on human health. Let’s start with microbeads. They’re tiny, plastic particles that feel great when used as a facial scrub and they’re so small they eventually end up just going down the drain. Once the beads are in the water they attract pollutants like flame retardants and other industrial chemicals that are directly connected to health problems such as, the terrifying “C” word – cancer. So, these – now toxic – beads are floating around our rivers, oceans and streams polluting the water ...

BE A LOCAL EVERYWHERE

I recently spent two weeks house-sitting in New York City. Before I left, I gave myself an admittedly ambitious challenge: live, to the best of my ability, as though I were a local. I had been told that New Yorkers distrusted tourists, and I can’t exactly blame them. Hailing from the Niagara region of southern Ontario, I understand the frustration of your home being swarmed with tourists delighting in their oblivion and anonymity the minute the weather reaches an acceptable temperature. But we are all tourists outside of our homelands, and I was a tourist for those 14 days. I can’t deny that amidst the brownstones, ivy, thrift stores and leafy residential parks, most of the time I felt awed, inspired and, occasionally, even a little intimidated. In a massive cultural hub that has inspired ...

MURPHY’S LAW

Murphy’s Law states, “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” My life as of late has been a living example of Murphy’s Law. Ever feel like that? This article could be of use to you. I’ll start with saying that I’m lucky. I’m genuinely lucky because I’ve had grandparents and parents who have pushed me (although kicking and screaming at times) to get a college education. They pushed me to work when I turned 16 and pushed me to “never quit” and “stick the team out until the end of the season”. They even pushed me to shoot for my dreams of pursuing the production industry even though I know they winced at the thought of “freelance”. Aside from all that luck, education and pushing from loved ones, I’m still finding myself stuck in Murphy’s Law. I’m so stuck that I’ve been without a steady j...

IT’S A FITBIT, NOT A MORAL COMPASS

I started planning this post while on a run, which is ironic in an Alanis-Morissette-doesn’t-understand-irony kind of way, because we’re going to talk about fitness. If you follow me on Instagram or know me in real life, you probably know that I like to exercise. I’m an avid biker, runner and yogi. I adore boxing classes. I teach indoor cycling. In addition, I’m known for sharing the things that make me happy, a.k.a. those activities, with the world, particularly those who are close to me. However, I (try my best to) do so with extreme caution and intention… because while exercise and fitness have the power to bring joy and growth to my life, it can also create sadness or inflict pain on others. The way we talk about and use exercise can be extremely harmful, whether we’r...

THE IMPORTANCE OF REMAINING PROFESSIONAL IN AN “AUTHENTIC” GENERATION

I’m a firm believer in openly sharing my journey in hopes of inspiring and helping others. So, I’m not afraid to tell you that in my first year in business, I made a whopping $1,000. But, I’m also proud to say that three years later, I was grossing six figures and enjoying the perks of being named one of Atlanta’s top wedding planners, among veterans in the industry. It was a wild ride that left me with a fierce passion to share what I learned with other women, thus launching in 13+ cities (some successes, some failures), a wedding planner course program and a list a mile long of ways to generate sales for a small business. Whew! It’s a miracle I survived, seriously, but I’m thankful for the journey and all that I’ve learned through it. I get a lot of questions abou...

7 REASONS WHY REJECTION ISN’T AS BAD AS YOU THINK

As someone who’s attempting to break into the creative industry, let’s face it: rejection is inevitable. In fact, it was a recent rejection that motivated me to write this piece because quite frankly, I’m a tad cheesed off from reading the carefully constructed and ever so punitive let-you-down-gently expression, “we regret to inform you… blah…blah…unsuccessful…blah…”  These words are like being slapped in the face with a cold damp dirty dishcloth. “LIFE’S SO UNFAIR,” you whine. Of course it is. So pull yourself together. Step 1: Have a cup of tea and maybe a chocolate biscuit—wait—DEFINITELY a chocolate biscuit. Step 2: Yell the following four formidable letters aloud: N E X T! Because ultimately, it’s how we deal with rejection that determines our future. Whether it’s a relationship gone...

FIVE QUESTIONS WOMEN SHOULD STOP ASKING

Women are amazing. Truly, we are incredible creatures and we accomplish some truly amazing things. This is why I’m so tired of getting asked the following questions – they are limiting, superficial and frankly if we are striving for equality we don’t have the f*cking time. Here are five questions I wish women would stop asking each other.   Number One: “Is that your real hair color?”  I’ll never forget when a woman, who I knew didn’t like me, asked me this in front of 20+ of my co-workers. In the immediate moment I went bright red, partly out of embarrassment, but mostly from pure rage. So it had been a few extra weeks since I saw Lexi, my stylist – lady get off my back. It’s petty and childish. Also is it rarely ever someone’s natural color? Let’s consider this as taboo a...

SCREW RELATIONSHIP GOALS – WHAT’S THE POINT

Regardless of what social media platform you’re on, you’ve definitely seen people talking about #relationshipgoals. This infamous hashtag is almost always accompanied by pictures of flowers, gifts and happy couples. Let me be clear: I have nothing against someone wanting to express their love on social media. I enjoy giving my husband cute little shout-outs every now and then when I’m feeling particularly sentimental. However, there are just a few problems I have when it comes this popular phrase: The focus on material possessions. Jewelry, candy, flowers, clothes and even cars, there’s often an emphasis on what your partner can buy you, rather than the actual depth in the relationship. While the occasional gift is nice, goals shouldn’t be about what a guy can...

NEVER ENOUGH

Enough in Urban Dictionary is defined as: a word to describe a person of the opposite sex as good looking, beautiful, or hot. Enough, meaning he/she would be enough to suit your needs. How many of us have heard this from our partner? The one person who is supposed to make us feel secure and assure us that we are more than enough. Unfortunately, they are the ones who break us down one piece at a time. We literally feel each piece falling apart. After all we do, take care of his home, cook his dinner, wash his clothes, listen when he needs to tell us about his day, and make ourselves physically available. Even with all of this said and done it never seems to be enough. They always find something that we are lacking. Having experienced a fraction of the things I’m describing, I have com...

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