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GOING BACK TO SCHOOL SAVED MY SOUL

Happiness isn’t always found through just romance. I wish I had learned this at a young age, but as someone who grew up on fairy tales and happily-ever-after’s—with stories of Prince Charmings rescuing the Princess—my young adult reality of relationships soon became twisted and distorted. And for seven years, I fooled myself into thinking my first very serious, on and off rollercoaster-ride-of-a-relationship was continuously worth fighting for. I just HAD to have that happily-ever-after. I was young; I was naïve. Simply put, I was too passive. To outsiders, my relationship probably seemed somewhat normal. But not all relationships are truly what they seem. In fact, mine was extremely toxic, and my past partner’s unhappiness and constant cynicism would drag me down throughout the years. All...

MAKING SENSE OF TERROR

It’s about the denial of safe space, the unnerving sense they might hit any place at any time… ◇ Our idea of terrorism is composed from the perspective of victims, government, and media based on what makes sense to us: the “sane” and “normal” people. However, the painful yet much needed to be addressed issue is: How do we make sense of those who commit these horrendous acts of violence? ◇ Many will dismiss this question, because they will not wish to engage with any sort of understanding of people who bomb innocent civilians—I recognise that—it’s far easier to brand violent persons as psychopaths. Nevertheless, demonising will not wash the stain of terrorism from our public spaces or our own minds. ◇ The majority who commit acts of barbarity are not mentally ill. Often, they are lured into...

IT’S TIME FOR PORN TO CHANGE

There are an infinite number of issues to address in this day and age, and an infinite number of ways to make a difference. But, hear me out. What if we looked at the subjects of gender norms, stereotypes, relationships, social constructs, self-love etc… through the lens of the adult film industry? Porn is so easily accessible (thanks to the internet) and unfortunately it perpetuates stereotypes, unhealthy sexual habits and unrealistic expectations about sex. Furthermore, the pornography industry is dominated by “the male gaze”  (study up on that too) and men in general. How many times have you watched porn and felt empowered? I believe many young adults have subconsciously formed skewed perceptions of sex based on what they see in adult films. Where does that leave us? &...

HOW TO NAIL YOUR NEXT CLIENT CONSULTATION

I know what you’re thinking. NO ONE likes the sell. That awkward dance, where you’re trying desperately to convince someone to hire you, all the while trying to act as if you’re not “trying”. It can be exhausting, and discouraging to say the least. I’ve been there. It took years of walking that line to develop a formula for myself, and my team of 10+ wedding planners, that would work consistently. And, I’m so excited to share my formula in hopes of helping others nail their next client consultation. LOVE WHAT YOU’RE SELLING. The most important part of the sell is your devotion to what you’re reppin’. If you don’t believe in your service, brand or product, you can stop reading here. CREAT AN EMMOTIONAL CONNECTION. Before you dive i...

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...

YOU’LL BE A CEO SOMEDAY

When I was younger my mother would often say, “You’re going to be the CEO of a major corporation”. It wasn’t a question nor a demand, just a statement, starting when I was about ten years old. At the time I was aspiring to be something more along the lines of a “slashey”: actress/lawyer/singer. But her refrain would nonetheless make me smile and think, “sure, why not, whatever you say, mom.” I never felt like I would be perceived as a failure in her eyes if I didn’t actually end up as a c-level at a large company, so it was easy enough to brush off & just nod in assent when she said it. As I got older my desires to act and sing quickly fell by the wayside and my long –simmering interest in food more aggressively bubbled to the surface of my consciousness. I finished my under graduate s...

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