Month: March 2017

The Ultimate Fight: My Depressed State of Mind vs. My Normal One

If I were to put two of my selves in the ring, my authentic self vs.my depressed self, it would be an epic fight. My depression can be so powerful that it knocks out my sane thoughts and replaces them with negative ones, but not just any negative thoughts, negative thoughts that disguise themselves as logical, realistic and correct. My depressed self thinks my authentic self is naive, frivolous and in denial.

If I were to put two of my selves in the ring, my authentic self vs.my depressed self, it would be an epic fight. My depression can be so powerful that it knocks out my sane thoughts and replaces them with negative ones, but not just any negative thoughts, negative thoughts that disguise themselves as …

How to Wear High Top Sneakers with Style: Starring Cara Delevingne

I had no interest in fashion when I was younger. I was such a tomboy." The super model and film star, Cara Delevingne once said these words. Because Delevingne began her career with modeling (including for the very feminine and sexy lingerie line, Victoria's Secret), it's a surprising comment. However, once you take a quick glance at her natural street style, it's easy to see that she is innately a tom boy, a sassy and sparkly one.

“I had no interest in fashion when I was younger. I was such a tomboy.” The super model and film star, Cara Delevingne once said these words. Because Delevingne began her career with modeling (including for the lingerie line, Victoria’s Secret), it’s a surprising comment. But a quick glance at her natural street style, shows that she is innately a …

Friday Favorite: THE BEST Women’s Surf Movie

Leave a Message encompasses my whole female surfing vibe. These athletes rip while maintaining their personal identities and styles. The video profiles each surfer before showing them carve out. They’re styles are super diverse. I personally love Laura Enever’s sequence. She fits in fashion to her surfing somehow. The soundtrack is a total upper. Leave …

What It’s Like To Be Stalked in Graduate School

When I was stalked in graduate school, at first, I didn't realize it. The stalker was a classmate in our program. This complicated the situation because as students we are all forced to work together and share contact information for group projects and school events. Initially the flood of emails I was receiving from this one person arrived enmeshed with all my other emails, camouflaging the oddity of his behavior. When his next avenue of communication became texting, I really started to feel the burden of being stalked.

Being stalked is like getting locked into a room that no one knows you’re in. It can feel incredibly isolating because it’s a solitary experience. The stalker, obsessed with you, only affects you, making it difficult others to fully empathize. When I was stalked in graduate school, at first, I didn’t realize it. The stalker …

How to Make a Tiny Indoor Zen Garden

Knowing some zen basics can be helpful when designing your own, however as an advocate of self-expression, I think the most important part of designing a zen garden is to make it entirely your own. Because the Zen garden is based on symbolism, each person's encounter with it is a wholly individualized experience.

Like a beautiful poem, a zen garden uses symbolism to represent a coherent landscape. Swirls in sand might illustrate a moving stream. Smooth stones could equate to mountains or turtles. Succulents can be a forest. Moss might be a meadow. There are fundamental and intentional principles in Zen garden design. Gert J Van Tonder and Michael …

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