FEMALE EMPOWERMENT

LIVING WITH ANXIETY & TOOLS: THERAPIST, YOGA, WRITING.

Anxiety. The seven letter word that bounces around my head on a weekly basis. I don’t know when it got here, but it’s definitely here to stay. Some days my anxiety takes a vacation and it’s no where in sight. Other days anxiety curls up next to me in bed and squeezes its arms tightly around me. You know the feeling. Chest tightening, heart racing, stomach squeezing. Your mind is running on a hamster wheel which is only making the above symptoms worse. I know my triggers now. I just get careless. I see task after task falling down like Tetris blocks into place. Eventually, all of the blocks reach the top and it’s game over. Cue all of the dreaded anxiety symptoms. There are a few things I’ve found that have helped me manage stress and in turn manage my anxiety....

THERAPY. IT’S BRAVE.

Therapy. It has become less taboo to go to therapy than it was ten years ago. If you think about it, the fact that it was ever taboo at all – is laughable. We shamed people for wanting to work through their issues and have a better relationship with themselves or others. Why would that ever be a negative thing? I am so happy this idea of “perfection” is slowly being smashed into pieces and people can come forward with their problems without embarrassment. Therapy. I’ve had my fair share of sessions. Sitting on the worn leather couch staring at a complete stranger. The stranger staring back at me with a pen and paper. Waiting for me to say something worth noting. Eyeing the room for the tissue box knowing whatever is uncovered deep within the recesses of my mind won&...

WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS: APRIL FEMALE ARTISTS

This month’s recommended artists are brought to you by Women That Rock, a platform created by women, for women much like Harness Magazine. Women That Rock is dedicated to supporting and promoting up-and-coming female musicians and female-fronted bands, Women That Rock is cultivating a community of badass ladies who are creating amazing music and connecting with one another through their art. Visit Women That Rock’s brand new website, https://www.womenthatrock.co and follow WTR on Instagram at @womenthatrock to stay in the loop on amazing lady artists, news & upcoming events. If you know an amazing female musician or girl-fronted band that needs to be heard, email their information to thewomenthatrock@gmail.com! Emily Afton California-based Emily Afton’s voice is transporting, powerful ...

SHE IS SHE

He will say of her: Look, off she goes Fantastic and wondrous and free, She is she. He will ask of her plans and share in her awe at the lack thereof and the space the possibility the enormity, She is she. He will watch her as she creates and builds and makes the already beautiful a masterpiece, She is she. He will go with her to the tip of the cliff to the tops of the trees Just so she can dangle her feet, She is she. He will say of her: Look, off she goes Fantastic and wondrous and free, still so, without me. She is she.   //she is she     Author: Darcey Dugan Email: darceydugan96@gmail.com Author Bio: Aspiring writer/poet. I’m constantly being inspired by the music, art and literature around me, and I have a drive to create something as beautiful. Link to social med...

WOMEN OF THE WORLD

Women will prevail in the harsh masculinity of the world through the cognitive enlightenment of strength in intellect. Equal rights will flow through an egalitarian society- but whereas now, slavery has entrapped the feminine quality. Oh, how society indulge in such falsehood! Men look only through the eyes of chains when seeing that of a woman; such fools of deprivation. Women appear to men as frail, delicate creatures with curves and soft edges, but in my experiences and life, women have been hard workers and loving caregivers. To be equal in marriage is to be equal in partnership and growth, not of individual superiority but of  equivalent counterparts. Women are women, not objects to show off and dance around in the public eye.  Women are strong and sensible and should be characterized...

5 WAYS TO BECOME A NETWORKING PRO

The word “networking” has always made me cringe. There’s something about its connotations with forced interactions that seems unnatural and insincere, let alone daunting. In my mind, my visions of “networking” had always centred on turning up to an event alone and nervy, introducing yourself to as many people as possible in forced surroundings, without ever quite knowing what you’re doing, who to approach, and whether you’re saying the wrong thing. The dragons den of networking pros, with expectation and judgement. However, my perspective on “networking” soon changed once I had got over that one little word. It’s easy to forget that often you will be networking without even realising it as you go about your life and daily jobs. Ne...

3 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF IF YOU’RE STRUGGLING WITH ACNE

I can’t tell you how many times I sat on a cold examination table in a paper robe at the dermatologist’s office, asking the same questions over and over again, and unfortunately, getting the same answers. “Are you sure food isn’t causing my acne?” I’d ask, sheepishly. “Of course not, that’s ridiculous.” They’d respond dismissively, throwing me back into a pit of stress, confusion, and insecurity, again. I knew, knew, *knew* (intuitively) (even when I was 15 years old), that what I was eating was impacting my skin a lot. But I didn’t have the tools or knowledge to articulate this, and so I spent the next 15 years struggling with acne; trying every pill, cream, antibiotic and topical cream possible. Finally, I had one awful and completely shi**y dermatologist who, after 15 years of various t...

FEBRUARY TAROT MESSAGE: THE FOOL

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” –Anaïs Nin “The Fool” arrives to guide us through February with the spirit of fearlessness and adventure. Like the unicorn, leaping off a cliff, she reminds us of our lust for life and our ability to free fall into previously uncharted territory; the vast space where our dreams can become reality. The Fool is the first of the major players in the tarot and she comes to us with a sense of spontaneity and newness.  Think of her with the energy of a newborn.  When we look at a newborn, we imagine the multitude of adventures that await them.  The world is their oyster, so to speak.  In the same way, The Fool can remind us that we, too, have unlimited possibilities ahead of us, exi...

BRINGING OUT THE CREATIVE GENIUS IN YOU

Art is more to me than a paintbrush touching a piece of paper or a canvas. It starts from within. It starts with something, for me usually a feeling that you just need to get out. This feeling can at times be very hard to define, but I believe the common denominator always is the wish to touch someone’s heart, to speak to their inner core without uttering a word. Art can do just that. It speaks across borders, gender, race and religion. The world often wants to teach that being creative should encompass all these rules and regulations and a certain way to go about things. My feeling is that some of the joy of creating has been taken away in doing so. And it doesn’t gel very well with my outlook on art. Art should be fun. It should make you let go, dream and fantasize about greater things o...

GOING FROM “FAKE REAL LIFE” TO “REAL LIFE” – THE INNER MONOLOGUE OF AN ANXIOUS 21-YEAR-OLD

As graduation is right around the corner, most college seniors don’t have the proper words to describe how they feel. Terrified. Anxious. Excited. Ready. In denial. I would say I feel all of those things about graduating—about leaving the “fake real world” and entering the “real world.” Some days I feel only one of those emotions. Some days I feel all of them at the same time. Those are the most overwhelming days. The days where I am terrified to be on my own, anxious about getting a job, excited to be presented with new opportunities, ready to move on to bigger and better things, while also being in complete denial that my time in college is coming to an end. Lately, I have found that everyone expects you to graduate with a job already lined up. They ask months in advance, “Oh what are yo...

5 WAYS TO EVOLVE RATHER THAN RESOLVE IN 2018

The start of a new year is a time where we are throttled into the arena of possibility mixed with uncertainty and the pressure to decide what we should change, give up, or resolve to do.  You may be scrolling through Instagram posts that are encouraging you to pick a word, a mantra, or a goal for the new year.  These are all great practices. But before you jump in, I have one question for you: why? Why do you want to change? Why do you want to show up differently in the new year? Why are you choosing that word, mantra or goal? This time of year we are inundated with messages that entice us to be a different, happier, thinner, richer, prettier, more successful version of ourselves. If you’re like me and follow yogis, coaches, authors and other inspiring beings on the various social me...

LIFE, LOSS & RAINY TRIPS TO TARGET

About a week ago, I quietly snapped. It had been one of those days, which many of my recent days have resembled; wrong in every way at some point or another. I’m aware of it, the cloud of weighted sadness. It dissipates briefly throughout the day yet never seems to disappear. There is just so much going on in my life that my mind is struggling to keep up. The realization of this weakness makes me disappointed in myself . . . which makes the weight even heavier. This isn’t me. I know it. Unfortunately for now, that is as far as I can venture. This particular day, I’d already braved the cold weather for groceries when I later realized I still needed diapers. I’d likely forgotten them in my foggy state. Instantly angry. The tiredness from not sleeping well the night before was not helping. An...

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