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#SUPERWOMAN AUNT FLOW | 20-YEAR-OLD FOUNDER CLAIRE CODER CHATS WITH HARNESS

Photo by The Wonder Jam Claire discusses period positivity, dropping out of college and entrepreneurism She’s only 20-years-old, but Claire Coder is changing the world – one cycle at a time. As Chief Estrogen Officer of Aunt Flow, a subscription service which mails a customized box of tampons and pads, Coder’s mission is to provide every menstruator access to menstrual products. For each box bought, another one is donated to a select organization or an individual in need. Businesses can also purchase their tampons and provide them – for free – in bathrooms. As the website reads: “Taking care of your flow, takes care of their flow.” Tampons and pads are not covered by food stamps or by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Accord...

#SUPERWOMAN TEENEAR | UP-AND-COMING URBAN POP SINGER TALKS TO HARNESS

Teenear discusses the biggest risk she’s taken, why she wants to be a good role model to young girls and positivity.  Women from all different walks of life contribute to Harness Magazine. On rare occasions, we come across women who are pursuing a dream that is quite extraordinary. Take Teenear, for instance: a young urban pop singer from Miami. When she was 15-years-old, her parents encouraged her to upload her cover of “Stay” by Rihanna to YouTube. Soon after, she signed on to Slip-n-Slide Records (the label worked with the likes of Rick Ross, Trina and Plies) and released singles with accompanying music videos. One of them, “Friday Night,” even featured Sage the Gemini. The song, an empowered anthem (peep the lyric: “Tonight I’m doin’ me”)  is about a girl who doesn’t need a man o...

A WOMAN’S LIFE STARTS AT 30

A woman’s life starts at 30 Life is a constant change and for a woman, the change, paradoxically, becomes the routine. We develop and evolve with every year that passes but sometimes, these changes are not as obvious so we choose to ignore them if they don’t make us proud or simply take them for granted if they do. Among those changes, one of the most interesting ones is when a girl becomes a woman. Sounds radical but it is not as drastic as it seems. It might feel like we go to bed one night feeling all “girly” and wake up the next morning with responsibilities for ourselves, our homes, our lives. However, this is a change that happens among many years and through a lot of experiences, even if we might not be aware of the entire process. I say “we”, because I am not the only woman who tur...

SINGLENESS ISN’T WAITING

You’ve been waiting for this. You clicked on this link because you, your single and desperate self, need more advice on how to make Singleness worthwhile. “What’s wrong with me?” you ask, possibly scarfing chocolate and watching The Notebook. “Why am I still single? I must be doing Singleness wrong. Please, O Internet, tell me how to Single.” We all know there’s an exact science to Single. You do all the right things and eventually you magically bump into The One. Not intimidating at all, right? You have to get the formula exactly right, or else you’ll end up alone forever. You have to do exactly what those lists on Cosmopolitan and Pinterest blogs tell you to do. You have to read all those “Open Letters” on the Internet so you know exactly what is wrong with boys who won’t ask...

10 SIGNS YOU’RE A COUPLE WITH AN OLD SOUL

Contrary to popular belief, old souls aren’t simply people who prefer records to iTunes or books to Kindles. Instead, they’re people who are wise beyond their years with gumption to seek inner knowledge and spirituality. They are the ones you knew in Elementary school as the odd ones out, the loners, the kids who acted well beyond their age with a weirdly mature understanding of the world. With their extraordinary approach to life, old souls often love differently than their peers. However, when two manage to find one another, it’s a deep bond that’s nearly impossible to break. Here are 10 signs you’re just a couple of old souls: You don’t fool around with each other’s hearts. Playing with emotions is unappealing and you have no time or patience for thos...

HOW TO PREPARE FOR SPRING – WITH THE HELP OF AYURVEDA

I am definitely not one of those people who can naturally enjoy cold weather. Actually winter used to be the season of depression for me. Instead of enjoying the time with friends and family at and around Christmas I fell into depression – although I was still kind of functioning as I forced myself to – which was often accompanied by panic attacks. I always thought of winter as a period to survive and kept planning to move to a country with warm climate instead of trying to focus on the positive sides of the season and balance out the qualities I do not like about it. It is not a very positive way to look at life, is it? 🙂 The encounter with Ayurveda has completely changed my life and the way I think of my own likings and preferences. Finding out that I have a certain body cons...

HAPPY…ISH

Happy…ish “Am I happy?”….The words currently running through my head after a happy hour turned into a massive hangover. One beer…two beers…not going to mention, how many more beers…and two tequila shots later.  My life has felt like groundhogs day for awhile. Wake up, work, probably work late, miss my yoga class, vow to wake up early, sleep through my alarms, work and work late and the cycle continues. I sound like I’m complaining – it’s not all bad. I have great family and friends, I travel on weekends, I have a stable job and a solid income and live in a great city.  What more could a girl ask for? But there’s something missing. I know I’m stuck and I know there’s somewhere else I need to be.  But how do you leave your life for something else? Am I suffering from “grass is greener” syndr...

SHINING SOUL

Perhaps it was Sunday’s time change, or Tuesday’s election, or it was simply the way the stars were aligned but this week has been one filled with mixed signals. Some signals have caused me to stop and think about my actions, some signals that have prompted me to evaluate relationships, and some signals that have provided me with rare clarity. I promise I have a lot to say, and you’ll see plenty more from my spinning soul in the weeks to come, but for now I have this: Oddly enough the tone of this post would normally leave me wanting to categorize it as “Soul Spinning”; but I am left with a faint sense of hope. I will finish my week with a shining soul because flowers grow back, even after being stepped on. And so will you. xx, KFT Author: Kristin Tracey Instagram: @nitsirkft If you wish t...

ARTWORK: JULIET E.P. GIBBS

Juliet E P Gibbs is a visual artist living in Cornwall, England. She started painting from a young age and is currently in her second year studying Fine Art BA at Falmouth University. This project is an ongoing series of paintings that started as sketches and drawings, and are now evolving into larger paintings. Themes in her work include: plant-life, the natural world, relationships between humans and nature, and colour. Each painting describes an intended understanding between memory, the earth, an  d how we, as humans, visually perceive our connection between the two. Often, Juliet paints only to satisfy her love of the visual, and finds interesting connections between her thoughts and muses within the paintings, post-creation. You can see more of her work at www.instagram.com/julietepg...

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