Year: 2016

Aleppo

I can’t sleep tonight. My brain doesn’t want to stop thinking. I’m mad, and I’m sad. On a French Television show, a journalist has been talking back and forth with a man from Aleppo for the past few months, I  can’t remember exactly how long it’s been, but this has been going on for quite a while. Tonight on the show, they aired the Skype conversation between the two. The man explained the ever escalating situation; how he escaped last night’s bombing, how his friend’s mother had died. He wanted to call now, as “maybe it was the last time.” This man is a hero. He didn’t want to leave his town, and now he is dedicating his life to help his people, saving those who are trapped under demolished buildings. Yet, nobody is talking about it. I’m mad because I’m here, in my bed with my computer I was able to pay for because of a summer job I had in a comfortable office. I am safe in my city, in my country, despite …

3 Tips For A Happier You

Life is undoubtably crazy, and sometimes it can feel impossible trying not to lose yourself in all the madness. You’ve got to learn how to cope with all the stress, and find a way to smile through the rough patches. I’ve had my ups and downs, but here are some of the things I try to do to keep my ups higher and my lows at bay. Be Grateful. When I wake up in the morning, it isn’t long before my mind kicks back into high gear, and I can feel my anxiety levels rising as the tasks of the day ahead begin to pile up into seemly unclimbable mountains. I could let this dictate my tone for the entire day, walking around in a haphazard haze, transferring from task to task. Instead I’m learning to take a second to slow down. First thing in the morning, especially on those of hectic days, I write, or think of a few things I’m grateful for. They’re simple things. This morning I wrote down “waking up to …

Love Your Lady Bits: Conscious Contraception

NEWSFLASH: Women are having sex. They’re on the prowl, bumping and grinding, and living their lives. The only issue is that this “version” sex doesn’t exactly fit the antiquated 1980s diagrams we are shown in our 2 class Sex Ed. Special. Sex comes in all shapes, forms, and sizes, yet the education we receive in the classroom is seldom reflective of that reality. Young women are left fending for themselves when it comes to figuring out the intricacies of our bodies. In late night gossip sessions, and hidden google searches we hunt for answers to the questions we are told not to ask. In whispers and hidden trips to the bathroom to take my pill, I told a few close friends I was on birth control. I was young when I started, maybe 7th grade. I took it because it helped keep my cycle under control, before there were times when the cramps were so bad and the flow so heavy I had no choice but stay home from school. For me, birth control came …

Where Art and Music Collide: Meet Maddox

  Meet Maddox, an up and coming young artist who’s art collides with his music in a way that is uniquely his own. After seeing that I had reposted a few of his tracks on Soundcloud, and stumbling across the site, he reached out to see if he could share a little bit of what he’s been doing with you guys. His art and music play off of one another in such a dynamic way, dancing together to create something incredibly unique, all the art featured in this article is his own. This is what he sent me: I am a Brazilian visual artist, singer and songwriter. When I was 17, I moved to New Zealand for one semester where I went to Takapuna Grammar School (the same school Lorde went). It was a sensorial and life changing experience, to live in another country and to be introduced to another culture, everything was new for me. At this time, I had a journal, which I wrote my feelings and experiences while living in this new city of …