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#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...

ALMOST

I woke up blinded Reminded of your smooth words and the thought of you 4:14 a.m. most of Toronto’s still sleeping Laying here wide awake, I’m lucid dreaming The only place where I let things go, with some degree of my control Baby, these days love has different meanings A few months pass and it was nothing more than demeaning to you Maybe I shouldn’t have let myself walk in Maybe my values were too old fashioned Since when did being passionate become mistaken for trying too hard? Remember when we only had land lines, to reach me you would show up at the front of my yard Nowadays I would be lucky if a man like you would send me a text, throws one off guard To think technology would make communication easier I cannot see over this barrier “Girl, I think you need to let it go,” my friends rea...

PRACTICING NOWNESS

Your natural state is calm, content, and at peace. Not stressed. Not anxious. This is an affirmation I’ve repeated to myself a lot lately. To be completely transparent, I’m not very good at being present during each passing moment. I remember my first semester of college I was spacing out in a buzzing auditorium with over 2,000 other freshmen when I heard a guy over the microphone simply say, “Be where your feet are.” It’s been five years since that moment and it’s still some of the most influential and profound advice I’ve ever received. It’s so simple but it’s meaning is so complex; it requires complete awareness of self. We live in a distracted, anxious, busy world. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked up from my o...

THIS IS 30.

“Don’t tell me our youth is running out It’s only just begun.” – Foxes “OMG, you’re turning 30… how do you feel about that?” I’m asked as though the moment I go from age 29 to age 30 that I’ll magically be transported into some state of infinite wisdom that I can bestow upon my younger friends. Or way less glamorous than that: I’ll be in complete and utter devastation. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but turning 30 has been oddly unceremonious. This could be due to the fact that, as I keep telling you guys, I feel like I’m still 17, and this denial tactic has served me perfectly well throughout my 20s. But the truth is that in my experience, there has been no grandiose moment. No marching band, no confetti falling from the sky. Just another day, a mild hangover and slight back pain. To...

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? &...

YOU ARE YOU

It’s hard to find your voice as a woman. We are told to be dainty. Told to be soft. What if we are none of those things? If we are not what the world wants us to be, then what are we? The answer is simple. We are us. We are ourselves. I have chosen to take on the battle, to challenge these old-time beliefs of women. I am currently working on a series of cliché and grotesque self-portraits using digital media. I replicated famous artists and art pieces, such as Andy Warhol and his Marilyn Monroe. I also take my own photos of myself and shape myself into monstrous creatures. I do this to show my hate for the standards we are held to and the beauty expectations that are forced upon us. The series is for a project in my college, Kentucky College of Art and Design, or KYCAD. My teacher, Kenyatt...

REALIZING THAT HE ISN’T THE ONE (& LIKING IT)

He saved me. I hate to say it but he really did. For over a year I had be swimming around in confusion and putting my interests on anyone who would give me attention but never for long enough for me to care about them. I balanced on a wall leaning down to give time to anyone who asked for it but never jumped down into their arms because that would mean I might break. Then he came and I jumped off that wall faster than I could have ever fallen. I dove right into him and soaked myself in his love for months. It lifted me up and protected me. He took the time to know me and love every part of my aching soul. I was completely his and yet still free to live as I wanted. He helped me grow and he watered my roots every single day. We were unbreakable and ready to be together for the rest of our l...

STRETCHMARKS

as you trace a finger over the stretchmarks that smear your skin shame fills your heart but darling, you have lightning bolts etched in your flesh what is more powerful than that?   Author: Amelia Green Email: milliegreen10@gmail.com  Author Bio: I’m an 18 year old student turning her pain into poetry and hoping to empower both myself and other women to feel like the goddesses we are. Link to social media or website: https://www.instagram.com/a.g_poetry/

YOU WANT ME TO SMILE, BUT WHAT’S THERE TO SMILE ABOUT?

The way my parents describe it, I was a strange little child. So much so that one of my elementary school teachers had told my mother she was concerned about my well-being. I was quiet, kept to myself and everyday I chose to be angry. When I say, “Chose to be,” I mean in school we had to pick an emotion we were feeling on a chart and I always decided on angry, the only exception being my birthday. I hid my face behind my Molly doll from the Big Comfy Couch and kept my nose in coloring books. My teachers may have been concerned, but my mother wasn’t. She’d say to them, “That’s how she is.” In middle school, a boy in my class always made it a point to find me in the hallways and tell me to smile. As I stared down at the tiles, shuffling my way to class, he’d rush up behind me and let me know...

HOW TO GET WORK ACTING

  How do I get more auditions? What’s the best way to find acting work? How do I make money acting? If I don’t get answers soon, I’m going to lose my mind! Let me help prevent that from happening. If you’re brand new to acting and just want to try out a few non-union jobs, the go-to website is Actors Access. Sign up for an account, add as much info as you can, and start submitting yourself to auditions. While there are other sites you can use, this is the most popular. If you’re a more advanced actor and want “real credits” then here’s what I recommend… Obviously, the most effective way to get acting work is to sign with a reputable agency. They will submit you for work, you’ll do well in auditions (because you’ve read my book), and start getting work. Having an agent is by far the mo...

QUEER CHICANX

My very existence is a protest. I am a queer, cis-gendered, chicanx woman who is pursuing higher education. To those who do not understand some of my adjectives, look them up. Language is power. Let’s use it. To those of you who did not know a few, if not all, of my adjectives; I am speaking to you directly. This is for you. Knowledge is power but those who hold power control language. We could do both. Why not have power and control language? When we use certain adjectives like transgender-woman, Afro-latina, non-binary, feminist, queer, black; we are taking back our power, we are controlling our language. Because all of these ideas existed before, but we didn’t have a name for them. Once we name something, we give it an identity. Identity is important because it is distinctive and absolu...

COMPARE ME NOT

Comparison We all go through it; it’s our human nature to compare ourselves to others. Being in a world of bloggers, it always feels like a competition of who has the most perfect feed, the most likes, the most engagement, the most collaborations; in reality, the most in everything to see who survives in the concrete jungle of blogging. We all want to be successful, we all want our voices to be heard, and we all want to make it to the top. Spending hours and hours in social media can take you into a world of comparison to see who’s a better blogger, which then leads to see who’s the “best” blogger, sometimes making you fall into what seems an abyss that leads to a path of envy, insecurity and self-destruction. Worst of all? We feed our brains with society’s standards which are driven by gl...

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