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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...

BARRICADES

I wrote this piece after a long hiatus from writing. I don’t know about you, but my worst fear is losing my gift of writing. As if time could take away the gift I worked so hard to craft. I think many writers have this fear. The fear of losing their magic. Even more so, putting pen to paper and uncovering things deep down inside maybe they weren’t ready to release.  XX, Ashley – Founder of Harness Magazine. Come find me – @adrelli – @harnessmagazine   “BARRICADES” And I miss the pen and paper in ways you couldn’t imagine An ice has frozen over what once was thick and beating I’ve built barricades So tall I can’t even let myself in And I’ve avoided The ink For its truth would unthaw what I am not ready to face The unknown The breaking without m...

WHY WE NEED TO GIVE MORE SPACE TO THE VICTIM

Victim. Breathe… Take that word in. Notice what comes up for you when you hear that word. Maybe you feel pity, disgust, fear, helplessness, hopelessness, or powerlessness. Maybe you want to run away and never look back. Just notice, mindfully, without judgment. Such a powerful, small, 2-syllable word with so much reaction it elicits. We don’t like that word in our world. The most common phrase that is corresponded to the word is, “don’t stay the victim.” The very phrase is a complete resistance to the word. Don’t. No. Yet so many of us have been victimized. We have been victims of crime, abuse, rape, bullying, war and we live in a world that turns away. Don’t. No. It’s not ok anymore. It was never ok, but I refuse to stand by idly and silent. Instead of saying, “don’t stay the victim” to t...

RECIPES FOR SELF LOVE: ILLUSTRATIONS

The inspiration for the illustrations comes from the desire to disrupt mainstream media and everyday social injustice. There are so many lies that we as a society are led to believe, especially regarding gender. Over the past few years I’ve learned so much about social justice and wanted unmask and interrogate some of these untruths. It’s fun to draw and good practice to try identify one thing each day that might be a lightbulb moment for someone else. The zine “Recipes for Self Love” is made up of contributions from other women on the topic of practicing self love. Women submit a written piece or visual representation of how they manage to practice self love in a world that wants them to hate themselves. I pair artists with the written pieces and put the book together to print...

FOR EVERY STRONG, BUT SENSITIVE WOMAN STILL LEARNING TO LOVE

You are a beautiful combination. You are passion and fierceness, a mouth that speaks openly and a heart that keeps beating, even through pain. You have loved before. You have loved wildly and freely. You have loved with every ounce of yourself and haven’t regretted it, not for a moment. And you will keep on loving, just as openly and fearlessly. You are the type of woman who finds strength in letting people in. You pride yourself in being open, not guarded. You have always kept your head on straight, even when following your heart. And it is in the way you care for people, but still value your self-worth that you are strong. You know who you are and how you love and you celebrate this. But you are also sensitive. You can’t help but fall a little too easily. You can’t keep yourself from get...

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 ...

TO THE ONE WHO MIGHT JUST BREAK MY WALLS

To my person (if you really do exist beyond my imagination), I hope this letter reaches you when you are struggling to keep up with me but you are still bursting in the pink vibrant colours of health and energy. I wish you read this when most of your friends advise you to think about yourself, not about the girl who wouldn’t give her whole to you, who shies away from any kind of label or name. You see, love, you’re not the first guy who has tried to read me… who thought he knew what I was thinking of. And he couldn’t have been any more wrong than that; but you are not. You are too right for me, you are so very right and, to be honest, you scare me sometimes. Love, I am sorry. You should know this even when I don’t tell this to you enough. Even when you can’t fathom what I am apologizing fo...

THOUGHTS ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Lately, I’ve realized entrepreneurship is all about final moments. It’s an attitude that permeates through everything in your life. It’s finishing when no one expects you to finish. Not because you want to prove others wrong – but because you challenge yourself to see final moments through. These final moments came to me while I was running on the treadmill. I had thirty seconds left and I had basically finished my workout. I could have stopped – thirty seconds wouldn’t have made a difference in the grand scheme of things. But I kept going despite my mind telling me it made no difference. There I found the last thirty seconds to be the most challenging. I was fighting against myself. I realized that seeing things through when you’ve mentally check ...

#SUPERWOMAN WILD HEARTS | FOUNDERS LINDSEY & LAUREN TALK TO HARNESS

Lin & Lou discuss the difficulties of running a business, their inspiration and the meaning of “wild heart.” Meet the founders of Wild Hearts Co., – a self-proclaimed place for the dream chasers, magic makers and action takers – Lindsey Eryn Clark and Lauren Palomares (also known as Lin and Lou). Wild Hearts builds sisterhoods and supplies women with the tools to achieve their dreams. It provides “Wknds,” a weekend getaway for entrepreneurs, and “Conferences,” a two-day event including panelists, speakers and women from all over the world. The company began as Coast to Coast Central, a way for Lin and Lou to stay in touch, revamp their closets and post it on Instagram. #CoastToCoastChallenge spread globally – and the two women partnered with Go International and hoste...

#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...

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...

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...

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