Feminist Instagram Pages you Need to be Following

March 8 had brought around another celebration of all things female! Politically, socially and economically, women have made advancements in the last century that would make any feminist smile with pride. All over the world women are banding together to promote empowerment and a sense of belonging, and with the ever-growing presence of social media it is easier than ever to be apart of that community.

Here are some of my favourite feminist Instagram accounts that are sure to amuse, inspire and simply delight you:

  • SHE THORITY (@shethority): GROW. EMPOWER. CONNECT. Empowering merch and in depth conversations about identity, overcoming and womanhood in general.

 

  • Femi Slay (@femislay): This page consists of blog posts, and quotes from inspirational female figures from around the world

 

  • The Everygirl (@theverygirl): One of my all time favourite pages! Basically the ultimate place for all things creative and/or career-driven women. Also packed with some awesome recipes, travel tips and ways to achieve all-round wellness.

 

  • Our Shared Shelf (@oursharedshelf): Started by living queen Emma Watson, OSS is a feminist bi-monthly book club to discuss all things empowering.

 

 

Why the Hustle Movement isn’t for Everyone

Over the years, social media has given way to many fads and online #trends. But one movement that has particularly struck my interest over the past few months is that of the “hustle movement (or culture if you will)”. The hustle movement is basically the mindset that every waking moment of your time needs to be dedicated to your work or your financial goals… In other words a workaholic x100.

When I was first presented with the idea I thought it was actually quite motivating. Shouldn’t we all work harder to achieve our goals? It wasn’t until later that I realised that this whole notion actually had the potential to be quite toxic. Maybe it was because I delved deeper into the idea, or maybe it was because the concept had started to take a different turn, I’m not sure. But it wasn’t before long that I started noticing some of the hashtags that were associated with #hustle and #grind. These included #outwork, #endlesspositivity and #whoneedssleep….Ummmm I DO!!!!

New York Times author Erin Griffith sums it up perfectly: “It is obsessed with striving, relentlessly positive, devoid of humor, and — once you notice it — impossible to escape.”

This was the moment where I noticed that this whole hustle culture thing had shifted drastically from applauding hard work to encouraging both food and sleep deprivation. Oh and it also required you to stay positive throughout the whole expedition regardless of what was going on in the outside world. My appreciation for the new profound hustle culture died within seconds.

Allow me to point out what is wrong here. I think any normal human who undertook this new pop-culture concept (or fad) would crash hard and fast both physically and mentally. There are some of us (particularly those such as myself who suffer from very debilitating diseases) who need rest in order to not only thrive but also survive (rhyme not intended). I need my food and the occasional nap to keep my sanity as well as be in a better mood all round which in turn benefits those around me. Believe it or not, I also need to bawl my eyes out occasionally due to the simple fact that life isn’t always fair and easy.   When I was first introduced to the whole idea of “hustle and grind” idea, I immediately felt like I wasn’t doing enough. That I wasn’t working long enough or hard enough. It made me feel inferior and that I wasn’t reaching my full potential. It took quite some time for me to realise that the pace I’m living at is perfectly fine and I actually am doing all the right things.

I am of the opinion to work smarter not harder. Time management is key. When you actually need to work within your hours then yeah do your hustle thing, but don’t bring it home with you, don’t deprive yourself of happiness and DO NOT deprive yourself of your mental and physical health. There is so much more to life than your financial status and if you are “hustling day and night”, then by default, you are doing something wrong.

The Beauty of Succulents

If you’re like me and kill every plant you come within close proximity of (be it indoors or outdoors) then caring for plants is certainly not your strong suit. So allow me to rectify this issue. If you still have a love for plants and horticulture, then may I suggest the most low-maintenance and perfect indoor plant there is…THE SUCCULENT!

Not only do these bad boys thrive in dry indoor conditions but they also require minimal care (both water and fertiliser). They tend to be at their best during the spring and summer seasons and can be either the size of a candle or the size of a… bigger plant.

Happy gardening… Kinda! xx

Cranberry and Chocolate Chip Cookies (The Perfect Christmas Cookie)

What you’ll need (to make 12 cookies):

  • 75 grams of Castor Sugar
  • 80 grams of Brown Sugar
  • 110 grams of plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of BiCarb soda
  • 190 grams of oats
  • 150 grams of dried cranberries
  • 180 grams of white chocolate chips
  • 125 grams of melted unsalted butter
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

 

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees (Celsius)
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Mix thoroughly
  • Place roughly 12 spoonfuls onto a baking paper-lined tray
  • Flatten cookie mixture slightly and bake for 8-10 minutes
  • Allow to cool

 

Voila!!

We’re Only Human

WARNING: Potentially Unpopular Opinion

Humans are predisposed to reflexively put the blame and hate on someone else. Whenever something goes wrong or not quite as planned, the last thing a person wants to do is admit that they are the ones at fault (whether this may be the case or not). Furthermore, people have a tendency to either forget or ignore the affects that blame and hate can have on a person.

Allow me to paint a picture the current president of the United States is Donald Trump. Before I get into this I want to highlight that I am not a fan of the Trump administration and my knowledge on American politics is very slim. Now, I am aware of some of the things Trump has said and done, but I am also aware of the way in which some people have reacted to it. While people should certainly defend their rights in regards to some of the things he has said, I have never and will never condone hatred towards a persons personal life and their character. A lot of people seem to dislike this man purely because of his name. In addition to this, his sons, his daughter and his wife have definitely copped their fair share of heat e.g. the most recent attack on the First Lady for her choice of Christmas tree colour… (seriously!?!?! In the words of Peter Giffin “Who the hell cares?” It comes down to personal taste and while it’s ok for you to not be a fan of it, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t speak). Trump has also been attacked for his appearance, and quite simply speaking.

I feel like most politicians tend to cop it due to the decision that them and THEIR POLITICAL PARTY MAKE (emphasis on the fact that most jobs and decisions about anything are not made by one individual person). But most people forget that these people are still just that… people. Donald Trump, Theresa May, Scott Morrison, they are all just one person. One human just like you and me, and like many of us are fathers/mothers, brothers/sisters and sons/daughters. They hurt just like we do and are passionate just as we are and simply because they are in a position of power, people see them as someone to blame or direct their unhappiness about something. They are just trying to do their job as best as they seem fit just as we do when we go to work.

This concept of blame can extend from global politics into everyday life. From authoritative figures (such as doctors, teachers, even parents), to people in our day-to-day lives we are all only human and we are all just trying our best to get through and I assure you kindness goes a lot further than hate and bitterness.

 

The Benefits of Magnesium Bath Salts

I love a good bath especially after a long day/workout/anything really and a few months ago I was also reading up about what bath salts can do for you. I normally just like them because they are relaxing and some can smell AMAZING!! But then I saw that magnesium bath salts are actually beneficial for your body so win win!!

According to science it’s the second most abundant element in our bodies, and it would appear that the most effective and efficient method for magnesium absorption is through our skin. So to the bath we go to relax!

Magnesium also helps:

  • Relieve stress
  • Helps absorb nutrients better
  • Joint and pain relief
  • Skin hydration
  • Improves sleep
  • Improves mood and
  • Can lower your risk of diabetes

TV Shows That Have to be on your Watchlist

For many people, TV is the ultimate pass time and with the introduction of Netflix, Foxtel and many other media streaming creations, there is now an ever growing list of “must watches” and favourites on our list of things to watch. With that, (in no particular order), here are my top 5 all time favourite TV shows that if you haven’t watched, you need to get on to ASAP!

  1. The Sopranos

Ok, I lied. The only form of order that this post will have is that THIS show is by far and away, number 1. Set in the early 2000’s, in New Jersey, the show follows Italian mob boss Tony Soprano through his work and personal life. It definitely took me a while to get into it but OMG am I in love now!! Rolling Stone Magazine describes it as an “inspiring and terrifying mess” and is number 1 on its list of 100 Greatest Shows of all time. I think most TV gurus would agree with me when I say that this is the show that reinvented both HBO and TV as a whole. James Gandolfini who play the great man bloody nailed it and when of the greatest moments on my recent New York trip was unknowingly stumbling along a restaurant in Little Italy where the cast would spend most of their time, signed photos and plaques decorating the place. Filled with broken characters the show encompasses both comedy, crime, drama and sheer sheer emotion. Just like my good friends at Rolling Stone, The Sopranos remains the standard all ambitious TV aspires to meet.

2.   Breaking Bad

Chemistry teacher turned drug dealer, Breaking Bad is another classic. Walter White is (played by living legend Bryan Cranston) is both terrifying and painfully ordinary and in some ways, finally finds his life fulfilment with drug making and dealing. His partner in crime Jesse Pinkman is one of Walter’s ex students who is just making in life. The duo continue to climb the ladder in the drug world, much to the detriment of their families, friends and themselves. It is the classic show of a nobody entering the world of crime and corruption in order to become “somebody” and is an intriguing 5 season series.

3.    Seinfeld

Following the lives of Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine in the bustling New York City. It’s light, it’s funny and a classic!

4.    Game of Thrones

DRACARYS BITCHES!!! Rolling Stone Mag describes it as “The Sopranos meets Middle Earth”. Set in the fictional world of Westeros, the Nobel families of Stark, Targayen, Lannister, Baratheon, Tyrell and as array of others battle it out for the throne in King’s Landing. Based on the George RR Martin books, there are so many storylines each more interesting than the next and it is definitely the ultimate fantasy TV series.

5.     The Wire

Another show that HBO bloody nailed! Following the drug game in Baltimore – building an entire city full of corrupt politicians, corner boys and cops who keep learning the biggest crime is “giving a fuck when it ain’t your turn to give a fuck.” Each season told a different story – the Barksdale gang in Season Three, the doomed school kids in Season Four. “After the first season, I thought, ‘There’s no way I’m being renewed,'” Simon told Rolling Stone. “But no one has told us to stop. I mean, any schmuck making over 50 hours of TV on what ails the American city and expecting people to watch it deserves what he gets.” The Wire gave us characters no one had seen before, from Idris Elba’s menacing Stringer Bell to Robert F. Chew’s endlessly quotable Proposition Joe. But Michael K. Williams created the ultimate badass with Omar, the shotgun-toting trench-coat avenger. As Joe told Omar, “A businessman such as myself does not believe in bad blood with a man such as yourself. Disturbs the sleep.” So many unforgettable moments all over The Wire – Bunk and McNulty canvassing a murder scene with one word of dialogue; Omar explaining his grief to bow-tied hit man Brother Mouzone (“See, that boy was beautiful”); Avon and Stringer on a balcony toasting a future they know will never come; Slim Charles holding the church hat of “a bona fide colored lady.” Yet there’s a sense of heartbreak all through The Wire. The game wins – they all lose.