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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...

LOVE STRIKES GIRL

This poem is to honour LGBTQ week. …your lyrics are lost upon me but your face arrests me instantaneously eyelashes flicker over pale cyan orbs the kind of colour caused by the set sun and begins to bleed bright blue against clouds you twitch and cropped wheaten hair swishes across the nape of your naked neck another twitch to side profile and i study your nose which is slightly upturned as though sculpted by pixies from some forgotten land my gaze falls to the ripe crisp crescent of your lips i’d like to know them i think those lips i’d soon grow to miss and I imagine what they’re like to… someone like you who relinquished garish girlishness but still cherishes a sweetness between sovereign steps only glimpsed by those who truly search you laid down face paint long ago your nakednes...

WHISPERS OF A SHADOW WORKER

Shadows creep and they linger. They are always in the background, hiding, lurking. Like dark little spirits, they attack When least expected. They leech onto our souls, Spirits, Hearts; and, Minds. They twist our thoughts, our feelings, our every word, Until they come pouring out in a vault of tears, cries, and aches. And let us not forget the regrets. Too often they seep out and cause regret. We think we have the upper hand; That we have recognized our womanly cycles, And that we have come prepared for their shadowy attack. Yet still, we are caught off guard. We are taken asunder, despite all our efforts. And we weep. Oh, how we weep. But somewhere in our weeping we find space, To rebuild boundaries. By acknowledging them and working with them rather than against, We once more begin to ta...

NOT YOUR GARDEN AND OTHER POEMS

Not Your Garden  You are not entitled to pick flowers from someone else’s garden, uninvited even if they are displayed for the world to see. ———————— Purity Purity; a dirty little word that keeps half the world in chains. ———————— Flowers and Silence That flower between your legs bares king and peasant, writer and artisan, healer and soothsayer, yet still they have the audacity to silence you.   Author: Emily Byrnes Email: e10rear@gmail.comAuthor Bio: Emily Byrnes is a mental health advocate/dog mom/feminist/writer from New York’s capital region. You can check out her Instagram page for more of her work....

THE INTERNAL BAPTISM

Water is essential to life but is often taken  for granted. Some parts of the world struggle with drought, water contamination and shortage. We, on the other hand, have it at our disposal at the turn of a tap. It’s a blessing that we don’t always count. We use profuse amounts of water in dish washers, washing machines, in cooking, washing the car and the list goes on. But do we drink enough to cleanse our inner selves?  A survey by the Royal National Institution shows that 89% of Britons are not drinking enough water. This figure speaks for most of the western world. So what is enough water? National guidelines state that eight small cups is what we need to sustain optimum health but ideally, we should be drinking up to two to three litres a day for better health. We are simply not drinkin...

HOW TO CREATE A LIFE THAT YOU DESIRE WITH THE POWER OF YOUR MIND

Do you ever dream about your goals and desires and hear the voice in your head saying “You can’t do this!” or “You’re not good enough!” or even “Who do you think you are?!” Do you wonder if you’ll ever be able to escape these thoughts? I’ve been there. I’ve been what felt like a prison of my own mind. A prison from which I couldn’t escape, ever! But did you know that you have complete power and control over your thoughts? Did you know that you can in fact change the way you think? You can make your mind and thoughts work for you, rather than against you. This is so important because if you think negative and disempowering thoughts, you will in turn feel completely down. And from that state what kind of actions will you take? Now imagine how would it feel like and everything you would actua...

HOW WORDS CAN AFFECT THE BIRTH EXPERIENCE

“Be mindful of the words you say, you never know how they may affect someone’s day.” I’m not sure where that quote came from but it is one of my favorites. I used to say this to myself often when I would get frustrated at work as a doula, although I must admit, I did not always practice what I preached. However, at a birth I attended recently, the significance of this quote was apparent. The mom had words of encouragement strategically placed throughout her room, painted on cardboard squares in vibrant colors. The boards included phrases such as, “My body was made to do this” and “Each surge brings me closer to having my baby in my arms.” It was a project she had done with her older children to give them the opportunity to feel included in he...

NO MONEY TO TRAVEL? YOUR SUMMER CAN STILL BE AMAZING

  Sitting in the midst of my concrete oasis that is not even close to being Instagram-worthy, I scroll through the photographs of friends and family seeing the world. Pictures of crystal waters, tropical plants, crazy moments, and drool-inducing drinks make me sigh. If only I could plop my lounge chair in the white sands of a beach instead of on our falling-apart deck, the ambiance of neighbor children screaming and honking horns not quite the island sounds I hoped to hear. Instead of cool water excursions or neat sea creatures, I’m photographing my Starbucks cup, hoping for some pity likes and reassurance that summer is what you make it. The Unwanted Staycation This summer is the first summer in a while we’re not going on vacation. There will be no sand between my toes or morning sea...

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...

THOUGHTFULLY ALONE

Spring semester, junior year; last spring, I studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain for the entire semester. Toward the end I was ready to go home. Ready to stop living out of a suitcase, or a backpack. Ready to have the same ground under my feet for a while. Being in a country where you can’t fully express your emotions and feelings becomes exhausting. You constantly feel a cultural discomfort. Never sure, never secure, never feeling right. Never feeling known, acknowledged, part of the community. Not knowing where you are. No relatives, no connections, no co-worker down the street. No memories attached to the streets, to the paths you take. To the way to the río. To restaurants, to parks, to curbs and crosswalks. No sense of belonging. No sense of permanent existence.  Not being able to ...

NEVER ENOUGH

Enough in Urban Dictionary is defined as: a word to describe a person of the opposite sex as good looking, beautiful, or hot. Enough, meaning he/she would be enough to suit your needs. How many of us have heard this from our partner? The one person who is supposed to make us feel secure and assure us that we are more than enough. Unfortunately, they are the ones who break us down one piece at a time. We literally feel each piece falling apart. After all we do, take care of his home, cook his dinner, wash his clothes, listen when he needs to tell us about his day, and make ourselves physically available. Even with all of this said and done it never seems to be enough. They always find something that we are lacking. Having experienced a fraction of the things I’m describing, I have com...

4 DATING BEHAVIORS YOU SHOULD NEVER ACCEPT: THIS IS NOT A DRILL

I need you to know that even in the murky area of dating that there are “right” and “wrong” ways of treating people – and some dating behaviours you should never accept. Sometimes there are no excuses and no justifications; sometimes your heart needs to hear a strong message: get out, stay safe and avoid anyone who shows up in your life and treats you in this way. Some days I wish I could walk back to my old classroom, take the slinky or pogs out of my 9-year-old hands, look myself in the eyes and tell myself everything I know now about what behaviour is OKAY and what is DEFINITELY NOT OKAY. I think as young women we are often given useless and intangible messages around love. From a strange osmosis of Disney, pop songs and phrases we hear other people saying it is ...

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